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Robert Shaw, Genevieve Bujold and James Earl Jones star in this lusty, rollicking pirate adventure set in the 18th Century Caribbean. After rescuing his friend Nick Debrett (Jones) from execution, swaggering buccaneer Red Ned Lynch (Shaw) comes to the aid of wronged noblewoman Jane Barnet (Bujold). The feisty lady is also good with a sword, and together the three attempt to free the citizens of Jamaica from the evil Lord Durant (Peter Boyle). It's treachery, romance and treasure in this entertaining action-filled high seas epic.

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Practically a nonstop brawl between pirates and anybody who gets in their path, this lighthearted, high-energy 1976 movie set in 18th century Jamaica is short on an actual story but thick with stunts and swordplay. Robert Shaw stars as the bawdy, swaggering pirate Red Nel Lynch, whose lusty crew of thieves comes to the aid of Lynch's right-hand man and close pal (James Earl Jones), then helps a beleaguered noblewoman (Genevieve Bujold) whose father and property have been seized by a local tyrant (Peter Boyle). Plot details are pretty much relegated to filling in the spaces between rollicking scenes of flying fists and gleaming blades, and a sort-of love story between Shaw and Bujold never gets the chance to go anywhere for all the orchestrated scuffling. Boyle's performance as a Basil Rathbone-style villain has got to be the least persuasive role of his career, but there are compensations, particularly Bujold's feisty turn as the heroine and a kooky scene in which Shaw and Jones amuse each other by trading dirty limericks. Directed by James Goldstone (Winning). The DVD release includes production notes, cast and filmmakers' bios, a theatrical trailer, and Web links. --Tom Keogh

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  • Product Details

    • Actors: Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle, Genevieve Bujold, Beau Bridges
    • Directors: James Goldstone
    • Writers: Jeffrey Bloom
    • Producers: Jennings Lang
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Live, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: January 5, 1999
    • Run Time: 102 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783230516
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Swashbuckler" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    It is just as much fun and light-hearted as it was then.
    Denevada
    With a very good cast and lots of action I'll be more careful about judging movies by heresay, not that I usually do.
    W. G. McCaslen
    Must see for fans of the Movie legends mentioned above !!!
    Edward T Newberry

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    23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Movie Mania VINE VOICE on February 8, 2006
    Format: DVD
    This was an attempt to revive the pirate movie. It didn't. But it was a great attempt.

    Red Ned Lynch (Robert Shaw) is the captain of the Blarney Cock. He loots British ships in the Caribbean. His first mate is Nick Debrette (James Earl Jones).

    The main British island is under the rule of Lord Durant (Peter Boyle) and his naïve aid (Beau Bridges). He confiscates the Barnett plantation putting out Lady Barnett and daughter Jane (Genevieve Bujold). Jane is determined to get revenge.

    Durant is determined to catch Red Ned and sets a trap but this is a swashbuckler film and good must triumph.

    This is a beautifully made film. The Blarney Cock is the Bounty from the remake. The production design and costumes are top quality. And despite a weak script, the performances all around are great. As one critic said, Genevieve Bujold uses her French accent to great use in this film. And Geoffrey Holder's return to acting is sublime as the knife wielding adventurer.

    You won't put this on your classics list but you will pop this DVD in when you want a fun afternoon.

