Box art for Blackbeard's Ghost

Blackbeard's Ghost

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family, comedy


A college track coach buys an antique bed warmer and inherits the mischievous ghost of famed pirate Blackbeard who is cursed to wander "in limbo" until he performs a good deed.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    80%
  • Audience Score
    71%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

A yo-ho-wholesome retread of Disney favorites.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie uses a well-worn formula recycled from some of Disney's better pictures, notably The Absent Minded Professor. But if you don't mind the retread -- and kids will love it -- the characters are charming and there are funny bits. As a ghost, Blackbeard is about as frightening as Casper with a sword. Don't let the word "ghost" deter grade-school kids. Old Blackbeard isn't very scary or threatening, but he does on occasion set an improper example by drinking, carousing, and cheating. The allure of pirates and the wholesomeness of Disney are a good pairing for preteens and older kids. As far as adult entertainment goes, it's passable, but works best in the company of young ones.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what they think of Blackbeard. He is a pirate, but does that excuse him from stealing, cheating, and destroying police property? And what of Coach Walker, who's opposed to Blackbeard's supernatural dallying at the track meet, yet allows it, even encourages it, albeit for the greater good?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Howard Thompson, New York Times, Monday, May 9, 2005

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Another great pirate themed flick, again from Disney. I love the innocent effects n look compared to today, it's lovely, spookyish, charming and Ustinov is pretty funny too. The highlight is the athletics event and I loved the big spooky looking Inn which the old ladies ran and where Blackbeard haunted.

- phubbs1, Tuesday, May 5, 2009

3 stars

I remember liking this one as a kid and the casino scene still stands out for me. Funny.

- superclerk25, Monday, January 7, 2008

3 stars

ive seen this i thought it was funny but i watched it years ago so for its time i thought it was relli funny worth a watch

- FiLmCrAzY, Wednesday, November 21, 2007