Scalawag (1973)

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  • SCALAWAG


    DIRECTED & CO-WRITTEN BY KIRK DOUGLAS
    PRODUCED BY ANNE DOUGLAS
    INEX FILM
    OCEANIA PRODUZIONI INTERNAZIONALI CINEMATOGRAFICHE
    THE BYNA COMPANY
    PARAMOUNT PICTURES



    INFORMATION FROM IMDb


    Plot Summary
    A peg legged pirate is searching for treasure with the help of a young boy,
    teen girl and a parrot. They'll have to fight Natives and his former crew on the way.


    Cast
    Kirk Douglas ... Peg
    Mark Lester ... Jamie
    Neville Brand ... Brimstone / Mudhook
    George Eastman ... Don Aragon
    Don Stroud ... Velvet
    Lesley-Anne Down ... Lucy-Ann
    Danny DeVito ... Fly Speck
    Mel Blanc ... Barfly the Parrot (voice)
    Phil Brown ... Sandy
    Davor Antolic ... Rooster
    Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic ... Beanbelly (as Stole Arandjelovic)
    Fabijan Sovagovic ... Blackfoot
    Shaft Douglas ... Beau
    and many more..


    Directed
    Kirk Douglas
    Zoran Calic ... (uncredited)


    Writing Credits
    Kirk Douglas ... (contributor)
    Albert Sidney Fleischman ... (co-writer) (as Sid Fleischman)
    Albert Maltz ... (co-writer)
    Robert Louis Stevenson ... (story "Treasure Island")


    Produced
    Anne Douglas ... producer (as Anne Buydens)


    Music
    John Cameron


    Cinematography
    Jack Cardiff


    Trivia
    Danny De Vito won his role because he and Kirk's son, Michael Douglas, were best friends and had been roommates in college.


    This was the directorial debut of Kirk Douglas.


    Goofs
    Factual errors
    The hot air balloon is far too small & slender to carry even one boy.


    Revealing mistakes
    Obvious day-for-night photography, since the moon can't make a blue sky.


    Filming Locations
    Centralni Filmski Studio Kosutnjak, Belgrade, Serbia (studio)
    Yugoslavia


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    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

  • Scalawag is a 1973 film directed by Kirk Douglas,
    his first of two films directed, the other being Posse.
    The film is a western re-telling of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.



    User Review


    botched effort, despite many talents involved
    30 June 2011 | by chrisart7 (New York City)

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    Director-star Kirk Douglas is all ham as 'Peg' in this surprisingly amateurish remake of "Treasure Island" in a western setting. What probably undoes this film more than anything else is the inept editing. Scenes do not transition well at all. Lesley-Anne Down is quite beautiful as Lucy-Ann, and even gets to sing a ballad (probably the film's highlight) written by John Cameron (who provided the film's score). Danny Devito turns up in perhaps his first major film role as a pirate, along with Don Stroud (the villain in "Coogan's Bluff"). Mark Lester's early '70s haircut (or lack of one) is more in keeping with then-mod fashion than with the early 19th century (he had a much shorter coif in the Dickens musical "Oliver"). Mel Blanc provides the voice of the parrot. Filmed in Yugoslavia. Odd picture. Should have been much better. Douglas is a maverick actor, but he plays this one verrrry broadly. At least he seemed to have been genuinely enjoying himself.

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England