Treasure Island

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Ah-aaarh, Jim lad! Where would we be without Robert Louis Stevenson? With Heston père et fils attempting some kind of comeback for the great old piratical fable, this has coral-blue location cinematography somewhere off the Spanish Main, one of those solid True Brit casts, and Charlton Heston, plus parrot, making what is not even a really interestingly bad job of old Long John himself. An over-familiar (and over-familial) version of Stevenson's novel, made for TV, it has a few fine moments, an excellent eccentric Squire Trelawny from Richard Johnson, and some sweet seaside shots of late Georgian Bristol. Apart from that, it's even longer than Ben Gunn's whiskers, and deeply tedious, shiver me aching timbers.

By: SGr

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Duration: 132 mins

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Director: Fraser C Heston
Screenwriter: Fraser C Heston
Cast: Charlton Heston
Christian Bale
Richard Johnson
Julian Glover
Clive Wood
Oliver Reed
Christopher Lee
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