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Black Roger's

Treasure Chest

of Pirate Movies!

 

This is a listing of any kind of pirate show ever made on film or video, be it a musical, Fantasy, Adventure, Disney, Documentary, Cartoon, Foreign, etc., and I'm sure that it is in no way near complete. Films that are centralized on pirates, or films that may have pirates in them to some degree. This list is comprised of various sources and my own additions. If you have one to add, or wish to offer a review, please contact me!

This list is very much under construction, or destruction in some cases. There are things listed here that I question - seemly having nothing to do with pirates. It's a work in progress!

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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

Released: 1952
Made in: USA
Length: 70 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star in this musical pirate comedy from director Charles Lamont, who directed several films of the comedic duo (Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars). Unwittingly possessing a treasure map, the boys are kidnapped by villainous cutthroats Captains Kidd (Charles Laughton) and Bonney (Hillary Brooke). Screwball mayhem ensues in the best Abbott and Costello tradition. 

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Adventures of Dave & Becky: In Search of Pirate Treasure Volcano!, The

Released: 1997
Made in: USA
Length: 35 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Children
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Mindless children's video about two Reporters, Dave & Becky, who are assigned to investigate the legend about pirate treasure hidden deep inside an active volcano in the South Pacific.  Complete piece of garbage that I would strongly urge anyone to avoid.

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Adventures of the Happy Pirates: Doug & Gary

Released: 1991
Made in: USA
Length: 60 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Children
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: This musical performance features the silly antics of Doug Ladd and Gary Smith as the Happy Pirates. This concert is full of original songs and fun. ~ All Movie Guide

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Against All Flags

Released: 1952
Made in: USA
Length: 83 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: In 1700, the pirates of Madagascar menace the India trade; British officer Brian Hawke has himself cashiered, flogged, and set adrift to infiltrate the pirate "republic."

Hawke soon meets lovely Spitfire Stevens, a pirate captain in her own right, and the sparks begin to fly; but wooing a pirate poses unique problems. Especially after he rescues adoring young Princess Patma from a captured ship. Meanwhile, Hawke's secret mission proceeds to an action-packed climax. 

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Anne of the Indies a.k.a. La Mujer Pirata

Released: 1951
Made in: USA
Length: 81 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Jean Peters is at her feisty best in Anne of the Indies. Harboring a grudge against all men (and not without reason), Anne becomes "Captain Providence," one of the most notorious pirate leaders of the Spanish Main. Anne is pursued by French captain Pierre la Rochelle (Louis Jourdan), who intends to bring her to justice. To this end, La Rochelle makes romantic overtures to Anne, but she gloms onto his scheme and abducts the captain and his wife Molly (Debra Paget). After leaving her victims to die on a desert island, Anne relents and rescues them. She later fully redeems herself (at great personal cost) during a battle with her fiercest rival, Blackbeard (Thomas Gomez). Few actresses could have pulled off the contrarily-written title character in Anne of the Indies with as much determination and conviction as Jean Peters; surprisingly, the actress was reportedly never comfortable before the cameras, often insisting that she'd rather be a schoolteacher! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Le Avventure di Mary Read a.k.a. Queen of the Seas, Hell Below Deck

Released: 1961
Made in: Italy
Length: 87 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: Italian (English version is dubbed)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Redhead Mary is a girl who dresses like a man to better approach, and rob the jewels worn by the pretty ladies of her time. The King's Guard captures her, and she finds herself in the same cell with Peter Goodwin, a nobleman - who pretends to be a robber like her, to flirt with her. After her evasion, Mary goes up the ladder in her criminal life - becoming a good pirate under captain Poof. When the captain dies, the only 'man' aboard who is respected by every faction among the pirates is... Mary. She represents a menace to the Florida Governor, who invites a nobleman to lead the King's naval forces against the pirates: Peter Goodwin.

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Bad Bug Bee and the Pirate Ants

Released: 2000
Made in: USA
Length: 24 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated, Children
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Children's morality tale about an insect named Christopher Bee who was a respectable member of the hive until he meets Doddsy the Ant.  The two of them play pirates and get into trouble. An imaginative animated story about forgiveness so heavy on the sap that I'd probably need at least two beers to be able to sit through it again...

Winner of the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, btw.

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Barbary Pirate

Released: 1949
Made in: USA
Length: 65 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: The U.S. government sends Major Thomas Blake (Donald Woods) on a secret mission when the Bey of Tripoli (Stefan Schnabel) starts demanding tribute from American merchant ships in the Mediterranean in the early 1800's. His pose as a Tory on the ship alienates his fellow passengers, Anne Ridgeway (Trudy Marshall), and her brother Sam (Ross Ford.) Off Tripoli, the ship is captured by the Bey's pirates, but Blake makes a friend of the Bey when he saves his life.

Blake learns that a servant girl, Zoltah (Leonore Aubert), and her friends ate plotting to kill the Bey, and that the Bey also has a spy in the State Department, Tobias Sharpe (Matthew Boulton, who has been sending advance information about American ship movements.

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Bigorne, La

Released: 1958
Made in: Italy
Length: 87 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: French
Genre: Action, Adventure?
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: This Gallic costume farce is set in the 18th century. The plot concerns a group of fun-loving French soldiers who manage to circumvent a band of cutthroat pirates and win the undying loyalty of a tribal potentate. In so doing, our heroes secure possession of a group of unclaimed islands for the French Crown. Considering the ongoing problems in Indochina and Algeria, one would think that the history of French colonization would be the last subject any producer would pick for a film, let alone a comedy like La Bigorne, Caporal de France. For the record, the film's romantic throughline is carried by Francois Perier and Rosanna Podesta. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Black Pirate, The

Released: 1926
Made in: USA
Length: 85 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Colorized
Language: Silent
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: The Black Pirate is a 1926 adventure silent film shot entirely in Technicolor which tells the story of a young nobleman who infiltrates a ship full of pirates to avenge his father's death.

The film stars Douglas Fairbanks, Donald Crisp, Sam De Grasse and Billie Dove. In one long, dramatic scene, Fairbanks acting alone seizes a merchant ship. In another famous scene, he sticks his dagger into the mainsail and rides it all the way down from top to bottom, cutting the sail in half as he goes.

Worth noting, the film features many special effects, including some spectacular models of sailing ships. The Black Pirate was the third feature to be filmed in an early two-color Technicolor process that had been first introduced in the 1922 feature Toll of the Sea. This reproduces a limited but pleasing range of colors. The script was adapted by Jack Cunningham from a story by Fairbanks, who used his middle names "Elton Thomas" as a pseudonym.

This film was directed by Albert Parker and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

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Black Pirates, The a.k.a. Pirata negro, El (Mexico)

Released: 1954
Made in: Mexico
Length: 72 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: 1954's The Black Pirates stars Anthony Dexter, who three years earlier hadn't quite set box-office records afire with his portrayal of Rudolph Valentino. Dexter heads a band of pirates who land in a sleepy Mexican village. A buried treasure is rumored to be somewhere in the vicinity, and the pirates want to get their grimy mitts on it. They enslave the villagers and force them to dig for the treasure. Black Pirates was written by Fred Freiberger, the man later responsible for the up-and-down third season of TV's Star Trek. It was filmed on location in Mexico and released stateside by Lippert Films. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Black Swan, The

Released: 1942
Made in: USA
Length: 85 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: When notorious pirate Henry Morgan is made governor of Jamaica, he enlists the help of some of his former partners in ridding the Carribean of Buccaneers. When one of them apparently abducts the previous governor's pretty daughter and joins up with the rebels, things are set for a fight.

If you love films of mutineers, swashbuckling adventure, and roguish characters, then this film is for you.

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Blackbeard the Pirate

Released: 1952
Made in: USA
Length: 99 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: In 1674, "reformed" pirate Sir Henry Morgan is a high official in Jamaica, but Edward Maynard hopes to win a large reward by proving Morgan still dabbles in piracy. Maynard goes undercover as ship's surgeon with a Morgan henchman...who's been supplanted by notorious Blackbeard himself. Also on the ship is Edwina Mansfield, seemingly a damsel in distress, to whom there's much more than meets the eye.  Robert Newton's performance is phenomenal! 

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Blackbeard's Ghost

Released: 1968
Made in: USA
Length: 107 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Children, Comedy, Disney
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: In this surprisingly funny Disney comedy, Peter Ustinov is the famous pirate Blackbeard's ghost that returns to our time (1960). Blackbeard has been cursed by his last wife who was a notorious witch, so that he will never die. The only way to "break" the curse is to do (for once in his life) a good act. Is the famous pirate able to do something good? 

Il Corsaro Nero (Blackie the Pirate)
Released: 1971
Made in: ITALY
Length: 99 Minutes
Rated: 
Format: Color
Language: English, Hard Swedish Subtitles (on my copy)
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066950/

Synopsis: Rivaling Pirates and Spanish gold are the ingredients for this story. Blackie the pirate is the one who first hears from this shipment of gold when he encounters "Don" Pedro. He thinks of a plan to find this ship and its gold. His counter player is the vice roy of the Spanish kolony. When they visit one of the pirate settlements, they find three other pirate captains over there. One of them sells goods and prisoners from his latest capture. Don Pedro recognizes the wife of the vice roy, and Blackie buys her. However, one of the pirate captains, Skull, knows also who she is, and tries to make a deal. Blackie refuses, and Skull makes a deal with the other two pirate captains to plot against Blackie.

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Boy and the Pirates, The

Released: 1960
Made in: USA
Length: 82 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Children, Family
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Quickie-flick entrepreneur Bert I. Gordon makes a bid for the kiddie trade in The Boy and the Pirates. Charles Herbert, the juvenile star of 13 Ghosts, plays a contemporary kid who finds a bottle on the beach.

The bottle contains genie Joseph Turkel (a loyal member of Stanley Kubrick's "stock company"), who whisks Herbert back in time and on board the pirate ship captained by Bluebeard (Murvyn Vye, whose performance is as shamelessly over-the-top as anything concocted by Robert Newton). Reams of stock footage later, Herbert escapes Bluebeard's clutches, together with his new friend Susan Gordon (Bert I. Gordon's daughter).

Veteran Hollywood scrivener Lillie Hayward brings some much-needed class and polish to the low-budget proceedings. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Breed of the Sea

Released: 1926
Made in: USA
Length: 6 Reels
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Tod and Tom Pembroke (both Ince) are twin brothers who are divinity students. Both of them love Ruth Featherstone, the dean's daughter (Dorothy Dunbar), but Tod is expelled and since he knows Ruth loves Tom, he leaves for China. Years later, after Tom has graduated and married Ruth, he travels to the island of Paroa to establish a mission. But difficulties arise when he catches island fever and the ship is captured by the notorious pirate, Blaze Devine. Devine, however, turns out to be Tod, and when he discovers his brother's plans, he goes to Paroa in his place. Bully Rawden, the head trader on the island (Alphonz Ethier), is determined to keep any missionaries away. While Tod is busy trying to vanquish him, his daughter, Marietta (Margaret Livingston), falls in love with him. After a lot of fighting between Tod and Bully's men, they come to an agreement -- Bully will allow a missionary on the island if Tod's pirate crew stops pillaging his ships. Tom, fully recovered, takes his place on the island and when Tod leaves, he finds that Marietta has stowed away on his ship. ~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide

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Buccaneer Bunny

Released: 1948
Made in: USA
Length: 7 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRRR!

Synopsis: Classic Bugs Bunny cartoon in which Pirate Yosemite Sam chases Bugs all over the ship to find out where the buried treasure is. Doesn't get better than this!

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Buccaneer, The

Released: 1938
Made in: USA
Length: 124 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

 

Synopsis: In the War of 1812, the British have sacked Washington and hope to capture New Orleans, where pirate Jean Lafitte romances blue-blooded Annette de Remy and openly sells his loot in a pirates' market, while taking careful measure to never attack American ships.

  • Can the British bribe Lafitte to help them?

  • Can Lafitte persuade American authorities of his loyalty?

  • Will a love triangle between Annette and pretty Dutch girl Gretchen (survivor of a pirates' prize) bring about Lafitte's undoing?

  • Can this movie possibly get any cheesier?!?!

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Buccaneer's Girl

Released: 1950
Made in: USA
Length: 77 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Romance, Musical
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Robin Hood-like pirate Baptiste takes only the ships of rich but wicked trader Narbonne. Fun loving Debbie, a passenger from his latest prize, stows away on the pirate ship and falls for the pirate; later, having become a New Orleans entertainer, she meets his alter ego, who's engaged to the governor's daughter. Sea battles and land rescues follow in lighthearted style.

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Buccaneers, The

Released: 1924
Made in: USA
Length: 20 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: The silent, two-reel Our Gang comedy The Buccaneers was originally released on March 9, 1924.

As the film's title suggests, the gang decides to become pirates, but their jerry-built galleon sinks to the bottom of the harbor the moment it's christened with a ketchup bottle. Undaunted, the kids stow away on Captain Whelan's scow and before long find themselves on the high seas. Rescued by a passing Navy battleship, the kids are immediately put to work by the captain, who intends to discourage the youngsters from yearning for a life at sea.

Although the kids manage to elude the captain and the crew, they're not so lucky when their parents catch up with them. A subplot involves the efforts by fat Joe Cobb to deliver a package of fish -- which mysteriously disappears thanks to a pack of hungry felines. An abbreviated version of The Buccaneers, re-titled The Pirates, was included in the Mischief Makers TV package in 1960. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Buccaneers, The

Released: 1956
Made in: USA
Length: 975 minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Made for TV
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Captain Dan Tempest was an ex-pirate who received a pardon from the King and turned privateer after his stronghold of New Providence was taken over by Crown soldiers. Tempest and Lt. Beamish, the Crown-appointed deputy governor, were uneasy allies, fighting the Spanish privateers who were ravaging the Caribbean.

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Caesar against the Pirates a.k.a. Giulio Cesare contro i pirati

Released: 1960
Made in: Italy
Length: 127 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: Italian (English Dubbed)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Julius Caesar flees Rome because of a conspiracy against him and takes refuge by the king of Bitinia. He finds a woman there and while he escorts her to Rhodes their ship is attacked. Caught by the pirates he asks for help to get back to Rome.

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Capitan, Le a.k.a. Captain Blood

Released: 1960
Made in: Italy
Length: 111 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Good swashbuckler set in France by the time King Louis XIII was just a teenager. It seems that nobody wants to see him sitting on the throne, including his lovely mother. But there is a loyal nobleman who will fight bravely to put things in order.

Legendary French actor Jean Marais is a bit too old to play the hero but he tries hard and really does a good job. As the comic relief, comedian Bourvil plays the street artist who helps Marais in his mission. Fencing and action sequences don't look as great as in Errol Flynn's classics but the old castles are real and "Le Capitan" provides a good fun for its audience. By the way, English title "Captain Blood" makes no sense; this captain has no relation neither to 1935 Hollywood classic nor to Rafael Sabatini's novel (this one is based on Michel Zevaco's histories).

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Captain Blood

Released: 1924
Made in: USA
Length: 110 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Although the Warner Bros. version of Rafael Sabatini's novel made Errol Flynn a star in 1935, it wasn't the first time the romantic adventure was made into a film.

J. Warren Kerrigan starred as Peter Blood, the physician turned pirate in this silent Vitagraph version. Peter Blood gets lumped in with a group of rebels who have plotted against King James and is sent to the island of Barbados as a slave. He is purchased, along with his friend, Jeremy Pitt (James Morrison), by Colonel Bishop (Wilfred North), at the request of his willful niece, Arabella (Jean Paige).

When a Spanish ship takes over the town, Blood leads the slaves and captures the vessel. After becoming the terror of the seas (but never attacking an English ship), Blood and his men rescue Lord Wade (Allan Forrest) and Arabella from a burning ship. When William III ascends to the British throne, Blood aligns himself with the new king, defeats the French fleet and saves Port Royal. He is appointed governor of Jamaica for his heroic deeds, and finally wins the hand of Arabella. ~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide

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Captain Blood

Released: 1935
Made in: USA
Length: 119 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: This is one of my favorite pirate movie & the film that helped Errol Flynn make a name for himself. And, it's an earlier teaming of Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and director Michael Curtiz than The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) too. The film was Oscar nominated, as was Curtiz and its Writing. Also see Guy Kibbee as one of Flynn's compatriots. Dr. Peter Blood (Flynn) is convicted of treason for treating an enemy of the king. He is sold into slavery where he meets, and is temporarily saved by a beautiful woman (de Havilland), the daughter of the man (Lionel Atwill) in control of the island where he is taken. But Blood leads the other slaves on an escape. They steal a boat, and become successful pirates with Blood as their captain. Of course, he must be pursued, and he must rescue de Havilland from Rathbone, and eventually the pirates become involved on the right side of the war between their former Britain and France.  The film is a must see for ANY pirate enthusiast!

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Captain Calamity a.k.a. Sinful Cargo

Released: 1936
Made in: USA
Length: 66 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: In the South Seas, Bill Jones (George Houston), captain of the schooner "Marigold", is known as Captain Calamity as he is quick to fight or frolic. Stone broke on the island of Quica and with his ship in need or re-stocking, Bill accepts an ancient Spanish doubloon from a young Australian named Carr (Barry Norton)in exchange for taking him to Tapillo, where Carr can take a ship to Sidney.

Bill gives the doubloon to trader Joblin (Louis Natheaux)for supplies, and does not bother to correct the trader's impression that he has found a fabulous horde of pirate gold. With Madame Gruen (Margaret Irving), a slatternly jade who runs a waterfront boarding house, and Samson (the ever-oily Roy D'Arcy), her paramour, Joblin schemes to seize Captain Bill's supposed treasure trove.

Together, they gather a a crew of cutthroats, led by Black Pierre (George J. Lewis), leader of the scum of the waterfront dives, to seize the treasure. Bill also meets Dr. Kelkey (Crane Wilbur), loser in many bouts with a brandy bottle, and his ward, Madge Lewis (Marian Nixon), on a mission to find the man who murdered and robbed her father in Australia. Bill agrees to help her, but does not remember her as the young girl he had saved from a sinking ship a dozen years before.

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Captain Hareblower

Released: 1954
Made in: USA
Length: 7 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated, Cartoon
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRRR!

 

Synopsis: Bugs will not bend to the threats of Pirate (Yosemite) Sam.  Awesome.

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Captain Horatio Hornblower

Released: 1951
Made in: UK
Length: 117 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: A reasonably accurate screen adaptation of BEAT TO QUARTERS by C.S. Forester about the British naval captain during the Napoleonic Wars. Hornblower is sent to the pacific coast of Latin America to bring arms to a rebel leader against Spain only to find he must also defeat a ship nearly half again the size of his frigate Lydia. Adventure yarn with a romance slipped in.

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Captain Kidd

Released: 1922
Made in: USA
Length: 31 Episode Serial
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Serial, 31 reels
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: One of few surviving examples of a once-prolific serial king's work. First, Captain Kidd and his pirates in a shipboard battle, then, a thrilling modern-day fire sequence as Eddie tries to rescue a lady from a burning building. I'm assuming that this serial included action in both the past and the present; otherwise this scene must be from another Polo serial. It's still exciting though, no matter where it originated.

Survival Status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive [episodes 1, 2, 5, 13 and 14], in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House film archive [episode 13], in the UCLA Film & Television Archive film archive [episode 2], in the Academy Film Archive film archive [unidentified episode, 16mm reduction positive], and in the Filmoteca Espanola film archive [unidentified episode, 35mm positive]; the film is presumed lost.

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Captain Kidd a.k.a. Adventure on the High Seas

Released: 1945
Made in: USA
Length: 83 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: In this unhistorical account, Capt. William Kidd is already a clever, ruthless pirate when, in 1699, he tricks the king into commissioning him as escort for a treasure ship from India. He enlists a crew of pardoned cutthroats...and Orange Povey, whom Kidd once abandoned on a reef and hoped never to see again. Of course, Kidd's intentions are treacherous. But there's more to gunner Adam Mercy than meets the eye...

