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The Sea Hawk

The Sea Hawk

Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
, Brenda Marshall
Brenda Marshall
, Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Michael Curtiz
The Sea Hawk

The Sea Hawk

Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
, Brenda Marshall
Brenda Marshall
, Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Michael Curtiz


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In the 1580s, the Sea Hawks -- the name given to the bold privateers who prowl the oceans taking ships and treasure on behalf the British crown -- are the most dedicated defenders of British interests in the face of the expanding power of Philip of Spain. And Captain Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) is the boldest of the Sea Hawks, responsible for capturing and destroying more than 50 Spanish ships and ten Spanish cities. His capture of a Spanish galleon, however, leads to more than he bargained for, in a romance with the ambassador's niece (Brenda Marshall) and the first whiff of a plan to put Spanish spies into the court of Elizabeth I (Flora Robson). Thorpe's boldness leads him to a daring raid on a treasure caravan in Panama which, thanks to treachery within Elizabeth's court, gets him captured and, with his crew, sentenced to the life of a slave aboard a Spanish ship. Meanwhile, Philip of Spain decides to wipe the threat posed by Elizabeth's independence from the sea by conquering the island nation with his armada. Thorpe, though chained to an oar, knows who the traitor at court is and plans to expose him and Philip's plans, but can he and his men break their bonds and get back to England alive in time to thwart the plans for conquest? The Sea Hawk was the last and most mature of Flynn's swashbuckling adventure films, played with brilliant stylistic flourishes by the star at his most charismatic, and most serious and studied when working with Flora Robson, whom he apparently genuinely respected. Boasting the handsomest, most opulent production values of a Warner Bros. period film to date, The Sea Hawk was made possible in part by a huge new floodable soundstage. Another highlight was the best adventure film score ever written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold; and the script's seriousness was nailed down by various not-so-veiled references not to 16th century Spain but 20th century Nazi Germany. The movie was cut by over 20 minutes for a reissue with The Sea Wolf, and the complete version was lost until a preservation-quality source was found at the British Film Institute. Since then, that 128-minute version -- which actually contains a one-minute patriotic speech by Robson as Elizabeth that was originally left out of U.S. prints, as well as amber tinting in all of the Panamanian sequences -- has become standard.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2018
UPC: 0888574712488
Original Release: 1940
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:07:00
Sales rank: 15,171

Special Features

Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1940 with: Newsreel, Short Alice in Movieland; Cartoon Porky's Poor Fish; Theatrical Trailers; Featurette: The Sea Hawk: Flynn in Action

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe
Brenda Marshall Donna Maria Alvarez de Cordoba
Claude Rains Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba
Flora Robson Elizabeth I
Donald Crisp Sir John Burleson
Alan Hale Carl Pitt
Henry Daniell Lord Wolfingham
Una O'Connor Miss Latham
James Stephenson Abbott
William Lundigan Danny Logan
Julien Mitchell Oliver Scott
Montagu Love King Phillip II
J.M. Kerrigan Eli Matson
David Bruce Martin Burke
Clifford Brooke William Tuttle
Clyde Cook Walter Boggs
Fritz Leiber Inquisitor
Ellis Irving Monty Preston
Francis McDonald Samuel Kroner
Pedro de Cordoba Capt. Mendoza
Ian Keith Peralta
Jack LaRue Lieutenant Ortega
Halliwell Hobbes Astronomer
Alec Craig Chartmaker
Victor Varconi Gen. Aguerra
Robert Warwick Martin Frobisher
Harry Cording Slavemaster
Guy Anderson [Herbert] Eph Winters
Mary Anderson Maids of Honor
Guy Bellis John Hawkins
Edgar Buchanan Ben Rollins
Michael Martin Harvey Sea Hawk
Leyland Hodgson Actor
Charles Irwin Arnold Cross
Colin Kenny Officer
Crauford Kent Lieutenant
Frank Lackteen Capt. Ortiz
Lester Matthews Lieutenant
Gerald Mohr Spanish Officer
Leonard Mudie Officer
Nestor Paiva Slavemaster
David Thursby Driver
Frank Wilcox Martin Barrett, a Galley Slave
Frederic Worlock Darnell
Gilbert Roland Capt. Lopez

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
George J. Amy Editor
Henry Blanke Producer
Fred Cavens Consultant/advisor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Byron Haskin Special Effects
Ali Hubert Consultant/advisor
Peter Howard Screenwriter
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Francis J. Scheid Sound/Sound Designer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jack L. Warner Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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