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
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Charlton Heston and Christian Bale became good friends from working together on this movie. Bale was one of the few high profile celebrities seen at Heston's funeral years later. See more »
After the treasure is recovered and the ship is on course for home, Silver threatens Gunn with a knife to insure Gunn's help in escaping. The knife is obviously a Bowie style. No specific date for the story gets mentioned, but characters speak of participating in events of the mid-18th Century, placing this story several decades before Bowie designed his knife about 1830. See more »
[the pirates have heard what appears to be the ghost of Captain Flint]
Long John, don't you go crossing no spirit!
Long John Silver:
Spirit, eh? Maybe. But man, beast, or spirit... I don't care if it's Beelzebub himself. I'M GONNA GET THAT LOOT!
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[Heard in the background during the Bristol tavern scene] See more »
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More superlatives from me are not necessary. I will only say that I agree with the other commenters who consider this the best version of Treasure Island made so far. What would make a difference is for it to be released on DVD. If you would like to see this version of Treasure Island released on DVD, as I do, then please go to this link:
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If the link does not work or you don't care to use it, then do a Google search for Turner Classic Movies, then search on the site for Treasure Island (1990). Maybe if enough people vote for it, it will actually be released on DVD. It can't hurt.
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