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 ...
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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 »
The BBC Sunday tea time classic serial has been away a long time; in case anyone was feeling nostalgic this is a typical example of the amateurish, patronising fare considered appropriate for the slot. This is a far from faithful adaptation; which would be acceptable if the changes had been effective in replicating the excitement of the book in another medium. Unfortunately this was very, very dull. Precious little of the tension of the novel survives, but there is a lot of running around. The expanded role given to the cabin boy does nothing to advance the plot, and the young actor playing him is rather irritating. In another major plot change Catriona, the eponymous heroine of the sequel, appears a book early as the feisty daughter of the noble James of the Glens (rather than of the villainous James More MacGregor). On the plus side, Iain Glenn makes quite a decent Alan Breck, and New Zealand puts in a perfectly adequate performance as Scotland.
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