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Writers:
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Release Date:
August 1962 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Ransacking a lost tropic island... for a fabulous idol of gold!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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I do not count my chickens before I see them, and then I wait until the eggs are hatched out. See more (15 total) »

Cast

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Kerwin Mathews ... Jonathon Standing

Glenn Corbett ... Henry

Christopher Lee ... Captain LaRoche
Peter Arne ... Hench, a pirate
Marla Landi ... Bess Standing

Oliver Reed ... Brocaire, a pirate
Andrew Keir ... Jason Standing
Michael Ripper ... Mack, a pirate
David Lodge ... Smith

Dennis Waterman ... Timothy Blackthorne
Jack Stewart ... Godfrey Mason
Lorraine Clewes ... Martha Blackthorne
Jerold Wells ... Penal Colony Master
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diane Aubrey ... Margaret Blackthorne (uncredited)
John Bennett ... Penal Colony Guard (uncredited)
Richard Bennett ... Seymour (uncredited)
Ronald Blackman ... Pugh (uncredited)
John Collin ... Lance (uncredited)
Marie Devereux ... Maggie Mason (uncredited)
Don Levy ... Carlos (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Tom Blackthorne (uncredited)
Michael Mulcaster ... Martin (uncredited)
Michael Peake ... Kemp (uncredited)
Keith Pyott ... Silas (uncredited)
John Roden ... 2nd Settler (uncredited)
Denis Shaw ... Silver (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Gilling 
 
Writing credits
John Hunter  screenplay &
John Gilling  screenplay and
Jimmy Sangster  from a story by

Anthony Nelson Keys  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gary Hughes 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric Boyd-Perkins 
 
Casting by
Stuart Lyons 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Clifford Parkes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alfred Cox .... sound editor
Jock May .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Tilly Day .... continuity
Bob Simmons .... horse master
Bob Simmons .... master at arms
 
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Runtime:
87 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
Sammy Davis Jr. visited the set during the shooting of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
I do not count my chickens before I see them, and then I wait until the eggs are hatched out., 17 June 2012
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Pirates of Blood River is directed by John Gilling and written by Jimmy Sangster. It stars Christopher Lee, Kerwin Matthews, Glenn Corbett, Michael Ripper, Andrew Keir, Oliver Reed, Marla Landi and Peter Arne. Music is by Gary Hughes and cinematography by Arthur Grant.

When Huguenot Jonathan Standish (Matthews) is found guilty of adultery, he is banished from the village and sent to serve hard labour at the penal colony. However, managing to escape, Jonathan is captured by pirates led by Captain LaRoche (Lee) and forced to lead the pirates back to his home village, where, LaRoche is convinced valuable treasure is hidden.

One of Hammer Film Productions pirate ventures, Pirates of Blood River is landlocked but still a whole bunch of piratical fun. Sangster's screenplay dangles interesting carrots that aren't fully unearthed, such as the religious fervour holding the Huguenot village in its grip, and questions of main character's pasts are left unanswered, but cast are very spirited and Gilling, in spite of being brought in late and being a pain in the ass, crafts a fast paced picture of excitement and tension. The small budget and absence of a ship and seafaring malarkey is barely noticed, though this place of plunder doesn't look much like a tropical island. There's good action, especially for the "big" battle at the finale, while it's good to see low cost effects, such as a piranha attack simulated by ripples on the water, actually be very effective for dramatic purpose. Blindfold duelling, too, always a bonus.

Plenty of beards, jolly roger speak, bodily abuse and guerrilla warfare, enough in fact to lift it above its obvious flaws. 7/10

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