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Cutthroat Island (1995)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Reed
Mr. Blair
Bowen (as Chris Masterson)
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Black Harry
Carl Chase ...
Peter Geeves ...
Captain Trotter


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?


Matthew Modine was cast partly because he is an experienced fencer. See more »


Morgan's ship, being pursued by another, is supposed to be running at full sail, but a wider shot that includes some of the surrounding water reveals it to be motionless. See more »


Dawg: [grabs Morgan by the jaw] Morgan... In sweet memory of you bouncing on my knee as a little girl... I'll give you one chance of me stealing your daddy's piece of the map.
Morgan: [curtly] Would you settle to the point of my cutlass?
Dawg: [chuckles bitterly] I knew you would say something like that... And we would soon fall into oaths and threats. Why don't cut on the jaw, shall we? I'll give one thing, little niece.
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User Reviews

A very entertaining high seas adventure…

The film opens in Jamaican coast in 1668…

While the Port Royal governor wants so badly the lady pirate, Morgan Adams, and will pay well for her, Dawg Brown (Frank Langella) was grabbing Morgan's father Black Harry (Harris Yulin) to take the first piece of a map (split into three separate pieces) to Cutthroat Island, where a treasure of a Spanish gold ship is said to be buried there…

Each of the other sections of the map is held by Morgan's two uncles: Dawg—the bad pirate who doesn't want to share the treasure—has the second piece stolen from a now-deceased brother, and Mordachai holds the third at Spittlefied Harbor…

So to seek the Spanish Treasure and to avenge her father's death, Morgan (Geena Davis) has to join with her uncle Mordachai and fight her murderous uncle to obtain the third part of the map…

The governor of the island (Patrick Malahide) offers Morgan two alternatives: One, an ignominious death on the gallows or she might cut him in for a share of her grandfather's treasure…

At the slave market, Morgan was looking for a man who can read Latin… So she picked a handsome convict who passes himself off as a physician with a natural pitch for music and a perfect taste in wine… His name was William Shaw (Matthew Modine).

If you enjoy Seventeenth Century pirate movies, and like to see how 92 million dollars were spent in sea-battles, rope-swinging, slow motion swashbuckling action, cannons with many explosions and many fires, plenty of rum, cove and cliffs, lots of treasure, the destruction of two Jamaican towns, gorgeous ocean vistas and breathtaking visuals … don't miss this one!

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