This is the last of the swashbuckler films made by Errol Flynn. In the1930s and early 40s, such great films as CAPTAIN BLOOD, THE ADVENTURESOF ROBIN HOOD and SEA HAWK brought him considerable fame and the studiomillions and this film was an attempt to recapture some of that oldmagic. While this is a pleasant enough film, unfortunately it alsoseems very, very familiar and not all that interesting. While Flynn hadstarred in a couple other films set during Elizabethan era, SEA HAWKand THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX were set in Britain whilein this film Flynn is oddly cast as a Spaniard! The reason must havebeen since the fictional character "Don Juan" was a great lover andFlynn had a heck of a reputation as a womanizer. It couldn't have beenbecause of the accent because, as usual, Flynn sounds like himself. Infact, no one in this film had an accent approaching a Spanish one.Oddly, the Austrian queen was played by a Swede! As for the film, Flynnwas fine and the other actors were pretty forgettable (though I likedthe midget--he was a nice touch to an otherwise dull cast). AlthoughFlynn did look a tad older, he seemed in good shape and the actionscenes worked just fine--but again, they seemed so much like those fromhis other similar films. While I liked Flynn in adventure films, Ireally wished they'd chosen something that was more a departure fromthe mold and the majority of the blame for this only being a mediocrescript rests with the screen writers. Plus, in addition to a lack oforiginality, they really could have infused this film with a bit ofhumor. As a result of all these factors and resulting poor box officereceipts, it's obvious the public felt the same. Now it isn't a badfilm per se and you might enjoy seeing it--but it just has nothing newor memorable to say.User: Darth Sidious (email@example.com)
Errol Flynn is once again cast in a swashbuckler, this time playing DonJuan. The film isn't fantastic because it's a bit hard to believe the wholeSpanish material. The accents are way off, but it shouldn't hurt yourenjoyment of the picture.Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk and Robin Hood are tough acts to follow, but DonJuan is still a decent feature for a Sunday afternoon with thefamily.
Errol rocks in the role, although don't expect anything knew, the plot isvery simple. The fight scenes are quite fun as well.
What stood out for me was the terrific Korngold-esque score by Max Steiner.It's fantastic, rousing and a lot of fun.
The direction and screenplay are decent.
The Adventures of Don Juan doesn't provide much new material for ErrolFlynn, but you can't help but enjoy the picture especially if you love hisprevious work!
Don Juan (errol flynn) is a romantic well know lover in spain. He has manystorys about him. THis adventure involves saving the queen from a villion,which is trying to control spain. Don Juan wins the queens heart and savesspain. It's a funny romantic Adventure. The costumes are great, thedirector is great too.User: Chap1
This, another entry to Flynn's library of swashbuckling epics, is a finepiece to his career. As a side note, the music to this film was part ofthesoundtrack in the more recent film "The Goonies", and was accompanied byscenes of "Captain Blood" on a television in the basement of the oldhouse.(For those trivia hounds out there)User: ALAN MOUNT (mounty-2)
At the age of 38 Errol Flynn was considered past his best but there is noevidence of this in THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN.This is a sumptous feast of aswashbuckling movie,better than CAPTAIN BLOOD and THE SEA HAWK and eclipsedonly by the magical THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.The action is splendidly realised in this picture which captivates from thestart with its magnificent score by Max Steiner which accompanies the fightsequences with gusto.Flynn is at his fencing best here,using mannerisms andgestures in his fighting scenes which look both comical and threatening atthe same time.A fine and witty script is well served by the entire cast andit is always good to see Alan Hale as Flynn's companion in arms especiallyin a role like this which is Little John in all but name.At the end of the movie when all wrongs have been righted the Queen asks DonJuan where he will go next.He replies that he will go where most legendsgo,namely oblivion.I laughed at this line realising as we all should thatoblivion will never provide a home for Errol Flynn.User: John O'Grady
A runaway success in Europe, Flynn's Don Juan did not do so well
in the U.S. Nevertheless it is one of his best pictures and
deserves to be better known. Vincent Sherman, the director, does
not quite give it the slam-bang Curtiz touch, but instead imparts an
old fashioned worldly-wise flavor that is right here. The plot is
absolutely unrelated to Warner Bros' 1926 "Don Juan" with John
Barrymore, an actor who has sometimes been compared with
Flynn and who was even impersonated by him once in "Too Much,
Too Soon". Anyway, Flynn and Alan Hale Sr. were born to play Don
Juan and Leporello, and the movie was barely made in time, a few
years before Hale died, and before Flynn deteriorated too much.
