Aug. 17, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST
... I have discovered a number of movies I've never heard of.
Aug. 17, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST
I've been meaning to find some good swashbucklers to watch, but it's hard to find any good ones other than the obvious choices. I'm definitely getting this. <p> Whatever happened to Viggo Mortensen's Alatriste movie? Seems like it just disappeared.
Aug. 17, 2008, 6:58 a.m. CST
I only REALLY enjoy old movies like this one if they have a little nudity or at least some good old timey hotness (flimsy nightgowns and co.). I don't think it's just because I'm a pervert because obviously a person can find any flavor of nudity they want pretty much instantaneously these days. I think it might be because sex in old flicks provide a unique blend of hotness and comforting nostalgia......I call it "Chicken Soup for the Shlong" (feel free to substitute your own penis synonym).
Aug. 17, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST
Aug. 17, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST
Came out in Spain a couple years ago and even though it was moderately succesful, most people despise it. It's a really uneven picture, one shot looking great and the next b-movie cheap. Add to that choppy editing and a screenplay that's overstuffed with too much plot from all the 5 novels that were avalaible at the time and you have a mess. Also, Viggo's accent didn't work at all, even though he nailed the rest of the role.
Aug. 17, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST
by Tom Cullen
Both of Hammer's Pirate films are great, particularly for being pirate films that, due to budget constraints, take place mostly on land. Definitely worthy of checking out if you love Hammer, and like a bit of swash in your buckle.
Aug. 17, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST
Hammer's Pirate movies have all the high seas adventure but without any sea at all and Berkshire is hardly tropical. There's barely any water at all in this but great cast more than makes up for it. Sangster is quite under rated a writer, his autobiography is an excellent read if you want to see the life of a jobbing writer. He wrote my favourite Kolchak too, Horror In The Heights. He's still around too.
Aug. 17, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST
I've been patiently waiting...my patience is running thin.
Aug. 17, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST
I have VAGUE memory of the 1990 TI, which I'm pretty sure was a Disney Channel production I know Bale did one or two other Disney movies as well<P>well I can't find if it was a Disney production or not but it appears to be written/directed by Heston's son Fraser and appears to be made for TV
Aug. 17, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
You go to an actor's page. You plug in other person's name at the bottom. You check off those two actors names on the next page and hit "submit" or something akin to that. Done.
Aug. 17, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST
It was made for the then new TNT. It has never been released on home video. That is a shame because Heston is the best Long John Silver ever.
Aug. 17, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST
by Rando Calrisian
I might just have to pick this one up. <br> <br> And Quint, theredtoad has asked about Gremlins 2 a few times over the course of this thread. Is that one on the list of flicks you haven't seen? Just curious.
Aug. 17, 2008, 1 p.m. CST
Chris Lee, Andrew Kier, Oliver Reed and the very underrated Michael Ripper. Unfortunately, Marla Landi is the least effectual of the Hammer babes (she was adequate in HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES but Yvonne Romain would have owned the movie). Check-out BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE ('52), which somehow slipped past the censors. Robert Newton doesn't eat the scenery--he swallows it whole. There's a rather gruesome beheading (the disembodied head hangs in the town square, predating Hammer's Grand Guignol). And there a scene where Blackbeard ogles Linda Darnell's cleavage, which spills out of a crimson-colored bodice ("Arrrghh, Little Robin Red Breasts," observes the drooling pirate). Blows-away Disney's PIRATES. Incidentally, BLOOD RIVER was directed by John Gilling who subsequently helmed THE REPTILE and PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, two of Hammer's most durable classics.
Aug. 17, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST
by George Newman
This sounds fantastic. i'd love to see Reed as a pirate!. That 1990 Trease Island sounds really interesting too. Young Christian Bale is just fun to watch (more Empire of the Sun, than Newsies)
Aug. 17, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST
Thanks for being reliable, Quint. You should check out 'The Savage Jackboot', another badass Hammer production. Can't find it on imdb so it's probably got a lame alternate title.
Aug. 17, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST
Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee had the script and Hammer made some fucking awesome posters but they never filmed it.
Aug. 17, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST
by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom
He is one of the last great actors of our age and few can perform subtle manace as well as he can. He is a true thespian and one cannot help but be drawn to him when he is on screen. I hope Our Lord does not take him for many more years to come.
Aug. 17, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST
Treasure Island was indeed a TNT production and a quite lavish one at that. I agree that Heston provided an excellent Long John Silver and Christopher Lee's Blind Pew is one of his best roles ever (albeit a small one). The film was directed by Heston's son Fraser and was released on VHS many years ago but unfortunately it has not yet had a DVD release. Which is a great pity as its one of the finest adaptations of Stevenson's novel I've ever seen.
Aug. 17, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST
Lee has never gotten the recognition he deserves
Aug. 17, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST
by The Rabbit Of Carrot Shaped Doom
Not to start a debate on Star Wars when that is happening in about five other TalkBacks, but i truly believe that Mr Lee was the only highlight of those particular movies. He even managed to make Mr Lucas' dialogue seem palatable.
Aug. 17, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST
...a guy gives you a concept like this for free and......nothing?....Really?! Sometimes I don't even know who you people ARE any more!....sigh....
Aug. 17, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST
I need to rub one off<br> (i didn't really say that)
Aug. 17, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST
I knew it was for a cable network and I saw it, for some reason I always assocaited it with Disney<P>I think I got 1990's Heston father/son duo mixed up with Disney's Return to Treasure Island whcih I saw many many times<P>If TNT/TBS was smart they'd get this released on DVD right away and Pimp out Christian Bale's name all over it
Aug. 18, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST
Aug. 18, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST
He's my third favorite Hammer actor, behind Lee and Cushing. He's wonderful in these Hammer pirate flicks, expertly crass and scummy. What a great guy...
Aug. 18, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST
Aug. 18, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST
Fraser Heston's Treasure Island is a must-see, and it's criminal that it's not on DVd. Reed and Lee are only in the beginning, but Christian Bale is great throughout. And Charlton Heston's Long John Silver will never be topped. Unlike Robert Newton, Heston is DEADLY and believable as a one-legged seas gimp who can still command a gagle of cutthroats. Find it and see it.