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The Buccaneer (1938)

Approved | | Adventure, History | 4 February 1938 (USA)
Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812.

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In the War of 1812, the British have sacked Washington and hope to capture New Orleans, where pirate Jean Lafitte romances blueblooded Annette de Remy and openly sells his loot in a pirates' market. But he never attacks American ships. Can the British bribe Lafitte to help them? Can Lafitte persuade American authorities of his loyalty? Will a love triangle between Annette and pretty Dutch girl Gretchen (survivor of a pirates' prize) bring about Lafitte's undoing? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The greatest adventure romance in Cecil B De Mille's glorious gallery of screen triumphs! See more »

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Les flibustiers  »

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Dominique You, the character played by Akim Tamiroff, was based on a real-life cannoneer of Napoleon. See more »

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Referenced in The Day of the Locust (1975) See more »

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Action Movie With A Touch Of History
13 December 2001 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

An excellent action movie with good pacing and development. There is never a dull moment. The movie shows more of Laffite's business dealings than with his pirate actions. In actual fact Laffite was quite a businessman that the governor did want captured and did put a price on his head of $500. Laffite did respond to that but not for the $10,000 the movie stated. One must never accept a movie's version of history but "The Buccaneer" does a quite credible job of drawing you into life in 1814 in New Orleans. Laffite was offered $30,000 and other inducements by the British and the Americans did not believe him (this was very accurate). His base in Barataria was destroyed though at a later time. When the battle was over he did go back to sea as a pirate. His days in New Orleans were indeed over. So, sit back and enjoy a movie that is good entertainment and is also pretty good history. This movie is proof that you can learn history from the movies.


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