6.5/10
500
9 user 2 critic

Blackbeard: Terror at Sea (2006)

On Disc

at Amazon

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blackbeard (TV Mini-Series 2006)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In the Golden Age of Piracy, at the dawn of the 18th century, Blackbeard stood out among the lawless rogues as the most fearsome and notorious seafarer of them all. He killed for the ... See full summary »

Stars: Angus Macfadyen, Mark Umbers, Richard Chamberlain
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix
Diamonds (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A complex tale about small and big players in the African diamond business, wrapped around a murder of a United States senator's daughter.

Director: Andy Wilson
Stars: James Purefoy, Judy Davis, Derek Jacobi
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A knight returning from the Crusades takes on a dragon and becomes a legend.

Director: Tom Reeve
Stars: James Purefoy, Piper Perabo, Patrick Swayze
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A terrible storm is raging the night it all begins - with a knock on the door. 17-year-old Jim Hawkins helps his widowed mother run their little tavern on the coast of 19th century England.... See full summary »

Director: Hansjörg Thurn
Stars: François Goeske, Diane Willems, Tobias Moretti
Störtebeker (TV Movie 2006)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Miguel Alexandre
Stars: Ken Duken, Claire Keim, Gottfried John
Adventure | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

East Fresia 1401: the era of the feared sea pirates Klaus Störtebeker and Gödeke Michels is coming to an end. After a long period with no booty at last a bulging ship appears on the horizon... See full summary »

Director: Sven Taddicken
Stars: Ronald Zehrfeld, Matthias Schweighöfer, Oliver Bröcker
Blessed (2004)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A fertility clinic visit becomes an unfathomable nightmare for a woman who's impregnated with the devil's DNA.

Director: Simon Fellows
Stars: Heather Graham, James Purefoy, Fionnula Flanagan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At the suggestion of a straight friend, gay man Leo joins a men's group, where he causes some upsets by declaring his attraction to one of its members.

Director: Rose Troche
Stars: Kevin McKidd, Julie Graham, Simon Callow
Short | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Stars: Lyndsey Marshal, James Purefoy, Tobias Menzies
Adventure | Drama

A story that looks into the fabled life of Edward Teach, aka "Blackbeard," the 18th century pirate.

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Tyler Butterworth
...
Jack Galloway ...
Captain Charles Vane
...
...
Black Caesar
...
Louis Arrot (as Antonia Campbell Hughes)
Robert Ricards ...
...
Simon Kunz ...
...
Captain Brand
...
Lieutenant Maynard
Peter Pacey ...
...
Edward Moseley (as Michael Mueller)
Brendan Hooper ...
Tobias Knight
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The legend is real

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

12 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blackbeard: Terror at Sea  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | | (DVD)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the narrator character, Israel Hands, is the name of a pirate in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Above average documentary film
15 January 2008 | by (Anywheresville, USA) – See all my reviews

This was a pleasant surprise. My husband rented it, and I thought we were in for a kind of dull, droning PBS-sort of "talking heads" and "sleepy slides" documentary. Instead, "Blackbeard:Terror at Sea" is mostly filmed like a rather high quality theatrical movie, with a very professional cast, good costumes, sets and realistic ships. It compares very well with theatrical films such as "Master and Commander" or "Pirates of the Caribbean" in terms of look and feel.

Where it is lacking is in plot and back story -- they are rather thin. The film uses voice-over from a secondary character to tie together individual scenes, and some kind of lame plot devices (like the age-old "girl in boy's clothing" -- did this ever really occur? biological factors make it seem to me to be nearly impossible). But where the film shines -- and again, where it was most unexpected -- was in some excellent performances. The most notable of course is James Purefoy as Blackbeard: this is outstanding work. In a regular theatrical film, I think he would have been singled out for award nominations for this -- he's sexy and genuinely scary (and unrecognizable under all that beard). Blackbeard is the kind of role, especially in the light of Johnny Depp's indelible Jack Sparrow, that can either be done amusingly OR it can veer dangerously into parody -- it's all too easy for a "pirate" character to seem like something out of a Saturday Night Live skit. Purefoy neatly avoids either of these stereotypes and creates a genuine and believable and unforgettable characterization.

One oddity of the documentary (on DVD) was that Purefoy is the ONLY actor credited. I've never seen credits that did not mention the entire cast before and wonder why? The entire cast is excellent, and special mention should be made of Mark Noble for the role of "Mr. Hands", co-star and narrator; he is also very good.

Despite some slight shortcomings (such as: there are obvious edits designed around commercials, where scenes and dialog are repeated), this is well worth a rental, or even purchase. It's a bracing antidote to more humorous pirate films, or the sloppy sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean, and enjoyable for anyone who likes sea-themed movies such as Mutiny on the Bounty or Master & Commander.

I have renewed respect for National Geographic for producing something of this caliber -- it has the look of a several million dollar production.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?