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Kidnapped (1971)

In 18th century Scotland, during the Jacobite Rebellion, David Balfour claims his inheritance from his uncle who has him shanghaied on a ship where David meets fugitive Jacobite rebel Alan Breck.

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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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9 June 1972 (Portugal)  »

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This version covers both the novel "Kidnapped" and the first half of its sequel "Catriona". See more »

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Referenced in Pointless: Episode #3.7 (2010) 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 film who's sum is greater than it's parts
16 November 2009 | by (Torquay, England) – See all my reviews

When this film was released, although still young, I was a film buff (not just in terms of cinematography but history, political biases etc.) of at least 25 years. I have to admit that I was severely biased against this version of 'Kidnapped' with Caine's casting and I am still puzzled as to the how/why of it's production. I have now watched it on a number of occasions and enjoy it more each time with age (both of myself and the film). What does come across, presumably from the script, particularly the comments of Trevor Howards character, and Michael Caine's 'less is more portrayal' of Alan Breck, is the sense of loss of the 'Celtic' past. I have travelled in Scotland but, despite the name, I have never been to Ireland before this year. Having grown up firmly 'English' I begin to feel that there seems to be an element of 'ethnic cleansing' went on.

As an aside study, by comparison, I recommend John Buchan's 'John Burnet of Barns', 'Thirty Nine Steps' and 'Mr Standfast' which suggest that flight across the Scotish landscape has some deeper place in the psyche of the Scots.


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