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An exciting adventure, and a lot of fun to watch.

What parents need to know

Positive role models

Mary is an especially spirited and resourceful heroine.

Violence & scariness

Lead characters in exciting peril several times

Sexy stuff

Very mild reference to "protecting your valuables" when prostitutes approach the sailors on shore

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Sailors drink ale in tavern, tease Hakon about drinking milk, which he handles very well

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some mild peril, and the sailors drink beer. Prostitutes approach the sailors, but there's nothing explicit.

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What's the story?

SHIPWRECKED centers on a young Norwegian named Hakon (Stian Smestad), who, due to a family financial crisis, becomes a seaman to save his family's home. The crew initiates him by hanging him from the mast, but Hakon watches, learns, works hard, and soon fits in well. When the captain dies, First Mate Howell (Gabriel Byrne) takes over, but Howell isn't really who he says he is. Hakon befriends Mary, a brave young stowaway, but the friendship leads to trouble for young Hakon. When the ship sinks, Hakon washes ashore on an island, where he discovers pirate treasure--and a newspaper clipping with a drawing of Howell, who turns out to be the pirate Merrick. Hakon knows Merrick will come for the treasure, and sets up elaborate booby traps all over the island. Seeing smoke on another island, he builds a small boat, and explores it. He finds Mary and another shipmate living with friendly natives. They return to Hakon's island, just before the pirates come to get the treasure. Between the traps and Mary's liberation of the ship, they manage to get away with the treasure, and return to Hakon's home in triumph.

Is it any good?


Neglected on its release, this is an exciting adventure, and a lot of fun to watch. Hakon does a lot of growing up. At the beginning he is a young boy who can only fight bullies by telling them to wait for his father. At the end he is a young man who is confident of his ability to protect himself.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Hakon goes about deciding whether to tell the captain about the guns he found. Why does Jens say that it was he who hid Mary? Why does Hakon tell the truth?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 1, 1991
DVD/Streaming release date:August 26, 2008
Cast:Gabriel Byrne, Louisa Haigh, Stian Smestad
Director:Nils Gaup
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Topics:Adventures, Pirates
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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