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The Buccaneer (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 1 December 1958 (USA)
During the war of 1812, Louisiana buccaneer Jean Lafitte assists the Americans in defending New Orleans against the attacking British war fleet.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jean Lafitte
... Bonnie Brown
... Dominique You
... Annette Claiborne
... Ezra Peavey
... Gov. William Claiborne
... Gen. Andrew Jackson
... Mercier
... Capt. Rumbo
... Collector of the Port
... Capt. Brown
Sir Lancelot ... Scipio
Fran Jeffries ... Cariba - Mawbee Girl
... Deacon
Ken Miller ... Young Sentry
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During the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: General Andrew Jackson has only 1,200 men left to defend New Orleans when he learns that a British fleet will arrive with 60 ships and 16,000 men to take the city. In this situation an island near the city becomes strategically important to both parties, but it's inhabited by the last big buccaneer: Jean Lafitte. Although Lafitte never attacks American ships, the governor hates him for selling merchandise without taxes - and is loved by the citizens for the same reason. When the big fight gets nearer, Lafitte is drawn between the fronts. His heart belongs to America, but his people urge him to join the party that's more likely to win. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Final film of Cecil B. DeMille. He was seriously ill, and had to turn over direction of the film to his son-in-law, Anthony Quinn. DeMille oversaw production of the film, and appeared in the prologue, but was unsatisfied with Quinn's efforts as director, as well as the work of old friend Henry Wilcoxon as producer, and tried to change and improve the film during and after production. DeMille died in January 1959, only a month after the film's release. See more »

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Andrew Jackson appears as he looked at the time of his Presidency: 62 years of age and white haired, just as on the twenty dollar bill. At the time of the Battle of New Orleans he was not yet 48 y/o, and he still had his original red hair. See more »

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Dominique You: When a man loses everything else, he still has the sea. This deck is the only country we have.
Bonnie Brown: This is all the country I want.
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$20 bill come to life
21 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Charlton Heston is undoubtedly the best thing in this picture. A meandering script, dubious romantic liaisons and average acting come close to sinking "The Buccaneer". Yul is Jean La Fitte, the title role. His performance is all over the map, going from tough to lethargic, to mercurial, to wistfully patriotic. Charles Boyer plays himself portraying the roguish General Dominique You, late of Napoleon's army, is pretty good, Mickey Shaughnessy is good as a comic sidekick to the boss and Clare Bloom and Inger Stevens provide love interest. The battle of New Orleans is the centerpiece of the film and is reasonably well staged, considering it's obviously filmed on a sound stage. History is shown here as the pirates help the American army and militia turn back the British. Chuck is Andrew Jackson, and it's been pointed out several times, Chuck looks like they used his picture for the twenty. Typical Technicolor '50's epic, not bad but not great either.


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