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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 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

Peter O'Toole was cast in the part of Robin MacGregor, because he had played the pipes in his youth and the director was looking for a tall young actor who could play the pipes. 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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An excellent adventure romp.
7 February 2016 | by RueiroSee all my reviews

I loved the book, and began watching this Disney treatment quite sceptically, expecting huge changes in the plot and a completely different ending. But to my surprise it follows Stevenson's original text virtually to the letter. A number of events were left out, for reasons of budget and screen time, I suppose. But everything you see in the film is in the book with minimal variations.

The Scottish locations are fantastic, the art direction is excellent, the cameos by Currie, Malleson and Laurie are a joy to watch, and the pipe playing contest between Finch and O'Toole is unforgettable. It is obvious that James MacCarthur is in the film only because he was a raising star at Disney's at the time and they wouldn't use an unknown British boy instead. It makes sense, but of course we still would have liked to see a native Scot with a real accent instead of an American painfully trying to sound like a Scot. But he manages to get along anyway.

A perfect adventure film for a Saturday/Sunday matinée.


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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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