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The Buccaneer (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 1 December 1958 (USA)
During the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: General Andrew Jackson has only 1,200 men left to defend New Orleans when he learns that a British fleet will... See full summary »

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During the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: General Andrew Jackson has only 1,200 men left to defend New Orleans when he learns that a British fleet will arrive with 60 ships and 16,000 men to take the city. In this situation an island near the city becomes strategically important to both parties, but it's inhabited by the last big buccaneer: Jean Lafitte. Although Lafitte never attacks American ships, the governor hates him for selling merchandise without taxes - and is loved by the citizens for the same reason. When the big fight gets nearer, Lafitte is drawn between the fronts. His heart belongs to America, but his people urge him to join the party that's more likely to win. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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1 December 1958 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Final film of Cecil B. DeMille. NOTE: He was seriously ill, and had to turn over direction of the film to his son-in-law, Anthony Quinn. DeMille oversaw production of the film, and appears in the prologue, but was unsatisfied with Quinn's efforts as director as well as the work of old friend Henry Wilcoxon as producer, and tried to change and improve the film during and after production. DeMille died in January 1959, only a month after the film's release. See more »

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Jean Lafitte: [Told by the British that a battle is coming and he *better* be on the winning side] Oh, the side I choose will be the winning side!
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Historical movie about Jean LaFitte's aid to New Orleans during the War of 1812.
24 June 2005 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie has great stars in their earlier years: Ingor Stevens never looked prettier; Yul Brynner was a very convincing Jean LaFitte, conflicted about his piracy and desiring to keep neutrality with the United States. Charlton Heston did a pretty good job as Andrew Jackson, but some moments were a bit stilted. It's really a good flick for students to learn that part of our history, AND it shows that all happy endings do NOT include the lovers getting together with each other--sometimes the happier ending is that they sail away and find partners of similar background who will understand them better in the long run. I have viewed it every year at least twice for 16 years now; and though it is not the best movie I've ever seen, I love it every time!


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