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Old March 16th, 2017, 06:27 PM   #1
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Age of Sail - Movies/TV Shows


What are your favorite Age of Sail movies and what do you like about them? Anything you didn't like about them?

I initially didn't like Master and Commander, but it's grown on me. I still have to skip over the midshipman's suicide.

I like Horatio Hornblower which Mangekyou recommended to me awhile back. I don't like how the ships seem to sit still in the water at times and the backgrounds seem off at times, but I really like the actor who plays Hornblower and the one who plays Pellew. I've watched these over and over again when I'm going through a research phase in my writing.

Generally, I try really hard to enjoy the "feel" of movies without getting hung up on the history - though sometimes it is very difficult to ignore glaring inaccuracies. If something interesting catches my eye, I'll do some research to find out how accurate it is.

I'll be interested to see some of your choices. I could use a few more in my movie library.
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Gregory Peck's version of Horatio Hornblower:




and Captain Ahab:


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This is quite good:

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The Bounty. This version of the famous voyage and mutiny shows what a good navigator Bligh was, and a terrible leader.

Two Years Before the Mast. Admittedly more than a little on the sadistic side, based on the Dana book. A hard, but fair version of the rich boy caught on a ship is Captains Courageous.

Billy Budd. Melville's other sea story, shorter, but plays with symbols, too.

A High Wind in Jamaica. Pretty good movie based on one of my favorite books. Fun, then devastating.
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'Damn the Defiant' A classic - very popular on by boat when I was in the navy.

'Master and Commander' - excellent attention to detail even if they did muck about with the Patrick O'Brien storyline.

'Hornblower' TV series - excellent boys own type adventure.

'Billy Budd' - a study of the human condition rather than a simple sea story, but excellent nonetheless.

'Captains Courageous' - brilliant book and excellent movie.
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Legends of my childhood in 80s Czechoslovakia:

Jack Holborn (New Zealand, 1981)

Retour de Surcouf

Monte Christo (R. Chamberlain)

The Black Corsair (Kabir Bedi)

Blackie the Pirate (Terrence Hill, Bud Spencer)

Sandokan (Kabir Bedi)

Deux ans de vacances: adaptation of Jules Verne book. I still remember the song after the decades.


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I'm enjoying the suggestions so far.

I'll add "The Admiral," though it's gruesome at times.
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I totally forgot an unique Soviet TV series.

Russia molodaya
(Young Russia, 1981, Czech name: Ship pilot of Peter the Great)
This was hell task for Soviet TV makers as it portray Petr, the feudal as a hero while feudals were the worst enemies of soviet regime.
It got ten episodes, one was not published or completed those times due the heretic ideologic reasons.

Story of 3 naval officers of Peter and their sons as it contains several decades.
The story starts when Peter the Great travels west incognito to get knowledge of modern navy in 1680s.
It continues by building a modern navy, changing military traditions like promotion officers by their results not by nobility rank.
It focuses on Great Northern war against Sweden and attack of Noteborg fortress (1702). It ends about 1720.
9 episodes of 10: Sadly in Russian only.

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I used to enjoy the Eroll Flynn and Sandokan movies and TV shows, can't remember the names of the first though.
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I used to enjoy the Eroll Flynn and Sandokan movies and TV shows, can't remember the names of the first though.
Eroll Flynn - Captain Blood.
I have read book (Rafael Sabatini) and i loved it in my childhood. It was story of an European physician who helped to a wounded during revolution/rebellion and he was sent to exile in caribbean for treason. I have read it repeately as i loved the story when he started pirate career but he tried to keep an ethic rules all the time. I believe it has a real history background.

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