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Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl

Released: 1954
Made in: USA
Length: 89 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: What a great title...but it all goes downhill pretty fast from there on out. Anthony Dexter, who had essayed the title role in the 1951 biopic Valentino, plays a beardless Captain Kidd. Eva Gabor, who would later costar with Arnold the Pig on TV's Green Acres, is the slave girl.

Gabor has been dispatched by the villains to seduce Kidd and determine the whereabouts of the pirate's legendary buried treasure. She falls in love with him instead, standing by his side as he fights his way through reels and reels of stock footage from old Hollywood swashbucklers. Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl was produced by Edward Small--and is "small" in every sense of the word. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Captain Pirate

Released: 1952
Made in: USA
Length: 85 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: This above-average Louis Hayward swashbuckler was sumptuously produced by Columbia's resident western specialist Harry Joe Brown. Adapted from Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood Returns, the film stars Hayward as physician-turned-buccaneer Peter Blood. Now respectably retired in the West Indies, Blood is shaken out of his complacency when he is accused of returning to piracy. Given a chance to clear his name, Blood reassembles his old crew to track down the villain who's pilfered his good name. The excellent cast includes John Sutton, George Givot, Ted de Corsia, and, in larger roles than usual, Charles Irwin and Rex Evans. And what would a Columbia pirate picture be without leading lady Patricia Medina? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Captain Ron

Released: 1992
Made in: USA
Length: 100 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Family
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: I fully realize that no-one else in the world liked this movie but me, but I loved it.  The only thing I would have done differently is replace Martin Short with anyone else - maybe Chevy Chase?

After Martin Short's character inherits a yacht, he totes his dysfunctional family from suburban Chicago to the Caribbean to claim it. Not having any skill at boating, he hires long-haired, one-eyed low-life Captain Ron to pilot the heap to Miami. During the journey, the somewhat inept sailor frequently loses his way while becoming a hit with everyone in the family - except Martin.

Kurt Russel is phenomenal as the grizzled sea captain in this movie - Hollywood should definitely make a pirate film with him in it!

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Caribbean a.k.a. Caribbean Gold

Released: 1952
Made in: USA
Length: 97 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: In 1728, while hunting ducks, Dick Lindsay comes across a pirate named Francis Barclay burying a treasure-chest. Barclay and his lieutenant, Burford, take Lindsay prisoner aboard their ship, the Black Panther. Barclay decides to use Lindsay to infiltrate the fortified island of his bitter enemy, Andrew MacAllister. (Twenty-one years ago MacAllister abducted Barclay's wife and daughter and sold Barclay into slavery.) Barclay has a scar burned into Lindsay's face so that he'll resemble MacAllister's nephew. Barclay then arranges for Lindsay to be washed up on MacAllister's island. MacAllister, who hasn't seen his nephew for 20 years, accepts Lindsay's false identity. However, while Lindsay is supposed to pave the way for Barclay's invasion of the island, he becomes sidetracked by a rebellion among MacAllister's slaves and by his growing attraction to MacAllister's beautiful daughter, Christine.

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Carry On Jack!

Released: 1963
Made in: USA
Length: 91 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Carry On Jack was the first historical epic in the "Carry On" series, but was also probably the most forgettable. Its not so much that it is a bad film, but it lacks the spirit of the later Carry On's, probably as there are so many of the regulars missing - there's no Sid James, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor, Hattie Jaques or Kenneth Connor. Only Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey are the main regulars to be featured in this chapter, though Jim Dale (starred in many of the 1960's Carry On's) has a cameo role.

Bernard Cribbins blends in with the cast as though he'd always been a regular, plays Albert Poop-Decker, an unlucky man, who after years of struggle, finally wins his commission only to have his identity, rank and uniform stolen from him by Sally (Juliet Mills) who he soon falls in love with.

The historical accuracy is impressive with the sets and the costumes but this Carry On film misses its mark slightly though Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey are on fine form throughout. An adequate comedy.

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China Seas

Released: 1935
Made in: USA
Length: 90 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Dynamic Alan Gaskell captains a ship bound from Hong Kong to Singapore. Gaskell tries to turn over a new leaf from his hard-drinking lifestyle after becoming attached to a refined high class English lady, Sybil Barclay. His former girlfriend Dolly is extremely jealous of the budding relationship and tries hard to get the Captain back. He is apparently unimpressed with her loud, obnoxious, and uncivilized manners, even though she is extremely beautiful. After a temporary take over of the ship by gold-seeking Asian pirates, Captain Gaskell must deal with the fact that Dolly and her drinking pal, Jamesey MacArdle, are implicated in the crime.

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City Confidential:
Key West Pirates in Paradise

Released: 2000
Made in: USA
Length: 50 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: "Today is the day." Mel Fisher's stubborn mantra would prove correct in 1985 when he unearthed the remains of the Spanish ship Nuestra Senora de Atocha off of Florida's coast. Though he remains one of the world's most-respected treasure hunters, Fisher's final days were filled with controversy. City Confidential: Key West, Pirates in Paradise explores the discovery that surprised a seaside community. Though he had made a fortune collecting the goods of underwater wrecks, Fisher fell victim to a dishonest companion. In 1998, officials raided Fisher's Key West shop under the suspicion he was selling fake coins. When the accusation was substantiated, Fisher was shocked and agreed to make reparations. He died weeks later. A&E explores the glories and pitfalls of the scavenging trade in this one-hour program. ~ Sarah Ing, All Movie Guide

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Clash of the Space Pirates

Released: 1999
Made in: USA
Length: 100 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated, Manga
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Captain Harlock returns in his own new series. Here, the popular space pirate is after a killer who has stolen a legendary treasure and awakened an entire planet of violent and angry gods. Taking it upon himself to save humanity from being caught in the crossfire, Captain Harlock goes on a quest to return the stolen treasure to its rightful owners.

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Clothes Make the Pirate

Released: 1925
Made in: USA
Length: 90 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: After his impressive screen debut in Sally, stage comedian Leon Errol became a full-fledged film star with this picture, set in New England's colonial days. Tidd (Errol) is a henpecked tailor who secretly dreams of being a pirate. In fact, he even makes himself a pirate costume, which unnerves his wife, Betsy (Dorothy Gish). He winds up hiding in a small boat, where he is found by a rough crew and mistaken for notorious pirate chief Dixie Bull. He is taken on board where he gets to live out his dreams. Betsy and Tidd's niece, Nancy Downs (Edna Murphy), board the Frolic in their search for Tidd, and their vessel gets in a battle with the pirate ship. Tidd wins and demands that the women be handed over -- of course, they are Betsy, Nancy, and a vamp, Madame LaTour (Nita Naldi). Tidd finally comes face-to-face with the real Dixie Bull (Walter Law) and he agrees to a duel. When Bull trips and falls, Tidd leaps on him and declares himself the victor. The truth is he is more than happy to go back to his normal, bland life, with one change -- now he can order his wife around. Dorothy Gish's then-husband, James Rennie, has a supporting role as Nancy's sweetheart. ~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide

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Cold Steel

Released: 1921
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Action, Suspense
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Veteran producer-director-actor J.P. McGowan starred in this low-budget silent action melodrama as an engineer who promises his dying father to hunt down the men who robbed him of valuable land in the west. McGowan does just that, but the gang hires an attorney to keep the nosy engineer at bay. Said attorney (Nigel de Brulier), alas, is a friend of McGowan's, and obtains further evidence of the gang's wrongdoings. The gang leader's son (Stanhope Wheatcroft) manages to flee with the evidence, but McGowan and his girlfriend (Kathleen Clifford) track him down. The director of this little film, Sherwood MacDonald, was formerly associated to the Balboa Amusement Corporation of Long Beach, California. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide

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Cold Steel for Tortuga
a.k.a. Avventuriero della tortuga, L'

Released: 1965
Made in: Italy
Length: 97 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English (dubbed)
Genre: Adventure,
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: An adventurer recruits several pirates to help him rescue both his girl and the gold stolen from him by a scheming politician. The Italian film is dubbed into English, so brace yourself with a couple of beers or else you'll never make it through this one...

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Colonel Heeza Liar and the Pirates
a.k.a. Colonel Heeza Liar's "Ancestor"

Released: 1916
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Short
Black Roger's Rating: Never seen it!

Synopsis: Originally created to be parody of President Theodore Roosevelt, Colonel Heeza Liar (sound out the name for the lame joke) tells a number of highly unlikely stories.  Early political satire in cartoon form.

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Conquest

Released: 1996
Made in: USA
Length: 110 Minutes
Rated: Adult
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adult
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: A pirate based adult film set on the high seas, with low morals. If the lust of the ages could settle into one epic - this would be it. Wicked Pictures and Armstrong/Steele present an epic saga of desire and revenge. A weak story full of hard action. Lavish shipboard and island locations, a real story with lame but decent characters that will remind you of some of the early 1950's serial tripes. Highly recommend for any teenage male in that awkward adoloescent phase...

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Corsario Negro, El
a.k.a. The Black Pirate, The Black Privateer

Released: 1944
Made in: Mexico
Length: 100 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: This Mexican drama features murder, revenge, ruling power and romance in Eighteenth century Maracaibo...How could that come out so weak?

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Corsican Brothers, The

Released: 1941
Made in: USA
Length: 112 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Siamese twins, sons of a Corsican nobleman, are separated and hidden just as the entire family is wiped out by a robber baron.

Twenty years later the two young men meet. One grew up in Paris, the other sheltered by a family retainer in Corsica. The two brothers have a telepathic link and feel each other's emotions. They once again separate, but this time to confuse and wreak vengeance on the villain responsible for the demise of their kin. Based on a story by Alexander Dumas

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Corsican Brothers, The

Released: 1985
Made in: USA
Length: 100 Minutes
Rated: R
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Filmed on location "Somewhere in France", this umpteenth version of Dumas' The Corsican Brothers stars the zoned-out comedy team of Cheech and Chong. Perhaps inspired by the Ritz Bros.' spin on The Three Musketeers, the duo retains enough of the original story (about twin brothers who feel one another's pain) to keep the plot going, but try to inject their own peculiar brand of humor throughout. The film's highlight is a duel with two loaves of stale bread. Yes, that's the highlight. Just as the 1930s comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey lost their audience when they dropped their risque humor and Prohibition gags, so too do Cheech and Chong falter when not indulging in the drug-oriented comedy which made them famous in the early 1970s. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Count of Monte Cristo, The

Released: 1934
Made in: USA
Length: 119 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: A classic swashbuckler based on the 1844 novel by Alexander Dumas. It tells the story of Edmond Dantes, a sailor who was unjustly imprisoned for years but escapes to look for the culprits who framed him. Donat's performance was enough to earn him the leading candidacy for Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood, which he eventually lost to the then-unknown Errol Flynn.

Count of Monte Cristo, The

Released: 2002
Made in: USA
Length: 131 Minutes
Rated: PG-13
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRRR!

 

Synopsis: The classic tale of swashbuckling adventure by the senior Alexandre Dumas comes to the screen in its umpteenth incarnation, this time from Kevin Reynolds, directing his first feature in five years. James Caviezel stars as Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who plans to marry his beautiful lover Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Edmond doesn't know that his best friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) secretly desires Mercedes for himself and schemes with fallen aristocrat Villefort (James Frain) to frame Edmond for a crime he didn't commit. Sentenced to life on the remote island prison of D'If, Edmond becomes consumed by plans for revenge. Thirteen years pass and he meets a fellow innocent convict, Abbe Faria (Richard Harris), who becomes Edmond's mentor in swordfighting, finance, and escape, confiding that a vast treasure awaits a discoverer on the island of Monte Cristo. Eventually, Edmond is able to get away using Faria's tunnels and makes his way to Monte Cristo, where he retrieves the fortune and uses it to make himself over as the wealthy "Count of Monte Cristo." With the help of a loyal sidekick (Luis Guzman), Edmond insinuates himself into French royalty and sets about getting revenge on Villefort and Fernand, who is now married to Mercedes. The Count of Monte Cristo also stars Michael Wincott and Albie Woodington. By Karl Williams, All Movie Guide.

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Crimson Blade, The
a.k.a. Scarlet Blade, The

Released: 1963
Made in: UK
Length: 82 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Its the Cavaliers vs. the Copperheads in this costume drama set during the 17th-century British Civil War. Our sympathies are supposed to be with Oliver Cromwell's underground troops--and they are, since the arrogant Cromwell isn't around to comprise his followers' heroism. Lionel Jeffries, loyal to Cromwell, is confounded by his daughter June Thorburn's fidelity to the Throne. Oliver Reed co-stars as Jeffries' right-hand man and June's boyfriend. Crimson Blade does little to clarify the complex issues attending the war, but it delivers the goods in the action department. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Crimson Pirate, The
Released: 1952
Made in: USA
Length: 104 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Released well after Douglas Fairbanks's and Errol Flynn's heydays, this way too cheesy good-natured Burt Lancaster vehicle is, nevertheless, a good example of the classic (albeit a little campy) swashbuckler film genre.

Set in the 16th century, along the Spanish Main, this lusty adventure both expands on and explodes genre conventions. Lancaster, a circus acrobat before turning to movies in the '40s, gives what may be his most physical performance as sword-for-hire Captain Vallo, a.k.a. the Crimson Pirate.

Nick Cravat, Lancaster's real-life circus buddy, matches the star leap for leap, somersault for somersault as Vallo's mute sidekick. The fetching Eva Bartok causes Vallo to throw over the Spanish for rebel forces, and a young Christopher Lee demonstrates the swordsmanship that would later make him a natural in Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers.

Director Robert Siodmak, known for his claustrophobic noir thrillers (1946's The Killers), handled most of the interiors, while Lancaster coordinated the tongue-in-cheek humor and macho derring-do. The broadly played action scenes, including the climactic 18-minute battle aboard a frigate, wouldn't be improved on for another three decades--by Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. The big difference: Harrison Ford needed a stunt double, Lancaster didn't.

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Crusader Rabbit VS the Pirates
Released: 1949
Made in: USA
Length: 83 minutes
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Crusader Rabbit is out to get the pirates and put them in their place. This show was the first animated TV show for kids.

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Cutthroat Island

Released: 1995
Made in: USA
Length: 123 Minutes
Rated: PG-13
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRRR!

Synopsis: Morgan Adams (Geena Davis) and her slave, William Shaw (Matthew Modine), are on a quest to recover the three portions of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the final portion is held by her murderous uncle, Dawg (Frank Langella). Her crew is skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her. This is made yet more difficult by the efforts of the British crown to end her piratical raids.

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Dancing Pirate, The

Released: 1936
Made in: USA
Length: 83 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color (Technicolor)
Language: English
Genre: Musical
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This is certainly an oddity but worth catching for Oscar nominated Choreography (it was a category in 1936) and a forgotten dancer, Charles Collins, in the lead. Movie comes with  a handful of Rodgers and Hart songs and good use of Technicolor.
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Daphne and the Pirate
Released: 1916
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Never saw it

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006564

Synopsis: Lillian Gish shows almost as much spunk in this picture as her hoydenish sister Dorothy Gish usually did. Daphne La Tour (Gish), is the daughter of a destitute French nobleman in the early 18th century. Because he is the favorite at the king's court, Philip de Mornay (Elliot Dexter) can probably have any woman he wants, but he likes Daphne's audacity. So he orders his men to kidnap her and take her to the home of Franchette, a popular madam (Lucile Young). But before he can fetch her, he is forced to flee and is captured by pirates. Meanwhile, Franchette's place is overtaken by soldiers who are rounding up women to send to Louisiana, where wives are sorely needed. Daphne is among the young ladies captured, but the ship they are on is attacked by the pirates. Daphne helps save the day for the Frenchmen, and as a result, she saves Philip's life. Although she has been sold to Jamie D'Arcy (Walter Long), she nevertheless manages to marry Philip when they reach Louisiana. ~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide

 
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Dark Shadows episode #1089
Released: 1970
Made in: USA
Length: 2 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Soap Opera
Black Roger's Rating: Not really much of a pirate story, it was worth mentioning...

Synopsis: Julia Hoffman shows Elizabeth a book that talks about how a ship (the real "Java Queen" that David has a model of) shipwrecked on this very day in 1841 near Collinsport. After Elizabeth leaves, Julia opens the book and reads about the shipwreck. Only the captain Gerard Stiles survived, and it was prophesized that his crew would one day return from the dead and destroy. 

Gerard Stiles (1811-1840) was a seafarer who lived at Collinwood in 1840 and was a good friend of Quentin Collins. Unknown to anyone at Collinwood, Gerard's real name was Ivan Miller and he committed numerous crimes around the globe. Since Ivan was a pirate with a criminal record, Ivan changed his name to Gerard Stiles.

In late 1840, the spirit of the evil warlock Judah Zachary took full possession of Gerard, and used him to get his revenge on the Collins family, becoming the master of Collinwood through a series of murders and trickery. While under Judah's possession, Gerard choreographed the Destruction of Collinwood in 1970, and then haunted it until at least 1995.

Links: http://darkshadows.wikia.com/wiki/1089, http://darkshadows.wikia.com/wiki/Gerard_Stiles

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Davy Crockett & The River Pirates
Released: 1956
Made in: USA
Length: 81 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: The legendary Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) and his friend George Russell (Buddy Ebsen) are traveling along, when the accidentally end up on the bad side of Mike Fink. Fink bets the pair that he can beat them in a race to New Orleans. Though Fink tries all sorts of devious methods to win, in the end, honesty wins out. Along the way, the group faces off with the River Pirates, who have been posing as Native Americans to kill travelling settlers! This fun Disney family film, full of action and adventure, first appeared as a two-part special on the Disney television series, and remains as energetic and inspiring today as when it first aired.

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Dead Men Tell

Released: 1941
Made in: USA
Length: 60 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Mystery
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

 

Synopsis: Just as elderly Miss Nodbury is ready to leave on a treasure hunt for a family fortune she is scared to death by the ghost of a pirate ancestor. Charlie Chan investigates the rest of the clan.

Desperate Voyage
Released: 1980
Made in: USA
Length: 95 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: Christopher Plummer has all the best dialogue in the hokey made-for-TVer Desperate Voyage. Plummer plays a modern-day pirate who hijacks private yachts, steals the valuables on board, and, weeping crocodile tears, sends the passengers to Davy Jones' Locker. His captives on this voyage are Cliff Potts, Christine Belford, Lara Parker and Nicholas Pryor, none of whom have any intention of being tossed into the briny. Much was made of the fact that Desperate Voyage was filmed entirely at sea, with no studio work. Those who didn't suffer from "mal de mer" were able to watch this film from start to finish when it debuted November 29, 1980. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

10 Sep 2015, letter from Eugene Van De Kamp:

Sir, in the list of pirate-related movies on your website, you mention the MOVIE "desperate voyage" that was made in 1980; that is all right, but left of it, you show a picture of the BOOK "desperate voyage", which is, as far as I can see, not related to the movie. The book is for sale, the movie, alas, is not. You can see it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6N4A6KS894 with Dutch undertitling, but not quite to the end, due to some defect. You could, however, take a picture from it for your website. Best regards, Eugène van de Kamp Delft, Holland

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Devil-Ship Pirates, The
Released: 1964
Made in: UK
Length: 89 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Historical, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: A pirate ship, fighting in 1588 on the side of the Spanish Armada, suffers damage and must put into a village on the British coast for repairs. The village is small and isolated and the Spanish convince the villagers that the English fleet has been defeated and that they, the Spanish, are now their masters. This results in the villagers' sullen cooperation, but rumors and unrest begin to spread and soon the Spanish pirates find themselves facing a revolt.

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Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done
Released: 1976
Made in: UK
Length: 81 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color (Technicolor)
Language: English
Genre: Action, Suspense
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...

