The Buccaneer (1958 film)
Original Spanish film poster
|Directed by||Anthony Quinn|
|Produced by||Cecil B. DeMille
|Written by||Jesse Lasky Jr.
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Editing by||Archie Marshek|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release dates||December 1, 1958|
|Running time||119 minutes|
|Box office||$3.2 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
The Buccaneer is a 1958 War film, made by Paramount Pictures like the 1938 version, starring Yul Brynner as Jean Lafitte, Charles Boyer and Claire Bloom. Charlton Heston plays a supporting role as Andrew Jackson, the second time that Heston played Jackson, having portrayed him earlier in the 1953 film The President's Lady. The picture was shot in Technicolor and VistaVision, takes place during the War of 1812, and tells a heavily fictionalized version of how the privateer Lafitte helped in the Battle of New Orleans and how he had to choose between fighting for America or for the side most likely to win, the United Kingdom.
The film is a remake of the 1938 film of the same name which starred Fredric March and Akim Tamiroff (Boyer played Tamiroff's role in the remake). The 1938 version was produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, but he was seriously ill by the time the 1958 version was made, so he was only the executive producer on that version, leaving his then son-in-law, Anthony Quinn, to direct. It was the only film that Quinn ever directed. Henry Wilcoxon, DeMille's long-time friend, who made frequent appearances in his films, was the actual producer, and DeMille did not receive screen credit, though students of his films would probably say that his touch is obvious throughout the film. Nevertheless, DeMille was unhappy with the film and tried unsuccessfully to improve it; critical response was generally unfavorable, despite some impressive battle scenes.
- "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
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