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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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Sergeant
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Samuel
Stephen Hanan ...
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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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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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Trivia

The film's source Broadway stage production was actually preceded by a 1980 Joseph Papp production of "Pirates of Penzance" which was part of a "Shakespeare in the Park" series of free plays in New York City's Central Park which had the same cast of principals as the movie and the Broadway stage production (except for Ruth). 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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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.
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Good Show, Good Show!
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this incarnation of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" at the age of 10, but just recently saw it again when my school decided to perform it for our annual spring musical. At the age of 18, I expected that I would find it immature after having liked it at 10. Needless to say, I was wrong. This is a wonderful adaptation of a great operetta, and becomes even better with the experience of performing it.

Fans of Kevin Kline rejoice! He plays the perfect "Pirate King," the silly leader of a band of pirates who seem to be completely incompetent, if only at piracy. He delivers his lines with precision and, along with David Hatton (Samuel), adds a much needed low bass-baritone to Rex Smith(Frederic) and the rest of the pirates' tenor in the pirate tunes.

The late Tony Azito(Police Sergeant)'s performance is literally unbelievable, as he looks more like a man made out of rubber rather than flesh and bone.

I would recommend this to anyone, especially die hard Gilbert and Sullivan fans.


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