Botany Bay

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Released 1953

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Director:
John Farrow
Released:
1953
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Botany Bay is a 1953 historical drama directed by John Farrow, and based on the novel of the same name by James Norman Hall and Charles Nordhoff. Set in 1787, this film delves into the history surrounding the colonization of Australia. Hugh Tallant (Alan Ladd), ia an American medical student sentenced to an Australian penal colony for a crime he did not commit. Captain Paul Gilbert (James Mason) is enraged when his beloved girlfriend, the lovely Sally Munroe (Patricia Medina), takes an interest in Tallant, and the Captain mercilessly tortures his prisoner while en route to the penal colony in New South Wales. Tallant, sure that Gilbert will kill him, plots a full-scale mutiny against the Captain, starting a chain reaction of events that has Gilbert vowing to ship him back to England's harsh prisons. Once in Botany Bay, however, Tallant's medical skills are in high demand, and the prisoner is soon taken under the wing of Governor Phillip (Sir Cedric Hardwicke). Gilbert is not so easily satisfied, and Tallant will require every ounce of skill and luck he possesses to avoid the grim fate Gilbert has planned for the young prisoner.moreless
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    Biography, Swashbucklers, Historical, 50s, Classics