Kidnapped 1960

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This film keeps close to the original story by Robert Louis Stevenson about a young boy and his adventures in Scotland at the time of the Jacobite Rebellion. Starring Peter Finch and James MacArthur.

Starring:
Peter Finch, Peter O'Toole
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Kidnapped

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  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Peter Finch, Peter O'Toole, John Laurie, James MacArthur, Niall MacGinnis, Miles Malleson, Bernard Lee, Finlay Currie
Director Robert Stevenson
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 4 October 2004
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Philip G. Brown on 16 July 2010
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Disney regular Robert Stevenson directed and wrote this version of Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped' in 1960. It is full of old Scottish character actors, including John Laurie (doing a cross between his old crofter in Hitchcock's '39 Steps' and Private Fraser in 'Dad's Army'), Finlay Currie, Duncan Macrae (who does an excellent job of a really horrible highlander) and Andrew Cruickshank, fresh from Dr. Finlay's Casebook.

Another Disney regular James MacArthur plays David with an appropriate dour sincerity. I was going to complain about his Scottish accent, but it really is no worse than any of the English actors who include Peter Finch in the lead role, Bernard Lee (just prior to playing 'M'), and Peter O'Toole (almost unrecognisable in his debut performance as a bearded and tartaned MacGregor).

The production is nicely filmed in Technicolor with some real Scottish scenery, but some of the studio sets and the abysmal ship models in the Pinewood tank let the production down and make you think this was quite a low budget affair.

Recommended for its integrity and good honest storytelling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Kingswell on 20 April 2010
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This is a good adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, although it might have been better. James MacArthur is well cast as the young David Balfour who, upon the death of his father, makes a journey to the house of his uncle Ebenezer ( played in his own inimitable way by John Laurie ). While there, he finds evidence that his uncle has swindled his father out of his estate and that he, David Balfour, is now the rightful inheritor. His uncle contrives to have him kidnapped and sent into slavery, but a chance meeting with adventurer Alan Breck Stewart ( played by Peter Finch ) brings about his release and a chance to secure his inheritance.
Peter Finch makes a good Alan Breck and he plays the part very well, but I would have liked to see someone a little more dashing like Richard Todd who had already starred in Disney's 'The Story of Robin Hood', 'The Sword And The Rose' and 'Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue' in the early '50s. I guess he had moved on from this sort of role by the time 'Kidnapped' was made.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By redgeorge on 29 April 2011
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John Lawrie is brilliant as ebeneezer balfour, but credible performances all round, classic boys adventure, ripping yarn.I have three versions of this story and this one is the best
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scotsplum on 29 Nov 2011
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Bought this product thinking it would be like some of the recent Disney films of books (like Lion witch and wardrobe or Dawntreader) and not be close to the book. How wrong I was, I had forgotten that this film was made when Walt Disney's principles ran Disney and things would be as close to the book as possible (unlike now when Box office Finance is the principle). This film is entertaining makes you think and keeps you interested. It highlights that greed and jealousy have always been around and the law can be twisted but the outcome is great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H. T. Brown on 16 Nov 2011
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good entertainment for all the family, a little dated but my grandson was glued to the screen watching the scenes of the ruined manor steps to the tower. Kept him quiet for a short time. He was amazed at the sword fencing. All good fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Pook on 8 Dec 2012
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this was very good with excellent English. Excellent to show school children who are studying English as a foreign language
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on 6 Aug 2011
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Wonderful old fashioned children's/family film. That does not, however, detract from some great character portrayals by Finch, Currie, Laurie and the rest of the cast. This was a trip down memory lane for me and I'll certainly be revisiting from time to time! "They don't make 'em like ..."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Brooker on 27 July 2010
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A good old fashioned family adventure film that is well worth buying for you - your children=grandchildren.
You will be surprised that the children might enjoy this more than you thought!
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