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Having braved the treacherous seas most of their lives, three retired captains (David Carradine, Rip Torn and Bruce Dern) are now faced with their toughest challenge ever: living together. The three agree to advertise for a reliable, able-bodied woman to cook, care and keep the house. The Catch is: one of them will have to marry her so the other two can unk for free. But their plans quickly capsize when lovely, strong-willed Martha (Mariel Hammingway) agrees to sign on as first mate in this delightfully romantic family comedy.

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  • Actors: David Carradine, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern, Mariel Hemingway, Charles Durning
  • Directors: Daniel Adams
  • Writers: Daniel Adams, Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Producers: Anita Devlin, Brian Gilmore, Cassandra Gava, Chad Doe, Charles Burke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BJGYK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By S. Firtch on August 23, 2009
Format: DVD
It's the "old guys" who make this film worth watching--David Carradine, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn, and in a smaller role, Charles Durning. Carradine (we will miss him!), Dern, and Torn are all fabulous in their roles as old bachelors/widowers who need a housekeeper and decide one of them must take a mail order bride in order to get one. The whole thing is worth it just for the scene in which the woman they see emerging from the train "does not suit." Watching them scamper away and hide made me laugh out loud. Mariel Hemingway, who plays the woman they do like, is also worth watching. She brings dignity and a sense of mystery to her character. I wish we had seen more development of her character in this film--it felt like there was so much more to tell.

The reason that I only gave this film 3 stars is that if it weren't for the actors, I don't think I would have watched it all the way through. It's very light on plot, and entirely predictable. At times, it felt as if scenes that would have furthered the story were left out, and unnecessary scenes put in. There was plenty of room for more character development scenes with everybody, and a better explanation about a side plot concerning dispute over serving rum at the saloon. It looked and felt to me like this was a very low budget film that one of the guys agreed to do for a novice filmmaker--like for a grandkid or something. I do not know if that was actually the case, but I felt like saying "Not bad for a first try, but . . " This film did not have a professional feel to it, and it could have used more skillful writing/editing and tighenting of the scant story line, while expanding on the character development.

Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of any of the stars, or to anyone who wants a sweet, simple, low-tech movie with no violence or profanity.
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Three cantankerous old men and a refined lady. A wonderful comedy set on (and filmed) on Cape Cod. For the locals, a challenge at times to locate set locations, but a lot of fun. I watched this being filmed, saw the film at a special screening and can't wait for it's release. And, I believe it was David Carradine's last film. He is very amusing in this as are the others we remember from their younger days.
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The first third of this film is hilarious. I just love the way the three old timer sea farers reach the conclusion that one of them has to marry in order that they have a housekeeper to share. The best is the hunt for a bride through the lonely hearts column. The lines are perfectly delivered - the facial expressions a scream to watch as the plan is hatched and an ad placed. But after the mail order bride arrives the movie becomes predictable. It is all grandad's fantasy as young women apparantly fall for 2 old men who look like they won't make their next birthday. Just 3 stars - but worth watching for the very funny first third of the film.
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With a film in Cape Cod, Directed by the very capable Dan Adams, and starring:
the late David Carradine, Rip (& Angelica) Torn, Mariel Hemmingway, the late
Charles Durning, it would have to be good. Don't know what the sourpusses
here who gave this movie one stars were watching, but it wasn't this film!

No profanity or undue sexual situations, which you would expect if those complainers
here had read the very fine Cap'n Eire! Three retirement aged (70ish) olde sea
captains need a house keeper for themselves and their cat Lorenzo. They place an
ad in the Journal or Matrimony and score Hemingway!! Only it turns out Carradine,
who's been in three pictures with her now, ends up getting the prize, instead of a
very reluctant Cap'n Torn. Bruce Dern, the third wheel tries to muscle in, but ends
up getting hitched to the two time widow'd/gossip of the town (Angelica Torn, daug-
hter of Geraldine Page, and Rip)! First half is very funny. Not slapstick, just ironic.

Adams free hand style Directing makes all the difference in the world. This was not
an incredibly high budgeted film, but everything I believe was shot, with the cooper-
ation of the great gaffer in the sky, in about one-and-a-half weeks. Adams and the
investors chose the correct folkes for the right roles and their ease with which they
did most everything ont he first and occasionally second takes showed what Pros
they were. Durning played a very sickly, highly religious man who here's the voice
of God tell him to burn down the local pool hall. Good stroyline expands on the Cap'n
Erie novel. Nice to see this kind of quality film in this day and age. The whiners here
who didn't like it can go pound sand.
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Now, I'll be honest. This movie isn't exactly in the Casablanca or Gone With The Wind class but I don't think it's really meant to be. It's meant to be the kind of movie that should be watched for enjoyment rather than one that be analyzes the human condition to the Nth degree or is meant to be propoganda for political correctness.

The movie is based on a 1904 story entitled: Cap'n Eri: A story of the Coast by Joseph Crosby Lincoln...and it's a delightful film that any beach/coastal/nautical enthusiast who also enjoys history and romantic comedies would enjoy. Hence the reason I liked it as well as I did.

I felt the director, Daniel Adams, did a pretty good job of translating Lincoln's book into film. I read someplace that Lincoln's literary works could be considered "celebrating Cape Cod" and you can clearly see that in this film. It is a celebration of a specific cultural heritage, plus a labor of love on the part of the director. I wish there would had been more in the movie about the US Lifesaving Service (predecessor of the US Coast Guard), but of course that is a movie-worthy story in itself...perhaps an idea for a future movie for Adams?

All of the actors did their roles, but I particularly enjoyed the acting on the part of the late David Carradine and Mariel Hemingway. The scenery was quite beautiful, and much of the movie was quite hilarious. I laughed my head off when the cat refused to eat the clam fritters. The subplot with the rum house issue was interesting, too. I like the way true friendship was demonstrated in those scenes. Mind you that Web Saunders character needed a kick in the butt, for sure...but even his role was played very well. One of the messages I liked in this movie was re: the treatment of age.
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