The Queen of the Pirates (1960)
"La Venere dei pirati" (original title)

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In the 16th century, a sea captain and his daughter escape a false by running away to become pirates.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Massimo Serato ...
Cesare Count of Santa Croce
Scilla Gabel ...
Livio Lorenzon ...
Pirate Chief
Paul Muller ...
Duke Zulian
Moira Orfei ...
José Jaspe ...
Captain Mirko
Giustino Durano ...
Andrea Aureli
Franco Fantasia
Nando Tamberlani
Giulio Battiferri
Luigi Marturano
Gianni Solaro
Annamaria Mustari


In 16th century Italy, on the Adriatic coast, the duchy of Doruzza is governed by a despotic duke, Zulian, and his haughty daughter, Isabella. When they try to commit a gross injutice against one of their subdits, the naval officer Mirko and his daughter Barbara get in their way, and end up persecuted and arrested. The count Cesar de Santacroce, Isabella's fiancee, intercedes for them, and they are set free - only to be arrested again by the treacherous Isabella. Isabella (who felt jealous of Sandra's beauty) dispatches her for slavery in the Middle East. Mirko escapes from his attackers, and manages to get control of the ship, and to free his daughter, who quickly becomes the queen of the Adriatic pirates. That will bring Cesare to a difficult choice between two different kinds of beauty, Isabella the powerful or Barbara the bountiful... Written by Artemis-9

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Release Date:

November 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The lesser "Tiger of the Seven Seas"
13 December 2014 | by (Smithshop) – See all my reviews

This film is strikingly similar to Luigi Capoano's "Tiger of the Seven Seas" in some aspects, the most obvious one's being the fact that both film use the same leading actress and to some degree even same action scenes. The Queen of the Pirates is a classic budget peplum film set on the sea, with classic budget (many times hilarious especially if its English version) dubbing and story plot. Sandra (Gianna Maria Canale) is a daughter of a ship-owning merchant Mirko (slavic pirate?). He, together with his previously mentioned daughter and the crew already rebels against the "injustice" by the local authorities by the beginning of the film, and together on their ship Isabella, they head out to sea defeating many more authority-owned ships across the Adriatic Sea. Soon a "deeper story" involving a lover, castles and evil leaders evolves. No use writing any more details. Just watch the film if you like Italian/European 60's budget peplums with some hilarious moments in-between. Take note that the film "Tiger of the Seven Seas" released two years later is actually somewhat better paced (except the battle sequence) as well as more coherent regarding the plot, but do not let that turn you away from this little but daring "gem".

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