In this Disney family favorite, Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones and a perky Suzanne Pleshette deliver plenty of laughs. A college track coach is desperate when he faces off against a group of racketeers who plan to turn his house into a casino. Out of options, he calls upon his ancestor, the great pirate Blackbeard, to defeat the motley crew of criminals. The film's special effects were groundbreaking for its time. Robert Stevenson directs.
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- Robert Stevenson
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Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie uses a well-worn formula recycled from some of Disney's better pictures, notably The Absent Minded Professor. But if you don't mind the retread -- and kids will love it -- the characters are charming and there are funny bits. As a ghost, Blackbeard is about as frightening as Casper with a sword. Don't let the word "ghost" deter grade-school kids. Old Blackbeard isn't very scary or threatening, but he does on occasion set an improper example by drinking, carousing, and cheating. The allure of pirates and the wholesomeness of Disney are a good pairing for preteens and older kids. As far as adult entertainment goes, it's passable, but works best in the company of young ones.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Some rowdiness and comical fighting with an invisible adversary.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Some careless gun handling and reckless driving on Blackbeard's part, as well as some rum-drinking, cheating, and gambling. A coach sacrifices his principles so his team can win by underhanded means.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Blackbeard drinks rum.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it