Treasure Island

Treasure Island

John Hough (1972)

PG Certificate


Our Score
On the face of it, a reasonably entertaining canter through the oft-filmed pages of Robert Louis Stevenson, with Orson Welles delivering a monstrously larger-than-life turn as Long John Silver. Although Welles gets a co-writer's credit, he actually initiated this project in 1966, having previously adapted the story into a radio show in the 1930s. Welles wrote the screenplay and started directing it back-to-back with his Shakespearean rumination, Chimes at Midnight. But the usual Welles gremlins and health problems forced him to abandon Treasure Island until his Spanish producer brought in another director, John Hough, to take over the reins. The result is an outright children's film with Welles's performance only sometimes suggesting darker goings on.


A boy discovers a map leading to the location of an infamous pirate's buried treasure. He joins a voyage in search of the loot, only to discover the ship has been infiltrated by several of the buccaneer's former crew, who plan to seize the riches for themselves. Adventure based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, starring Orson Welles and Kim Burfield.

Cast & Crew

Long John Silver Orson Welles
Jim Hawkins Kim Burfield
Capt Billy Bones Lionel Stander
Squire Trelawney Walter Slezak
Dr Livesey Angel del Pozo
Capt Alexander Smollett Rik Battaglia
Blind Pew Paul Muller
Ben Gunn Jean Lefebvre
Director John Hough
Director Andrea Bianchi
Director Antonio Margheriti
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: video and DVD