Based on a historical novel by Lyle Saxon and the 1938 film of the same name, pirate Jean Lafitte (Yul Brynner) is in love with Annette Claiborne (Inger Stevens), daughter of Governor William Claiborne (E. G. Marshall), and prefers the Americans to the British during the War of 1812. General Andrew Jackson (Charlton Heston) needs more men, gunpowder, and flints, and Lafitte offers to supply all three to get his men back.
This colorful drama is similar to the story depicted in The Buccaneer of 1938 with a few changes.
The general history of the battle of New Orleans is interesting, though the details regarding Lafitte’s personal life may be fictional. The story portrays a man who wants to leave behind a life of piracy to join a new nation with much to offer.