Synopsis: It is surprising that Dick Deadeye has largely disappeared without a trace. Based on the drawings of Gerlad Scarfe, the story is cobbled together from a selection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas (Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore to name only three). The story is fine for a cartoon, but there are a LOT of musical moments with updated versions of well known G&S songs, plus a few new ones. 'The Moon & I' sung by Linda Lewis was even a minor hit in 1976, but this didn't seem to help the film receive greater viewing audiences.

It did not receive a full UK distribution, but did play in selected 'art house' cinemas, then disappeared without a trace. As far as I am aware it has never released on video or DVD.

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Diablos del mar, Los
Released: 1981
Made in: Spain
Length: 84 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: Spanish
Genre: Action, Suspense
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A slave hunter attacks a ship on sea in which six girls are on their way to Australia. They succeed in escaping and are eventually picked up by a whaler.
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Divot Diggers, Mama's Little Pirate
Released: 1936
Made in: USA
Length: 45 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: An OUR GANG Comedy Short in which Spanky (Against his mother's wishes) takes the Gang searching for Pirate treasure in a dark cave. Fun short film (20 Minutes long).

Highlight: the attack of the Giant (played by R. E. 'Tex' Madsen, voice by longtime comedian Billy Bletcher). This was one of the films where Buckwheat is supposedly played by a female character.

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Doctor Who - The Pirate Planet
Released: 1975
Made in: UK
Length: 101 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Normally I would not have included this sci-fi movie in this list except for two thing; It involves pirates as a key plot element, and the episode was written by the amazing  Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).  'Nuff said!
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Dora the Explorer: Treasure Island
Released: 2000
Made in: USA
Length: 25 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Children's cartoonabout Dora and her friends journeying to a place called Treasure Island to reclaim some sort of magical chest full of costumes.  Three drink minimum on this one.
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Double Crossbones
Released: 1951
Made in: USA
Length: 75 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical, Comedy
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Double Crossbones is an unusually elaborate comedy vehicle for Donald O'Connor. Set in the Carolinas in the 18th century, the film casts O'Connor as Davy Crandall, a bumbling shopkeeper's apprentice. Davy's boss (Hayden Rourke) is in cahoots with the corrupt colonial governor (John Emery), who in turn deals directly with the pirates who sail in and out of port with impunity.

Unfairly accused of piracy, Davy finds refuge on a buccaneer's boat. Through circumstances better seen than described, our hapless hero gains the reputation of being the boldest pirate on the Seven Seas. The stellar supporting cast includes Helena Carter as the heroine, Will Geer as O'Connor's aide-de-camp, and Hope Emerson, Alan Napier and Robert Barrat, cast respectively as notorious pirates Anne Bonney, Capt. Kidd and Henry Morgan.

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Dr. Syn
Released: 1937
Made in: UK
Length: 80 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: When customs and excise men arrive at the village of Dymchurch in Kent, they uncover an intricate smuggling network being coordinated by the local parson, Dr Syn. Unknown to all but a few locals Dr Syn also hides a secret past, that he was once the notorious pirate Captain Clegg.
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Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
a.k.a. Scarecrow of Romny Marsh
Released: 1962
Made in: USA
Length: 98 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This Disney drama is essentially a Zorro movie without any Mexican people in it.  Originally broadcast as a three part TV show, it tells the story of a vicar's (priest) double life. Outwardly he is the model of upstanding citizenship and loyalty to an oppressive British government. But he is also a notorious smuggler who uses his ill-gotten gains to benefit his impoverished village. Sound familiar to the Z man?
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Family Guy - Season 6 Episode 13 "Long John Peter"
Released: 2013
Made in: USA
Length: 21 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animation
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: 
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Fair Wind to Java
Released: 1953
Made in: USA
Length: 92 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The Dutch East Indies, at the end of the nineteenth century. An adventurous captain of an American merchant vessel is looking for a sunken Dutch vessel containing 10,000 precious diamonds. Unfortunately, he's not the only one and then there's also that volcano on the nearby island of Krakatau, waiting to explode in its historical, disastrous eruption...
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Fire Over England
Released: 1937
Made in: UK
Length: 89 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Captured during a tempestuous sea battle with the Spanish navy, Michael Ingolby is allowed to escape by the Spanish commander, who happens to be an old friend of his father. He only makes it as far as the Spanish coast but survives when a sympathetic family takes him in and nurses him back to health. While recuperating, Michael learns that his father has been executed by the Spaniards. Devastated, he flees home to England in a rickety fishing boat and reports the news to Queen Elizabeth, urging her to attack Spain. Queen Elizabeth is impressed by the young man's patriotism and sends Michael back to Spain with orders to enter King Philip's court as a spy. Once here, he uncovers a plot to assassinate Elizabeth, but is eventually recognized by the Spaniards and imprisoned. Once again, with help from his captors, Michael escapes -- making it back to England just in time to warn the Queen and participate in an attack on the mighty Armada.
  • "Fire Over England" premiered in Los Angeles on January 8, 1937.

  •  This movie was the first British film to premiere in Los Angeles.

  • Originally, the production was to be called "Gloriana" with Conrad Veidt slated to star as Michael Ingolby; the part ultimately went to Olivier.

  •  The Hays Office requested that a scene in which Laurence Olivier yells "Fire! Fire!" be deleted for fear that audiences would take heed of the warning and charge out of the theatre.

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First Kiss, The
Released: 1928
Made in: USA
Length: 60 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Drama, Romance
Black Roger's Rating: Never saw it!
Synopsis: I cannot find a copy of this film anywhere, so I really can't say what it's about...Sorry.
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Fortunes of Captain Blood
Released: 1950
Made in: USA
Length: 91 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Based loosely on the same Rafael Sabatini novel which served as the inspiration for the 1935 Errol Flynn vehicle Captain Blood, the film stars Louis Hayward as Irish doctor Peter Blood, who is exiled from England after treating the wounds of an enemy to the crown. Blood and several other outcasts turn to piracy, terrorizing merchant vessels of all nationalities. Dogging Captain Blood's trail is the heavy of the piece, the Marquis de Riconete (George Macready). Also appearing are Patricia Medina (Columbia's stock costume-drama heroine) as the marquis' niece, and Alfonso Bedoya (immortalized as the Mexican bandit Gold Hat in Treasure of the Sierra Madre) as a sadistic prison overseer. The battle scenes in Fortunes of Captain Blood would be cannibalized time and again over the next few years by quickie-flick producer Sam Katzman. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Frenchman's Creek
Released: 1944
Made in: USA
Length: 113 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Historical, Romance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Unless you're in for real camp, where the men are prettier than the women (especially in their wigs) then pass on this one.

Basically this is one of the romance novels put to screen type of Pirate movies that makes me want to punch a stranger, just to boost a little testosterone into the room. An English lady falls madly in love with a French Pirate, and sappy melodramatic torture ensues.

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George's Island
Released: 1991
Made in: Canada
Length: 90 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Children, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: *STARS
Synopsis: This is a tale about two children who are put in a foster home, and then on Halloween they breakout and are rescued by their eccentric grandfather who is in a Halloween costume of an eyeball. They then go to Georges island to try and find the treasure of Captain Kidd.
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Ghost in the Noonday Sun
Released: 1973
Made in: UK
Length: 89 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A pirate crewman kills his captain after learning where he has hidden his buried treasure. However, as he begins to lose his memory, he relies more and more on the ghost of the man he just murdered to help him find the loot.
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Golden Hawk, The
Released: 1952
Made in: USA
Length: 83 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Sterling Hayden stars as 17th-century privateer Kit Gerardo, and Rhonda Fleming plays the obligatory hottie female pirate named Rouge. When Rouge's vessel is besieged by the minions of evil Caribbean governor Luis del Toro (John Sutton), Gerardo comes to her rescue. As the film unfolds, they characters all reveal their ulterior motive driven selves, especially the mysterious Rouge. True fans of pirate films will likely recognize the miles of stock footage re-used from earlier pirate epics.
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Goonies, The
Released: 1985
Made in: USA
Length: 114 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Children, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The Goonies tells the tale of a group of young teens who are desperate to find a way to prevent their homes from being gobbled up by an obnoxious local developer in order to build a golf course on the site. When the kids discover an apparently authentic treasure map, the solution to their desperate situation appears to be in their hands.

I had problems with this movie even as a kid. Most notably, there is no reason for any Pirates in this movie - the plot has nothing to do with them. Why did the pirates stay in the cave? What were they doing in the cave in the first place? Who sails a frigate into a cave? Why is every single line of dialogue in the movie SHOUTED at each other? Originally I was only going to give this movie one star, but my lovely fiancée begged me to give it at least three (she digs the "truffle shuffle" scene).

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Great Adventures of Captain Kidd, The
Released: 1953
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Serial, 15 episodes
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In 1697, Richard Dale and Alan Duncan are sent on an "undercover" mission by the British Admiralty to find and gather information on the notorious pirate, Captain Kidd. The two agents soon join Kidd's crew and discover, to their surprise, that the Captain is a far different man than they had expected.
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The Great Ships: The Pirate Ships
(History Channel)
Released: 2006
Made in: USA
Length: 60 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This fascinating and informative History Channel documentary takes an up-close look at the dangerous pirate vessels that ruled the seas in the 17th and 18th centuries, discussing the place pirates still hold in the popular imagination and delving into what life was really like on those ships.


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Guns of the Black Witch
Terrore dei mari, Il
Released: 1961
Made in: Italy
Length: 83 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Adventure
Synopsis: This movie tells the story of a 17th century village that was the refuge of several French buccaneers. One day, the Spanish attack the village and kill everybody, adults and children alike. Two brothers escaped because they were absent to play away from their parents; on their return home, they saw the end of the carnage, and vowed revenge. As adults, they made their revenge on the Spanish colonists trying to colonize Maracaibo. Eventually jealousy made them fall apart of each other, and one brother inevitably dies so the other brother would survive and be happy with the woman they both loved. Cheesy and predictable? Yep, but still a good Pirate flick.
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Harold Robbins' The Pirate
Released: 1978
Made in: USA
Length: 200 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: No pirates anywhere in this movie except for the title, but it's still a great flick. An Israeli man, raised by a wealthy and powerful Arab, is put in charge of his country's vast oil fortunes. He comes into conflict with a fanatical terrorist group - all headed by his daughter.
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Hell Harbor
Released: 1930
Made in: USA
Length: 93 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Romance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The young and lovely Anita dreams of escaping the monotony of her island home and sailing to bustling Havana. But when her abusive father promises her to the greasy local merchant, Anita does everything in her power to make her dreams of escape a reality.
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High Wind in Jamaica, A
Released: 1965
Made in: UK
Length: 104 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The parents of children living in Jamaica, afraid that the kids are growing up uncivilized, decide to send them to England. But during the voyage, the childrens' ship is boarded by pirates and in the confusion the children wind up trapped on the pirate ship. The children view it as a lark, and one of them, a girl named Emily, develops an unusual bond with Chavez, the pirate captain. The superstitious pirates can't wait to unload the kids at the first port, but a tragedy prevents it, and Emily's relationship with Chavez takes a fateful twist.
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HMS Pinafore
Released: 1982
Made in: UK
Length: 100 minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Ralph Rackstraw, a poor seaman, is in love with Josephine, the Captain's daughter, but she is too high above him in the social scale for him to even consider asking her to marry him. Also, he has a rival in the form of Sir Joseph Porter, KCB, the Ruler of the Queen's Navee. Sir Joseph Porter, who is fully aware of his own importance, is an arrogant snob who feels that Josephine is far beneath him on the social scale. However, contemptuous though he feels about this factor, he will overlook the fact that she is just a humble Captain's daughter and that he would therefore be marrying beneath his rank. The Captain is all for his daughter marrying such an illustrious person as Sir Joseph Porter, but Josephine detests the idea. Furthermore, she is in love with poor Ralph Rackstraw.
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Hook
Released: 1991
Made in: USA
Length: 144 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: It is rare that I am as disappointed with a movie as I was with this one - Hook fails on about 40 distinctly unique levels, not the least of which is that Peter Pan apparently grew up to be a jerk of a lawyer.

The basic story is that the original Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps Peter's children, forcing Peter to return to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again.

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Hurricane Island
Released: 1951
Made in: USA
Length: 70 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Jon Hall is right in his element in the Columbia low-budgeter Hurricane Island. Hall plays Captain Carlos Montalvo, second-in-command to Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon (Edgar Barrier). Engaged in a search for the Fountain of Youth, Montalvo gets mixed up with lady buccaneer Jane Bolton (Marie Windsor) and Indian princess Okahia (Jo Gilbert). The villains, who lurk at every plot turn, are thwarted in a climactic hurricane, chiefly comprised of stock footage from earlier films (practically a trademark of producer Sam Katzman).
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Ice Pirates, The
Released: 1984
Made in: USA
Length: 91 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: I hate to admit this, but this is one of the greatest B-movies ever.

"Ice Pirates" are daring buccaneers of the future who hijack the most precious cargo in the galaxy - water in the form of ice (so none of it gets lost, leaked, etc while being transported). This movie has everything: space herpes, cowardly battle robots and a great time-warp fight scene. It has recenbtly come out on DVD, but I haven't seen that version yet - I hope they include some behind the scenesproduction stuff.

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In Search of History: Pirates of the Barbary Coast
Released: 1988
Made in: USA
Length: 50 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In the years after the American Revolution, as the fledgling nation struggled to establish itself, one of the greatest threats to its power and prestige came from the unlikeliest of places. Sailing from the Barbary Coast of North Africa, pirates preyed on ships of all nations, but their toll on America was devastating.

This documentary journeys back to the final years of the 18th century to chronicle the events that led to the creation of the U.S. Navy and established the United States' reputation as a nation willing to fight for its interests. Period accounts and maritime historians paint a portrait of the feared raiders who often held seamen captive. Discover how President Jefferson disagreed with the Federalists in Congress, believing America should meet the pirates' ransom demands, while Congress urged a fight. Eventually, the U.S. Navy was re-established with the appropriation of six ships. They fought their way to glory along the Barbary coast, allowing U.S. merchant ships to survive and spurring the economy of the nation at a critical time.

This is one of the most exciting tales in the history of the high seas, the birth of the American Navy and the demise of the ed Pirates of the Barbary coast.

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Island, The
Released: 1980
Made in: USA
Length: 114 Minutes
Rated: R
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Suspense
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The Island is an action-packed high-seas adventure that features a riveting performance from Michael Caine, who stars as Blair Maynard, an inquisitive British reporter who sets out to investigate a series of mysterious ocean disappearances in the Caribbean, where more than 600 boats have apparently vanished during the course of three years. While flying over the questionable area with his young son in tow, Maynard's airplane crashes into the briny deep. The two are subsequently stranded on an isolated island, uncharted by the modern world.

In time they are captured by a group of scraggly, belligerent pirates who have inhabited the remote island for hundreds of years. After enduring horrible tortures, Caine and his young boy attempt to destroy the anachronistic buccaneers and escape their island purgatory.

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Jim & Piraterna Blom
a.k.a. Jim and the Pirates
Released: 1986
Made in: Sweden
Length: 92 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Children
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In this children's story based on some of the stories from that strip, a pre-teen boy receives counseling from his dead father's ghost on how to cope with new developments in his life -- from his mother's getting a new boyfriend, to the fine art of chopping onions. The boy learns a pretty good trick from his father's shade which enables him to use his imagination to turn a boring birthday party into an ocean adventure among pirates.
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Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Cove
Released: 2005
Made in: USA
Length: 80 Minutes
Rated: R
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Jolly Roger is basically the opening of I Know What You Did Last Summer mixed with Stephen King's The Fog. Despite its aesthetic qualities it manages to be at least ten times worse than the recent remake of The Fog, which I honestly didn't think was possible. Avoid this at all costs.

A group of friends decide to have a little fun on a deserted beach one night. When one of them finds an old pirate chest buried in the sand at the beach, they unwittingly release a demonic pirate, Jolly Roger, who proceeds to massacre the friends at the beach. When the police arrive, Alex and Jessie, the only survivors, are taken into custody and fingered as the killers. Knowing the pirate did it, they escape and set out to find him while the police try to investigate the rash of murders in the town, as Jolly Roger continues on a crusade to seek his revenge.

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Jonny Quest: Pirates From Below
Released: 1990
Made in: USA
Length: 30 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated, Action, Cartoon
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Manning his new experimental submarine, Dr. Quest embarks upon an underwater expedition. Back on the surface, Jonny Quest and Race are kidnapped by pirate chieftain Svedri and his not-so-merry crew. The two good guys are held for ransom, with the high-tech submarine as the "payoff." Making good use of the familiar Hanna-Barbera underwater "blur" effect, "Pirates from Below" was initially broadcast on January 14, 1965. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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King's Pirate, The
Released: 1967
Made in: USA
Length: 100 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Lt. Brian Fleming volunteers to be flogged for a contrived offense and then discharged from the British Navy. Now he can infiltrate the pirate stronghold of Diego Suarez using his whip-scarred back as proof of his disgrace. While gathering inside information about this stronghold's fortifications, he falls in love with Jessica Stephens who's also courted by the pirate captain, John Avery. At the same time he must fend off the advances of a love-struck Moghul princess who's recently been taken captive. Events reach a climax in a shipboard battle when Fleming's true motivations are revealed.
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Last of the Buccaneers
Released: 1950
Made in: USA
Length: 79 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Swashbuckler about the adventures of pirate Jean Lafitte after he helped save New Orleans from a British invasion during the War of 1812.
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Light at the Edge of the World, The
Released: 1971
Made in: Spain
Length: 119 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A band of ruthless pirates capture a lighthouse in Argentina, intending to use it to lure ships to run aground for easy pillaging.
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Lion of St. Mark, The
a.k.a. Marauder, The
Released: 1963
Made in: Italy
Length: 87 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In the year 1620, Pirates are attacking the town of Venice almost weekly, and the army of mercenaries does not defend it properly. So Manrico (Gordon Scott) decides to pick up the black mask of the "Lion of San Marco" and attack the pirates when they don't expect it, only with the help of a few dedicated citizens. Things become complicated when Manrico falls in love with the beautiful pirate lady Rossana (Gianna Maria Canale) - now both are suspected to have become traitors...
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Long John Silver
a.k.a. Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island
Released: 1953
Made in: Australia
Length: 109 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: After the Treasure Island adventure, Long John Silver turns up on a British Caribbean island, where he hears that rival pirate Mendoza has taken the ship carrying the governor's daughter...and his young friend Jim Hawkins. Naturally, there's more to his rescue plan than meets the eye; he hopes to get a new ship and go back for more treasure...
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Lost City of Pirates
Released: 2000
Made in: USA
Length: 60 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Take to the high seas with the most famous pirates of all time, and discover the truth behind the legends of men like Blackbeard. While the possibility of wealth and fame was real, so was the chance that they would be struck down by the guns and sabers of those they attacked, or done in by disease, malnutrition and the capricious seas.

This documentary is a riveting look at a long-ago era that continues to fuel our imaginations. Meet the legendary figures that roamed the high seas, and learn their stories from leading authors and historians. Go beneath the waves to see the remains of the pirate city once feared as "the wickedest place on earth," and learn the true story of the notorious pirates of Jamaica's Port Royal.

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The Lost Continent
Released: 1968
Made in: USA
Length: 97 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Horror
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A steamer carrying smuggled explosives and a disparate load of passengers finds itself trapped somewhere in the Sargasso Sea, where it encounters crab monsters, choking seaweed, and a mad society descended from shipwreck survivors from Spanish voyages of discovery who believe the inquisition is still underway.

