(this review is spoiler -free)
Director Michael CurtizSoundtrack Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Time 119 min
Release year 1935
This review is specially for Hamlette's Piratical Blogathon. You can follow that link to find other entries for this pirate-y affair. Also, happy Talk Like a Pirate day!
In 17th century England, Peter Blood (Errol Flynn) is an Irish doctor. One night while preforming his duties as a physician for a rebel of the Monmouth Rebellion, he is arrested and charged with high treason for aiding the rebellion and is sold into slavery at the English colony Port Royal. There he is bought by the military commander's beautiful niece who, to better his chances, recommends him to the local governor, who is suffering from gout, as his personal doctor. Blood eventually escapes with his fellow slaves and becomes a very successful pirate.
When I was little my family almost always watched movies all together (except when my mom and brother watched movies together in secret) and usually at dinner. I remember one night sitting at the dining room table watching Captain Blood for the first time, I've seen it a couple of times since. I remember the tingle of excitement I felt as, in the opening sequence, a man on horse galloped to warn Dr. Blood that the soldiers were coming; the feeling of helplessness when he was arrested. I loved the duels and the escapes, and found Captain Blood himself dashing, daring, and handsome. I guess my tastes have changed, I liked the movie better when I was younger, but I haven't forgotten how much I loved it once.
my rating 3.8 / 5
favorite line Good morning, Uncle.