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The success of Jaws sent Hollywood scurrying for movie adventure styles to refurbish; hence this multi-million dollar pirate swashbuckler. Although Jeffrey Bloom's arch and relatively uninspired script lacks the more evocative components of a Robert Louis Stevenson story, it still manages to combine all the staples of the genre with a certain gusto: treasure, duelling, knife-throwing, ambushes, dungeon escapes, sea fights, disguise, and hints of exotic sado-masochism are all here in grandiose style, plus the usual sexual hostility between hero (Shaw) and heroine (Bujold). Shaw and Boyle (the villain) camp it up too much, but at least the pirate ship and tropical sea beaches are spectacularly real, not the tanks and crude sets that the genre has almost invariably suffered in the past.

By: DP

Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: James Goldstone
Screenwriter: Jeffrey Bloom
Cast: Robert Shaw
James Earl Jones
Peter Boyle
Genevieve Bujold
Beau Bridges
Avery Schreiber
Geoffrey Holder
Anjelica Huston
Dorothy Tristan

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3.8 / 5

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This is a very fun movie. This DP, whoever he is said that the script lacked the "more evocative components of a Robert Louis Stevenson story." Look up the word Evocative, folks. He's basically saying that what is wrong with the film is that it's not based on a Robert Louis Stevenson story. That's a pretty stupid statement in my opinon. This movie is awesome! I'd put it up against any pirate movie ever made before or since. Boyle is a bit over the top at the very end, but for obvious reasons that I won't spoil for those of you who haven't seen it. He also says one of the coldest lines I've ever seen a villian utter in this film..."Suffering becomes all mankind, but it finds it's most perfect expressions in the faces of the young." Robert Shaw is perfect in the film. It's not as profound as his performances in Jaws or The Sting, but anybody who would expect that in a pirate movie probably doesn't know much about the genre. And Beau Bridges gives one of the funniest performances of his entire career! This reviewer doesn't even mention his performance. And the rest of the cast is awesome too. I defy any heterosexual man to try to keep from falling in love with Bujold in this movie. James Earl Jones is great as well. And the way they decided to show how women were really treated back in those days was a very honest decision that kept the film from being more popular among feminist idiots who'd rather re-write history. Bujold proves that her character is indeed a feminist after all too. I can't even express how much I loved this movie. I went to see it several times the year it came out. It's one of the funnest films in my collection. And I've never ever met a guy who didn't enjoy this film. Find Roger Ebert's review of this film, a much more respected film critic. He gives it the kind of review that it deserves.