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The Sea Hawk (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Mel Blanc, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco, Michael Curtiz, Robert Clampett
  • Writers: Cyrus Wood, Ed Sullivan, Howard Koch, Melvin Millar, Owen Crump
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC, Full Screen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: April 19 2005
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JMR6
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Flynn,Errol ~ Sea Hawk

Five years after Captain Blood made him a swashbuckling star, Errol Flynn returned to the high seas as privateer Captain Thorpe in The Sea Hawk. Flynn plays the dashing gentleman pirate as dedicated patriot, looting Spanish ships for English coffers with the private blessing of Queen Elizabeth (Flora Robson, reprising the role from Fire over England). The film opens with a rousing sea battle: broadside cannon fire sends masts falling and splinters a-flying before Flynn's men take their Spanish quarry in a furious shipboard cutlass battle. The fearless fighter becomes a stumbling schoolboy when he falls for the Spanish ambassador's niece, but he's back in his element when he sails to the New World for treasure and lands in the middle of a deadly conspiracy. Big-eyed beauty Brenda Marshall stands in for Flynn's usual love interest Olivia de Havilland, and the film misses the latter's sass and spirit, but it's a minor shortcoming. Claude Rains plays his usual smoothly conniving villain, and hearty Alan Hale returns as Flynn's loyal sidekick. Michael Curtiz proves once again why he was Warner Brothers' top director with a handsome, action-packed film that mixes intrigue and suspense with grand set pieces, concluding with a rousing series of escapes, chases, and a runaway sword fight. Classic Hollywood swashbuckling at its best. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you liked Errol Flynn in Captain Blood or Don Juan, I am sure that you will also love this movie. I believe it was nominated for 4 academy awards. Its a great rollicking Hollywood swashbuckler adventure. Johnny Depp eat your heart out Errol Flynn is the Pirate King of the movies, not your sad characterisation! Great fun for all ages. Fantastic musical score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The end of the movie is a rousing call to arms for England and the world as the parallels between the threat of the Spanish Armada and the rise of nazi aggression are there.
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Errol Flynn had a starmaking role in Captain Blood, based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini. So it's not at all supriseing that Warner Bros. cast him in the lead of another Sabatini adaptation.
Flynn is Captain Thorpe, an English privateer who raids the galleys of Spain and who falls in love with a lovely Spanish lady. (Brenda Marshall does well enough but as pointed out before, it's just not the same without Olivia DeHavilland) Flynn's acting has improved and his nervous wooing of the proud Spanish dona is very sweet. But then, what people really want in a Flynn movie is action. The movie for the most part delivers. (There is a bit of dragging near the middle but the movie quickly gets back on track) Thorpe goes to raid the Spanish silver mines in South America and is captured by a vindictive Spanish rival. From that point on, the movie speeds to a very good climax. My only real complaint is that the famed Spanish Armada is never shown.
The supporting cast of the movie is also very good. Claude Rains, playing a good guy for once, is a doting uncle to Brenda Marshall. And Flora Robson throws her all into the role of Elizabeth I, bringing out her temper, her flirtation and her eccentricities. The movie sparkles whenever she is on-screen, especially with Flynn. They play off of one another very well.
While this is a very good swashbuckler, it has absolutely nothing to do with the book it is supposedly based on! The film historians I have read say that probably the plot of the original book was too far removed from the realities of WWII to be made into a movie. (The original plot involved an Elizabethan nobleman who is framed for murder, sold into slavery, escapes and converts to Islam and become a corsair.
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By A Customer on April 6 2002
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An English privateer learns the Spanish are going to invade England with their Armada....Even without the benefit of Olivia de Havilland and Technicolor, this is a prime Errol Flynn outing. After CAPTAIN BLOOD proved to be such a gold mine, Warner Bros. put writer Delmer Daves to work adapting another Rafael Sabatini novel THE SEA HAWK; it ranks as one of Flynn's best all-round films, and remains a beautiful picture to see and hear. The 1.7 million dollar budget was lavish by 1940 standards; an enormous new sound stage was inaugurated for the film. Two newly built full-scale ships - one 165' long, the other 135' - both surrounded by 12 feet of water (!) helped make the opening of the movie an amazing, crammed-with-detail piece of filmmaking. The musical score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold was his last for an historical pageant and one of his best; his score splendidly captures the "sweep and roll" of 16th century ships. It's interesting to compare Flora Robson's interpretation of Queen Elizabeth I to Bette Davis's. Both are intelligent and convincing, but Robson conveys level-headedness with flashes of temper while Davis (in THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, which she made with Flynn one year prior) projects distinctly neurotic and indecisive aspects of her character. Flynn's performance is good and believable; he chose a relatively quiet, restrained delivery here and he was at the apex of his career both looks and performance-wise. The term was "sea dogs" was conveniently changed to "sea hawks", thereby refuting history and confusing Sabatini buffs, but giving a 'raison d'etre' to the saleable and dramatic title the studio decided to retain. Available colorized, which is advantageous for some, and an affront to others.
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Top-drawer swashbuckler starring Errol Flynn as Geoffrey Thorpe, an English sea captain doing private duty as pirate at the behest of Queen Elizabeth, with many an adventure and romance along the way. Flynn is his usual perfect dashing self as Thorpe, convincingly portraying the dedicated nationalist as both an adventurous and fearless captain in full control of his fleet and commanding the loyalty of its men, to a tongue-tied schoolboy when it comes to the female sex. The rest of the cast is brilliant, with Claude Rains as Don Jose, an "unvillian-like" villian who as Spanish Ambassador to England has conflicting loyalties as he is pulled by allegiance to Spain as well as being sympathetic to niece Dona Maria's love for Thorpe; Flora Robson bears an uncanny resemblance to Queen Elizabeth as she displays confidence and savviness appropriate to the part; Una Merkel is her typical plucky self as Dona Maria's chaperone; and Flynn's real-life pet monkey is given much screen time and is just plain adorable! The only problem I had was with Brenda Marshall as Dona Maria. Although only a small objection as Marshall is undeniably ravishing and effective in the role, one cannot help but to imagine the movie with Olivia de Havilland instead--she was naturally slated for the role but couldn't do it due to scheduling conflicts. As "The Sea Hawk" was Flynn's other brilliant pirate picture--the other being of course "Captain Blood" which started the grand pairing of Flynn and de Havilland--it would have been wonderful if the two could have done this together as well since both films had a lot in common.Read more ›
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