|Directed by||James Goldstone|
|Produced by||Elliott Kastner
William S. Gilmore
|Written by||Paul Wheeler|
|Screenplay by||Jeffery Bloom|
James Earl Jones
|Music by||John Addison|
|Cinematography||Philip H. Lathrop|
|Edited by||Edward A. Biery|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||July 29, 1976|
|Running time||101 min.|
Swashbuckler is a romantic adventure film produced in the U.S. by Universal Studios and released in 1976. The film is based on the story “The Scarlet Buccaneer”, written by Paul Wheeler and adapted for the screen by Jeffery Bloom. It was directed by James Goldstone and was rated PG.
In Jamaica in 1718, a band of pirates led by Captain “Red” Ned Lynch oppose a greedy overlord, the evil Lord Durant. Durant has ruthlessly imprisoned his Lord High Justice and mercilessly evicted the judge's wife and daughter. The daughter, Jane Barnet, attempts a rescue with Lynch’s help.
(in order of credits)
- Robert Shaw as Captain "Red" Ned Lynch
- James Earl Jones as Nick Debrett
- Peter Boyle as Lord Durant
- Geneviève Bujold as Jane Barnet
- Beau Bridges as Major Folly
- Geoffrey Holder as Cudjo Quadrill
- Avery Schreiber as Pulaski
- Tom Clancy as Mr. Moonbeam
- Anjelica Huston as Woman of Dark Visage
- Bernard Behrens as Sir James Barnet
- Dorothy Tristan as Alice
- Mark Baker as Lute player
- Kip Niven as Willard Culverwell
- Tom Fitzsimmons as Corporal
- Louisa Horton as Lady Barnet
- Sid Haig as Bald pirate
- Robert Ruth as Bearded pirate
- Bob Morgan as Peg Legged Pirate (as Robert Morgan)
The working title for the film was Swashbuckler, which was changed during production to The Blarney Cock. Before release, the title was reverted to Swashbuckler.
The film was shot in Mexico and on the galleon Golden Hinde, a replica of the Golden Hinde captained by Francis Drake from 1577 to 1580. In the film it was called the Blarney Cock and actually received a movie credit. According to the Special Feature section of the DVD, it was the only pirate movie filmed aboard an actual ship of that era.
- A Reel-Life Swashbuckler. Kilday, Gregg. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Jan 1976: j1.