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Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler (1983)

This special features clips from Flynn's movies including "Adventures of Robin Hood," "Captain Blood," "Santa Fe Trail" and others. Charges of his Nazi affiliation and never-before released... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Himself - Narrator
Hal B. Wallis ... Himself - Former Studio Head (as Hal Wallis)
Tony Thomas Tony Thomas ... Himself - Flynn Film Historian
Vincent Sherman ... Himself - Flynn's Director: 'Don Juan'
John Huston ... Himself - Flynn's Director - 'Roots Of Heaven'
Robert Douglas ... Himself - Co-starred in 'Don Juan'
Irving Asher Irving Asher ... Himself - Discovered Errol Flynn
David Niven ... Himself - Co-starred in 'The Dawn Patrol'
Nora Eddington Nora Eddington ... Herself - Errol's Second Wife (as Nora Flynn)
Rory Flynn Rory Flynn ... Herself - Errol's Daughter
Deirdre Flynn Deirdre Flynn ... Herself - Errol's Daughter
Samuel Marx Samuel Marx ... Himself - Studio Executive (as Sam Marx)
Beverly Aadland Beverly Aadland ... Herself - Errol's Last Love
Otto Reichow Otto Reichow ... Himself - Pallbearer at Errol's Funeral
Hermann Erben Hermann Erben ... Himself - Flynn's Lifelong Friend (as Dr. Hermann Erben)


This special features clips from Flynn's movies including "Adventures of Robin Hood," "Captain Blood," "Santa Fe Trail" and others. Charges of his Nazi affiliation and never-before released facts are also included. Christopher Lee narrates, with appearances by his former wives, children and other stars. Written by Anonymous

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In the tradition of his book... "My Wicked, Wicked Ways"










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March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (DVD version)| Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Certainly not the best film about Flynn.
21 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler" is a very cheap looking documentary. The print looks like it was shot on video and the film clips are all very fuzzy. And, in a few cases, color film clips are in black & white (such as "The Adventures of Robin Hood"). And, inexplicably, it is narrated by Christopher Lee--a man who seems to have no connection with Flynn. Also, oddly, the film doesn't even talk about Flynn's childhood until halfway through the documentary! Now I am NOT saying it's a bad documentary, but it does leave a lot to be desired and there are better biographies of Flynn out there (such as "Adventures of Errol Flynn"). So, unless you are a crazed film buff (like me), try seeing this other film instead. Or, if you are a nut like me, see them both. The bonus is that BOTH are very interesting and "Portrait of a Swashbuckler" does try to figure out why Flynn had such contempt for women.

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