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.
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Did You Know?
According to Sir Christopher Lee
, Hammer had built a full-sized galleon in some sand pits on a steel structure under the water. Although warned not to have too many people on-board at once, one day the tea boat was lifted onto a platform level with the water with too many people getting their tea. The ship capsized throwing most of the cast and crew in the water. Lee was on the poop deck and luckily managed to hold onto the rail. Thankfully no one was drowned or seriously hurt. See more
The story takes place in 1588, but Suzan Farmer's hair style is strictly 1963. See more
Sir Basil Smeeton
We'll have to do something about him! He'll get us killed!
If it's God's will we be killed...
Sir Basil Smeeton
- God's will or not, you don't want to die any more than I do. So start thinking of a way out!
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
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