Bristol, England, 1717. In order to restore safe passage to the sea lanes, Lieutenant Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy (Marie Umbers) scouts the seas and offers amnesty to all pirates who choose to give up their evil ways and banish the criminals from the hundreds of island they occupy. An imposing force, Maynard meets his match when he's taken by a fearsome hulk of a menace in the West Indies. A pirate sailing off the Island of St. Vincent. Edward Teach (Angus Macfadyen) has no plans for retirement. In fact, he has secured for himself a 26 gun, richly laden French "guineyman" that will serve as his new flagship. Raising a new mast emblazoned with a skull and crossbones, Pirate Teach prepares to forge the roiling waters. His goal to find and lay claim to the fabled treasures of Captain Kidd. Transformed into the newly christened Blackbeard, Teach works hard to establish a devilish image with his long black coat, black hat, bandoleered cutlasses, pistols and swords. The educated Maynard, his greatest adversary, now in his custody, can be of great use to Blackbeard as a chronicler of the nefarious deeds that are to come, who can spread Blackbeard's growing reputation for villainy. What unfolds is an epic battle for control of the seas, for the honor of Maynard's beloved friend Charlotte Ormond (Jessica Chastain), for the possession of untold riches that lie buried in a place as fearsome and unpredictable as Blackbeard himself: the decaying and ghostly Vulture Island, where Blackbeard's fate would become a symbol of an era's end in the history of piracy in the New World. Everyone knows the legend, but few people really know what made him one. Now, meet one of history's most notorious figures.
A fair dramatisation of a real pirate
- Blackbeard review by RL
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While I'm no naval historian, I enjoyed the dramatization. The real Black beard was noted as being of fearsome temperament, but he's played down a bit here. Plenty of twists & turns in the plot, plus nice Caribbean scenery & acting. Not a great classic, but well worth an evening.