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Something you don't see a lot of anymore.... Sea movies. Pirates or these kind. Swashbucklers - all. This is a fun flick. The technicals are good and Director Curtiz keeps the action moving. I sat for 1 hr and 45 min waiting for the sword fight. Errol Flynn doesn't disappoint in that situation. Have the popcorn ready because this is a good one for it. Fun - not too serious. On a scale of 1-100 --- its an 80 / maybe 85.
THE SEA HAWK
Another one of Warner Bros. Great Epics. The cast, the music score ,the sets. Its all been said by others here. One thing I did notice during the final fight between Errol Flynn and Henry Daniell It was a close up shot of Henry Daniell s, face, how much he looked like an older 1930s Douglas Fairbanks Sr. It was amazing. Its a shame Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn never had the opportunity to work together. Ive never even seen them on film, at a Hollywood event together. Studio rivalry and contracts forbid trading actors except on rare occasions. The detail on the ships at sea is astounding. Did I hear right ? Errol Flynn Never received an Oscar ! or even a nomination ? What A Disgrace.
Errol Flynn's best movie!
One of the finest of all swashbucklers, this movie is even better than Robin Hood. It features a marvelous plot, excellent acting, and one of the finest musical soundtracks ever composed--Erich Korngold's masterpiece. Errol Flynn plays an English privateer sailing under secret orders of Queen Elizabeth--a kind of special-ops pirate. And he dreams up a very special op indeed--a commando raid on the Spanish gold fleet in a desperate bid to head off the attack of the Spanish Armada! Needless to say, things get...complicated. But in the best possible way, with sea battles, land battles and a dazzling climactic sword fight as Flynn cuts his way through the Queen's own security forces to deliver her an amazing secret that could save England! This movie kicks total butt! One of my favorite films ever!
Better Than Capt Blood
Only improvement would be Basil Rathbone instead of Daniell,who couldn't fence.Olivia def more beautiful than Brenda,but she did well.
- John Ramirez
The Sea Hawk Will Forever Be Known As A Hollywood Classic ! Errol Flynn Was Incomparably Dashing, Had No Peer In Costume , Action, Swashbuckler Movies. The Supporting Cast Is Superb, The Direction Stellar, The Impossibly Wonderful Score By Erich Wolfgang Korngold Has Over 80 Astounding Music Cues !!! This Is A Hollywood Gem !!!
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.