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Kidnapped (1971)

In 18th 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.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Alan Breck
Lawrence Douglas ... David / David Balfour
Vivien Heilbron Vivien Heilbron ... Catriona / 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
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Storyline

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 Culludon. 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Great Adventure Story...Now a Monumental Motion Picture!

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Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1972 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidnapped See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film's Director of Photography Paul Beeson was also the Director of Photography for the film Kidnapped (1960), another adaptation of the 1884 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. See more »

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The Scottish and the "British"
4 July 2005 | by JekyllBoote-1See all my reviews

May I take this opportunity to correct a misunderstanding that has arisen in connection with "Kidnapped". In doing so I shall not attempt a review of the film itself, other than to note here that it is reasonably well-made and entertaining.

Whatever the rights and wrongs (ethically speaking) of the breakup of the old clan system in the Scottish Highlands, and the claims of the Jacobite Succession, it is just plain wrong (factually speaking) to refer to the English as the "British" by contrast with the Scots. The term British refers to anyone who was a subject of the British Crown, subsequent to the Act of Union of 1707; it can refer indifferently to Scots, Welsh, English and Northern Irish, and historically (prior to Home Rule) to the Irish generally.

There may be some sentimentality on the part of American viewers who, mindful of their own War of Independence, wish to identify with others struggling against "British" rule. But the terms British and English are not, and should not be considered, interchangeable.

(There is great ignorance about this distinction in Continental Europe as well; I have had many animated discussions with German-speakers, who have failed to distinguish between "England" and "Grossbritannien", and with Francophones, who think that the whole of "Grande-Bretagne" is also "Angleterre". This may be politically comforting, but is culturally and historically WRONG!)


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