Seven Seas to Calais

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"Hell and Heroism On The High Seas!"
  • Approved
  • 1962
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 5.6  (453)

Seven Seas to Calais is a 1962 British war film set during the reign of Elizabeth I. Directed by Rudolph Maté, the film stars Rod Taylor as the brave and daring British sailor, Sir Francis Drake, who is granted a commission by the Queen to lead a mission to intercept and capture a Spanish treasure ship bound for the French port of Calais.

The story begins with the Spanish Ambassador, de Silva (played by Christopher Rhodes), arriving in London to demand that the Queen put an end to Drake's plundering of Spanish ships in the Caribbean. Despite the Ambassador's threats, Elizabeth I (played by Irene Worth) granted Drake his commission, knowing that the mission is crucial to England's survival in the face of the Spanish Armada.

Drake selects his ship, the Golden Hind, and assembles a crew of the toughest and most loyal sailors he can find. Together they set off on a perilous journey across the Atlantic, navigating storms, Spanish warships, and treacherous waters on their way to the French coast.

The crew is made up of a diverse group of characters, including the ship's surgeon, Doctor Glover (played by Michael Hordern), the distrustful and treacherous Spaniard, Don Miguel (played by Wilfrid Lawson), and the ship's master, Nicholas (played by Keith Michell). Edy Vessel plays the beautiful and daring French spy, Marie-Claire, who is recruited by Drake to help him infiltrate Calais and obtain important intelligence on the Spanish fleet gathering there.

As the Golden Hind approaches Calais, Drake and his crew face an uphill battle against the skilled Spanish forces waiting for them. The action-packed climax sees Drake and his men engage in a fierce battle with the Spanish in a desperate bid to capture the treasure ship and thwart the Spanish invasion of England.

The film's pace is relentless, and the characters, although not highly developed, are entertaining and add depth to the plot. The cinematography is impressive, with stunning shots of the sea and sailing scenes, though the use of model ships in some scenes is sometimes obvious. The film's score is also noteworthy, adding to the tension and emotion of the action-packed scenes.

Overall, Seven Seas to Calais is an entertaining and well-crafted historical adventure film that captures the excitement and fear of a crucial moment in English history. Rod Taylor delivers a convincing performance as Sir Francis Drake, confidently leading his crew through dangerous waters and enemy attacks, while Keith Michell, Edy Vessel, and the supporting cast all contribute to the film's engaging plot. The film remains a classic example of British war films and is highly recommended for fans of historical dramas and action movies alike.

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    5.6  (453)