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John Paul Jones [VHS]

4.2 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Stack, Bette Davis, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Macdonald Carey
  • Directors: John Farrow
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303039588
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,451 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I enjoy historical movies and this is a childhood favorite. Robert Stack stoically plays the role of John Paul Jones but it still works. The supporting cast of Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Macdonald Carey, Jean-Pierre Aumont, David Farrar, Peter Cushing, Basil Sydney, Thomas Gomez and Bette Davis add breadth and life to the film. This was another of Samuel Bronston's Spanish studios epics and it certainly impresses in its look and authenticity. Get lost in history for awhile as you watch this film.
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