7.2/10
2,492
51 user 7 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(operetta) (as Sir William Schwenck Gilbert), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young man named Frederick leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, but when the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederick must ... See full summary »

Directors: Wilford Leach, Joshua White
Stars: Kevin Kline, G. Eugene Moose, Rex Smith
The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie 2006)
Adventure | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Director: Bruce Best
Stars: Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, John Bolton-Wood
Oklahoma! (TV Movie 1999)
Musical | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Cowboy Curly McClain tries to win the heart of a girl in a singing and dancing extravaganza.

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Maureen Lipman, Hugh Jackman, Josefina Gabrielle
The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie 1994)
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Directors: Peter Butler, Craig Schaefer
Stars: Jon English, Helen Donaldson, Toni Lamond
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller
The Music Man (1962)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director: Morton DaCosta
Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
Musical | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Sweeney Todd returns to London to uncover the past, along the way meeting Mrs. Lovett, and begins to start his life of crime.

Directors: Terry Hughes, Harold Prince
Stars: Angela Lansbury, George Hearn, Cris Groenendaal
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston
A Chorus Line (1985)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Michael Blevins
Gypsy (1962)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden
Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the great sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, who rises to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern
Gypsy (TV Movie 1993)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, this made-for-TV movie-previously a Broadway smash and a 1962 film-depicts the life and times of a stripper and her domineering mother.

Director: Emile Ardolino
Stars: Bette Midler, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Ruth
Linda Ronstadt ...
Mabel
George Rose ...
...
Tony Azito ...
Sergeant
David Hatton ...
Samuel
Stephen Hanan ...
Samuel (singing) (voice)
Anthony Arundell ...
Pirate
John Asquith ...
Pirate
Mohamed Aazzi ...
Pirate
...
Pirate
Ross Davidson ...
Pirate
...
Pirate
Simon Howe ...
Pirate
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The swashbuckling adventure. The fabulous fun. The rollicking romance. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I pirati di Penzance  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Towards the end of the film, the pirates and police interrupt a production of "H.M.S. Pinafore" (also by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Frederic: OH, HORROR!
The Pirate King: What's the matter?
Frederic: Ought I tell you? No, no I cannot! And yet as one of your band...
The Pirate King: SPEAK OUT! I-CHARGE-YOU-BY-THAT-SENSE-OF-CONSCIENTIOUSNESS-TO-WHICH-WE-HAVE-NEVER-YET-APPEALED-IN-VAIN!
[All are astonished at this feat, including the Pirate King himself]
Pirate King: Yeah.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Clayton's Friends (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Take Heart .... Take Mine
27 September 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

I fell in love with Linda Ronstadt the first time I saw this film in 1983. I also fell in love with Angela Lansbury and, perhaps even Kevin Kline.

This fantastical, comedic, interpretation of the wonderful Gilbert and Sullivan musical updates the music, the humor, and performance, while actually enhancing the theatrical quality of the original play and leaving the plot, characters, and script largely intact.

The film feels like an exciting, quite silly, and very fun play seen from the best possible angles on an elaborate but very stagy set. The actors intentionally overact - as if their most subtle movements must be seen by an audience in a three story balcony. The music is also somewhat overblown, but absolutely wonderful. Did I mention Linda Ronstadt? Her vocal performance is frankly unbelievable! She might not be much of an actress, but acting talent was really not required for the role of Maybelle.

The story is about Frederick (Rex Smith), a young man who has just left his indenture under the flamboyant, somewhat unsuccessful and soft-hearted 'Pirate King' (Kline) and his band of fairly inoffensive ruffians. Vowing to slay his beloved friend to atone for the sins he probably did not commit during his indenture, Frederick leaves his doomed friends and comes ashore, only to fall immediately in love with Maybelle, but the pirates are only a few steps behind him.

The entire story is told with very minimal dialog and a lot of great music, slapstick, and camp. The voices are cast perfectly, and Kline's physical performance is nothing short of amazing.

What can I say? I've just watched 'Pirates' again after a hiatus of about 18 years, and the old magic came back immediately. I love this film, and heartily recommend it to all. Not everybody will feel as I do, but I can't even attempt objectivity in reviewing this film.

Enjoy!


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD Release jimboparsley
Why can't we have more versions of other G+S plays done like thi julie_robin2
Can someone help me about the musical? Makiyo_Hyuga
deleted song rhp33
http://www.petition online.com/pop1983/ petition.html commerce-22
Lyrics? Pvt_Vasquez87
Discuss The Pirates of Penzance (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?