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Pirates (1986)

The adventures of pirate Captain Red and his first mate Frog.

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(screenplay), (as Gerard Brach) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Frog - Jean-Baptiste
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Don Alfonso de la Torré
Olu Jacobs ...
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Surgeon
Tony Peck ...
Spanish Officer (as Anthony Peck)
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Spanish Officer
Richard Dieux ...
Spanish Officer
Jacques Maury ...
Spanish Officer
José Santamaría ...
Master at Arms (as Jose Santamaría)
Robert Dorning ...
Commander of Marines
Luc Jamati ...
Pepito Gonzalez
Emilio Fernandez ...
Angelito (as Emilio Fernandez)
Wladyslaw Komar ...
Jesus (as Wladislaw Komar)

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Storyline

Captain Red runs a hardy pirate ship with the able assistance of Frog, a dashing young French sailor. One day Capt. Red is captured and taken aboard a Spanish galleon, but thanks to his inventiveness, he raises the crew to mutiny, takes over the ship, and kidnaps the niece of the governor of Maracaibo. The question is, can he keep this pace up? Written by Anonymous

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

18 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Piratas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,641,825 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the film was in development in the 1970s, Roman Polanski envisioned Jack Nicholson as Captain Thomas Bartholemew Red, Isabelle Adjani as Maria-Dolores, and himself as Jean-Baptiste/The Frog. However, Nicholson, who had previously worked with Polanski on Chinatown (1974), drove the director crazy with outrageous salary demands. At one point, when Polanski asked him, out of desperation, "What exactly do you want?", Nicholson replied, "I want more!" In the end, Walter Matthau replaced Nicholson when the film was finally made in the 1980's. See more »

Quotes

Padre: Confess your sins, my son, and receive forgiveness before the Almighty.
Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red: Well, Padre. I once had a mind to eat the Frog.
Padre: God placed the beasts upon the Earth for man's sustenance, my son. Come now; what else besides?
Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red: Beggin' your pardon, but that's the Frog standing alongside.
[Nods toward his French shipmate]
Padre: Well, now. That is another matter entirely...
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Connections

Referenced in W klatce (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Maid of Amsterdam (A-Rovin')
(uncredited)
Traditional sea shanty
Performed by Walter Matthau and crew
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Excellent dark pirate adventure/comedy
12 February 2003 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

Pirate movies are few and far between. Its hard to get people to buy off on a script containing ~40 minutes of "Arrrr" and "Aye Matie".

However, Pirates is just a great fun romp through being a nasty, dirty, pirate. This is one of Walter Matthau's best roles. He literally becomes Captain Red. At no moment do you associate this man w/ any of this other roles.

Too many jokes and gags to list, but not a comedy in the traditional sense. It is an adventure first with humor thrown in.

Less of a comedy and more adventure than Yellowbeard. Darker, deeper, better, and less glitzy than Cutthroat Island. All around, a great classic pirate movie and virtually defines the genre.


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