The Sea Hawk (1940)


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One of Errol Flynn's best films, The Sea Hawk features the swashbuckling actor as a British sea captain who is given permission by Queen Elizabeth I (Flora Robson) to commit acts of piracy against the Spanish armada and colonies in the New World. The Sea Hawk has also been shown in computer-colorized prints, as well as significantly edited prints.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure , Romance , Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Howard Koch , Seton I. Miller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 19, 2005
Warner Bros.


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as Capt. Lopez

as Miss Latham

as Lord Wolfingham

as Walter Boggs

as Phillip

as Sir John Burleson

as Martin Burke

as Martin Barrett ...

as Eph Winters

as William Tuttle

as Arnold Cross

as Ben Rollins

as Monty Preston

as Samuel Kroner

as Capt. Mendoza

as Peralta

as Lt. Ortega

as Inquisitor

as Astronomer

as Chartmaker

as John Hawkins

as Capt. Ortiz

as Gen. Aguirre

as Lieutenant

as Capt. Frobisher

as Slavemaster

as Slavemaster

as Spanish Officer

as Officer

as Lieutenant

as Maids of Honor

as Maids of Honor
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Critic Reviews for The Sea Hawk

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic much as Flynn himself, what pulls together the grand action set-pieces of swordplay ... and gushing romance is the music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. It's Hollywood's greatest swashbuckling symphony and one of the all-time favorite movie scores.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

When The Sea Hawk is purely cinematic, it's at the top of its class.

Full Review… | April 21, 2005
Slant Magazine

...romance, adventure, and intrigue; lavish costumes and sets; heroes and scoundrels aplenty; and Errol Flynn swinging from ship to ship. What more could you ask for?

Full Review… | April 18, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Sea Hawk

Big time adventure, bigtime fun as we return to Europe in the 1500's. Spain is set to take over the world by dint of her incredible navy ... only Britain stands in her way with a group of seagoing patriots called the Sea Hawks. This rousing Hollywood call-to-arms prepared Yanks for the real war already happening in Europe at the time. The villains are despicable (if well dressed) and numerous, the Queen is brave but broke, and the hero ... the epitome of dashing derring-do.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Errol is dashing as always and Flora Robson is wonderful as Good Queen Bess, but the absence of Olivia de Havilland, substituted with the vapid Brenda Marshall is sorely apparent. Not bad but should have been a little shorter, tighter and it just cries out for color.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


the greatest of all swashbuckling adventures! pirates of the carribbean, bite me!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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