Review: ‘Kidnapped’

Combination of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped and its lesser-known sequel David Balfour (titled Catriona in England) results in an intriguing adventure piece set against that period in Scottish history when the English were trying to take over that country's rule.

Combination of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and its lesser-known sequel David Balfour (titled Catriona in England) results in an intriguing adventure piece set against that period in Scottish history when the English were trying to take over that country’s rule.

The dying struggle between a few remaining clans who refuse to relinquish their sovereignty, and English King George who sends his redcoats into the Highlands to stamp out rebellion, is graphically depicted through the personalized story of one of the Stuarts. This overshadows the story of David Balfour, hero of Kidnapped , the 18th-century Scottish lad cheated of his inheritance by a conniving uncle, but pic loses nothing in the telling.

Michael Caine plays the swashbuckling character of Alan Breck, who embodies the spirit of the bloody but unbowed Highlanders. Delbert Mann’s direction catches the proper flavor of the times.

Lawrence Douglas portrays David Balfour, who becomes a follower of Breck, a man with a price on his head, trying to escape to France after the bloodbath of Culloden in 1746.

Kidnapped

UK

Production

Omnibus. Director Delbert Mann; Producer Frederick Brogger; Screenplay Jack Pulman; Camera Paul Beeson, James Allen; Editor Peter Boita; Music Roy Budd; Art Director Alex Vetchinsky

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Michael Caine Trevor Howard Jack Hawkins Donald Pleasence Lawrence Douglas Vivien Heilbron
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