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Directed by
Fraser C. Heston  (as Fraser Clarke Heston)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fraser C. Heston  (as Fraser Clarke Heston)
Robert Louis Stevenson  novel "Treasure Island"

Produced by
Fraser C. Heston .... producer (as Fraser Clarke Heston)
Ted Lloyd .... associate producer
Peter Snell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paddy Moloney 
Cinematography by
Robert Steadman 
Film Editing by
Eric Boyd-Perkins 
Tom Gunn 
Casting by
Rebecca Howard 
Production Design by
Tony Woollard 
Art Direction by
Ricky Eyres 
Set Decoration by
Joanne Woollard 
Makeup Department
Linda Catlin .... hair stylist
Jan Dorman .... key hair stylist
Ken Lintott .... makeup artist
Daniel Parker .... chief makeup
Production Management
Emile Leto .... production supervisor
Linda McGowan .... production manager
Gladys Pearce .... production manager
Robert Peterson .... production supervisor
John Rumsey .... production supervisor
Robert Stilwell .... production supervisor
Laura Stoye .... production supervisor
Natalie Thompson .... production manager: Jamaica
David Watkin .... production supervisor
John Weller .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Canutt .... second unit director
Kevin De La Noy .... second unit assistant director: Jamaica
Antony Ford .... third assistant director
Terry Needham .... first assistant director
Adam Somner .... second unit assistant director: Jamaica
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
Gina Tamburine .... second assistant director: second unit, Jamaica
Joel DiMaggio Wein .... second assistant director: Jamaica (as Joel Wein)
Art Department
Graham Blinco .... stagehand
Frederick Brown .... art department assistant
Richard Denyer .... carpenter
John Dipple .... props
Leroy Grant .... construction manager
Jack Hammerton .... carpenter (as J.V. Hammerton)
Gary Ixer .... props
Trevor Jones .... art department assistant
John Lanzer .... production buyer
E.J. Luxford .... carpenter
Ronald Nicholls .... art department assistant
Dennis Pack .... carpenter
Vic Simpson .... construction manager
Kenneth Thursby .... carpenter (as K.A. Thursby)
Kevin Wheeler .... props
Reg Wheeler .... props
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... re-recording mixer
Roy Charman .... production sound mixer
Norval D. Crutcher .... supervising sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... supervising sound editor
Tom E. Dahl .... re-recording mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound effects editor
Tom Gunn .... sound designer
David Pearson .... boom operator
Steve Richardson .... supervising sound editor
Ted Johnston .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Cathy McKelvey .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Lisa Shaw Phillips .... second assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Corbould .... special effects
Daniel Dark .... special effects
Ken Morris .... special effects
John Richardson .... special effects supervisor
Andrew Williams .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ray Caple .... matte artist
Terry Cade .... stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunt arranger
Jake Rupp .... stunts
Jason White .... stunt coordinator
Steve Whyment .... stunts
Abbi Collins .... stunts (uncredited)
Jason White .... stunt player (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kurt Beckler .... grip
Ray Hall .... grip
Frank Heeney .... chief electrician
Perry A. Jones .... grip
Rick Lacoste .... best boy
Mickey Peerless .... electrician
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator
George Vince .... best boy electric
Tony Westman .... director of photography: second unit
Nigel Woods .... electrician
Bob Wright .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Simonetta Leoncini .... assistant costume designer
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Gregory Gontz .... additional editor
Tom Gunn .... supervising editor
William Parnell .... additional editor
William Parnell .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Jeremy Francis .... location manager
John Southwood .... location manager: UK
Music Department
The Chieftains .... music performers
Phillip Linson .... music editor
Paddy Moloney .... musician
John Stronach .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Roy Farr .... transportation manager
Jeff Linden .... driver
Doug Lister .... driver
Roy Nadja .... driver
Other crew
Judy Britten .... contact: London
Val Farmer .... assistant accountant
Susie Harmsworth .... office runner
Claudia Harrys .... publicist
Sally Hayman .... production coordinator
Marilyn Heston .... publicist
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Lesley Keane .... assistant to producer
Carol Lanning .... assistant to producer
Robyn McPeters .... publicist
Steven Murray .... production supervisor
Greg Newman .... marine manager
Ronald Nicholls .... production supervisor
Ilene Pickus .... script supervisor
John Ramsey .... coordinator: "Bounty" (as Captain John Ramsey)
Andres Rivera .... caterer
Laura Stoye .... coordinator: "Bounty"
Gina Tamburine .... assistant to producer
John Wall .... production accountant
Sue Wall .... assistant accountant
Beverly Winston .... assistant to producer (as Beverley Winston)

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132 min | Spain:131 min | Sweden:122 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-11 (new rating: 2001) | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:11 | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

According to Fraser Heston's commentary, Oliver Reed was afraid of heights and had to be rigged with a climbing harness in the scene when Billy Bones is looking out from the cove with the spyglass.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the scene where Flint's men are attacking the inn, Mrs. Hawkins is carrying a candlestick... with an electric cord running from it.See more »
Long John Silver:What a splendid thing it is to be young and have ten toes.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of L'île aux trésors (2007)See more »
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Is this an accurate adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island"?
What were the ranks of each of the pirates that originally served in Flint's crew?
Why is John Silver referred to as "Long" John Silver?
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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A Treasure of a Treasure Island!, 21 November 2000
Author: sherlock-34 from Calgary, AB, Canada

One of the great literary classics is brought to life in this wonderful made for television version. An incredible cast, headed by Charlton Heston as Long John Silver, beautiful location footage and a great soundtrack from Paddy Maloney performed by the Chieftains, makes this one of the liveliest productions ever filmed. Cleverly scripted and directed by Fraser Heston, the viewer is treated to a wonderfully faithful adaptation of R. L. Stevenson's classic adventure tale.

Christopher Lee is near unrecognizable in the ghastly make-up of Blind Pew. Add to that the most incredible voice-work and you have one of Mr. Lee's most fascinating characterizations. Although on-screen for a relatively short time, Pew is instrumental to the plot, and Mr. Lee certainly makes the most of his limited time, effectively creating one of the most frightening and memorable characters. Never before, or since, has Blind Pew been quite so well played. His interaction with the late great Oliver Reed as Billy Bones at the Benbow Inn is a wonderful moment, particularly for Hammer fans.

The cast includes a phenomenal assortment of remarkable actors. While Charlton Heston is less than perfectly cast, he does turn in a commendable performance and in no way detracts from the production. It is evident that he is enjoying his role. Young Christian Bale in an early performance is excellent and well cast, as Jim Hawkins. Isla Blair does a great job as young Jim's protective mother. Along for the ride we also have Julian Glover in a standout performance as Dr. Livesey. His confrontation with the swaggering Oliver Reed as Billy Bones is a high point in this film. Richard Johnson as Squire Trelawney and Clive Wood as Capt. Smollet round out the cast, with Nicolas Amer (whom I thought was actually Jasper Carrot) as a suitably deranged Ben Gunn. An exceptional cast, which fits together beautifully, results in my favorite version of this oft-filmed classic. While at times reminiscent of some of Hammer's adventure films, it certainly benefits from modern film technique, and rightly exceeds even the best of Hammer's pirate yarns.

Even if you are just checking this out for Christopher Lee's or Oliver Reed's performance, you'll find yourself engrossed in a wonderful family film and wondering why more classics aren't given such great treatment. Highly recommended!

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