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The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Burt Lancaster , Nick Cravat , Robert Siodmak  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, Eva Bartok, Torin Thatcher, James Hayter
  • Directors: Robert Siodmak
  • Writers: Roland Kibbee
  • Producers: Burt Lancaster, Harold Hecht, Norman Deming
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096IBQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Crimson Pirate" on IMDb

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Notorious raider of the eighteenth century sea lanes, Captain Vallo, a.k.a. The Crimson Pirate, and his band of buccaneers overtake a Spanish galleon filled with guns and ammunition. When he decides to sell the stolen arsenal to rebel leader El Libre on the island of Cobra, the representative of Spain, Baron Gruda, offers Vallo 50,000 florins if he will deliver El Libre instead. Vallo is soon caught between the Spanish, the rebellion, and even the mutiny of his own men. But having allen in love with El Libre's daughter Consuelo, Vallo gains back his crew's trust and leads the island of Cobra to freedom.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirate comedy at it best! December 15, 2003
Fans of Bloom and Deep's Pirates of the Caribbean, should check out pirate camp is done by the old pro Burt Lancaster. This is one riotously funny movie with Burt Lancaster and partner Nick Cravat (they were real partners in a circus act, childhood pals, before breaking into film!) and they get to strut them stuff in this really great film. Lancaster and Cravat play Pirates, in the true tradition, and while tweaking the local authorities nose and robing them blind, they come across Consuelo (Eva Bartok). She is the daughter of a local rebel who they are going to hang and she wants Lancaster to help free him. Tossing
James Hayter's absentminded Professor Prudence and Christopher Lee (an actual sword-fighter!! - watch Saruman in his younger days!!) you get all the perfect mix for slapstick humour at its best.
A long neglected classic and is fun for the whole family.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CRIMSON LANCASTER, THRILLING PIRATE CAPER July 10, 2003
By Nix Pix
"The Crimson Pirate" is the film that really cemented Burt Lancaster's career in Hollywood as a major player. Aside from the fact that Burt does all of his own stunt work - some of it so harrowing I almost had to close my eyes, this nimble, garishly colorful and thoroughly captivating spectacle really grabs the viewer in. Burt plays a pirate, out for revenge and gold. Stop me if you've heard this one before. But the script moves the story along with witty dialogue and plenty of eye boggling acrobatic routines that will leave you thrilling for more.
Warner Home Video has given us a nice looking DVD. Though age related artifacts are present throughout the transfer, colors are nevertheless rich, bold and well balanced. The film has a decidely "warm" look to it with flesh tones that are perhaps a bit too orangy. But oh, how the Technicolor photography will simply take your breath away. Edge enhancement, shimmering and minor pixelization are all present but at extremely low levels. The audio is mono but nicely cleaned up and well balanced.
EXTRAS: NOT A ONE. I have to say that I'm not really happy with Warner's classic DVD policy of late. While many of the Warner Titles from the library get extra features packed into them the MGM titles of late are generally getting shafted with substandard transfers and no extras (Father of the Bride and Broadway Melody of 1940 come immediately to mind). A classic is a classic, no matter the studio that originally made it. Do them all right or don't do them at all!
BOTTOM LINE: This is the swashbuckler to get. Aside from "Scaramouche", which is bar none, the best sword play movie in this latest crop of Warner DVD's, "The Crimson Pirate" will certainly not let you down and the transfer is pretty good besides!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling Burlesque July 7, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I've enjoyed this film every time I've viewed it from childhood into middle-age. A charming pirate romp with wonderful humor, terrific stunts (many of which are performed by the multi-talented Burt Lancaster who himself was a circus acrobat in his youth), and an off-beat cast of characters make for solid entertainment. And the musical score is, by turns, thrilling and humorous, perfectly accenting the performances. I enthusiastically recommend this film and eagerly await a DVD version.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The swashbucklers return! July 20, 2003
OK, the wait is over. Finally someone has decided to bring the classic swashbucklers to the DVD medium and it is about time. "The Crimson Pirate" is one of two Lancaster swashbucklers--the other is "The Flame and the Arrow"--and a wonderful mixture of comedy and acrobats. While not on a par with the older Flynn/Tyrone Power epics, "Pirate" stands above most of the pirate films of the late 1940s and 1950s. It is not to be missed by any fan of Burt Lancaster, especially those who wish to see how good he probably was as a circus performer. This is one to hold on to and, hopefully, will be the beginning of more of these grand entertainments on DVD!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pseudo-Spoof, Pseudo-Swashbuckler September 19, 2003
If Pirates of the Caribbean had been made in 1952, it would have looked like this movie.
This movie is a swashbuckling, tongue in cheek romp through the 50's typical Caribbean locale. Lancaster portrays the charismatic pirate captain, taking on all odds, beating the pompous Spanish aristocracy in a fair fight, playing all sides off against each other for the benefit of the pirates (at least until Eva Bartok, captivates his interest). On a historical note: the movie does a decent job of depicting the pirate captain's relationship with the crew by making Lancaster convince them to follow his plan rather than just issue the orders (pirate captains of the Golden Age of Piracy were elected by the crew and continued to serve until the crew felt the need for a change).
The cast is excellent. Nick Cravat, plays a wonderful mute companion to Lancaster's voluble Captain Vallo; Torin Thatcher plays a wonderful double dealing pirate as Humble Bellows. Eva Bartok is a decent romantic interest (the movie isn't all mushy, just a little embracing and couple of kisses). Then there is Professor Prudence, James Hayter, type cast as the absent minded inventor (can you say hot air balloon, submarine and nitroglycerine [although I doubt he invented the cruise ship glimpsed in the background of one shipboard scene]). Overall, this is a wonderful representation of the genre. P-)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost gem of an old pirate movie.
It was lots of fun, a bit silly at times, but overall an excellent vintage pirate movie. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a lost gem.
Published 14 days ago by David S. Innis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
the Chinese subtitles were a little annoying but in all a good movie
Published 18 days ago by george b. glass jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good swashbuckler!
Published 22 days ago by Robert S. Blevens
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm 72 years old, I've seen possibley 10, ...
I'm 72 years old, I've seen possibley 10,000 movies in that time. The Crimson Pirate is one of my top 3 favorites. Thanks, Mike
Published 1 month ago by Mike McCaffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars It is old - but great!
This is a classic and a great movie - very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Arno
5.0 out of 5 stars Great watch
This was my favorite movie when I was a ten year old! A favorite watch ever since. Fun adventure! Recommend for whole family! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Snooki61
5.0 out of 5 stars Burt Lancaster in the crimson pirate
as you can see i'm a big Burt Lancaster fan this film and the flame and the arrow stared me on my way to become a gymnist
Published 1 month ago by Isaac Irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this movie as a kid and now my kid get to enjoy it.
Published 1 month ago by Heather R. Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hot dog great job
Published 2 months ago by russ gaggens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got what I ordered, I'm happy
Published 2 months ago by Jo B.
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