Kidnapped (1971 film)

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Kidnapped
Kidnapped 1971 UK poster.jpg
Original British quad film poster
Directed by Delbert Mann
Produced by Frederick H. Brogger
Screenplay by Jack Pulman
Based on Kidnapped and Catriona 
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Starring Michael Caine
Trevor Howard
Jack Hawkins
Donald Pleasence
Music by Roy Budd
Cinematography Paul Beeson
Edited by Peter Boita
Production
  company
Omnibus Productions Ltd[1]
Distributed by British Lion Films (UK)
AIP (US)
Release date(s)
  • 22 December 1971 (1971-12-22) (US)
  • 4 May 1972 (1972-05-04) (UK)
Running time 107 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Kidnapped is a 1971 British adventure film, directed by Delbert Mann and starring Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Jack Hawkins and Donald Pleasence, as well as a number of well known British character actors. The film is based on the novel Kidnapped and the first half of the sequel Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Plot[edit]

Young David Balfour arrives at a bleak Scottish house, the House of Shaws, to claim his inheritance after his father. The house and land have been under the custodianship of his father's brother, Ebeneezer Balfour, but on reaching adulthood, the land and property become David's. Ebeneezer is having none of it, however, so he first tries to murder him, then has him kidnapped by sea captain Hoseason, with whom he has, "a venture for trade in the West Indies". David is shipped off to be sold as a slave in the Carolinas'. Fortunately for the lad, he strikes up a friendship with Alan Breck, escaping from Prince Charles Edward Stuart's defeat at Culloden. Breck is in a cobble which is run down in the fog by Hoseason's ship and once aboard, asks Hoseason to take him to France. When Hoseason refuses, Breck offers him 60 guineas to put him down on Loch Linnhe.

On discovering that Breck has a money belt full of Jacobite gold, Hoseason and his crew try to kill Breck, but he is forewarned by David and the two kill half a dozen of the crew before the others retreat. Hoseason offers terms to end the fighting, but the ship runs aground. Only Breck and Balfour appear to survive and they manage to get to land. They set out for Edinburgh, dodging the ruthless Redcoats. Numerous adventures follow as they meet up with Brecks' family, friends and foes alike. These include Breck's cousin, James Stewart, and his daughter Catriona, with whom David falls in love.

Main cast[edit]

Filming locations[edit]

Kidnapped was shot almost entirely on location in Scotland. Places include Argyll, Mull, Culross and Stirling Castle. Pinewood Studios was used for some interior scenes.[2]

Music[edit]

The soundtrack was composed and conducted by Roy Budd. The end title song, "For All My Days", was sung by Mary Hopkin.

Trivia[edit]

Although a very enjoyable family romp, the film was a commercial failure. In interviews over the years, Caine insists that he knew it was going to be a flop and that it is the only film he made that he was never paid his fee. Lawrence Douglas and Vivien Heilbron, both newcomers to films, disappeared into obscurity. Jack Hawkins had his speaking parts voiced over by Charles Gray as he was unable to speak following removal of his larynx due to throat cancer some years earlier.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BFI: Kidnapped Linked 2014-01-15
  2. ^ IMDb: Kidnapped – Filming locations Linked 2014-01-15