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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the DVD director's commentary, Fraser C. Heston says that they were not able to show Long John Silver's parrot on his shoulder as often as they would have liked, because the bird tended to nibble on his father's ear. See more »

Goofs

John Silver's band of pirates haul a small cannon ashore to attack the captain and his crew in the stockade. During the skirmish, several large holes are blown into the walls and roof of the stockade. A few scenes later, exterior shots show no evidence of damage. 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

Version of Ostrov sokrovishch (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star of the County Down
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Heard in the background during the Bristol tavern scene]
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User Reviews

 
The absolutely best version of Stevensons classic novel
28 November 2005 | by kienbergerSee all my reviews

Although one of the commentaries states that he would have give 10 of 10 if the movie has been released widescreen in DTS I will give it nevertheless 10 points. This is based not on the technical side. Me as well would have greatly appreciated a Release on DVD in German Language in a Widescreen Apect Ratio but I'm afraid this Picture was shot in an 1.33 open gate Aspect Ratio due to the primary intense to broadcast it on TV (the Movie was produced by HBO). If so, a blow up to a 1.78 or wider would cut of heads or other important parts of the image.

HBO has proved a dozen times (The Last Outlaw) that it is even more able to produce absolutely high class movies than some studios or independents simply by using the essence for a good film in a way it has to be: the story.

Fraser Clarke Heston who did produce, wrote the screenplay and directed the movie did a really great Job. In his fussy stile (in the most positive tenor) he tried to take the story by Louis Stevenson in an image how it was intended. He meet the fantasy of thousand of readers and involve them in the movie. They are riveted on the picture from the very first minute.

This movie is perfect! The Screenplay, the arc of suspense, the Language as it was spoken at that time, the clothes as they were worn, the decoration, the dirt, the teeth, the properties, the ship, the location, the make-up, hair-dresser and even the continuity are perfect. The story is known by all. The Actors as well.

Therefore an extensive comment is needless except this one sentence:

It's perfect and a great enjoyment to view, watch it !!


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