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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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Storyline

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

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The Grandest Pirate Movie Ever Made See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buccaneer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Super 8-digest in 1 part)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the documentary "A Pirate Ship Sails Again! The Making of Swashbuckler", this picture is the first pirate film to make use of an actual recently constructed 16th Century warship complete with cannons. The ship, a replica of Sir Francis Drake's "The Golden Hinde", was built and first launched in Devon in 1973, just a few years before this film was made. 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

Chaplain: [Referring to Nick, who is about to be hanged] Has he lived a religious life?
Major Folly: No matter. He shall have a Christian death!
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Soundtracks

Johnny's Gone To Hilo
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Tom Clancy
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Fun Movie...Give it a Break!!!
4 April 2004 | by puterdudeSee all my reviews

I'm tired of Leonard Maltin and anyone else who panned this movie! I agree with 85-95% of what he usually reviews. HOWEVER, there are some movies you just gotta accept as fun, and disregard bad parts (like the whole Peter Boyle role--geez, they coulda gotten a better bad guy). Robert Shaw is a perfect pirate, and he and James Earl Jones made a great duo. The acrobatics / fencing / cannons is just a whole lot of action packed fun, with the HAHAHHAHA guy from the soda commercials and James Bond "Live and Let Die" movie. Beau Bridges' part is the perfect MASH / Frank Burns type; great for the other characters to make fun of. But, being a musician, what stood out to me is the music. Too bad they didn't use more Sound studio effects like reverb or chorusing, because the score is awesome. The cinematograpy is awesome, too; beautiful wide / panned shots of Jamaica and its mountains / coastline. Not the best movie to have your kids watch with you, as it gets suggestively racy in some parts, but, I'd put this in the same category of "almosts" like Remo Williams, Punisher, King Solomon's Mines (Richard Chamberlain / Sharon Stone). So, lighten up, get yer popcorn and Diet Coke, and have fun! Aye, Cap'n!!


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