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Captain Blood (1960)

Le capitan (original title)
The young King Louis XIII is dominated by his mother Marie de Medici and her favorite Concino Concini . Francois de Capestang, a faithful knight falls for the daughter of the Duke of Angouleme that conspires against the Crown by his side.


André Hunebelle


Franco Dal Cer (dialogue: Italian version), Pierre Foucaud (screenplay) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... François de Capestan
Bourvil ... Cogolin
Elsa Martinelli ... Gisèle d'Angoulême
Pierrette Bruno Pierrette Bruno ... Giuseppa
Lise Delamare ... Marie de Médicis
Annie Anderson Annie Anderson ... Béatrice de Beaufort (as Annie Andersson)
Guy Delorme Guy Delorme ... Rinaldo
Jacqueline Porel Jacqueline Porel ... Léonora Galigaï
Jean-Paul Coquelin Jean-Paul Coquelin ... Vitry
Raphaël Patorni Raphaël Patorni ... Le duc d'Angoulême
Robert Porte Robert Porte ... Duc de Rohan
Jean Berger Jean Berger ... Luynes
Piéral Piéral ... Lorenzo
Jean Blancheur Jean Blancheur ... (as Blancheur)
Alain Janey Alain Janey ... Un laquais de Gisèle


The young King Louis XIII is dominated by his mother Marie de Medici and her favorite Concino Concini . Francois de Capestang, a faithful knight falls for the daughter of the Duke of Angouleme that conspires against the Crown by his side.

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Release Date:

5 October 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invincible Swordsman See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When François de Capestan rescue Gisèle d'Angoulême from the castle, in the exterior shots you can see that Elsa Martinelli was replaced by a stand-in actress wearing a wig. The double tried in these shots to hide her face or she was always shown her back to the camera. After they cross the river, Martinelli appears. See more »

Alternate Versions

The second musical number of the film was cut from the Castilian Spanish version. On the DVD release it was added with subtitles. See more »


Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Especial Navidad (2010) See more »

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Fun swashbuckling with plenty of crashing , swordplay , glamorous gowns and luxurious sets .
17 July 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a slight and adequate budgeted retelling about Michel Zévaco's novel with an awesome Jean Marais . ¨The captain¨ is a likable movie , full of anecdotes and entertaining events . Enjoyable and amusing version with an intrepid Jean Marais as a valiant swashbuckler called Francois De Capestang . This is the classic version upon an adventure novel with a fine cast headed by handsome Jean Marais in a brave role as a valiant knight , a dashing swordsman , audacious lover and nimble athlete . Set in early XVII Century , when a teenager Luis XIII is dominated by his mother , Marie of Medicis (Lise Delamare) and her 'favorite' , the mean count Concino Concini (Arnaldo Foa) and his hoodlum Rinaldo (Guy Delorme) . There appears chevalier Francois de Capestang (Jean Marais) whose main dilemma is the woman who loves , Gisèle d'Angoulême (Elsa Martinelli), results to be daughter of Duke Angulemama . As Angulema is the prime conspirator against King Louis XIII . Chevalier Francois along with a street urchin named Cogolin (Bourvil who holds the comic relief) take on malicious conspirators , double-crosses and lot of dangers .

This is an exciting film , plenty action , thrills , fights , love and breathtaking outdoors . It is adapted in the greatest splendor , the complete romance , an awesome casting and enough production shot in French Studios and location make for a fairly amusement swashbuckler/adventure/comedy . Spectacular as well as delightful swordplay in colorful style with enough budget and breathtaking scenarios, including impressive castles and strongholds . It is packed with comedy in charge of Bourvil , Derring-do , intrigue, a love story , action , drama and moving swordplay . The picture contains rousing action , intrigue , romantic adventure , romance , treachery , mayhem and a lot of fence . Furthermore , a vein of humour is evident here , though sometimes falling flat . For this movie itself , though , energetic and frantic are the best adjectives you could think of to describe its attractions .

Pleasant performances by main star cast and agreeable secondary cast , as the marvelous main actors are completed by stellar cast full of good and veteran French players . Nice acting acting by Jean Marais , he gives a charming acting and manages to use his fists , swords and to do some acrobatics . Marais was a prestigious actor being special relevancy his relation to Jean Cocteau , as they remained close friends until Cocteau's death . Cocteau had a major influence on life and career of Jean Marais who appeared in almost every one of Cocteau's films. Together they made such classics as Beauty and the Beast (1946) , Orfeo (1950) and testament of Orfeo (1960) , to name a few . He also starred several adventure movies mostly directed by Andre Hunebelle such as 1962 Mysteries of Paris , 1961 The miracle of the wolves , 1960 the captain and 1959 The hunchback . During the 1960s and 1970s, Marais went on to star in several popular comedies, such as the Fantomas (1964) trilogy by director André Hunebelle . He co-starred with many major French actors of the time, including such stars as Louis de Funès and Mylène Demongeot in the Fantomas trilogy, and also Jean Gabin, Guy Delorme, Bourvil, Danielle Darrieux, Michèle Morgan, and Yves Montand.

Colorful cinematography by Marcel Grignon , being stunningly showed on the splendorous images . Evocative and lively musical score by Jean Marion . Glamorous production design is well reflected on the luxurious interiors and exteriors filmed on location in Royal Château of Fontainebleau , Château De Val, Lanobre , Forêt De Rambouillet , Château De Beynac , Dordogne, Bastide Médiévale, Monpazier , Dordogne Franstudio , Saint-Maurice , and Val-De-MarneFrance . The motion picture was professionally and in colorful style realized by André Hunebelle . This cool filmmaker provided visual style , comedy , fencing ,drama , clangorous action in equal proportions . Andre was born and dead in France (1896-1895) . He was a director and producer, known for his spectacular as well as delightful swordplay adventures , Eurospy and action films . As he was expert on adventure movie as "The Three Musketeers" , "Devil of Paris" ,¨Le Bossu or the hunchback¨, "The Miracle of the Wolves" ,"Under the Sign of Monte-Cristo" . Being especially known for his Fantomas series with Louis De Funes and Jean Marais such as : ¨Fantomas¨, "Fantomas Unleashed" and ¨Fantomas versus Scotland Yard¨

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