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John Paul Jones [VHS] (1959)

Robert Stack , Marisa Pavan , John Farrow  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien, Bette Davis
  • Directors: John Farrow
  • Writers: John Farrow, Ben Hecht, Clements Ripley, Jesse Lasky Jr.
  • Producers: Samuel Bronston
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 7, 1994
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303039588
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The swashbuckling adventures of the 18th century American war hero.


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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Paul Jones January 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The only movie portrayal done to my knowledge of John Paul Jones. That alone makes it worth while for any American history fan. Robert Stack does a pretty good job as the man and soldier. The movie is fairly historically accurate with some "Hollywood artistic" liberty taken and a bit of swashbuckling too. An entertaining movie all in all.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad January 31, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
Hollywood has certainly done much worse than this movie. John Paul Jones was a major naval figure in the American Revolution, though seagoing operations in that war were overshadowed by land operations. His life is covered with an acceptable degree of historical accuracy in this movie. (It appears to me that the script was probably based on Augustus C. Buell's 1900 two volume "biography". For the facts, trust Samuel Eliot Morison's unsurpassed 1959 biography of Jones.) The normal artistic liberties are taken without changing the overall story. The filming and color are quite good. However, it suffers from very stiff acting, particularly from Robert Stack. The VHS tape has also suffered the cutting room floor treatment by trimming a widescreen movie to fit the 4:3 TV screen. Worth seeing once, it might be wisest to either rent or check it out from the library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Neglected Classic Film At Last Available! September 20, 2013
Format:DVD
John Paul Jones is A highly neglected and forgotten film. Robert Stack is excellent as a very stoic John Paul Jones and it works under John Farrow's direction. The score composed by Max Steiner is very notable. It is both rousing and very majestic. Of note, David Farrar and Peter Cushing demonstrate their great acting prowess in this film. It was also interesting to see Bette Davis as Empress Catherine the Great later on in the film. A lot of historical events are crammed into this film, some accurate and the stuff legends are made of and some not so accurate. But we are dealing with a great American legendary hero in this film and it accomplishes that feat of bringing him to the screen in great fashion.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars where's the DVD version? June 27, 2010
By Bobby D
Format:VHS Tape
It surprises me that so many terrible movies have been converted and released to a DVD format, while this excellent classic along with so many others have not for whatever reason.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Paul Jones August 23, 2013
By paco
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Well made historical story about the founder of the U.S Navy. From boyhood in Scotland, he is accepted as a recruit aboard a merchant vessel at sea. As he matures to manhood, he becomes a well seasoned Sea Captain. To quell a mutiny, he accidenty kills the ring leader. To avid being tried for murder, he escapes to America. He is befriended by lawyer Patrick Henry and seeks a command in the fleet of American ships during the revolution. Standby for action. Robert Stack leads a fine cast. Charles Colburn is an excellent Ben Franklin.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled Potential March 24, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This could have been an exciting movie, but, alas, it is only a lackluster effort to tell his story. The movie spans the time when the 12 year old John Paul was apprenticed to Mr. Younger on a merchant ship out of Scotland in 1759 to his death in France in 1792.

A few miscellaneous notes:

John Paul's appended name: John Paul added the name Jones after an incident on board his ship in Nassau, when he killed a crewman. He left for Virginia to start over as John Paul Jones.

Cat-o'-nine-tails: There is an odd scene when Jones has his first officer toss a cat-o'-nine-tails out of the Ranger's aft window. This appears to be an oblique reference to an event - not shown in the film - when his ship's carpenter was severely flogged in 1770 at Tobago. Perhaps this was to show his change in attitude for this form of discipline.

If you are a fan of the old Robin Hood TV series starring Richard Greene, you will find the actor, Archie Duncan, who played "Little John", plays a small part in this film; he looks and sounds like he had just stepped off the set from Robin Hood.

Early flag of the United States: Check out the flag that John Paul Jones hoists on the Alfred. This flag is commonly called the Grand Union Flag. There is a picture of it on Wikipedia's web site. It has no stars.

Picture (DVD-R - 2012): 3.5 to 4; color; widescreen, measured aspect ratio: 2.35. Sound: music tends to overwhelm the dialog. Subtitles: none. Special Features: none.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Paul Jones January 28, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Warner Brothers Archive has preserved a classic movie in a DVD, with historic accuracy. Robert Stack should be known more for his role as John Paul Jones, not the Untouchables. As a young boy, John Paul Jones desired a life at sea in ships. That dream became reality as he grew up to become a Captain in fledgling American Navy as a colonial commander. In naval battle, he is known for the famous reply, "I have just begun to fight!" There was more to John Paul Jones, who was a favorite of the court in France, and trained the Russian Navy under Catherine the Great. This is indeed a star spangled salute to a key player in the American Revolution and inspired the origins of a might U.S. Navy. As a young lad, of middle school years as a BSA Sea Explorer Scout, I and others in a boat listened to accurate stories of John Paul Johns as told by a Navy Officer who was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. The historical accuracy and actors of Colonial heroes in this DVD production revived a lot of those good memories and a good reminder of what America came from - individuals like us - we the people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but good title role performance from Robert stack and a nice ...
very rare warner epic not seen much on t.v. but good title role performance from Robert stack and a nice copy from warner archive dvd
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Barry Ratcliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great old swash Buckler. Pretty close to the historic information of that time.
Published 2 months ago by Joseph J Bode Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
VERY GOOD HISTORY LESSON
Published 2 months ago by old smoothie
3.0 out of 5 stars If it was made today there would be more action but Bon Homme Richard...
Fairly historical with minor literary license. If it was made today there would be more action but Bon Homme Richard & Serapis battle is great.
Published 3 months ago by Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this Movie
I absolutely loved this Movie. I can remember many years ago in seeing it, seeing it once again was a joy. Would recommend it to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by george stirrup
5.0 out of 5 stars Reason
I live most of the year where the film was made,it has many historical shots of the town and many local folk who were extras 50 years ago are still around. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Christopher K. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Flick
John Paul Jones is a very well produced historical drama that does an excellent job of portraying the life of John Paul Jones. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kimo
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected!
I found myself thoroughly enjoying this enactment of the life of John Paul Jones. If you like movies about Naval warfare,e.g. Errol Flynn etc, then you'll like this movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by hoopguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction based on a real person
Too many wrapped up in today forget about our heroes who helped make the US come together as a nation. Great acting and well worth the watching. c/ork
Published 9 months ago by Charles J. Ingerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely satisfied!
It was given as a gift for my husband. We have watched it together. We both were happy to have found it.
Published 9 months ago by justbuyer
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