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The Pirate Movie (1982)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Hamilton ...
Bill Kerr ...
Maggie Kirkpatrick ...
Garry McDonald ...
Sergeant / Inspector
Chuck McKinney ...
Marc Colombani ...
Dwarf Pirate
Linda Nagle ...
Kate Ferguson ...
Cathrine Lynch ...
John Alansu ...
Chinese Captain (as John Allansu)
Paul Graham ...
Bernard Ledger ...


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Comedy, fantasy, romance and music! See more »


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Release Date:

6 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Film o piratach  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christopher Atkins' hair was permed for this movie. His hair is naturally straight. See more »


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 »


The Pirate King: Away to the ship and hoist up that chain doodad!
Samuel: Anchor, sir?
The Pirate King: No, Sam. Just disappointment.
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Spoofs Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Written by Terry Britten (uncredited)
Performed by chorus
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Wacky version of G&S operetta
29 December 1999 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Cuties Chris Atkins and Kristy McNichol, he of the blonde curls and she of the blonde curls, star in this wacky version of the old chestnut, Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan.

Atkins plays Frederic the boy pirate who falls for McNichol's Mabel. He was 21 at the time, two years after starring in Blue Lagoon, yet he retained the perennial look of a fifteen year old teenager. McNichol was a famous star at the time, but this is her first role as a femme fatale, not as a tomboy.

This movie could be a musical version of Blue Lagoon. See Atkins and McNichol cavorting in the skimpiest of costumes designed to show their pretty legs and other bits. Surprise, both of these two cuties can sing, and even dance a bit!

The story is too well know to bear repeating. But there are a couple of wacky twists, in the best tradition of the British music halls. Except this movie is an Australian production!

Of course we get the model of the modern major-general (Bill Kerr) with his famous solo song. But we also get a light sabre from Star Wars. We get Inspector Closeau from Pink Panther with a hilarious word play on "pirate" and "parrot". We get a bit of Indiana Jones. And the stars make those asides which are British music hall tradition, stopping in mid-scene to address the audience.

There's lots of double entendre jokes, again another British music hall tradition, where simple words are used with a possible vulgar or sexual meaning. See Frederic at the mercy of the pirate's sword say "nuts". To which the pirate points his sword at Frederic's boy treasures and says "But you'd still have one left".

A jolly good movie. One for a cold winter's evening to warm the heart. Even the old Victorians would approve of this one.

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