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The Master of Ballantrae (1984)

The story of two brothers, Scottish noblemen whose family is torn apart by the Jacobite rising of 1745.

Director:

Douglas Hickox

Writers:

William Bast (teleplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Gielgud ... Lord Durrisdeer
Ian Richardson ... Mr. MacKellar
Finola Hughes ... Alison Graeme
Nickolas Grace ... Dass
Brian Blessed ... Captain Teach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Bishop ... Pinkerton
Nick Brimble ... Chew
Brian Coburn Brian Coburn ... John Mountain
James Cosmo ... Horseman
Timothy Dalton ... Col Francis Burke
Pavel Douglas ... Bonnie Prince Charlie
Richard Driscoll Richard Driscoll ... McGregor (as Steven Craine)
Donald Eccles ... John Paul
John Hallam ... Captain Harris
Don Henderson ... Hicks
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The story of two brothers, Scottish noblemen whose family is torn apart by the Jacobite rising of 1745.

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Trivia

Brian Blessed's "Captain Teach" was based on the infamous pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rising of the Moon
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[bagpipes playing in background as James leaves to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie]
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You Can't Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear.
16 May 2004 | by schweinhundt1967See all my reviews

The previous reviewer has commented,and quie rightly so,that this is a convoluted,hard-to follow screenplay.Well,it's really essential that one consider the original story.It's NOT a swashbuckler,but,rather a character study in a swashbuckling setting.The 2 brothers shown in this tale are actually the 2 sides of a total personality,seeking integration.(THAT was the entire point of Jeykll and Hyde.)It's been set during a perod of historical turbulence,in order for the drama to proceed.

There was an earlier production,filmed in 1953 or so,that was designed as a vehicle for Flynn.And,to be perfectly frank, that was about all that it was good for.It was a historical romance-pirate movie.This one at least makes some attempt to follow the original plot.And the cast does a good job with some confusing material.

HISTORICAL NOTE:The real Captain Teach(also known as Blackbeard)had been dead for almost 28 years before this story opens.So,it's not accurate historically.But Mr. Blessed has so much fun with the character,playing hims as a psychotic version of Orson Welles,that it's immensely enjoyable.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Master of Ballantrae (#33.2) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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