Trivia: The overly buxom woman that appears mid-way through the film was Dana Gillespie, a little-known recording artist from the late 60's. If you can find the British version, see it instead as it has 8-9 more minutes than the G-rated American cut.
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Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island, The
Released: 2000
Made in: USA
Length: 92 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Advnture
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Danny Quinn lives with one great dream... he wants to prove his late father was right about a pirate treasure in the depths of Lake Michigan. One night Danny meets the ghost of Picaroon, who has come to warn him about a mysterious foe and to help him find the gold. Danny sets off on his great quest, taking along a ragtag crew. They sail off pursued by treasure hunter Doc Biehler. Eventually, Danny must battle Doc for possession of the map leading to a knock-down battle in the quest for the Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island.
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Love Pirate, The
Released: 1923
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Serial, 5 Reels
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Steve Carnan (Melbourne McDowell) owns a sleazy cafe where Ruby LaMar (Carmel Myers) works as a dancer. Prosecutor Hugh Waring (Clyde Fillmore) is trying to bust up the joint, and during his efforts he meets Ruth Revere (Kathryn McGuire), a naive violinist who is being given a chance to perform at the cafe. However, the only reason she is there at all is because Carnan has designs on her. He invites the girl to his home while trying to ruin Waring by claiming he's the one who owns the cafe. Waring is saved when Ruby confesses the identity of the real owner. He goes to Ruth's rescue just in time to see Carnan being shot to death. It turns out that the murderer is Cyrus Revere, Ruth's father (Spottiswoode Aitken), who confesses to the killing on his deathbed. Although Kathryn McGuire certainly appeared in quite a few poor films, she was immortalized in two classics -- she was Buster Keaton's co-star in two of his best silent features, Sherlock, Jr. and The Navigator. ~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide
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Love Pirate, The
Released: 1971
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Exploitation specialist Barry Mahon wrote and directed this dated nudie romp shot in North Miami Beach. Cult filmmaker Brad F. Grinter (Flesh Feast) stars as Captain Fu, a pirate whose crew is made up of beautiful, frequently nude women. Grinter, who made the killer-turkey epic Blood Freak, gives a performance which can only be described as "unusual," but at least his notorious onscreen coughing-jags are not in evidence here.
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Madeline and the Pirates
Released: 1999
Made in: USA
Length: 25 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Famed little French redhead Madeline is off for another adventure, this time on an island inhabited by pirates. Join Madeline and her schoolmates as they learn that looks can be deceiving, as these pirates are not quite what they seem to be. Recommended for ages five to eight.
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Magic Island
Released: 1995
Made in: USA
Length: 88 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Children's
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Jack Carlisle is a disillusioned 13-year old boy. His mother is always away at work since his father left. He decides to run away, as his mom won't miss him. As he is ready to leave, his nanny, convinces him to read this 'magic book'. The book is about a pirate adventure on Magic Island. As Jack reads the book, he is sucked into the world and goes on numerous adventures with Prince Morgan, while fleeing the evil Blackbeard the Pirate. He is even saved by Lily, a beautiful mermaid, whom he falls in love with.
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Mama's Little Pirate
(Little Rascals)
Released: 1934
Made in: USA
Length: 20 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Short
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: An OUR GANG Comedy Short in which Spanky (Against his mother's wishes) takes the Gang searching for Pirate treasure in a dark cave. Fun short film (20 Minutes long).

Highlight: the attack of the Giant (played by R. E. 'Tex' Madsen, voice by longtime comedian Billy Bletcher). This was one of the films where Buckwheat is supposedly played by a female character.

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Married with Children episode - "Peggy and the Pirates"

Released: 1993
Made in: USA
Length: 23 Minutes
Rated: TV

Format: Color

Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Television
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRR!

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Master and Commander

Released: 2003
Made in: USA
Length: 138 Minutes
Rated: PG-13
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Short
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRRR!
Synopsis: Director Peter Weir's high-seas adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World stars Russell Crowe as Captain Jack Aubrey. Along with his loyal crew, Aubrey engages in a grand game of cat-and-mouse with a renegade French frigate from Napoleon's army.

Adapted from the series of novels by Patrick O'Brian, the film is presented on this special double-disc DVD along with a plethora of bonus features. The widescreen transfer is complemented by English soundtracks in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, as well as French- and Spanish-dubbed Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks and English and Spanish subtitles. Along with the feature presentation, the discs offer viewers several looks into the film's production.

There is a one-hour making-of documentary, three behind-the-scenes featurettes, an interactive sound-recording demo, and an HBO First Look special. Rounding out the package are six deleted scenes, four multi-angle battle scenes, and a 28-page collectible booklet. Stripped down single-disc full-screen and widescreen versions were also released. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

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Master of Ballantrae, The
Released: 1953
Made in: USA
Length: 89 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Master of Ballantrae is probably not the best Flynn of the 50's, but the script, score and color cinematography are fantastic. The main asset, of course, is Flynn who really shows up in this one. He proves, probably for the last time, why he was such a big star.

Also, its a good buddy picture with a funny Irish actor playing the Alan Hale role. There are some fabulous locations and a couple of solid villians to round things out.

Another asset is the use of real sailing ships. There are very few process shots or back projection garbage in this one. If you're a Flynn fan and you've missed this one check it out. It's a terrific, action packed swashbuckler.

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Master of Ballantrae, The
Released: 1971
Made in: UK
Length: 300 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The oft-filmed Robert Louis Stevenson novel The Master of Ballantrae was given its first British TV miniseries treatment in 1971. Set in 18th century Scotland, the story concerned a pair of brothers, James and Henry, who became separated when Henry enlisted in the service of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Upon being misinformed that Henry was killed, the covetous James set himself up as Master of Ballantrae hall. The series' six 50-minute episodes were devoted to Henry's efforts to reclaim his birthright and settle accounts with his usurping sibling. The Master of Ballantrae was a presentation of the BBC. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Master of Ballantrae, The
Released: 1984
Made in: USA
Length: 150 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: It was not unusual in the 1980s for a British TV miniseries to resurface in America in the form of a re-edited feature-length "movie." The Master of Ballantrae, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, offered a unique reversal on this process. Originally telecast in the United States as a three-hour TV film on January 31, 1984, the production subsequently aired on Scottish television as a six-part miniseries, 25 minutes per episode. On this occasion, the roles of rival siblings Henry and James Durrie were played by Richard Thomas and Michael York. The basic story remained the same: In 18th century Scotland, a toss of the coin determined that Henry would enlist in the service of Bonnie Prince Charlie, while James would stay behind as temporary master of Ballantrae Hall. Reported killed in battle, Henry spent the next several years trying to reclaim his birthright from his covetous brother. The "series" version of The Master of Ballantrae was broadcast in 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Matusalem
Released: 1993
Made in: Canada
Length: 105 min
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: French
Genre: Action, Adventure, Children
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Fleeing from some other children who want to beat him, Olivier meets the ghost of a Pirate who every hundred years tries to find a parchment. Olivier agrees to help him. But in doing so he is captured by a bunch of pirates. The other children of the village discover a door thru time and space in an old haunted house and decide to rescue Olivier from Captain Monbars' pirates.
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Matusalem II
Released: 1997
Made in: Canada
Length: 98 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: French
Genre: Action, Adventure, Children
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A year had passed since the last aventure of Olivier and his friends. The day before his birthday, the door through space and time re-opened. This time, Olivier and his friends would have to face El Diablo, who became captain since the last time, and his mens, lost in the middle on the jungle and being hunt down by the spanish army.
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Mighty Mouse: Pirates
Released: 1945
Made in: USA
Length: 6 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This was the first Mighty Mouse Cartoon to feature Oil-Can Harry and to have dialogue sung rather than spoken.
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Moonfleet
Released: 1955
Made in: USA
Length: 89 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Somewhere in the 18th century Great Britain, noble but penniless young boy John Mohune is sent by his dying mother to Moonfleet, to put himself under the protection of a certain Jeremy Fox. The boy discovers that Fox is both a former lover of his mother and the leader of a gang of buccaneers. A strange friendship grows as their adventures go on.
Monk

Season 6 Episode 6 "Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure"

Aired: 17 Aug 2007

Monk is upset that Dr. Kroeger is socializing with Harold Krenshaw. When Kroeger says he's concerned about his son, Monk offers to help. Monk goes to see him. He says that he and his friends found what appears to be a treasure map and he wants Monk to help him find it. They find some cash but he thinks there is more. So they go out there. At the same time Stollemeyer is investigating a bank robbery and somehow, the treasure map and it are linked.

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Morgan the Pirate
Released: 1961
Made in: Italy
Length: 95 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: As Captain Morgan Reeves is a slave to be sold off at an auction in a Panama market, but the daughter of the governor (Valerie LaGrange) is smitten with him after witnessing a flogging and makes him her personal valet. Reeves mistakenly embraces her in a barn and is sent packing to a Spanish war galleon by the governor as a result - presumably never to be heard from again. After leading a slave revolt on a ship, Reeves takes over and forms his own pirate band with him becoming the captain. On a raid Reeves discovers the governor's daughter has been captured on another pirate raid and he is smitten with her and "wins" her in a battle with another pirate captain. As the story goes Reeves and his band sink Spanish ships, have endless fights with other pirates and Reeves becomes more and more powerful as the "scourge of the seven seas"...all along Reeves desires the love of his captive lady Lagrange, but she fends him off wanting to go back to Panama and her freedom. After being set free by Reeves (Capt Morgan) she realizes she truly loves him and longs to see him again. After a failed attempt to capture the city of Panama in a raid, it appears Morgan has drowned.....alas..Morgan is alive and then in another back entrance raid he and his pirate band capture the city and reunites with Lagrange. Reeves showed some true acting ability in this film, and it is considered by his fans as his very best movie.
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Muppet Treasure Island
Released: 1996
Made in: USA
Length: 99 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical, Thriller
Black Roger's Rating: 3.5 Stars
Synopsis: Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a young orphan who becomes involved with pirate Long John Silver is given the Muppet treatment in this vibrant children's musical.

As in The Muppet Christmas Carol, the film stays loyal to the original storyline but casts the well-known puppets in many of the supporting roles. Young Jim Hawkins remains human, as does Long John Silver, played by an amusingly exaggerated Tim Curry. However, Captain Smollet is played by the evergreen Kermit the Frog; Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and Rizzo the Rat serve as roving narrators; and numerous other Muppets assume smaller roles. The familiar adventure plot is enlivened by the Muppets' good-natured, winking sense of humor, and a number of anarchic musical numbers are reminiscent of the original Muppet Show.

Long-time followers of the Muppets may find the film less fresh than Jim Henson's original creations, but the combination of old-fashioned storytelling, intriguing design, and clever humor will undoubtedly amuse younger audiences. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

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Mutineers, The
Released: 1949
Made in: USA
Length: 60 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Quickie film producer Sam Katzman gathered together a few leftover costumes, sets and props from past Columbia "A" pictures, and the result was The Mutineers.

First Mate Nick Shaw (Jon Hall) stumbles across the murdered body of his captain (Lyle Talbot). The evidence indicates that the culprits are members of a vicious counterfeiting ring. Shaw's situation becomes precarious when it develops that practically every passenger aboard his ship is in cahoots with his gang.

Future "Superman" George Reeves turns in an effectively villainous characterization, while Adele Jergens goes through her usual paces as a "bad" girl who may not be as bad as she seems. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Mutiny on the Bounty
Released: 1953
Made in: USA
Length: 132 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The 1932 publication of Charles Nordhoff and James Norton Hall's Mutiny on the Bounty sparked a revival of interest in the titular 1789 ship mutiny, and this 1935 MGM movie version won the Oscar for Best Picture. Clark Gable stars as Fletcher Christian, first mate of the infamous HMS Bounty, skippered by Captain William Bligh (Charles Laughton), the cruelest taskmaster on the Seven Seas. Bligh's villainy knows no bounds: he is even willing to flog a dead man if it will strengthen his hold over the crew. Christian despises Bligh and is sailing on the Bounty under protest. During the journey back to England, Bligh's cruelties become more than Christian can bear; and after the captain indirectly causes the death of the ship's doctor, the crew stages a mutiny, with Christian in charge. Bligh and a handful of officers loyal to him are set adrift in an open boat. Through sheer force of will, he guides the tiny vessel on a 49-day, 4000-mile journey to the Dutch East Indies without losing a man. Historians differ on whether Captain Bligh was truly such a monster or Christian such a paragon of virtue (some believe that the mutiny was largely inspired by Christian's lust for the Tahitian girls). The movie struck gold at the box office, and, in addition to the Best Picture Oscar, Gable, Laughton, and Franchot Tone as one of the Bounty's crew were all nominated for Best Actor (they all lost to Victor McLaglan in The Informer). The film was remade (badly) in 1962 and adapted into the "revisionist" 1984 feature The Bounty with Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian and Anthony Hopkins as Captain Bligh. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Mutiny on the Bounty
Released: 1980
Made in: USA
Length: 130 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This fourth film dramatization of the 1789 mutiny aboard the H.M.S. Bounty is based not on the familiar Nordhoff and Hall book, but on Richard Hough's novel Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian. This time, the infamous Captain Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) is as strict a disciplinarian as ever. He is, however, no monster; faced with his crew's increasing laxity after an idyllic visit to Tahiti (the search for breadfruit takes second place to limitless sex with the island girls), Bligh is forced to resort to flogging and other such means to keep his men in line. Mr. Christian (Mel Gibson), formerly Bligh's friend, is of little use to the captain, having fallen in love with a native girl himself. Christian becomes the leader of the mutiny virtually in spite of himself; and when the mutineers try to seek refuge on Tahiti, they find that the local chief wants no part of them, which is why they settle for the nearly uninhabitable Pitcairn. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Nancy Drew: Mystery of Pirate's Cove
Released: 1977
Made in: USA
Length: 47 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Family
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Nancy Drew, teenage crime-solver, found mysteries to unravel in all of her adventures on her 1977 Sunday-evening series, which was based on a children's novel series of the same name. In "Mystery of Pirate's Cove," Nancy investigates a suspicious glow from an abandoned lighthouse, and finds she's not the only one exploring the island. ~ Sarah Sloboda, All Movie Guide
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Nate and Hayes
Released: 1983
Made in: USA
Length: 100 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: After wiping out half a village of native South Pacific tribesmen, Captain Bully Hayes (Tommy Lee Jones) is eventually captured, put in prison, and the rest of this swashbuckling action film is told in a series of flashbacks as he remembers the recent past. The lead-in scene may be off-putting, but its larger context is soon revealed. Hayes had just left a young couple, Nate (Michael O'Keefe) and Sophie (Jennie Seagrove) on an island so they could set up housekeeping and follow in the missionary footsteps of an uncle, when the villain Ben Pease (Max Phipps) shows up, kidnaps Sophie and leaves her husband for dead. Pease runs into a German naval officer who feels it would be advantageous to join up with him -- so when Captain Hayes saves Nate and, the two go looking for Sophie, their enemies are formidable villains indeed. Laced with humor and acting in the grand pirate-movie tradition, Nate and Hayes has enough adventure and style to stay entertaining for its 100-minute running time. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide
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Naughty Marietta
Released: 1935
Made in: USA
Length: 106 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Musical
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The first of MGM's phenomenally profitable Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy musicals, Naughty Marietta takes several beneficial liberties with the libretto of the original Victor Herbert operetta. MacDonald plays an 18th-century French princess who escapes an arranged marriage by posing as a "cake girl," a mail-order bride sent to the New World to marry a colonist. En route, MacDonald and the other brides are captured by pirates, but are rescued by mercenary Eddy and his roistering companions. To avoid marrying some lowly farmer or frontiersman, simon-pure MacDonald intimates that she is a woman with a "history," which makes her attractive to the glitterati of old New Orleans. Only Eddy sees through MacDonald's feigned "naughtiness," and in the end claims her for his own. The most memorable of the Herbert songs retained for the film version of Naughty Marietta was "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life", which remained one of Jeanette MacDonald's signature tunes ever afterward. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Naughty Marietta
Released: 1955
Made in: USA
Length: 75 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Musical
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Victor Herbert's endearing operetta arrives on DVD in this performance that originally aired live on television on January 15, 1955. Produced and directed by Max Liebman and featuring actors Patrice Munsel and Alfred Drake in the lead roles, this production of Naughty Marietta features conductor Charles Sanford presiding over Herbert's original composition. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
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Old Ironsides
a.k.a. Sons of the Sea
Released: 1926
Made in: USA
Length: 111 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Long derided by film historians as a talented but visually unimaginative director, James Cruze made up for any and all past artistic sins with his rousing Old Ironsides.

Per its title, this 11-reel silent film is set at the time of Stephen Decatur's defeat of the Barbary pirates in Tripoli. Decatur himself (played by comic actor Johnny Walker) is a secondary character herein: most of the screen time goes to the romantic leads, able- bodied seaman Charles Farrell and damsel-in-permanent-distress Esther Ralston. The acting honors go to those inveterate scene-stealers Wallace Beery and George Bancroft, cast respectively as Bos'n and Gunner.

The film accommodates everything from outsized sea battles to a daring rescue from the clutches of the lustful pirates. A life-sized replica of "Old Ironsides" (aka the "Constitution") was built for the film; it remained a useful piece of bric-a-brac for many a subsequent Paramount seafaring epic. When originally released, the film utilized a wide-screen technique during many of the battle sequences. The videocassette version of Old Ironsides is of course unable to convey this, but it does have the bonus of a rousing musical score by Gaylord Carter. This print, incidentally, is crystal clear, enabling sharp-eyed viewers to spot Boris Karloff in a bit as a menacing Saracen. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Oro rojo

Released: 1978
Made in: Spain
Length: 92 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: Spanish
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Blood is the Red Gold of this film's title. When a sailor arrives on an island dictatorship and is a little too flashy with his money, he is soon robbed of it. He finds himself among the down-and-outers, who sell blood for enough money to survive on. Unable to avoid trouble, the sailor is quickly rounded up and sentenced to work in a salt mine, but he later makes an attempt to escape. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide
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Peg of the Pirates

Released: 1918
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Perhaps to avoid on-set confusion, pretty Peggy Hyland was cast as the "Peg" in Peg of the Pirates. Betrothed to a man she does not love, Peg sets sail to the West Indies, only to fall into the clutches of pirates. Successfully fending off the advances of the lustful pirate chieftain, Peg ends up marooned on a desert island. Assumed to be dead, our heroine "spooks" the superstitious buccaneers for several reels then wins their hearts by teaching them how to read and write. And so it goes until Peg's seafaring sweetheart finally catches up to her. The film suffered from an indecisive point of view: Apparently, the producers set out to make a "straight" swashbuckler, but ended up with a comedy instead. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Peter Pan

Released: 1924
Made in: USA
Length: 105 min
Rated: G
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Adventure, Children's
Black Roger's Rating: ARRR!
Synopsis: When Paramount bought the rights to the delightful James M. Barrie story, every actress in Hollywood wanted the role of Peter Pan, made famous on the stage by Maude Adams. Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, and even Gloria Swanson thought they were perfect for the role, but Barrie's own choice was Betty Bronson, a virtual unknown. The story is familiar to nearly everyone. When Mr. and Mrs. Darling (Cyril Chadwick and Esther Ralston) go to a party, they leave their children -- Wendy (Mary Brian), Michael (Philippe de Lacey), and John (Jack Murphy) -- in the care of their dog, Nana. But Peter (Bronson) shows up with the fairy, Tinker Bell (Virginia Brown Faire), and they take the children to Never Never Land. They have a series of adventures with the Lost Boys and defeat Captain Hook (Ernest Torrence) and his band of pirates. Finally, the children return home to Mrs. Darling, who is overjoyed to have them back. She adopts the Lost Boys and offers to take Peter in too, but he refuses to grow up and flies away after promising to visit Wendy every year. An interesting side note -- although she had no involvement in casting Brian as Wendy, Ralston had discovered her a couple of years earlier while judging a beauty contest. ~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide
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Peter Pan

Released: 1953
Made in: USA
Length: 76 minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated, Disney
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A pet project of Walt Disney's since 1939, this animated version of James M. Barrie's Peter Pan reached full fruition in 1953. Eschewing much of Barrie's gentle whimsy (not to mention the more sinister aspects of the leading character), Disney and his staff fashioned a cheery, tuneful cartoon extravaganza, which cost $4 million and reaped several times that amount. The straightforward story concerns the Darling family, specifically the children: Wendy, Michael and John. Wendy enjoys telling her younger siblings stories about the mythical Peter Pan, the little boy who never grew up. One night, much to everyone's surprise, Peter flies into the Darling nursery, in search of his shadow, which Wendy had previously captured. Sprinkling the kids with magic pixie dust, Peter flies off to Never-Never Land ("First star to the left and straight on till morning"), with Wendy, Michael and John following behind. Once in Peter's domain, the children are terrorized by Captain Hook, who intends to capture Peter and do away with him.

