Captain Kidd

The great Charles Laughton vividly brings to life the most infamous pirate ever to sail the seven seas; lots of action adventure and intrigue.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: June 18, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1945
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Total Count: 5


User Ratings: 2,001
Rating: B- -- Sails the high seas on Charles Laughton's sea legs. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Feb 27, 2008
Laughton is capital as the ruthless brigand of the seas, ruling his equally villainous rogues with stern cruelty. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009
Rating: B- -- Charles Laughton renders a grandly theatrical performance as the infamous pirate, a role he would spoof in a 1952 comedy. Full Review
Aug 23, 2012
Rating: 3/5 -- Laughton is good, but the film is a cheap, tepid affair that drove its director to quit movies.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Feb 11, 2004

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Famous 17th century pirate captain William Kidd comes to vibrant life in the hands of Charles Laughton in the high seas swashbuckler Captain Kidd.

Kidd tricks King William III (Henry Daniel) into appointing him the protector of a ship loaded with valuable treasure. He intends to steal the cargo for himself, which he does with the aid of his devious lieutenants (portrayed by Gilbert Roland and John Carradine). Adam Merry (Randolph Scott) and kidnapped noblewoman Lady Ann Falconer (Barbara Britton) help bring Kidd to justice at the end of a rope.

Werner Janssen's music for this seafaring adventure received a 1945 Academy Award nomination for "Best Musical Score."

Product Description:

Captain Kidd, a ruthless pirate, schemes to escort a treasure ship bound from India to England. Laughton plays the famous pirate, a role he repeated with Abbott and Costello in 1952. Academy Award Nominations: Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.


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Lots of fun Movie Lover: from Middle Village, NY US -- May, 31, 2010

Charles Laughton plays Capt. Kidd and he does a great job combining his evil black heart with just a touch of mirth. Randolph Scott (whose accent I could never quite figure out) is the "good guy". And Barbara Britten is gorgeous. There's enough action and mayhem to satisfy the meanest pirate or land lubber. It's not great but I'm sure you'll like it.

Avast, pirates be plotting to steal the king's booty Movie Lover: from California -- September, 13, 2004

Well, it's no "Pirates of the Caribbean", but lots of fun nonetheless. Treacherous, blackhearted Captain Kidd preys on England's treasure-filled ships. While eliminating his old crewmates (to keep their share of the treasure) Kidd hatches a plan to earn himself a noble's title and score some serious booty. The only man who can stop him in Adam Mercy, a sailor with a secret. But you just might root for that vile pirate instead, played with gusto by Charles Laughton. The funniest moments are between Kidd and his hired etiquette coach. Have you ever tried to teach a pirate manners?

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  • Sales Rank: 10,794
  • UPC: 089218314499
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