- 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:
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Release Date: April 19 2005
- Run Time: 127 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005JMR6
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The Sea Hawk (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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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Directed by Michael Curtiz
Geoffrey Thorpe is an adventurous and dashing pirate, who feels that he should pirate the Spanish ships for the good of England. In one such battle, he overtakes a Spanish ship and when he comes aboard he finds Dona Maria, a beautiful Spanish royal. He is overwhelmed by her beauty, but she will have nothing to do with him because of his pirating ways. When the ship reaches England, Queen Elizabeth sends Thorpe on a mission and in the process, he becomes a prisoner of the Spaniards. Thorpe escapes and returns to England to uncover some deadly secrets. Exciting duels follow as Thorpe must expose the evil and win Dona Maria's heart.
A very entertaining swashbuckler with a wonderful score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Oscar Nominated for Best Art Direction, Black-and-White, Best Effects, Special Effects, Best Sound, Recording & Best Music, Score
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
1. Michael Curtiz [aka: Manó Kertész Kaminer] [Director]
Date of Birth: 24 December 1886 - Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Date of Death: 10 April 1962 - Hollywood, California
2. Errol Flynn [aka: Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn]
Date of Birth: 20 June 1909, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Date of Death: 14 October 1959, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 127 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (04/19/2005)
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. Ironically, this plot is probably more timely now in the post 9/11 world than it was in 1915 when it was first published. There was a faithfully filmed silent version in 1924, worth tracking down.) So, the scriptwriters came up with an entertaining bit of propaganda. Spain is meant to represent the Axis nations while noble Englishmen stand up to their conquest. Even though it was made with a WWII audience in mind, it is still rather entertaining today mainly due to the gusto with which it was made.
While not as good as Captain Blood or The Adventures of Robin Hood it is still a fun pirate movie and a fascinating period piece. I highly recommend it for Flynn fans.
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Good for whole family.
Good acting. Good plot.
The Sea Hawk is one of the great swashbuckler films of all time. Errol Fylnn was in top form for the movie. The fencing is a joy to watch.Read more