The Master of Ballantrae (1984 film)
Director Douglas Hickox
Story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Costume design Olga Lehmann
|Release date 31 January 1984|
Based on The Master of Ballantrae1889 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Writer William Bast (teleplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), Robert Louis Stevenson (story)
Cast John Gielgud (Lord Durrisdeer), Ian Richardson (Mr. MacKellar), Finola Hughes (Alison Graeme), Nickolas Grace (Dass), Brian Blessed (Captain Teach), Ed Bishop (Pinkerton)
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This rousing tale of adventure centers on Henry Durrie (Richard Thomas), a Scottish nobleman who is forced to flee his homeland and abandon the woman he loves after a failed attempt to overthrow the contested king. He takes to the seas only to fall in with a band of cutthroats. Now more pirate than nobleman, he returns home flush with riches to reclaim his betrothed bride and fight his duplicitous brother, James (Michael York), for his share of the familys inheritance.
The Master of Ballantrae is a 1984 TV movie based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was a co production between the US and England for the Hallmark Hall of Fame.
It was filmed on location in England and Wales.
Richard Thomas was cast as the good brother Henry:
When I began to read the novel I thought "the last thing I need to play is the good brother, Henry. I played John Boy [on The Waltons] for five years and once that happened casting people werent sending me a lot of heavies. But as I read Ballantrae through, the character of Henry becomes darker and more sinister. By the end there is madness in him: good and evil are all mixed up.
Thomas had fenced since he was 14 years old and still did it several times a week but this was the first time hed been able to do it on film. For the duel with York, neither used doubles.
The Christian Science Monitor called it "engrossing 20th century entertainment."
The New York Times said it was "well acted, swiftly paced and eminently watchable."
John Gielguds performance earned him an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special.
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