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Kidnapped (1960)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 February 1960 (USA)
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In Scotland in 1751, young David Balfour is shanghaied aboard a ship where he meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck Stewart with whom he escapes to the Scottish Highlands, dodging the redcoats.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writer:

Robert Stevenson (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Alan Breck Stewart
James MacArthur ... David Balfour
Bernard Lee ... Captain Hoseason
John Laurie ... Ebenezer Balfour
Niall MacGinnis ... Mr. Shuan
Finlay Currie ... Cluny MacPherson
Miles Malleson ... Mr. Rankeillor
Duncan Macrae ... The Highlander
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Colin Campbell
Peter O'Toole ... Robin MacGregor
Alex Mackenzie ... The Ferryman
Oliver Johnston ... Mr. Campbell
Norman MacOwan Norman MacOwan ... Tinker
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Jennet Clouston
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... Landlord
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Storyline

Kidnapped and cheated out of his inheritance, young David Balfour falls in with a Jacobite adventurer, Alan Breck Stewart. Falsely accused of murder, they must flee across the Highlands, evading the redcoats. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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EXCITEMENT...DANGER...SUSPENSE as this classic adventure story sweeps across the screen. See more »


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UK | USA

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic | Scots

Release Date:

24 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardgour, Highland, Scotland, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut for Peter O'Toole. (In release order, if not in production order.) See more »

Goofs

When David and Alan are reunited, Alan swears an oath to being innocent. In a brief close-up his beard changes. See more »

Quotes

David Balfour: You leave me no candle?
Ebenezer Balfour: Has nobody ever told you that candles cost money?
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Connections

Version of Kidnapped (1971) See more »

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The best Cinema or TV adaptation by far!
31 October 2005 | by scotsdominieSee all my reviews

As good as cinema has been in retelling the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. It also happens to be my favourite novel, as it was the first I read (age 11) where the central character, David Balfour speaks with my accent and dialect. Furthermore, as a young man growing up I related to David's character, beliefs and values which reflect those of my own upbringing in a loving secure Lowland Scots Presbyterian (Church of Scotland) family. My biggest criticism is that the character of David as portrayed by James MacArthur spoke with the petulance of a spoiled American kid which did not ring true for a country bred but well educated Lowlander ,who is the recently orphaned son of a Dominie (parish schoolmaster). The late John Laurie played Ebenezer Balfour pretty much as I imagined him from reading the book. Peter Finch made a surprisingly good Alan Breck Stewart, and his speech patterns were faithful both to the book and to a Gaelic speaker speaking in Scots. Many of the incidental characters were well cast and acted as well. The two that stick in mind were the Carter (Tinker) and Jennet Clouston, both characters from whom David seeks direction to the House of Shaws. A great piece of wholesome family entertainment that credits the viewer with intelligence and knowledge of Stevenson's understanding of Scottish History.


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