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The Rover (1967)

L'avventuriero (original title)
A former counterrevolutionary pirate befriends a mentally ill young woman and this in turn leads to tragedy when she falls in love with a French naval officer.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Joseph Conrad (novel), Jo Eisinger | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Peyrol
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Arlette
Rita Hayworth ... Aunt Caterina
Richard Johnson ... Real
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Scevola
Luciano Rossi ... Michel
Anthony Dawson ... Captain Vincent
Mino Doro Mino Doro ... Dussard
Giulio Marchetti Giulio Marchetti ... Peyrol's first mate
Giovanni Di Benedetto Giovanni Di Benedetto ... Lt. Bolt (as Gianni De Benedetto)
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... French Admiral
Franco Giornelli Franco Giornelli ... Simmons
Mirko Valentin Mirko Valentin ... Jacot
Paola Bossalino Paola Bossalino ... Nicole
Rita Klein Rita Klein ... Tavern Girl
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Storyline

In late 18th century, during the Napoleonic Wars, Great Britain and the French Republic are fighting for the control of the Mediterranean Sea. Both sides employ former pirates, corsairs and privateers who, after receiving official pardons and amnesties, are fighting alongside regular navies. On the French side, former pirate Peyrol is tasked with transporting a captured treasure chest in British gold coins from the Caribbean to the French port of Toulon. The gold is sorely needed by the French Navy in its struggle against the mighty British Navy that is blockading most French ports and thus chocking the young French Republic. Peyrol and his crew of former privateers are entrusted with the gold and with a captured British ship for the transport to Toulon. Peyrol is also given a small package of secret documents and dispatches bound in oilskin to be delivered personally to the French Admiral in charge of the port of Toulon. Skilfully evading the British warships blockading Toulon, ... Written by nufs68

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rover See more »

Filming Locations:

Capodarco, Fermo, Marche, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$1,325,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$295,000, 31 December 1967
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Mono | Mono (Westrex Sound System)

Color:

Color (Kodak Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 1966 and released in Italy in 1967, the production was considered unreleasable in the United States. It was eventually given a limited release by Cinerama in 1971 but faded quickly. See more »

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THE ROVER (Terence Young, 1967) **
29 March 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Given a very limited distribution (despite the people involved) this international production remains, even now, an obscure (and unappetizing) historical piece; not all that much of a surprise, however, since it just isn't very good – either as drama, adventure, or as an adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel.

Director Young was an expert at action (having pretty much cemented the style of the James Bond extravaganzas); however, this is a largely talky and stodgy affair – which, perhaps in keeping with the film's very title, doesn't seem to know where it's headed! Ennio Morricone provides the suitably melancholic music; the main cast seems impressive on paper but, for the most part, it has very little to work with here – resulting in generally awkward performances. The titular seafaring character is played by Anthony Quinn – a veteran of (much better) pirate sagas, such as the prime THE BLACK SWAN (1942), the vintage AGAINST ALL FLAGS (1952; with which I should be re-acquainting myself over the next week-end, incidentally) and the similarly meaningful but more successful A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA (1965) – whose exploits, typically for the larger-than-life actor, end in self-sacrifice (albeit a recurring motif in the author's fatalistic work as well, as can be judged from the likes of "Heart Of Darkness" and "Lord Jim").

Rosanna Schiaffino has the most difficult – and self-conscious – part as the unstable yet voluptuous woman (whose odd behavior is eventually explained in a brief flashback) protected by Quinn from harassment by the locals and the lustful attentions of her ageing 'guardian'. For an actress who had been the personification of allure and glamour, Rita Hayworth is here saddled with an unenviable frumpy look and, even worse, a thankless characterization (by the way, she and Quinn had last appeared together 26 years previously in BLOOD AND SAND [1941])! Richard Johnson's earnest officer, then, supplies belated antagonism to Quinn in the fields of both romance and patriotic duty (the setting is post-Revolutionary France).


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