|KIDNAPPED (director: Delbert Mann; screenwriters: Jack Pulman/based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson; cinematographer: Paul Beeson; editor: Peter Boita; music: Roy Budd; cast: Michael Caine (Alan Breck), Trevor Howard ( Lord Grant), Jack Hawkins (Capt. Hoseason), Donald Pleasence (Ebenezer Balfour), Douglas Lawrence (David Balfour), Vivian Heilbron (Catriona), Jack Watson (James Stewart); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: G; producer: Frederick H. Brogger; MGM Home Entertainment AIP release); 1971=UK)|
|"A good taste family drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
on the great adventure story Kidnapped by Robert Louis
Stevenson. Under the heady direction of Delbert Mann ("Marty"/"Heidi"/"David
Copperfield") and the literate
screenplay by Jack Pulman, the story remains faithful
to the book and comes to life as a good taste family
drama. It was initially released in 1938 and remade in
1941, and again in 1960. This version, though not
exciting and much too talky, is nevertheless
well-acted and well-photographed. It was made by AIP,
and is a surprisingly classy version considering the
studio's dubious history of making mostly schlock.
in the last days of the Jacobite rebellion, in
the 18th century. The Brits are slaughtering the
Scottish forces aligned with the Jacobite Rebellion.
18-year-old orphan David Balfour (Douglas
Lawrence) seeks shelter with his wicked
uncle, Ebenezer Balfour (Donald Pleasence), and
is not told he's the rightful heir to the family
estate. Uncle fails to kill him and then hires the
ruthless sea captain, Hoseason (Jack
Hawkins), to hold the boy in servitude on his ship.
The captaine will later scheme to sell David into
slavery in the New World. On its way to the
ship rams into a small boat. The only survivor on
the small boat is the colorful rebel Captain Alan
Breck (Michael Caine). Breck was heading to France
to finance his venture against the Crown. David and
the Scottish nobleman Breck immediately hit it off
and join forces against the cutthroat crew. When a
storm hits, the ship is wrecked, and the adventure
now has the two friends after reaching land trying
to safely return to Edinburgh.
Trevor Howard makes for a good Lord Advocate.
Vivien Heilbron elegantly plays the
beautiful Catriona, a kinswoman of Breck,
who is attracted to the young David.
REVIEWED ON 5/3/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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