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Treasure Island (1950)

Treasure Island




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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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Lawrence Edward Watkin, Lawrence Edward Watkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 2003
Walt Disney Productions


Robert Newton
as Long John Silver
Bobby Driscoll
as Jim Hawkins
Basil Sydney
as Captain Smollett
Walter Fitzgerald
as Squire Trelawney
Denis O'Dea
as Dr. Livesey
Ralph Truman
as George Merry
Finlay Currie
as Capt. Bones
John Gregson
as Redruth
Geoffrey Keen
as Israel Hand
William Devlin
as Tom Morgan
E. Edwin Moran
as Jack Bart
Harry Locke
as Haggott
Stephen Jack
as Job Anderson
Jack Arrow
as Norton
Tom Lucas
as Upson
Bob Head
as Tardy
Eddie Moran
as Jack Bart
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News & Interviews for Treasure Island

Critic Reviews for Treasure Island

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Avast! Disney's live-action, seagoing landmark.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Newton's Long John Silver is the ultimate buccaneer, a one-legged, squinty-eyed blackguard so piratical he even concludes a prayer with a hammy 'Ahhhhhrrrmen...'

July 14, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

While the movie seems shorter every time I watch it (ninety-six minutes) and leaves out a lot of Stevenson's detail, its cheerful sense of excitement carries the day.

May 3, 2003
Movie Metropolis

June 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for Treasure Island

This is one of my favourite old Disney movies, it's fun and exciting and such a great adventure movie. It's not just a good kids movie, adults will find this movie fun and exciting too.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Now this is a real classic, true acting being performed here, Newton is made for this role as he showed in numerous other pirate flicks and a sequel to this. Its extremely good and looks realistic for its time with glorious technicolour and some lovely matt painting work (if alittle fantasised). The whole film has that golden era of cinema look, crisp colours, dashing gents with well spoken accents and a great rugged historical shine that most modern modern flicks miss. I was brought up on classics like this, kids nowadays will laugh probably, shame, they know not of the real movies hehe

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

This adaptation of Stevenson's classic adventure novel was Disney's first 100% live-action film. As with a lot of similar Disney fare, it's rather too 'Technicolorful' for my taste, in general glossing over the blacker elements of the story, though the occasional tinge of darkness does prevail, for example Israel Hands' (creepily played by Geoffrey Keen) pursuit of Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) up the ship's rigging. The film badly fluffs Stevenson's masterly opening, but it doesn't do too bad a job of representing the flip-flopping morality of Long John Silver's relationship with Hawkins. Robert Newton's performance as Silver is appropriately and enjoyably hammy, but his supporting players are either unnecessarily over the top themselves (Walter Fitzgerald's Squire Trelawney and Geoffrey Wilkinson's Ben Gunn) or blandly unappealing (Driscoll, and Dennis O'Dea's Dr. Livesy). Not bad.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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