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Yellowbeard -- A 17th-century pirate in search of treasure.  He's accompanied by his son, who has the location of the treasure tattooed on his head.  It is a parody on the pirate movies of earlier days.
Yellowbeard -- Written largely by Monty Python veteran Graham Chapman and with an all-star comedic cast, YELLOWBEARD is a hilarious spoof of every pirate movie ever made.  A 16th century raunchy pirate spoof in which everyone - Monty Python, Cheech and Chong, James Mason, Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle - wants to get their hands on hidden pirate treasure.  But first they have to capture Captain Yellowbeard's son, who has the map tatooed on his skull.


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Release Date:
24 June 1983 (USA) See more »
A picture filled with public floggings, saucy tarts, looney lords, outrageousness, offensiveness, even a stuffed crocodile and sheep! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Mel Damski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Graham Chapman  writer
Peter Cook  writer
Bernard McKenna  writer
David Sherlock  uncredited

Produced by
John Daly .... executive producer
Carter DeHaven .... producer (as Carter De Haven)
Original Music by
John Morris 
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Casting by
Michael McLean 
Production Design by
Joseph R. Jennings 
Costume Design by
Stephen Miles  (as T. Stephen Miles)
Makeup Department
Ramon Gow .... chief hairdresser: English crew
Lilia Palomino .... makeup artist: Mexico
Neville Smallwood .... chief makeup artist: English crew
Production Management
Brad H. Aronson .... production manager: American crew
David Ball .... production manager: English crew
Denis Holt .... production manager: UK
Dennis Holt .... production manager: English crew
Miguel Lima .... production manager: Mexican crew
Antonio Rubio .... production manager: Mexican crew (as Tony Rubio)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mario Cisneros .... first assistant director: Mexican crew
Sam Epstein .... second assistant director: American crew (as Samuel M. Epstein)
Richard Espinoza .... second assistant director: American crew (as Richard L. Espinoza)
Ted Morley .... first assistant director: English crew
Clive Reed .... first assistant director: English crew
Art Department
Tim Hutchinson .... set decorator: English crew
Peter James .... set decorator: English crew
Teresa Pecanins .... set decorator: Mexican crew
Moises Pineda .... production buyer assistant
Jack Shampan .... art director: English crew
Arthur Wicks .... property master: English crew
Sound Department
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer (as Kevin Cleary)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound effects: American crew
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer: English crew
Robert Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Thirlwell)
Manuel Topete .... sound mixer: Mexican crew
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Special Effects by
Arthur Beavis .... special effects: English crew
Andy Evans .... special effects: American crew
Raul Falomir .... special effects: Mexican crew
Michael Cassidy .... stunts (as Mike Cassidy)
Loren Janes .... stunts
Walter Robles .... stunts (as Walt Robles)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator: American crew
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts
Terry Walsh .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Brookner .... video assist
Bernard Ford .... camera operator: UK (as Bernie Ford)
Carlos Montaño .... camera operator: Mexico
León Sánchez .... camera operator: Mexico (as Leon Sanchez)
Casting Department
Celestia Fox .... additional casting: English crew
Nancy Foy .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gilly Hebden .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Mellissa Bretherton .... second assistant editor: America
Carter DeHaven .... second assistant editor: America (as Carter De Haven IV)
Raja Gosnell .... assistant editor: America
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... scoring engineer: US crew
James D. Young .... music editor
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Arturo Curiel .... driver
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Hugh Boyd .... captain of the "Bounty"
Mary Ann Braubach .... production executive
Humberto Gurza .... animal wrangler
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler
Terry Lens .... location manager
Manuel Louis .... boat master
Edward Ruscha .... main title creator (as Ed Ruscha)
Marilyn Tasso .... assistant accountant
Carol Westphall .... script supervisor: USA (as Carole Westphall)
Boyd Kelly .... adr voice (uncredited)

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96 min | Argentina:101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The joke about Yellowbeard committing horrific acts of violence and thievery but being imprisoned for tax evasion is an obvious reference to Al Capone.See more »
Continuity: When Dan embraces Yellowbeard and accidentally stabs him, the hilt of the dagger changes between shots.See more »
Betty:[Recreating the path to where the treasure is burried] Stagger, stagger, crawl, crawl, jump...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Return to Waterloo (1984)See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Yellow beard is worth a look., 26 February 2006
Author: ccluff1974 from United States

I watched this as a kid and it made an impression on me. So much so that I just had to watch it again last week. I was not as disappointed as I was with other movie repeats from my childhood(Popeye comes to mind). Sure things were a bit sketchy and straight up silly at times but it was a fun movie. And of course if you are a Cheech and Chong fan they have a small part too.It ranks up there in the top of my favorite swashbuckling pirate flicks (behind Pirates of the Caribbean) I think it is a classic. "Stagger, Stagger, Crawl,Crawl" will be forever ingrained in the movie quote cache of my brain!(right up there with "Charlie don't surf!")

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