The Crimson Pirate

The Crimson Pirate

Robert Siodmak (1952)

U Certificate


Our Score
This gorgeous swashbuckler has Burt Lancaster and his diminutive former circus colleague Nick Cravat swinging through the rigging with sharpened blades clamped between their perfect teeth. Encouraged by the success of The Flame and the Arrow, Lancaster and his partner Harold Hecht persuaded Warner Bros to agree to a big budget, and shooting got under way on European locations without a finished script. Most of the praise goes to Lancaster, who designed the terrific action sequences and puts in a mesmerising star turn. Christopher Lee, who has a supporting role, said: "I don't think I've ever seen a better co-ordinated man. He moved remarkably well, immensely strong and quite fearless." The Disneyland ride "Pirates of the Caribbean" was inspired by this film.


Eighteenth-century pirate Burt Lancaster and agile sidekick Nick Cravat team up with an eccentric inventor to lead a rebellion against an evil tyrant. Action-packed swashbuckler guaranteed to raise a smile - thanks to Lancaster's breath-taking performance - also starring James Hayter, Eva Bartok, Christopher Lee and Frederick Leicester.

Cast & Crew

Vallo Burt Lancaster
Ojo Nick Cravat
Consuelo Eva Bartok
Humble Bellows Torin Thatcher
Prudence James Hayter
Baron Gruda Leslie Bradley
Bianca Margot Grahame
Pablo Murphy Noel Purcell
El Libre Frederick Leicester
Governor Eliot Makeham
Attache Christopher Lee
Director Robert Siodmak
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures Ltd