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The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981)

The staff of the island resort need the aid of the Harlem Globetrotters to keep their island from a greedy millionaire.

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Gilligan
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Skipper Jonas Grumby
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Thurston Howell III
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Lovey Wentworth Howell
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Ginger Grant
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Prof. Roy Hinkley Jr.
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Mary Ann Summers
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Thurston Howell IV
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J.J. Pierson
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Dr. Olga Schmetner
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Dewey Stevens
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George (the robot)
Dreama Perry Denver ...
The Howells' secretary
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Hotel clerk
Stu Nahan ...
Sportscaster #1
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The famous Harlem Globetrotters crash land on Gilligans Island, immediately dispatching a terrifying 'shark' by throwing basketballs at it. A mad doctor and his accomplice plan to take over the island for its rich energy supply by scaring off Gilligan and his buddies, but it soon settles to a basketball match between the doctors robots and the aforementioned Globetrotters Written by Paul cartwright <cartwrit@vianet.net.au>

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15 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Originally written as a vehicle for the famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the film was retooled for the Harlem Globetrotters when the Cheerleaders were unavailable. See more »

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In the series Season 1 Episode 35 Mr and Mrs Howell state they have no children and adopt Gilligan giving him the name "Gilligan Thurston Howell IV". But in this movie the Howells now have a son. See more »

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Referenced in Bones: The Friend in Need (2013) See more »

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It Almost Worked
10 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

I am probably one of the few Gilligan fans who can say that they like this picture, but there are several things wrong with it. Ginger has regressed backward in age so that she looks like her own daughter. Lovely Constance Forslund, an actress who once played Marilyn Monroe, is obviously too young to play the role when she would be better off doing it in a remake. The Howells who once said they never had a son suddenly have one, so either they had lied way back then, or they adopted the oldest kid in the orphanage to avoid parental duties." Oh no, we meant we didn't have a son ON THE ISLAND." This was supposed to set off a new series with the castaways running a resort on their old island, such a series would have allowed them to close all the old plot points of the series and bring back their old guest stars, but instead there is a culture shock as the castaways meet the Harlem Globetrotters. An illogical bet is made just for the team to play and show off their magic on a ridiculous looking court that has to be seen to be believed. Husband and wife team Martin Landau and Barbera Bain play financial rivals of the Howells in order to bilk them out of a valuable new element on the island. The plot as well as the jokes are straight out of the series, as are the Skipper's and Gilligan's wardrobe. Couldn't they have got more new clothes by now ? Still, this movie to end all movies does follow the spirit as well as the craziness of the series. I can only assume the next movie will be called: "Return to Gilligan's Island: Balingkoff's Revenge."


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