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Guns in the Heather (1969)

Walt Disney's 3-part made-for-TV feature, The Secret of Boyne Castle (1969), originally shown on "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (the new title for "Disneyland"), re-edited into feature film form for European theatrical release.

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

Lockhart Amerman (novel), Herman Groves
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Corbett ... Tom
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Kersner
Kurt Russell ... Rich
Patrick Barr ... Lord Boyne
Hugh McDermott ... Carleton
Patrick Westwood ... Levick
Eddie Byrne ... Bailey
Godfrey Quigley ... Meister
Kevin Stoney ... Enhardt
Shay Gorman Shay Gorman ... Headmaster
Niall Toibin ... Kettering
Ernst Walder Ernst Walder ... Vollos
Robert Bernal Robert Bernal ... Sgt. Clune
Vincent Dowling Vincent Dowling ... Maston
John Horton John Horton ... Stafford
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Storyline

The Secret of Boyne Castle (television title) or Guns in the Heather (theatrical title) is a wild romp through late 1960's Ireland with two school chums being pursued by spies from an unknown state. The story opens with an automobile chase scene of a mortally wounded Irish underworld figure being chased by the spies. The chase ends at an upper class school where the spies will not of course follow the man they wounded onto the school grounds. The wounded man is looking for an American student at the school by the name of Rich Evans. With his dying breath, he tells Evans to look in, "...my room at Boyne Castle." Rich with his friend Sean O'Connor set off for Boyne Castle but on the way are kidnapped by the spies. They seem to feel that Evans knows something that his older brother Tom - who unbeknown st to Rich Evans is a secret agent - knows. The indignant younger Evans replies, "...Tom's a sales representative for steel company." Evans and O'Connor manage to escape from the "bad guys.... Written by Steve Sassi

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Adventure | Family

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy-Busters See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the supporting feature to the original UK release of The Love Bug (1968). See more »

Alternate Versions

The three-part made-for-television version, with the title "The Secret of Boyne Castle", is over 30 minutes longer than the theater version. See more »

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I Would Love to Review This but...
7 August 2019 | by derek-duerdenSee all my reviews

... I've only seen the first minute. I remember it well as a trip to the cinema was a treat in those days, and this came up as the B-feature for something that my mother had brought us to see. As it was a Disney double-bill she must have thought it would be OK - but as we watched the opening scene of a man running through the heather being chased and shot at, she decided it was unsuitable, grabbed my brother and I and rushed us out of the cinema. We must have been 11 and 9 at the time, and had no say in the matter, of course. It was 50 years ago but remains a family talking point to this day!


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