Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the world in search of adventure and treasure.


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Credited cast:
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Paul Darrow ...
Terence Budd ...
John Drake
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Adamson ...
Fletcher, the Chaplain
Paul Alexander ...
Ned Bright
Peter Cellier ...
Alan Downer ...
Nuno DelSilva
Michael Irving ...
Colin Matthews ...
English Gentleman
Sir Francis Wisingham
Michael Stroud ...
Admiral Winter
Michael Turner ...


Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the world in search of adventure and treasure.

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16th century | 1570s | sailing | See All (3) »







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28 December 1980 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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I hated this movie so much I fell in love with it.
10 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first viewed this film (recently - it's out there on shaky old tapes although I wish someone would release it on DVD!) it disturbed me greatly. It bothered me for days - absolutely wouldn't let go. Then I started to research the history behind the story and discovered that the script is very accurate indeed - much more so than you normally see in this sort of period drama. And that makes it even more disturbing.

The entire production is top notch - costumes, sets, the lovely footage of the tall ships. John Thaw is wonderful as Francis Drake, but the real star here is Paul Darrow, playing the captain's friend and rival Thomas Doughty. He's known for his mannered performance as Avon in Blakes 7, but here he gives the performance of his career - subtle and powerful.

Just don't be misled by the title into believing this is an adventure story. It's really a psychodrama about jealousy, greed and paranoia, and the overall message about what it takes to win in this world is very dark indeed. At the same time, it's an oddly inspiring movie which has something important to say about dignity under the worst possible conditions and what it means to be fully human.

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