Treasure Island (1950)HD Closed Captioning
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Ahoy, mateys! Come aboard the good ship Hispaniola and set sail in search of buried treasure in one of Disney's most critically acclaimed adventure classics! In his first all-live-action feature, Walt Disney has vividly brought to life Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless tale of buccaneers and buried gold. Authentic locales, rich color photography, and musket-roaring action set the stage for the stouthearted heroics of young Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) - and the skullduggery of that wily, one-legged pirate of all pirates, Long John Silver. Aye, for the kind of excitement that only treasure and treachery can bring, there's no better destination than Treasure Island!
Good movie, surprisingly well-shot and can be enjoyed on a number of levels, HOWEVER, this movie is not rated 'G'. It is surprisingly violent, with numerous people being shot and stabbed. In the latter category is the young protagonist Jim, who appears to be 9 or 10. May not be suitable for younger kids, or at least should be viewed in the company of an adult.
To the Hesitating Purchaser
"If sailor tales to sailor tunes
Storm and Adventure, Heat and Cold,
If Schooners, Islands, and Maroons,
And Buccaneers and buried Gold,
And all the old romance, retold
Exactly in the ancient way,
Can please as me they pleased of old,
The wiser youngsters of to-day:
--So be it, and fall on! If not,
If studious youth no longer crave,
His ancient appetites forgot,
Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave,
Or Cooper of the wood and wave:
So be it, also! And may I
And all my pirates share the grave
Where these and their creations lie!"
This poem actually opens the stroy of Treasure Island. R.L. Stevenson wrote it to get people interested in reading the book that this poem was attached to. And it worked well. Disney's movie of this classic is a fine adventure for any young one who is old enough to know what adventure is, and have the hunger for it. The acting is good, and the movie stays very true to the story Stevenson wrote, a rarity in this day and age, to be sure. And once you watch the movie, check out the audiobook here on iTunes, or go and get the book. I've seen how this story can spark a child's interest in other literary classics. If you want a place to start, the poem above gives you the answer. Kingston, Ballantyne, and Cooper were also writers in the days of Stevenson, who wrote swashbuckling pirate stories. Google their names to find the books that they wrote. And if iTunes sees fit to make this movie purchasable: "So be it, and fall on!"
It is a great movie for the whole famliy!