1 9 8 7 (Italy/France/West Germany)
5 x 90 minute episodes/7 x 60 minute episodes
This Italian/French/West German co-produced sci-fi miniseries is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island given the Star Wars treatment, but follows the original novel closely.
In the year 2300, 12-year-old Jimmy Hawkins (Itaco Nardulli) ventures off into space in a ratty old circular spaceship called the Hispaniola with a ragtag crew of cut-throat pirates and peg-legged Long John Silver (Anthony Quinn) in search of a long-lost treasure on a remote planet.
Despite poor dubbing – and seemingly random segments spoken in German for no apparent reason – and some dodgy SFX, it’s good escapist fun.
The series – released in some markets as Space Island – was also adapted as a 120-minute film.
Long John Silver
Captain Billy Bones
Ida Di Benedetto
Renato De Carmine
Giovanni Lombardo Radice
Joyce the Humanoid
Pier Luigi Giorgio
Ulrich von Dobschütz