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The film is kind of cornball, but does a fair job of showing the dire straits the American Army was in at that time during the war of 1812. Predictible pirate scenes and inter-personal rivalry which descends into cliche. Similar to the travis and Bowie characters in John Wayne's version of the Alamo. Love scenes would make a teeneager sob ("I love you so much I have to leave and never see you again" type of stuff. LOL!!).
So why the 5 stars? Because it is a forgotten gem of latter 1950s epic films, one of the few, if not the only, film on the Battle of New Orleans, the short battle scene is both suspenseful ansd spectacular (the fog, pipes/drums, red coats, battlefield rockets...all of it).Read more ›
Jean Lafitte was flamboyant and a favorite of the ladies, and with his horde of sea robbers had his headquarters on an island in Barataria Bay, and controlled the waterways known as the bayou. As Lord Byron wrote of Lafitte,
"He left a Corsair's name to other times-
Linked with one virtue and a thousand crimes".
Yul Brynner is terrific as Lafitte, with swagger and strut, and even singing a beautiful Creole ballad, which Lafitte was known to do. The Costume Design in this film received an Oscar nomination, and should have won for the way they managed to fit Brynner's numerous outfits.
In the smaller but pivotal part of Andrew Jackson, Charlton Heston is downright magnificent and looks fabulous. With thick white hair, his resemblance to General Jackson is a marvel. Both Brynner and Heston, who two years earlier had starred in C.B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments", have command and presence that fills the screen and is a joy to watch.
Others in the cast are Charles Boyer, charming and humorous as Brynner's friend and fellow pirate, Inger Stevens as Brynner's love interest and the daughter of Governor Clairborne (E.G. Marshall), and Claire Bloom as tough girl Bonnie Brown. The score by Elmer Bernstein is wonderful, and cinematography by Loyal Griggs very good, especially the scene of the British advancing, with bagpipes and drums, in the Battle of New Orleans, which took place in the Winter of 1814-15.Read more ›
on the coast of New Orleans, even though he is on the list of wanted men but still he helps
the Governor. Charlton Heston is general Andrew Jackson a man of principal and is tough.
fantastic movie full of action.amazingly directed by Anthony quinn who also acted in this.
all the way 5 star.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always loved this great film adventure with this historical background. Yul Brynner and Charleton Heston awesome. Product arrived on time in excellent condition.Published 1 month ago by Yossarian32
Great histori movie about the pirate Jean Lafeate and his assistance to us in the war of 1812. Yul brenner is up to his usual standard in this film.Published 3 months ago by Charles Marce
Yul Brynner & Charlton Heston Rock!! I doubt we'll ever find patriots like Heston anymore.Published 3 months ago by G
Loved this movie as a kid and still doesn't disappoint. But with Yul Brynner, Charlton Heston, & Charles Boyer, how could it not be swashbuckling fun?Published 4 months ago by galaraf
Good mix of action and intrigue, political and romantic. Very fine cast. Historical context accurate sort of...hey its Hollywood!Published 4 months ago by David C. Brooks
Charlton Heston, as I've mentioned before, is notable for portraying larger-than-life characters; in this colorful swashbuckler he plays one (President-to-be Andrew Jackson, a role... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chrijeff