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The Pirate Movie (1982)

The crew of a large ship sail the high seas encountering other pirates from other ships. The boy from the ship ends up having to save his girlfriend who is kidnapped by a bunch of other pirates.

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(operetta) (as William S. Gilbert),
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3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Maggie Kirkpatrick ...
Garry McDonald ...
Chuck McKinney ...
Marc Colombani ...
Linda Nagle ...
Aphrodite
Kate Ferguson ...
Edith
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Kate
Cathrine Lynch ...
Isabel
John Alansu ...
Chinese Captain (as John Allansu)
Paul Graham ...
Pirate
Bernard Ledger ...
Pirate
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A parody/homage to Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, The Pirate Movie is a comedy/musical utilizing both new songs and parodies from the original, as well as references to popular films of the time, including Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In your typical boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy fights girl with swords plot, the story revolves around Mabel, the youngest of Maj. Gen. Stanley's many daughters, and Frederic, an ex-Pirate of Penzance. They fall in love and proceed to retrieve the Stanley's fortune from the Pirates (stolen 20 years ago). The Pirate King informs Frederic that due to him being born on Feb. 29th (during a leap year), Frederic is still technically the King's apprentice. Frederic must then decide between duty and honor, the only good qualities the King taught him, and true love. Written by Todd Kogutt: SCAVENGER

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A smooth sailing musical adventure! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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6 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Film o piratach  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,528,133, 6 August 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,983,086, 31 December 1982
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Trivia

Ted Hamilton (The Pirate King) was also the executive producer. See more »

Goofs

When the Pirate King has his sword at Frederick's throat at the end of the library fight, the safety button on the tip is visible. See more »

Quotes

Mabel: Death before dishonor! Besides, you ever try running in one of these things? It's a real bitch!
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Version of The Pirates of Penzance (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Modern Major General's Song
Written by W.S. Gilbert (uncredited), Arthur Sullivan (uncredited), Trevor Farrant (uncredited) and Peter Sullivan (uncredited)
Performed by Bill Kerr and chorus
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A brilliant but bad movie.
23 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I remember my dad renting this movie from the local video store in the late 80's and my brother and I fell in love with it almost instantly. As I got older I acquired a taste for Australian movies (probably one of the most under-rated film making nations). After seeing it had 'FINALLY' got it's DVD release, I just had to have it.

It is 'loosly' based on Pirates of Penzance, with a mixture of Gilbert & Sullivan music and 80's cheesy pop songs, (sung well by Atkins & McNichol). It's daft, it's dated, and the jokes have whiskers on them, but it's brilliant. It was clear to everyone going into it that this movie was never going to win many awards, but the whole cast seems to be enjoying themselves, and the making of this movie must have been a treat to be involved in.

Every major movie of the era is lampooned at least once Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, all of them.

I hate the part with the guy being Inspector Cluseau, the scene is pointless and unwelcome. Special notice has to go to two standout performances. Ted Hamilton's Pirate King is a delight to watch throughout but even his great performance cannot better the wonderful Bill Kerr as the Major General, who's performance in the re-worded version of 'I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General' is by far the funniest thing in the movie.

On it's initial release, this movie was universally slated and nearly destroyed Kristy McNichols career, over the years It has become a bit of a cult movie, and takes me on a nostalgia trip every time I watch it.

thoroughly enjoyable, but, you're always left wondering who the target audience was for this film as the humour is an unstable mix of good clean family fun and risqué teen sexual innuendo. give it a go.


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