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Hollywood has used the 'good-man-wronged' scenario countless times since this movie, but rarely to such effect. Battered, beaten, but never broken, Dr. Peter Blood transforms into Captain Blood, the terror of the high seas that crushes his enemies without ever letting anyone affect his high-minded moral core. It was not his choice to become an outlaw, but if he has to become one, he will be the best one there ever was. Redemption, honor, and love all make their appearances in the fine script enacted by a worthy cast, but at every point Blood is a man in control of, and therefore responsible for, his own destiny. It's a great film and one you definitely should check out.
The plot centers around a doctor (Blood), who is unfairly sentenced by a corrupt judge for being "a rebel against the king". His life is spared, and he is sent to Port Royal, Jamaica, to be sold as a slave, and after escaping, piracy becomes his only means of existence. "And thus Captain Blood began his piracy...with a ship, a handful of men, and a brain." Basil Rathbone is marvelous as the bad guy Captain Levasseur, and the swordplay on a rocky shore between Blood and Levasseur (Laguna Beach substituting for Jamaica) is superb. Others in the supporting cast include J. Carrol Naish and Guy Kibbee.
With fast paced direction by Curtiz, a stupendous debut film score by classical composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and cinematography by Hal Mohr, with clever use of miniatures in the seafaring scenes, this film will stand the test of time for generations to come. Nominated by the Academy for Best Picture and Sound, total running time is 120 minutes. DVD extras include an interesting featurette, with commentary by film historian Robert Osborne, among others.
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Great movie, and even 70+ years later it's easy to see why it made Errol Flynn a huge star. You absolutely can't take your eyes off of him when he's onscreen, and when you add... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Statchmo
I bought this for my dad who is in his 80's. He enjoyed watching this movie and it brought back great memories for him..Published 14 days ago by Vickie
DVD says it's region 1, but I get an error message saying it's incompatible!!!! I haven't had this problem with any other movie so it's not the player.Published 21 days ago by Robert Sumpter
Errol Flynn is always fun to watch, and I do often. This a fun movie if love pirate movies like I do.Published 2 months ago by Dennis Hargett
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