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William S. Gilbert (operetta)
Trevor Farrant (written by)
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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 »
Plot Keywords:
3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A brilliant but bad movie. 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

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?

One of a number of pirate movies made between the mid 1970s and mid 1990s which were a flop at the box-office. The films include Pirates (1987), Yellowbeard (1983), Swashbuckler (1976), Nate and Hayes (1983), The Pirate Movie (1982) and Cutthroat Island (1995).See more »
Continuity: In the scene with Mabel and Frederic stripping before swimming out to the pirates' ship, Frederic is seen taking his shirt completely off. But in the following shot, his shirt is still half-way on.See more »
The Pirate King:Your Birthday?
Frederic:February 29, 1859.
The Pirate King:A leap year!
The Pirate King:...and you were indentured to us...?
Frederic:until my 21st year...
The Pirate King:[interrupting] ... until your 21st birthday! Leap years only happen every 4 years. Going by birthdays, you're still only 5 and a 1/4.
Frederic:[surprised] wha...?
The Pirate King:I'm merely making you aware of it... I'll leave the rest to your... sense of duty?
Ruth:Yes, Duty!
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References "Wonder Woman" (1975)See more »
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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant but bad movie., 23 October 2004
Author: MartynGryphon from Coventry, England

I remember my dad renting this movie from the local video store in the late 80's and my brother and I fell in love with it almost instantly. As I got older I acquired a taste for Australian movies (probably one of the most under-rated film making nations). After seeing it had 'FINALLY' got it's DVD release, I just had to have it.

It is 'loosly' based on Pirates of Penzance, with a mixture of Gilbert & Sullivan music and 80's cheesy pop songs, (sung well by Atkins & McNichol). It's daft, it's dated, and the jokes have whiskers on them, but it's brilliant. It was clear to everyone going into it that this movie was never going to win many awards, but the whole cast seems to be enjoying themselves, and the making of this movie must have been a treat to be involved in.

Every major movie of the era is lampooned at least once Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, all of them.

I hate the part with the guy being Inspector Cluseau, the scene is pointless and unwelcome. Special notice has to go to two standout performances. Ted Hamilton's Pirate King is a delight to watch throughout but even his great performance cannot better the wonderful Bill Kerr as the Major General, who's performance in the re-worded version of 'I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General' is by far the funniest thing in the movie.

On it's initial release, this movie was universally slated and nearly destroyed Kristy McNichols career, over the years It has become a bit of a cult movie, and takes me on a nostalgia trip every time I watch it.

thoroughly enjoyable, but, you're always left wondering who the target audience was for this film as the humour is an unstable mix of good clean family fun and risqué teen sexual innuendo. give it a go.

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