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Parents' Guide to

Long John Silver

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ahoy matey! Classic character, so-so sequel.

Movie NR 1955 108 minutes
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Newton is the best part of this film, which seems like a couple of movies/TV episodes all wrapped up in one slightly messy heap. Long John has running intrigues with Mendoza while attempting to escape Purity's overtures of marriage while Jim encounters perils on the various ships and on Treasure Island itself. Jim actively tries to foil Long John's dastardly pirate plans. Yet they continue to rescue each other and be friends, "shipmates," into the fadeout. No other characters in the film show each other such respect, understanding, and loyalty.

This movie has an entertaining bedtime-storybook spirit and some good action near the end, even if the script is heavy on the gab and the overall pace and budget are outgunned by the pirate antics of more popular pirate films. Beware: Out of copyright and in the public domain, this film is distributed on a lot of cut-rate DVD and VHS labels, so picture and sound quality may be less than seaworthy.

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