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Treasure Island

4.5 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

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Avast, mates, and heed a pirate's tale. Billy Bones, bless his cursed soul, has hefted his cutlass and grog for the last time, leaving behind scarcely a doubloon. Aye, but he has left a map to a fabled, buried treasure.... The unforgettable stars of 1931's The Champ reunite for a rousing adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale. Jackie Cooper is Jim Hawkins, a lad living the kind of adventure every child dreams about. Treasure map in hand, Jim and his backers set sail for realms and riches unknown aboard the Hispaniola. But beware, me hearties: Notorious, one-legged Long John Silver (Wallace Beery) has signed on to the voyage by posing as a cook. Will the treasure fall into his scheming grasp? Will the Hispaniola soon be a-flying the dreaded skull and bones? Drop anchor and watch. A pirate's life for ye!

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Other:Vintage Dramatic Short The Spectacle Maker Oscar?-Nominated Short Strikes and Spares Classic Cartoon Tale of the Vienna Woods
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For many people, this 1934 version is the definitive Treasure Island: the great chemistry between Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper, the rousing pirate anthems, and the stubborn parrot on the shoulder. The pairing of the actors was a cinch, coming three years after their tremendously popular teaming in The Champ. Cooper plays Jim Hawkins, the English boy who discovers a treasure map amongst the possessions of one Billy Bones (Lionel Barrymore in a robust extended cameo), a pirate visitor to the Admiral Benbow Inn. Beery, indelibly, is the one-legged, parrot-toting seadog known as Long John Silver, who joins up on the treasure-hunting expedition by pretending to be a humble cook--though the audience knows he is a fearsome pirate captain. Victor Fleming was just the right director for this manly voyage, holding the MGM luster at bay and allowing the crew of characters actors (among them Otto Kruger, Lewis Stone, and "Chic" Sale) to find their sea legs. At times, the relationship between Jim and Silver is closer to The Champ than to Robert Louis Stevenson's marvelous novel, but it's still true in spirit to the bond between boy and surrogate father. The story has been remade many times, notably in 1950 with Robert Newton as Silver, but this one inspires the longest memories. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Vintage early 3-Strip Technicolor M-G-M short The Spectacle Maker (1934) directed by John Farrow
  • Oscar-nominated M-G-M short Strikes and Spares
  • Classic M-G-M Happy Harmonies cartoon Tale of the Vienna Woods
  • Theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger, Lewis Stone
  • Directors: Felix E. Feist, Hugh Harman, John Farrow, Victor Fleming
  • Writers: John Farrow, Frank Harris, John Howard Lawson, John Lee Mahin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GRUQLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Treasure Island" on IMDb

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This version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale "Treasure Island" is I feel the best despite the fact of there having been many fine ones produced. It boasts one of the pairings of the legendary early 1930's team of Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper. In this film they have the best vechicle for their talents in this rousing tale of 18th Century England, buried treasure, pirates and adventure in the Carribean.
In real life the older Beery and child actor Cooper strongly disliked each other but their onscreen chemistry is unmistakeable.
Wallace Beery, a Hollywood veteran since the silent era has the role of a lifetime as the roguish but likeable Long John Silver complete with peg leg!! He is totally believeable and manages to make his character not only rough and gruff but appealing into the bargain. There has been criticism of Jackie Cooper's portrayal of Jim Hawkins from the point of view of him being both stiff and far too young for the character as depicted in Stevenson's novel. I feel he is excellent and manages to convey that sense of childish wonder at all the pirates doings around him while being able to reveal a commanding enough presence to keep us rooting for him as the action unfolds around him. I loved the Beery/Cooper combination in their other great classic "The Champ' but here they have less sentimental characters to work with and they both succeed wonderfully.
The film was a top budget production for the year and is directed with gusto by veteran director Victor Fleming who of course was responsible for some of the greatest of Hollywood classics like "Gone With The Wind" and many of the other classic Clark Gable productions . He manages a fine balance between the essential action of the story and the more genteel moments between the Beery and Cooper characters.
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After I watched this movie for the tenth time, I decided to read the book, in the hopes that it would clear up some of the drunken mumbling of the pirates, and let me understand what they were saying. Upon reading, I was happy to see how faithful the film was to the book - in fact I think they must have kept about 95% of the original dialogue in there. Even though the movie is really old, it really is quite atmospheric. There are many "quotable" lines in this flick, and many quaint facial expressions and lovely bits of overacting to see. I think Beery and Cooper work well together - Beery charming as Silver, and Cooper as a Jim Hawkins, who in my mind, is trying to be "one of the guys" - which usually means stiffening his lip and talkin all big. There are lots of goofy mis-dubbings (check out Silver's tavern scene) and Ben Gunn is a hilarious freak. The ending is touching too. One of the few movies I have that I can watch, rewind, and then watch again right away.
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Very good adaptation of the classic Stevenson pirate tale, with stirring performances by Lionel Barrymore as Billy Bones and Wallace Beery as the hero-villain Long John Silver. Jackie Cooper is adequate as the young Jim Hawkins, who ships off after buried treasure. Directed by Academy Award winner, Victor Fleming, of "Gone With the Wind" fame. Recommended to anyone who is interested in viewing a faithful retelling of the classic Stevenson story. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
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That the best version of classics like this seem to get to DVD so late? Surely, someone out there in the movie world must love this and have the means to restore it, because all other versions are pale imitations. Oh, I suppose you could argue with production values and so forth, but none of that matters against Wallace Beery's Long John Silver, an absolute icon. Jackie Cooper's no slouch either, "cheese says you?". Nothing but gold in this vault.
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I enjoy most versions but to me this is the best. The great cast, sets, music, screenplay, and directing made it a wonderful adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson book. A pity it wasn't done in color only because I think it would gain more recognition with todays youth. Many still appreciate this wonderful adventure with pirates, sailing, and treasure hunting. The battle scene at the stockade is very exciting. One of the best family movies you can find these days. Any fan of Disney adventure movies will probably enjoy it.
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This is my favorite version of Treasure Island, as the utterly charming Wallace Beery alternately cons and protects the gullible, treasure-map-bearing Jackie Cooper. Only four stars because the film needs a little more swashbuckling, but still, this is a "must watch."
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A rousing but dated version of the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. The acting style of the day (1934) was flamboyant; actors were generous with their expressions, wild with exaggerations (particularly Lionel Barrymore as Billy Bones. He wasn’t satisfied with just chewing the scenery; he also spat it out and chomped on some more). The story follows the book quite closely. It’s fraught with action and murderous intentions. By most accounts, Beery was a difficult actor to work with; he was especially disliked by child actors who he did not treat well. Jackie Cooper referred to him as “a big disappointment.” Cooper accused him of upstaging and trying to undermine his performance. He once tried to hug Beery only to be rebuffed with a shove.
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