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Kidnapped (1960)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 February 1960 (USA)
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In Scotland in 1751, young David Balfour is shanghaied aboard a ship where he meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck Stewart with whom he escapes to the Scottish Highlands, dodging the redcoats.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writer:

Robert Stevenson (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Alan Breck Stewart
James MacArthur ... David Balfour
Bernard Lee ... Captain Hoseason
John Laurie ... Ebenezer Balfour
Niall MacGinnis ... Mr. Shuan
Finlay Currie ... Cluny MacPherson
Miles Malleson ... Mr. Rankeillor
Duncan Macrae ... The Highlander
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Colin Campbell
Peter O'Toole ... Robin MacGregor
Alex Mackenzie ... The Ferryman
Oliver Johnston ... Mr. Campbell
Norman MacOwan Norman MacOwan ... Tinker
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Jennet Clouston
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... Landlord
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Kidnapped and cheated out of his inheritance, young David Balfour falls in with a Jacobite adventurer, Alan Breck Stewart. Falsely accused of murder, they must flee across the Highlands, evading the redcoats. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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EXCITEMENT...DANGER...SUSPENSE as this classic adventure story sweeps across the screen. See more »


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Trivia

The film takes place in 1751. See more »

Goofs

In the 18th Century, the letter 'S' looked like a long lowercase 'F', but the signage does not reflect this. See more »

Quotes

Robin MacGregor: [when it is suggested that he and Alan Breck Stewart battle it out on the pipes instead of with the sword] Well Sir, have you music?
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Version of Kidnapped (1978) See more »

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A fine adaptation of Stevenson's novel
14 December 2013 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

This comes across as a rather cheaply made movie, minimal production values, and that's a shame, because it has a very fine script delivered by very fine actors, chief among them Peter Finch, who delivers Alan Breck Stewart's lines like the Shakespearean actor he was, rolling those r's and turning the prose into poetry. Yes, the ships at sea look like they're in a bathtub, it's true, and the backgrounds, which could have been beautiful, are not, because the color is not that good.

But the script is first rate, and so is the acting, and that wins the day.

This is a story of male bonding, of a boy who becomes a man by going through trials under the supervision of a man. The sort of thing Kipling did so well a decade later in Captains Courageous - turned into another first-rate movie, if a less faithful one, with Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew. This is something of the same thing, except that, rather than riding the high seas, the duo wander through the dangers of the Scottish Highlands.

It would have benefited from a better score, but still, I strongly recommend it. It is infinitely better than the sad travesty produced for no discernible reason by Masterpiece Theater.


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English | Scottish Gaelic | Scots

Release Date:

24 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardgour, Highland, Scotland, UK See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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