BUCCANEER (1938) 1938 NR CC

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A swashbuckling tale of the sea and the life and loves of the well-known pirate, Jean Lafitte.

Starring:
Fredric March, Franciska Gaal
Runtime:
2 hours 6 minutes

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BUCCANEER (1938)

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Genres Adventure
Director Cecil B. DeMille
Starring Fredric March, Franciska Gaal
Supporting actors Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame, Walter Brennan, Ian Keith, Anthony Quinn, Douglass Dumbrille, Beulah Bondi, Robert Barrat, Fred Kohler, Hugh Sothern, John Rogers, Hans Steinke, Stanley Andrews, Spring Byington, Montagu Love, Eric Stanley, Gilbert Emery, Holmes Herbert
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian on December 30, 2012
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Cecil B. De Mille takes no prisoners with 1938's 'The Buccaneer,' his epic, revisionist slant on the War of 1812's Battle of New Orleans that does for that period what 'The Plainsman,' released the year prior, did for the wild west of the 1870s. Cast in the lead is versatile Fredric March as pirate-cum-patriot Jean Lafitte, who's nothing short of electrifying as he and his merry band of brigands seemingly singlehandedly (with some assistance from Gen. Andrew Jackson, et al) decide upstart-America's victory against those dastardly Redcoats. It is, in keeping with the De Mille tradition, a big, loud, kinetic, jingoistic production, turning history on its ear to fit its wholly Hollywoodized tale-telling; but it's also a highly entertaining-- and semi-factual-- combination of swashbuckling fun and canons-blazing romance that only the most humorless critic could disdain. 3 1/2 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Yermack on January 9, 2014
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This film was buried in a vault for years in deference to the 1958 remake.

I was surprised that Olive Films which released this print and charges higher end prices for their releases did not make some effort to restore the film. The print, though completely watchable, looks like a film neglected for decades with lots of dirt and scratches throughout. This is why it lost one star.

The other lost star is because of the lead actor, Fredric March, who plays Jean Lafitte like some cartoon "Lucky Pierre" cartoon character. His accent and overstated gesturing are cringe worthy. This is odd because he was one of the great actors of the golden age of movies. It seems that under directors like Mamoulian or Wyler or Wellman, he delivered sensitive realistic award worthy performances, but under deMille, he was left unrestrained (as were many other usually fine actors in other deMille epics) and was so hammy as to come off as comical.

All and all it's worth a look but don't expect a masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jean12 on September 14, 2013
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Great film! Great history Neat actors. Good photos! Costumes of that time period i find very interesting and imaginative I enjoyed this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Demosthenese on January 14, 2014
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I had always been a huge fan of The Buccaneer with Charlton Heston as General Andrew Jackson and Yul Brynner as Jean Lafitte. I saw the earlier version on television a long while ago and then noticed it was out on DVD. I must say that I enjoyed the Fredric March version every bit as much as the remake. The video quality is sufficient, not great, but the movie is terrific. Some noticeable differences from the later version, but a great story line nevertheless. And yes, the British still get defeated at New Orleans....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RememberWhen on December 31, 2013
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The hero does act like a naÔve oaf at times ( standing in the surf waving a flag while the US Navy blows his men and house to bits ) but you cant help cheering him on. The dialogue they gave him were at times simply brilliant ( love the speech he gives his men on why they should become Americans, and normally I puke at patriotic drivel ). He combined what I picture to be all of the elements of what a storybook pirate should be like ( even if they did slaughter historical accuracy ).
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By James R. Morrella on April 16, 2014
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This was DeMile's first of two productions. It is not as good as the sequel that his son-in-law Anthony Quinn directed in 1958. Still it holds up with a great cast.
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By linny on March 27, 2014
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Eventhough this movie was in black and white it was a good action flick. Cast was great with lots of actors esrly in thier careers.
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I loved the movie and somewhat better than the 1958 remake. acting was very good overall enjoyable I would recommend it. I just visited New Orleans and I noticed mention of this film I was not aware of the 1938 version only the 1958 version which I used to see when the channels would go out on Fridays as the late night movie of the week.
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