The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

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A group of ruthless pirates attack a 17th Century Huguenot settlement on the Isle of Devon in search of treasure and will stop at nothing to obtain it.



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Complete credited cast:
Jonathon Standing
Captain LaRoche
Peter Arne ...
Hench, a pirate
Marla Landi ...
Bess Standing
Brocaire, a pirate
Andrew Keir ...
Jason Standing
Michael Ripper ...
Mack, a pirate
David Lodge ...
Timothy Blackthorne
Jack Stewart ...
Godfrey Mason
Lorraine Clewes ...
Martha Blackthorne
Jerold Wells ...
Penal Colony Master


In a village of Huguenot refugees, Jonathon Standing is exiled by his father to a nearby penal colony for his improper relationship with a married woman. This penal colony is then invaded by pirates who force Jonathan to lead them back to his village, convinced that it contains a great treasure. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Ransacking a lost tropic island... for a fabulous idol of gold!


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Release Date:

August 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aima sto kokkino potami  »

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The penal colony where Jonathon Standing (Kerwin Mathews) was sent to was also the Callow Hill Location. The scene of his escape and his attempted killing by two men was shot in one of the swamps at Burnham Beeches. Other scenes of the pirates wading through the swamp and walking in wooded areas was a combination of Burnham Beeches and Black Park. See more »


When one of the pirates stomps with his foot at the bottom of the pit they're digging the sound it makes is clearly that of hollow wood.Yet he says that they have reached the bottom and there is nothing but rock(1:03:17). See more »


Jonathon Standing: This was going to e a peaceful mission!
Captain LaRoche: Indeed, it was. Unfortunately, human nature is apt to determine where peace ends and strife begins.
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Carribbean action-adventure -Hammer-style
5 April 2010 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

In the seventeenth-century, a young Huegonot (Kerwin Mathews) escapes from a West Indies penal colony and joins forces with a treasure-obsessed pirate (Christopher Lee)...

Action-adventure in the Carribbean, Hammer-style, with not one but two Hollywood flavor-of-the-month hunks -Kerwin Mathews & Glenn Corbett (whatever happened to him?). Plenty of cutlass clashing (including a climactic one between Mathews and Lee), derring-do, and faux French accents but with all the swamp chases, you'd think at least one character would get gobbled up by quicksand. Unfortunately, none did. There were, however, enough saber-stabbings, booby-traps (including a spiked pit), musket skirmishes, and death by piranha (hence the title, "Blood River") to satisfy the easily amused. It was filmed on the back lots of Hammer's Bray Studios and stereotypes abounded from the sexy, nearly iconic Christopher Lee as the black-clad, one-eyed pirate king to a barrel-chested Oliver Reed as one of his lusty mates. The killed-off-all-too-soon Ollie cut a handsome, husky figure as did an earnest Glenn Corbett who's constipated acting made the rather lethargic Kerwin Mathews look like Sarah Bernhardt. Oddly enough (or not), Kerwin didn't have a femme love interest but Glenn did -the lackluster Marla Landi who looked a lot like Madeline Rhue. All in all, an agreeable time-waster, of interest mainly for it's idiosyncratic international beefcake.

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