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

The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design, but designer Anthony Powell lost to John Bright and Jenny Beavan for A Room with a View (1985). Powell had won the Oscar for Costume Design for Roman Polanskis previous film, Tess (1979), and had also won Oscars for his work in Travels with My Aunt (1972) and Death on the Nile (1978). 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 Down Twisted (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Il était un petit navire
(uncredited)
Traditional French song
Performed by Cris Campion and Walter Matthau
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A modern swashbuckling classic, arr!
3 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Arr, mateys, shiver me timbers!" is what you feel like shouting while watching this involving modern pirate movie that should become a classic. Roman Polanski had wanted to make a pirate movie such as this one for a long time, starting in the Lodz Film Academy in Poland, and finally did it - unfortunately, the problems he had affected the movie and made it a theatrical flop. Quite unfairly, as it has everything a pirate fan might want - a lovely score, breathtaking scenery, props and settings, a script that is adventurous and funny, good acting - and plenty of fun and adventure! And, most importantly, the amazing Walter Matthau as the best stereotypical pirate cap'n you'll ever see! Matthau performance is breathtaking - I can see his Cap'n Red standing arm-in-arm with Blackbeard, Black Bart and Captain Kidd, shouting orders at the "mateys"... Highly recommended for any fan of swashbuckling adventures - and for everyone else! (And while you're out to buy this movie, don't miss the equally underrated, and also very good, newer "Cutthroat Island" with Frank Langella).


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