After rescuing Indian princess Tiger Lily from Captain Hook, Peter must save the children, not to mention his own "Lost Boys," from the diabolical pirate captain. In addition, he must contend with the jealousy of tiny sprite Tinker Bell, who doesn't like Wendy one little bit. Breaking with several traditions, Peter had been played by a girl in all previous incarnations, Tinker Bell had always been depicted by a shaft of light, etc ... this "Disneyized" version of Peter Pan may not be authentic James Barrie, but it has never failed to enthrall audiences of all ages. Adding to the fun are the spirited voiceover performances by Bobby Driscoll (Peter), Hans Conried (Captain Hook and Mr. Darling), Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy) and Bill Thompson (Smee), and the sprightly songs by Sammy Cahn, Sammy Fain, Ollie Wallace, Erdman Penner, Ted Sears, Winston Hibler, Frank Churchill and Jack Lawrence. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Peter Pan

Released: 1960
Made in: USA
Length: 100 min
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated, Disney
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Mary Martin originally starred in the Jules Styne/Carolyn Leigh/Comden & Green musical version of James M. Barrie's Peter Pan on Broadway in 1953. On March 7, 1955, Peter Pan was restaged for television, live and in color, on NBC's Producer's Showcase. The telecast was so popular that it was repeated, again live, the following year. Blessedly, Mary Martin returned to commit Peter Pan to videotape in 1960; this version was first telecast on December 8 of that year. Forty-seven years old at the time, Martin is utterly enchanting as Peter Pan, the little boy who won't grow up and who whisks Wendy Darling (Maureen Bailey) and her brothers Michael (Kent Fletcher) and John (Joey Trent) out of their London nursery and off to Never Never Land: "First star to the left, then straight on till morning." Song highlights include "I've Gotta Crow," "I'm Flying," "I Won't Grow Up," "Neverland," "Ugg-a-Wugg" and "Hook's Waltz." As with the Broadway version, the staging and choreography was in the more than capable hands of Jerome Robbins. Cyril Ritchard shamelessly hams it up as the wicked Captain Hook, and also doubles as the more benign Mr. Darling. Both Martin and Ritchard re-created their Broadway roles, as did Sondra Lee as the incongruously blonde Indian princess Tiger Lily. Martin's daughter Heller Halliday also appears in the minor role of Liza the maid, while the whole wonderful package is narrated by Lynn Fontanne. Repeated several times into the 1970s, this full-color version of Peter Pan was put into mothballs for several years, then retelecast (complete with the old NBC Peacock logo) in 1989. For this return engagement, the play was edited to accommodate extra commercials; happily, the complete version of the 1960 Peter Pan is now available on videocassette. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Peter Pan
Released: 1997
Made in: USA
Length: 104 minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Cathy Rigby stars as Peter Pan in this Broadway production of the beloved children's classic. Filmed at the Marquis Theater for a special A&E presentation, the performance features wonderful singing and dancing in such numbers as "I'm Flying," "I Won't Grow," and "Ugh-A-Wug." The shenanigans of Captain Hook, the delicate Tinkerbell, and the antics of the pirates and Indians will delight old fans of Peter Pan and new devotees alike. A&E will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the video to the Peter Pan Children's Fund. ~ Sarah Block, All Movie Guide
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Peter Pan
Released: 2003
Made in: USA
Length: 114 minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates.
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Peter Pan and the Pirates: Ghost Ship
Released: 1992
Made in: USA
Length: 23 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Peter Pan is pitted against the supernatural as The Rake, Hook's Brother's ghost ship, returns to Neverland after his treasure is found in a cave. Peter and Hook must fight to save themselves and Neverland from the evil power of the Ghost of Hook's murdered brother.
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Pirates

Released: 2006
Made in: USA
Length: 120 Minutes
Rated: X, R
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adult Film!
Black Roger's Rating: AR!
Synopsis: A pirate based adult film set on the high seas, with low morals. Wicked Pictures and Armstrong/Steele present an epic saga of desire and revenge. A weak story full of typical and boring porn action. All of the women are of the blond haired black eye variety ~ ugh. Lavish shipboard and island locations, a real story with lame but somewhat decent characters. They did later release an R rated version which in my opinion is much better, but only worth renting as opposed to owning.
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Pirate, La a.k.a. Pirate, The

Released: 1984
Made in: France
Length: 88 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: French
Genre: Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In this avant-garde drama, five main protagonists talk incessantly and occasionally scream at each other, while making it clear that verbal fights are going to lead to mayhem since they carry knives and guns to back up their angry outbursts. At the core of this emotional whirlpool are Carol (Maruschka Detmers) and Alma (Jane Birkin) whose relationship is under stress because of the others, especially Carol's husband (Andrew Birkin). By the time the dust settles along with old scores, the audience may feel too alienated to care. Laure Marsac received a 1984 Cesar award for Most Promising Young Actress for her unnamed, secondary role as a young girl in this film. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide
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Pirate, The

Released: 1948
Made in: USA
Length: 102 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Colorized
Language: English
Genre: Musical, Dance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: When Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne appeared in S. N. Behrmann's The Pirate on Broadway, there were no musical numbers whatsoever. But with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in the leading roles of the 1948 filmization of The Pirate, the MGM production staff would have been drawn and quartered had they not managed to pump it full of song after song.

The story is merely serviceable: on a Caribbean isle in the early 19th century, sheltered young Garland comes to believe that travelling troubadour Kelly is in reality "Mack the Black," a notorious pirate. Kelly realizes that the surest way to win Garland's heart is to impersonate the romantic buccaneer, and this is what he does--nearly getting himself hanged in the process.

Cole Porter's marvelous score yielded only one bona-fide hit: "Be a Clown", which has practically nothing to do with the storyline, but do you care? Highlights include the magnificently staged "Mack the Black," a heady combination of Broadway glitz and Caligariesque nightmare. Seven MGM screenwriters toiled away on The Pirate, though only the team of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich were credited.

While The Pirate was not a huge moneymaker on its first release, it has since been embraced by the cultists, who apparently can never get enough of Judy Garland. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Pirate and the Slave Girl, The a.k.a. Vengeance du sarrasin, La

Released: 1961
Made in: Italy
Length: 87 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A Spanish nobleman (Serato) runs afoul of the cruel and bloodthirsty Saracen pirate Drakut (Barker)after being provoked into swordplay. The Spaniard is allowed to become a prisoner rather then being put to death, because he is an artist. As a captive he is one among many, the others being a bevy of beautiful young women who are to be sold as slaves at the pirate's stronghold. How the longsuffering captive frees the girls, wins the love of the pirate's dangerous mistress, and faces him in a final duel to the death makes an exciting adventure film. The unusual casting of Barker as the vicious, brutal pirate along with Serato as the valiant, noble hero is a switch in roles that adds a filip to what otherwise would have been a standard entry in the pirate genre.
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Pirate Gold
Released: 1913
Made in: USA
Length: 17 min (16 fps)
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Short, Silent
Black Roger's Rating: Never saw it
Synopsis: Sadly, this film is presumed lost by the American Film Institute, and it is unlikely that a copy still exists today.
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Pirate Gold
Released: 1920
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown, 10 Episodes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Serial, 10 Episodes
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In her second of four action serials, former Kalem star Marguerite Courtot played Gabrielle Hall, a plucky young girl who, after a chance meeting with Ivanhoe Tuttle (George B. Seitz, who also directed), gets involved with the search of a hidden treasure. The brash Ivanhoe, as it turns out, had been conned by a couple of crooks out to get their hands on what he considered a worthless treasure map. The attractive Miss Courtot went on to make three serials with Seitz, an economic filmmaker in the best sense of the word, who went on to helm most of MGM's Hardy Family films. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide
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Pirate Haunts,
a.k.a. In The Pirate Haunts
Released: 1915
Made in: USA
Length: 5 Reels
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Scenes from an expedition headed by Dr. Edward A. Salisbury to Central and South America include Port Limon, Costa Rica; the banana industry in Costa Rica; the buildings and the Government Lottery in San José, Costa Rica; a total eclipse of the sun; the sugar industry in Costa Rica; animal life in Central America; Fort San Lorenzo in the Canal Zone; the Gatun Spillway; the cocoa industry; and tarpon fishing on the Chagres River in the Canal Zone.
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Pirate Movie, The
Released: 1982
Made in: Australia
Length: 99 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical, Comedy
Black Roger's Rating: Half a star
Synopsis: I realize that I am going out on a limb with this statement, but in my humble opinion, this may actually be the worst Pirate film ever created...EVER.

An introverted girl who yearns for popularity (Kristy McNichol) attends a pirate festival in her seaside community, featuring a swordplay demo led by a curly haired hunk (Christopher Atkins). After selecting Mabel (McNichol) to participate in the act, the instructor invites her aboard his boat for a real ride on the high seas -- at which point a gaggle of her catty acquaintances latches on for the trip.

Sent to get hamburgers for the outing, Mabel is "accidentally" left behind when one of her "friends" pulls the anchor prematurely. Determined not only to fit in, but to track down her dream guy, Mabel steers a tiny sailboat into stormy waters in pursuit, and gets shipwrecked.

Thus begins a fantasy in which the unconscious Mabel imagines herself in a real pirate adventure, complete with her dashing pirate hero, a legion of his crusty shipmates, and dozens of unwed sisters who must rise to the altar before she can. The fantasy mixes film parodies, love songs, animation, and the score of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. The story also loosely follows the structure of said operetta. ~ Derek Armstrong, All Movie Guide

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Pirate of the Black Hawk, The
Released: 1961
Made in: France
Length: 75 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In the middle of the 15th century, Duke Manfred, the evil ruler of the Duchy of Monteforte in France, maintains his hold on the populace of Italy. He spreads fear through domination and terrorism at the hands of a band of Saracen pirates who rape, murder, and pillage coastal villages. When these same pirates (in the employ of Duke Manfred) murder the kindly former Duke of Monteforte who’s in hiding, his daughter, Eleanor (ANDREA AURELI), escapes and rushes into the arms of the heroic Captain Richard (GERARD LANDRY) of the Black Hawk, a seaman who’s been away defending his country. Richard, with the aid of his countrymen, attacks the pirates responsible for the wave of recent terrors, and sends word to the Duke that they will take their revenge on him... next. The Duke and his pouty mistress Eva, (MIJANOU BARDOT, sister of French sex Kitten Brigitte Bardot), plan to kidnap all of the surviving women of the pirate raids and bring them to the castle. There, they will be used as slaves unless Richard and his men surrender. The sinister Duke also kidnaps Eleanor and forces her to become his wife, a union that will stave off the hordes of rebelling citizens that oppose the Duke. And of course, in true time-honored fashion, Richard and his men will attempt to save the day.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Released: 2003
Made in: USA
Length: 143 Minutes
Rated: PG-13
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Action
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRRR!
Synopsis: Gore Verbinski took on Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the second of recent films to be based upon Disney theme-park rides (the first being The Country Bears).
When Elizabeth Swann, the daughter of Governor Swann is kidnapped by a group of pirates led by Captain Barbossa and taken aboard their ship, The Black Pearl, Will Turner the young man who loves Elizabeth despite the fact that she is promised to another, sets out to rescue her. But he can't do it alone, so he enlists the help of swashbuckling ship captain Jack Sparrow, who has his own agenda. Together the two chase after The Black Pearl, but they soon discover that the captain and crew aren't your average pirates. Cursed to remain between the living and the dead, Barbossa and his men look like skeletons when basked in the moonlight. When it is revealed that the only thing that can break the curse is Elizabeth's blood, Jack and Will are faced with a race against time and a battle against the undead to save the Governor's daughter.

“Curse of the Black Pearl” was a good film. Incorporating a lot of historical settings and situations, yet still a fantasy film, being a ghost story and all, it had wonderful characters, actors, and story!

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Released: 2006
Made in: USA
Length: 150 Minutes
Rated: PG-13
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Action
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRRR!
Synopsis: Captain Jack Sparrow returns to the screen for another round of supernatural adventures on the high seas in this spirited sequel to the 2003 Disney hit, which re-teams original director Gore Verbinski with original screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. They did a good job of turning a stand alone film (Curse of the Black Pearl) into the first of three parts!
As Will and Elizabeth prepare to exchange vows at the alter, their wedding plans hit rough waters with the arrival Lord Cutler Beckitt, who wants something from Jack Sparrow. It seems that Sparrow owes a substantial blood debt to Davy Jones, and that the only way for the flamboyant sea rover to elude his wrath is to seek the aid of mysterious and powerful Voodoo priestess Tia Dalma, whose ability to resurrect the dead and gaze into the future may provide just the advantage needed to avoid a waterlogged fate in the locker of his legendary nemesis.

“Dead Man’s Chest” at first struck me a little odd. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it when I first saw it. It seemed to me that they cheapened the Jack Sparrow character, but it has grown on me.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Released: 2007
Made in: USA
Length: 168 Minutes
Rated: PG-13
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Action
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRRR!
Synopsis: After Elizabeth, Will, and Captain Barbossa rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from the clutches of the Kraken, they must face their foes, Davey Jones and Lord Cutler Beckett. Beckett, now with control of Jones' heart, forms a dark alliance with him in order to rule the seas and wipe out the last of the Pirates. Now, Jack, Barbossa, Will, Elizabeth, Tia Dalma, and crew must call the Pirate Lords from the four corners of the globe to a gathering that will make their final stand against Beckett, Jones, Norrington, the Flying Dutchman, and the entire East India Trading Company.

“At World's End” started out a bit confusing. Everyone was in Singapore, and it became apparent that quite some time had passed since the end of the last film. But overall I found it very enjoyable, even if it was a little over the top in places. Leading us to think that Elizabeth could be Calypso was annoying, but obviously that wasn't so. Of course she became the pirate king (it figures), but that worked out as well. I also have a new appreciation for peanuts! And then there was Keith Richards as Captain Teage! I'm not a fan of the Rolling Stones, nor do I really care for Keith Richards. I've known that Richards was going to be in the film as Jack's Dad, but I expected an older version of Jack - teetering slurred speech type. But actually, when he appeared on the screen he was so majestic and commanding! And when he spoke - I got a chill down my spine! Talk about the ultimate pirate! In the end, I was glad to have experienced the film, and it has now recently been given a home in my collection!

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Pirates of the Great Salt Lake

Released: 
Made in: USA
Length: xx Minutes
Rated: xx
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: 
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRRR!
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Pirate Party on Catalina Isle
Released: 1935
Made in: USA
Length: 19 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: TV Special
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Various Hollywood performers put on a pirate-themed variety show on Catalina Island, with a number of amiable stars in the audience.
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The Great Ships: The Pirate Ships
Released: 1998
Made in: USA
Length: 50 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In the golden age of exploration, when Spanish ships loaded with New World gold struggled across the seas to their homeland, one sight was feared by all sailors the Jolly Roger. Under this threatening flag sailed the Pirate ships, swift, agile and dangerous. "The Great Ships" takes to the high seas alongside the pirates for a thrilling look at one of the most storied chapters in maritime history. Hear tales of legendary pirates like Sir Henry Morgan, whose band of buccaneers captured Panama in 1671! Details of the pirates' life is revealed through their own writings, and the stories of those who suffered at their hands. Get an up-close look at the ships that bore the pirates to glory or death through period art and computer reconstructions, and see incredible footage of recently discovered pirate and treasure ships in their watery graves. It's a thrilling look at a fabled era, and the men and ships whose names have become legend.
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Pirate Tales
(2-Tape Set)
Released: 1997
Made in: USA
Length: 6 Hours
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary, Mini-series
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Narrator Roger Daltrey takes on the character of ruthless 17th-century buccaneer William Dampier for this rollicking, in-depth chronicle of the high-seas exploits of history's most notorious pirates. From the Turner-produced series; contains an extra two-hour installment not seen on television.
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Pirate Treasure
Released: 1934
Made in: USA
Length: 235 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Serial, 12 Reels
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: 12 chapters of the vintage serial about the efforts of a bunch of treasure hunters racing each other to find an old pirate's buried treasure.
Chapter Titles:
  1. Stolen Treasure
  2. Death Plunge
  3. Wheels of Fate
  4. Sea Chase
  5. Into the Depths
  6. The Death Crash
  7. Crashing Doom
  8. Mutiny
  9. Hidden Gold
  10. Fight for the Treasure
  11. Fatal Plunge
  12. Captured
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Pirates (Roman Polanski's)  
Released: 1986
Made in: France
Length: 124 Minutes
Rated: PG-13
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure,
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: It's really hard for me to understand why I didn't like this film.  The costumes were great, the sets were fantastic, and even the film's characters were fairly good...Walter Matthau did fantastic job as "Captain Red" a grizzled and very accurate caricature of a pirate of that time period.In the end, I guess that the plot was just too slow and the story really not that engaging.  I give it three stars, but that's really a gift in a lot of ways.

Captain Red runs a hardy pirate ship with the able assistance of Frog, a dashing young French sailor. One day Capt. Red is captured and taken aboard a Spanish galleon, but thanks to his inventiveness, he raises the crew to mutiny, takes over the ship, and kidnaps the niece of the governor of Maracaibo. The question is, can he keep this pace up?

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In Search of History: Pirate's Lost City
Released: 2000
Made in: USA
Length: 50 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: 3Stars
Synopsis: They roamed the waves in search of booty and plunder, and their names evoke visions of danger and dashing on the Caribbean's azure seas. But the real history of piracy is a grim and gritty tale of death and desperation.

Take to the high seas with the most famous pirates of all time, and discover the truth behind the legends of men like Blackbeard. While the possibility of wealth and fame was real, so was the chance that they would be struck down by the guns and sabers of those they attacked, or done in by disease, malnutrition and the capricious seas. LOST CITY OF PIRATES is a riveting look at a long-ago era that continues to fuel our imaginations. Meet the legendary figures that roamed the high seas, and learn their stories from leading authors and historians. Go beneath the waves to see the remains of the pirate city once feared as "the wickedest place on earth," and learn the true story of the notorious pirates of Jamaica's Port Royal.

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Pirates & Buccaneers
Released: 1995
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This is a low-budget documentary, but it had its moments when it was both entertaining and informative. It relies almost entirely on old movie clips & period illustrations to tell the violent history of pirates and buccaneers. The narration isn't bad but the music is TERRIBLE.

Part 1 (Tape 1) focuses on the most famous early pirates such as Sir Francis Drake, Captain Henry Morgan, and "Blackbeard".

Part 2 (Tape 2) focuses on the pirates and buccaneers of the 18th & 19th centuries such as Jean LaFitte, John Paul Jones (the "father of the U.S. Navy"), Mary Read, and Anne Bonny. The picture isn't great (EP on VHS) this is pretty good for those who know little or nothing about pirates. For the best documentaries about pirates, however, I recommend watching the History Channel.

