Treasure Island

Treasure Island

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Director: Byron Haskin

Cast: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney

     
 

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The Walt Disney production of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic novel Treasure Island is one of the company's best live-action films of the '50s, and one of the best family-oriented adventures ever filmed. Bobby Driscoll plays Jim Hawkins, a young cabin boy who battles the pirate Long John Silver (Robert Newton) for a treasure. Disney changes the ending of theSee more details below

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The Walt Disney production of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic novel Treasure Island is one of the company's best live-action films of the '50s, and one of the best family-oriented adventures ever filmed. Bobby Driscoll plays Jim Hawkins, a young cabin boy who battles the pirate Long John Silver (Robert Newton) for a treasure. Disney changes the ending of the book, yet the film is so entertaining--particularly Newton's scene-stealing performance--that the difference is forgivable. In the '70s, Treasure Island was re-issued with "objectionable" violence cut out of the print; the original version was restored in the 1992 home video re-release.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Some critics, not completely enchanted with Treasure Planet, wondered why the Walt Disney Studios didn't make a straight animated version of Robert Louis Stevenson's enduring story about a boy and his pirate. One reason may be that Disney already made that movie in 1950, a ripping adventure that ranks among the studio's greatest live-action family classics. Bobby Driscoll stars as plucky young Jim Hawkins, who comes into possession of a pirate treasure map. Robert Newton is perhaps the definitive screen Long John Silver, complete with the "aargh" brogue and "pieces of eight"-squawking parrot atop his shoulder that launched a thousand parodies. Although the PG-rated violence may seem small potatoes compared to today's screen action vehicles, it's certainly notable for a Disney movie. One pirate takes a knife in the back, and in a tense climactic scene, Jim is wounded in the shoulder. Other unfortunate swabs tend to get shot in the face. DVD enthusiasts may quarrel with the less than pristine picture quality and the lack of extras, but young seafaring landlubbers and nostalgic baby boomers will thrill to the opportunity of sailing away with Jim and crew.
All Movie Guide
The most popular and often-filmed of all pirate adventure stories is this Robert Louis Stevenson classic. It was filmed by MGM in 1934 and remade several times, but no version was more memorable than the 1950 Walt Disney effort. As Disney pictures go, Treasure Island was rather daring, with so much spectacle and violence that some of the battle sequences had to be edited out in some versions. At the heart of the film's appeal was the unique performance of Robert Newton as villain Long John Silver. Newton's combination of swagger, cruelty, and foppishness gives the film needed weight, since so much of the suspense depends on the young protagonist's fear and loathing of his nemesis. Many a young child's nightmares were filled with Newton's characterization of Silver, and Treasure Island was a prime example of the criticism that Disney's successful pictures depend as much on instilling fear as on providing comfort.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/1997
UPC:
0786936028645
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bobby Driscoll Jim Hawkins
Robert Newton Long John Silver
Basil Sydney Capt. Smollett
Walter Fitzgerald Squire Trelawney
Denis O'Dea Dr. Livesey
Finlay Currie Capt. Billy Bones
Ralph Truman George Merry
John Laurie Blind Pew
Francis de Wolff Black Dog
Geoffrey Wilkinson Ben Gunn
Geoffrey Keen Israel Hands
William Devlin Tom Morgan
Sam Kydd Cady
Harry Locke Haggott
Stephen Jack Job Anderson
Gordon Mulholland Durgin
Patrick Troughton Roach
Leo Phillips Spotts
Fred Clark Bray
Tom Lucas Upson
David Davies Mr. Arrow
John Gregson Redruth
Howard Douglas Williams
Eddie Moran Jack Bart

Technical Credits
Byron Haskin Director
Peter Ellenshaw Art Director
Alan Jaggs Editor
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Morahan Production Designer
Clifton Parker Score Composer
Perce Pearce Producer
Tony Sforzini Makeup
Lawrence Edward Watkin Screenwriter
Freddie Young Cinematographer

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