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Pirates Of Totuga '61

3.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A British captain with a cockney stowaway chases Sir Henry Morgan, here a bad buccaneer.

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  • Actors: Ken Scott, Letícia Román, Dave King, John Richardson, Rafer Johnson
  • Directors: Robert D. Webb
  • Writers: Jesse Lasky Jr., Melvin Levy, Pat Silver
  • Producers: Sam Katzman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I56GO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pirates Of Totuga '61" on IMDb

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"Pirates of Tortuga" is a low-budget swashbuckling flick, released in 1961. It is not particularly memorable, but can provide some good fun as long as the viewer doesn't think too much about classic pirate movies with the likes of Errol Flynn, Burt Lancaster or Tyrone Power. It would also be unfair to compare it to last year's big-budget smash, "Pirates of the Caribbean".
The plot is simple. Captain Bart and his crew have just docked their ship in London harbour after a long voyage. However, British Admiralty has an urgent assignment for our hero. He is asked to deal with the notorious pirate, Henry Morgan, who is terrorizing the Caribbean Sea, blocking sea-lanes and plundering ships. Recruiting some old ship-mates, our hero sets sail with his crew. To complicate matters--and add some romance and pulchritude for the viewer--an "actress" stows away on the ship, in order to escape the law--it seems she was picking too many pockets ! The rest of the movie is fairly predictable, with decent action and the inevitable "tempestuous relationship" between our Captain and the larcenous young lady.
With American actor, Ken Scott, top-lined as the Captain, you can see that this is not exactly a "star-studded" epic. Scott is a handsome, capable actor, but lacks the charisma and physical agility that would have given this film an extra boost in excitement. Leading lady, Leticia Roman, is vivacious and attractive, but over-acts outrageously--then again, this isn't "Hamlet" ! Famous athlete, Rafer Johnson, may get second billing to Scott on the DVD cover, but his role as a crewman is minor--whatever physical feats he was capable of are sadly not used in this movie.
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In the world of Pirate movies this one falls a little short. The action scenes are well choreographed and the story is allright. This film just can't seem to catch momentum, and at times drags on. The female lead is annoyoing, but cute. If adventure is your thing than give this movie a shot....If your looking for something more classic check out "the sea hawk", or "the Adventures of Robin Hood"
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This movie is nothing special, but every once-in-a-while I don't mind "wasting my time" on a movie such as this. The story line is very basic, but it is decent entertainment of its sort. I like a good swashbuckler, and I would call this a decent one.

I like the hero in this. In fact, he reminds me of a cross between Errol Flynn and David Hasselhoff, and for a pirate movie that takes place on the water, the comparison is actually quite amusing. He plays a good role.

Elsewhere, there's a pretty girl who flits and flirts (until she tries to pull her best Eliza Doolittle impression and become a lady) and a seaman with a big dangly earring named Peewee! How could you not like that? This is typical pirate fare with some stereotypes, and that is exactly why this is passable. It pulls the strings it needs to to maintain interest, and when it's over you say, "Not bad."
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What a pleasant surprise!!! After reading the reviews I was prepared for a more B-rate movie but the cinematography is good as well as the costumes & opulent set pieces. The storyline is actually quite good when you understand the history of Henry Morgan & the thin lines between Privateering & Piracy. After Morgan's falling out with the Government & loosing both his commission as a Privateer & the Governorship of Jamaica he would have needed a fence to turn his stolen loot into coin because he was just to well known. And such a audacious plan as conceived in this story to gain his trust would probably have appealed to his sense of bravado. I would say this is on par with Errol Flynn's "Against all Flags" or john Payne's "Raiders of the Seven Sea's" & for those out there that can't get enough swashbuckling Pirate action you can't go wrong at this price! while the acting isn't Oscar worthy it isn't painful either. These type movies were never intended to win Academy awards anyway they are meant to provide a hour or so's worth of escapist fantasy & fun & this movie succeeds in doing that. So if your looking to bulk up your Pirate movie collection pick this one up quick while it's still at such a low price!
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In its full 97-minutes of slow-pacing, unnecessary scenes, and occasional cringe-inducing bits of acting, "Pirates of Tortuga" might be worthy of "Mystery Science 3000" treatment. Yet, with a couple recording devices, a little expertise, and some patience, this 1961 swashbuckler can rise from a "D" to perhaps even a "B"!

The film has a lot going for it: a nice CinemaScope, Technicolor print, capable acting from the leads (though Letitia Roman's cockney accent is atrocious and she rather overdoes the grinning early-on -- but once her character starts to become a lady she improves markedly), some fine rapier and sabre dueling and action set pieces, good costumes and sets, and a serviceable swashbuckler plot about a gamin who accidentally stows away on a ship sailing for Tortuga with the mission of capturing a renegade Sir Henry Morgan (an enthusiastic Robert Stephens of "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes").

The big problem is pacing. Everyone seems to deliver his or her lines slowly and with tiresome pauses. Yet, if you have a DVD player that can play back at slightly-higher speed, you'll find the film improves quite a bit, and doesn't even seem unnatural.

I went a step further. I have the GREX digital video stabilizer ( http://www.amazon.com/digital-video-stabilizer-Capture-Recorder/dp/B004YTW5SI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1408715679&sr=8-2&keywords=grex ) which allows one to make a legal copy of copy-protected DVDs and such. (It is legal in the U.S.A. to make a single back-up copy of one's DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes. It's also legal for film and music publishers to copy protect their films. Hence the need for GREX.
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