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The poor audio quality of Orson Welles' dialogue was apparently due to his recording all his lines in one night in Rome whilst drinking white wine. In 1979, Welles claimed his voice in the film was re-dubbed by another actor. This was true for some versions of the film.
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Orson Welles was originally supposed to play Silver in a film version of "Treasure Island" in 1964 after he had finished filming Chimes at Midnight (1965), but filming was abandoned after only a few days due to lack of money. However, he remained contractually bound to the role and was, therefore, cast in this 1972 version.
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In some versions Orson Welles is dubbed by Robert Rietty.
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Orson Welles did not like the rewrites to his script, so he asked to be billed as "O W Jeeves" in the opening credits.
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The opening scenes were filmed in Italy, whilst the harbor and island scenes were filmed in Spain.
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Director John Hough confirmed in an interview that he was the sole director of this film, and Andrea Bianchi (credited under the alias 'Andrew White') was only listed on European versions of the film for tax reasons, as this film was a European co-production. Bianchi was actually the second unit director on the film, notably working on the opening 'Admiral Benbow Inn' scenes of the film (set in England but shot in Italy), filmed on location around the Monte Gelato Falls near Rome.
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Yul Brynner was also chased by the producers for the Long John Silver part.
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Rereleased in 1975.
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Orson Welles was paid $150,000.
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Despite the film crediting Natale Massara as the composer, most of the music is lifted from other films. This music has been re-recorded and slightly changed, but is still very noticeable; for example, the music that plays over the opening credits is the main theme from the film Damn the Defiant! (1962) composed by Clifton Parker, and other music is very similar to the Roy Budd score for Kidnapped (1971).
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The end credits in the English language version state that the film was made on location in England, Italy and Spain. The only parts filmed in England were very brief shots at the beginning of the film featuring waves crashing against the cliffs (during the opening credits), a shot of Kim Burfield lying down looking at the sea before walking away (immediately following the credits), and a couple of shots of a stand-in playing Billy Bones standing on the cliffs looking out to sea with his telescope. All these shots were done by cameraman Ginger Gemmel during post-production.
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Producer Harry Alan Towers wanted to cast Mark Lester as Jim Hawkins, but he was busy filming Senza ragione (1973) at the time. Lester had previously worked for Towers in Black Beauty (1971) and What the Peeper Saw (1972), and interestingly would go on to play the Jim Hawkins equivalent role in a Western reimagining of Treasure Island called Scalawag (1973), starring and directed by Kirk Douglas.
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Harry Alan Towers intended to produce another version of this story in the late 1980s with Gérard Kikoïne directing and Oliver Reed as Long John Silver, but that production fell through. Interestingly, Reed then played Billy Bones in Treasure Island (1990) a couple of years later. Towers finally managed to remake the story ten years later, as Treasure Island (1998) starring Jack Palance as Long John Silver.
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Walter Slezak's final film.
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Walter Slezak and Maria Rohm had previously appeared in Black Beauty (1971).
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