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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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(9 articles)
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An oddity -- a pirate movie set on land! See more (18 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)
Bill Brandon ... Pirate (uncredited)
John Collin ... Lance (uncredited)
Marie Devereux ... Maggie Mason (uncredited)
Don Levy ... Carlos (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Tom Blackthorne (uncredited)
Michael Mulcaster ... Martin (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Pirate (uncredited)
Michael Peake ... Kemp (uncredited)
Keith Pyott ... Silas (uncredited)
Ernie Rice ... Pirate (uncredited)
John Roden ... 2nd Settler (uncredited)
Denis Shaw ... Silver (uncredited)

Directed by
John Gilling 
 
Writing credits
John Hunter (screenplay) &
John Gilling (screenplay)

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 artiste
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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
87 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
The film was originally given an 'X' certificate for its cinema release by UK censor John Trevelyan. Hammer then decided they wanted an 'A' certificate so the film was trimmed of violence with heavy cuts to the killing of Maggie by piranhas. After reconsidering again Hammer decided to settle for a 'U' certificate so further cuts were made which edited all the piranha scenes, the blindfolded sword-fight, the attack on the farm, a shot of a hanged man's legs, and the overdubbing of words such as 'harlot' and 'adulterer'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the blindfolded pirates fight and a pirate hides inside a wooden frame, he is shown is subsequent scenes with his sword either straight out in front or to the side against the frame.See more »
Quotes:
Captain LaRoche:If I kill, it is to achieve a purpose, not for the sake of killing.See more »
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
An oddity -- a pirate movie set on land!, 14 November 2002
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis

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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