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Plot: Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of the buccaneer Captain Flint, in this adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Runtime: 96 mins Release Date: 18 Jul 1950
Robert Newton's signature role. (by countryway_48864)
When people think of the great British actor, Robert Newton, they think of him as Long John Silver. He put his own personal stamp on this role and made a living off variations of this role until the end of his life.What most people don't realize is that his brutal portrayal of Bill Sykes is really his most polished and psychologically penetrating performance on screen.When Newton signed on for the role of Long John he had pretty much given up on acting. Read David Niven's moving profile of Robert Newton in his book, Bring On The Empty Horses.That said, Newton is splendid in Treasure <more>
Island. He uses his stature and intimidating personality to good advantage. He also shows the world how much he loved children. As Niven remarked about Robert Newton, "He was the kindest of men..."
The definitive transition of Treasure Island from book to screen. (by clck2001)
This one IS better than the 1934 version. When you watch that one, all the scenes of Wallace Beery squinting rub off on you, but when you watch this one, all the scenes of John Newton saying "Arr", or a variant of, rub off on you. Driscoll is excellent as Jim, but I think he was better in "The Window" 1949 . I don't particularly like Newton saying "Arr" all the time, but that's Disney and Long John Silver for you. The reason that this is superior to the 1934 version is because the 1934 version was not very original, and this one takes as many liberties as <more>
possible with the story without exactly changing the story too much. Why do the different versions play around with the scene when Israel Hands throws the knife at Jim? In this one the knife gets Jim high in the left shoulder, but in both the 1934 version and the 1972 version he is not hurt. I have seen the version with Christian Bale and Charlton Heston, but that was a long time ago, and I can't exactly remember if Jim gets the knife in his shoulder or not. I like the battle scene at the stockade better in this one than in the 1934 or 1972 versions, but as for the fight between Israel Hands and Jim, the 1934 version was the best in that respect, but in the 1972 version, the fight between Israel Hands and Jim was horribly staged, but in this one, that fight is so-so. Maybe the main reason that I like the battle scene at the stockade better in this one than in any of the other versions is because I like the actual set of the stockade better than the set of the stockade in any of the other versions. The actual set of the stockade in this one is a marvel-to-behold. Anyways, this one DOES take MANY liberties with the story, but alas, only idiots argue about things like that.
Adventure and danger in the high seas (by chris_gaskin123)
I have just seen this version of Treasure Island for the first time and found it fantastic.Jim Hawkins sets sail on a ship, whose crew includes Long John Silver and head for an island to search for some buried treasure there. What nobody is aware of is the Long John and some of the men plan a mutiny, which does happen by the time they reach the island. Once on the island, the treasure is found and there is a shoot out at the end with the baddies and goodies and Long John Silver sails away alone with his parrot and everyone else is OK, including Jim.Treasure Island is beautifully shot in <more>
colour and was Disney's first live action movie.Now to that excellent cast: Bobby Driscoll plays Jim Hawkins, Robert Newton is Long John Silver and Basil Sydney is Captain Smollett. The rest of the cast includes Walter Fitzgelard, Finlay Currie, Ralph Truman and brief appearances from Dad's Army star John Laurie, Dr Who actor Patrick Troughton, John Gregson and Sam Kydd. Great acting from all.Treasure Island is a must see for movie fans of all ages. Fantastic stuff.Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Aaargh, matey! Them that dies will be the lucky ones! (by Walling_M_I)
I'm not sure if this is the cinematic version which best captures the ethos of Robert Louis Stevenson's book, but it is the version which provides the best movie experience for the viewer, and probably the film that most people think of whenever some one mentions Treasure Island. Wallace Beery is always worth watching, and his black and white version has many strong points, but he never quite convinces me that he is the black hearted devil who is second only to Captain Flint himself in his cruelty. The Charlton Heston version has the advantage of a wonderful Chieftains soundtrack, and <more>
some richer production values than were possible in 1954, but somehow Heston never comes across as the kind of man who could weld a band of misfits, convicts, perverts, murderers and general misanthropes into a functioning pirate crew. Robert Newton, however, is the definitive Long John Silver. I saw this flick fifty years ago, when it was first run in the theaters, and it left an indelible impression in my memory. apparently it also impressed Richard Dreyfuss, who does an homage to Newton's Long John in 'Jaws' . The last time I viewed it was probably about ten years ago when my youngest child was still a pre-teen, and Newton's performance as the quintessential rogue who can slit your throat without a qualm while you are laughing at one of his jokes was just as impressive to me when I was 50 as when I was 10. The story is a little long in the tooth, but the key points, such as the delivery of the black spot by Blind Pew, and the recapture of the Hispaniola, are still tense and exciting, even to a generation weaned on Stargate and Spiderman. The apple barrel scene with young Jim trying to avoid being skewered by Silver's knife made my kids scream, and what more can you ask from a kid's movie than a good, safe scare? This is a must have movie for any serious video collection.
