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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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5 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae  »

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Errol Flynn's last film for Warner Bros before he was released from his contract in 1952. He had been with the studio for 18 years. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jamie Durie: Now, one of two things, Irishman. Either we fight on the spot, or we be comrades. Which is it to be?
Col. Francis Burke: Cut each other's throats or be friends for life - either way, is it?
Jamie Durie: It makes no difference to me.
Col. Francis Burke: And how do we make the decision?
Jamie Durie: Heads, we fight.
[He flips a coin]
Col. Francis Burke: Tails. Good. I'm a wee bit tired at the moment.
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Not a classic, but still fun to watch
21 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Master of Ballantrae" is no "Adventures of Robin Hood," but it's entertaining and fast paced.

The color photography is lovely, and Errol Flynn is still charismatic even if he's a bit older and less agile.

Roger Livesey as Flynn's sidekick is the best part of the movie as far as I'm concerned, and most of the best lines were given to him. Check out the Memorable Quotes section to see what I mean.

Had the two of them been paired in a really good vehicle, I'm sure the results would have been awesome. As it is, it's still better than average and a pleasant way to pass a couple of hours.


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