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Captain Blood (1960)

Le capitan (original title)
The young King Louis XIII is dominated by his mother Marie de Medici and her favorite Concino Concini . Francois de Capestang, a faithful knight falls for the daughter of the Duke of Angouleme that conspires against the Crown by his side.


André Hunebelle


Franco Dal Cer (dialogue: Italian version), Pierre Foucaud (screenplay) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... François de Capestan
Bourvil ... Cogolin
Elsa Martinelli ... Gisèle d'Angoulême
Pierrette Bruno Pierrette Bruno ... Giuseppa
Lise Delamare Lise Delamare ... Marie de Médicis
Annie Anderson Annie Anderson ... Béatrice de Beaufort (as Annie Andersson)
Guy Delorme Guy Delorme ... Rinaldo
Jacqueline Porel Jacqueline Porel ... Léonora Galigaï
Jean-Paul Coquelin Jean-Paul Coquelin ... Vitry
Raphaël Patorni Raphaël Patorni ... Le duc d'Angoulême
Robert Porte Robert Porte ... Duc de Rohan
Jean Berger Jean Berger ... Luynes
Piéral Piéral ... Lorenzo
Jean Blancheur Jean Blancheur ... (as Blancheur)
Alain Janey Alain Janey ... Un laquais de Gisèle


The young King Louis XIII is dominated by his mother Marie de Medici and her favorite Concino Concini . Francois de Capestang, a faithful knight falls for the daughter of the Duke of Angouleme that conspires against the Crown by his side.

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Release Date:

5 October 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invincible Swordsman See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When François de Capestan rescue Gisèle d'Angoulême from the castle, in the exterior shots you can see that Elsa Martinelli was replaced by a stand-in actress wearing a wig. The double tried in these shots to hide her face or she was always shown her back to the camera. After they cross the river, Martinelli appears. See more »

Alternate Versions

The second musical number of the film was cut from the Castilian Spanish version. On the DVD release it was added with subtitles. See more »


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Louis the thirteenth as a teenager!
12 January 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Not the way the French pupils and students remember him.He was not a jolly fellow .When he died,soon after le Cardinal de Richelieu ,both were not mourned.But "le Capitan" takes place during the king's youth ,when Concini was ruling the country on behalf of the queen mother Anne d'Autriche,and when Richelieu was a Concini protégé -he does not appear anyway- Jean Marais was cast as Jean Marais the fair knight, a part he played in half a dozen of swashbucklers of the era("le capitaine Fracasse","le miracle des loups" "le bossu" "le masque de fer" "les mysteries de Paris" ..).Elsa Martinelli, a former Kirk Douglas protégée supplies the love interest :a belle who wants her father to become king and thus to overthrow the legitimate one.Concini was ,even in history,a true villain who squandered the money that Sully ,Henri the Fourth's minister, had amassed.In the movie ,he becomes a super villain ,trying to kill his king by poisoning him or drugging his horse .Why not? Bourvil and Pierrette Bruno provides the flick with a welcome comic relief.

Those old Marais movies retain a certain charm.History was given a rough ride,à la Alexandre Dumas,but they are still enjoyable today.Recommended for the family.

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