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29 March 1998 (USA) See more »
A down-on-his-luck sea captain accepts an assignment on a rickety boat with a mysterious cargo and a questionable crew... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Robbie Coltrane ... Capt. Chisholm
Chris Barnes ... Bunch

Steven Mackintosh ... Swanson
John Adewole ... Restaurant Owner
Alain Bourgoin ... Marine Lieutenant
Philippe Smolikowski ... French Naval Officer
Jude Akuwudike ... Fakeeva
Yomi A. Michaels ... Taveeta
Sean Scanlan ... Strickland
Daniel de la Falaise ... Telegram Operator
Michael Mellinger ... Victor Kleist
Simon Donald ... Dr. Lewis

Nigel Terry ... Ellstrom

Meera Simhan ... Kuria (as Meera Narasimhan)

Directed by
Nicholas Renton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Simon Donald 
Lloyd Osbourne  novel
Robert Louis Stevenson  novel "The Ebb Tide"

Produced by
Hilary Bevan Jones .... producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Network
Gub Neal .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bill Connor 
Cinematography by
Remi Adefarasin 
Film Editing by
Edward Mansell 
Production Design by
Chris Wilkinson 
Art Direction by
David Butterworth 
Costume Design by
Tudor George 
Makeup Department
Magdalen Gaffney .... makeup artist: Robbie Coltrane
Janet Horsfield .... makeup artist
Sue Milton .... makeup designer
Production Management
Des Hughes .... production manager
Bill Leather .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jude Harrison .... second assistant director
Jack Ravenscroft .... third assistant director
Maryann Wilson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard Brockless .... scenic artist
Phil Buckley .... graphic designer
John Eccles .... production buyer
Tommy Lyons .... chargehand asm
Peter O'Rourke .... stand-by props
Alan Scholes .... dressing props
Vic Shirovay .... dressing props
Sound Department
Mark Briscoe .... dubbing editor
Tony Cooper .... boom operator
John Senior .... dubbing editor
Phil Smith .... sound mixer
John Whitworth .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Steve Tomkow .... armourer
Visual Effects by
Perry Brahan .... visual effects assistant
Russell Pritchett .... visual effects assistant
Peter Wragg .... visual effects designer
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Arnold .... grip
Sarah Bartles-Smith .... clapper loader
Mike Fisher Jr. .... assistant grip
Stuart Grant .... best boy
David Ratcliffe .... lighting gaffer
Sean Savage .... camera operator
Ben Wilson .... focus puller
Casting Department
Andrew Hall .... casting assistant
Marilyn Johnson .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Richards .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
David Boyle .... assistant film editor
Chris Clarkson .... assistant film editor
Neil Parker .... colorist
Other crew
Susie Conklin .... script editor
Lindsay Grant .... continuity
Catriona McKenzie .... development executive
Craig McNeil .... production executive
Michael Park .... unit publicist
John Patteson .... armorer (as John F. Patteson)

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Brazil:97 min
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Version of Ebb Tide (1915)See more »


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A creative adaption of Stevenson's work, 13 December 1999
Author: E.L. Scott from Portland, Oregon

The film Ebb-Tide is a creative adaption of R.L. Stevenson's story. Using the location and much of the original story, the script then brings in essentially new characters (thus the different names) with new motivation. While purists will no doubt howl and cry foul, I liked this version because I didn't care for the rather stolid, preachy original story.

Robbie Coltrane gives his usual solid performance. Steven Mackintosh creates his usual ambiguous, multidimensional character, and Chris Barnes gives a nice performance in a larger role.

This is a good-looking production with some flaws. For example, there is never wind in the sails during dialogue scenes, and how they sail from what is clearly the Caribbean to Australia is carefully avoided.

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