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Music director  Franco Mannino
Country  Italy
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure
Screenplay  Filippo Sanjust
Writer  Filippo Sanjust
Language  Italian
Seven Seas to Calais movie poster
Director  Rudolph Mate Primo Zeglio
Release date  March, 1963 (USA)
Directors  Rudolph Mate, Primo Zeglio
Cast  Rod Taylor (Sir Francis Drake), Keith Michell (Malcolm Marsh), Edy Vessel (Arabella Ducleau), Terence Hill (Babington (as Mario Girotti)), Basil Dignam (Sir Francis Walsingham), Anthony Dawson (Lord Burleigh)
Similar movies  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Poseidon Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Tagline  Hell and Heroism On The High Seas!

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Seven Seas to Calais (Italian: Il dominatore dei sette mari) is a 1962 Italian adventure film by Eastmancolor in CinemaScope, directed by Rudolph Maté (his final film) and Primo Zeglio. It stars Rod Taylor, Keith Michell and Edy Vessel. The film depicts the career of Sir Francis Drake.


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Plot summary

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Sir Francis Drake (Rod Taylor) is one of Queen Elizabeth I of England's (Irene Worth) leading commanders in the battles with Spain over the gold of the New World. He is a pirate who has no problems about raiding Spanish gold arsenals. He is a military commander who plans and executes naval battles with the Spanish Armada. He is a diplomat who knows how to maneuver in courtly circles.


  • Rod Taylor as Sir Francis Drake
  • Keith Michell as Malcolm Marsh
  • Edy Vessel as Arabella Ducleau
  • Terence Hill as Babington (Credited as Mario Girotti)
  • Basil Dignam as Sir Francis Walsingham
  • Anthony Dawson as Lord Burleigh
  • Gianni Cajafa as Tom Moon
  • Irene Worth as Queen Elizabeth I
  • Arturo Dominici as Don Bernardino de Mendoza, the Spanish Ambassador
  • Marco Guglielmi as Fletcher
  • Esmeralda Ruspoli as Mary of Scotland
  • Rossella D'Aquino as Potato
  • Umberto Raho as King Philip of Spain
  • Aldo Bufi Landi as Vigeois
  • Cameo/Uncredited

  • Giuseppe Abbrescia as Chester
  • Luciana Gilli as Indian Wife
  • Massimo Righi as Lord of the Royal Court
  • Anna Santarsiero as Indian Wife
  • Gianni Solaro as Admiral Medina Sedonia
  • Jacopo TecchivGarcia
  • Bruno Ukmar as Emmanuel
  • Franco Ukmar as Francisco
  • Adriano Vitale as Recalde
  • Production

    The film was mainly shot at the Titanus Appia Studios in Rome but some scenes were filmed at the Bay of Naples. Rod Taylor was dating Anita Ekberg at the time.


    According to MGM records,the film earned $1,250,000 in North America and $1,000,000 in the rest of the world, earning it a profit of $293,000.

    It had admissions of 534,906 in France.


  • Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0. 
  • References

    Seven Seas to Calais Wikipedia
    Seven Seas to Calais IMDb Seven Seas to Calais

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