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Release Date:
6 August 1982 (USA) See more »
Buckle Your Swash and Jolly Your Roger for the Funniest Rock 'N Rollickin' Adventure Ever! 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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Wacky version of G&S operetta See more (102 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)

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

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
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
Phillip Corr .... location manager
John Fethers .... sword master
Ian Goddard .... location manager
Bill Gooley .... laboratory liaison
Jenny Quigley .... continuity
Helen Watts .... location manager
Renate Wilson .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

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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?

This musical combines songs from the original stage production with new original songs written specially for this movieSee more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Frederic:Lately I've been restless. I've been consumed by some... inner fire, and all I think about are girls.
Ruth:[Grabbing onto Frederic] I've waited 20 years for this!
The Pirate King:[Pulling Ruth off of Frederic] The sea, Frederic, is a jealous mistress. But she is her own reward. Believe me, you've missed nothing.
The Pirate King:[to other pirates] Tell him men, have you missed anything these 20 years at sea?
Other pirates:[Yelling in unison] SEX!
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Wacky version of G&S operetta, 29 December 1999
Author: F A Chang ( from Ontario, Canada

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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