Trailer Tuesday: Robert Shaw in ‘Swashbuckler’ (1976)

'Swashbuckler' trailer title, 1976

‘Swashbuckler’ trailer title, 1976

“The biggest, grandest pirate movie ever.”

Swashbuckler swung into theaters in July of 1976. Based on a story by Paul Wheeler entitled The Scarlet Buccaneer, the film stars Robert Shaw as the pirate in red (Captain Ned Lynch) and James Earl Jones as his second-in-command (Nick Debrett).

Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones and friends. ('Swashbuckler,' 1976)

Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones and friends. (‘Swashbuckler,’ 1976)

Swashbuckler, a lush production with hit-and-miss performances, was directed by James Goldstone and also features actors; Peter Boyle, Geneviève Bujold, Beau Bridges, Geoffrey Holder, Avery Schreiber and Anjelica Huston (in one of her first film roles.)

Hey, the movie’s got pirates, swordplay, beautiful scenery and was filmed on a real galleon. Even if it ain’t a classic it’s worth two hours of your time. I mentioned Geneviève Bujold, right?

‘Swashbuckler’ Theatrical Trailer, 1976

Swashbuckler Wiki, IMDb
Swashbuckler review at Every70sMovie


Previously, on Trailer Tuesday: ‘Papillon’ (1973)

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2 Responses to Trailer Tuesday: Robert Shaw in ‘Swashbuckler’ (1976)

  1. Steve H. says:

    Gee, they just don’t make trailers (or movies) like that anymore. No CGI, all the stunts done live, etc. Funny to see Peter Boyle with a full head of hair, and black hair to boot. One of the swordsmen in the beginning of the trailer, below decks, is a dead-ringer for Wallace Beery (maybe it was intentional). Yes, you did mention Geneviève Bujold, one of the few reasons I would have gone to see this.

    • David Moore says:

      I saw this on TV at some point in the late 70s or early 80s. I remember liking it. Not sure how I’d feel today but it definitely looks fun.
      According to some, Peter Boyle was woefully miscast. He’s normally excellent but seemed out of place.
      The actor that looks like Wallace Beery may be Jon Cedar (checking with IMDb’s cast list and his photo.)