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When young David Balfour arrives at his uncle's bleak Scottish house to claim his inheritance his relative first tries to murder him then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the ... See full summary »

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When young David Balfour arrives at his uncle's bleak Scottish house to claim his inheritance his relative first tries to murder him then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the colonies. Fortunately for the lad he strikes up a friendship with Alan Breck escaping from Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat at Culludon. When the ship's captain tries to kill Breck for his money the two manage to get to land and set out for Edinburgh dodging the ruthless Redcoats. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Great Adventure Story...Now a Monumental Motion Picture!


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9 June 1972 (Portugal)  »

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This film's Director of Photography Paul Beeson was also the Director of Photography for the film Kidnapped (1960), which was also based on the same Robert Louis Stevenson novel, but which was produced by a different company. See more »

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For All My Days
Sung by Mary Hopkin
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
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A compelling adventure film from the early-'70s
14 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This adventure film from 1971 is a highly credible cinematic adaptation. The pacing is economical but I was most impressed by some of the visual relationships and props. For example, the dark-brown hues in Captain Hoseason's ship's cabin. Also in one early scene at the curmudgeonly Uncle Ebeneezer's bleak House of Shaws when young David is introduced to Captain Hoseason and is subsequently kidnapped, the morning sun-light shining on the door in the background gives the surface of the door a pure silver effect which seems profoundly metaphysical. I admired the eighteenth-century globes and furnishings in the Lord Advocate's office. Indeed the Lord Advocate - played with flair by Trevor Howard, is very much a figure from the Scottish Enlightenment. Michael Caine in one of his most committed performances plays the character of Jacobite soldier of fortune, Alan Breck Stuart: he sports green, blue and grey tartan with a silver brooch embossed with an amber gem. The fight scene in the ship's cabin is a bravura set-piece.


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