The Buccaneer

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Released 1938

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Director:
Cecil B. DeMille
Released:
1938
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The Buccaneer is a 1938 swashbuckling adventure from legendary film director Cecil B. DeMille. New Orleans pirate Jean Lafitte (Fredric March) and his colorful sidekick Dominique (Akim Tamiroff) surprisingly find themselves on the right side of the law when General Andrew Jackson (Hugh Sothern) asks for their help against the British in the War of 1812. Lafitte must put aside his profitable life of smuggling and help save his beloved city from British occupation. While the Americans question his loyalty and the Brits try to bribe him, Lafitte battles his fellow pirates, political intrigue, and a treacherous Senator Crawford (Ian Clark). He also finds himself caught between two romances involving the governor's daughter, Annette de Remy (Margot Grahame) and a spirited Dutch girl, Gretchen (Franciska Gaal). The film recreates this colorful moment from America's early history with witty dialogue, mostly accurate historical detail and an exhilarating series of action-packed sequences.

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Swashbucklers, Classics