The Buccaneer

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The Buccaneer is a 1958 pirate film made by Paramount Pictures, like the 1938 version, starring Yul Brynner as Jean Lafitte, Charles Boyer and Claire Bloom. Charlton Heston played a supporting role as Andrew Jackson, the second time that Heston played... read more
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The Buccaneer is a 1958 pirate film made by Paramount Pictures, like the 1938 version, starring Yul Brynner as Jean Lafitte, Charles Boyer and Claire Bloom. Charlton Heston played a supporting role as Andrew Jackson, the second time that Heston played Jackson, having portrayed him earlier in the 1953 film The President's Lady. The film was shot in Technicolor and VistaVision, and took place during the War of 1812, telling a heavily fictionalized version of how the privateer Lafitte helped in the Battle of New Orleans and how he had to choose between fighting for America or for the side most likely to win, the United Kingdom. The film is a remake of the 1938 film of the same name which starred Fredric March and Akim Tamiroff (Boyer played Tamiroff's role in the remake). The 1938 version was produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, but he was seriously ill by the time the 1958 version was made, so he was only the executive producer of that version, leaving his then son-in-law, Anthony Quinn, to direct. It was the only film that Quinn ever directed. Henry Wilcoxon, DeMille's longtime friend, who made frequent appearances in his films, was the actual producer, and DeMille did not receive screen credit, though students of his films would probably find that his touch is obvious throughout the film. Nevertheless, DeMille was unhappy with the film and tried unsuccessfully to improve it; critical response was generally unfavorable, despite some impressive battle scenes. The movie's supporting cast featured Inger Stevens, Henry Hull, E. G. Marshall, Lorne Greene, Ted de Corsia, Ed Hinton and Douglass Dumbrille. Possibly as a film tie-in, Johnny Horton had a big success at the time with his version of the song The Battle of New Orleans.

Original Release

12/01/1958

US Release

12/01/1958

Cast

Yul Brynner Jean Lafitte
Claire Bloom Bonnie Brown
Inger Stevens Annette Claiborne
Charlton Heston Gen. Andrew Jackson
Charles Boyer Dominique You
Henry Hull Ezra Peavey
Lorne Greene Mercier
E.G. Marshall Gov. William Claiborne
Ted de Corsia Capt. Rumbo
Douglass Dumbrille Collector of the Port
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Anthony Quinn

Writers

Jeanie Macpherson, Harold Lamb, Jesse Lasky Jr., Edwin Justus Mayer, Bernice Mosk, Lyle Saxon, C. Gardner Sullivan

Cast

Yul Brynner Jean Lafitte
Claire Bloom Bonnie Brown
Inger Stevens Annette Claiborne
Charlton Heston Gen. Andrew Jackson
Charles Boyer Dominique You
Henry Hull Ezra Peavey
Lorne Greene Mercier
E.G. Marshall Gov. William Claiborne
Ted de Corsia Capt. Rumbo
Douglass Dumbrille Collector of the Port
Robert F. Simon Capt. Brown
Sir Lancelot Scipio
Fran Jeffries Cariba - Mawbee Girl
John Dierkes Deacon
Woody Strode Toro
Henry Brandon British Major
Kathleen Freeman Tina
Jerry Hartleben Miggs
Mimi Gibson Marjorie
Norma Varden Madame Hilaire

Producers

Cecil B. DeMille Executive Producer
Cecil B. DeMille Producer
Henry Wilcoxon Producer

Editors

Archie Marshek

1959 Oscar Best Costume Design, Black-and-White or Color Nominated
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