SHIPWRECKED follows in the tradition of a long line of scenic coming-of-age tales, most notably the classic TREASURE ISLAND, which, in many respects, this high seas odyssey resembles. Though too old-fashioned for sophisticated tastes, this handsome production rewards the unjaded viewer
with grand adventure.
England. 1859. Merrick (Gabriel Byrne), the notorious South Seas pirate, has eluded the British Navy and returned home. He promptly kills Howell (Ian Mackenzie), a seaman, to obtain his first officer's papers. In Norway, the family of young Haakon Haakonsen (Stian Smestad) is about to lose their
farm. Father has returned from sea with an injured leg and is ...