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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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Jonathon Standing
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Captain LaRoche
Peter Arne ...
Hench, a pirate
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Bess Standing
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Brocaire, a pirate
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Jason Standing
Michael Ripper ...
Mack, a pirate
David Lodge ...
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Timothy Blackthorne
Jack Stewart ...
Godfrey Mason
Lorraine Clewes ...
Martha Blackthorne
Jerold Wells ...
Penal Colony Master
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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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August 1962 (USA)  »

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Aima sto kokkino potami  »

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Sammy Davis Jr. visited the set during the shooting of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the pirates first arrive at the Huguenot fortified village they survey the area from the high hills surrounding the village(0:36:06). However, when two of the pirates and Jonathon Standing start walking down the path toward the village we notice the imposing hills surrounding the village have become mere cliffs just a few feet high from the ground (0:36:09). Also, the cliffs are located much closer to the fortified village than the imposing high hills from the previous shot. See more »

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Hench, a pirate: [to Mack] I do not count my chickens before I see them, and then I wait until the eggs are hatched out.
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An oddity -- a pirate movie set on land!
14 November 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

You won't find here any 18th-century ships in full sail photographed against a Caribbean seascape of azure blue skies. Instead, all of the action takes place on a mundane-looking island which offers little in the way of beaches or coves. (The geography of this made-in-England movie is disturbingly vague.) The result is somewhat drab and claustrophobic and makes one wish for the colorful sweep of "Anne of the Indies" or "The Crimson Pirate."

Partially making up for this weakness is an interesting cast which includes not only bound-for-better-things Christopher Lee and Oliver Reed but also a curiously-cast Glenn Corbett. Dennis Waterman pops up as a boy who's sent on horseback to warn of the pirates' attack.

Kerwin Matthews qualifies as an adequate hero. However, while the movie's poster shows him bound bare-chested to a ship's wheel, such a scene never appears in the print under discussion.


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