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Kidnapped (1960)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 February 1960 (USA)
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In Scotland in 1751, young David Balfour is shanghaied aboard a ship where he meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck Stewart with whom he escapes to the Scottish Highlands, dodging the redcoats.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alan Breck Stewart
... David Balfour
... Captain Hoseason
... Ebenezer Balfour
... Mr. Shuan
... Cluny MacPherson
... Mr. Rankeillor
... The Highlander
Andrew Cruickshank ... Colin Campbell
... Robin MacGregor
Alex Mackenzie ... The Ferryman
... Mr. Campbell
Norman MacOwan ... Tinker
Eileen Way ... Jennet Clouston
Jack Stewart ... Landlord
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Kidnapped and cheated out of his inheritance, young David Balfour falls in with a Jacobite adventurer, Alan Breck Stewart. Falsely accused of murder, they must flee across the Highlands, evading the redcoats. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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SWASHBUCKLING ADVENTURE! FLASHING SWORDS AND RAGING SEAS...as soldiers of fortune fight for their lives! See more »


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Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped  »

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The first film Peter O'Toole actually made was The Savage Innocents (1960), but it was not released until shortly after both The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960) and "Kidnapped" had opened. All three films were shown in the UK within the space of about four months. See more »

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When David and Alan are reunited, Alan swears an oath to being innocent. In a brief close-up his beard changes. See more »

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Robin MacGregor: [when it is suggested that he and Alan Breck Stewart battle it out on the pipes instead of with the sword] Well Sir, have you music?
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Version of Kidnapped (1938) See more »

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An excellent adventure romp.
7 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

I loved the book, and began watching this Disney treatment quite sceptically, expecting huge changes in the plot and a completely different ending. But to my surprise it follows Stevenson's original text virtually to the letter. A number of events were left out, for reasons of budget and screen time, I suppose. But everything you see in the film is in the book with minimal variations.

The Scottish locations are fantastic, the art direction is excellent, the cameos by Currie, Malleson and Laurie are a joy to watch, and the pipe playing contest between Finch and O'Toole is unforgettable. It is obvious that James MacCarthur is in the film only because he was a raising star at Disney's at the time and they wouldn't use an unknown British boy instead. It makes sense, but of course we still would have liked to see a native Scot with a real accent instead of an American painfully trying to sound like a Scot. But he manages to get along anyway.

A perfect adventure film for a Saturday/Sunday matinée.


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