The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aimee de Tellison
Dorothea Danders
King Louis XVI (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
John Wilkes
Capt. Richard Pearson
Susana Canales ...
Marie Antoinette (as Susan Canales)
Georges Rivière ...
Russian Chamberlain (as Jorge Riviere)
Tom Brannum ...
Peter Wooley
Basil Sydney ...
Gunner Lowrie
Archie Duncan ...
Duncan MacBean


The swashbuckling adventures of the hero of the Revolutionary War. His contributions weren't always appreciated by the new U.S. government. After the way Congress show their displeasure by sending him to the Russia of Catherine the Great. Written by Steve Crook <>

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16 June 1959 (USA)  »

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Su imperio era el océano  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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This was Charles Coburn's final film before his death on August 30, 1961 at the age of 84. See more »


Contrary to what is shown, Commodore Hopkins was not ordered to to to Abaco in the Bahamas, but rather to the Virginia coast. He exceeded his orders in attacking the Bahamas seeking military supplies, and was later court martialed for this and other questions regarding his command. See more »


John Wilkes: You have many enemies, Captain.
John Paul Jones: Aye! The British are the best!
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »


The Star-Spangled Banner
Composed by Francis Scott Key
Riffs are integrated into the Max Steiner score
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flawed but still good
3 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

the other reviewer hit the nail right on the head, this movie is full of historical inaccuracies, the house of burgess is in Williamsburg, Virginie, and John Paul Jone's brother lived and is buried in historic downtown fredericksburg, a good two hour drive from Williamsburg. the Virginie love triangle is rather silly. despite the flaws, i've liked this movie ever since i was a little boy and saw it on TNT during one of the fourth of July marathons... maybe i like my heroes a little stiff, but i thought Robert stack did an alright job. although, it would be nice to see the movie remade with a little more historical accuracy, and maybe have Mel Gibson or Russel crowe or a Scottish actor play jpj... he'd sound a little more accurate, i can watch this movie over and over again.

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