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Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate)
Nick Cravat ...
Ojo
Eva Bartok ...
Consuelo
Torin Thatcher ...
Humble Bellows
James Hayter ...
Prof. Elihu Prudence
Leslie Bradley ...
Baron José Gruda
Margot Grahame ...
Bianca
Noel Purcell ...
Pablo Murphy
Frederick Leister ...
Sebastian
Eliot Makeham ...
Governor
Frank Pettingell ...
Colonel
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La Signorita (as Dagmar Wynter)
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Joseph - Military Attaché
Ewan Roberts ...
Claw Paw
John Chandos ...
Stub Ear
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Storyline

Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure involving prison breaks, an oddball Scientist, sailing ships, naval fights, and tons of swordplay. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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MAN OF NINE LIVES AND 1000 SURPRISES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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27 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der rote Korsar  »

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Budget:

$1,850,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cost overruns ballooned the original $1.1 million dollar budget to $1.85 million. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Vallo pulls a man overboard (at the beginning of the film), the man is wearing sailors' clothes, but when we see him fall into the water, he's wearing a uniform. That shot was intercut from the climactic battle scene at the end, when the same shot of the same soldier falling into the ocean is repeated. Secondly, the man being pulled into the water is standing on the deck of the ship, but when we see him fall, he falls down from a mast. See more »

Quotes

Consuelo: You are a fighter. Fight with us. Fight for something decent.
Vallo: Not I. All my life I've watched injustice and dishonesty fly the flag of decency. I don't trust it.
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Spoofed in The Ice Pirates (1984) See more »

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Pure joy
23 September 2001 | by (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil) – See all my reviews

'The Crimson Pirate' is pure joy. Maybe the most entertaining movie of the 50's - as far as 'pure entertainment' concept goes, and one of the greatests adventure movies ever made. Burt Lancaster was then at the apex of his powers, and shows very clearly what a good piece of Errol Flynn he could easily have been, and this was not an easy task at all, mind you. Bowing his personal idol Douglas Fairbanks, the dashing, wide-grin, elastic, self-assured Lancaster has marked a whole generation of youngsters - and adults as well - with this wonderful, colorful, funny, action-packed, greatly-soundtracked adventure-spoof, quite probably one of his bests movies ever, although even him surely never realized how good it was.

Popcorn at hand, I watched this masterpiece goggle-eyed, then, and do it very, very fondly now. Burt Lancaster was the man who thought me to love movies. My sincere thanks to him.


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