Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)
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An interesting adventure movie. I remember seeing ads for this. It looked like a scary Disney flick. The movie poster made it look like a voodoo island with lots of skeletons, but only one briefly appeared in a cave scene. I remember the Revell model kits from this movie with skeletons sinking in quicksand.
The movie opens with a catchy oh-too-cool 70's theme song about "Matecumbe".
We soon have two boy pals finding a secret map and going off in search of the "Treasure of Matecumbe" in order to save their plantation. The boys are assisted by a wacky medicine show man (Peter Ustinov), a runaway bride (Joan Hackett) and the scoundrel father of one of the boys (Robert Foxworth). They are an unlikely group, who eventually bond and become likeable.
Chasing them are no-good Mr. Spangler (poor Vic Morrow) and his band of hairy thugs. Much of the movie is spent on a Mississippi River Boat chase down to Florida. There are various perils and adversaries along the way, including stock-footage crocodiles, deadly swamp Indians, cheap super-imposed mosquitoes and wacky dancing river scoundrels. It's all very fun and interesting. The baddies met a grim future at the end; but no worse than they were dishing out to their own slaves.
A fun live-action Disney film with an adventurous story that feels like something out of a Mark Twain novel. I love the river setting and the steamboats. (First and only full viewing - 8/23/2010)
This is a mildly entertaining little Disney flick from the late '70s. Ultimately worthless, but it has its good moments. In post-Civil War Kentucky, two kids search for treasure.
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