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Somewhere in the 18th century Great Britain, noble but penniless young boy John Mohune is sent by his dying mother to Moonfleet, to put himself under the protection of a certain Jeremy Fox. The boy discovers that Fox is both a former lover of his mother and the leader of a gang of buccaneers. A strange friendship grows as their adventures go on. Written by
Opening credits: Two hundred years ago the great heath of Dorsetshire ran wild and bleak down to the sea. Here, in hidden caves and lonely villages, the smuggling bands plied their violent trade. And here, one October evening in the year 1757, a small boy came in search of a man whom he believed to be his friend. See more »
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Having read the earlier reviews of this movie, I do agree, in part, with some of them. But would like to give my two cents anyway.
This movie was based on a quite good 1898 novel by John Meade Falkner. Unfortunately Hollywood thought they could improve on the story line---with bad results (why am I not surprised).
Where did they ever come up with the name Jeremy Fox to replace Elzevir Block? And why did they make the boy so young? Not to mention the many other plot deviations (i.e. devious woman) which detracted from the tale. This could have been another 'Treasure Island' had the producers been a little less prone to taking liberties with literature.
Now this movie is still very watchable mind you. And Granger is not too bad in his role. But if you want an idea of what the movie could have been, read the book!
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