The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)





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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. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Christopher Lee
as Capt. Robeles
Ernest Clark
as Sir Basil
Barry Warren
as Manuel
Philip Latham
as Miller
Harry Locke
as Bragg
Leonard Fenton
as Quintana
Jack Rodney
as Mandrake
Barry Linehan
as Gustavo
Bruce Beeby
as Pedro
Michael Peake
as Grande
Peter Howell
as the Vicar
June C. Ellis
as Mrs. Blake
Joseph O'Conor
as Don Jose
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The Devil-Ship Pirates is a rather cheesy pirate film from Hammer Studios, but it does have an interesting premise: a group of pirates who are requisitioned for the Spanish armada's attack upon England in 1588 suffer crippling damage to their ship and stray into an English port town. When they arrive in the town, they convince the locals that the Spanish armada has defeated the English forces and that they have come to install their authority in England. General pirate shenanigans ensue, and there is nothing overly clever about the film aside from its premise. But Christopher Lee is awesome as the Spanish pirate captain, and the film provides an entertaining Hammer romp for those who enjoy such cinematic pleasures.

Al Miller
Al Miller

Spanish seamen during the Armadada are set adrift onto the English Cornish coastline where they overtake a village and slowly turn pirate. Not much swashbuckling, or piracy as such (compared to Captain Blood) but well acted and a thorough story.

Alexander Wilson
Alexander Wilson

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