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Swashbuckler (1976)

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A pirate and a hot-tempered noblewoman join forces to protect Jamaica from a tyrant.

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James Goldstone

Writers:

Jeffrey Bloom, Paul Wheeler (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Ned Lynch
James Earl Jones ... Nick Debrett
Peter Boyle ... Lord Durant
Geneviève Bujold ... Jane Barnet
Beau Bridges ... Major Folly
Geoffrey Holder ... Cudjo
Avery Schreiber ... Polonski
Tom Clancy Tom Clancy ... Mr. Moonbeam
Anjelica Huston ... Woman of Dark Visage
Bernard Behrens ... Sir James Barnet
Dorothy Tristan ... Alice
Mark Baker Mark Baker ... Lute Player
Kip Niven ... Willard Culverwell
Tom Fitzsimmons Tom Fitzsimmons ... Corporal
Louisa Horton Louisa Horton ... Lady Barnet
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A pirate and a hot-tempered noblewoman join forces to protect Jamaica from a tyrant.

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Enjoy the biggest, grandest, action-filled pirate movie ever! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buccaneer See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (Super 8-digest in 1 part)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Actor James Earl Jones was injured during principal photography when his leg got caught in a moving carriage wheel. His injuries though were slight and he was soon back at work. See more »

Goofs

When Nick and Ned are having their limerick competition, Nick uses the word 'Khaki'. This word is from the Hindustani language and only entered in the English language in the 1840s, through the British Army in India. Given 'Swashbuckler' is set in the 1700s, he could not have known the word. See more »

Quotes

Lord Durant: Draw the curtains. The farce is ended!
[Durant's dying words as he falls from the balcony]
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Soundtracks

Hawl On The Bowline
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Tom Clancy
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A great, all-around FUN pirate movie for the entire family!
21 April 2005 | by ShamenizeSee all my reviews

First off, you've got to remember - This is NOT "The Life & Times Of Blackbeard"! It's a fun seventies romp - The Four Musketeers on the high seas! Now that you have that in mind, read on.

How can one NOT like this movie?! It's the ONLY example of a "pirate movie" in my entire DVD collection - but it's the only one anyone needs. Robert Shaw turns in a commanding and amused performance as Red Ned Lynch - the captain of a scurvy band of pirates including James Earl Jones as Nick and Geoffrey Holder (The UNcola guy... you remember!) as Nick's knife wielding friend, Cujo. Throw in Genevieve Bujold as the damsel in distress/female interest, add Peter Boyle as the classic slimy Governor who abuses his subjects and you've got a recipe for an entertaining hour and forty minutes! Pay attention to some of the supporting character actors and you'll see quite a few you recognize from movies and TV of the time period - Avery Schrieber, Alfie Wise and Sid Haig just to name a few. And of course, we can't forget Beau Bridges as a perfectly stiff soldier and Angelica Huston as she known only as "Woman Of Dark Visage".

Plotwise, this movie has it all - a British Governor who likes to spend his days in the bath playing with ships... a twisted little DeSade in training at his beck and call... the obligatory wronged member of the British aristocracy and his family-in-need... and of course, the moronic civil servant, Major Folly, who only wants to capture Red Ned Lynch and please The Governor.

Do yourself a favor and go rent this one for the weekend - or even better, pick up the DVD. It's relatively cheap as an older catalog title and definitely a keeper. Because EVERYbody needs a good pirate flick now and again.


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