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  • Actors: Jack Palance, Kevin Zegers, Patrick Bergin, Christopher Benjamin, Malcolm Stoddard
  • Directors: Peter Rowe
  • Writers: Peter Rowe, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Producers: Harry Alan Towers, Hélène Boulay, John Buchanan, Julie Allan, Pieter Kroonenburg
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Ilc
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T8VM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,633 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure yarn. Young Jim Hawkins becomes involved in skullduggery on the high seas when ailing pirate Billy Bones (Patrick Bergin) arrives to stay at his grandmother's inn, 'The Admiral Benbow'. Bones is being hunted down by his former shipmates, who want to get their hands on a map revealing the secret location of famous pirate Flint's treasure. Bones gives Jim the map, and he is joined by Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney when he goes in search of the island where the treasure is hidden. However, also hot on the trail is rascally one-legged pirate Long John Silver (Jack Palance), posing as ship's cook and ready to call his fellow crewmen to mutiny when the time is right!

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Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of dastardly pirates, swashbuckling heroes, buried treasure and a young boy's courgae during the adventure of a lifetime.

We begin with young Jim Hawkins, living with his grandmother at the Admiral Inn and all is quite as it should be ... until the fateful day a stanger named Billy Bones stumbles into the inn with a wild tale. He is being pursued by a man named Blind Pew, who hands him a piece of paper with "the black spot" on it. Bones tells Jim to go to his trunk and take the map of Treasure Island he finds inside.

Thus begins a wild journey, with Hawkins and his companions Dr Livesey and Squire Trelawaney on board the Hispaniola with the cook, Long John Silver, and his somwhat strange crew. As they near the island and untold treasure, Hawkins realises that "the crew" are not who they appear.

He is in danger of losing not only the disputed treasure but his young life. Treasure Island may in fact be his final resting place, if the pirates on board the Hispaniola don't murder him before they get there!

A fantastic adventure for all the family ...

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Adam Schiller on 16 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
A very disappointing version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. This is not because of its obvious low budget but because of its completely inexplicable change of plot from the novel. There seems absolutely no reason why such a wonderful story has been tampered with - novels are often adapted for film but so far does this stray from the novel that poor old RLS must surely be spinning in his grave! What a pity, I quite enjoyed the sight of the Isle of Mann magically transformed in to a tropical island using nothing more than a couple of potted palms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Gregory on 12 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Some of the pirates speak in badly-disguised American accents. Billy Bones, who in the story is about to die of an alcohol-induced stroke, looks a picture of rude health and is about as scary as a kitten wearing a plastic eye patch. Jim Hawkins is a plucky little chap with a posh accent who gets stuck in right at the start when he stabs Black Dog with a cutless - the pirate runs aound the Admiral Benbow Inn with the blade embedded in his back. When the action switches to Bristol, it appears as if the film has been made by some local amateur dramatic society. The town must be the busiest place in the world as hoards of extras compete to make their big break into movie stardom. Swelling, orchestral music obtrudes into practically every scene. Black Dog appears to have no ill-effects from nearly having his spinal column severed by Jim's cutlass and engages the boy in a wacky, Keystone Cops style chase through the streets of Bristol. At this point, I'd had enough, so I can't comment on the film as a whole. I'll just add that this version is in 4:3 format.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Shaw on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
I think this film is really good, despite going against the book. The film is good in its own rights and shouldn't be compared to the book. It is full of action, surprise and betrayal. This is well worth a watch for anyone who is a fan of the book, and perhaps would be interested in this alternative ending.

Young Jim Hawkins lives with his Gran at the Admiral Benbow Inn. Staying there is a man who when attacked by an old sea enemy gave Jim Hawkins a map to Captain Flint's Treasure. With his Gran dead Hawkins sets out to find the treasure with a load of menacing pirates. However, during their voyage Hawkins discovers that not all the pirates are as friendly as first thought. Once on the island the party divides and go against each other in the race to find the treasure.

I really enjoyed this film. It is reasonably easy to digest and not too complicated, but reading the book beforehand is useful. Of course it's impossible to recreate the effect the book has and that's probably why it is slightly different. But that adds a different perspective of the book.

Overall a well shot film, great for the family.
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By The Gentleman on 1 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good modern version,with a twist.Well worth watching.
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