Kidnapped

1971

Adventure / Drama

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IMDb Rating 6.2

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 3

Lawrence Douglas has inherited some money, but when he tries to collect it from his uncle Donald Pleasance, Donald tries to kill him. When that doesn&#39;t work, he sells him off to slavery on a ship headed for the colonies. Such is the Robert Louis Stevenson story Kidnapped.<br/><br/>As far as period pieces go, this isn&#39;t a very good one. Yes, the scenery is very beautiful, but it looks like every character popped up out of the &#39;70s—which, let&#39;s face it, they did. Veteran actors Jack Hawkins and Trevor Howard take supporting roles, but they aren&#39;t really enough to save the movie. I got a kick out of the reversal of fortune, though; ten years earlier, Michael Caine had small roles in films starring Jack Hawkins, and in Kidnapped, the billing was reversed.<br/><br/>Michael Caine fans won&#39;t be very happy with this movie; they&#39;d be better off watching the other Robert Louis Stevenson adaptation Jekyll &amp; Hyde, in which he does a very good job. He doesn&#39;t really add anything to the role—but then again, neither does anyone else in the cast—and he has an extremely muddled accent. It wasn&#39;t until he greeted Vivien Heilbron by calling her &quot;Lassie&quot; did I realize he was attempting a Scottish accent! Unless your absolute favorite genre of films is swashbuckling pirate movies, you might not want to sit through this one, especially since there really aren&#39;t too many swashbuckling pirates in the film.

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Reviewed by mark-rojinsky 8

This adventure film from 1971 is a highly credible cinematic adaptation. The pacing is economical but I was most impressed by some of the visual relationships and props. For example, the dark-brown hues in Captain Hoseason&#39;s ship&#39;s cabin. Also in one early scene at the curmudgeonly Uncle Ebeneezer&#39;s bleak House of Shaws when young David is introduced to Captain Hoseason and is subsequently kidnapped, the morning sun-light shining on the door in the background gives the surface of the door a pure silver effect which seems profoundly metaphysical. I admired the eighteenth-century globes and furnishings in the Lord Advocate&#39;s office. Indeed the Lord Advocate - played with flair by Trevor Howard, is very much a figure from the Scottish Enlightenment. Michael Caine in one of his most committed performances plays the character of Jacobite soldier of fortune, Alan Breck Stuart: he sports green, blue and grey tartan with a silver brooch embossed with an amber gem. The fight scene in the ship&#39;s cabin is a bravura set-piece.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 7

One gets a fuller and more rounded picture of the times that the famous Robert Louis Stevenson novel Kidnapped is set in with this version of Kidnapped. Not only is the famous Stevenson novel taken to David Balfour&#39;s return and vindication, but we go a bit farther with the story based on Stevenson&#39;s successor novel Catriona and we get the Kidnapped story firmly entrenched in the times it happened.<br/><br/>Those times being the days after the Battle Of Culloden where the Scottish people chose between the returning French speaking Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Hanover monarchy of George II in 1745. At Culloden the Stuart forces were destroyed and the Hanoverians firmly in control after that. Those were bad times to be a Highlander and a supporter of the Stuarts.<br/><br/>Lawrence Douglas plays young David Balfour and Michael Caine is Alan Breck his friend and rescuer during the kidnapping of young Balfour by Captain Jack Hawkins at the behest of Balfour&#39;s uncle Donald Pleasance.<br/><br/>I&#39;ll not say more as the story of Kidnapped is well known. As for the continuing material from Catriona, the differences between Alan Breck and David Balfour are brought out. Lawrence Douglas is a Hanoverian supporter and Breck a soldier in the army of Prince Charles. However Douglas is an honest young man and goes to bat for a Stuart accused of a crime he did not commit. That sets the rival Campbell clan against him and puts Advocate General Trevor Howard in a delicate position.<br/><br/>Howard&#39;s character is not in the first novel and he&#39;s a decent man in an impossible political position. It&#39;s Alan Breck however who sets things right in the end for all concerned.<br/><br/>Previous versions with Warner Baxter and Freddie Bartholomew and Peter Finch and James MacArthur only concentrated on the Kidnapped story. The Finch/MacArthur version was from Disney and marketed for kids. This film is more adult and firmly set in the politics of the time with a good ensemble cast. I&#39;d check this out especially if I liked the work of Robert Louis Stevenson.

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