Treasure Island

Tag: TV Movie

Title: Treasure Island
AKA: Treasure Island
Year: 1989
Character: Blind Pew
Director: Fraser Clarke Heston
Cameraman: Robert Steadman
Screenplay: Fraser Clarke Heston, Robert Louis Stevenson
Runtime: 131
Country: UK | USA
Genre: Adventure
Studio: Agamemnon Films, British Lion Film Corporation, Turner Network Television (TNT)

Language: English
Audio: Dolby
Colour: Color (Eastmancolor)
Tagline: Sail the high seas. Battle the pirates. Live the adventure.



This full-blooded TV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island was written, produced and directed by Frasier Heston. His father, Charlton Heston plays Long John Silver. Eschewing the cuteness of Wallace Beery and the unadulterated ham of Robert Newton, Heston plays the character as written: a cold, crafty, cunning rogue, by turns charming and deadly, but never to be underestimated. The plot adheres with utter fidelity to the Stevenson novel, beginning with innkeeper's son Jim Hawkins (Christian Bale) finding himself in possession of a treasure map from the doomed Captain Billy Bones (Oliver Reed). In the company of Dr. Livesey (Julian Glover) and Squire Trelawny (Richard Johnson), Jim ships out on the Hispaniola, in search of gold doubloons and pieces of eight. Hand-picking the crew for this mission is the ship's one-legged cook Long John Silver, who fully intends to mutiny, kill the treasure hunters, and claim the gold for himself. Featured in the cast are Clive Woods as Captain Smollett, Christopher Lee as Blind Pew, and Nicholas Amer as addled hermit Ben Gunn. Treasure Island premiered January 22, 1990, over the TNT cable network.


Charlton Heston as Long John Silver
Christian Bale as Jim Hawkins
Oliver Reed as Capt. Billy Bones
Christopher Lee as Blind Pew
Richard Johnson as Squire Trelawney
Julian Glover as Dr. Livesey
Isla Blair as Mrs. Hawkins
Clive Wood as Captain Smollet
Nicolas Amer as Ben Gunn
John Abbott as Joyce
James Cosmo as Redruth
James Coyle as Morgan
Michael Halsey as Israel Hands
Michael Thoma as Hunter
Pete Postlethwaite as George Merry (as Peter Postlethwaite)
Robert Putt as Job Anderson
John Benfield as Black Dog
Richard Beale as Mr. Arrow
Brett Fancy as Young Tom
Steven Mackintosh as Dick
Bill Sloan as Scarface rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Speed as Pirate (uncredited)

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