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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.

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Gérard Kikoïne

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Rupert Gilchrist (novel), Rick Marx | 1 more credit »
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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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In 1747, an imprisoned Scottish nobleman, hunky Richard Abdee, is auctioned off as a slave on a British Caribbean colony of St. Joseph's. The island is controlled by debauched French and British sugar plantation owners, who use African slaves to cut their sugarcane, while vile Captain Shanks, the owner of a slave ship, keeps an eye on them. Abdee quickly becomes the love interest of two women - the governor's sexpot daughter, Arabella, and his master's repressed wife, Honore Juno, whom he also fancies. When Abdee is caught in bed with Juno, he's given 100 lashes with the dreaded "dragonard" whip. This sentence is meant to be fatal but Abdee survives with the help of sympathetic brothel owner Naomi. He then joins a slave revolt to try and put an end to the island's era of savage whippings. Shot back to back with its direct sequel, Master of Dragonard Hill (1987), that's based on the second book in the long-running Dragonard series of novels. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Forbidden passions that could only be tamed by the dreaded Dragonard. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragonard - Die Sklavenpeitsche See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Trashy to the core
21 July 2007 | by Tura23See all my reviews

You don't see many sexplotiation films in which the men are as exploited as the women, but Dragonard is a rare exception. Based on a popular series of bodice-ripper novels of the era, this film spends as much time lovingly displaying the young Patrick Warburton's muscular (and furry) torso as it does advancing its laughable plot.

The plot (what there is of it) deals with the mistreatment and eventual uprising of slaves in Jamaica. The audiences is treated to lots of slaves being whipped (both male and female). Dragonard features every romance novel cliché you can think of. Bright eyed upper class ladies lusting over supple male slaves, whores in powdered and ren-faire style corsetts,etc. Eartha Kitt seems to enjoy growling her way through every scene, and Oliver Reed shows up every once in awhile to shout drunkenly at the other actors.

As for Warburton, his main job in the film seems to be looking pretty, his character is supposed to be Scottish, but he hasn't bothered with an accent. Fortunately for him film is light on dialogue, preferring instead to focus on the sort of fake sex which was the stock and trade of the 1980's softcore T&A movie.

As a lover of trashy movies I was kind of hoping that this one would be a little more exploitive, insead it's not much more than a standard issue romance movie targeted (I think) to bored suburban housewives. If it were remade today Warburton's role would probably be played by Fabio.


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