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The Crimson Pirate

The Crimson Pirate (1952)

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Release Date: Sep 27, 1952 Limited

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Half affectionate parody and half enthusiastic tribute to the swashbuckling pirate epics of the 1930's and 40's, The Crimson Pirate stars Burt Lancaster as Captain Vallo, the smiling leader of a pack of unscrupulous pirates. While on the high seas, Vallo and his men spy a well-stocked merchant ship, and waste no time in relieving it of its contents. One of the passengers on the cargo vessel, Baron Gruda (Leslie E. Bradley), informs Vallo that a political revolt is shaking a island nation in the

Jul 1, 2003

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (0) | DVD (8)

Carnival-like 1950s pirate yarn is fun for all.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Light-hearted pirate spoof, with brilliant color and unusual science fiction elements.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Schlocky but fun.

April 18, 2004
Chico Enterprise-Record

...it works both as a movie parody and as a rollicking good adventure at the same time.

July 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Terrific self-spoofing swashbuckler. Hard to beat

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Big, splashy entertainment but it goes on too long.
May 13, 2008
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jay nixon

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Classic swashbuckler full of fine action and slapstick humour. Pirates Of The Carribean pillaged many ideas from here, most blatantly, the walking under the sea in an upturned boat bit.
January 1, 2007
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The Crimson Pirate is a fine swashbuckler, with plenty of charm, action and lighthearted humour. Lancaster, a circus acrobat before turning to movies in the '40s, gives what may be his most physical performance as sword-for-hire Captain Vallo, a.k.a. the Crimson Pirate. Knowing that Lancaster was doing his own stunts elevated his charismatic performance, as most of them were spectacular and daring. Overall, well worth looking out for.
April 9, 2010
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