My kid wants to see a TREASURE ISLAND movie, done straight up (i.e. with neither cartoons nor muppets nor Cap'n Jack Sparrow). But none of the versions on IMDB seem to get decent ratings, at least not since the 1934 Lionel Barrymore/Wallace Beery one. Any recommendations?
And if there ARE none, maybe one of you should be working on one. (But don't call it TREASURE ISLAND, though, or execs will say "but there have been ten of them already!")
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i've always really liked the 1950 version. i can't attest to how closely it follows the book, but i really think it's a great movie
I have to agree with muffin, the Disney one is a classic. I remember growing up with this film as a kid and loving it.
Its rating isn't that great, but I think that's due to it not being particularly loyal to the book. Read the actual comments, most people seemed to like it.
Plus, Robert Newton's Long John Silver is legendary. You don't get many pirates better than him.
Old Errol Flynn movies such as Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk are also fun (I think they're in colour). Also The Black Swan.
Trouble is, your kids will be hanging from drapes and sword-fighting.
If you want Treasure Island done straight up, TNT produced a terrific one with (of all people) Charlton Heston as Long John Silver and Christian Bale as Jim Hawkins. No mawky sentimentality, and it follows the book pretty closely. Unforunately, to the best of my knowledge, it's only available on VHS.
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