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The Master of Ballantrae (1984)

The story of two brothers, Scottish noblemen whose family is torn apart by the Jacobite rising of 1745.

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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The story of two brothers, Scottish noblemen whose family is torn apart by the Jacobite rising of 1745.

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31 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Master of Ballantrae (#33.2)  »

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The Rising of the Moon
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[bagpipes playing in background as James leaves to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie]
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Small wonder this is the first comment
18 October 2002 | by (Bamberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Looks like an all-star cast, doesn't it? Forget it. This confusing pseudo-spectacle cannot survive Robert Louis Stevenson's wretchedly convoluted and improbable plot. The only reason I'm commenting is that I'm a sucker for 18th century movies and found this one horribly disappointing.

Since there is also no plot summary, an aristocratic family with two sons in constant contention with each other experience various adventures. The "good" son who is not so good succeeds in exiling the "evil" one who is not so evil, but the latter keeps coming back to haunt the former. But every turn of plot, if you want to call it a plot, suffers greatly from lack of credibility.

Poor Stevenson. He wrote long adventure stories for boys that were designed to make money. Then he occasionally showed his real talent, as he did in the long short story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But even there he was not well served, for most of the movie versions want to substitute a monster story for a true psychological thriller.


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