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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 ...


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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Release Date:

6 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Film o piratach  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This picture was filmed in Australia. After this movie, Christopher Atkins returned to Australia to appear in Wet and Wild Summer! (1992) as well as Bullet Down Under (1994). See more »


When Frederic's scuba-helmet fills with water, he's clearly separated from the water by a thin pane of glass in the front. The helmet's side windows have no sloshing water and it's not dripping from his face as he raises his head to take a breath. See more »


[the Pirate King has just cornered Frederick in their swordfight, the Pirate King has his sword pointed between Frederick's legs]
The Pirate King: Drop it, or...
Frederic: *Nuts*!
The Pirate King: Them, too!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


We Are The Pirates
Written by Kit Hain (uncredited)
Performed by chorus
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Favorite Flick!
16 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been watching The Pirate Movie since 87' when I was 5yrs old. My dad taped it from the TV and I eventually wore it out. I insisted on getting the VHS and now the DVD. It's silly funny, a hopeless romantic, and a definite sing-a-long. Nobody understands my love for this goof ball flick. It's great to see that there are others out there who have actually seen this movie! I give it a 10 for making me laugh and cry after all these years. To me it's sorta like a feel good cult classic. OK. well that's a little far fetched. But, I think everyone is looking for that "Happy Ending!" If you decide to watch it keep an open imagination and you'll get it.

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