Slated for production as early as 1945, endless delays caused by
logistical problems (not least of which was Flynn's increasing
alcoholism), it finally emerged at the end of 1948. Sherman
deserves a great deal of credit for making it happen at all. It is
given a lavish treatment all round, and the set designers did
exemplary work, particularly a superb massive staircase just
made for epic fencing duels. Romney Brent is spot on as the
befuddled king, and Robert Douglas is almost too velvety a villain;
what other color than black could he dress in? Viveca Lindfors,
who would later win a considerable reputation as an actress in
more serious Scandinavian movies, was at this stage merely an
ingenue for Warner Bros.; but she is for my money the greatest
leading lady Flynn ever had, stunningly beautiful and absolutely
credible in the part of an Austrian princess married to a pointless
king. Erich Korngold would likely have done the music had he not
given up on films and left Warners by the time this picture was
made; and his friend and compatriot Max Steiner has written a
score which is clearly a tribute to the Korngold style, and worthy of
both of them. Errol Flynn had a real knack for light comedy which
the studio seldom let him indulge fully; but swashbucklers and
screwball comedies are cousins under the skin, and here Flynn
found his real metier. Some of the best bits come early. One of his
inamorata complains "You've made love to so many women".
Without a beat of hesitation Juan replies, "Catherine. An artist may
paint a thousand canvases before achieving one work of art.
Would you deny a lover the same practice?" How many of you
male types out there could have come up with that line that fast?
Later on an irate husband says, "You're caught!" to which Juan
replies, "The Story of my life". Flynn was a limited actor, but within
those limits he was superb. Nobody had more grace, more
charm, more disillusioned humor. No man could enter or exit a
throne room with greater aplomb. Feminine friends of mine still
get a bit woozy over him, 38 years old as he was at the time. It's an
ideal marriage of an actor to a part.
A rare find. 10 out 10 in my estimation. Apparently Flynn later in lifewanted to be considered a talented actor rather than simply a ladies'man or "matinee idol". I think he was an excellent actor, acharacterization borne out in his performance as Don Juan in this film.
The cinematography is brilliant, the dialog, though typical of films ofthis genre, is tongue-in-check and thereby hilarious as well as highlyentertaining. The acting is superb across the board.
The film, true to the studio system protocols of the era, is stylized,but the stylization works brilliantly. I am certain that anycontemporary aspiring director, writer or actor who is serious abouthis or her craft can learn an immense amount from this film.
Robin Hood, Elizabeth and Essex, They Died With Their Boots On -- addthese to this movie, and you have a great combination. Errol Flynn wasalways so handsome and charming. Wish he could have lived forever. Itis so wonderful that his images can be preserved in these excellentfilms.
Yes, Don Juan was the great lover. He also had to be a greatpolitician, what with dealing with kings, courtiers and husbands. If Iwere a movie director, and could get Errol Flynn to act for me in aleading man role, I know I could get a great performance out of himevery time. RIP, Errol. You were the best.
Super and spectacular is this movie and gets high marks for thecostumes,color,for which it won an Oscar.
Womaniser Do Juan returns to his homeland in Spain and in greatswashbuckling fencing style needs to save his country from a tyrant whoseeks to persuade the Monarchy to go to war.
