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

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1.37 : 1
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Because of cost overruns on The Crimson Pirate (1952) and His Majesty O'Keefe (1954), Warner Brothers insisted that future films from Burt Lancaster be limited to $900,000. Lancaster's response was to strike a new deal with United Artists. See more »

Goofs

Humble Bellows makes some grammatical errors in his use of the "thee" dialect, using the word in contexts like "thee art" or "thee canst" when it should be "thou art" or "thou canst." (He's probably not well educated.) See more »

Quotes

Humble Bellows: Meantime, we got regular pirate business to settle. We got the plank, the culprit and the verdict. All we need's a trial, an execution and a sentence.
Slimy: He's guilty!
Humble Bellows: So much for the trial. Now for execution.
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Swashbuckling at its best!
21 February 2005 | by (Rugby,UK.) – See all my reviews

In the late 18th century Caribbean a group of pirates led by Capt.Vallo become embroiled in the revolutionary activities of some islanders against the King.

That's about all the plot that you need to know, for this film doesn't concern itself with historical accuracy or the like. What it does is to place it's tongue firmly in it's cheek and take the audience on a thrilling romp in the best swashbuckling style.

Burt Lancaster plays Vallo with real gusto and exuberance, ideally suited to the all action role. He did all his own stunts, being paired on screen with his one time trapeze partner Nick Cravat as his mute sidekick. In these days of CGI overkill it's refreshing to see smartly choreographed action set pieces with real people performing breathtaking feats of agility. The support cast is filled with familiar faces from the period all giving good value in their respective roles.

The whole enterprise is lavishly mounted and shot in glorious vivid Technicolor. This was possibly one of the last of this type before Cinemascope and widescreen in general became the norm. As mentioned previously, accuracy isn't an issue here. In the finale we encounter prototypes of Gatlin guns, tanks and flamethrowers among other things!

I hadn't seen this since childhood, so I took the opportunity of catching it on the BBC at the weekend. With 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' still relatively fresh in my mind, it seemed appropriate to revisit this old classic. I'm happy to say that it's lost none of its appeal, quite the opposite in fact. Rollicking good fun - recommended.


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