The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer

Anthony Quinn (1958)

118min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Cecil B DeMille had successfully filmed this tale of pirate Jean Lafitte in 1938 with Fredric March, but DeMille was ailing by the time of this remake, so direction was entrusted to his son-in-law, actor Anthony Quinn (his only film as director). Though a little long and drawn out, it's splendid to watch in Technicolor and boasts quite a cast: this time a bewigged Yul Brynner is the dashing Lafitte and his women are a feisty Claire Bloom and the lovely Inger Stevens. Charlton Heston appears as General Andrew Jackson. The most impressive sequence is a well-mounted but studio-bound Battle of New Orleans, immortalised by the Johnny Houston/Lonnie Donegan hit ballad. The anti-British sentiments might alienate some viewers, but for students of American history and for fans of a Hollywood in decline this is worth a look.

Summary

A general charged with the defence of New Orleans in 1812 learns the British are sending a vast fleet to retake the city. His only hope is to form an alliance with a notorious pirate - but while the buccaneer's loyalties are to his homeland, his crew urges him to side with the invaders. Remake of Cecil B DeMille's classic swashbuckling adventure, directed by Anthony Quinn, starring Yul Brynner, Charlton Heston, Claire Bloom and Charles Boyer.

Cast & Crew

Jean Lafitte Yul Brynner
Gen Andrew Jackson Charlton Heston
Bonnie Brown Claire Bloom
Dominique You Charles Boyer
Annette Claiborne Inger Stevens
Ezra Peavey Henry Hull
Governor Claiborne EG Marshall
Mercier Lorne Greene
Director Anthony Quinn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd
Drama