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Shipwrecked (1990)

Haakon Haakonsen (original title)
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A young Norwegian boy in 1850s England goes to work as a cabin boy and discovers some of his shipmates are actually pirates.


Nils Gaup


O.V. Falck-Ytter (book), Nils Gaup (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Stian Smestad ... Haakon Haakonsen
Gabriel Byrne ... Lt. John Merrick
Louisa Milwood-Haigh Louisa Milwood-Haigh ... Mary (as Louisa Haigh)
Trond Peter Stamsø Munch ... Jens
Bjørn Sundquist ... Mr. Håkonsen
Eva von Hanno Eva von Hanno ... Mrs. Håkonsen
Kjell Stormoen ... The Captain
Karl Sundby Karl Sundby ... Bosun
Knut Walle ... Berg
Harald Brenna Harald Brenna ... Steine
John Sigurd Kristensen John Sigurd Kristensen ... Bakken
Geo von Krogh Geo von Krogh ... Old Salt
Frank Krog Frank Krog ... Wernes
Joachim Rafaelsen Joachim Rafaelsen ... Ole
Guy Fithen Guy Fithen ... Thatcher


Haakon Haakonsen didn't want to go to sea so young, but when his father, a Norwegian sailor, comes home with a badly wounded foot in the 1850s, the Haakonsen family finances require him to enlist as ship boy aboard a British ship under Royal Navy authority. After some hazing he buckles up to learn the hard work and gets accepted by the rough crew. Then Royal Navy lieutenant John Merrick is welcomed to take charge of security on a long voyage to Sidney and Calcutta, through pirates-infested waters, but Haakon distrusts him after finding out that he packed concealed weapons; indeed Merrick secretly poisons the captain. Haakon and his guardian angel, his father's best mate Jens, were about to feel the claw of the cat for helping a stowaway when a rock wrecks the ship. Haakon washes up an island where he finds a pirates treasure and weapons. Written by KGF Vissers

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A quest for survival that became the adventure of a lifetime.


Adventure | Family


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Did You Know?


This is a dubbed movie. When Merrick first speaks in the film, he is speaking English in the original version. This also happens later in the film with other characters that should speak English. In the R2 DVD (Håkon Håkonsen) you can see this as they translate the English into Norwegian during those scenes. The score and the title intro are also unique or differently placed throughout the film. See more »


In the climax, Merrick's boat is blown to bits. Yet, the caliber and type of the cannon Mary uses are inconsistent with the blast it creates, not to mention projectiles of the time did not explode on impact. See more »


Håkon: You're a girl!
Mary: You've seen one before haven't you?
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode dated 5 December 1991 (1991) See more »

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This pirate doesn't bond with this kid
4 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This production of Shipwrecked truly went the corner of the globe for its cinematography. The story took us from Norway, to London, to Sydney and then to the South Seas. Appropriately we got location shooting in the United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, and Fiji.

I'm sure in Norway the novel Haakon Haakonsen was thoroughly enjoyed by boys of all ages. Young Stian Smestad plays the title role in Shipwrecked about a kid whose injured father cannot take on a sea voyage and his lack of payment guarantee will force the family off their farm. So young Haakon takes dad's place on the ship and first port of call is London.

Where they pick up a new mate in Gabriel Bryne, arguably the only cast member you might know. He's not what he seems, he's as much an honest sailor and Lieutenant in the British navy as Long John Silver was a cook. In fact he's in the same profession as Silver and like in Treasure Island in Sydney he gets a few of his fellow pirates on board the ship as crew. They also pick up a stowaway in Louisa Millwood-Haigh who is an orphan trying to get to Calcutta and an uncle.

From Treasure Island we now get a bit of Robinson Crusoe when after a fight Smestad is marooned on a tropical island. If you know both classic novels you know how this will turn out.

Disney Studios released this in America and small wonder that they chose this property to put under their banner. It's a good adventure story for kids with some really nice color cinematography of the South Seas. Young Smestad comes off like a real kid not a Hollywood juvenile. And Gabriel Byrne is the kind of villain you love to see get his. Unlike Treasure Island this don't bond with this kid.

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Release Date:

1 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Fiji See more »


Box Office


NOK60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,871,766, 3 March 1991

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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