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Investigative Reports:
Pirates & Treasure-Gulf of Tha
Released: 1998
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Investigative Reports
Black Roger's Rating: Never saw it
Synopsis: Complete Mystery! Can't find anything on this movie...
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Pirates of Blood River, The
a.k.a. Pirate Ship, The
a.k.a. Mutineers, The
Released: 1962
Made in: UK
Length: 87 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In this high-seas adventure, a wicked one-eyed, one-armed pirate forces a young man, who was wrongfully imprisoned, to take him and his band to his Caribbean island home where the pirate believes great treasure is buried. Once there, the pirate begins fighting for control of the island and begins slaughtering the lad's family and friends. The young man is utterly appalled and with his step-sister, a young woman and her beloved, somehow escape. Later the pirate discovers a large statue of pure gold. He and his men haul it to the beach and put it on a raft. As they are floating toward their ship, they are ambushed by the man and the other survivors causing the precious statue to fall overboard and sink to Davy Jones' locker while the pirate is killed. Later the survivors return to their ravaged home. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
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Pirates Of Capri
(Edgar G. Ulmer Collection)
Released: 1949
Made in: USA
Length: 94 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Disciples of "B"-picture stylist Edgar Ulmer will not be disappointed with Pirates of Capri. Lensed in Italy, the film stars Louis Hayward as swashbuckling Captain Sirocco. Posing as a foppish nobleman by day, Sirocco tirelessly works on behalf of a group of insurgents bent on deposing the wicked Queen Carolina (Binnie Barnes, endearingly miscast). Every so often, the Captain pauses to romance Countess Mercedes (Mariella Lotti), whose character name was evidently lifted from The Count of Monte Cristo. The musical score is by Nino Rota, better known for his work on the Godfather films. As in his other films, the resourceful Edgar Ulmer works miracles with a skintight budget. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Pirates of Monterey
Released: 1947
Made in: USA
Length: 77 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Crime
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Pirates of Monterey is set during the early 19th century, at a time when California was asserting its independence from Mexico. Rod Cameron plays Phillip Kent, a devil-may-care mercenary hired to transport a shipment of rifles to the American army detachment at Monterey. Along the way, he is forced to do battle with Mexicans, Indians and various and assorted thieves. Somehow, he finds time to pitch woo with the tempestuous Marguerita (Maria Montez), whose fiery Mexican dance routines are something to behold. Less exciting to watch than it is to read about, Pirates of Monterey at least has the advantage of Technicolor. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Pirates of Penzance, The
(Gilbert & Sullivan)
Released: 1980
Made in: USA
Length: 112 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Dance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In my opinion, this 1983 version of the "Pirates of Penzance" is the BEST of all the movie versions. Kevin Kline's performance in the role of the "Pirate King" was so incredible no-one has yet  managed to equal it.

This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious comic operetta of the same name. The story involves a series of wild and funny coincidences that result in a side splitting laughter, this story (in all it's forms) is one of the Pirate King's favorites.

The basic story is that the dieing father of the main character (Frederick) instructs the boy's nanny to apprentice the child to a pilot (ship's navigator). Unfortunately, since the nanny is hard of hearing, she mistakes "Pilot" for "Pirate" and apprentices the kid up to be a Pirate until he is 21.

Jump ahead to Frederick's 21 birthday, he is finally free of his legal indenture to the Pirates and (since he doesn't enjoy pirating) decides to leave the crew. This causes many complications, because he is actually the only effective pirate among them and the rest of the crew is afraid that they cannot function without him and they begin to conspire on a means to get him back aboard.

While ashore he immediately meets a woman (the first he has ever met other than his nanny) and falls madly in love, but due to a myriad of complicated plot twists he finds that pursuing his dreams is not going to be easy.

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Pirates of Penzance, The
(Gilbert & Sullivan)
Released: 1982
Made in: USA
Length: 98 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Dance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious comic operetta of the same name. The story involves a series of wild and funny coincidences that result in a side splitting laughter, this story (in all it's forms) is one of the Pirate King's favorites.

The basic story is that the dieing father of the main character (Frederick) instructs the boy's nanny to apprentice the child to a pilot (ship's navigator). Unfortunately, since the nanny is hard of hearing, she mistakes "Pilot" for "Pirate" and apprentices the kid up to be a Pirate until he is 21.

Jump ahead to Frederick's 21 birthday, he is finally free of his legal indenture to the Pirates and (since he doesn't enjoy pirating) decides to leave the crew. This causes many complications, because he is actually the only effective pirate among them and the rest of the crew is afraid that they cannot function without him and they begin to conspire on a means to get him back aboard.

While ashore he immediately meets a woman (the first he has ever met other than his nanny) and falls madly in love, but due to a myriad of complicated plot twists he finds that pursuing his dreams is not going to be easy.

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Pirates of Penzance, The
(Gilbert & Sullivan)
Released: 1985
Made in: USA
Length: 98 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Dance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious comic operetta of the same name. The story involves a series of wild and funny coincidences that result in a side splitting laughter, this story (in all it's forms) is one of the Pirate King's favorites.

The basic story is that the dieing father of the main character (Frederick) instructs the boy's nanny to apprentice the child to a pilot (ship's navigator). Unfortunately, since the nanny is hard of hearing, she mistakes "Pilot" for "Pirate" and apprentices the kid up to be a Pirate until he is 21.

Jump ahead to Frederick's 21 birthday, he is finally free of his legal indenture to the Pirates and (since he doesn't enjoy pirating) decides to leave the crew. This causes many complications, because he is actually the only effective pirate among them and the rest of the crew is afraid that they cannot function without him and they begin to conspire on a means to get him back aboard.

While ashore he immediately meets a woman (the first he has ever met other than his nanny) and falls madly in love, but due to a myriad of complicated plot twists he finds that pursuing his dreams is not going to be easy.

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Pirates of Penzance, The
(Gilbert & Sullivan)
Released: 1994
Made in: Australia
Length: 118 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Dance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis:

This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious comic operetta of the same name. The story involves a series of wild and funny coincidences that result in a side splitting laughter, this story (in all it's forms) is one of the Pirate King's favorites.

The basic story is that the dieing father of the main character (Frederick) instructs the boy's nanny to apprentice the child to a pilot (ship's navigator). Unfortunately, since the nanny is hard of hearing, she mistakes "Pilot" for "Pirate" and apprentices the kid up to be a Pirate until he is 21.

Jump ahead to Frederick's 21 birthday, he is finally free of his legal indenture to the Pirates and (since he doesn't enjoy pirating) decides to leave the crew. This causes many complications, because he is actually the only effective pirate among them and the rest of the crew is afraid that they cannot function without him and they begin to conspire on a means to get him back aboard.

While ashore he immediately meets a woman (the first he has ever met other than his nanny) and falls madly in love, but due to a myriad of complicated plot twists he finds that pursuing his dreams is not going to be easy.

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Pirates of Penzance, The
(Gilbert & Sullivan)
Released: 1997
Made in: USA
Length: 98 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Dance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious comic operetta of the same name. The story involves a series of wild and funny coincidences that result in a side splitting laughter, this story (in all it's forms) is one of the Pirate King's favorites.

The basic story is that the dieing father of the main character (Frederick) instructs the boy's nanny to apprentice the child to a pilot (ship's navigator). Unfortunately, since the nanny is hard of hearing, she mistakes "Pilot" for "Pirate" and apprentices the kid up to be a Pirate until he is 21.

Jump ahead to Frederick's 21 birthday, he is finally free of his legal indenture to the Pirates and (since he doesn't enjoy pirating) decides to leave the crew. This causes many complications, because he is actually the only effective pirate among them and the rest of the crew is afraid that they cannot function without him and they begin to conspire on a means to get him back aboard.

While ashore he immediately meets a woman (the first he has ever met other than his nanny) and falls madly in love, but due to a myriad of complicated plot twists he finds that pursuing his dreams is not going to be easy.

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Pirates of Penzance, The
(Gilbert & Sullivan)
Released: 2000
Made in: USA
Length: 120 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Dance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious comic operetta of the same name. The story involves a series of wild and funny coincidences that result in a side splitting laughter, this story (in all it's forms) is one of the Pirate King's favorites.

The basic story is that the dieing father of the main character (Frederick) instructs the boy's nanny to apprentice the child to a pilot (ship's navigator). Unfortunately, since the nanny is hard of hearing, she mistakes "Pilot" for "Pirate" and apprentices the kid up to be a Pirate until he is 21.

Jump ahead to Frederick's 21 birthday, he is finally free of his legal indenture to the Pirates and (since he doesn't enjoy pirating) decides to leave the crew. This causes many complications, because he is actually the only effective pirate among them and the rest of the crew is afraid that they cannot function without him and they begin to conspire on a means to get him back aboard.

While ashore he immediately meets a woman (the first he has ever met other than his nanny) and falls madly in love, but due to a myriad of complicated plot twists he finds that pursuing his dreams is not going to be easy.

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Pirates of the Plain
Released: 1999
Made in: USA
Length: 93 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Children
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A young boy with a habit of daydreaming discovers that reality has caught up with his imagination -- with a vengence -- in this comedy-adventure for the whole family. Bobby (Seth Adkins) is an eight-year-old boy growing up on a remote community in the rural Midwest with his mother (Dee Wallace Stone) and grandfather (Charles Napier), who are struggling to keep the family farm afloat. With few friends and not much to do besides his chores, Bobby entertains himself by retreating into a world of fantasy, where he battles cowboys and spacemen and can always outsmart the bad guys. One day, the town looks as if it's about to be hit with a freak storm, as dark red clouds fill the sky, but it turns out that a portal in time has appeared in the atmosphere, and who should drop through but Jezebel Jack (Tim Curry), a swaggering pirate (or, as Jack prefers to put it, "an adventurer of independent means") from the 17th century. Bobby rescues Jack and gives him a place to stay in their house; the boy is happy to have an interesting new friend. However, where pirates go, trouble follows, and it's not long before the ship of a gang of rival pirates follows Jack through the window in time, and Bobby must join forces with Jack as they defend Bobby's home against a pirate ship sailing through the wheatfields. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
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Pirates Of The Barbary Coast (In Search of History)
Released: 1998
Made in: USA
Length: 50 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In the years after the American Revolution, as the fledgling nation struggled to establish itself, one of the greatest threats to its power and prestige came from the unlikeliest of places. Sailing from the Barbary Coast of North Africa, pirates preyed on ships of all nations, but their toll on America was devastating.

IN SEARCH OF HISTORY journeys back to the final years of the 18th century to chronicle the events that led to the creation of the U.S. Navy and established the United States' reputation as a nation willing to fight for its interests. Period accounts and maritime historians paint a portrait of the feared raiders who often held seamen captive. Discover how President Jefferson disagreed with the Federalists in Congress, believing America should meet the pirates' ransom demands, while Congress urged a fight. Eventually, the U.S. Navy was re-established with the appropriation of six ships. They fought their way to glory along the Barbary coast, allowing U.S. merchant ships to survive and spurring the economy of the nation at a critical time.

This is one of the most exciting tales in the history of the high seas, the birth of the American Navy and the demise of the ed PIRATES OF THE BARBARY COAST.

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Pirates of Panama
a.k.a. Pirates of Panama
Released: 1929
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown, 12 episodes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Serial, 12 episodes
Black Roger's Rating: Never saw it
Synopsis: Sadly, this film is presumed lost by the American Film Institute, and it is unlikely that a copy still exists today.
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Pirates of the High Seas
Released: 1950
Made in: USA
Length: 260 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Serial, 12 episodes
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Directed by Ray Taylor Cast: Jay Wilsey, Natalie Kingston, Al Ferguson, George Ovey, Mary Sutton, Otto Bibber Universal Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Universal Pictures corporation. , Scenario by George Morgan and Arthur Henry Gooden, from a story by William MacLeod Raine.

Survival Status: Although a theatrical trailer for the serial survives, the actual film itself is presumed lost.

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Pirates of the Seven Seas, The
a.k.a. Queer Cargo
Released: 1941
Made in: UK
Length: 90 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The British maritime film Pirate of the Seven Seas first saw the light of day as Queer Cargo in 1938. John Lodge stars as Captain Harley, a slick pearl-smuggler saddled with a rebellious crew. Harley's men finally mutiny at the precise moment that their vessel is boarded by pirate leader Cabini (Kenneth Kent) and his band of cutthroats. Faced with choosing the lesser of two evils, Harley's crew finally decides to cast their lot with the captain, who has become the film's hero by default.

Though filmed nearly two years before the outbreak of WW2, Pirate of the Seven Seas was foresighted enough to include a German villain in its cast of characters.

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Pirates of the Seven Seas, The
a.k.a. Sandokan the Great
a.k.a. Meute der Verdammten (West Germany) (video title)
a.k.a. Piratas de Malasia, Los (Spain)
a.k.a. Pirate of Malaya (Australia) (video box title)
a.k.a. Pirates de Malaisie, Les (France)
a.k.a. Schwarzen Piraten von Malaysia, Die (West Germany)
a.k.a. The Pirates of Malaysia
Released: 1964
Made in: Italy
Length: 105 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Remember back in the 70's when India was known for things other than taking American jobs or being the only indutrialized nation in the world that still has the plague?  This movie was made wayyy back then...

A daring English warrior sacks the kingdom of Sarawak and imprisons its King. The King's daughter escapes, and with the aid of a band of pirates, returns to retake the city.  Another Steve Reeves cinematic achievement.

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Pirates of Tortuga
Released: 1961
Made in: USA
Length: 97 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In this high-seas adventure set in the 1600s, a British sea captain must go undercover, join a pirate band, and capture the notorious Captain Henry Morgan. But Morgan is on to the ruse and is well prepared when the sea captain makes his move. As the two engage in mortal combat, they are knocked unconscious and dragged to the governor of Tortuga who prepares to hang them both as pirates. Fortunately, a stowaway aboard the pirate vessel steps forward and reveals the hero's true identity and saves him. Morgan is not so lucky. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
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Pirates of Treasure Island

Released: 2005
Starring: Lance Henricksen

Made in: USA
Length: 82 Minutes
Rated: PG-13
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: AR

Synopsis: An innkeepers life of monotony suddenly when he comes into possession of a treasure map. Enlisting the help of Long John Silver and his band of cutthroat pirates, he sets off in search of the cursed Skeleton Island.

Black Roger says: I had hoped that this film would be at least a little good, what with me being a Lance Henricksen fan, but alas I was wrong. This film, as seems typical with most Asylum / Leigh Scott films is really low budget and less than imaginative. Low budget isn't always bad, but what's with the giant bugs? I feel bad for Lance Henricksen. I liked his roles in such films as Terminator, Aliens, and Alien3. But he must have desperate for money.

Moiselle says: It stunk.

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Pirates of Tripoli
Released: 1955
Made in: USA
Length: 72 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Paul Henreid was light-years removed from Now Voyager and Casablanca when he starred in the Columbia costume cheapie Pirates of Tripoli. Henreid is cast as Edri-Al-Gadrian, a bold buccaneer who comes to the rescue of Princess Karjan (Patricia Medina). Much of the action footage is culled from earlier Columbia pirate epics, which explains the variety of costumes worn by the good and bad guys. Despite his reduced surroundings, Henreid seems to be having more fun than usual in his role. The remainder of the cast is comprised of such B-flick regulars as Paul "Tiny" Newland, John Miljan and William Fawcett, the latter eschewing his standard grizzled-old-propector characterization to portray a grizzled old street beggar. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Pirates: Passion & Plunder
Released: 1969
Made in: USA
Length: 140 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: "Handsomely produced ...highly recommended." - Video Librarian

This action-packed documentary is the most comprehensive program ever produced on the history of piracy. Filmed at exotic locations around the world with action sequences featuring true-to-life reenactments and hand-to-hand combat, this two volume set tells the story of such well-known rogues as Blackbeard, Captain Kidd and Henry Morgan and other ruthless villains of the bounding main.

Vol.1: Pirates Of The Old World

Sail with the Vikings, whose lust for plunder took them from Scandinavia to Baghdad. Raid with the Minoans of Crete who tried to conquer Greece and Phoenicia. Go marauding with the Barbary Corsairs, who terrorized the Mediterranean for three centuries. Hear fascinating stories such as Julius Caesar's capture by Cilician pirates from Turkey, and his bloody revenge on them years later when he became emperor of Rome. A fast-paced journey through the early days of pirate legend and lore.

Vol.2: Pirates Of The New World

Were pirates really lawyers in disguise? Discover how piracy evolved as a business, with contracts being drawn up to ensure equal distribution of treasure among the crew and elections to appoint the captain. Hear the tale of the notorious Blackbeard, who stuck flaming matches in his beard to terrorize his foes. Meet Henry Morgan, the Welsh rogue whose bloodthirsty exploits became famous throughout Europe. Learn the stories of equal opportunity buccaneers Anne Bonney and Mary Read, who left their husbands to raid the seven seas with the feared Calico Jack.
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Prince of Pirates
Released: 1953
Made in: USA
Length: 80 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Prince of Pirates is fairly elaborate for a Sam Katzman production, though its low budget does betray itself in the closing scenes. Utilizing plenty of stock footage from Joan of Arc (as he'd previously done in Thief of Damascus), producer Katzman offers the viewer a 16th-century swashbuckler, with John Derek as Robin Hood-like buccaneer Prince Roland. Having lost his throne to his evil older brother Stephan (Whitfield Connor), Roland forms a band of volunteers to oust Stephan and bring peace and harmony to his land (by busting several heads along the way). Barbara Rush co-stars as Nita, the daughter of a deposed count and a fine swordswoman in her own right. The film's best line is unintentionally funny: After being fetchingly attired in form-fitting blouse and slacks during most of the film, Nita is garbed in hoop-skirted feminine finery, whereupon Roland snickers "At last, you look more like a woman!" Far from a classic, Prince of Pirates is an agreeable time-passer. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Princess and the Pirate, The
Released: 1944
Made in: USA
Length: 94 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In his second film for producer Sam Goldwyn, Bob Hope is felicitously teamed with luscious Goldwyn contractee Virginia Mayo. Hope plays Sylvester the Great, a two-bit entertainer "touring" the West Indies in the 18th century. Mayo is Princess Margaret, who is kidnapped by a rough, tough buccaneer known only as The Hook (Victor McLaglen).

Through a series of unbelievable circumstances, Sylvester rescues Margaret, and the two of them pose as travelling troubadors in a treacherous Pirate colony, where people are stabbed and dumped in the ocean for nonpayment of rent and other such offenses. Disguising himself as The Hook, Sylvester is befriended by corrupt colonial governor La Roche (Walter Slesak), but only until the real Hook shows up.

Things look bleak for Sylvester and Margaret, but salvation is on the way-as well as a surprising romantic denoument, when a "bit player from Paramount" (guess who?) shows up to steal the Princess away from Sylvester ("Boy, this is the last picture I make for Goldwyn!") No fewer than six writers teamed up for this Technicolor extravaganza, which though not as consistently hilarious as other Hope farces still holds up beautifully. The best performance is offered by Walter Brennan as an addled pirate named Featherhead, a character right out of a Tex Avery cartoon! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Princess Bride, The
Released: 1987
Made in: USA
Length: 98 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Based on William Goldman's novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk's character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride offers a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale depicting stable boy-turned-pirate Westley's journey to rescue Buttercup (Robin Wright), his true love, away from the evil prince (Chris Sarandon), whom she had agreed to marry five years after learning of what she had believed to be news of Westley's death. With help from Prince Humperdinck's disgruntled former employee Miracle Max (Billy Crystal), swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and a very large man named Fezzik (Andre the Giant), the star-crossed lovers are reunited. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide
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Queen of the Pirates
a.k.a. Venere dei pirati, La
Released: 1960
Made in: Italy
Length: 79 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In this 16th-century swashbuckler, the trouble begins when a sea captain is unjustly sentenced to hang by the evil ruler of the Duchy of Doruzzo and his daughter. Meanwhile, the comely lass who believes herself the doomed captain's daughter is about to be sold to a harem when they are freed by a handsome hero whom the captain hopes will marry his daughter. Father and daughter then become pirates, and the hero is obligated to catch them, but when he falls in love with the girl, he switches allegiance and helps her attack the ruler's palace. The two then lead the other pirates, and the angry peasants in a revolt, resulting in the eventual death of the ruler, who confesses on his deathbed that the female pirate (the captain's supposed daughter) is his real daughter and heir to the Duchy; he then goes on to tell her that years before he had ordered the captain to kill her, but he refused and raised her instead. This confession so angers the other daughter that she goes into a convent; meanwhile the pirate lovers prepare for their wedding. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
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Rage of the Buccaneers, The
a.k.a. Pirate Warrior or Gordon
a.k.a. il pirata nero
Released: 1962
Made in: Italy
Length: 88 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Ricardo Montalban as a Pirate!

