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Tales of the Black Freighter (2009)

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A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn it has a horrific cost.

Writers:

Zack Snyder (screenplay), Alex Tse (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gerard Butler ... The Sea Captain (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cam Clarke ... Money Lender (voice)
Siobhan Flynn ... Sea Captain's Daughter (voice)
Jared Harris ... Ridley (voice)
Salli Saffioti ... Sea Captain's Daughter (voice)
Lori Tritel Lori Tritel ... Sea Captain's Wife (voice)
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A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn it has a horrific cost.

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Rated R for violent and grisly images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Gerard Butler got his role in this after Zack Snyder couldn't find him a role in Watchmen (2009). See more »

Quotes

The Sea Captain: How had I reached this appalling position with love, only love, as my guide? The money lender floated at my feet. Noble intentions had led me to atrocity. The righteous anger fueling my ingenious awful scheme was but delusion. Where was my error?
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Connections

Spun-off from Watchmen (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Pirate Jenny
Written by Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Simply great
12 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As someone who takes delight generally in the DC animations I was hugely impressed by Tales of the Black Freighter. There are a couple of instances where the action is a tad lacking in flow but even that's occasional. The animation is very detailed and atmospheric, with well-done character designs. The music is appropriately haunting and never overdone, while the writing is intelligent and thought-provoking. Most of the action is very well-choreographed and paced and the story is dark in tone, very compelling and quite suspenseful and even chilling. The characters are engaging, not stock and with a sense of conflict that gives them some dimension. Gerard Butler's voice work is superb, a perfect balance of gruff and sympathetic.

Overall, a simply great DC animation short, that more than stands up on its own. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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