DVD Release: August 17, 2004


Following the defeat of the Scottish Highlanders in their quest for independence, Alan Breck Stewart returns to his homeland to discover he is a wanted man. Alan quickly sets on a mission to retrieve tributes from the loyalists in France to help fund a future uprising.

Meanwhile, following the death of his father, David Balfour discover he is the heir to an estate in the lowlands of Scotland. His cruel Uncle Ebenezer craves the land and arranges for his nephew to be kidnapped and stowed upon a ship bound for the Carolinas. Once on board the two character’s’ futures become entangled and they soon learn that they must trust one another if the have any hope of survival. Their new found friendship will be pushed to the limit as the two men journey in pursuit of revenge and freedom…

Dove Review

Set in Scotland in the mid 1700’s, “Kidnapped” is based on Scottish history and is, of course, written by Robert Louis Stevenson.

David Balfour, a young man whose parents recently died, sets out to make his own way in the world. As he says good-bye to friends and neighbors he is given a letter, written by his father, and told to take it to the House of Shaws. Unknowingly, David is the rightful heir to the House of Shaw fortune. Once there, he finds out more about his family than he bargained for.

Alan Breck Stewart, the most loyal of the Jacobites, sides with the French in the battle of Scotland and France. He is a tax collector for the King of France. Alan and David meet up on board a brig ship and because the crew wants Alan’s money, a fight ensues with a lot of blood shed and killings.

After being washed overboard in a violent storm, David and Alan reunite several days later. They come to each other’s aid on several occasions, but it was more of Alan coming to David’s rescue. The Scottish country side is beautiful and story believable. It is well acted and the characters bring the viewer right into their lives.”Kidnapped” is a classic novel, and the film follows the story line pretty well. We award the Dove Family-Approved Seal with the suggestion that parents consult our violence category in the content chart below to determine if they want to view this DVD with older children.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Lots of killing by swords with some corresponding blood; guns and the beating death of the cabin boy on the ship; murder of the Red Fox.
Drugs: One instance of the gunsmith "snorting" something into both nostrils from a small box which may have been tobacco; Alan and a friend getting drunk, drinks served in saloon.
Nudity: None
Other: Alan gambling with his own money as well as Davids' and losing it all with no respect for Davids' feelings; Alan bucking the governmental system and their authority with no remorse.


Company: Triumph Marketing, LLC
Writer: John Goldsmith; Michael Barlow; Novel by: Robert Louis Stevenson
Director: Ivan Passer
Producer: John Davis
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 180 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Armand Assante; Brian McCardie
Reviewer: Deb Berkenpas