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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although not the most famous, this movie is widely considered to be the best and most accurate adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Flint's men are attacking the inn, Mrs. Hawkins is carrying a candlestick... with an electric cord running from it. 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 Treasure Island (1934) 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

 
Fond memories
3 August 2001 | by André-7See all my reviews

Cudoes to all those involved. The Hestons (father and son) for daring to risk a lot (in terms of reputation) on so well known a project. A superb and faithfull re-telling that still manages to surprise (the cannon scene was a beautiful coup de theatre).

This loving adaptation is the only one I remember that includes the haunting image of Israel Hands slowly sinking out of sight in the water... A description I will always remember from the novel and echoed at the very end of Benchley's JAWS.

This television version of Stevenson's book brought back fond memories of a teen-age summer on Prince edward Island, reading the adventures of Jim Hawkins striding the razor's edge between the honest Captain Smolett, and that band of ruffians that follow Long John Silver.


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