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The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)

A damaged privateer deserts the Spanish Armada and makes land for repairs near a village on the British coast, terrorizing the local inhabitants.

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Don Sharp

Writer:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Captain Robeles
Andrew Keir ... Tom, Harry's father
John Cairney ... Harry
Duncan Lamont ... The Bosun
Michael Ripper ... Pepe, a pirate
Ernest Clark ... Sir Basil Smeeton
Barry Warren Barry Warren ... Don Manuel Rodríguez de Sevilla
Suzan Farmer ... Angela Smeeton
Natasha Pyne Natasha Pyne ... Jane, Harry's sister
Annette Whiteley Annette Whiteley ... Meg
Charles Houston ... Antonio, a pirate
Philip Latham ... Miller
Harry Locke ... Bragg
Leonard Fenton Leonard Fenton ... Pirate
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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster remarked that this movie's basic premise is similar to that of The Desperate Hours (1955), in which a gang of criminals hold a family hostage. See more »

Goofs

The naval battle depicted in the opening credits sequence, purported to be a battle involving the Spanish Armada in 1588, and which is obviously stock footage from some other film, includes wooden naval vessels and, more glaringly, naval attire from a much later period, late-18th Century at least. See more »

Quotes

Sir Basil Smeeton: [about Tom] We'll have to do something about him! He'll get us killed!
Vicar Brown: 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!

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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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