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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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Routine Hammer swashbuckler suffering from budget limitations 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:
Oliver Reed got an ear infection and had to be hospitalized after participating in a sequence that was shot in the filthy waters of a river.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Matthews and another convict overturn a wagonful of rocks on their pursuers, the position of the wagon changes after the cutback.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Matinee (1993)See more »

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Routine Hammer swashbuckler suffering from budget limitations, 21 July 2013
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER, a 1962 swashbuckler from Hammer Studios, is one of their lesser outings. You can put this down to Jimmy Sangster's lacklustre story and the lack of a decent budget, which substitutes British locations for the tropics and doesn't even include a pirate ship (apart from in an opening stock shot).

Of course, those of us who enjoy B-movie fare will no doubt enjoy the spectacle of some nondescript British woodland standing in for a more exotic locale - adding a single fern leaf into the shot and a couple of pot plants isn't doing much to fool the viewer! At least it helps take the viewer's mind off the plot, which after a decent first half hour soon descends into repetitive inanity.

Kerwin Matthews (THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD) stars as the youthful, romantic hero figure who's sent to a penal colony after falling foul of his puritan elders. He escapes just in time to help his villagers defend themselves from the clutches of a group of dastardly pirates looking for treasure.

One of the problems with the production is the lack of a sense of menace. The pirates just don't seem to be particularly villainous and the script resorts to them fighting between themselves to supply the action. It doesn't help any when all the best actors play the pirates either: Christopher Lee, Michael Ripper, Peter Arne and Oliver Reed are all having a ball, supplying endless energy, while the villagers (including Dennis Waterman as a kid and an extra-dour Andrew Keir) are a bore.

Still, it's as colourful as ever for a Hammer romp, and I'm predisposed towards this genre so that it held my attention from beginning to end. But with a little more imagination, it could have been a whole lot better and more like the above-average DEVIL-SHIP PIRATES that Hammer made a couple of years later.

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