    DVD EXTRA: Making of featurette made at the time of filming.
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By HeadbangerDuh on May 10, 2005
    Format: DVD
    It's a shame 'Swashbuckler' will probably never recieve the respect it deserves. While in recent years the pirate movie has enjoyed a rebound thanks to the Orlando Bloom pirate tale Pirates of the Carribean, i feel this 1976 swashbuckler is a whole lot better. The story centers around a pirate captain and his best friend played by James Earl Jones. They team up with a woman who can swash and buckle herself in order to overthrow the evil Lord Durant and free the politcal prisoners. While being a little short on plot, it is very thick on action and adventure, and the countless swordfight scenes are the best I've ever seen.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
    Format: VHS Tape
    It's hard to be judgmental about a movie that is trying to be so much fun. It's low on high-tech and it's fast pace comes from the energy of the actors themselves. Who cares if the story line sag's just a bit? Listen to that great score! The music will have you feeling you are aboard a rollicking ship being chased by the king's best. Watch it for the sheer energy the cast generates. The swash and buckle of the sword fights and the derring do far outweigh the few flaws. Robert Shaw was never more the sweet-scoundrel, James Earl Jones never more stalwart and Peter Boyle never more.... well, not nice. Nope, it's not brain surgery and it's certainly not trying to send any message. It's a great summer flick to spend the afternoon with while indulging in popcorn, soda and milkduds. Hey, I love ya leonard Maltin, but I think you're wrong about this one. If anything, I think it's gotten sweeter over time.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Just Me, Tee on July 23, 2005
    Format: DVD
    This movie was one I saw when it first came out in the 70's. I loved it then and still love it. It's not a great plot, not great historically speaking, and it didn't have the best dialog in the world, but it was great because it was just meant for the sheer joy of it.

    The best thing in this movie was it had one of the most difficult stunts at the time, the scene where the carriage goes off the cliff with Robert Shaw and Genevieve Bujold still on it. I loved that stunt.

    The music was spectacular and even today I can hear it in my head when I think of this movie. Can't wait to get it on DVD for my collection.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
    Format: VHS Tape
    I first saw this film in 1980, on TV in Scotland, whilst the babysitter was busy. I was 6 years old. I absolutely loved every second of it, and remembered it enough to search through the Web for "The Scarlet Buccaneer" as I remembered it being titled. I finally found it, ordered it... and adored it. I giggled as much as I did back then, and appreciated it in a whole different way. I agree, the plot is silly, the characters ridiculous- but it's still a great film, and great fun for an evening in with friends and a few bottles of wine...
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BIGTONE on August 15, 2003
    Format: DVD
    I saw this movie when it first came out way back in the day. I was 7. This one stuck with me. I remember by little brother and I re-enacting the scenes in the movie, especially when we got those plastic souveneir pirate swords from the Thanksgiving parade. I was thrilled to find this on DVD. I snapped it up right away and shared it with my family. My sons loved it as much as I did. It was great seeing it again, and being older, I understood the plot better. I am a big fan of pirate movies. This is hands down my favorite. Get this one!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Ward Davies on October 19, 2005
    Format: VHS Tape
    i remember watching this about 22 years ago(can't believe it's been that long), and still think it is one of Robert Shaw's best films. Top acting goes to Shaw and James Earl Jones.

    unlike the swashbuckling films of old(with a few exceptions), "Swashbuckler" looks authentic thanks to being filmed on a real beach, ship , forest and buildings.

    i find it impossible to believe that a film of this quailty could be such a flop back in 1976.

    if you like a film with Robert Shaw and good sword fights, then look no further.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2003
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    I also first saw this movie back in 1976 when it was first released in the theatres. I bought the VHS tape as soon as it was available (paid $100 for it, too!) and now intend to add the DVD to my collection. Robert Shaw was one of the best and most versatile actors in the business, and here he added yet another memorable character to his repertoire - that of Captain "Red" Ned Lynch, a dashing, swashbuckling, lusty pirate, trying to free the people from the evil tyrant Lord Durant (played by the wonderful Peter Boyle). Together with his friend Nick Debrett (superbly played by James Earl Jones), they take us through an exciting and adventurous tale that has everything - action, romance, lots of very subtle humour (don't miss Beau Bridges as Major Folly, one of the best characters in the movie), and a magical score that will take you back in time. I've lost track of how many times I've watched this movie over the years, but it's one you can watch again and again. It's just as great today as it was 27 years ago. Don't look for any brilliant stories or hidden messages - this movie is pure escapist fun! Sit back and enjoy it!
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