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Even Errol Flynn can't save this movie.
Not a particularly original or stylish swashbuckler movie. There is good reason this movie has never been remembered as a Hollywood classic. It's a mediocre film at best.
The Sea Hawk
- Dashiell Barnes
A great swash-buckling adventure from Warner Bros. Director Curtiz reunites his stars from "The Adventures of Robin Hood," Flynn & Rains, each good in their respective roles and Robson steals the show as Queen Elizabeth I. Also returning is composer Korngold who makes great use of his talents with his best score post-"Robin Hood." An exciting Flynn-Curtiz adventure film that's a must-see. I give it a 4.5/5.
one of the best
Without question one of the greatest action-adventure films of all-time! Flynn is at his best.
"UP THERE! CLEAR YOUR LEASH LINES"
- alexander perez
Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Dynamic, fantastic score that remains the greatest of the Swashbuckler genre; stirring action on both land and sea that includes a thunderous Sea Battle splendidly achieved without today's confounded CGI effects; a thrilling Adventure story that stars Errol Flynn as a 16th century Sir Francis Drake-like Privateer; combine this and more, and you've got yourself the greatest Pirate adventure along with CAPTAIN BLOOD! It's an almost flawless Swashbuckler, with both Claude Rains and Henry Daniell at their most evil, Flora Robson a wonderful Queen Elizabeth, Brenda Marshall a nonetheless Beatiful substitute for Olivia DeHavilland (although in reality with DeHavilland there really is NO substitute!), and Flynn Sidekick Alan Hale is great as ever! truly one of my all-time favorites!
Inspiring Sea Hawk!
I've always thought this film was an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10! It was my favorite film of all for decades. It has everything-adventure, romance, humour, intrigue. It shows what a true leader should be-at the front of battle, not hiding in an office in 'headquarters'. Thorpe leads his men in every fray. The main character speaks beautiful English, is obviously highly educated and despite being a pirate, has high morals in his interpretation of right and wrong-he fights first for his country and the rights of all men and shows respect for women. Great costumes, cast, and shows sea battles with some authenticity. The music of Korngold is soaring. Flora Robson is a standout as QE1. Donald Crisp, Alan Hale and various other supporting cast are brilliant. Thanks for showing it as an 'Essential'.
The Sea Hawk
If you look closely at the start of the film, you'll see Edgar Buchanan and James Arness among Captain Thorpe's crew!
The Sea Hawk (1940)
- Jay Higgins
One of the greatest adventure films of all time, and Errol Flynn is at his best. The score is one of the greatest ever composed, it's excellent and rousing. The entire cast is amazing, and some of the supporting actors stand out like Alan Hale Sr., Una O'Connor, Flora Robson, Donald Crisp and Claude Rains. I could never tire of watching this great classic.
Hawk flies high
- Oliver Cutshaw
Epic swashbuckler. I think in many ways this film is better than Captain Blood and almost the equal of The Adventures of Robin Hood. Errol Flynn was never more dashing and the story has a more authentic historical structure which gives it a scope that some of his other films lack. It was clearly tilted to imply that ambitious 16th Century Spain was rather like the Germany of later days which gives the film a sort of 1940's relevance. Still it is mainly a good sword and romance adventure with a very nice score and excellent cinematography.