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In the best tradition of British comedy (Waking Ned Divine, Tight Little Island), Captain Jack is a story filled with pathos, self-deprecating humor and some outright lunacy about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Bob Hoskins, a master of comedy, heads a superb cast.
Captain Jack (Hoskins) is an irascible and irresistible sea captain with a strong antipathy for authority, a fondness for the ladies and an obsession with his predecessor, Captain Scoresby, who sailed from England to the Artic in 1791. Incensed by greater respect for Captain Cook, Jack is determined to retrace Scoresbys 1,300 mile voyage and install a plaque in his heros honor.
He sets sail in a boat not considered seaworthy by the authorities with an oddball crew of nautical novices, all of whom have some reason to leave home port. For a voyage such as this, "success" could very well be the trip itself.
There are so many better films that haven't made it to dvd. This was filmed in 1999, through soup and onto VHS, to fill some awful straight-to-video foreign crap genre that tricks... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Eli
I so much wanted to like this movie. I was hoping for another "Captain Ron" or "Master and Commander" type move but instead it was overly sentimental, corny and just awful. Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by PJY