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The Sea Pirate (1966)

Surcouf, l'eroe dei sette mari (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Carruthers / lady Blackwood
Lord Blackwood
Geneviève Casile ...
Marie-Catherine Blaise
Armand Mestral ...
Capitaine Hans Fell
Gérard Tichy ...
Alberto Cevenini ...
Antonio Molino Rojo ...
Andre Chambles
Gonzalo de Esquiroz ...
Captain Toward (as Gonzalo Esquiroz)
L'amiral Decrès, ministre de la marine
Rossella Bergamonti ...
Mónica Randall ...
Joséphine de Beauharnais (as Monica Randal)
Virgilio Teixeira ...


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28 June 1967 (USA)  »

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In an interview in 2003 Gérard Barray said that Sergio Bergonzelli did not shoot 1 meter of film. The whole film was directed by Roy Rowland and the Bergonzelli name was only used for co-production reasons. See more »


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This Spanish/Italian/French co-production results to be a simple , predictable and entertaining pirate movie
5 February 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

A good clean fun with a legendary corsair against the British navy . Thrilling swashbuckling who launched Gerard Barray to fame at an acceptable role in which he becomes a notorious corsair . Enjoyable production packs enough thrills , breathtaking sea battles , tempestuous romance and exciting situations for a good time . An agreeable as well as fun Gerard Barray swashbuckler about the famous Corsair , Surcouf , "The Sea Pirate" . This classic story of romantic adventure by Roy Rowland , filmed in Spain , comes to life enriched by Eastmancolor photography and being freely based on historical events . It is set during the Napoleonic Wars , it was common to distinguish verbally between privateers (also known as private ships of war) on the one hand, and armed merchantmen, which were referred to as "Letters of Marque", on the other, though both received the same commission . In addition to the term Lettre de Marque, the French sometimes used the term Lettre de course for their Letters of Marque. A "letter of marque" generally refers to a lumbering square-rigged cargo carrier that might pick up a prize if the opportunity arose . It deals with Surcouf (Gerard Barray) about to marry his bride , Marie-Catherine Blaise (Genieve Casile) , but opposite to her father (Jose Maria Caffarel) , he then flees and aboard a ship with a motley crew (Luis Barboo , Gerard Tichy , Victor Israel , Aldo Sambrell) , he turned pirate and arranged for letters of marque . As the known Corsair got a "letter of marque and reprisal" would include permission to cross an international border to effect a reprisal authorized by an issuing jurisdiction to conduct reprisal operations outside its borders . As a corsair captain and a crew of valiant sailors plundering for loot , revenge and righting wrings becomes his life . They are forced into piracy but ultimately earn pardon for their swashbuckling ways . As Surcouf and his crew sailing recklessly through dangerous waters , from Saint Malo along the English Channel or ¨La Manche¨ today he still lives in hundreds of legends .

¨Surcouf, l'Eroe Dei Sette Mares¨ also titled ¨The Sea Pirate¨ or "Los Hermanos Surcouf" is an amusing pirate movie , plenty of action , thrills , colorful cinematography , realistic miniature work , luxurious costumes , catching score ; all meld together under Roy Rowland's ordinary direction . Although the story has been told before , tight filmmaking and nice acting win out . Combination of overwhelming battle ships , sword-play and full of villainy , romance , swashbuckler and heroism . The picture is fast-moving , exciting and thrilling right up with climatic final confrontation between Gerard Barray and the nasty Mariano Vidal Molina . Enough budgeted film by Nat Wachsberger and Alfonso/Francisco Balcazar , using appropriate ship shots and miniature sets when possible . Amusing acting by Gerad Barray as a historic pirate who uses all kind of shrewdness in order to defeat the British during the Napoleonic blockade . There appears the gorgeous Antonella Lualdi as a hot-tempered moll who swoons over Gerard ; furthermore , an attractive support cast plenty of familiar Spanish secondaries such as Tomás Blanco , Jose Maria Caffarel , Luis Barboo , Virgilio Teixeira , Aldo Sambrell , Jorge Rigaud , Mariano Vidal Molina and Monica Randall as Joséphine Beauharnais . Atmospheric as well as evocative cinematography by Juan Gelpi shot on location in Denia (Alicante) , Spain , but a perfect remastering being necessary . Original Music by Georges Garvarentz , adding an enticing leitmotif heard throughout the movie . The film was middlingly directed by Roy Rowland and Sergio Bergonzelli . However, an interview in 2003 Gérard Barray said that Sergio Bergonzelli did not shoot 1 meter of film, the whole film was directed by Roy Rowland and the Bergonzelli name was only used for co-production reasons . Rating : 5.5/10 , average though acceptable pirate movie , entertaining stuff that provides audience amusement.

Although this picture hasn't historical penchant , it is based on actual characters : Robert Surcouf (12 December 1773 – 8 July 1827) . He was a French privateer and slave trader who operated in the Indian Ocean between 1789 and 1801, and again from 1807 to 1808, capturing over 40 prizes, while amassing a large fortune as a ship-owner, both from privateering and from commerce for a time . His privateers led successful campaigns against the British in the Indian Ocean and disastrous ones in the English Channel, except for Renard which achieved fame in her very costly victory over HMS Alphea on 9 September 1812 which exploded after repulsing French attempts at boarding it causing many casualties. After the Bourbon restoration, he organised fishing expeditions to Terre-Neuve and amassed a considerable fortune..In Saint-Malo, he married Marie Blaize, who had been his fiancée for two years; over the course of their marriage, they had five children together. Around 1805, Surcouf started to arm privateers in Saint-Malo in partnership with his father-in-law Louis Blaize de MaisonneuveA number of legends have grown around Surcouf over the time: he is often stated to have been made a Baron of the Empire, which is untrue . From 1809, Surcouf went into business as ship-owner, and over the years, he armed a number of privateers . Another legend states that Surcouf had thrown overboard gold seized on Kent; in fact, Kent did not carry gold . Five ships of the French Navy were named in honour of Surcouf . He died in 1827 and is buried in a graveyard at Saint-Malo.

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