Italian swashbucklers have high seas adventures in this pirate outing that tells the tale of a handsome former slave who returns to San Salvador to eradicate anyone who makes money at the expense of another's freedom. Unfortunately, the pirate's schemes go awry and he ends up in prisoner by a treacherous secretary of the nation's governor. Fortunately, a love affair with the governor's daughter sets things to rights, but not without a lot of exciting hijinks in the interim. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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Raiders of the Seven Seas
a.k.a. Raiders of 7 Seas
Released: 1953
Made in: USA
Length: 88 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: John Payne stars as legendary pirate Barbarossa -- aka Redbeard -- in Raiders of the Seven Seas. Capturing a Spanish galleon almost single-handedly, Barbarossa claims haughty Contessa Alida (Donna Reed) as his own property. Engaged to marry naval officer Alfredo (Gerald Mohr), Alida despises Barbarossa, but she changes her mind when she finds out what a louse Alfredo can be. All loose plot strands are neatly tied up during the swashbuckling finale, wherein Barbarossa leads an attack on Havana. The supporting cast of Raiders of the Seven Seas is populated with such familiar faces as Lon Chaney Jr., Henry Brandon, and Frank DeKova. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Remember My Isa

Released: Not yet (as of 2007)
Made in: USA
Length: ?? Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen...
Synopsis: Remember My Isa follows the story of a young Native American girl born in St. Augustine Florida in the early 1700s. Raised by illegal tradesman Bill Brewer (Bubba Beatty), Onyx (Alicia Hanley) grows into a determined and unwavering young woman who embarks on a journey that will not only change her life, but also unite her with historical characters Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Calico Jack, and James Bonny, all pirates who roamed the seas during the golden age of piracy. With a bounty hunter following their every move, Onyx and her friends struggle to survive as she herself fights a personal battle to connect the pieces of her past in order to somehow find peace amid the chaos her life as an illegal trader havocs upon her.

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I made some props for them. I do have a trailer on file that I have seen. Made at xxx in Louisiana by college students. ~ Black Roger

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Return to Treasure Island

Released: 1954
Made in: USA
Length: 75 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Famed German filmmaker E. A. Dupont, who in his peak years was responsible for such classics as Variety, merely goes through the motions in this updated sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Instead of Jim Hawkins, the film offers Jim's beautiful female descendant Jamesina (Dawn Addams), who manages to get her hands on Captain Flint's fabled treasure map. This makes Jamesina the target of a variety of scurrilous fortune-hunters, including phony archeologist Harris (Porter Hall) and the malevolent, sightless Newman (James Seay). It is handsome archeological student Clive Stone (Tab Hunter) who helps Jamesina locate the treasure and elude the villains. At least Return to Treasure Island wasn't intended to be taken seriously. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Return to Treasure Island

Released: 1985
Made in: USA
Length: 324 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, TV miniseries (6 part), Disney
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Set a decade after the events of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, this series, produced by the Disney Channel, details the exploits of a reunited Jim Hawkins (Christopher Guard) and Long John Silver (Brian Blessed). Volume One contains the episodes "The Map" and "The Mutiny." ~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide
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Return to Treasure Island, The
Released: 1992
Made in: USA
Length: 50 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless adventure is resurrected in this British-produced animated sequel. Young Jim Hawkins and fierce pirate Long John Silver are reunited for more daring seafaring adventures in this entertaining production suitable for the whole family.
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Return to Treasure Island, The
Released: 1998
Made in: USA
Length: 70 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure, TV
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This made-for-TV adventure, shot on-location in New Zealand and inspired by the classic characters of Robert Louis Stevenson, follows the continuing adventures of Jim Hawkins, who now makes his living as a trader. in his travels, he once again finds himself matching wits with the infamous Long John Silver. Return to Treasure Island stars Stig Eldred, Dean O'Gorman, and Simone Kessell. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
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Road to Romance, The
a.k.a. Romance
Released: 1927
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Action, Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The beautiful Serafina is captured by Balthasar's pirates on an island near Cuba, but the redoubtable José Armando arrives from Spain to effect her rescue.
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Rover, The
Released: 1967
Made in: USA
Length: 103 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Based on a story by Joseph Conrad, this 18th-century set drama is set shortly after the French Revolution and chronicles the exploits of a former counterrevolutionary pirate who befriends a mentally ill, naive young woman. Eventually his feelings of friendship turn to love and this in turn leads to tragedy when she falls in love with a French naval officer. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
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Scalawag
Released: 1973
Made in: USA
Length: 93 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In this exciting adventure, based on a tale by Robert Louis Stevenson and shot in Yugoslavia, a one-legged pirate must rely on the memory of a boozy, uncooperative parrot if he is to find the location of a tremendous treasure. He is later assisted by two plucky youths who help him battle it out with a mutinous crew, unfriendly natives, and dangerous rapids. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
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Sea Devils
Released: 1953
Made in: UK
Length: 91 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Victor Hugo's Toilers of the Sea was none too faithfully adapted for the screen as Sea Devils. The hero is Guernsey-Island smuggler Gilliat (Rock Hudson); the heroine is glamorous British spy Drouette (Yvonne de Carlo). Set during the Napoleonic wars, the plot finds Gilliat and Drouette trying to outsmart one another for the first few reels. Gilliat even kidnaps Drouette at one point, believing her to be in league with the hated French. Eventually, of course, Gilliat must rescue Drouette from the French, thereby preventing Napoleon's planned invasion of England. Shot on location, Sea Devils was directed with verve by Raoul Walsh. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Sea Hawk, The
Released: 1924
Made in: USA
Length: 123 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This 12-reel silent adaptation of The Sea Hawk is far more faithful to the Rafael Sabatini original than the 1940 Errol Flynn version. Milton Sills stars as Sir Oliver Tressilien, a wealthy English baronet who is framed for the murder of his fiancée's brother. The instigator of this outrage is Sir Tressilien's covetous half brother, who also arranges for Tressilien to be shanghaied and carried off to sea. When his ship is attacked by Spaniards, Tressilien is put to work as a galley slave. Escaping, he becomes the leader of a gang of Moorish pirates. Despite his now-fearsome reputation, Tressilien is able to win back the love of his fiancée, Lady Rosamund Godolphin (Enid Bennett), who has been compelled to marry his half brother. A thrilling climactic duel to the death brings this sure-fire audience pleaser to a rousing conclusion. The Sea Hawk may well be the best film ever made by the popular Milton Sills. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Sea Hawk, The
Released: 1940
Made in: USA
Length: 127 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Romantic
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In the 1580s, the Sea Hawks -- the name given to the bold privateers who prowl the oceans taking ships and treasure on behalf the British crown -- are the most dedicated defenders of British interests in the face of the expanding power of Philip of Spain. And Captain Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) is the boldest of the Sea Hawks, responsible for capturing and destroying more than 50 Spanish ships and ten Spanish cities. His capture of a Spanish galleon, however, leads to more than he bargained for, in a romance with the ambassador's niece (Brenda Marshall) and the first whiff of a plan to put Spanish spies into the court of Elizabeth I (Flora Robson). Thorpe's boldness leads him to a daring raid on a treasure caravan in Panama which, thanks to treachery within Elizabeth's court, gets him captured and, with his crew, sentenced to the life of a slave aboard a Spanish ship. Meanwhile, Philip of Spain decides to wipe the threat posed by Elizabeth's independence from the sea by conquering the island nation with his armada. Thorpe, though chained to an oar, knows who the traitor at court is and plans to expose him and Philip's plans, but can he and his men break their bonds and get back to England alive in time to thwart the plans for conquest?

The Sea Hawk was the last and most mature of Flynn's swashbuckling adventure films, played with brilliant stylistic flourishes by the star at his most charismatic, and most serious and studied when working with Flora Robson, whom he apparently genuinely respected. Boasting the handsomest, most opulent production values of a Warner Bros. period film to date, The Sea Hawk was made possible in part by a huge new floodable soundstage. Another highlight was the best adventure film score ever written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold; and the script's seriousness was nailed down by various not-so-veiled references not to 16th century Spain but 20th century Nazi Germany. The movie was cut by over 20 minutes for a reissue with The Sea Wolf, and the complete version was lost until a preservation-quality source was found at the British Film Institute. Since then, that 128-minute version -- which actually contains a one-minute patriotic speech by Robson as Elizabeth that was originally left out of U.S. prints, as well as amber tinting in all of the Panamanian sequences -- has become standard. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide

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Sea Hound, The
Released: 1947
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Serial, 15 episodes
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In the first of his three serials for Columbia Pictures, Larry "Buster" Crabbe starred as Captain Silver who, with his crew, gets involved with rescuing John Whitney (Milton Kibbee), a man with a certain knowledge of sunken treasure. Whitney has been kidnapped by a mysterious pirate known as The Admiral (Robert Barron), who rules over the ubiquitous South Seas Island. The girl in the case is Whitney's lovely daughter (Pamela Blake). Based on both a comic strip and a radio series, The Sea Hound was produced by the corner-cutting Sam Katzman and looked it. A former MGM starlet, brunette leading lady Pamela Blake was earlier known as Adele Pearce, her real name, apparently. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide
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Sea Panther, The
Released: 1918
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: William Desmond stars as "The Sea Panther," a gentleman pirate plying his trade in Days of Olde. Though ruthless with his enemies, the hero is at heart a romantic, demanding that his fellow pirates treat their female prisoners with dignity and respect. Eventually, Desmond is overthrown in a mutiny and clapped into irons. He is rescued by heroine Mary Warren, who disguises herself as a boy for the occasion. Critics agreed that the acting in The Sea Panther was vastly superior to the film's rather seedy production values. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Sea Pirate, The
a.k.a. Surcouf, l'Eroe dei Sette Mari
a.k.a. El Tigre de los site mares
a.k.a. Surcouf, le tigre des sept mers
a.k.a. The Fighting Corsair
Released: 1967
Made in: Italy
Length: 85 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In this high-seas adventure, framed by the Napoleonic War, a pirate is sponsored by the government to save those living on the captured islands. In his spare time, he has a romantic fling, and tries to save his fiancée from villains. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
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Seven Seas to Calais
a.k.a. Re dei sette mari, Il
Released: 1962
Made in: Italy
Length: 102 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Set during the time of the brilliant Queen Elizabeth I of England, this adventure tale is loosely based on the exploits of Sir Francis Drake (Rod Taylor). He was one of the Queen's leading commanders in the battles with Spain over the gold of the New World. Drake is shown wearing several hats, so to speak. He is a pirate who has no problems about raiding Spanish gold arsenals. He is a military commander who plans and executes naval battles with the Spanish armada -- and wins. He is a diplomat who knows how to maneuver in courtly circles -- but that does not stop him from trashing a Spanish-backed plan to assassinate the Queen. Although this costume drama by Rudolph Maté is not without a few minor flaws, Drake's adventures should entertain most audiences, especially the younger set. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide
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Sharks: Pirates of the Deep
Released: 1996
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary, voiced by Glenn Ford
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: I freely admit that there are technically no Pirates in this documentary, but I have long been an avid fan of shark diving so it gets an automatic listing for the title alone.

A profile of the shark, one of nature's best killing machines. Includes footage of an actual attack, the dissection of a shark, and a shark cannibalizing another.

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Shipwrecked
Released: 1990
Made in: USA
Length: 91 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Disney
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Based on the novel Haakon Haakonsen, Shipwrecked is a family film about a cabin boy (Stian Smestad) whose ship is hit by a hurricane just before it is about to be ambushed by pirates. The boy and his stowaway friend wash up on a South Seas island which happens to be where the pirates' treasure is buried. Soon, the pirates--led by Lieutenant Merrick (Gabriel Byrne)--arrive at the island with hopes of reclaiming their treasure, and the boy decides to construct a series of elaborate booby traps to prevent them from reaching the booty. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Movie Guide
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Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Released: 2003
Made in: USA
Length: 90 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, animated
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.
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Sinbad, the Sailor
Released: 1935
Made in: USA
Length: 117 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Sinbad battles a band of pirates at sea and on a tropical isle. A giant bird rescues him, and he ends up back on his ship with the pirates' treasure.
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Sinbad, the Sailor
Released: 1947
Made in: USA
Length: 116 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In the RKO swashbuckler Sinbad the Sailor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. nostalgically emulates his famous father. The first seven voyages of Sinbad have come and gone: now he is on an eighth mission, in search of the island where Alexander the Great allegedly hid his treasure. Participants in the proceedings are the incredibly gorgeous Maureen O'Hara as a feisty princess, Walter Slezak as a duplicitous green-skinned barber, George Tobias and Mike Mazurki as two of Sinbad's faithful seamen, and Anthony Quinn as the villain of villains, who meets a suitably fiery demise. If the plot seems well nigh impossible to follow at times, you can always wallow in the splendiferous Technicolor and the eye-popping stunt work of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (and, it must be admitted, his uncredited stunt double). Budgeted at nearly $3 million, Sinbad the Sailor was one of the few postwar RKO flicks to post a profit. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Six Days Seven Nights
Released: 1998
Made in: USA
Length: 101 Minutes
Rated: PG-13
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action / Adventure / Romance
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Taking a romantic tropical island week off with her boyfriend, an ambitious, decisive New York girl agrees to help her magazine out by covering a story on a neighboring island. The only plane available is piloted by a laid-back heavy drinker (played by Harrison Ford) with whom she shares a mutual dislike. Ford is the only available pilot, so she has no choice but to hire him and he cannot refuse the money. Soon after, when the plane crash-lands in a storm on an uninhabited island with little chance of rescue, they begin an unexpected romance that is eventually interrupted by modern day pirates seeking to steal their (now repaired) airplane.

Side Note: The plane that Harrison Ford flies is called a DeHavilland Beaver, and Ford actually owns one in his real-world, off-screen life.

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Sky Pirates
Released: 1986
Made in: USA
Length: 89 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure, Cheese
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Air force Lieutenant Harris starts for a flight to Boa Boa, on board Reverend Mitchell with a box containing a part of a top-secret extraterrestrial key. They get lost in a supernatural storm and find themselves after an emergency landing in kind of a Bermuda triangle, 5,000 miles off their course. Home again, no one believes Harris' story, and his crew suspiciously denies it too. Harris is thrown in jail, but manages to escape. Together with Mitchell's daughter he seeks the lost part of the key and it's secret.
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Son of Captain Blood, The
a.k.a. Figlio del Capitano Blood, Il
Released: 1962
Made in: USA
Length: 88 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This sequel to the classic adventure, stars Sean Flynn, the son of the swashbuckling actor who played Captain Blood in the original. In this version, the son of the notorious pirate is raised by his mother. She wants him to be a doctor, but unfortunately, the lad has salt-water in his veins and adventure in his heart; he longs to sail the high seas of his father.

Eventually the mother gives in, and young Blood joins a crew. There he finds himself falling in love with a pretty passenger. Trouble ensues when a wicked pirate attempts to forcibly board the ship. He soon discovers that the old villain was one of his father's worst enemies. Adventurous mayhem ensues. After the ocean-going outlaws are defeated, the good sailors race homeward to warn the people of an impending tidal wave. They succeed and end up hailed as heroes. The young Blood then decides that he has had enough of the sea-faring life and decides to become a humble doctor after all. The lovely female passenger remains by his side. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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Spanish Main, The

Released: 1945
Made in: USA
Length: 100 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: RKO Radio's first film in the three-color Technicolor process was the standard-issue swashbuckler The Spanish Main. Paul Henried is his usual stoic self as Laurent Van Horn, a Dutch sea captain shipwrecked on the coast of Cartagena, a Spanish-held island. Sentenced to be hanged, Van Horn and his crew escape from jail and take up piracy as revenge against Spain. Soon afterward, they capture a ship carrying Francisca (Maureen O'Hara), the fiance of Cartagena's corrupt governor Don Alvarado (Walter Slezak). Van Horn vengefully forces Francisca to marry him instead, which causes dissension at the Pirate colony of Tortuga. Naturally, Van Horn and Francisca eventually fall in love with each other, but the bad guys must be vanquished before a happy ending can be realized. Binnie Barnes steals the show as feisty female buccaneer Anne Bonney (who in real life looked less like Barnes and more like Walter Slezak!) The script is a cynical melange of pirate-movie cliches and the performances are generally routine, but The Spanish Main pleased the crowd in 1945, posting a profit of nearly $1.5 million and encouraging future Technicolor adventure films from RKO. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Such a Little Pirate

Released: 1918
Made in: USA
Length: 50 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Adventure, Suspense
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Raised on the wild windjammer stories of her sea-captain grandfather Obadiah Wolf (Theodore Roberts), heroine Patricia (Lila Lee) yearns for a life on the high seas. Obadiah paints bold images of buccaneering and booty. In fact, he's got a tattoo on his breast of a map which leads to buried treasure. He plans to go get it just as soon as his makes his final payment on a ship which is being cared for by Rory O'Malley (Harrison Ford), a slightly crippled young seaman. However, the man he is paying, Ellory Glendenning (Forrest Seabury) intends to steal the ship and sell it to the government for a high price. The night Obadiah makes his final payment he celebrates a bit too heartily and in a drunken brawl rolls into a fire, scorching his map into obliteration. He also loses the receipt for the ship, so Glendenning refuses to give him the vessel. He boards the craft anyway with his draft-dodging son (J. Parks-Jones) and heads out to sea. But Patricia has snuck on board with her pet orangutan, Sinbad. The crew mutinies and Rory and Patricia take over. They get to the treasure just as Obadiah is being dragged to the same location by "Bad Eye," a grimy old sea dog (Guy Oliver). Rory and Patricia save Obadiah, and Sinbad finds the receipt, so all ends well. This film was based on the novel Peggy, the Pirate, by James Oliver Curwood. ~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide
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Swashbuckler
a.k.a. Scarlet Buccaneer

Released: 1976
Made in: USA
Length: 101 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A latter-day attempt to update the swordplay success of Errol Flynn movies, this film is part burlesque, part homage to old-fashioned pirate films. James Earl Jones and Robert Shaw play Nick Debrett and Ned Lynch, two pirates who save a noblewoman, Jane Barnet (Geneviève Bujold), and take her to Jamaica. They find that their friends have been taken captive by a ruthless dictator -- Peter Boyle plays the foppish villain Lord Durant with an over-the-top swagger. Debrett and Lynch set out to rescue their friends and overthrow the perverted tyrant. Beau Bridges plays Major Folly, a fancy-dressing Scarlet Pimpernel sort. A young Anjelica Huston has a minor part as a nameless woman. There is plenty of swordplay, blood, slapstick, and cleavage, all directed by James Goldstone in a frenzied fashion. ~ Michael Betzold, All Movie Guide
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Swiss Family Robinson

Released: 1960
Made in: USA
Length: 128 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Children
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: None of the many cinema adaptations of Johan Wyss' The Swiss Family Robinson are as relentlessly enjoyable as this 1960 Disney feature. The film wastes no time getting down to business, with the shipwreck of the Robinson family occurring as the credits flash across the screen. Fashioning a raft, the family heads to a lush tropical island. While the mother (Dorothy McGuire) isn't too happy about being a castaway, the father (John Mills) and the sons (James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran) are thrilled at the prospect of carving out a new life for themselves.

