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The Black Corsair (1976)

Il corsaro nero (original title)
Emilio Roccanera, Lord of Ventimiglia, becomes a corsair in the Spanish Main and is driven by revenge against Duke Van Guld, Governor of Maracaibo, who killed his brothers.


Sergio Sollima




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kabir Bedi ... Corsaro Nero
Carole André ... Duchessina Van Guld
Mel Ferrer ... Van Guld
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Capitano Morgan
Sonja Jeannine Sonja Jeannine ... Yara
Sal Borgese ... Carnaux
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Van Stiller
Edoardo Faieta Edoardo Faieta ... L'Olonnais (as Eddy Fay)
Jackie Basehart ... Corsaro Rosso
Nicolò Piccolomini Nicolò Piccolomini ... Corsaro Verde
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Governor of Ribeira
Pietro Torrisi ... Blanchot
Lionello Pio Di Savoia Lionello Pio Di Savoia
Mariano Rigillo Mariano Rigillo
Tony Renis ... José


Emilio di Roccabruna count of Ventimiglia is fighting Van Gould who ten years before had killed his father and stolen his family properties. He is known as "Il Corsaro Nero" (The Black Corsair) and his two brothers as Il Corsaro Verde (The Green Corsair) and as Il Corsaro Rosso (The Red Corsair). But the Green Corsair and the Red Corsair are killed treacherously by Van Gould's men while the Black Corsair is entirely taken up by saving an Indian village from the Spaniards. He can save only Yara. Later on he organizes with the help of Morgan his revenge. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Italian Pirate adventure with intrepid heroes , nasty villains and exotic scenarios
26 October 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Emilio di Roccabruna (Kabir Bedi) count of Ventimiglia is battling Van Gould (Mel Ferrer) who ten years before had killed his dad and stolen his family ownerships . He is known as "Il Corsaro Nero" , The Black Corsair , and he has two siblings , a duo of famed pirates : Il Corsaro Verde -The Green Corsair- and as Il Corsaro Rosso , -The Red Corsair . When a Spanish batallion is entirely taking down an Indian village , the Black Corsair supported by his underlings (Franco Fantasia, Sal Borghese) save an Indian girl , Yara (Sonja Jeannine ) , who then swears him fidelity . As the notorious pirate raids up and down the Caribbean , battling the Spanish , the English and other pirate enemies . The black pirate assaults a ship and there he meets a beautiful woman , lady Duchessina Van Gould (Carole Andre) along with her servant . Later on , the known Green Corsair (Piccolomini) and the Red Corsair (Jack Basehart) are treacherously murdered by Van Gould's hoodlums and subsequently hanged . After that , at Turtle Island , the Black Corsair organizes with the help of his cohorts and the notorious pirate Henry Morgan (Angelo Infanti) a relentless vendetta .

The film is a nice pirate-adventure movie , being well produced, and based on novels by Emilio Salgari , as two books : "Il corsaro nero" and "La regina dei Caraibi" . This classic story of romantic adventure come to life enriched by Eastmancolor cinematography in charge of Alberto Spagnoli and well adapted to big screen screen . Overwhelming battles and sword-play and full of villainy , romance , swashbuckler and heroism . Kabir Badi is cool as the pirate hero who encounters dangerous situations while trying to exact a merciless revenge . Bedi acted as a corpulent hero in several movies , starring historic , legendary and exotic characters , standing out in the successful Sandokan TV series also directed by Sollima . Accompanied by a gorgeous Carole André playing a charming lady who results to be the daughter of the powerful Van Gould . Support cast is pretty good with special mention for the extremely villainous Mel Ferrer , as well as Sonja Jeannine , Dagmar Lassander , Sal Borgese , Franco Fantasia , Guido Alberti , and Pietro Torrisi or Peter McCoy . And even appears a historic role played by Angelo Infanti as Henry John Morgan (born Welsh 1635, dead Port Royal, Jamaica 1688) , he was a known corsair , at death of pirate Edward Mansfield was appointed chief by the buccaneers . He conquered Providence island or Saint Catalina . Later on , he sacked the city of Panama , violating the truce between Spain and England , then he was imprisoned , but king Charles II freed him and named him governor of Jamaica .

Colorful and glimmering photography ; adding a typically catching musical score from Guidoi and Maurizio De Angelis , billed under their own names rather than their ordinary alias of Oliver Onions . Sergio Sollima's direction is well crafted , here he's less cynical and more inclined toward adventure , sword-play , violence and too much action . Sergio wrote and directed all kinds of genres such as Pirate films as ¨Sandokan ¨ and ¨ Black Corsario¨ ; Peplum : ¨Rocha¨ , "Spartacus and the Ten Gladiators" , "Triumph of the Ten Gladiators" , ¨Ursus¨, "Goliath Against the Giants" ; Thriller : ¨Revolver¨ (1973) ; Euro-spy : "Requiem for a Secret Agent" , "Agent 3S3: Hunter from the Unknown" , ¨Tanger 67¨ ; being especially known for his ¨Cuchillo trilogy¨ : ¨Run Cuchillo run¨, ¨Face to Face¨ , ¨The big Gundown¨. And this ¨Black Corsair¨that is essential and indispensable watching for Kabir Bedi fans . This is a satisfyingly attractive and thrilling flick that avid fans of the genre will love .

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Release Date:

22 December 1976 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cartagena, Colombia

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Rizzoli Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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