Morgan, the Pirate (6-Jul-1961)|
Original Title: Morgan il Pirata
Directors: André de Toth; Primo Zeglio
Writers: Filippo Sanjust; André de Toth; Primo Zeglio
Keywords: Action/Adventure, Swashbuckling
Review by Mike Hrabovsky (posted on 16-Dec-2007)
Steve Reeves finest film....after playing Hercules and other mythological characters Reeves gets top billing as Captain Morgan the pirate and he puts on quite a show....Morgan is sold as a slave at a slave auction to the governor of Panama's daughter and she seems smitten by him. After they are caught embracing in a barn where a horse is born, Reeves is sold into slavery and put on ship at sea....he escapes, forms his own band of pirates and attempts to make amends with other pirates on the island of Tortuga. Reeves and another out of shape portly pirate have a duel and it is a great one. Reeves attracts more men to his band and sets out to avenge the Spaniards on the seas....he captures several ships and along the way he encounters the lovely daughter of the governor of Panama, who had originally bought him at the slave auction. Reeves is smitten by her but she rejects him calling him "a slave, a pirate and a murderer".....Reeves does not give up...as more pirate booty builds up Reeves becomes the scourge of the seven seas as Captain Morgan. The king of england wants him to lead raids on Spanish ships in return for a pardon and command of the english navy. However, the king retracts his offer and Morgan sets out to caputure his crown jewel, the city of Panana...seemingly impregnable. Reeves and his pirate band attack Panama from the rear - an area not protected very well by the Spaniards....Reeves and his band do the impossible - they capture and take control of Panama and Reeves recovers his love interest, the governor's daughter Donya Inez and as they say love conquers all....Reeves has taken Panama, but more importantly he has his love interest.
A very solid pirate tale....Reeves best acting and his best role.
Review by True Story (posted on 7-Jun-2007)
This is a great movie. It is one I will never forget! This movie is truly a classic. Superb acting, footage, and character strength. This movie is a window into the life of Sir Henry Morgan, a fascinating man whose legend lives on to this day. This movie will get you acquainted with him, and his legacy. I think it's pretty accurate, but his real life is probably even better, because we can't know everything! Captain Morgan is a hero with uncompromising valor. A fearless man, and a true nobleman. This movie really brings out his real nature and character. God bless him, we will remember. This movie is very well-done, with awesome respect to Captain Morgan. Respectfully, Rebecca Morgan
Review by Rene Limeres (posted on 10-Oct-2007)
One of the best movies of the genre. It has a great story, that of a severely wronged Englishman who uses his quile and the smile of fortune to make good for himself, with flamboyant and outrageous style. There is a strong romantic interest that adds considerable appeal; this is a really a love story where the good guy overcomes numerous obstacles to get the girl.
The cast is a great one; everyone fits the role perfectly, with noteworthy performances by Reeves, the fabulous Chelo Alonso and the competing head of the pirates who challenges Reeves throughout the movie.
Like "The Thief of Baghdad", another of Reeves' best films, MTP hat realistic location shots, great action scenes (his swordfight on the beach with the leader of the pirates is one of the best) , outrageous customes, and a pretty score of music. Reeves' glamorous screen presence and physical attributes make for an awesome portrayal of the legendary bucaneer that will leave you wishing he had done more pirate films.
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