ABC Weekend Specials: Season 3, Episode 8

The Gold Bug (2 Feb. 1980)

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Shortly after the Civil War, while exploring the long deserted and reputedly haunted Sullivan's Island off Charleston S.C., a boy encounters two obsessed eccentrics living there. These men ... See full summary »

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Shortly after the Civil War, while exploring the long deserted and reputedly haunted Sullivan's Island off Charleston S.C., a boy encounters two obsessed eccentrics living there. These men chase him away and warn him never to return or to tell anyone about them. Soon, however, they locate him and summon him back, because he has unknowingly given them a clue vital to their quest and they need his help to unravel the rest of the mystery. If he can do so, they will find buried pirate treasure and all become rich. But in joining the search, he falls under the same obsession and curse-- an ominous fate suggested by the unearthly electronic music which contributes to the film's atmosphere. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Obsessed treasure seekers ......
17 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good tale, especially for older children, although the film does have several startling moments, and death claims two of the treasure seekers. Captain Kidd's treasure, supposedly buried on Sullivans Island, is pursued by Roberts Blossom and Anthony Michael Hall, along with Blossom's servant, Geoffrey Holder. The clues to the cache's whereabouts are deciphered and the digging begins. After the chest is found, a curse is unleashed, with tragic results. Roberts Blossom is really great here, so if you are an admirer of this underused actor, seek out "The Gold Bug". It is not an easy movie to get, but worth the effort. - MERK


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