The Devil-Ship Pirates

Overview

Upon their defeat by Francis Drake, a ship's crew which served in the Spanish Armada anchors near a small coastal village in England to make repairs on their vessel. While there, the cuthroat Captain Robeles Christopher Lee leads his men to take control of the town in an opportunistic move, claiming to have won a naval battle. Fortunately for the villagers, they are not without means defending themselves -- especially as one crewman decides to jump ship to help them. Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, known mostly for ...
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Overview

Upon their defeat by Francis Drake, a ship's crew which served in the Spanish Armada anchors near a small coastal village in England to make repairs on their vessel. While there, the cuthroat Captain Robeles Christopher Lee leads his men to take control of the town in an opportunistic move, claiming to have won a naval battle. Fortunately for the villagers, they are not without means defending themselves -- especially as one crewman decides to jump ship to help them. Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, known mostly for his horror tales, contributed yet another character for Lee as he did previously in Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, The Mummy, and Scream of Fear.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Hammer Films' follow up to the passable Pirates Of Blood River is a superior work of pulp fiction outing in every respect. Jimmy Sangster's script piles on the action and cliff-hangers while building an effective tale of how a village deals with a pirate invasion. It's worth noting that Sangster provides heroes and villains on both sides of the equation, with town "leaders" who mislead the people on the village side and a serious military man who is disgusted by the treachery of his fellow crewmen on the pirate side. As a result, the story has a unexpected dramatic edge that makes it all the more satisfying. There are also strong performances throughout: as one might expect, Christopher Lee hams it up with style as the dastardly pirate leader but there is also compelling work from John Cairney as an angry, handicapped villager who leads the revolt and Barry Warren as the betrayed Spanish soldier who becomes a secret ally to the villagers. Finally, and most importantly, Don Sharp's direction is taut and stylish. His effective work keeps the tension simmering nicely and he crafts several rousing action scenes along the way, including a great pirate-ship cannonball battle at the beginning and a rousing ship-set finale. In short, The Devil-Ship Pirates is one of Hammer's best non-horror outings and well worth the time for fans of old-fashioned action fare.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2013
  • UPC: 043396425927
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 80,617

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Lee Capt. Robeles
Andrew Keir Tom
John Cairney Harry
Duncan Lamont Bosun
Michael Ripper Pepe
Ernest Clark Sir Basil
Barry Warren Manuel
Suzanne Farmer Angela
Natasha Pyne Jane
Annette Whiteley Meg
Charles Houston Antonio
Philip Latham Miller
Harry Locke Bragg
Leonard Fenton Quintana
Jack Rodney Mandrake
Barry Linehan Gustavo
Bruce Beeby Pedro
Michael Peake Grande
Johnny Briggs Pablo
Michael Newport Smiler
Peter Howell the Vicar
June C. Ellis Mrs. Blake
Joseph O'Conor Don Jose
Technical Credits
Don Sharp Director
Les Bowie Special Effects
Gary Hughes Score Composer
Anthony Nelson Keys Producer
Don Mingaye Art Director
James Needs Editor
Michael Reed Cinematographer
Bernard Robinson Production Designer
Jimmy Sangster Screenwriter
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