Treasure Island (1990 film)

Treasure Island (1990 film)

Treasure Island
US Poster
Directed by Fraser Clarke Heston
Produced by Fraser Clarke Heston
Written by Fraser Clarke Heston (screenplay)
Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
Starring Charlton Heston
Christian Bale
Oliver Reed
Christopher Lee
Julian Glover
Pete Postlethwaite
Clive Wood
Music by Paddy Moloney, The Chieftains
Release dates January 22, 1990 (US)
Country UK / US
Language English

Treasure Island is a 1990 film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel Treasure Island, written & directed by Fraser Clarke Heston (Charlton Heston's son), and also starring several notable British actors, including Christian Bale, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee (both of whom had starred alongside Heston in the 1973 Three Musketeers film), Julian Glover and Pete Postlethwaite.

The film was an original production filmed and aired by the TNT network, and was also released theatrically outside the US. The title has appeared on some covers as "Devils Treasure", rather than "Treasure Island". This version of the story is noted for its faithfulness to the book, with much of the dialogue coming directly from it, as well as recreating several of the more violent scenes from the book.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Home Release 4
  • Notes 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7


Jim Hawkins (Christian Bale) discovers a treasure map and embarks on a journey to find the treasure, but pirates led by Long John Silver (Charlton Heston) have plans to take the treasure for themselves by way of mutiny.



It was filmed in 1989 on location in Cornwall, England, in Jamaica, and also at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England.[1] The replica ship Bounty II was used as the fictional Hispaniola on film. It was originally constructed for the film "Mutiny on The Bounty", and was set to be destroyed at the end of the film but Marlon Brando protested and the ship was kept intact. It sank off the coast of the Carolinas during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

The music was composed by Paddy Moloney, leader of the Irish folk music group The Chieftains, and performed by the group; selections from it can be heard on their album Reel Music: The Filmscores.

According to Allmovie, Charlton Heston "plays the character of Long John Silver as written: a cold, crafty, cunning rogue, by turns charming and deadly, but never to be underestimated" and, unlike other filmed versions of the story, the movie "adheres with utter fidelity to the Stevenson novel". However, Tom Shales of The Washington Post wrote of the film: "The mast ain't all that's mizzen in a dreary and confused new production of Treasure Island...miscasting and embarrassingly poor performance of Charlton Heston as Long John Silver, a laborious mistake from arrival (in the second half hour) to departure. That Heston is one of the most humorless hulks who ever stood before a camera helps not a bit..." (Tom Shales, The Washington Post, January 22, 1990, STYLE; PAGE B8)

Home Release

For many years the film was only available on out of print VHS and Laserdisc, and the DVD was finally released on September 27, 2011.[2]


  1. ^ Filming locations for Treasure Island (IMDB)
  2. ^ Treasure Island (1990) (

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