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The 1999 film adaptation of the adventure novel Treasure Island, starring Jack Palance.

After a mysterious seaman dies, it turns out that he held a Treasure Map to the booty of his former boss; the infamous Captain Flint. A crew is then hastily put together to head to island to collect it. Unfortunately, most of the crew is made from former pirates who want the treasure all for themselves.

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  • Adaptation Expansion: The film's opening scenes depict Captain Flint burying his treasure, and an argument between rest of his crew waiting for him in the island's makeshift fortress.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Captain Smollett, Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey decide to leave Jim out of his share of the treasure on the pretense that he has probably joined the pirates after the landfall. This is used to justify Long John's more heroic portrayal and Jim's decision to join him and Ben Gunn at the end.
  • Adapted Out: Jim's mother is left out of the story, and is replaced by Jim's ill grandmother.
  • Alliterative Name: Billy Bones, a former pirate who takes refuge in the Admiral Benbow Inn to hide from his former shipmates.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Silver lost his leg due to Billy Bones burying his cutlass in it after an argument.
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  • Artificial Limbs: Silver in this film is introduced using a peg leg which he uses alongside a crutch to walk around.
  • Bald of Evil: Black Dog in this film is a bald fellow.
  • Butt-Monkey: Before exiting from the plot, Black Dog goes through several humiliating mishaps with every appearance, especially during his chase after Jim in Bristol.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Jim is looked after by his grandmother instead of his mother in this adaptation.
    • Jim gets help from a prostitute (called The Strumpet in the credits) on several occasions in Bristol.
  • Chekhov's Gun: After receiving the Black Spot, Billy Bones instructs Jim to take the Treasure Map from his belongings. While searching for it, Jim also takes several other items, all of which help him to escape from the pirates raiding his grandmother's inn.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Due to the more truncated nature of the adaptation, Jim immediately runs into the marooned Ben Gunn After running away from the pirates once making it ashore on the island.
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  • Death by Adaptation: Since this film has Jim joining forces with Silver, all of the loyalists die during a gunfight between them and the pirates.
  • Disney Villain Death: Israel Hands dies during his fight with Jim by falling on the deck of Hispaniola after a mistimed rope swing.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Hunter of the loyalists gets a bottle smashed on his head once the crew of Hispaniola mutinies proper.
  • Moe Greene Special: Redruth gets shot through his left eye during a gunfight between the pirates and the loyalists.
  • Pirate Parrot: Silver owns a tropical parrot that constantly spouts "Pieces of eight!"
  • Slippery Skid: Jim throws musket balls (that he took from Billy Bones' belongings) on stairs to make pirates rising up them slip and fall down.


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