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The Sea Hawk (2005)

Errol Flynn , Brenda Marshall , Michael Curtiz  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: April 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sea Hawk" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1940: Newsreel, Alice in Movieland short, Porky's Poor Fish cartoon, theatrical trailers
  • New featurette: The Sea Hawk: Flynn in Action

Editorial Reviews

Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall. It's adventure and romance on the high seas as a British sea captain is ordered to become a dashing pirate to launch raids against the powerful Spanish Armada-and win the hand of the woman he loves. 1940/b&w/127 min/NR/fullscreen.

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Notch Flynn Swaskbuckler July 22, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The Sea Hawk is, perhaps, my favorite Errol Flynn film, with it's rousing sea battles, incredible swordplay, chaste romance, and political intrigue, as well as a brilliant Korngold score, and Michael Curtis' sharp direction. As a video, it has had almost as circuitous a journey as Captain Thorpe had, returning to England from Panama!
When CBS/Fox first released the film to VHS, in the 80's, the only existing prints had been edited, both for theatrical rereleases in the late 40s, and for television. This was the 'accepted' version of the film, even though it was widely known that The Sea Hawk was several minutes longer back in 1940.
Then, a copy of the ORIGINAL print was found, in England, and CBS/Fox quickly repackaged it, and released it as UNCUT. This is the version we see today, right down to the 'British Board of Censors' Approval, at the start of the film. The best known additions to the film were Queen Elizabeth's stirring speech (written as a slap at the Nazis); a brief, almost leering scene, as Thorpe prepares to have a lovers' rendevous; and, most importantly, a sepia-tinted version of the Panama scenes, that captures the sweltering heat of the jungle!
The additions make The Sea Hawk even MORE enjoyable for both film buffs and Flynn fans! If you haven't seen it, yet, you're in for a treat!
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Romantic Adventure April 28, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is the sort of romantic adventure that Hollywood doesn't make much anymore--the sort of movie that has been superseded, lamentably, by the speical effects-laden action movies of today. "The Sea Hawk" is one of the finest of the genre.
In one of his finest performances, Errol Flynn is Captain Geoffrey Thorpe, an English privateer modeled after Sir Francis Drake. War looms between Elizabethan England and Spain. We meet Captain Thorpe when he captures a Spanish ship carrying the new Ambassador, Don Alvarez, and his half-English niece, Donna Maria (played by a radiant Brenda Marshall). As Thorpe conveys the ambassador to England, sparks fly between him and Donna Maria, of the sort that let us know that they're made for each other.
At Queen Elizabeth's court, Thorpe's fellow "sea hawks" press the queen to build up a fleet, while her counselor Lord Wolfingham opposes them. Thorpe, with the queen's completely unofficial sanction, plans a blow against the Spanish, while his romance with Maria blossoms. But wait, why is Lord Wolfingham spending all that time with the Spanish Ambassador...
Besides Flynn and Marshall, the film boasts standout performances from Flora Robson as Queen Elizabeth, Claude Rains as Don Alvarez (surprisingly sympathetic towards his niece and her love for Thorpe), and Henry Daniell as the sinister, well-named Wolfingham. Farther down the cast you have solid performances from the likes of Alan Hale, Una O'Connor and Donald Crisp.
The jewel in "The Sea Hawk's" crown is Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score. Korngold was the John Williams of his day, the master of the rich orchestral film score. Why he didn't win an Oscar for this, his finest score of all, is one of Hollywood's many mysteries.
But of course, so is the question of why Hollywood doesn't make movies like this anymore.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Errol Flynn Adventure On The High Seas September 25, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"The Sea Hawk" is the definitive swashbuckling tale and captures legendary actor Errol Flynn at his most dynamic. He was an actor born for these type of romantic action roles as seen in the earlier classics "Captain Blood", and "The Adventures of Robin Hood". This film reveals Flynn in a tailor made role when he was at the peak of his physical fitness, and athletic prowess and he brings a new maturity and depth to his character here after 5 years of top stardom at Warner Brothers. "The Sea Hawk", is everything a good high seas adventure should be with eye filling adventure, exotic locations, romance, dashes of intrigue and superb swordplay.
With the the huge box office returns Warner's got for "Captain Blood", it was certain that Errol Flynn would be the natural choice to head any future productions of lavish pirate tales being filmed by the studio. That encore came along in another adventure story written by Rafael Sabatini "The Sea Hawk",which Warner's planned as one of their most lavish productions for 1940. Discarding most of the original novel writers Koch and Miller fashioned an exciting and beautiful screenplay that worked wonderfully on screen. "The Sea Hawk", tells the story of British Privateer Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn), who with secret backing from Queen Elizabeth (Flora Robson), sets out on many voyages designed to harrass the Spanish Empire while enriching the British treasury with plunder from the Spanish Galleons that Thorpe raids on their way back from the New World. An adventure of a different sort confronts Thorpe when he inadvertently captures a Spanish ship that happens to be carrying the new Spanish Ambassador Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba (Claude Rains),and his niece Dona Maria (Brenda Marshall) to England.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Flynn Swashbucklers November 27, 2005
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This was the last of the Errol Flynn swashbucklers that began with CAPTAIN BLOOD. In my mind, it is also the best of them.

