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Somewhere in the 18th century Great Britain, noble but penniless young boy John Mohune is sent by his dying mother to Moonfleet, to put himself under the protection of a certain Jeremy Fox. The boy discovers that Fox is both a former lover of his mother and the leader of a gang of buccaneers. A strange friendship grows as their adventures go on. Written by
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Adventure and thrills set in 18th century splendidly directed and filmed in superb color
You have seldom seem a picture so crowed with excitement ¡ . It starts in Dortshire coast, Moonfleet , England, 1775 ,october , (Moonfleet is set in Dorset, England The Fleet refers to the land just west of Portland, Southern England ) a young boy named John Mohune (John Whiteley) is sent by his deceased mummy to seek Jeremy Fox (Stewart Granger) who is actually a rakish buccaneer . Then Fox puts him under his protection and is proceeded a special father-son relationship . The boy learns that Fox is both a ex-lover of his mum and the leader of a band of smugglers. Meanwhile both of whom look for and encounter a legendary lost diamond . Fox still haunted by the memory of the dying mother but also has another lover (Viveca Lindfords) who double-crosses him .
This classic adventure film contains emotion , intrigue , chills, and colorful scenarios. Wonderful relationship along with strong friendship is developed between the buccaneer perfectly incarnated by Stewart Granger and the newcomer boy . It contains dark moments in Hammer style as happens when the young boy journeys across an eerie world full of hanging trees , gallows , ghastly sculptures , and cemeteries plenty of coffins . Wonderful secondary cast full of prestigious secondaries as George Sanders , Joan Greenwood , Alan Napier , John Hoyt , Jack Elam , Ian Wolfe , among others . Impressive production design with glamorous sets by Hans Peters . Glimmer cinematography in superb Eastmancolor and CinemaScope by Robert Planck and mostly filmed in studios , during six weeks in 1954 , being exteriors shot in Oceanside , California. Thrilling and emotive musical score by Miklos Rozsa . The motion picture lavishly produced by also actor John Houseman is stunningly directed by Fritz Lang . Lang directed masterfully all kind of genres as Noir cinema as ¨Big heat , Scarlet Street and Beyond a reasonable doubt¨ , Epic as ¨Nibelungs¨, suspense as ¨Secret beyond the door, Clash by night¨ , Western as ¨Rancho Notorious and Return of Frank James ¨ and of course Adventure as ¨Moonfleet¨ . This good adventure drama with lots of exciting and thrilling moments will appeal to Stewart Granger fans . Rating : Better than average , resulting to be a marvellous stylised version of the Great Britain coast in the 19th century . Worthwhile watching .
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