6.7/10
459
9 user 6 critic

The Buccaneer (1938)

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 (SD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Buccaneer (1958)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: General Andrew Jackson has only 1,200 men left to defend New Orleans when he learns that a British fleet will... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Quinn
Stars: Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer
The Avengers (1961–1969)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.

Director: Alfred L. Werker
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Man is haunted by a murder he's committed.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Edward Arnold, Peter Lorre, Marian Marsh
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1885, a Texas Ranger travels to Canada to arrest a trapper who's wanted for murder and who's stirring up the Natives in a rebellion against the Canadian government.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard
The Crusades (1935)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

King Richard and the Third Crusade (1190-1192) are given the DeMille treatment with more spectacle than history.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Loretta Young, Henry Wilcoxon, Ian Keith
Union Pacific (1939)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff
Drama | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape from Java with some crewmen of the cruiser Marblehead. Based on a true story of how Dr... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard
Cleopatra (1934)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Marc Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Gramby (as Fred Hohler Sr.)
Hugh Sothern ...
John Rogers ...
Hans Steinke ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

To the world he was a ruthless adventurer!.. To her the most romantic man that ever lived! Yet she unwittingly destroyed the hero she loved! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | History

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

4 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les flibustiers  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Set and costume designer Dan Sayre Groesback made over 170 sketches for the sets and costumes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by the pirates
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Filming 1938 Buccaneer bhikshu-1
On TCM 10/17/08 9:30am EDT brian_huddleston
line utterred by Akim Tamiroff albawhall
Landlubber = Toto p25735-261-505738
Discuss The Buccaneer (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page