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Treasure of Matecumbe

Treasure of Matecumbe
Treasure of Matecumbe
Treasure of Matecumbe
  • G
  • 1h 56m
  • 1976
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In post-Civil War Kentucky, young David Burnie (Johnny Doran) becomes the unexpected heir to the family secret: a map leading to buried treasure on the Florida isle of Matecumbe. The youth, joined by four fellow adventurers, begins his search for the treasure despite deadly interference by his late father's archenemy (Vic Morrow). The angry threat of a hurricane and the presence of hostile Indians set the mood for the frantic trek to the swampy site -- a destination that could provide untold wealth for the searchers ... or for their evil pursuers!
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Common Sense Says
Old-school Disney adventure includes iffy racial subplots.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Treasure of Matecumbe is a Disney adventure movie based on a 1961 novel, A Journey to Matecumbe, by Robert Lewis Taylor. There is a degree of threat throughout as main character Davie (Johnny Doran) and his friends are pursued by aggressive baddies. There are several gunfights -- including one death and a child firing a gun -- in the style of Western movies, but none show graphic injuries. Set in 1869, it includes some dated social concepts: A Black character is referred to as "the Black" while Native American characters are portrayed as mysterious and "otherly." The Ku Klux Klan try to hang a White man but are scared off when flaming bottles are thrown at them. There is some sexism in the form of patronizing behavior toward women, but the main female character, Miss Paxton (Joan Hackett), is feisty and self-assured. A creepy sacred burial ground and a dramatic thunderstorm scene might be scary to younger viewers. But there are positive themes of perseverance, courage, and friendship, and all is redeemed with the classic happy ending.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:July 9, 1976
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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