Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.
Arrested during the Monmouth Rebellion and falsely convicted of treason, Dr. Peter Blood is banished to the West Indies and sold into slavery. In Port Royal, Jamaica the Governor's daughter Arabella Bishop buys him for £10 to spite her uncle, Col. Bishop who owns a major plantation. Life is hard for the men and for Blood as well. By chance he treats the Governor's gout and is soon part of the medical service. He dreams of freedom and when the opportunity strikes, he and his friends rebel taking over a Spanish ship that has attacked the city. Soon, they are the most feared pirates on the seas, men without a country attacking all ships. When Arabella is prisoner, Blood decides to return her to Port Royal only to find that it is under the control of England's new enemy, France. All of them must decide if they are to fight for their new King.Written by
IN JOKE: After Peter Blood and his friends have escaped from slavery, taken the Spanish ship and he is reading the proclamation banding them together as a brotherhood of buccaneers, he mentions the date: "this 20th day of June, 1688," fans know, June 20 was Flynn's birthday. It's hard to believe this is a coincidence. What is interesting is that when he made this film, Flynn wasn't yet a star and it would seem risky for him to fool around with the dialogue. It could be that he changed the date, himself, and no one noticed. Or perhaps they let him do it. Flynn did a similar thing in his later The Dawn Patrol (1938). In the film his character, Courtney, mentions that his father is a professor of biology at Queen's College in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Flynn's own father had also been a professor of biology at Queen's. See more »
Levasseur's eyes blink after the second wave has passed over his dead body. See more »
Originally released at 119 minutes, Warner Bros. cut 20 minutes worth of footage from the film for its theatrical reissue in 1951, in order that it could fit onto a double bill with _Sea Hawk, The (1940)_, also trimmed for the same reason. The cut reissue version was also broadcast for many years on television. The film was restored to full length when first released on VHS in the 1980's; this is also the version later released on DVD, and now shown on TCM. See more »
In 1685, in England, the Irish Dr. Peter Blood (Errol Flynn) is unfairly accused of treachery of King James just because he treated a wounded rebel. He is sent to prison and six months later sentenced to hanging. In the very last moment, he is sent to Port Royal, a British colony in Jamaica, to work as a slave. Arabella Bishop (Olivia de Havilland), the niece of the powerful landlord Col. Bishop (Lionel Atwill), saves him from dying in the labor work in the mines, and when he heels the foot of the governor of Port Royal, he achieves a partial freedom in the island. With his intelligence and leadership, he escapes with his British slave comrades and becomes Captain Blood, a famous pirate in the Caribbean Seas.
"Captain Blood" is a delightful adventure, certainly one of the best pirate movies I have ever seen. The direction of Michael Curtiz is perfect as usual. The screenplay has excellent lines, many plot points, and action, funny scenes and romance in right doses. The elegant Errol Flynn with the gorgeous Olivia de Havilland have a great chemistry in their charismatic roles. "Captain Blood" is a highly recommended movie for fans of adventure films. My vote is ten.
Title (Brazil): "Capitão Blood" ("Captain Blood")
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