It's been 10 years since Lizzie Borden High School's class of '72 graduated, and the preppies, the hippies and the in-crowd has returned to reminisce over good times past. But classmate Walter Baylor has returned too with a vengeance.
Two school kids, who are best friends, are drinking on the side of a river. One friend bets the other that he can't swim across the river and "Reach The Rock". The friend takes the bet and ... See full summary »
Camp Tar Creek is a backwater U.S. Army outpost, enlivened by the shenanigans of Sergeant Val Valentine, and pal Private Tony Baker. Their money-making schemes must escape detection by Major Hawkins. Baker's girlfriend is Corporal Lola Grey.
David Robinson is being shipped off to a penal colony. His wife and kids are allowed to accompany him. A storm strikes the ship and the family (save for one son, Jacob) are trapped below ... See full summary »
A French count is in England to marry the princess. She's killed. A wizard helps him to time travel back before the murder - except they end up in Chicago, April 2000. A descendant helps him. He looks for the wizard to return to the 1100s.
During the 1700s, pirate Captain Vallo seizes a British warship and gets involved in various money-making schemes involving Caribbean rebels led by El Libre, British envoy Baron Jose Gruda, and a beautiful courtesan named Consuelo.
It's the late nineteenth century in the South Pacific. Bully Hayes considers himself a pirate with morals and standards, and while he has never flown the skull and crossbones, he has dealt in illegal trade, albeit never having swindled or killed anyone who didn't deserve it. It is after one of those trading missions with a native tribe gone wrong that he is arrested "by an old friend" under Spanish law for attempting to sell arms to the enemy, a crime punishable by hanging. Awaiting his fate in a dank prison cell, he tells his lawyer how he came to this situation. What Bully specifically tells him is the last escapades aboard his former beloved ship, the Rona, the long voyage transporting New Englander Nathaniel Williamson and his British fiancée Sophie to their South Pacific mission where they were to be married before bringing the word of God to the natives. Earnest Nathaniel disliked him from the beginning due to the harmless or not so harmless flirtation between him and Sophie. ...Written by
The term "blackbirders", used in the movie, is a nineteenth century alternate expression for a form of slave-trading, where people were recruited for laboring through trickery and kidnapping, the practice was common in the South Seas, where this movie was set, and filmed. See more »
Durring the final assault on Hayes and crew his sidekick "Mr. Blake" is shot rather graphically suggesting that he has been killed, Yet we saw him alive and well during the opening part of the wraparound narrative story set after these events. See more »
Count Von Rittenberg:
We intend to sign and honor a treaty.
King Oatopi of Ponape never signed a treaty with nobody. He's an evil bastard. Practices incest on his own offspring, eats human flesh, sacrifices his enemies. You ever show your pink, little behind around there, he'll have you screwed, tattooed and served up with an apple in your mouth.
Count Von Rittenberg:
Mr Pease, I have the whole of the German Empire at my support.
He'll eat them too.
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Likable Adventure That Happily Pushes No Envelopes
I saw Nate and Hayes back in the day, in the darkness of the theater. It was fun, but the memory of Raiders of the Lost Ark (which was certainly responsible for this film's existence) was too fresh, and this minor film suffered in comparison. Though Nate and Hayes was competently made, and had it's charms, it was obviously a TV movie that somehow made it up to the big screen. I think that if they'd had a bit more money to spend, the filmmakers could have created a film just as good as Disney's recent pirate adventures. With more varied camera-work, a few more creative action bits, better costumes, and richer cinematography, the same screenplay could have been made into a smash hit classic. In fact, most of the big hits of the past 3 decades have basically just been slick and shiny remakes of little films like this one. And Tommy Lee Jones makes a fantastic Pirate, Texas accent and all!
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