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Captain Jack (1999)

Bob Hoskins , Sadie Frost , Robert Young  |  NR |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Sadie Frost, Gemma Jones, Anna Massey, Peter McDonald
  • Directors: Robert Young
  • Writers: Jack Rosenthal, Nick Davies
  • Producers: Chris Craib, John Goldschmidt, Pippa Cross, Ronaldo Vasconcellos, William Sargent
  • Format: Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BFJM30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Captain Jack" on IMDb

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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 Scoresby’s 1,300 mile voyage and install a plaque in his hero’s 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.


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4.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites December 18, 2011
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The other negative reviews notwithstanding, this is one of our favorite films. It is definitely a lightweight work, along the lines of those great British "B movies" with the likes of Alec Guinness and Charles Laughton. It should not be compared with "Master and Commander" (I wonder who would form that expectation? and I wonder which film will have more true longevity?) but with "Operation Petticoat" or "All at Sea". Once you accept that it has a typical British B-movie silly plot, and typical British B-movie production values (unbelievable storms, etc.), you can settle back to enjoy the characters, the story, and your popcorn. It is just what it should be: light, fluffy fun...with some nice scenery thrown in.
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The 1999 British release 'Captain Jack' starring Bob Hoskins is a well intentioned, family genre film that attempts to concoct a storyline virtually out of nothing, relying solely on the talents of Captain Jack (i.e.: Bob Hoskins) to keep you entertained until the closing credits roll by. Needless to say it doesn't work. Fifteen or twenty minutes into the film the antics of the irrespressable Captain start to wear a little thin and one begins to look around for someone, or something else in the cast to help keep the poor boat afloat. Alas there's no rescue for this storyline as far as the eye can see.

Bottom line: Admitedly I'm being overly critical here. I did give it -3 Stars- afterall. It's not that it's a bad film, it just doesn't succeed at elicting that "feel good" emotion from the audience that it's shooting for. 'Captain Jack' is watchable but if given the opportunity for a repeat cruise with the good captain I believe I'd let this one set sail without me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Corny, Obvious, Yuk June 23, 2008
By PJY
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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. I know I am going to get panned for this review, but the movie was so bad I want Captain Jack to give me my two hours back. The acting was acceptable (especially Bob Hoskins), but the plot and script were so poor and stupid that once they left port I was hoping the boat would sink with all hands lost just so I wouldn't have to tolerate any more. It was so sentimental, so wistful it was painful. How much 'Ah' can you stand when there is no reason to be 'Ahing'? A dreadful movie.
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