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Rivaling Pirates and Spanish gold are the ingredients for this story. Blackie the pirate is the one who first hears from this shipment of gold when he encounters "Don" Pedro. He thinks of a plan to find this ship and its gold. His counter player is the vice roy of the Spanish kolony. When they visit one of the pirate settlements, they find three other pirate captains over there. One of them sells goods and prisoners from his latest capture. Don Pedro recognizes the wife of the vice roy, and Blackie buys her. However, one of the pirate captains, Skull, knows also who she is, and tries to make a deal. Blackie refuses, and Skull makes a deal with the other two pirate captains to plot against Blackie. Written by
BLACKIE THE PIRATE is a comic costume swashbuckler designed to cash in on the new-found success of star Terence Hill, but it's not quite on par with the comic westerns that made his name. Instead this is a swashbuckling pirate movie, one that's saddled with a complicated plot involving a number of rival pirates and the inevitable hunt for gold.
Sadly this is rather a dull affair, with the humour limited and the action only so-so. I always found Hill rather a wooden lead, especially when the material isn't great, and such is the case here; he displays little of the charisma of even the peplum actors a decade previously. Even worse, his usual comedy partner Bud Spencer is given the limited role of an antagonist, the kind of part that anybody could have played, limiting the amount of shenanigans the pair can have together.
Much of the fun comes from spotting the names in the cast, such as Alan Collins who plays yet another rival pirate. Edmund Purdom is given a little screen time to chew the scenery as always, while genre favourites like George Martin (who also wrote the lacklustre screenplay) and Sal Borghese are also cast as other naval fellows. Sadly the scripting in BLACKIE THE PIRATE is below par, the action fails to ignite the screen, and the humour just isn't there. This is a juvenile, undemanding type of film.
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