When young David Balfour arrives at his uncle's to claim his inheritance, his relative tries to murder him, then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the colonies. Luckily for the lad, he strikes up a friendship.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
David McCallum ...  Alan Breck Stewart 13 episodes, 1978
Ekkehardt Belle ...  David Balfour 13 episodes, 1978
Aude Landry ...  Catriona 12 episodes, 1978
Bill Simpson Bill Simpson ...  James of the Glens 9 episodes, 1978
John Carson ...  More 8 episodes, 1978
John Carlisle John Carlisle ...  Mungo Campbell 7 episodes, 1978
Patrick Allen ...  Prestongrange 6 episodes, 1978
Joseph Brady ...  Neil 6 episodes, 1978
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When young David Balfour arrives at his uncle's to claim his inheritance, his relative tries to murder him, then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the colonies. Luckily for the lad, he strikes up a friendship.

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Country:

France | West Germany

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English

Release Date:

12 June 1979 (France) See more »

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David Balfour kalandjai See more »

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Runtime:

(13 parts) | (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The series is based on two novels of Robert Louis Stevenson: "Kidnapped" and its sequel "Catriona". Most of the other "Kidnapped" TV and movie adaptations are based only on the first novel. See more »

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Best adaptation, released on video in part, early nineties
2 March 2002 | by lauraclennamSee all my reviews

I saw this when it was originally screened in 1978 or 1979 - I was just a little kid at the time. I was living in Argyll, Scotland - real Gaelic country/landscape, so the programme really resonated with me. It was repeated in 1980 or 1981 but after that i never heard anything about it until circa 1991 the first two or three episodes, edited together, were released on video briefly, by a company called VideoGem. I was surprised by its quality - I thought my childhood memories may have exaggerated its appeal. Some of the acting - particularly David Balfour - is slightly wooden; on the other hand , a lot of it is very good - notably David McCallum as Alan Breck Stewart. The episodes I saw on video included original material that doesn't feature in the book; but unlike typical Hollywood 'adaptations' some of this material is quite worthy - including a scene that suggests the relationship between the Scots tenants and the Stewarts-in-exile was more about extortion than loyalty. As for the video release, I don't think it sold very well, as I never saw any further releases of the remaining episodes, which was a great disappointment.

I agree that it was easily the best adaptation I've ever seen, and it would be great to see the whole series released on video. If I remember rightly, the series also adapted at least some of the sequel 'Catriona'.


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