Shipwrecked (1990)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Family

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A young Norwegian boy in 1850s England goes to work as a cabin boy and discovers some of his shipmates are actually pirates.




  • Gabriel Byrne in Shipwrecked (1990)
  • Nils Gaup and Stian Smestad in Shipwrecked (1990)
  • Nils Gaup in Shipwrecked (1990)
  • Stian Smestad in Shipwrecked (1990)
  • Gabriel Byrne and Stian Smestad in Shipwrecked (1990)
  • Gabriel Byrne and Nils Gaup in Shipwrecked (1990)

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31 March 2020 | CinemaSerf
| A good looking, if predictable treasure hunt with a personable young lead.
Stian Smestad ("Haakon") is engaging in this hybrid of "Treasure Island" and "Robinson Crusoe" seafaring adventure. Faced with the foreclosure of his Norwegian farm, he agrees to sign on as the ship's boy for two years. After a brief stop in England - where they pick up Royal Navy sailor "Lt. Merrick" (Gabriel Byrne) they set sail again and shortly into their new voyage, the old captain dies and "Merrick" assumes command in the style of Capt. Bligh. Their ship is wrecked in a violent storm and our young castaway has to fend for himself on a deserted island. He is quite an adaptable and versatile wee lad, and soon has things shipshape and Bristol fashion; he discovers a horde of treasure and even befriending a bear. On exploring his island, he discovers two of his friends with some local tribesman and they soon also encounter Byrne, but this time he shows his true colours as a treasure seeking pirate. The rest of this is fairly procedural, but with lots of traps and chases through the jungle before a pretty obvious conclusion. It is quite good fun, though Byrne would not have been my first choice - he doesn't really have much charm or menace as the baddie.

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Release Date:

1 March 1991



Country of Origin

Norway, Sweden, USA

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Box Office


NOK60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,871,766 3 March 1991

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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