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The Buccaneer (1958)

During the war of 1812, Louisiana buccaneer Jean Lafitte assists the Americans in defending New Orleans against the attacking British war fleet.

Director:

Anthony Quinn

Writers:

Harold Lamb, Jesse Lasky Jr. (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Jean Lafitte
Claire Bloom ... Bonnie Brown
Charles Boyer ... Dominique You
Inger Stevens ... Annette Claiborne
Henry Hull ... Ezra Peavey
E.G. Marshall ... Gov. William Claiborne
Charlton Heston ... Gen. Andrew Jackson
Lorne Greene ... Mercier
Ted de Corsia ... Capt. Rumbo
Douglass Dumbrille ... Collector of the Port
Robert F. Simon ... Capt. Brown
Sir Lancelot Sir Lancelot ... Scipio
Fran Jeffries ... Cariba - Mawbee Girl
John Dierkes ... Deacon
Ken Miller Ken Miller ... Young Sentry
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Storyline

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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Piercing Drama of La Fitte - Man or Devil ? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kalóz See more »

Filming Locations:

New Iberia, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cecil B. DeMille's original script developed the story as a musical, but that was changed when Yul Brynner, dissatisfied with the treatment of the material, threatened to back out of the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jean Lafitte: [Told by the British that a battle is coming and he *better* be on the winning side] Oh, the side I choose will be the winning side!
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Alternate Versions

, in his only outing as film director, had his cut of the picture received warmly by preview audiences, but his executive producer/father-in-law substantially re-edited the movie anyway. Quinn's version has not been seen since. See more »

Connections

Edited into Voyagers!: Old Hickory and the Pirate (1982) See more »

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$20 bill come to life
21 May 2006 | by Wayner50See 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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