The picture was produced by Universal Studios which was the same studio which made Jaws (1975) which also top-billed actor Robert Shaw. According to Time Out, "The success of Jaws (1975) sent Hollywood scurrying for movie adventure styles to refurbish; hence this multi-million dollar pirate swash-buckler". See more »
Despite Maltin's great slagging-off of this movie (has he actually seen it, I wonder??), I reckon it was a little gem in an era when a lot of filmmakers took themselves and their work far too seriously! Guaranteed to lift the blues on any bad day, it may be a bit corny, it might have been misguided to make a pirate flick in the mid-70s, but there are certainly a lot worse examples of the genre around, and this one is quite a cute and appealing film.
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