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W.S. Gilbert (operetta)
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Release Date:
6 August 1982 (USA) See more »
The ultimate spoof? See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Slapdash pirate musical with "Airplane!"-like spoofery... See more (104 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kristy McNichol ... Mabel

Christopher Atkins ... Frederic
Ted Hamilton ... Pirate King
Bill Kerr ... Major General
Maggie Kirkpatrick ... Ruth
Garry McDonald ... Sergeant / Inspector
Chuck McKinney ... Samuel
Marc Colombani ... Dwarf Pirate
Linda Nagle ... Aphrodite
Kate Ferguson ... Edith

Rhonda Burchmore ... Kate
Cathrine Lynch ... Isabel
John Alansu ... Chinese Captain (as John Allansu)
Paul Graham ... Pirate
Bernard Ledger ... Pirate
Nic Gazzana ... Pirate
Richard Boué ... Pirate
Chris Hession ... Pirate
Stephen Fyfield ... Pirate
Kjell Nilsson ... Pirate
Peter Pantellic ... Pirate
Tony Deary ... Pirate
Harry Morris ... Pirate
Roy Dudley ... Pirate
Roger Ward ... Pirate
Gene Del'Mace ... Pirate
Ian Mortimer ... Pirate
George Novak ... Pirate
George Zakaria ... Pirate
Kurt von Schneider ... Pirate (as Kurt Schneider)
Zev Eleftheriou ... Pirate (as Zev Eletheriou)
Edward Brodsky-Schuster ... Pirate
Pamela Jones ... Sister
Kerryn Henderson ... Sister
Margot Knight ... Sister
Marie T. Ploski ... Sister (as Marie T Ploski)
Anna Logan ... Sister
Aleeta Northey ... Sister
Gai O'Meley ... Sister
Cheryl Heazlewood ... Sister
Stephen Leeder ... Policeman
Clayton Mitchell ... Policeman
Iain Murton ... Policeman
Colin Setches ... Policeman
Bruno Annetta ... Policeman
William Binks ... Policeman
Peter Braendler ... Policeman
Phil Brock ... Policeman
Bill Handley ... Policeman
Peter Hosking ... Policeman
Michael Lake ... Policeman (as Michael 'Wally' Lake)
Stephen Clark ... Policeman
Paul Fyfield ... Policeman
Frank Howson ... Policeman
Tim Hughes ... Policeman
William Kerr ... Policeman
Des McKenna ... Policeman
John Mesarov ... Policeman
Kevin Summers ... Policeman
Glenn Ruehland ... Policeman
Andris Toppe ... Policeman
David Swann ... Policeman
John O'Connell ... Policeman
Chris Peters ... Policeman
Clive Hearne ... Butler
Ben Joseph ... Servant Boy
Miles Peters ... Indian Servant
Gary Felsinger ... Indian Servant
Ransley Mascurine ... Indian Servant
Sami Kfouri ... Indian Servant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Copping ... McDonald's Customer (uncredited)
Stan Rodarte ... Rescue Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Annakin 
Writing credits
W.S. Gilbert (operetta The Pirates of Penzance) (as William S. Gilbert)

Trevor Farrant (written by)

Produced by
David Anderson .... associate producer
Ted Hamilton .... executive producer
David Joseph .... producer
Original Music by
Mike Brady 
Peter Sullivan 
Non-Original Music by
Arthur Sullivan (from operetta "The Pirates of Penzance")
Cinematography by
Robin Copping 
Film Editing by
Ken Zemke  (as Kenneth W. Zemke)
Production Design by
Tony Woollard 
Art Direction by
Nick Hepworth 
Costume Design by
Aphrodite Kondos 
Makeup Department
Lisa Reeves-Easton .... hair designer
Production Management
Tom Binns .... production supervisor
Richard Davis .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Murray Francis .... third assistant director
Andrew W. Morse .... second assistant director
Murray Newey .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Jill Eden .... set dresser
Philip Worth .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Paul Clark .... sound recordist
Chris Goldsmith .... boom operator
Terry Rodman .... sound editor
Hugh Waddell .... sound editor
Special Effects by
John Eggett .... special effects supervisor
R.J. Hohman .... special effects coordinator
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Chris Anderson .... stunt double: Frederic
Fiona McConchie .... stunt double: Mabel
Grant Page .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bilcock .... camera operator: second unit
David Burr .... camera operator
Jamie Leckie .... assistant grip
Peter Moloney .... best boy
Ian Park .... key grip
Ben Seresin .... clapper loader
Stewart Sorby .... gaffer
Dick Tummel .... grip
Stuart Wood .... focus puller: second unit
Animation Department
Maggie Geddes .... animator
Editorial Department
Denise Hunter .... first assistant editor
Peter McBain .... dailies projectionist
Location Management
Phillip Corr .... location manager
Ian Goddard .... location manager
Helen Watts .... location manager
Music Department
Gethin Creagh .... music re-recording mixer
Robert John .... musician
Frank Strangio .... orchestrator
Peter Sullivan .... conductor
Peter Sullivan .... music supervisor
Other crew
David Atkins .... choreographer
John Baird .... horse master
Fran Burke .... titles
John Fethers .... sword master
Bill Gooley .... laboratory liaison
Jenny Quigley .... continuity
Renate Wilson .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
105 min | USA:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1986) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 5th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1982.See more »
Continuity: After Frederick shuts the Pirate King in the coffin and runs swords through it, the swords completely disappear from the coffin when Frederic lies down in it.See more »
Mabel:You poor thing. Pirates! You mean like walking the plank? Buried treasure? Hack, slash, off with his head, and the Jolly Richard, and everything?
Mabel:Oh, Roger I love it.
Frederic:No, Frederic without a "k."
Mabel:Mabel, also without a "k." God, we have so much in common.
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Movie Connections:
References Jaws (1975)See more »
We Are the PiratesSee more »


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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Slapdash pirate musical with "Airplane!"-like spoofery..., 29 July 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

A wallflower is tossed into the sea and dreams herself into a pirate fantasy as a damsel in love with a pirate's apprentice. Energetic and good-natured, perhaps, but a shoddy enterprise; a failed musical send-up of "The Pirates of Penzance" with a cheap, backlot feel, wan bubblegum songs and constant, leering overacting. Kristy McNichol's film career took a real hit after this, while leading man Christopher Atkins cannot get a grip of any particular emotion, his voice wobbling about in search of an appropriate tone. You have to wonder, if that's the best title they could come up with, what's the level of wit going to be in the actual script? The movie's "Grease"-like affection for musicals doesn't gel with its penchant for slapstick a la "Airplane!", although McNichol works overtime being effervescent and nearly makes the limp handling look endearing. For the most part, it is an embarrassment. *1/2 from ****

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