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The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.

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George Rose ...
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Tony Azito ...
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Stephen Hanan ...
Samuel (singing voice)
Anthony Arundell ...
Pirate
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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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

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


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18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pirates  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$255,496, 21 February 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$694,497, 6 March 1983
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Ruth played by Angela Lansbury was played on stage in the Broadway theatre production by actress Estelle Parsons who was the only lead cast member who didn't reprise her role in this movie version. In the 1980 television version of the New York Stage production, the character of Ruth was portrayed by Patricia Routledge. See more »

Goofs

The lip-synching is often off (or ceases altogether), especially in choral numbers like "When the Foeman Bares His Steel". See more »

Quotes

Mabel: Hold, monsters! Ere your pirate caravanserai Proceed, against our will, to wed us all, Just bear in mind that we are Wards in Chancery, And our father is a Major-General!
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Best/funniest movie of all time
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I agree with bariman171, I saw this rendition of Pirates of Penzance at the young age of 4. I fell in love with it at the first viewing and it continues to be my favorite movie at the age of 28. This movie was my first introduction to Kevin Kline and he remains favorite actor.

Even though this is a total spoof on the original opera (which I also find wonderful) I took it very seriously at the age of 4. This movie got me through many sick days at home from school. This movie to me is 'comfort food' and I recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor. My son is only four months old and he already enjoys the soundtrack that is on my ipod, he even sings along.


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