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The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta of the same name, with parts of other of their operettas stirred in. Frederic has fallen in love with sweet innocent ... See full summary »

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Samuel
Stephen Hanan ...
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Anthony Arundell ...
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John Asquith ...
Pirate
Mohamed Aazzi ...
Pirate
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Pirate
Ross Davidson ...
Pirate
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Pirate
Simon Howe ...
Pirate
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This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta of the same name, with parts of other of their operettas stirred in. Frederic has fallen in love with sweet innocent Mabel. Yet his vocation is an impediment to their union. Perhaps the situation can be rectified by his old nurse, Ruth, who made a dreadful blunder years before. A highlight is the song/dance A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One. Written by Reid Gagle

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Based on THE SMASH BROADWAY MUSICAL! See more »


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The music used in this film written for the recitative dialogue between Mabel Stanley (Linda Ronstadt) and the Sergeant of the Police (Tony Azito), with single note responses from his cadre of policemen, does not appear in the original piano-vocal score of "The Pirates of Penzance" comic opera. Nor is it indicated to be sung in the most common copies of the script save for the policemen's monosyllabic responses, and can only be found in the handwritten manuscript reproduction of the conductor's full orchestral and vocal score. See more »

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While Mabel sings Take Heart the first time, a bird flies behind Fredrick and hits the backdrop, causing it to fall. See more »

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Pirate King: Don't swim, Fredric, take the dingy!
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Version of The Pirate Movie (1982) See more »

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Magical...simply magical
26 June 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Ah, Gilbert & Sullivan, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! This movie is pure fantastical enjoyment. The cast is an absolute joy, especially Kevin Kline as the Pirate King. Kline is truly one of the most over-looked and under-appreciated actors of our time. His ability to convey his characters through body language, facial expression, and voice is unparalleled. He is one of my favourite actors, and he plays the Pirate King to the hilt -- what a lark!

The vocal talent in this film adaptation of the stage play is phenomenal! I have never heard a more beautiful, powerful, yet sensitive male voice as Rex Smith's, and Linda Ronstadt is, of course, pretty as a picture as Mabel. Angela Lansbury may not have as fabulous a voice as the rest of the cast, but her characterization of Ruth more than makes up for it. Tony Azito absolutely cracks me up as the Chief of Police, those "undaunted men in blue" make me laugh every time.

The one person that everyone seems to forget, however, is the one whose performance I enjoyed even more than Kline's -- and that's saying something. George Rose as the Major-General is perfect, and I never laughed so hard at an individual character as I did when he was tiptoeing through the tulips with the pirates in close pursuit! What a hoot!

This movie is truly a classic, and it's a shame that it's been so overlooked. I finally managed to tape it off the TV one night, since I've never managed to find it on video (other than for rent), and I've watched it so many times, I may have to re-tape it soon. All of the subtle (and not-so-subtle) G&S jokes are a true joy, and the music is pure magic. If you love musicals, you HAVE to see this movie!!


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