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August 25th, 2008

Swashbuckler!

Ellen got this on video at a sale, and we just watched it. With Robert Shaw, encumbered by the most hideous red costume I've ever seen, Genevieve Bujold spitting fire as the governor's daughter, and Peter Boyle as a villain who seems to have wandered into the movie from a Jacobean revenge tragedy of the Iacamo's mad again variety. It was made in 1976, and all the women have mid-70's make-up and hair, and the sexy men all have slight paunches--with the exception of James Earl Jones, who has enough muscles for the whole crew.

So is Pirates of the Caribbean a total rip-off of this movie or not? Feisty governor's daughter goes over to the buccaneer side of the force? Pirate's monkey steals things (in this case, keys, but he was wearing the same jacket as Jack, my hand on it)? Pirates help each other in a fix? Gormless young soldier (Beau Bridges playing the Dickensian innocent Major Folly) for whom honor is a rather narrow and ill-understood concept? Barking mad hero? It's all there in Swashbuckler.

Now I want to see more pirate movies. More, more, more. And there certainly are plenty of them. Of course there's a whole website devoted to them: At my low rate of movie-watching, if I worked my way through it, I'd be watching nothing but pirate movies for a year.

Any other pirate fans out there? Arrrrrr.

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