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Treasure Island (1990)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Crime | TV Movie 22 January 1990
The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate Captain Long John Silver.


Fraser C. Heston (as Fraser Clarke Heston)


Fraser C. Heston (as Fraser Clarke Heston), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Long John Silver
Christian Bale ... Jim Hawkins
Oliver Reed ... Capt. Billy Bones
Christopher Lee ... Blind Pew
Richard Johnson ... Squire Trelawney
Julian Glover ... Dr. Livesey
Isla Blair ... Mrs. Hawkins
Clive Wood ... Captain Smollet
Nicholas Amer ... Ben Gunn (as Nicolas Amer)
John Abbott John Abbott ... Joyce
James Cosmo ... Redruth
James Coyle James Coyle ... Morgan
Michael Halsey ... Israel Hands
Michael Thoma Michael Thoma ... Hunter
Pete Postlethwaite ... George Merry (as Peter Postlethwaite)


Young Jim Hawkins, while running the Benbow Inn with his mother, meets Captain Billy Bones, who dies at the inn while it is besieged by buccaneers led by Blind Pew. Jim and his mother fight off the attackers and discover Billy Bones' treasure map for which the buccaneers had come. Jim agrees to sail on the Hispaniola with Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey to find the treasure on a mysterious island. Upon arriving at the island, ship's cook and scalawag Long John Silver leads a mutiny of crew members who want the treasure for themselves. Jim helps the Squire and Hispaniola officers to survive the mutiny and fight back against Silver's men, who have taken over the Hispaniola. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Sail the high seas. Battle the pirates. Live the adventure.


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Did You Know?


Fraser C. Heston's next movie was Needful Things (1993). In that movie, Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow) sells a first edition of "Treasure Island". See more »


Just after going ashore on "treasure island" Long John Silver engages in a knife fight with a young man named "Tom". During the fight Silver's knife blade bends against the ground in a very rubbery prop knife like way. See more »


Long John Silver: Them that dies'll be the lucky ones!
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Version of Treasure Island (1934) See more »


The Star of the County Down
[Heard in the background during the Bristol tavern scene]
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I'm as silent as a grave!
21 November 2003 | by cannyelshieSee all my reviews

Treasure Island! One of the best movies of all time. Ok, just one of my favorites. Have watched it millions of times and don't get tired of it. My brother works with fishermen and tugboat fellas and they all love this movie. If the seafarin' folks love it, well then, as a seafarin' tale goes it must be good, eh? Sort of a cult film amongst 'em. Well, at least the sea farin' folks of Ballard and maybe its just that the damp has gotten into their brains.

Speaking of Israel Hands sinking into the depths of the Carribean, try rewinding it while it is playing to see him magically rise from the depths, do an expert back flip and land on the crow's nest. It's really quite funny.

Ok, so why the wierd "one line summary"? It is one of my favorite lines from the movie where Squire Trelawney (sp?) is swearing secrecy to the whole treasure

expidition. We all know how well he kept it. But his face when he says it is quite comical. "I'm as silent . . . as a grave!"

Good job Christian Bale, you'll always be Jim Hawkins to us whether you like it or not. Billy Bo-nes, few can cough and die as disgustingly as you.

If you like Treasure Island, watch "Yellow Beard". Sort of spoofs it in a Monty Python fashion.

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Release Date:

22 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Treasure Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Clovelly, Devon, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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