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The Master of Ballantrae (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 5 August 1953 (USA)
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Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune.

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Buckle on your swashes for this swashbuckling adventure with a highlander who fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie who, after various escapades, becomes a pirate. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A fighter by any code of arms... a rebel for the devil of it ! See more »


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Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae  »

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For the spectacular (but brief) scenes depicting the 1745 rebellion, this film used stock footage from the disastrously unsuccessful David Niven film, Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948), released only a few years earlier. Niven can actually be seen for a moment in one shot, albeit with his back to the camera. See more »

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As Arnaud's ship approaches land the lookout shouts "Land on the starboard bow!" (ie to the right), yet he is pointing to the port side (ie left). A cut to the deck shows Capt Arnaud training his telescope to port instead of starboard. See more »

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MacCauley: Where's the passage money?
Col. Francis Burke: Now, faith, how can you speak of such a vulgar thing in the presence of a hero of Culloden, and a wounded one at that?
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Not the Sea Hawk, but not the Big Boodle, either.
22 November 1998 | by (bettendorf, Iowa) – See all my reviews

There are some problems with this version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, not least of which is the changing of the ending and parts of the story to make it more appealing to the juvenile appetite. Psychological complexities are minimized here, so that what you're getting is an adventure yarn about greed and jealousy. It could have been a lot more.

Yet there are compensations. Jack Cardiff's photography is really eye-catching, and Mr. Livesey carves a nice bit of ham from his role. Flynn himself seems more interested in the proceedings than at any time since before the war. He is out of condition, and lacks physical vigor, but a clarity of eye indicates he may have had some inkling of what this could have been.

Made to utilize Warners Brothers frozen assets in England, the film is not Stevenson, but is but no means a bad way to pass part of a rainy afternoon.


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