The film portrays Kidd as a savvy and manipulative sociopath ultimately undone by the son of a man whom he had killed. Moore retorted "If I am a lousy dog you have made me so; you have brought me to ruin and many more. davidkidd.
Some modern historians deem his piratical reputation unjust as there is evidence that Kidd acted only as a privateer. Kidd's fame springs largely from the sensational circumstances of his questioning before the English Parliament and the ensuing trial.