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Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure) (1990)





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This full-blooded TV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island was written, produced and directed by Frasier Heston. His father, Charlton Heston plays Long John Silver. Eschewing the cuteness of Wallace Beery and the unadulterated ham of Robert Newton, Heston plays the character as written: a cold, crafty, cunning rogue, by turns charming and deadly, but never to be underestimated. The plot adheres with utter fidelity to the Stevenson novel, beginning with innkeeper's son Jim Hawkins (Christian Bale) finding himself in possession of a treasure map from the doomed Captain Billy Bones (Oliver Reed). In the company of Dr. Livesey (Julian Glover) and Squire Trelawny (Richard Johnson), Jim ships out on the Hispaniola , in search of gold doubloons and pieces of eight. Hand-picking the crew for this mission is the ship's one-legged cook Long John Silver, who fully intends to mutiny, kill the treasure hunters, and claim the gold for himself. Featured in the cast are Clive Woods as Captain Smollett, Christopher Lee as Blind Pew, and Nicholas Amer as addled hermit Ben Gunn. Treasure Island premiered January 22, 1990, over the TNT cable network.
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Charlton Heston
as Long John Silver
Christian Bale
as Jim Hawkins
Oliver Reed
as Billy Bones
Julian Glover
as Dr. Livesey
Christopher Lee
as Blind Pew
Richard Johnson
as Squire Trelawney
Isla Blair
as Mrs. Hawkins
Clive Wood
as Captain Smollet
Nicholas Amer
as Ben Gunn
John Abbott
as Joyce
James Cosmo
as Redruth
James Coyle
as Morgan
Michael Halsey
as Israel Hands
Robert Putt
as Job Anderson
John Benfield
as Black Dog
Richard Beale
as Mr. Arrow
Pete Postlethwaite
as George Merry
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Of all the screen adaptations of this classic novel, I like this one the best. Charlton Heston, while not one of my favorite actors, nor one of my favorite people, is brilliant as Long John Silver, and the performances of the supporting cast are uniformly excellent. Realistic and well-paced, this adaptation puts real meat on the bones of its characters in a way that other adaptations do not. This is the adult version of a story that has otherwise only been adapted for children.

Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor

Lots of familiar faces. Not Terrible. Sticks pretty close to the book. Good production value for a TV movie.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

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no one can do Silver like charlton Heston, and no one can do Jim like Christian Bale. I loved the book and this movie is the best addaptation of it that I have seen thus far.

Rebekkah B
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