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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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Ted Hamilton ...
Bill Kerr ...
Maggie Kirkpatrick ...
Ruth
Garry McDonald ...
Sergeant / Inspector
Chuck McKinney ...
Samuel
Marc Colombani ...
Dwarf Pirate
Linda Nagle ...
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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Set sail for the musical comedy adventure of the summer! See more »


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6 August 1982 (USA)  »

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According to Nathan Rabin in The Onion A.V. Club, Director Ken Annakin " . . . blames the film's commercial and critical failure on the presence / popularity of an infinitely more faithful TV version of The Pirates Of Penzance. He also blames writer Trevor Farrant, who spoke out against the film after it deviated from his script." See more »

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The film begins with Frederic celebrating his 21st birthday, later dating his actual birthday as February 29, 1856, which would make the present year 1877. However, Mabel later remarks that they were living in the 1880s. See more »

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Mabel: Death before dishonor! Besides, you ever try running in one of these things? It's a real bitch!
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We Are The Pirates
Written by Kit Hain (uncredited)
Performed by chorus
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A Very Pretty Pirate
3 May 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For Christopher Atkins The Pirate Movie was a followup to the big hit he scored in The Blue Lagoon. Since his public expected him to look as much as he did in The Blue Lagoon, Atkins spent a lot of time without too many clothes on. And he had his hair curled once again for The Pirate Movie. He never had curls like that naturally, but it was done for The Blue Lagoon and had to be done here as well. Just like Mario Lopez had it done that way on Saved By The Bell.

The great sex symbol of the early Eighties was teamed with Kristy McNichol who had a following of her own with the television series, Family. The Pirate Movie is a modern version of The Pirates Of Penzance with some contemporary music added to the score of Gilbert&Sullivan.

Of course Gilbert&Sullivan purists will be horrified, but actually if The Pirate Movie inspires some kid to check out classics like the original Pirates Of Penzance, than the making of The Pirate Movie will serve its purpose. In this film you'll get to hear some modern music together with such classics as the Model Of A Modern Major General.

The film was shot in Australia and it sports an Aussie supporting cast behind the leads of Atkins and McNichol. I have to say this is one of the few films you'll ever see where the male lead is prettier than the female one. That was Christopher Atkins's problem the rest of his career.


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