Fifteen Year Old Captain (1974)

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Dick Sand travels aboard the "Pilgrim" when, following dramatic events, the ship becomes without a captain. Fate has it so that, to keep all sailors in peace, he shall command the ship. All... See full summary »


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5 February 2018 | miguellopezcortes
| Adventure fictional about some travelers who sail and stranded on a remote location and freely based on Jules Verne novel
Adventure tale full of colorful scenarios , thrills , action and in low budget . Amusing , lighthearted romp though so-so, only for kids and teenagers , based upon the Jules Verne novel . It's a mediocre fun with naive special effects , passable set decoration and functional art direction without use of computer generator . It deals with a young European Dick Sand (José Luis Marcos) who wishes to travel around the world , as his godfather (Edmund Purdom) assigns to care his newly wife . His wealthy father Admiral Marlowe agrees to send him on a global expedition aboard a vessel . As he travels aboard the Whale-ship called "Pilgrim" captained by Hull (Marc Cassot) . Following dramatic happenings , as the captain is attacked by a whale and the second-in-command (Luis Barboo) also diez , as the boat becomes without a captain . They undergo a hazardous voyage , and to keep all sailors , cook (William Berger) , the motlew crew , and passengers (Sergio Mendizábal , Marisol Delgado, Doris Thomas) in peace, he shall command the ship and all of them accept this arrangement . Along the way they face numerous betrayals , dangers , risks , treason and slavery .

It results to be a silly but likable Spanish adaptation based on Jules Verne classic novel . This below average and humdrum adaptation is a special version of the Jules Verne adventure yarn titled : Fifteen Year Old Captain . There're rip-roaring action , spirit of adventure , derring-do , humor , thrills and results to be briefly entertaining but mediocre . Among the most spectacular of its visuals there are the semi-spectacular scenes in which the tough fishers chase a whale , and the colorful backgrounds of the lost African places . It's a slight fun with average special effects , passable set decoration , and functional art direction . The fable is silly and laughable , and the effects and action are regularly made . Being clumsily made but the movie has some good moments here and there . Some illogical parts in the plot are more than compensated for the excitement provided by the scenes about the whale hunting .Here there are various notorious secondaries in this production , support actors seen in co-productions of the 60s and 70s , Spaghetti and Terror genre , as Edmund Purdom , Howard Vernon , Alberto Dalbes , Sergio Mendizábal , Luis Barboo , though they are really wasted . Special mention for William Berger as a suspect cook whose resentment will add treachery to circumstances already difficult to take the ship to safe harbour.

Jules Verne has been adapted several times as the best ¨20,000 Leagues Under the Sea¨ (954) by Richard Fleischer ; ¨following L'Ile Mysterieuse" or "The Mysterious Island" by Cry Endfield it was written in 1874, though the source of this picture is actually "L'École des Robinsons" or "The Robinson School" published in 1882 . And ¨Around the World in 80 Days¨classic version by Michael Anderson and recent (2004) by Frank Coraci ; Michel Strogoff by Carmine Gallone ; ¨Mathias Sandorff¨with Louis Jourdan , Journey to the Center of the Earth¨ classic version with James Mason and new with Brendan Frazer and many others .

The motion picture was middlingly realized by Jess Frank or Jesús Franco . Franco who recently passed away was an average and prolific craftsman , he owned his own studio and created a many of the silly scripts you see in any of his many unimaginative undertakings . Jesús was expert on all kind of genres as Terror (Vampires , The devil came from Akasawa,Dracula , Orloff series , Notre Dame Hunchback ) , Action (Esmeralda Bay , Dark mission ,Downtown heat) , Erotic (Macumba sexual , Incubus ,Pick-Up Girls ) and WIP. While his films have been universally panned by the prestigious reviewers, they have a kind of quality that must be endured to be fully appreciated .

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Action | Adventure


Release Date:

6 March 1974



Country of Origin

France, Spain

Filming Locations

Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

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