PIRATE TEACHES MORALS

ANIMAL MY SOUL

BLACKBEARD’S GHOST directed by Robert Stevenson  (USA, 1968)

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What was your favourite movie when you were 10?

At that age, my tastes were strongly dictated by Disney so mine would have been a toss-up between Jungle Book and Blackbeard’s Ghost. The latter would probably have narrowly won by a hair of the dread pirate’s ragged whiskers.

Watching it again now, I can guess that one of main appeals was the way it pitched underdog outsiders against crooks and jocks.

It is based very loosely on real life 18th century pirate Edward Teach and a novel by Ben Stahl.

Blackbeard’s spirit has been wandering in limbo following a curse put on him by his aggrieved wife Aldetha as she was being burnt at the stake as a witch.

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