Cutthroat Island (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  22 December 1995 (USA)
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A female pirate and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure.



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Morgan Adams and her slave, William Shaw, are on a quest to recover the three portions of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the final portion is held by her murderous uncle, Dawg. Her crew is skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her. This is made yet more difficult by the efforts of the British crown to end her piratical raids. Written by Stern

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The Course Has Been Set. There Is No Turning Back. Prepare Your Weapons. Summon Your Courage. Discover the Adventure of a Lifetime!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong pirate action/violence and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pirata  »

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Box Office


$98,000,000 (estimated)


$11,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a radio interview in 2011, Renny Harlin discussed the film's box office failure. He pointed out that Carolco was already in ruin before the film even began shooting, but had to make the film since financing from foreign investors was already in place. MGM, the film's distributor, was in the process of being sold and thus could not devote itself into financing a marketing campaign for the film. See more »


In Port Royal there are several scenes with the Union Jack flying, which was not adopted until over 110 years later than the setting of the film. See more »


William: Congratulations, madam. There's another town you've destroyed.
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Controversial, but some may like it
27 June 2004 | by (California US) – See all my reviews

This is certainly a controversial film, with some who dislike it. And one also cannot ignore that the film has lost a lot of money. However, I was one that actually enjoyed the film - a lot. It was a good film for me to just simply "enjoy". And that is one great reason for watching movies in the first place.

I did like Geena Davis in the main role. In fact, the two roles that I liked her the best in were Cutthroat Island and Last Kiss Goodnight. I would have loved to see her do more of these action type roles. She is certainly good in other roles, but I prefer her in the action roles such as this one.

I was indeed surprised when visiting the Guiness Records building in Hollywood California, and learning that this movie was the largest box office loss. My feelings on learning that were "but, I liked it".

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