Flynn plays captain Geoffrey Thorpe, an English privateer under the reign of Elizabeth I. His mission is the liberate Spanish treasure and English prisoners held as slaves on Spanish galleys and galleases. It anyone's guess which he prefers but the whole situation is sticky since England and Spain are not at war. The Armada is still a few years in the future. Many English seaman are sure that it is coming but are having trouble making Her Majesty believe it really will be used against England.

Court intrigue plays its part. One of the Queen's ministers is a traitor in the service of Spain. He is doing everything he can to thwart the work of the Sea Hawks, the privateers that serve in place of a navy. Claude Raines plays the Spanish ambassador and does a great job of playing something other than a one dimensional villain. He has his good points as well. One of these is his niece, played by Brenda Marshall. She is Flynn's love interest and is a nice replacement for Olivia DeHaviland. Alan Hale plays the sidekick as is obligatory in any Flynn movie.

All of the supporting cast is, however, just support. This film is a vehicle for Flynn to show off, be daring, get the girl and play the hero. He never takes himself too seriously and that just lends to the air of fun. He is a rakish and roguish character that everyone can appreciate.

One of the nice things about this one is that by the time it was made, Flynn had learned how to fence. The action sequences are some of the best he ever shot and the cinematography of them is splendid as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars No French audio
Amazon says "Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)".

I purchased this DVD only for the French audio (I already have an... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Luc Bautmans
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make movies like this anymore
And if they did, we would laugh. Even Disney couldn't make the main characters fall in love any faster than this, but the movie is impressive when thinking about the technical... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Arlington
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie !!!!
This is one of Errol Flynn's best movie. My Husband loves this movie . This is a great action movie.
Published 2 months ago by Robin Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Early Errol Flynn Film
I like this because it is an Errol Flynn film. As an actor I believe he was a great actor on the screen. He had a wonderful presence on the screen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Burchfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure
A great movie with all the mix.Adventure,high risk,amd a great ending..Errol flynn at his best and all his sidekicks with no Olivia.
Published 5 months ago by John Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite swashbuckler movies
High quality video but the audio could be better. Overall a good buy and an enjoyable movie experience The only extras I had to add were the popcorn and soda.
Published 6 months ago by plumbob
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Errol Flynn's Best Films!
Errol Flynn brings to life the character Geoffrey Thorpe one of Queen Elizabeth's Sea Hawks. The film opens with King Phillip II of Spain talking of his treacherous plans to make... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars This is for a Christmas present
It came on time and in great condition. Haven't seen it yet...cause it's for someone else for Christmas. So I'll update this review later when we get to watch it.
Published 7 months ago by Penny Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVIE
I really like the product. I brought this movie for my mother. She has been looking for this movie for quite some time now. She was so thrill when this packed arrived.
Published 8 months ago by LOVELYGREENLADY
1.0 out of 5 stars No so good
I bought the movie for a friend she played it twice and the tape broke. I asked her to bring it back so that I could send it in for an exchange, however, she threw it away so that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary Ann Bishman
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