Delbert Mann (1971)

U Certificate


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Robert Louis Stevenson's oft-filmed tale was first made as a silent movie in 1917 and has been regularly remade since. This version by director Delbert Mann is the one that is most faithful to the book and it benefits from the witty performance of Michael Caine as charismatic outlaw Alan Breck, who stirs some otherwise rather stiff porridge into life. There are also strong turns from Trevor Howard as the Lord Advocate and Lawrence Douglas as the young David Balfour that keep the narrative moving along.


A naive young man is cheated out of his inheritance by his conniving uncle, who sells him to the captain of a slave ship. On board he forms an alliance with a hardened rebel, and the pair make their escape when the ship is wrecked on the Scottish coast. Period adventure based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel set during the Jacobite Uprising, with Michael Caine, Lawrence Douglas, Trevor Howard, Jack Hawkins and Donald Pleasence.

Cast & Crew

Alan Breck Michael Caine
David Balfour Lawrence Douglas
Lord Advocate Grant Trevor Howard
Captain Hoseason Jack Hawkins
Ebenezer Balfour Donald Pleasence
Charles Stewart Gordon Jackson
Catriona Vivien Heilbron
Cluny Freddie Jones
Director Delbert Mann
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Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD