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John Paul Jones (1959)

Robert Stack , Charles Coburn , John Farrow  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Stack, Charles Coburn, Macdonald Carey, Jean Pierre Aumont, David Farrar
  • Directors: John Farrow
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY8IG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The fierce battle has taken a grim toll. Lashed to a British man-of-war, the fledging Continental Navy's Bonhomme Richard is sinking and half its crew is lost. English demand surrender. "I have not yet begun to fight!" the colonial commander replies. Indeed he has not. Because - for the first time in naval warfare - he sends brave Marines into the rigging to hurl grenades into the rival ship's hold...and the battle turns.

John Paul Jones (from the producer of El Cid and King of Kings) is the epic story of that historic encounter and of the man who inspired the growth of a mighty navy. Robert Stack (The Untouchables) plays the title role, leading Bette Davis (as Catherine the Great), Charles Coburn (as Benjamin Franklin), Macdonald Carey (as Patrick Henry) and more in a star-packed, star-spangled salute.

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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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4 of 4 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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good September 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Robert Stack is good as John Paul Jones. It is a better movie than Maltin's review suggests
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Stack movies August 15, 2013
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I collect Robert Stack movies, and was happy to find this DVD. I ordered it and it came very quickly. I have watched it a couple of times and am very satisfied with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars our greatest swashbuckler August 6, 2013
By hawkeye
Format:DVD
American colonists are at odds with England over taxation. Lawyer Patrick Henry (MacDonald Carey) sees trouble ahead. John Paul (Robert Stack) is the guy to have around when trouble comes, he has a ship of his own fully armed and ready for a fight. And does John Pail love a fight! But Benjamin Franklin (Charles Coburn) has a speech or two to give first. The speech we're waiting to hear, the speech we need to hear at that point, Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, is left out of the picture.
Bummer. MacDonald Carey would have made it a great moment.
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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 1 day 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 4 days ago by Joseph J Bode Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
VERY GOOD HISTORY LESSON
Published 19 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 7 months ago by Charles J. Ingerson
5.0 out of 5 stars John Paul Jones
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gary W. Phelps
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