Hell Below Deck / Le avventure di Mary Read (1961)

3.0 out of 5

Le avventure di Mary Read is a delightful matinee style ripping yarn directed by Umberto Lenzi with whole family appeal. With a score that would fit a classic Hollywood feature this action adventure stars Lisa Gastoni as the eponymous bandit and aspiring pirate.

Colourful and romantic to its core Hell Below Deck manages to buckle the right swashes and shiver the timbers in all the right places.

Those who would like to see the director of notorious titles such as Almost Human and Cannibal Ferox in a far more genteel mode would find this film full of cuddly, soppy, flamboyant and lighthearted fun and could probably do far worse than spend a weekend afternoon in the company of the harmless and engagingly playful pirate film Le avventure di Mary Read.

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