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The Pirates of Blood River

87 min
Action | Adventure | Drama | Romance | Thriller
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John Gilling
Country: UK
Filming Locations: Black Park Lake, Black Park, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Glenn Corbett
Kerwin Mathews
Jonathon Standing
Christopher Lee
Captain LaRoche
Marla Landi
Bess Standing
Andrew Keir
Jason Standing
Michael Ripper
Mack, a pirate
David Lodge
Dennis Waterman
Timothy Blackthorne
Jack Stewart
Godfrey Mason
Lorraine Clewes
Martha Blackthorne
Jerold Wells
Penal Colony Master
Diane Aubrey
Margaret Blackthorne (uncredited)
John Bennett
Penal Colony Guard (uncredited)
Richard Bennett
Seymour (uncredited)
Ronald Blackman
Pugh (uncredited)
John Collin
Lance (uncredited)
Marie Devereux
Maggie Mason (uncredited)
Don Levy
Carlos (uncredited)
Desmond Llewelyn
Tom Blackthorne (uncredited)
Michael Mulcaster
Martin (uncredited)
Michael Peake
Kemp (uncredited)
Keith Pyott
John Roden
2nd Settler (uncredited)
Denis Shaw
Silver (uncredited)
Did you know?
The penal colony where Jonathon Standing (Kerwin Mathews) was sent to was also the Callow Hill Location. The scene of his escape and his attempted killing by two men was shot in one of the swamps at Burnham Beeches. Other scenes of the pirates wading through the swamp and walking in wooded areas was a combination of Burnham Beeches and Black Park.
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Sammy Davis Jr. visited the set during the shooting of the film.
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According to Christopher Lee, the pond fording at Black Park was a horrible experience. The water was polluted and the bottom consisted of three or four feet of mud, sludge, broken trees and branches, stench, and general filth that the stunt men refused to do it. Michael Ripper nearly drowned, Oliver Reed contracted an eye and ear infection, and Lee claims he couldn't walk upstairs for nearly six months because of the after-effects.
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When the blindfolded pirates fight and a pirate hides inside a wooden frame, he is shown is subsequent scenes with his sword either straight out in front or to the side against the frame.
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During the blindfold fight, the blindfolds appear to be thin gauze that the pirates can see through. At one point, when the pirate hides inside the wooden frame, he glances down at a railing before he places his hand on it.
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The 'golden' statue is clearly made of wood, the size and weight of it would have crushed the wagon, would have been impossible to pick up without a heavy block & tackle pulley system, and it easily rocks in the wagon when jostled, as well as when the tree fell and knocked it off the wagon.
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Hench, a pirate: [to Mack] I do not count my chickens before I see them, and then I wait until the eggs are hatched out.
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Captain LaRoche: If I kill, it is to achieve a purpose, not for the sake of killing.
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Jonathon Standing: This was going to e a peaceful mission!
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Photos from cast
Oliver Reed Peter Arne