If you liked "Pirates of the Caribbean", you owe it to yourself to see "Treasure Island" (by RBGatHome)
I saw this film as a child and enjoyed it, but when I watched it again tonight with my children, I absolutely loved it. My two oldest daughters are big fans of "Pirates of the Caribbean." They immediately recognized Robert Newton's brilliant performance as Long John Silver as the inspiration for Geoffrey Rush's equally delightful turn as Captain Barbossa fifty years later. Newton steals the show with his characterization of the famous pirate, yet does so without distracting one from the story.A half century has not robbed this film of any of its charm; it remains one of the <more>
great pirate films of all time. Grab a bowl of popcorn and fire up your DVD player. Treasure Island is the real thing!
Even though it does not stick 100% to the novel, it stays true to the spirit and idea of the book. A light-hearted and well done adaptation of a well-loved book. Casting is brilliantly done, particularly for the parts of Long John Silver and Squire Trelawney. Locations are amazingly picturesque and make the watcher feel like they are in the right world for a swashbuckling pirate adventure, thereby making it all the better for them. For Disney's first foray into the arena of live-action films, it is extremely well done and hopefully they will be able to recapture their former glory and go <more>
back to the days of Treasure Island, Mary Poppins, and other live-action masterpieces of their illustrious past.
Disney's FIRST great pirate movie. (by fullonrobotchubby)
Pending on your tolerance for old colorized black-and-white films, this one is still good. Treasure Island, the story by Robert Louis Stevenson featuring Long John Silver, Xes marking spots, and all that pirate yargen, is another classic novel that's been told to death especially by Disney - one with Muppets and Tim Curry and another taking place in outer space as one of the last attempts to resurrect the 2-D animation department . Funny how the first time Disney made it is the most recognizable and best rendition. Every time Long John Silver is mentioned, I think of Robert Newton's <more>
characterization once I get past drooling over fried shrimp . Jim Hawkins was played by Bobby Driscoll, who also provided the voice for Disney's Peter Pan and became one of the saddest "child star stories" in the history of Hollywood. My favorite scene is pretty hard to remember... I remember seeing Silver's peg-leg for the first time and being surprised... I also somewhat remember Hawkins escaping Silver's blade penetrating a barrel he's hiding in... This film is probably pretty hard to come across these days, but if you ever get a chance to watch it, don't hesitate to sit down and enjoy. I credit Treasure Island to the birth of my fondness for anything piratey... well, it and Captain Hook.
Excellent award winning performance from LJS (by hunneybell-391-570034)
Hi there,Just a great family film, excellent exotic locations Corwall LOL and huge screen grabbing performance from Robert Newton as LJSHI.As for other post saying that LSJ was grooming Jim Hawkins ... LJS was grooming the whole wold for exploitation ... That was how he survived ... Let go of the modern diseases and just enjoy a rocket of a performance.Ben Gunn ... Why did he not feature a bi more? I guess to allow the surprise aimed at LSJ.Love the ending ... We all agree.
The original pirate movie (by HotToastyRag)
Even if you've never seen Disney's Treasure Island, I guarantee you're well aware of it. If you've ever seen a pirate movie that was made after 1950 or if you've ever participated in some way on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, you're indirectly paying tribute to Treasure Island, and more particularly, Robert Newton, who is singlehandedly responsible for how we all think of pirates today. Before Robert Newton, there was no "Aarrrr!"This movie really is a must-see, if for no other reason, to honor the "original pirate". If you actually like <more>
swashbuckling movies, you have to watch this lush, energetic version. Treasure Island is a very entertaining story about a young boy who unknowingly teams up with a famed pirate, Long John Silver, who's trying to recover a lost treasure on an, well, island. Ironically, Bobby Driscoll, who plays young Jim Hawkins, gives the weakest performance of the movie. The whole time, I kept saying, "Why didn't they get the little boy who played in Oliver Twist?" It turns out, John Howard Davies was Disney's first choice, and he would have made a much more endearing lead. Not only was he a better actor and a cuter kid, but he and Robert Newton had already worked together. Robert Newton is the heart and soul of Treasure Island. It's no wonder he reprised a pirate role every two years afterwards until his death. His perpetually squinting spyglass eye, disheveled cheeks, crazed yet lovable grin, iconic accent, peg-legged limp, and green parrot atop his red coat is one of those performances that, once you watch it, you'll never forget.