Parents' Guide to

Treasure Island (1950)

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Avast! Disney's live-action, seagoing landmark.

Movie PG 1950 96 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

This is NOT 7+. Please change the rating

This is NOT 7+. Please change this rating. My seven—year-old basically had a panic attack at a scary plot twist halfway through. This has NEVER happened before. There was a lot of violence and multiple people got killed in the half we saw. This makes me wonder about relying on this website’s ratings in the future. If something has no sexual innuendos and no bad language, but tons of murders, it’s recommended for seven—year-olds?Your violence rating is just 3 out of 5. The movie itself was good, I was enjoying it as an adult. But it’s not for young kids.
age 12+

Not for kids. Not mine anyway

The beginning is really scary, lots of violence. There are ladies showing part of the bust, which I found too much for kids. Also, when the boy is searching for the ship that should take him to the treasure island, two prostitutes come to him (a little boy) offering “company”. Absurd.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

For modern viewers used to the faster action and ghoulish fantasy tinges of Disney's later Pirates of the Caribbean features, the action here is relatively mild and a little stagy at times. But it's still an immortal moment when a homicidal swab climbs the rigging after Jim, or when Long John Silver asserts his command over the unruly pirates. The timeless Stevenson plot has the good guys trying to think one step ahead of the mutineers (who outnumber them), with the slippery Long John repeatedly putting himself in the middle -- he's willing to deal with any side that's winning -- and staying close to innocent Jim at all times. Robert Louis Stevenson's pirate classic had been filmed several times already, most notably as a black-and-white "talkie" in 1934. This 1950 version added lush color and lovingly detailed sailing ships and costumes (plus grand vistas of 18th-century sailing ports that are actually lifelike paintings), and a most seaworthy cast.

The question always remains: Does Long John really have a soft spot for the boy, or is he just using Jim as a hostage and pawn? The characters' relationship makes Long John one of the most interesting of the many villains in Disney annals. Actor Robert Newton's eye-rolling, teeth-gritting portrayal made the role his very own. He also played a much-less sympathetic lead in Blackbeard the Pirate and encored as Long John Silver in a short-lived TV series and a non-Disney sequel to Treasure Island, found on video as Long John Silver. Practically every time somebody does a pirate impersonation heavy on the "Arrrs!" they're unknowingly imitating Newton's mannerisms, and an actor (or a pirate) can't do better than that for a legacy.

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