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Treasure Island (1999)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Family | 8 January 1999 (USA)
An adaptation of the Robert Lewis Stevenson adventure classic, in which a young boy sets off on a voyage armed with a map to buried treasure.


Peter Rowe


Peter Rowe (screenplay written by), Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novel by: "Treasure Island")

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Holland Sarah Holland ... The Strumpet
Pax Lohan Pax Lohan ... Gran
Anthony Booth ... Chief Revenue Officer
Christopher Benjamin ... Squire Trelawney
Malcolm Stoddard ... Captain Smollet
David Robb ... Doctor Livesey
Kevin Zegers ... Jim Hawkins
Jake Fry Jake Fry ... Morgan
Dermot Keaney ... Israel Hands
Cody Palance Cody Palance ... Blind Pew
Philip Whitchurch ... Black Dog (as Phillip Whitchurch)
Al Ashton Al Ashton ... George Merry (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Walter Sparrow ... Ben Gunn
Patrick Bergin ... Billy Bones
Jack Palance ... Long John Silver


An adaptation of the Robert Lewis Stevenson adventure classic, in which a young boy sets off on a voyage armed with a map to buried treasure.

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Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Schatzinsel See more »

Filming Locations:

Castletown, Isle of Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


Jack Palance's last theatrical film. See more »


During his conversation with the doctor, just before they go to see Squire Trelawney with the map, a long piece of hay (at around 22 mins) disappears (at around 28 mins) then reappears (at around 38 mins) from Jim Hawkin's left shoulder. See more »


Long John Silver: [Jim is being tattooed] Och, that's a fine tattoo, Jim. It's a sign you're now truly a gentleman of fortune like the rest of us, eh?
Jim Hawkins: Gentleman of fortune? Doesn't that mean a pirate?
Long John Silver: Ah, pirate, Jim... now the word's a tricky one. For instance, here, who'd be the pirates? The men who worked their way across this treasure cruise and simply wanted their... their fair share of it or men like the Squire and the Captain who stole a treasure chart from a lad who was given it and then betrayed him out ...
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Post Production Dog .... Shakespeare (at 01:33:05) See more »


Version of Ostrov sokrovishch (1982) See more »

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Jack play John, someone else plays Jack
23 June 2016 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Ain't Treasure Island the best story ever about a bunch of adults trying to kill a child? This is a version from the nineties that I picked up for seven pence, with Jack Palance as Long John Silver. I'm still holding out for a copy of that Italian one set in space, because there's no way that can't not be not good.

You know the story: Some fud called Jack works in a doss house in Cornwall while his mum lies in bed claiming Employment Support Allowance. One day this tosser turns up and gets wasted and tells Jack to watch out for a guy with one leg (whom I'd imagine is also claiming some sort of disability benefit). Then this blind guy turns up (more disability benefit) and curses the other guy. Before you know it loads of guys turns up and try and kill everyone and Jack ends up with a map and so on and so forth.

After nearly being killed several times by various pirates, Jack ends up on a ship with a small crew of English gentleman and a much larger crew of obvious pirates who are definitely not just waiting to kill the gentry and get a hold of that map. Jack Palance shows up as definitely not the leader of the pirates and they all head of for some island.

Following some man on man love action that was cut from most versions of this film (they are at see for months you know and no one likes to be alone), they all finally get to the island so they can start killing each other. By this time Jack's run off and met this arsehole called Ben Gunn, Silver's got his pirates up against the gentry, and there's a battle on the beach where only a few live to travel the sea once more. The End.

What you'll notice first is that the island is this version of treasure island is a bit…Nothern European. I had it pegged as Ireland but it turns out to be the Isle of Man (you know, that island where everyone has three legs). You'll also notice that they didn't bother doing anything with Bristol and just used the city as it looks today (including the hookers). This story can't be ruined so it's a fair bet you'll enjoy this one.

Now go away, I'm overdue my injection of smack. (The preceding is a transcription of the 1996 episode of FILM '99 with Barry Norman)

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