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Treasure Island (1985)

Raoul Ruiz's surrealistic modern-day riff on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel.

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Raoul Ruiz (as Raul Ruiz)

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Raoul Ruiz (as Raul Ruiz), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Vic Tayback ... Silver
Martin Landau ... The Captain
Anna Karina ... Mother
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Midas (as Jean-Pierre Leaud)
Sheila ... Aunt Helen
Lou Castel ... Doctor / Father
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Israel Hands (The Rat) (as Jean-François Stevenin)
Yves Afonso ... French Captain
Jeffrey Kime Jeffrey Kime ... Timothy (The Squire)
Michel Ferber Michel Ferber ... Crabb
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Mendoza (as Pedro Armendariz Jnr.)
Charles Schmitt Charles Schmitt ... The Blind Man (as Charles Schmidt)
Tony Jessen Tony Jessen ... Ben Gunn
Melvil Poupaud ... Jim Hawkins
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Raoul Ruiz's surrealistic modern-day riff on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel.

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English

Release Date:

15 June 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Tesouro See more »

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Senegal See more »

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Mono

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All roads lead to Treasure Island
7 December 2007 | by NozzSee all my reviews

More yet than you go to find Treasure Island, Treasure Island comes to find you. The fatherless Jim is visited at the original book's beginning by figures in a confusing death pursuit who wrench him out of his bleak but quiet childhood. In this movie, Jim is not fatherless but his father is deep in the pursuit from the beginning; never was there any other way. Childhood is a lengthy phantasmagoria, and both the boy hero and the viewer may feel relieved to finally set sail with some kind of idea, however imperfect, as to who is who and as to what the objective is. This modernization is certainly no movie with which to introduce the tale to a youngster-- or to anyone else. You need a prior familiarity with the book, you need a tolerance for red herrings and ambiguity, and at least for the English-dubbed version you need to be willing to suffer dialogue that is not merely unrealistic but downright awkward. If you can get past all that, you can enjoy a combination of surrealism, allegory, and straight-faced B-movie absurdity that will have you shaking your head and wondering what gullible pockets ever supplied the budget.


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