The Adventures of Tintin

Synopsis: Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr. Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping Tintin - accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy - to join him and his gang as they sail to Morocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship's master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn. Tintin and Sakharine have one each and the villain intends to use the glass-shattering top Cs of operatic soprano the Milan
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Production: Paramount
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 60 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Very nearly there, sir.

I have to say, your face is familiar.

Have I drawn you before?


Of course! I've seen you in the newspaper.

- You're a reporter?

- I'm a journalist.

Be patient, Snowy, not much longer.

I do beg your pardon.


I believe I have captured something

of your likeness.

Not bad!

What do you think, Snowy?


There you are, sir.

Now where's he run off to?




Where have you been?

Chasing cats again?

Snowy, look at this!

Triple masted.

Double decks. Fifty guns.

Isn't she a beauty?

That's a very unique specimen, that is.

From an old sea captain's estate.

"The Unicorn. "

Unicorn. Man o'war sailing ship.

It's very old, that is. 16th century.

17th, I would think.

- Reign of Charles I.

- Charles II.

That's what I said, Charles II.

As fine a ship as ever sailed the seven seas.

You won't find another one of these, mate.

And it's only two quid.

- I'll give you a pound.

- Done!

Gently does it.

Excuse me!

Here you go. Careful.

Hey, bud, how much for the boat?

I'm sorry, I just sold it to this young gent.

Oh, yeah?

Tell me what you paid

and I'll give you double.

- Double?

- Thanks. But it's not for sale.

Look, kid, I'm trying to help you out.

I don't think you realise this,

but you're about to walk

into a whole mess of danger.

What kind of danger?

I'm warning you, get rid of the boat

and get out while you still can.

These people do not play nice.

What people?


It's just wonderful.

Don't bother wrapping it, I'll take it as is.

Does anybody object if I pay by cheque?

If you want to buy it,

you'll have to talk to the kid.

I see.

Well, let the "kid" name his price.

"Name his price"?

Ten years I've been flogging bric-a-brac

and I miss "name your price"

by one bleedin' minute!

I'm sorry.

I already explained to the other gentleman.

American he was. All hair oil and no socks.

It's not for sale.

Then let me appeal to your better nature.

I have recently acquired Marlinspike Hall,

and this ship, as I'm sure you're aware,

was once part of the estate.

Of the late sea captain?

The family fell upon hard times.

Lost everything.

They've been living in a cloud

of bad luck ever since.

We are talking generations of drinking

and irrational behaviour...

I'm sorry.

But as I told you before, it's not for sale.

Good day to you, sir.

That young man, what's his name?

Him? Everybody knows him. That's Tintin.

What is it about this ship?

Why has it attracted so much attention?

What secrets do you hold?

Where is that magnifying glass?

I could have sworn it was...

Where could it possibly be?

Snowy, you haven't seen the...

Where is it?

Thank you.

No, Snowy!

Look what you did.

You broke it!

Bad dog!

Something happened on this ship.

And we're going to the one place

that could have the answer.

Come on, Snowy.

Here it is.

"Sir Francis Haddock of Marlinspike Hall,

the last captain of the ill-fated Unicorn.

"The ship set sail from Barbados in 1676

"on one of the most ruinous voyages

in maritime history.

"Ship never reached destination.

"Attacked by pirates,

all hands lost except for one survivor.

"When Sir Francis was rescued

and returned home,

"he was convinced his name

had been cursed.

"The Unicorn's manifest stated

"that it was carrying a cargo of rum

and tobacco bound for Europe,

"but it was long claimed

the ship was carrying a secret cargo. "

What was the ship carrying, Snowy?

"Historians have tried and failed to discover

what happened on that fatal voyage,

"but Sir Francis' last words,

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Georges Prosper Remi (French: [ʁəmi]; 22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), known by the pen name Hergé ([ɛʁʒe]), was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for creating The Adventures of Tintin, the series of comic albums which are considered one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. He was also responsible for two other well-known series, Quick & Flupke (1930–40) and The Adventures of Jo, Zette and Jocko (1936–57). His works were executed in his distinct ligne claire drawing style. Born to a lower middle-class family in Etterbeek, Brussels, Hergé began his career by contributing illustrations to Scouting magazines, developing his first comic series, The Adventures of Totor, for Le Boy-Scout Belge in 1926. Working for the conservative Catholic newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle, he created The Adventures of Tintin in 1929 on the advice of its editor Norbert Wallez. Revolving around the actions of boy reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, the series' early installments – Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, Tintin in the Congo, and Tintin in America – were designed as conservative propaganda for children. Domestically successful, after serialisation the stories were published in book form, with Hergé continuing the series and also developing both the Quick & Flupke and Jo, Zette and Jocko series for Le Vingtième Siècle. Influenced by his friend Zhang Chongren, from 1934 Hergé placed far greater emphasis on conducting background research for his stories, resulting in increased realism from The Blue Lotus onward. Following the German occupation of Belgium in 1940, Le Vingtième Siècle was closed but Hergé continued his series in Le Soir, a popular newspaper controlled by the Nazi administration. After the Allied liberation of Belgium in 1944, Le Soir was shut down and its staff – including Hergé – accused of having been collaborators. An official investigation was launched, and while no charges were brought against Hergé, in subsequent years he repeatedly faced accusations of having been a traitor and collaborator. With Raymond Leblanc he established Tintin magazine in 1946, through which he serialised new Adventures of Tintin stories. As the magazine's artistic director, he also oversaw the publication of other successful comics series, such as Edgar P. Jacobs' Blake and Mortimer. In 1950 he established Studios Hergé as a team to aid him in his ongoing projects; prominent staff members Jacques Martin and Bob de Moor greatly contributed to subsequent volumes of The Adventures of Tintin. Amid personal turmoil following the collapse of his first marriage, he produced Tintin in Tibet, his personal favourite of his works. In later years he became less prolific, and unsuccessfully attempted to establish himself as an abstract artist. Hergé's works have been widely acclaimed for their clarity of draughtsmanship and meticulous, well-researched plots. They have been the source of a wide range of adaptations, in theatre, radio, television, cinema, and computer gaming. He remains a strong influence on the comic book medium, particularly in Europe. Widely celebrated in Belgium, a Hergé Museum was established in Louvain-la-Neuve in 2009. more…

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