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Treasure Island (1972)

Young Jim Hawkins has an unforgettable encounter with pirate Captain Long John Silver and his murderous mates.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Long John Silver
Jim Hawkins
Billy Bones
Squire Trelawney
Doctor Livesey
Captain Smollett
Mrs. Hawkins
Blind Pew
Ben Gunn
Michel Garland ...
George Merry
Israel Hands
Alibe Parsons ...
Mrs. Silver (as Alibe)
José Luis Chinchilla ...
Anderson (as J.L. Chinchilla)
Adolfo Thous ...
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Young Jim Hawkins has an unforgettable encounter with pirate Captain Long John Silver and his murderous mates.

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Release Date:

October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla del tesoro  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The opening scenes were filmed in Italy, while the harbor and island scenes were filmed in Spain. See more »


The ship's lookout proclaims land off the starboard bow (right hand side), but he is pointing in the opposite direction, to port (left hand side). See more »


Version of Treasure Island (1912) See more »

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TREASURE ISLAND (John Hough and, uncredited, Andrea Bianchi and Antonio Margheriti, 1972) **
13 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

In my childhood, this was a perennial on Italian TV over Christmas - but, somehow, I never got to watch it! It's surely the least of the three most renowned film versions of the R.L. Stevenson classic but, in itself, is decent enough...if still mainly interesting for the contribution (both as actor and writer) of Orson Welles.

Welles' presence alone elevates any film he appears in - though he's quite restrained here (certainly in comparison to Robert Newton) and, unwisely, adopts perhaps the silliest accent since THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948)! As for his script - co-written, under the pseudonym O.W. Jeeves, with Wolf Mankowitz - it's reasonably faithful to both the spirit and letter of Stevenson's original. However, the low-budget hurts the overall effort (Welles must have identified with such a predicament, as his own films were too often plagued by compromise!) and the 'modern' score composed by Natale Massara is quite inappropriate.

Still, despite a good cast - including Kim Burfield (unexceptional but not bad as Jim Hawkins), Walter Slezak (as Squire Trelawney), Lionel Stander (as Billy Bones), Paul Muller (as Blind Pew) and Maria Rohm (as Mrs. Hawkins) - it's essentially a 'kiddie' film and is, therefore, in sharp contrast with most of producer Harry Alan Towers' output (particularly his collaborations with Jess Franco)!

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