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Dragonard (1987)

R | | Drama | 8 November 1989 (USA)
On an 18th century Caribbean island run by debauched colonial plantation owners, an enslaved Scotsman joins a slave revolt.


Gérard Kikoïne


Rupert Gilchrist (novel), Rick Marx | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Captain Shanks
Eartha Kitt ... Naomi
Annabel Schofield Annabel Schofield ... Honore Juno
Claudia Udy Claudia Udy ... Arabella
Patrick Warburton ... Richard Abdee
Drummond Marais Drummond Marais ... Pierre Juno
Dennis Folbigge Dennis Folbigge ... Governor Warburton
Winston Gama Winston Gama ... Manroot
Martin Dewee Martin Dewee ... Calabra
Charles Comyn Charles Comyn ... Louis
Iain Winter Iain Winter ... Vincennes
Ralph Draper Ralph Draper ... Granger
David Phetoe David Phetoe ... Isaac
Sipati Sipati ... Callie (as Seipati)
Julia Maepa Julia Maepa ... Clover
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According to Patrick Warburton, Oliver Reed showed him the tattoo the first day they worked together. The tattoo was a penis tattoo copied from his own anatomy. See more »


Captain Shanks: [after seeing Richard Abdee rendered unconscious by 100 blows with a whip] Give 'im another hundred!
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Follows Master of Dragonard Hill (1987) See more »

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Reason to watch this movie?
1 October 2007 | by michaelwinSee all my reviews

There are no reasons to watch this movie. Should you have won and extreme amount of money and having spent your time discovering life's every pleasure and have come to a point where by chance you are at a loose end and have some time to kill (like that would ever happen) then get this movie from the video shop (if you can find it AND put up with the assistant laughing at you then ask for this movie. Be prepared however for you mind to be invaded by extremely wooden acting by absolutely everyone (in fact the best acting was by the people who said nothing). Oliver Reed tops off his grand career by playing a drunk - go figure. But wait I forgot there is one reason to watch this movie - Claudia Udy showing her chest! Sadly no other reason than that!

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