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Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)

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In 1869 Kentucky, a young boy and his friends set out to find a treasure chest hidden by his late father in the Florida Everglades during the Civil War.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Burnie
Lauriette Paxton
Dr. Ewing T. Snodgrass
Johnny Doran ...
Davie Burnie
Billy 'Pop' Atmore ...
Thad (as Billy Attmore)
Aunt Effie
Aunt Lou
Sheriff Forbes
Charlie (as Val DeVargas)
The Gambler
Coahoma Sheriff


In post-Civil War Kentucky, young David Burnie becomes the unexpected heir to the family secret: a map leading to buried treasure on the Florida isle of Matecumbe. The youth, joined by four fellow adventurers, begins his search for the treasure despite deadly interference by his late father's archenemy. The angry threat of a hurricane and the presence of hostile Indians set the mood for the frantic trek to the swampy site - a destination that could provide untold wealth for the searchers...or for their evil pursuers! Written by bmcole1984

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Release Date:

1 July 1976 (USA)  »

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Aarrekartta  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Near the beginning of the film when Ben is in the kitchen, there is a hidden Mickey behind him. See more »


The Dixieland style street music prominently introduced in the New Orleans is at least 30 or 40 years ahead of its time. See more »


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Even "SONG OF THE SOUTH" looks more releasable than this flick
22 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

They'll never release this again. I bought it used on video... but I can see no DVD for it ever. First of all, no one wants it. It is badly acted (except of course the great Peter Ustinov's character) and not exciting or interesting. The main female lead, rest her soul, had the most horrible attempt at a "southern accent" I've heard. There is a dance scene on the dock with some tough guys that makes you want to put a gun to your head too. It feels like a 1970's TV movie big time. Even though it is supposed to be taking place during the reconstruction... the opening credit music just ignores that and goes with some Godawful "Matecumbe" song that sounds straight out of 1976. Also, Vic Morrow opens the film by asking "where's you blacks?" referring to the plantation owners' former slaves. He then shortly thereafter shoots the former slave that night. Usually in Disney flicks, they shoot at someone but always miss. This guy just layed there and died! In addition to that, this is the only Disney movie that has the Ku Klux Klan in it. All this may sound interesting, but it isn't. It is a lousy movie at best.

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