Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Day 26: "The Crimson Pirate"

Director: Robert Siodmak 1952
Forget "Pirates of the Caribbean," this is the pirate flick you have to see when you're in the mood for a swashbuckling 104 minutes of pure entertainment. Former acrobat Burt Lancaster--seemingly sporting at least two sets of sparkling white teeth--is in constant motion (doing his own stunts) as he and his disreputable but lovable crew of swabs battle the British, hijack ships, search for booty--and help stage a revolution. The tongue-in-cheek script by Roland Kibbee is funny and clever. Just a wonderful film--dare I say it?--for the whole family. Or for the kid in all of us aging boomers.


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