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The Sea Hawk [1940] [DVD]

Errol Flynn , Brenda Marshall , Michael Curtiz    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp, Flora Robson
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QZ5COS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,144 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Classic Errol Flynn Movie.Geoffrey Thorpe is an adventurous and dashing pirate, who feels that he should pirate the Spanish ships for the good of England. In one such battle, he overtakes a Spanish ship and when he comes aboard he finds Dona Maria, a beautiful Spanish royal. He is overwhelmed by her beauty, but she will have nothing to do with him because of his pirating ways (which include taking her prized jewels). To show his noble side, he suprises her by returning the jewels, and she begins to fall for him. When the ship reaches England, Queen Elizabeth is outraged at the actions of Thorpe and demands that he quit pirating. Because he cannot do this, Thorpe is sent on a mission and in the process becomes a prisoner of the Spaniards. Meanwhile, Dona Maria pines for Thorpe and when he escapes he returns to England to uncover some deadly secrets. Exciting duels follow as Thorpe must expose the evil and win Dona Maria's heart.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strike for the shores! 10 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Sea Hawk is the only picture to give The Adventures of Robin Hood a run for its money in the greatest adventure film of all time stakes. Sharing only the title with Warners enjoyable silent film and reusing the sets and costumes from The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, it's a great example of the genius of the studio system in the days before packaging became a dirty word. Errol Flynn is at his very best here, whether he's capturing Spanish galleons in the English Channel, wooing Brenda Marshall or fighting off a quartet of palace guards to warn Queen Elizabeth of the impending Armada - he's the kind of guy every man wants to be and every woman just wants. And he's backed up by a strong array of talent - villainous Claude Rains and eternally snide and condescending Henry Daniell, sidekick Alan Hale, Flora Robson's haughty but playful Elizabeth, reliably decent Donald Crisp and a slew of other familiar faces all the way down to J.M. Kerrigan's shifty spy. Even the eternally irritating Una O'Connor is on her best behavior here.

And there's real talent behind the cameras too - Howard Koch and Seton I. Miller's unashamedly stirring screenplay, Sol Polito's great black and white photography, where every swordfight casts giant shadows, Anton Grot's far from grotty art direction, Michael Curtiz's vivid direction and, of course, Erich Wolfgang Korngold's greatest score (not to mention that song!). Warner's recent DVD release is a fine package, boasting the fully restored version (the obvious anti-Nazi parallels were removed for post-war reissues, reducing Donald Crisp's role to a mere extra) and the sepia tint to the Panama sequences.

Extras are good, although it is a shame that the terrific - and very different - silent version was not included as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! 23 Jan 2009
I agree with Trevor Willsmer: this is quite superb, a terrific film for all the reasons he lists. The only thing to add is a reference to the impossibly lovely Olivia de Havilland: she doesn't have much to do but stand there appearing darkly beautiful, but my, how well she does it! Now I can't wait to see her, opposite Errol Flynn again, in Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood.

And Trevor mentions in passing the sepia sequence in the film: my immediate thought was that this was in homage to the colour sequence at the end of Ivan the Terrible Part II, but that wasn't made until 1944 so maybe it was the other way round?

One more point: the music (by Korngold) is wonderful, especially the trumpet led action theme that Indiana Jones' tune has an uncanny (and presumably not accidental) resemblance to.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Hawk [1940] 14 Sep 2004
By Tony R
Format:VHS Tape
Filmed in black and white, Michael Curtiz shows his true genius in his exquisite use of this medium. From the framing of the scene with Brenda Marshall in the 'Lady of the Flowers' garden, to the all time classic duel between Captain Thorpe and Lord Wolfingham, shot by candelit shadow. All this, and Wilfrid Korngold's Oscar winning score. This is the greatest film of the 'swashbuckling' genre ever made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geoffrey Thorpe, scourge of Spain. 31 July 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Sea Hawk is directed by Michael Curtiz and written by Howard Koch and Seton I. Miller. It's loosely based on The Sea Hawk (1915) written by Rafael Sabatini. Starring are Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Flora Robson, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale and Henry Daniell. Music is scored by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Sol Polito is the cinematographer.

It's the reign of Queen Elizabeth and Captain Geoffrey Thorpe preys on the galleons of Spain, plundering for treasure and freeing the English enslaved as oarsmen. Back at court, the Spanish Ambassador and an English traitor conspire against Thorpe and the British naval defence as King Philip II of Spain (Montagu Love) plots World domination.

Swashbuckling ahoy in this quite rousing Michael Curtiz/Errol Flynn picture. No expense spared from Warner Brothers who stumped up $1.7 million to help make The Sea Hawk a wonderfully lavish production. The budget is evident in the marvellous sets and the impacting costumes, spot on direction from Curtiz, the cinematography from Sol Polito is luscious, whilst Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score is suitably periodic with its swirling romanticism for the tender threads and rousing for the ship duelling bluster. But all this wouldn't be quite so great without a good cast to flesh out the dynamite story.

Errol Flynn is perhaps at a career high as Thorpe? Swashing away with a trusty blade to do down the evil enemy who dare to hurt good old Blighty. Villain duties fall to Claude Rains as Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba and Henry Daniell as Lord Wolfingham, Rains is sadly underused but leaves his mark, whilst Daniell is deliciously scheming and easily carries off the baddie honours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Swashbuckler 9 Sep 2010
By Hank
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"The Sea Hawk" is a perfect foil for the best of all swashbucklers : Errol Flynn. The time is ideal - just prior to the Armada in 1588. Flora Robson is superb as Queen Elizabeth, Brenda Marshall is suitably decorative and helpless ; Claud Rains - the usual sly manipulator ; Henry Daniell magnificently traitorous as Lord Wulfingham.
Korngold's music is as exciting as it was in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" , and the fight scenes are superbly directed, particularly the use of shadows as Flynn battles with Daniell. Who cares that historically it clings on to the actuality with an enviable panache.The film exploits Flynn's athleticism and impossibly good looks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
remembered from youth great
Published 10 days ago by David A. G. Stirling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was for me a great blast from the past
Published 1 month ago by lorraine clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great and on time
Published 2 months ago by denis cooney
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
One of my fav films and was so looking forward to purchasing it..result...Poor quality!! very disappointed with this product... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen I
5.0 out of 5 stars still waiting.
Iam still waiting for this dvd to be delivered,date up till 13 march to arrive. So please hurry up and send it the other dvd arrive in couple of days this has taken about 3 weeks... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jean milton
3.0 out of 5 stars present
this was a present for my dad and he really likes this old film ive not personally seen it but it arrived in time and in full working order
Published 6 months ago by Jack Green
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
This does not compare with Errol Flynn's Robin Hood.
The story is less appealing, and the historical context
is rather cloying. Read more
Published 8 months ago by joy waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Swash those Buckles!
I'd like to go on record as saying that I believe that the duelling sequence in `The Sea Hawk' is the finest ever choreographed in the movies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. R. D. M. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in the true sense of the word.
I can only reiterate the fine things that have been said of this film. It is a classic in the true sense of the word and the culmination of a trio of films involving Flynn the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wilberfalse
5.0 out of 5 stars warner brothers missed its chance to make a great movie even greater...
if ever a black and white motion picture deserves to be colorized this is it,some years ago on region 1 vhs video there was a colorized version and it would have looked magnificent... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Wayne Allen
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