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Captain Kidd

Released Nov 22, 1945 1h 29m Adventure History Drama List
100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 45% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings British pirate William Kidd (Charles Laughton) captures Adm. Blayne's (Randolph Scott) treasure ship and hides the bounty in a cave. Three years later, Kidd, posing as a sea captain, offers his services to the king as an escort ship. Seeking a social position, Kidd also negotiates for Blayne's title and lands, if he can prove Blayne was associated with piracy. On his mission, Kidd is unaware that Blayne's son, Adam (also Scott), is among the crew, determined to clear his father's name. Read More Read Less

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Variety Staff Variety Laughton is capital as the ruthless brigand of the seas, ruling his equally villainous rogues with stern cruelty. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Charles Laughton renders a grandly theatrical performance as the infamous pirate, a role he would spoof in a 1952 comedy. Rated: B- Aug 23, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Sails the high seas on Charles Laughton's sea legs. Rated: B- Feb 27, 2008 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 3/5 Mar 12, 2004 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Laughton is good, but the film is a cheap, tepid affair that drove its director to quit movies. Rated: 3/5 Feb 11, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Russ Not one of Sir Charles's better efforts. I think by this stage of his career the booze was getting to him, though he would later redeem himself in "Witness for the Prosecution." Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review Steve D Even its star can't make it interesting. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review nick s I quite like Laughton in other movies, but I think he was miscast in this one. And he didn't put in a strong performance. The movie as a whole didn't have as much bluster as I would have expected. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Hands down the most clever pirate films of all time. It is a tale of intrigue more than an action film and it is amazing for what it is. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Nothing special, but it is saved by a great performance from Charles Laughton Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review andy f Rises above the usual pirate hokum, due to a better than average script and a majestic performance from Charles Laughton. He is wonderful and steals every scene he's in. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis British pirate William Kidd (Charles Laughton) captures Adm. Blayne's (Randolph Scott) treasure ship and hides the bounty in a cave. Three years later, Kidd, posing as a sea captain, offers his services to the king as an escort ship. Seeking a social position, Kidd also negotiates for Blayne's title and lands, if he can prove Blayne was associated with piracy. On his mission, Kidd is unaware that Blayne's son, Adam (also Scott), is among the crew, determined to clear his father's name.
Director
Rowland V. Lee
Producer
Benedict Bogeaus
Screenwriter
Norman Reilly Raine, Robert N. Lee
Distributor
United Artists
Production Co
Benedict Bogeaus Production
Genre
Adventure, History, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 22, 1945, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 23, 2016
Runtime
1h 29m
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