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Series / Treasure Island 2012

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A 2012 two part mini-series adaptation of Treasure Island for Sky1 channel, starring Toby Regbo, Eddie Izzard and Elijah Wood. It is a more cynical version of the story.

This adaptation has the examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The adaptation is almost three hours long, and a part of it is used to show the pirates when they worked for Captain Flint, and a subplot featuring Silver's wife Alibe is also added.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Ben Gunn is often portrayed as an older man, however in this adaptation he is portrayed by a shirtless Elijah Wood in tribal paint.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Squire Trelawney in this adaptation has Mrs. Hawkins thrown out of the Admiral Benbow inn, arranges for the execution of Mr. Arrow due to his drunken behavior, and schemes to cheat Jim and Dr. Livesy out of the treasure. In the book, while somewhat foolish, he is well-meaning and far from evil.
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  • Adaptational Wimp: Dr. Livesey is more of a coward than in the book, and is easily browbeaten from his share of the treasure by Trelawney.
  • The Aloner: Ben Gunn, who has been marooned on the island (by his counting) for a thousand days.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The attitude probably guiding Squire Trelawney being turned into the adaptation's main villain.
  • Ascended Extra: Both Jim's mother and Silver's wife are much more prominent characters than they were in the book.
  • Bad Boss: Before hiding his treasure, Captain Flint leaves most of his crew adrift on the sea and kills the rest (except his first mate Billy Bones) after its burial.
  • Bald of Evil: John Silver keeps his head shaved in this version.
  • Beard of Evil: In addition to the above, Silver also sports a goatee.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When it gets down to brass tacks at the siege of the island stronghold, Dr Livesey berserk-rushes two pirates and successfully drives them back from the battlements.
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  • Death by Childbirth: Dr. Livesey's wife (and the child) died two years befoe the film's events.
  • Death by Materialism: Trelawney drowns while trying retrieve the treasure after Jim decides to throw it overboard.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The pirate crew are very multicultural, contrasting with the all-white upper class Evil Brit. This is absolutely historically accurate, as classical pirates generally lacked racial prejudice and welcomed anyone who brought a valuable skill or at least a pair of sturdy hands to a team, regardless of a race or age (though they have little use for the women, mostly for morale reasons).
  • Guyliner: Silver and Gunn both sport it to varying degrees.
  • Jail Bake: After conversing with Jim, jailed Silver finds a key to his cell hidden in his meal.
  • The Mutiny: Silver organizes a mutiny against expedition's leaders.
  • Mythology Gag: Mrs. Silver's given name Alibe is taken from the actress who portrayed her in the 1972 adaptation.
  • Named by the Adaptation. Silver's wife, who is only briefly mentioned in the book, is given the name Alibe and is featured more prominently in the story.
  • Papa Wolf: Silver has been portrayed as this many times towards Jim. In this version, he puts his crutch on Squire Trelawney's throat after he pulls a sword on Jim - while chained to the helm.
  • Pirate Parrot: Downplayed, as Silver's bird Flint spends most of its time in its cage.
  • Robinsonade: Ben Gunn has been marooned on the island.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The treasure is thrown overboard by Jim, rendering the whole quest for it pointless.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Jim finds Billy Bones talking in his sleep while having Bad Dreams when he is bringing him his grog.
  • Tattooed Crook: Silver sports a prominent facial tattoo.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The cowardly Dr. Livesey shows his chops during the siege of the fort when he saves Jim and keep the two pirates, who had been attacking Captain Smollett, at bay.
  • Treasure Map: Flint's map of the island.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Ben Gunn
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Captain Silver has a parrot named Flint.
  • White Flag: Used twice to do parlaying.


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