Swashbuckler (film)

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Directed by James Goldstone
Produced by Elliott Kastner
Jennings Lang
William S. Gilmore
Written by Paul Wheeler
Screenplay by Jeffery Bloom
Starring Robert Shaw
James Earl Jones
Peter Boyle
Geneviève Bujold
Beau Bridges
Geoffrey Holder
Music by John Addison
Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop
Edited by Edward A. Biery
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
July 29, 1976
Running time
101 min.
Country USA
Language English

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.


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The working title for the film was Swashbuckler, which was changed during production to The Blarney Cock.[1] 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.


  1. ^ A Reel-Life Swashbuckler. Kilday, Gregg. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Jan 1976: j1.

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