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At last...the best of Sunday night TV is back! It's the legendary TV show popular with audiences for 29 years. The longest-running prime-time series in television history (1954-1983). The winner of numerous awards, including seven Emmys. It's THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY! In post-Civil War Kentucky, young David Burnie (Johnny Doran) becomes the unexpected heir to the family secret: a map leading to buried treasure on the Florida isle of Matecumbe. The youth, joined by four fellow adventurers (Robert Foxworth, Joan Hackett, Peter Ustinov, Billy Attmore), begins his search for the treasure despite deadly interference by his late father's archenemy (Vic Morrow). The angry threat of a hurricane and the presence of hostile Indians set the mood for the frantic trek to the swampy site -- a destination that could provide untold wealth for the searchers ... or for their evil pursuers!|The man-made hurricane in the movie was shot using giant wind machines and tons of water that was pumped in and blasted at the cast by airplane engines.|The opening scene was shot in Danville, Kentucky, at a 217-acre plantation estate built around 1830.

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  • Actors: Robert Foxworth, Joan Hackett, Peter Ustinov, Johnny Doran, Vic Morrow
  • Directors: Vincent McEveety
  • Writers: Don Tait
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B73Q34
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Treasure of Matecumbe" on IMDb

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By microjoe on November 1, 2005
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STORY: Action, comedy, adventure, romance, nostalgia, this movie had a bit of something for everyone. Immediately after the American Civil War in Kentucky, two young boys one white named David, one black named Thad, begin the adventure of their lives. They live on Grassy, the family plantation, with David's aunts but it is depleted of all its money and they could lose it soon. Someone shows up late at night near death with a secret to a map hidden in the attic by Davids father before he died. But the same night a murderous criminal gang led by Spnagler (Vic Morrow) arrives in the night, breaking into the family plantation in order to steal a map to a treasure. The boys run away with the map, and start traveling to the Florida swampland. They know they can trust no one with their secret. Along the way they meet up with many friends and enemies, while still being pursued by the original crooks. A conniving southern belle Lauriette (Joan Hackett), a jolly medicine show doctor (Peter Ustinov), and a roaming adventurer (Robert Foxworth) alternatley help and slow the boys at times, but eventually they all join up together. It's a treasure hunt and a journey story story rolled into one. A good adventure movie, might be watched split over two nights if you have smaller kids since it is a bit long and slows down in parts. The movie's running time is a bit long at 116 minutes when the average movie is 90 minutes. But don't get me wrong, it's really fun.

BEHIND THE SCENES: The remarkable Peter Ustinov who also starred in "Blackbeards Ghost" stars as Dr. Snodgrass, a quack medicines show doctor. Dick Van Patten and Jane Wyatt also star. Released as a theatrical movie on July 9, 1976 the movie was directed by Vincent McEveety.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Winston Smith on August 29, 2008
Format: DVD
If you're looking to relive fond memories of sitting in front of the TV Sunday afternoons watching The Wonderful World of Disney, this will fit the bill nicely.

Treasure of Matecumbe has everything you'd expect from the generally mediocre live-action output Disney was known for in the 1970s: Bad rear-projection shots when people are outdoors? Check. Grainy, mismatched inserts of wildlife borrowed from True-Life Adventures episodes shot 25 years earlier? Check. Half-hearted attempt at a contemporary-sounding theme song (wholly inappropriate for the post-Civil War setting of this film)? Check.

Sort of a hybrid of Huckleberry Finn and the Apple-Dumpling Gang, Treasure of Matecumbe (presented full-screen pan-and-scan, subtitled, no extras) follows the river-borne trek of two boys in pursuit of buried treasure. Along the way they pick up a southern belle and a crooked medicine man, face thuggish river folk, alligators, mosquitoes, a hurricane, masked Indian tribesman, and... the KKK?

Yes--in what must be a Disney first, we actually see a white-hooded mob set a cross on fire at would-be lynching (here, to punish a white Yankee "traitor"). The lynching is disrupted when the boys attack with MOLOTOV COCKTAILS!

In a later scene, male prisoners of the Matecumbe tribesman are referred to repeatedly as "squaws" (which, per the film, apparently translates to "slaves").

While I admit I was initially somewhat shocked by these scenes only because they were so unexpected, this feeling was quickly supplanted by immense gratitude that I was not forced to endure a 10 minute lecture from Leonard Maltin explaining the historical context or apologizing for this now politically incorrect content.

Does this mark the end of Disney's kowtowing to the easily offended? Will Disney begin releasing vintage content without apology and without censorship? Let's hope!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hayes on January 23, 2009
Format: DVD
This film is not for those who crave Disney's light-hearted family comedies. This is for those who love adventure, and spine tingling suspense. I mean there were some rather intense moments in this film; especialally the musical piece that I can only say is "Spangler's Theme". This story looks like it was set back in the 1860's just a little after the Civil War. It's about 2 boys who recieve a treasure map from a runaway slave where there's a buried treasure in Florida on the Florida Key known as Matecumbe. They get chased by a man named Spangler who was played rather well by the late Vic Morrow. The 2 boys whose names are Davey and Thad are trying to find Davey's uncle, and pick up some interesting characters along the was in the names of I want to make sure this is right Lilienne played by Joan Hackett, and Dr. Snodgrass played by the late Peter Ustinov. They not only have to endure Spangler and his men chasing them, but also a KKK lynching, mosquitoes, a hurricane, and a hostile Indian tribe all so they could get the treasure. Unfortunately, this movie was overlooked when it came out in 1976. There were 2 other movies that came out that same year in the theaters. "No Deposit No Return" which is a rather good comedy I must confess, and the Oscar-winning flick called "Gus". I am glad that Disney finally put this out on dvd considering that the Disney channel no longer runs the overnight tribute to the old Disney programs known as Vault Disney. It's a juicy movie with alot of meat on the bones for the eating.
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