The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer

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The debonair pirate Jean Lafitte, who historically aided General Andrew Jackson against the British during the War of 1812, has been carrying on a discreet love affair with Annette Claiborne, the daughter of governor William Claiborne, who promises to pardon the pirate and his men.

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BBRUTTIG
Feb 07, 2020

1958. A fun adventure pirate story like any other big Hollywood type during the 1950's. Charlie Heston, Yul Brenner and many other big stars in a story about the pirate LaFitte in 1812. Maybe NOT historically accurate but a blood-LESS movie.

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PDLambeth
Jul 10, 2019

In my humble opinion, the earlier reviewer's assessment of The Buccaneer is a bunch of baloney. When I first saw this movie as a budding teenager, which depicted the same primary actors as did "The Ten Commandments," I was struck by the sense of drama that's sustained unbroken throughout the film, and the interplay between Jean Lafitte and Andy Jackson stuck with me for quite a while. I waited eagerly for the film to become available on DVD and grabbed it immediately thereafter.

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Derringer
Jun 26, 2019

To say that this 1958, Technicolor remake of 1938's "The Buccaneer" could've been a helluva lot better would truly be an understatement like no other.

Featuring a big-name cast and 1000s of extras - I'd say that this film's biggest and most damaging deficit was its amateur direction by actor, Anthony Quinn.

Initially Cecil B. DeMille was hired to direct this picture (as he had the original "Buccaneer"). But, due to serious health problems (which inevitably led to his death) Quinn (who only had one other film under his directorial belt) took over the production.

Anyway - When comparing this $5 million remake to the original - It certainly pales significantly on all counts.

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