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Parents' Guide to

The Crimson Pirate

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Carnival-like 1950s pirate yarn is fun for all.

Movie NR 1952 106 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Great classic pirate film!

My son's favourite film since he was 6. The violence (Pirate fights) is cartoon-like . The action scenes are so funny he just loves it.

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Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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This is pure popcorn escapism that still holds up well. Though he became associated with ultra-serious roles in a long and varied filmography, star Burt Lancaster had an early career as a circus acrobat, one he put to good use in The Crimson Pirate, a flighty, swashbuckling romp in which he swings like Tarzan from mast to mast and rallies a bunch of villagers to invent the tank and the machine gun and the submarine several centuries early.

Playing out like a live-action cartoon, it's charming folderol, with practically no sense of danger, but lots of good humor, bright-colored costumes, impressive vessels, great stunts, and some clever lines -- or lack of them, in the case of Vallo's mute sidekick Ojo (Nick Cravat), who utters not a word, yet makes himself perfectly understood through miming and prop-comedy. The filmmakers even things out by giving the main villain his own nonverbal henchman, played by longtime screen menace Christopher Lee.

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