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The Sea Hawk

1924 2h 9m Adventure List
Reviews 69% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Framed for murder by his own half brother, Sir Oliver Tressilian (Milton Sills) is impressed into service aboard a British ship. When that ship is captured by the Spanish Armada, he is put to work as a galley slave. Escaping to a band of Barbary pirates, he eventually becomes their leader. He gains wealth and fame during his adventures as "The Sea Hawk," but he dreams of returning to England to exact revenge on his brother -- and to reclaim his fiancée. Read More Read Less

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Mabel McElliott New York Daily News Mr. Sills is somewhat magnificent, I think, in his alive and conquering role. May 17, 2021 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills ...an elaborate intrigue set in Elizabethan times. Apr 17, 2024 Full Review Shadow Stage Photoplay This romantic yarn by Rafael Sabatini -- of the corsairs who swept the seven seas in the good old Elizabethan days -- has reached the screen with considerable more vitality than most costume efforts of the silversheet. Jun 27, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Very well done adaptation that is true to the book. The story flows very well from scene to scene. It begins and ends at the same estate with a great amount of adventure and drama throughout the storyline. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member more faithful 2 the book that flynn's version-i still prefer flynn's over this Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I am starting to love silent movies. Truly shows you how much dialogue takes away from acting skill... This is a great movie and also WAY ahead of it's time. Crosses the worlds of Christian and Muslim generally showing Muslim as more civilized because of their adherence to the laws of the prophet. Well acted and interesting in terms of plot and execution. This is worth a watch by anyone. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member First time watching this silent classic, and I love it! Very well paced, exciting action and just a heck of a lot of fun! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member has a slow start but once sir oliver got mixed up with the arabs this turned into a reallt great intrest grabbing film Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member this was alot of fun since i'm a big fan of curtiz' 1940 version with errol flynn. the story is quite a bit different, more closely following the novel by rafael sabatini published in 1915. the star is a forgotten silent screen idol named milton sills, many of whose films have been lost. the only actor i recognized was wallace beery, playing a sea captain with many outlandish costumes, who becomes a devoted friend of the man he was paid to kidnap and sell into slavery. in this version, our hero becomes a moslem and famed barbary pirate known as sakr-el-bahr, the sea-hawk, after his mistreatment at the hands of the spaniards. the film is a lovely sepia tint, with some well done hand colored flames in several scenes. the sea battles are excellent and some were even spliced into curtiz' later captain blood. director frank lloyd is best remembered for the 1935 mutiny on the bounty but this is highly entertaining and was a huge hit in 1925 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Framed for murder by his own half brother, Sir Oliver Tressilian (Milton Sills) is impressed into service aboard a British ship. When that ship is captured by the Spanish Armada, he is put to work as a galley slave. Escaping to a band of Barbary pirates, he eventually becomes their leader. He gains wealth and fame during his adventures as "The Sea Hawk," but he dreams of returning to England to exact revenge on his brother -- and to reclaim his fiancée.
Director
Frank Lloyd
Production Co
Frank Lloyd Productions
Genre
Adventure
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
May 7, 2015
Runtime
2h 9m