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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.

Director:

Fraser C. Heston (as Fraser Clarke Heston)

Writers:

Fraser C. Heston (as Fraser Clarke Heston), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[the pirates have heard what appears to be the ghost of Captain Flint]
George Merry: 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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Connections

Spin-off Destination: Treasure Island (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star of the County Down
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Heard in the background during the Bristol tavern scene]
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Vote for a DVD release at TCM
12 January 2006 | by blackhawk66See all my reviews

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:

http://tcmdb.com/title/title.jsp?scarlettTitleId=14882

and vote for it (on the right hand side of the screen).

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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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Treasure Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Clovelly, Devon, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78:1
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