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Director:
Writers:
John Brownjohn (screenplay)
Gérard Brach (written by) ...
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Release Date:
18 July 1986 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of pirate Captain Red and his first mate Frog. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
New Accuser Alleges Sexual Abuse by Roman Polanski
 (From PEOPLE.com. 14 May 2010, 12:35 PM, PDT)

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One of Polanski's Most Underrated Films See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Matthau ... Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red
Cris Campion ... The Frog - Jean-Baptiste
Damien Thomas ... Don Alfonso de la Torré
Olu Jacobs ... Boomako
Ferdy Mayne ... Captain Linares

David Kelly ... Surgeon
Tony Peck ... Spanish Officer (as Anthony Peck)

Anthony Dawson ... 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 (also as Wladislaw Komar)
Georges Trillat ... Pockmarked Sailor
Richard Pearson ... Padre

Charlotte Lewis ... María-Dolores de la Jenya de la Calde
Georges Montillier ... Duenna
John Gill ... Carpenter
David Foxxe ... Cook
Brian Maxine ... Boatswain
Raouf Ben Amor ... Armoury Guard
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew ... Hunchback

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Moonhead
Ian Dury ... Meat Hook
Bill Stewart ... Ginge
Sydney Bromley ... Diddler
Cardew Robinson ... Lawyer

Roy Kinnear ... Dutch
Daniel Emilfork ... Hendrik
Carole Fredericks ... Surprise
Allen Hoist ... Fiddler
Denis Fontayne ... Sailor

Michael Elphick ... Sentry
Angelo Casadei ... Sentry
Bill Fraser ... Governor
Antonio Spoletini ... Palace Guard
Bill MacCabe ... Jailer
Smilja Mihailovitch ... New Duenna
Bernard Musson ... Passenger
Josine Comellas ... Passengers Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gina Calabrese ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Polanski 
 
Writing credits
John Brownjohn (screenplay collaboration)

Gérard Brach (written by) (as Gerard Brach) and
Roman Polanski (written by)

Produced by
Tarak Ben Ammar .... producer
Mark Lombardo .... co-executive producer
Thom Mount .... executive producer
Umberto Sambuco .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Witold Sobocinski (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
Hervé de Luze 
William Reynolds 
 
Casting by
Dominique Besnehard 
Mary Selway 
Maude Spector 
 
Production Design by
Pierre Guffroy 
 
Set Decoration by
Bruno Cesari (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Powell 
 
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Eychenne .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Pino Butti .... production manager (uncredited)
Carlo Lastricati .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Vittorio Noia .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Lvoff .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Taieb Jallouli .... set dresser: Tunisia (uncredited)
Roberto Magagnini .... dressing foreman (uncredited)
Domenico Mancino .... blacksmith (uncredited)
Miki Zachar .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound
Ray Gillon .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Laurent Quaglio .... sound editor (uncredited)
Laurent Quaglio .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Antonio Corridori .... special effects (uncredited)
Franco Ragusa .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ryszard Janikowski .... stunts
Richard Graydon .... stunts (uncredited)
Zbigniew Modej .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Cowell .... costume painter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Billy Byers .... conductor (as Bill Byers)
William Flageollet .... music recording mixer
Orchestre de Paris .... orchestra
 
Other crew
Tarak Ben Ammar .... presenter
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
William Hobbs .... fight stager
Albert Galea .... location manager: Malta (uncredited)
Franco Penna .... production accountant (uncredited)
Roberto Penna .... production accountant (uncredited)
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
121 min | Argentina:116 min | Sweden:118 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Roman Polanski conceived this film several years before he actually made it. He had hoped to cast Jack Nicholson as Captain Red, and himself as The Frog.See more »
Quotes:
Don Alfonso de la Torré:I fear we have no vanilla.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Down Twisted (1987)See more »

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37 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
One of Polanski's Most Underrated Films, 26 May 2004
Author: Dracenstein from Calgary, Canada

Pirates is one of Roman Polanski's most underrated films along with The Fearless Vampire Killers and the Tenant. While the latter two films are masterpieces, Pirates is a very good pirate film that's never received it's due.

Polanski redefines the pirate film while still paying tribute to the swashbuckling genre. This film is the perfect companion piece to The Fearless Vampire Killers. Walter Matthau gives an excellent performance as the fearless Pirate and the rest of the cast's performances hit all the right notes. Polanski's direction is masterful as always. The photography and musical score are also very good. From a purely technical standpoint this film is excellent. The script is really the only thing that keeps this film from attaining greatness.

MGM who now hold the DVD rights (they now own the rights to the entire Cannon film library) must release this film as soon as possible in it's uncut, 124 minute widescreen glory (I suggest emailing MGM).

Film rating: 9 out of 10.

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