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Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure involving prison breaks, an oddball Scientist, sailing ships, naval fights, and tons of swordplay.Written by
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In his autobiography, Sir Christopher Lee claimed that Director Robert Siodmak changed the original screenplay: "The script started life as serious, nay solemn, but Robert Siodmak, the director, with all the sure touch of real tension behind him in The Killers (1946) and The Spiral Staircase (1946), took stock of the material in forty-eight hours and turned it into a comedy." See more »
In the final fight (circa 1:39:30), Ojo falls onto some enemies (and gets a barely seen bump on his back). Less than 3 minutes later, the same shot (about 1 second long) is repeated. See more »
Thou hast a generous choice: the gallows, or the sea.
[walks to Vallo]
If it won't crowd you?
I'd rather you weren't coming, but I don't want to seem inhospitable.
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Movies do not come any more swashbuckling than this one. Hey, we have pirates, the Caribbean, villains, heroes, damsels in distress, sword fights, sea battles, inventions, acrobatics aplenty. And all delivered with Burt's legendary smile. It is not a genre spoof, but it does not take itself seriously either.
Watching this film one can perhaps understand why some people took a while to accept Burt Lancaster as a real actor. Not that his acting in this film is bad, but the excellent acrobatic skills we come to admire betray a different background.
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