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28 December 1980 (UK) See more »
Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the world in search of adventure and treasure. | Add synopsis »
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During his navigation around the world (1577-1580), Francis Drake has to deal with treason - or his own demons. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

John Thaw ... Francis Drake
Charlotte Cornwell ... Elizabeth I
Paul Darrow ... Thomas Doughty
Terence Budd ... John Drake
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Adamson ... Fletcher, the Chaplain
Paul Alexander ... Ned Bright
Peter Cellier ... Sir Christopher Hatton
Alan Downer ... Nuno DelSilva
Michael Irving ... Vicary

Esmond Knight ... John Dee
Colin Matthews ... English Gentleman

David Ryall ... Sir Francis Wisingham
Michael Stroud ... Admiral Winter
Michael Turner ... Lord Burghley

Cole Henderson ... Helmsman (uncredited)

Directed by
Lawrence Gordon Clark 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Nelson-Burton 

Produced by
Lawrence Gordon Clark .... producer
Terry Heet .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stephen Joliffe 
Film Editing by
David Taylor 
Art Department
David Fyson .... production buyer
Other crew
Diana Dill .... production assistant/continuity

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
During his navigation around the world (1577-1580), Francis Drake has to deal with treason - or his own demons., 6 May 2007
Author: ozaline from France

It's a wonderful movie. Historic accuracy is stunning, the details are perfect - unto the point of you have to admire the way the characters wear their coats.

It is also a heartbreaking story about treason of friendship and fate and resignation to death, served by excellent actors. John Thaw delivers an outstanding performance, Paul Darrow is a heartbreaking Doughtie, noble and dignified all along. Darrow plays the part with a talent I had never seen him display before, in a subdued, soberly tragic way . The painful destruction of their friendship is actually at the core of the movie.

Really, you have to wonder why we haven't been granted the pleasure of watching this movie on DVD, since it doesn't seem to be available anywhere.

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