15-year-old Davie Balfour is poised to receive a vast inheritance when he's lured onto a cargo ship, knocked unconscious, and kidnapped by his malevolent uncle Ebenezer, who devises a ... See full summary »
15-year-old Davie Balfour is poised to receive a vast inheritance when he's lured onto a cargo ship, knocked unconscious, and kidnapped by his malevolent uncle Ebenezer, who devises a scheme to sell him into slavery. But Davie's unforeseen rescue at the hands of a Scottish rogue, Alan Breck, sees them racing across the Scottish moors, with English bounty hunters in hot pursuit. Written by
Through 2013, this is the twelfth in a string of twelve productions with the title of "Kidnapped" and which are also based on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel, after Kidnapped (1917), Kidnapped (1938), Kidnapped (1948), Kidnapped (TV Series) (1952), Kidnapped (1960), Kidnapped (TV Mini-Series) (1963), Kidnapped (1971), Kidnapped (TV Movie) (1973), Kidnapped (TV Mini-Series) (1978), Kidnapped (1986), Kidnapped (1995), and Kidnapped (TV Movie) (2005). See more »
I remember being fairly disappointed with the early 1970s adaptation of KIDNAPPED starring Michael Caine . Perhaps the fact that I saw this three part TV series had everything to do with it ?
What I liked about this adaptation is that some thought seems to have gone into the story structure . Episode one introduces the characters then concentrates on Alan Breck and Davie Balfour being cornered on the boat which sets up a cliffhanger for episode two which sees them on the run in the Highlands being pursued setting up another cliffhanger episode for the final part where everything is resolved
It's certainly exciting epic stuff and I'm sorry that at least one reviewer on this page wasn't too happy with it . Iain Glen makes a flamboyant hero far better than Michael Caine was and perhaps my only criticism is that it's fairly obvious the locations resemble Middle Earth rather than the Scottish Highlands . A pity the production team felt the need to travel to the other side o the world to make this very Scottish drama
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