Buccaneer, The

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Director:
Anthony Quinn
Released:
1958
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BUCCANEER, THE (1958) - General Andrew Jackson's dependence on the help of pirate Jean Lafitte to repel the British is complicated by the Governor's daughter. Set in New Orleans during the War of 1812. Stars Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer. (CC)

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    • The film was loosely based on Lyle Saxon's book Lafitte The Pirate, but director Anthony Quinn's initial interest in the project was to tell the true story of Jean Lafitte, in reality a considerably more dubious fellow that the heroic type played by Yul Brynner. The first draft of the screenplay was written by the then little-known Abby Mann and depicted the pirates as hirelings of big business interests who abandoned them after the battle of New Orleans had secured the safety of the United States. Whether or not this draft also included an account of Lafitte's secondary career as a slave-trader is not known. Cecil B. DeMille was appalled by this tough-minded account and insisted on a straightforward rehash of his 1938 film, a matter of simple patriotic heroics and romantic falsifications. He got his way, although the ensuing film was not a box-office hit.

    • This was a remake of the popular 1938 film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. However, DeMille was forced by bad health to abandon his plans to direct the remake (he died soon after the film's release) and gave the job instead to his son-in-law, the actor Anthony Quinn. Quinn, who had had a tiny role in the previous version at the outset of his career, announced in 1958 that he hoped only to direct henceforth, but, in fact, he never directed films again.

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