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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Aimee de Tellison
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Dorothea Danders
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King Louis XVI (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
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John Wilkes
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Capt. Richard Pearson
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Marie Antoinette (as Susan Canales)
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Russian Chamberlain (as Jorge Riviere)
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Peter Wooley
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Gunner Lowrie
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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 <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The adventures that will live forever in America's naval history ! See more »


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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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Financed by Pierre du Pont III. See more »

Goofs

Jones was born and raised in Scotland, and did not speak English with Robert Stack's undisguised American accent. See more »

Quotes

Captain Richard Pearson: Captain, are you surrendering? Do you ask for quarter?
John Paul Jones: No sir! I have no yet begun to fight!
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

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Scotland the Brave
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Unofficial Scottish anthem
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Interesting directing
19 August 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was delighted to see this film as I am a voracious consumer of anything about the American Revolution. Aside from any possible historical flaws mentioned by others I found some of the directing touches quite interesting. Most novel was the way George Washington was portrayed when Jones went to visit him at Valley Forge. He was filmed only from the back as would be seen by some observer (e.g. news reporter ) in the room. The effect was quite powerful. It saved us worrying about things like if the actor playing Washington looked enough like him etc. and simply gave us a ghostly impression of the Washington we read about in the history books - namely, a giant of a man both physically and morally and probably the greatest man in history. It occurred to me that Director John Farrow was portraying not the man but rather alluding to the LEGEND on screen. If that was the aim he certainly succeeded.

The 'living presence' of the legend was enhanced by the fact that the image spoke in that arcane English of the time.

The net result was that a huge cinematic impression was provided of a very great man. Nice directing twist innovation !


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