Good story,excellent design and presentation and the whole picture isgloriously colorful with plenty of wit and action.
this was apparently Warners last big Budget swashbuckler with ErrolFlynn, and Don Juan must have clothed him to a T! so to say! After 1925there was Anna Q Nilsson, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman Signe Hasso, andMarta Thoren and Mai Zetterling! And so it was very fun to see VivecaLindfors in such a lavish big budget movie! In glorious Technicolor!!!The movie in itself is just such an old matin?e movie that someTV-channels just show in early morning hours. It's just a fun filled100 minutes, not to be taken serious! It was directed by VincentSherman! much later known for Young Philadephians with Paul Newman in1959! When did they let Erroll slip their contract?????User: rgold10175
Regardless of what anyone may say,this is a fun picture from beginningto end. EVERYTHING WORKS, from an aging Errol Flynn, Alan Hale as hissidekick, a witty script, great action, a young Raymond Burr as a swordfighting (!) bad guy, to one of Max Steiner's best scores. Some may sayFlynn was in decline, but have to rank this up there with his best; itdoes not drag anywhere: kudos to Vincent Sherman as director---he keepsit going. The love interest--Viveca Lindfors--is properly stoic becauseshe cannot get him at the end and they both know it. The aging Flynn'sother trysts are romantic and humorous like Cary Grant (althoughGrant's were cosmopolitan not swashbuckling)in his last pictures. Theking s played properly ineffectual; the main villain is wonderfullyevil---and correctly dispatched at the end. Flynn is no "wussy" andstands up to every challenge. That's another reason this film is sogood. Relax, watch, and enjoy.User: EpeeBill
I'll admit that I can't be the most fair judge of this movie. I'm afencing instructor and so I'm pre-disposed to enjoy sword fightingmovies. But, a movie where the romantic lead becomes a fencinginstructor?? OK, you had me at 'hello.'
Beyond that, every person who appears on-screen has the best costumesyou'll ever see. In re-viewings of this film, my wife and I spend wholescenes saying, "I'd look good in that," or "That outfit would suityou." And we're talking about Renaissance fashion!
So, you have sword fights, romance and period drama all at once. If anyone of those sounds good you, you'll like this film.
I'll second all other comment-writers who point out the witty humor andErrol Flynn's still nimble swashbuckling at 38 in this veryentertaining film, but I'd also like to point out another feature ofErrol Flynn's performance (also applicable to many other of his films):
He is also good at delivering more serious lines in exchanges with thevillains (in a very believable, underplayed manner) and, for that part,more sincere dialogue with the beautiful ladies.
I think this is an often overlooked part of Errol Flynn's charm and whymany of his films, although light in subject, make for truly timelesspieces, just like The Adventures of Don Juan.
This evening I sat down with my two kids aged 11 and 12 to watch TheAdventures of Don Juan. Both kids found the movie fun and engaging.Comparing it to The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood. Getting my twochildren to agree on a movie is pretty spectacular.
We all enjoyed the action scenes, and the humor that Errol Flynn displaysthroughout the movie. The costuming was well done not overly lavish assomeof the movies from the 40's can be. The scenery was confined to a fewwelldone sets.
The acting was genuine from almost every character including the youngRaymond Burr. The script did follow the story line of many swashbucklinghero type movies but the quality of the actors made the movie fresh.
One of the things I like best about this movie is that the good was trulygood and the bad truly bad. There is a theme of redemption for Don Juanwho, in the end, quietly leaves to pursue his life. (and of course women)He leaves Spain in the hands of King Phillip III and the Queen to herKing.He loves the Queen but knows he cannot have her. A noble ending for a gemof a movie.
