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Title: SWASHBUCKLER (Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones)
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OUR PRICE: $14.75

Year: 1976 / DVD / 101 mins

Director: James Goldstone

Starring:
Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle, Geneviève Bujold, Rutanya Alda, Harry Basch, Bernard Behrens, Beau Bridges Jon Cedar, Diana Chesney, Manuel DePina, Tom Fitzsimmons, Sid Haig, Geoffrey Holder, Louisa Horton, Anjelica Huston, Tom Lacy, Kip Niven, Robert Ruth, Avery Schreiber, Dorothy Tristan, Brenda Venus, Alfie Wise

Video Notes:
Red Ned Lynch (Robert Shaw) heroically saves his friend Nick Debrett (James Earl Jones) from death at the hands of the authorities. Taking on the stunning, saber-saavy Jane Barnett (Genevieve Bujold) as a partner-in-adventure, the two men set out to rescue the citizens of Jamaica from the iron grip of nefarioius Lord Durant (Peter Boyle). The trio thrust and parry their way through a series of action-packed, entertaining escapades in this romantic pirate tale. "Practically a nonstop brawl between pirates and anybody who gets in their path, this lighthearted, high-energy 1976 movie set in 18th century Jamaica is short on an actual story but thick with stunts and swordplay. Robert Shaw stars as the bawdy, swaggering pirate Red Nel Lynch, whose lusty crew of thieves comes to the aid of Lynch's right-hand man and close pal (James Earl Jones), then helps a beleaguered noblewoman (Genevieve Bujold) whose father and property have been seized by a local tyrant (Peter Boyle). Plot details are pretty much relegated to filling in the spaces between rollicking scenes of flying fists and gleaming blades, and a sort-of love story between Shaw and Bujold never gets the chance to go anywhere for all the orchestrated scuffling. Boyle's performance as a Basil Rathbone-style villain has got to be the least persuasive role of his career, but there are compensations, particularly Bujold's feisty turn as the heroine and a kooky scene in which Shaw and Jones amuse each other by trading dirty limericks. Directed by James Goldstone (Winning)." The --Tom Keogh. DVD FEATURES : Region 1 NTSC; Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35:1; Single Side - Single Layer; Audio: Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - English; Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - French; Additional Release Material: Featurette; Theatrical Trailer; Text/Photo Galleries: Production Notes; Biographies: 1. Cast, 2. Filmmakers; DVD-ROM Features; Web Links. VIEWER COMMENT : "It's hard to be judgmental about a movie that is trying to be so much fun. It's low on high-tech and it's fast pace comes from the energy of the actors themselves. Who cares if the story line sag's just a bit? Listen to that great score! The music will have you feeling you are aboard a rollicking ship being chased by the king's best. Watch it for the sheer energy the cast generates. The swash and buckle of the sword fights and the derring do far outweigh the few flaws. Robert Shaw was never more the sweet-scoundrel, James Earl Jones never more stalwart and Peter Boyle never more.... well, not nice. Nope, it's not brain surgery and it's certainly not trying to send any message. It's a great summer flick to spend the afternoon with while indulging in popcorn, soda and milkduds. Hey, I love ya leonard Maltin, but I think you're wrong about this one. If anything, I think it's gotten sweeter over time."