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Black Sails 

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Follows Captain Flint and his pirates twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel "Treasure Island."
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Toby Stephens ...  Captain Flint 38 episodes, 2014-2017
Luke Arnold ...  John Silver 38 episodes, 2014-2017
Toby Schmitz ...  Rackham 37 episodes, 2014-2017
Hannah New ...  Eleanor Guthrie 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Jessica Parker Kennedy ...  Max 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Clara Paget ...  Anne Bonny 35 episodes, 2014-2017
Winston Chong Winston Chong ...  Joji 35 episodes, 2014-2017
Tom Hopper ...  Billy Bones 34 episodes, 2014-2017
Andre Jacobs ...  De Groot 31 episodes, 2014-2017
Zach McGowan ...  Captain Charles Vane 28 episodes, 2014-2016
Lise Slabber ...  Idelle 27 episodes, 2014-2017
Laudo Liebenberg Laudo Liebenberg ...  Dooley 27 episodes, 2015-2017
Craig Jackson Craig Jackson ...  Featherstone 24 episodes, 2015-2017
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ...  Mr. Scott 23 episodes, 2014-2016
Patrick Lyster ...  Captain Benjamin Hornigold 22 episodes, 2014-2016
Luke Roberts ...  Woodes Rogers 20 episodes, 2016-2017
Louise Barnes ...  Miranda Barlow 19 episodes, 2014-2016
Zethu Dlomo ...  Madi 17 episodes, 2016-2017
Lawrence Joffe Lawrence Joffe ...  Randall 16 episodes, 2014-2015
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A prequel to the (fictional) events of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". The series centres on a group of pirates operating out of Nassau in the Bahamas. We meet characters from history - Captain Charles Vane, Governor Woodes Rogers, Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny - plus characters from fiction - Captain Flint and, of course, Long John Silver. Written by grantss

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Adventure | Drama

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South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The musical instrument heard in the opening credits and through much of the soundtrack is a hurdy gurdy. The hurdy gurdy is bowed stringed instrument, like a violin, but the bow is a rosined wooden wheel that is turned by a crank. There can be anywhere from three to six strings with some of the strings acting as drone strings. That is what makes the buzzing sound. The hurdy gurdy dates as far back as the Middle Ages. See more »

Goofs

In the opening title sequence, one of the ivory figures holds a musket with a "spike," or epee, bayonet. Spike bayonets weren't invented until the 1880s, far outside the scope of the Age of Piracy and the series. See more »

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Composed and Conducted by Bear McCreary
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Love Black Sails!
22 February 2014 | by peperharowSee all my reviews

Rarely do I find a TV series worth my time to follow…..Black Sails has got my attention. Actors are terrific and the storyline is adult and intriguing. The storyline mix of the Treasure Island prequel and true life historical pirates is extremely compelling. It is a TV genre that has never been explored before. I like seeing women in powerful roles (Eleanor) as I think it provides a positive role model. I just watched episode V and I am anxious see what happens next. Zach McGowen, Captain Vane, is doing an outstanding job in his pirate role……and his fit athletic frame is not hard to look at …...amazing shoulders and abs. Toby Stephens is really top notch as Captain Flint…..he brings a passion to the role not unlike how I remember him as a Bond villain. The sets for the show are grand…the detail of the sailing ships is amazing…..the scenery is dazzling. The unfurling of the top sails gave me a rush…..photography was so good. I am glad to hear that there will be a second season. This is the first time that I have done a review in IMDb……..I felt compelled after reading all the negatives from the other reviewers. I thought that the show overall is fast paced so I do not agree with some of the other reviewers (at all).


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