I'm sure anyone who has read Mr. Flynn's autobiography, "My Wicked,Wicked Ways", will agree his real life was as exciting as Don Juan's.Women, adventure and a bit of his "wicked ways" makes for enjoyablereading for an Errol Flynn fan. Having said this, "The Adventures ofDon Juan" is a wonderful, entertaining movie with Mr. Flynn lookinghandsome, fit and very comfortable in this role. The fencing scenes,costumes and a terrific Max Steiner score are excellent. The supportingcast simply adds to the entertainment value. After many years it was apleasure to see this movie once again and realize what a wonderfulactor Errol Flynn was. No other actor could have played the partbetter, or looked as good in tights.User: Paul Vodak
Errol Flynn may not have been one of the best actors of his time, but Ithink arguably he was the best action star/swashbuckler of his time andremains one of the best to this day. When Errol Flynn had a sward inhis hand and the wit it took to play these roles with a straight facehe was in his element. After getting to know his personality throughhis writings and of the observations of those that knew him best youget the feeling that Flynn was not really acting in this film, butsimply portraying himself. As with all his best roles i.e. Robin hood,Captain Blood, The Sea Wolf etc. he remains the only actor to capturethe flair and fun of a Swashbuckler. When Flynn played a dramatic parthe seemed forced and uncomfortable. In his writings he states he alwayswants to play dramatic roles, but the Studios would not offer him theparts. I can understand the reservations of the studios because hesimply did not make a great dramatic actor, but he did make a greataction film.User: (Cdorothygale@verizon.net)
When we saw this epic swashbuckler on it's original release in the late40s, little did we know that it was to be Errol Flynn's last greatadventure/love story. It is still the essence of Flynn's screenpersonna, and it still brings joy to his fans. The only drawback here:Viveca Linfors is no Olivia deHavilland. Chemistry is sadly missing,but this is nit-picking. It is sumptuous on every level, and when afirst-time viewer sees that staircase, a "WOW!" is to be be expected.Robert Douglas seemed to make a career of playing heavies, and in thisfilm, he raises villainy to an art form. It has been a longtime coming,but THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN is finally available in DVD's gloriousTechnicolor reproduction. Let's wallow in it.User: psagray
Don Juan de Ma?ara (Errol Flynn) is a gentleman Spanish that returns tothe court of Spain after a scandal amorous in England, which gives thedefeat with a marriage of convenience between the two countries. Afterthe purpose of amendment of their adventures suit as an instructor offencing in the Royal College of Guards Noble. From here the indentbegins to fill of intrigues so abundant in these films layer and swordwhich became fashionable in the 1940. They Are films that have theircharm that gave them much success then but that today are a littleoutdated. Are very pleasant to see, and i am most draws attention arethe locker room and decorated so ostentatious that show. In some partsof the indent the historical rigor encountered, but taking into accountthe type of films that are not odds at all. It is a movie entertainingif you like the gender of fencing.User: ppc4158
I've always been a huge fan of Flynn's movies. When he was into therole, he was as good an actor as anybody. Of his swashbucklers, the"BIG THREE" were always Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood andThe Sea Hawk. But two movies often omitted from a list of his best areThe Adventures of Don Juan and The Master of Ballantrae. Don Juan is amovie in the vein of Burt Lancaster's Crimson Pirate or The Flame andThe Arrow, being a tongue-in-cheek swashbuckler that scores on severalpoints. Flynn was clearly comfortable with light comedy; it featuredsome great "bad guy" work by Robert Douglas; and, despite productionproblems caused BY Flynn's excesses, the editing in of sequences fromRobin Hood and Elizabeth and Essex worked very well. The fencing sceneswere thoroughly enjoyable! All in all, I would recommend this film toanybody who is a fan of the genre.User: Bows2No1
The Baron shines as Don Juan. He does with a period role what Elvis didwith a song he makes it his own.There may have been better swordsmentechnically but no one had Flynns charisma or showmanship when it cameto sword fighting. Today's actors when you dress them in seventeenthcentury attire look like twenty-first century blow dried wimps dressedin costume. Flynn looks like he belongs in whatever time the film isset. It is impossible to visualize any other actor as Juan. And make nomistake Flynn was an actor.Just because he made it look easy does notmean it wasn't acting.If you want to see how an epic should be madewatch this motion picture. There is no CGI here these are real sets andreal actors. In this day of remakes I rue the day they get around toFlynn's films no one can fill his boots.