In short order, the industrious Robinsons have constructed a treehouse with all the creature comforts and "utilities" of their home in Switzerland. Later on, the little party is joined by Janet Munro, the daughter of a sea captain who has been captured by pirate Sessue Hayakawa and his band. After a series of adventures calculated to arouse the envy of every man, woman and child in the audience, the film comes to a rousing conclusion as the Robinsons resourcefully fend off Hayakawa and his pirates with a variety of jerry-built booby traps. A box-office winner to the tune of $30 million, The Swiss Family Robinson proved beyond doubt that Disney's decision to emphasize the humor and adventure of the Wyss original, while downplaying the sociopolitical undertones, was a sound one. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Terry and the Pirates Boxed Set

Released: 1940
Made in: USA
Length: 270 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Serial, 15 Episodes
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Based on the popular long-running comic strip by Milton Caniff, Terry and the Pirates was an adventure series starring John Baer as Colonel Terry Lee, who travels the Orient in search of a gold mine he inherited from his grandfather. ~ Kristie Hassen, All Movie Guide
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Three Little Pirates

Released: 1946
Made in: USA
Length: 18 min
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Short
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This was Curly Howard's next to last film as a member of the Three Stooges. He would collapse from a stroke while filming Half-Wits Holiday, and his illness would end his career. Even though he wasn't well during his last few shorts, Curly's comic timing was usually flawless, and he's especially hilarious here disguised as a Rajah. The time is supposedly 1642, but when the Stooges are washed up onto Dead Man's Island from a wrecked garbage scow, they are dressed as sailors circa 1946 (when the film was made). Curly immediately displeases the governor (Vernon Dent) by flirting with his fiancée, Rita (Christine McIntyre), and he sentences all three of them to death. Rita doesn't want to marry the governor, so she gives the boys tools (including an electric drill) so they can escape from their cell. Unfortunately, they choose the wrong wall and wind up right back in their cell. So Rita disguises them as "wayfarers from a strange land" -- apparently somewhere around India. They talk in gibberish and offer the governor a raspberry lollipop, which he mistakes as a ruby (he's delighted because he's never been given the raspberry before). Only after they're gone does he discover that they are the sailors he wants dead. He enlists the help of Black Louie the pirate, and the boys wind up in a tense situation at a saloon. But they battle it out, and with Rita's help they emerge victorious. Moe, however, has decided he wants to stay; he proclaims himself emperor and a mallet immediately comes down and smashes him on the head. ~ Janiss Garza, All Movie Guide
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Three penny Opera, The

Released: 1931
Made in: Germany
Length: 112 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: German
Genre: Action, Drama
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Bad acting, bad lighting, bad coloring, bad... well, everything really.  I really tried to get into the story, but the sound and picture being so out of sync ruined any chance of that.
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Tiger of the Seven Seas
a.k.a. Le Tigre des Mers
a.k.a. La Tigre dei Sette Mari

Released: 1962
Made in: Italy
Length: 90 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: In this swashbuckler, a sensuous female pirate takes over her retired father's ship and sails off for high-seas adventure and romance. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
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Treasure Island
a.k.a. Pirate’s Treasure

Released: 1908
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Short, 1 Reel, Vitagraph
Black Roger's Rating: Never saw it
Synopsis: Sadly, this film is presumed lost by the American Film Institute, and it is unlikely that a copy still exists today.


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Treasure Island

Released: 1912
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Adventure, Suspense
Black Roger's Rating: Never saw it
Synopsis: Sadly, this film is presumed lost by the American Film Institute, and it is unlikely that a copy still exists today.
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Treasure Island

Released: 1918
Made in: USA
Length: 60 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Action, Adventure, Silent
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of the buccaneer Captain Flint, in this adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
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Treasure Island

Released: 1920
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: Silent
Genre: Serial, 6 Reels
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Treasure Island was the third of Fox's "Sunshine Kiddies" series, a group of literary adaptations starring child actors in adult roles. Little Francis Carpenter was cast as Robert Louis Stevenson's youthful hero Jim Hawkins, who after coming into possession of a valuable map embarks upon a treacherous treasure hunt. It was typical of the Sunshine Kiddies series that Stevenson's lovable villain, ship's cook-cum-pirate Long John Silver, was played by a girl, Violet Radcliffe. Another female child performer, Virginia Lee Corbin, is seen as Jim Hawkins' sweetheart, a character which doesn't appear in the original novel. No mere pastiche, Treasure Island was lavishly produced and meticulously directed, and the juvenile cast took its responsibilities very seriously. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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Treasure Island

Released: 1934
Made in: USA
Length: 105 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This fifth film version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island boasts an all-star MGM cast, headed by Wallace Beery as Long John Silver and Jackie Cooper as Jim Hawkins. The screenplay, by John Lee Mahin, John Howard Lawson and Leonard Praskins, remains faithful to the Stevenson original...up to a point. The story begins when drunken old sea dog Billy Bones (Lionel Barrymore) drags himself into the seaside pub managed by Jim and his mother (Dorothy Peterson).

After Billy is killed by the scurrilous Blind Pew (William V. Mong) and his henchmen, Jim discovers that the deceased ex-pirate carries a treasure map on his person. Together with Dr. Livesey (Otto Kruger) and Squire Trelawny (Nigel Bruce), Jim books passage on a ship captained by Alexander Smollett (Lewis Stone); their destination is the "treasure island" depicted on the map. Smollett doesn't like the voyage nor the crew, and not without reason: ship's cook Long John Silver has rounded up the crew from the dregs of the earth, fully intending to mutiny and claim the treasure for himself.

A further plot complications awaits both treasure-seekers and pirates in the person of half-mad island hermit Ben Gunn (Chic Sale) who's already found the treasure and has stashed it away for himself. Towards the end, the plot strays from the Stevenson version in detailing the ultimate fate of ruthless-but-lovable Long John Silver. While consummately produced, Treasure Island suffers from overlength and a mannered performance by Jackie Cooper. Disney's 1950 remake with Robert Newton and Bobby Driscoll is far more satisfying. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Treasure Island

Released: 1950
Made in: USA
Length: 96 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: ARRRR!
Synopsis: The Walt Disney production of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic novel Treasure Island was Disney's first live-action film, and one of the best family-oriented adventures ever filmed. Bobby Driscoll plays Jim Hawkins, a young cabin boy who battles the pirate Long John Silver (Robert Newton) for a treasure. Disney changes the ending of the book, yet the film is so entertaining--particularly Newton's scene-stealing performance--that the difference is forgivable. In the '70s, Treasure Island was re-issued with "objectionable" violence cut out of the print; the original version was restored in the 1992 home video re-release.
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Treasure Island

Released: 1964
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Very realistic and not picturing the 2 opposite parties in black and white. Also good that the audience is led through the story by different characters and even by the young AND the old Jim Hawkins. Also the music helps a good deal to built up the tension. A pirate story for children and grown-ups.
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Treasure Island
Released: 1982
Made in: UK
Length: 94 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Prepare for a swashbuckling good time as Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of treasure and treachery on the high-seas comes to the screen in an old fashioned adventure that the whole family will enjoy. Frank Gorshin stars and Dave Heather directs. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
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Treasure Island a.k.a. Ile au tr,sor, L'

Released: 1985
Made in: France
Length: 115 min
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Jonathan (Melvil Poupaud) is an imaginative young man. This film unveils what goes on in his mind as he mulls over his recent reading of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island and the television adventure shows he is watching. This story device allows the highly regarded and very innovative Chilean-born director Raul Ruiz to transform Stevenson's classic adventure tale into a much darker and more complex depiction of treachery and hidden identities. Distributors and producers were not entranced by this transformation, and money for completing the film was withheld, so despite its completion date of 1986, this version, which evinces numerous technical and other problems, was not released until 1991. Gaps in the sometimes confusing storyline are dealt with in a voiceover narrative. Ruiz' work has usually met with a warmer reception, but in this case it received a great deal of (possibly well-deserved) ridicule. One high point of the film, however, is when Pedro Armendariz Jr., as Mendoza, recounts the story of Herman Melville's less-well-known novel Benito Cereno. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide
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Treasure Island

Released: 1990
Made in: USA
Length: 131 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure, Made for TV
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A terrific telling of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure, Christian Bale as the young Jim Hawkins and Charlton Heston as Long John Silver are both superb, and head a great cast: Richard Johnson, Oliver Reed, Clive Wood, and Julian Glover among the many actors that bring the story to life. Filmed in Jamaica, as well as the Hispaniola, a beauty of a ship, the scenery and cinematography by Robert Steadman are marvelous. The soundtrack is by Paddy Moloney and performed by The Chieftains, and is also very effective.

Christian Bale, so moving two years earlier in "Empire of the Sun", is here courageous and strong; only fourteen at the time this was made, he is quite remarkable, and Heston does a turn as the bad guy, and is sensational as old wily Silver, saying things like "I'll have yer liver for breakfast !". Director Fraser Heston, who made his cinematic debut as the infant Moses in the 1956 "The Ten Commandments" his father starred in, keeps the pacing fast and though there are a lot of sword fights and shooting, it is mostly sound effects and there is very little in the way of gore, making the film suitable for children. The dialect of the sailors sounds foreign at first, but one soon gets used to it.

Originally made for television, this is rousing, exceptional story-telling

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Treasure Island

Released: 1997
Made in: USA
Length: 91 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Young Jim Hawkins and the pirate Long John Silver race to find the same treasure located on a mysterious map in this animated adaptation of the timeless classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
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Treasure Island

Released: 1999
Made in: Canada
Length: 94 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me... (1 for the movie, and 1 for Jack Palance)
Synopsis: A very ordinary, lackluster, and unconvincing rehash of the Treasure Island story.
 
In "Treasure Island" 1999, Jack Palance follows such notables as Robert Newton, Orson Wells, and Charelton Heston as Long John Silver with this second-rate knock-off of the R.L. Stevenson classic novel. An unfortunate attempt at film making, this version plods along dutifully telling the story without the passion, mystery, and intrigue penned into the pages of the novel. Pretty much a waste of time unable to live up to the precedent set by Disney.
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Treasure Island

Released: 1999
Made in: USA
Length: 60 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This animated retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island centers around the youthful Jim Hawkins, whose accidental finding of an old map cues the advent of a dangerous treasure hunt marked by pirates, a series of physical obstacles, and a damsel in distress. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide
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Treasure of Pirate's Point

Released: 1998
Made in: USA
Length: 85 Minutes
Rated: G
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Action, Adventure, Children
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: This family-friendly adventure comedy is the directorial-debut of filmmaker Richard Stanley (Fly Boy). Starring Asher Metchik and Samuel Gifaldi, the film follows a group of young friends as they search for a hidden pirate's treasure and get a lesson or two about friendship along the way. Treasure of Pirate's Point is also known as The Legend of Pirate's Point. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide
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Treasure Planet

Released: 2002
Made in: USA
Length: 95 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Black Roger's Rating: ARR!

Synopsis: Not even the high concept of transplanting Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved adventure story to outer space can generate much in the way of novelty or fun. In spite of the crowded imagery, the throbbing sea-chantey-on-steroids score and the presence of every Disney cliché from the past 40 years (absent father, lectures on self-esteem, not one but two neurotic chatterbox sidekicks), "Treasure Planet" is remarkably uneventful, even boring. — A. O. Scott , The New York Times

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True Caribbean Pirates
(History Channel)

Released: 2006
Made in: USA
Length: 120 Minutes
Rated: TV
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A truly outstanding documentary on some of the major Caribbean Pirates like Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Ann Bonny and Black Bart Roberts. Thought to be one of the most historically accurate accountings of this time period, I highly recommend it!

(The keen observer will see notice that the editor of this website, Rob Ossian, is interviewed several times throughout the documentary!)

Larger than life, more dangerous than legend - pirates and buccaneers set sail for plunder. Shot in high definition - True Caribbean Pirates recreates the rise of piracy in the Caribbean and its climactic, inevitable downfall.

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Released: 1916
Made in: USA
Length: 105 minutes
Rated: PG
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Silent
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Captain Nemo has built a fantastic submarine for his mission of revenge. He has traveled over 20,000 leagues in search of Charles Denver - a man who caused the death of Princess Daaker. Seeing what he had done, Denver took the daughter to his yacht and sailed away. He abandoned her and a sailor on a mysterious island and has come back after all these years to see if she is still alive and if the nightmares he has will stop. The daughter has been found by five survivors of a Union Army Balloon that crashed near the island. At sea, Professor Aronnax was aboard the ship 'Abraham Lincoln' when Nemo rammed it and threw the Professor, his daughter and two others into the water. Prisoners at first, they are now treated as guests to view the underwater world and to hunt under the waves. Nemo will also tells them about the Nautilus and the revenge that has driven him for all these years.
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Released: 1954
Made in: USA
Length: 105 minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Disney
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: The oceans during the late 1860-92s are no longer safe; many ships have been lost. Sailors have returned to port with stories of a vicious narwhal (a giant whale with a long horn) which sinks their ships. A naturalist, Professor (Pierre) Aronnax, his assistant, Conseil, and a professional whaler, Ned Land, join an US expedition which attempts to unravel the mystery.

This 1954 Disney version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea represented the studio's costliest and most elaborate American-filmed effort to date. Kirk Douglas plays a trouble-shooting 19th century seaman, trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with scientist Paul Lukas and diver Peter Lorre, Douglas sets sail to investigate--and is promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo (James Mason), who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. The film's special effects, including a giant squid, were impressive enough in 1954 to win an Academy Award. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Two Lost Worldss

Released: 1951
Made in: USA
Length: 61 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: B&W
Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Science fiction with dinosaurs and pirates
When the American clipper ship "The Queen" is attacked by pirates off the Hebrides in 1830, Mate Kirk Hamilton is injured and must be put ashore at Queensland Colony, Made in: Australia, for treatment and recuperation. There, he meets and falls in love with Elaine Jeffries, daughter of the magistrate and all-but-fiancée to rancher Martin Shannon. She also finds herself attracted to Kirk, and a rivalry develops between the two men. Meantime the pirates, led by Captain Hackett, decide to raid the colony and, in the process kidnap Elaine and her friend, Nancy. Kirk and Shannon lead the pursuit, having not only the romantic triangle to resolve but the pirates to overcome and, along the way, being stranded on a volcanic island inhabited by dinosaurs...
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The Pirates of Tortuga: Under the Black Flag
a.k.a. Las Piratas de La Isla Tortuga
a.k.a. Bajo La Bandera Negra

Released: 1987
Made in: USA
Length: 102 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: An innocent trip to the city museum leads to a wild tale of time travel in this animated adventure that transports viewers back to a time when dangerous pirates flew the Jolly Roger, damsels in distress cried out for rescue, and the hunt for treasure offered unheard of riches to those brave enough to navigate the treacherous ocean waters. Upon discovering the missing piece of a legendary treasure, three youngsters activate a time traveling device that spirits them back to the 18th Century and the pirate refuge of Tortuga.

After making the acquaintance of beautiful but dangerous pirate queen Anne Bonnie, the three young adventurers are soon forced to do battle with the ed Captain Blackbeard - a ruthless villain who's determined to destroy the pirate kingdom and do away with the bothersome Bonnie once and for all. Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Vengeance of the Space Pirate

Released: 1987
Made in: USA
Length: 102 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Captain Harlock returns from a deep space mission to find that Earth has been conquered by the green-skinned Illumidas and most of the remaining humans have lost the will to fight back. recognizing his talents, the leader of the Illumidas offers Harlock a position in their military, but he turns it down, chosing instead to lead the life of an outlaw, flying through space as a pirate and helping out the resistance forces of the many planets the Illumidas have conquered.
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Sea Tales: Witch & The Pirate Prince

Released: 2001
Made in: USA
Length: Unknown
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Somewhere off Massachusetts, the wreck of the Whydah, with $400 million of gold, silver, ivory and jewels in her hold, has lain hidden by the waves for 300 years. In 1717, dashing Sam Bellamy seduced a 15-year-old Massachusetts maiden before sailing for the Caribbean in search of sunken Spanish Galleons, promising to come back to his young love. Unsuccessful, he turned to piracy, and ""Black"" Bellamy became one of the most feared and hated men on the waves. But for all the years he spent at sea, his abandoned lover left pregnant by Bellamy and branded a witch by her community haunted the cliffs of Cape Cod, waiting for his return. Finally, as Bellamy sailed his captured, treasure-laden vessel home, a fierce gale drove the ship to ruin off the shore of Wellfleet. Period accounts, interviews with maritime experts and stunning re- enactments bring the story of THE WITCH AND THE PIRATE PRINCE TO LIFE. Trace the incredible story of the reluctant pirate who sailed into legend and the tragic figure he left behind, and join the countless attempts to find the Whydah and her spoils. "
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Ville des Pirates

Released: 1983
Made in: USA
Length: 125 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Full Length, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me... (because it was free)
Synopsis: Okay...Honesty time.  I don't speak French, and the copy of this movie that was sent to me was in French - Only in French.  No subtitles, dubbing, or anything.  I still reviewed it but my friends and I started heckling it like an episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000", and probably didn't get a whole lot out of it.  What I did get though, was that there wasn't a single Pirate in the whole #$!@ thing.
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Yankee Buccaneer

Released: 1952
Made in: USA
Length: 86 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Full Length, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: A United States Navy ship in the first half of the 19th century, under the command of Captain David Porter, is expecting to put ashore after a year on the seas; but the arrival of one of Porter's ex-students, the willful and independent Lieutenant David Farragut, brings a new mission: to disguise the ship and crew as a pirate ship and help the Navy locate the criminals who have been robbing America's merchant fleet. But as Farragut's disobedience threatens the safety of the crew, they stumble upon an international conspiracy.
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Yankee Pasha

Released: 1954
Made in: USA
Length: 84 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Full Length, Adventure
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Salem, Massachusetts, 1800. Mountaineer Jason Starbuck rides into town with furs to sell and dreams to fulfill. He falls in love with Roxana, who breaks her previous engagement and leaves for France to await Jason. Roxana's ship is attacked by pirates and she is sold into slavery in Morocco. Jason follows her to Morocco and must win the support of the sultan in order to continue his efforts to locate and rescue her.
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Yellowbeard

Released: 1983
Made in: USA
Length: 101 Minutes
Rated: PG
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Full Length, Comedy
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: I love this movie.  This movie is nothing short of genius, but to be honest unless you are a die hard Pirate fan or at least a major fan of Pirate films in general you may not get much out of it.

Yellowbeard is the greatest Pirate in history, but is eventually caught and imprisoned by the British.  He is released from prison so that the Brits can follow him to his hidden cache of buried treasure.  The audience quickly learns that the only map to the treasure is tattooed onto the head of his only son, Dan, who not only thinks he father was long since dead, hates pirating and wants to be a gardener.

Loosely based on the plot of Treasure Island and full of top notch stars and cameos: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman, Martin Hewitt, Michael Hordern, Eric Idle, Madeline Kahn, James Mason, John Cleese, Kenneth Mars, Spike Milligan, Stacey Nelkin, and more...

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Yellowbeard the Pirate (Swamp Critters)

Released: 1995
Made in: USA
Length: 30 Minutes
Rated: NR
Format: Color
Language: English
Genre: Children's Video
Black Roger's Rating: Not yet seen or rated by me...
Synopsis: Beware this piece of garbage!  It is essentially a low budget knock-off of the Muppets that frequently gets sold by accident to people buying videos online.  I was finally able to see this a few years back and it was just as awful as one could imagine.

Essentially, a bunch of knock off Muppets try to convince a local Pirate to turn his ship into a cruise ship instead.  Henson and the Monty Python guys should have had the Swamp Critters whacked.

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  Mythbusters pirate episodes 1 & 2
  Pirates of the Great Salt Lake
   
 

 

 

 

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