Pirates of Tortuga
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The plot is simple. Captain Bart and his crew have just docked their ship in London harbour after a long voyage. However, British Admiralty has an urgent assignment for our hero. He is asked to deal with the notorious pirate, Henry Morgan, who is terrorizing the Caribbean Sea, blocking sea-lanes and plundering ships. Recruiting some old ship-mates, our hero sets sail with his crew. To complicate matters--and add some romance and pulchritude for the viewer--an "actress" stows away on the ship, in order to escape the law--it seems she was picking too many pockets ! The rest of the movie is fairly predictable, with decent action and the inevitable "tempestuous relationship" between our Captain and the larcenous young lady.
With American actor, Ken Scott, top-lined as the Captain, you can see that this is not exactly a "star-studded" epic. Scott is a handsome, capable actor, but lacks the charisma and physical agility that would have given this film an extra boost in excitement. Leading lady, Leticia Roman, is vivacious and attractive, but over-acts outrageously--then again, this isn't "Hamlet" ! Famous athlete, Rafer Johnson, may get second billing to Scott on the DVD cover, but his role as a crewman is minor--whatever physical feats he was capable of are sadly not used in this movie.Read more ›
I like the hero in this. In fact, he reminds me of a cross between Errol Flynn and David Hasselhoff, and for a pirate movie that takes place on the water, the comparison is actually quite amusing. He plays a good role.
Elsewhere, there's a pretty girl who flits and flirts (until she tries to pull her best Eliza Doolittle impression and become a lady) and a seaman with a big dangly earring named Peewee! How could you not like that? This is typical pirate fare with some stereotypes, and that is exactly why this is passable. It pulls the strings it needs to to maintain interest, and when it's over you say, "Not bad."
The film has a lot going for it: a nice CinemaScope, Technicolor print, capable acting from the leads (though Letitia Roman's cockney accent is atrocious and she rather overdoes the grinning early-on -- but once her character starts to become a lady she improves markedly), some fine rapier and sabre dueling and action set pieces, good costumes and sets, and a serviceable swashbuckler plot about a gamin who accidentally stows away on a ship sailing for Tortuga with the mission of capturing a renegade Sir Henry Morgan (an enthusiastic Robert Stephens of "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes").
The big problem is pacing. Everyone seems to deliver his or her lines slowly and with tiresome pauses. Yet, if you have a DVD player that can play back at slightly-higher speed, you'll find the film improves quite a bit, and doesn't even seem unnatural.
I went a step further. I have the GREX digital video stabilizer ( http://www.amazon.com/digital-video-stabilizer-Capture-Recorder/dp/B004YTW5SI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1408715679&sr=8-2&keywords=grex ) which allows one to make a legal copy of copy-protected DVDs and such. (It is legal in the U.S.A. to make a single back-up copy of one's DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes. It's also legal for film and music publishers to copy protect their films. Hence the need for GREX.Read more ›
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Not a bad to waste a little time. A privateer, Captain Bart, is sent "undercover" to take down Captain Henry Morgan. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Mckee
What a pleasant surprise!!! After reading the reviews I was prepared for a more B-rate movie but the cinematography is good as well as the costumes & opulent set pieces. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leo Hott
One of my favorite Walt Disney's movie with Ken Scott. I just love this movie, it's silly, it's full of love and it's funny in some parts I just love it. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by kathleen hough
Pirates of Tortuga is chiefly of interest today as an example of how, even in the early sixties, the studio infrastructure could lend even cheap programmers lavish production... Read morePublished on May 28, 2007 by Trevor Willsmer