Director: James Goldstone Cast: Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle

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A latter-day attempt to update the swordplay success of Errol Flynn movies, this film is part burlesque, part homage to old-fashioned pirate films. James Earl Jones and Robert Shaw play Nick Debrett and Ned Lynch, two pirates who save a noblewoman, Jane Barnet (Genevieve Bujold), and take her to Jamaica. They find that their friends have been taken captive by a ruthless dictator -- Peter Boyle plays the foppish villain Lord Durant with an over-the-top swagger. Debrett and Lynch set out to rescue their friends and overthrow the perverted tyrant. Beau Bridges plays Major Folly, a fancy-dressing Scarlet Pimpernel sort. A young Anjelica Huston has a minor part as a nameless woman. There is plenty of swordplay, blood, slapstick, and cleavage, all directed by James Goldstone in a frenzied fashion. This DVD release also contains a featurette, along with a trailer and some cast filmographies.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/1999
UPC: 0025192051425
Original Release: 1976
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 21,645

Special Features

Closed Caption; Production notes; Cast & filmmakers' bios; Featurette; Theatrical trailer; Web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Shaw Ned Lynch
James Earl Jones Nick Debrett
Peter Boyle Lord Durant
Geneviève Bujold Jane Barnet
Beau Bridges Maj. Folly
Geoffrey Holder Cudjo
Anjelica Huston Woman of Dark Visage
Avery Schreiber Polonski
Tom Clancy Moonbeam
Bernard Behrens Sir James Barnet
Dorothy Tristan Alice
Mark Baker Lute Player
Kip Niven Willard
Harry Basch Banana Man
Kabir Bedi Actor
Jon Cedar Pirate Gun Captain
Diana Chesney Landlady
Tom Fitzsimmons Corporal
Sid Haig Bald Pirate
Louisa Horton Lady Barnet
Tom Lacy Chaplain
Robert Morgan Peglegged Pirate
Robert Ruth Bearded Pirate
Alfie Wise Sailor
Manuel DePina Barnet Servant

Technical Credits
James Goldstone Director
John Addison Score Composer
Edward A. Biery Editor
Jeffrey Bloom Screenwriter
Peter Bogart Asst. Director
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
William S. Gilmore Producer
Geoffrey Holder Choreography
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Don Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Elliott Kastner Producer
Jennings Lang Producer
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
John Robert Lloyd Production Designer
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
Burton Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor Paul Stunts
Paul Wheeler Original Story

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [4:45]
2. Prayer for a Pirate [6:39]
3. Durant's Bad News [7:10]
4. A Pirate's Prank [3:33]
5. Unhappy Subjects [5:49]
6. Major Folly [1:44]
7. Jane's Necklace [2:02]
8. A Pirate? [6:18]
9. Jane's Lesson [4:15]
10. Bad News [10:16]
11. Duncan's Fortune [1:49]
12. Ned's Decision [4:28]
13. Poor Sods [2:54]
14. Cudjo Lends a Hand [3:08]
15. Sir James Is Freed [6:59]
16. Storming the Fort [3:10]
17. Durant Is Warned [3:28]
18. End Titles [4:05]

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Swashbuckler 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MaxVonKleist More than 1 year ago
More fun than it has any right to be. I put it down to Robert Shaw, who enjoys himself immensely in the role of "Red" Ned Lynch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After Jaws, I was facinated by Robert Shaw. This movie won me over on the first viewing. Great fun with a Flynn flair, the pirates captured my imagination and made me want more of the old style of romance and fun. Not to be taken seriously, it is why romance novels sell.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the great movies of my youth. After seeing ''Jaws'' about 50 times, I was hooked on Robert Shaw. Although he only made a handful of films after ''Jaws,'' ''Swashbuckler'' was, without a doubt, one of the best. With pirates and swords, it kept my attention (not an easy feat with a teenager). And, it also featured young stars Beau Bridges and Peter Boyle. I not only own the VHS and DVD versions, but I also own two authentic movie posters from the movie theatres when it opened on the silver screen -- that's how good this movie is.