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The Master of Ballantrae (1984)

The story of two brothers, Scottish noblemen whose family is torn apart by the Jacobite rising of 1745.

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Lord Durrisdeer
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Mr. MacKellar
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Alison Graeme
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Captain Teach
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Pinkerton
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Chew
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John Mountain
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Col Francis Burke
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Bonnie Prince Charlie
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McGregor (as Steven Craine)
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John Paul
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Captain Harris
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Hicks
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Jessie Broun
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The story of two brothers, Scottish noblemen whose family is torn apart by the Jacobite rising of 1745.

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31 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Master of Ballantrae (#33.2)  »

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[bagpipes playing in background as James leaves to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie]
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You Can't Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear.
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The previous reviewer has commented,and quie rightly so,that this is a convoluted,hard-to follow screenplay.Well,it's really essential that one consider the original story.It's NOT a swashbuckler,but,rather a character study in a swashbuckling setting.The 2 brothers shown in this tale are actually the 2 sides of a total personality,seeking integration.(THAT was the entire point of Jeykll and Hyde.)It's been set during a perod of historical turbulence,in order for the drama to proceed.

There was an earlier production,filmed in 1953 or so,that was designed as a vehicle for Flynn.And,to be perfectly frank, that was about all that it was good for.It was a historical romance-pirate movie.This one at least makes some attempt to follow the original plot.And the cast does a good job with some confusing material.

HISTORICAL NOTE:The real Captain Teach(also known as Blackbeard)had been dead for almost 28 years before this story opens.So,it's not accurate historically.But Mr. Blessed has so much fun with the character,playing hims as a psychotic version of Orson Welles,that it's immensely enjoyable.


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