Cinema: Highland Fling


Directed by DELBERT MANN Screenplay by JACK PULMAN

The lad is kidnapped, shipwrecked and left to fend for himself out in the Scottish highlands with only his newfound friend, bonnie Alan Breck (Michael Caine) to defend him. David Balfour (Lawrence Douglas) has, in short, the kind of adventures that turn boys into men and classic books into movies. Any further resemblance to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, however, is practically coincidental, and indeed nearly slanderous.

Unfortunately, the characters in the movie spend a dispiriting amount of time hanging around castles, gobbling porridge and mumbling about Culloden and dark days for Scotland. Even the action...

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