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Magic Island (1995)

Jack Carlisle is a disillusioned 13-year old boy. His mother is always away at work since his father left. He decides to run away, as his mom won't miss him. As he is ready to leave, his ... See full summary »

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Sam Irvin

Writers:

Neil Ruttenberg (screenplay by), Brent V. Friedman (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zachery Ty Bryan ... Jack Carlisle
Andrew Divoff ... Blackbeard
Edward Kerr ... Prince Morgan
Lee Armstrong Lee Armstrong ... Gwyn
French Stewart ... Mr. Sapperstein
Jessie-Ann Friend Jessie-Ann Friend ... Lily
Oscar Dillon ... Dumas
Abraham Benrubi ... Duckbone
Sean O'Kane ... Jolly Bob
Schae Harrison ... Mrs. Carlisle
Ja'net DuBois ... Lucretia
Terry Sweeney ... Funny Face (voice)
Martine Beswick ... Lady Face (voice) (as Martine Beswicke)
Isaac Hayes ... Mad Face (voice)
Sam Irvin ... Carbassas
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Storyline

Jack Carlisle is a disillusioned 13-year old boy. His mother is always away at work since his father left. He decides to run away, as his mom won't miss him. As he is ready to leave, his nanny, convinces him to read this 'magic book'. The book is about a pirate adventure on Magic Island. As Jack reads the book, he is sucked into the world and goes on numerous adventures with Prince Morgan, while fleeing the evil Blackbeard the Pirate. He is even saved by Lily, a beautiful mermaid, whom he falls in love with. Written by Neil Bradley <riplord@aol.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (RGB)
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Goofs

After Lily saves Jack, they sit on the rocks and talk, and the position of Jack's wet hair keeps changing in every shot. See more »

Quotes

Supperstein: [Jack's stereo plays loud music] What be that noise, captain?
Blackbeard: What?
Supperstein: I said, "What BE that noise?"
Blackbeard: What?
Supperstein: [music stops] I said, "WHAT BE THAT INFERNAL RACKET?
Blackbeard: IT BE YOU HOLLERIN' IN ME EAR!
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References The Arrival (1991) See more »

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Resurrection
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Performed by Quiet Riot
Produced by Kevin DuBrow and Ricky DeLena
Written by Carlos Cavazo
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A decent children's adventure movie.
13 June 2019 | by SethDanoSee all my reviews

I originally saw this little gem on cable tv back in the 90's when it first came out. This was one of Full Moon Pictures' efforts into making movies aimed towards kids. Magic Island borrows an awful lot from The Never Ending Story (which is far superior) but it still manages to bring some of its own creative ideas to the table.

Most of the actors are really over the top but in a fun and goofy sort of way. The pirates are less like villains and more like a band of Three Stooges wannabees. Zachery Ty Bryan is about as engaging as he was on Home Improvement but he still shines above the rest of this cast of no-names. The cinematography is pretty cheesy compared to other Full Moon flicks but it's a pretty rare movie and it might just be a poor video transfer that I watched.

One of the movie's biggest highlights is the weird special effects like the stop-motion stone giant and the sand shark puppet which honestly gave me nightmares as a kid but unfortunately the goofy 90's special effects are too far and few in between. Maybe if they had something else like the giant crab from Ray Harryhausen's Mysterious Island then I would've given it a much higher rating.

The concept is still pretty inventive and there is a lot of silly moments to keep children entertained and I guess that's technically who the movie was made for. I might not have the same appreciation for it as an adult but I loved it as a kid so the movie does its job.


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