The Master of Ballantrae (1953)





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Errol Flynn buckled his last swash in The Master of Ballantrae, playing out the final film of his Warner Brothers contract in this high seas adventure, liberally adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson yarn. Flynn plays Jamie Durrisdeer, a Scottish heir, who fights for freedom against the British. When the rebels are defeated, Jamie must flee to the West Indies with Col. Francis Burke (Roger Livesey), an Irish soldier of fortune, in order to escape capture. After battling pirates, Jamie puts together a small fortune and returns to Scotland to marry his true love, Lady Alison (Beatrice Campbell). But Jamie's hopes are dashed when he finds that Lady Alison, thinking that Jamie was dead, is now engaged to his brother Henry (Anthony Steel), who may have betrayed Jamie to the English.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics
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Errol Flynn
as Jamie Durie
Anthony Steel
as Henry Durie
Roger Livesey
as Col. Francis Burke
Beatrice Campbell
as Lady Alison
Yvonne Furneaux
as Jessie Brown
Felix Aylmer
as Lord Durrisdeer
Mervyn Johns
as MacKellar
Ralph Truman
as Maj. Clarendon
Francis De Wolff
as Matthew Bull
Moultrie Kelsall
as MacCauley
Charles Carson
as Col. Banks
Gillian Lynne
as Marianne
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Critic Reviews for The Master of Ballantrae

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New York Times
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Later day Flynn, who has swashed better buckles.

March 22, 2008

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September 17, 2005

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February 20, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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July 23, 2003
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Master of Ballantrae

Just one of those Errol Flynn movies from the twilight of his career, that delivers on surface level thrills without much depth or attention to quality.

Vincent Hannam
Vincent Hannam

As much as I love Flynn and Cardiff, Master of Ballantrae wasn't amazing. Not bad, but it's far from the gloriousness that is The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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