Friday, July 15, 2011


I love Pirate movies, especially some of the oldies like Errol Flynn's. Tonight I watched "Swashbuckler".

It is a 1976 movie starring Robert Shaw. Jamaica is taken over and plundered by a tyrant who ousted the governor. It is left to Captain Ned Lynch (Shaw), a pirate, and the Governor's daughter Jane (Geneviève Bujold) to save the day. Ok, that is a bit too simplistic.

It is not a bad movie. Not as action driven as the 1st Pirates of the Caribbean. It has a pretty good plot, the acting was ok, and some of the characters were a little too cartoonish (Lord Durant and Major Folly). While it could be better it could have been much worse.

The sword fighting was pretty good. When Lynch taught Jane a lesson in sword fighting on the beach it reminded me a bit of the scene in the 1st Bandaras Zorro movie. Where he fought Zeta-Jones character. Not as much clothing came off, but it reminded me of that.

Captain Lynch's ship, the Blarney Cock, actually got listing in the credits. It was "played" by The Golden Hinde, a replica of the original Golden Hinde sailed by Sir Francis Drake.

All in all an enjoyable movie to while away an otherwise boring evening.


  1. I think I saw this when it first came out. I always liked Robert Shaw, ever since his performance in "Jaws." When I was going to football games, there used to be a guy sitting a few rows in front of us who looked a little like Quint. If the team was doing badly, we'd shout at him, "We're going to need a bigger boat!"
    As for Genevieve Bujold, Rowr! Pant, pant. Squeak squeak. Kiss, kiss. Hubba hubba!

  2. Bujold had some ... memorable scenes in Swashbuckler. :)