A boy, a treasure map, a scurvy seadog eager to claim the booty - filmmaker Fraser C. Heston faithfully brings the familiar elements of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure to movie life with a rousing emphasis on period, seamanlike detail and pirate parlance. Christian Bale, following his movie debut in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun and 20 years before winning the Academy Award for The Fighter, plays impressionable hero-in-the-making Jim Hawkins. Oscar-winner Charlton Heston, giving the role grit and gristle not seen in prior adaptations, is the one-legged cutthroat Long John Silver. Cross him and risk seeing the color of your insides. Yet that course of action is exactly what duty-bound Jim must do. Steel your courage, good mates, and let nary a secret slip. You’re about to enter a realm where “dead men tell no tales.” Heston and Bale’s wonderful performances are rounded out by a stellar cast of British thesps, including Academy Award-winner Pete Postlethwaite, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Julian Glover, and Richard Johnson.