Treasure Island (1999)

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Treasure Island is an experimental, 16 mm black-and-white drama written, directed, and photographed by producer Scott King. The loosely constructed plot shows the private lives of two British code-crackers (Lance Baker and Nick Offerman) during WWII who decode letters and look for hidden meanings behind the words. As a counterintelligence ploy, they decide to drop a dead body off the coast of Japan before a discovered invasion. The film then turns to these men's personal lives and the problems with the women they love, along with the secrets they hide. Frank is married to two women yet is pursing a third, while Samuel and his wife Penny are in a ménage à trois . As the pressures of their lives begin to eat away at them, the dead body starts to enter Frank and Samuel's subconscious, interacting with the private stories of their lives. The film continually asks the question, "What is real and what is fiction?" Treasure Island won the Freedom of Expression Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Animation , Art House & International , Drama , Kids & Family , Special Interest
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Cast

Lance Baker
as Frank
Nick Offerman
as Samuel
Jonah Blechman
as The Body
Pat Healy
as Clark
Daisy Hall
as Penny
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Critic Reviews for Treasure Island

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No matter how bright many of its ideas may be, however, Treasure Island is far from satisfying, as such matters as narrative coherence and dramatic credibility have been treated as annoyances worthy of being ignored.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Variety
Top Critic

There is a dreamlike logic at work here, but viewers are expected to put the pieces together themselves.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

For all the ideas it tosses around -- and many of them are useful and painful correctives to our rose-colored fantasies -- Treasure Island is too crude a movie to muster much rhetorical clout.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Climaxing with images shanghaied from Ugetsu and Dr. Strangelove, Treasure Island can be thin and underrealized.

December 31, 1999
Village Voice
Top Critic

An incoherent, interminable mess...

Full Review… | January 13, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Treasure Island

½

No matter how bright many of its ideas may be, Treasure Island is far from satisfying, as such matters as narrative coherence and dramatic credibility have been treated as annoyances worthy of being ignored.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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