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The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Thriller | May 1964 (USA)
A damaged privateer deserts the Spanish Armada and makes land for repairs near a village on the British coast, terrorizing the local inhabitants.

Director:

Don Sharp

Writer:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Captain Robeles
Andrew Keir ... Tom
John Cairney ... Harry
Duncan Lamont ... The Bosun
Michael Ripper ... Pepe
Ernest Clark ... Sir Basil
Barry Warren Barry Warren ... Manuel
Suzan Farmer ... Angela
Natasha Pyne Natasha Pyne ... Jane
Annette Whiteley Annette Whiteley ... Meg
Charles Houston ... Antonio
Philip Latham ... Miller
Harry Locke ... Bragg
Leonard Fenton Leonard Fenton ... Quintana
Jack Rodney Jack Rodney ... Mandrake
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Storyline

A pirate ship, fighting in 1588 on the side of the Spanish Armada, suffers damage and must put into a village on the British coast for repairs. The village is small and isolated and the Spanish convince the villagers that the English fleet has been defeated and that they, the Spanish, are now their masters. This results in the villagers' sullen cooperation, but rumors and unrest begin to spread and soon the Spanish pirates find themselves facing a revolt. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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A Hot-Blooded Crew of Cut-Throats!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piratería diabólica See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names characters or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

The Spanish are equipped with fully developed flintlock guns, even though the film is set more than twenty years before even the most basic type of flintlock was invented. See more »

Quotes

Sir Basil Smeeton: [Turning on Robeles, who wants his daughter as hostage] You'll have to kill me first!
Captain Robeles: If you insist!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: July 1588

In the English Channel the British Fleet has been battling for two days against the mighty Spanish Armada....

Badly damaged, with half their crews killed, the ships of Spain battle their way on up the Channel. And in the thickest part of the fighting is one of the smallest Spanish ships-the licensed privateer "Diablo". See more »

Alternate Versions

For its original UK cinema release the film was cut by the BBFC with edits to the fight in the tavern in order to receive a 'U' certificate. All later video releases were restored and uncut. See more »

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Good swashbuckling fun for all viewers
27 November 2014 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Beautiful Eastmancolor 2.35:1 widescreen production with lots of action. "The Devil-Ship Pirates" is a well-paced and directed Hammer film with a decent budget and fine acting, including Sir Christopher Lee (then just plain Mr. Lee) convincingly mean and cruel as a pirate captain. One of Lee's better acting jobs in my opinion as he swashes and buckles (including some good sword fights) in an energetic role.

English vs. Spaniards and pirates at the time of the Armada, while not much at sea there is plenty of action. Will hold your attention and moves at a brisk pace, therefore everyone can watch and everyone will be entertained.


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