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Kidnapped (1971)

In eighteenth century Scotland, during the Jacobite Rebellion, David Balfour claims his inheritance from his uncle who has him shanghaied on a ship where David meets fugitive Jacobite rebel Alan Breck.


Delbert Mann


Robert Louis Stevenson (based on Kidnapped and David Balfour), Jack Pulman (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Alan Breck
Lawrence Douglas ... David Balfour
Vivien Heilbron Vivien Heilbron ... Catriona Stewart
Trevor Howard ... Lord Advocate
Jack Hawkins ... Captain Hoseason
Donald Pleasence ... Ebenezer Balfour
Gordon Jackson ... Charles Stewart
Freddie Jones ... Cluny
Jack Watson ... James Stewart
Peter Jeffrey ... Riach
Roger Booth ... Duke of Cumberland
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Lt. Duncansby
Andrew McCulloch ... Andrew
Claire Nielson Claire Nielson ... Barbara Grant
John Hughes John Hughes ... Simon Campbell


When young David Balfour arrives at his uncle's bleak Scottish house to claim his inheritance his relative first tries to murder him then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the colonies. Fortunately for the lad he strikes up a friendship with Alan Breck escaping from Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat at Culloden. When the ship's Captain tries to kill Breck for his money the two manage to get to land and set out for Edinburgh dodging the ruthless Redcoats. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Jack Hawkins couldn't speak and had to have his voice dubbed because he had been operated on for throat cancer and has had a tracheotomy. This is also the reason why in every scene he wears a scarf, it obscures the site of the tracheotomy. He made several other films during this period where the same method of concealing the tracheotomy site is used. See more »


Catriona in the getaway is wearing a blue/brown check tartan dress split up the front showing a white underskirt and a shawl. She's seen in this costume a couple of times as she, Alan Breck and David elude the redcoats but when they come across a looted cottage she's seen wearing a light brown bodice square cut across the chest and laced down the front. When they flee the cottage she's back in the tartan dress. Alan in the gateway has a belt, pistol and a long dagger. When he reaches the rear of the cottage he's also got a strap over his right shoulder to his left side with a scabard which he's lost when they leave the cottage.Alan and Catriona are given shelter by Cluny who tells his wife to give Catriona fresh clothes as her tartan dress is torn. The following morning she's seen in the tartan dress and Alan with the sword belt. The sequences have obviously been wrongly edited. See more »


Lord Advocate: [to David Balfour] I feel sorry for Alan Breck. The future of Scotland belongs more to James Stewart dead, then it does to him. He dreams of new Culloden's! Better he to die on the field of battle than to end his days in some squalid French tenement.
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For All My Days
Sung by Mary Hopkin
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
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The plot involves a young man accidentally caught up in the political events in Scotland following the Battle of Culloden.
2 October 2000 | by larry-hilderbrandSee all my reviews

The plot revolves around a young man who is betrayed by his uncle and is kidnapped for service aboard a ship. The ship is headed for America where he will be sold into slavery. On board the ship, he is befriended by Alan Breck, a rebel Scotsman. The ship is wrecked off the coast of Scotland and Balfour (the young man) and Breck (played by Michael Caine) are forced to seek aid from some of Breck's relatives. The English are still combing the countryside in search of clansmen and rebels. The two become involved in the murder of a local Scot who was working for the British. They must then elude the British while making their way to Edinburgh. Balfour to confront his uncle and Breck to hire a ship for his escape to France. This movie is nothing but high adventure! Michael Caine plays the role with the same flair and style that he always brings to the screen. He portrays a man who is a true patriot yet he must face the realization that the Clans have now been effectively destroyed by the British--the Scotland he loved and fought for no longer exists. This is high adventure at its best! It is also a moving, poignant story of a culture in its death throes.It is a magnificent, heroic movie. I loved it! Hope it is soon released on DVD!!

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9 June 1972 (Portugal) See more »

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