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Morgan, the Pirate (1960)

Morgan il pirata (original title)
A Welsh pirate raids up and down the Caribbean, battling the Spanish, the English and other pirates.
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Cast overview:
Steve Reeves ... Henry Morgan
Valérie Lagrange ... Dona Inez
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Governor Don José Guzman
Lidia Alfonsi Lidia Alfonsi ... Dona Maria (as Lydia Alfonsi)
Giulio Bosetti Giulio Bosetti ... Sir Thomas Modyford
Angelo Zanolli Angelo Zanolli ... David
George Ardisson ... Walter (as Giorgio Ardisson)
Dino Malacrida Dino Malacrida ... Duke
Anita Todesco Anita Todesco ... Woman in Tortuga tavern
Armand Mestral ... Francois L'Olonnais
Chelo Alonso ... Concepción
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Purchased as a slave in the Panama market by the Dona Inez, daughter of the Spanish Governor, Welshman Sir Henry Morgan soon finds himself in love with the young woman. Soon after however he commandeers the ship transporting him and other slaves and soon they are the scourge of Caribbean looting and attacking the mighty Spanish Empire. The pirates soon find themselves acting under the authority of the English and Morgan has only one goal: to attack and take control of Panama. Written by garykmcd

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HIS NAME AND FAME RAGE OVER THE SEAS OF THE WORLD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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In the scene where the Governor of Panama pardons 5 of the 6 prisoners during the festival, watch how one of the prisoners gives no reaction upon hearing his name called until one of the other prisoners congratulates him. Apparently the actor had such a small part that he didn't even know his character's name. See more »

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Great Genre Film
28 October 2009 | by loufalceSee all my reviews

Before you write it off as just another el cheapo Italian made "peplum epic", take the time to watch it.Reeves is in fine form in title role and he does manage to create a believable character. The film is also fairly factual in how he began his career and the raid on Spanish controlled Panama at the end of the film actually happened in 1671. Film features fine color photography, good atmosphere, and realistic looking 17th. century costumes. There is a very exciting and well staged sword duel on the beach, beautiful women {including the voluptious Chelo Alonso} a great musical score and, for once the ships are authentic looking life size replicas and not the usual bathtub toy boats that too pirate movies feature. There's also a funny sequence where Morgan's men-dressed as woman capture a Spanish treasure galleon. I remember watching it on the Channel 9 "Million Dollar Movie" {in the New York area} in the early 60s when it would be shown at 7.30 and 11.30 every weekday night for a week. I must have watched it 5 times! It was a fun movie then. I recently got to see it on VHS and it is still how I remembered it. Of course it does not have a "Pirates of the Caribbean" budget, but it is not as overblown as those films. No supernatural events or fantasy elements, just a well made and exciting pirate film that delivers on all levels. Steve Reeves best role-even when compared to "Hercules". His films are long overdue for a comeback. I hope it happens soon! This guy really deserves it.


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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 July 1961 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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