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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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Anthony Arundell ...
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Pirate
Mohamed Aazzi ...
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Simon Howe ...
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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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This cinema movie's director, Wilford Leach, once said of this theatrical feature film: "This might be a silent film comedy that suddenly bursts into song. Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Jacques Tati, and Lillian Gish would all be at home here. This is a world without cynicism. There's no one in it we would not like to have to dinner." 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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Mabel: Oh Frederic, can you not in the calm excellence of your wisdom reconcile it with your conscience to say something that will ease my father's sorrow?
Frederic: What?
Mabel: Can't you cheer him up?
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One of my favorites
29 November 1999 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film version of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE in a movie theater in Dayton, OH, the night it premiered. I took a good friend to see it a few nights later, and went back one more time by myself to see it before it disappeared after only one week!!

It is true to the spirit of the original, with modern interpretations which would please G&S immensely. I agree the cast is excellent. I don't have time or space to single them out and discuss my thoughts on each actor, but if you are either a G&S fan, a general musical theatre fan, or fans of anyone in the cast, then I encourage you to rent or buy this wonderful film!!


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