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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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Dawg
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Ainslee
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Glasspoole
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Mr. Blair
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Snelgrave
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Bowen (as Chris Masterson)
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Scully
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Captain Trotter
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Toussant
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Storyline

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!


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

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22 December 1995 (USA)  »

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$98,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,000,000 (USA)
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Due to the casting distractions, Renny Harlin hadn't really been able to pay attention to the sets and production design. When he finally did, he didn't like any of it. It all had to be redesigned and rebuilt in a rather short time frame-and then the script had to be rewritten to accommodate the changes. Both had a lot to do with driving the film's budget way up. See more »

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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 »

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[Morgan has pilfered the governor's carriage and is being chased by British Royal soldiers, and a British Naval ship that canon fires at her. William is confused, thinking that the British is chasing him, unaware that Morgan is a pirate]
William: [shrieking] A SHIP! I find *myself* being *bombarded* by an *entire ship*!
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not fair
4 August 2003 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This film was responsible for the bankruptcy of the company behind it, Carolco. Which is a shame, but the film is not as bad as it is rumoured to be. Far from it. It's above average oldfashioned entertainment.

The soundtrack alone is a standout. Sweeping and powerful, it serves the plotline well and it's a joy to listen to on its own. Although the characters aren't among the most complex and well defined in movie history, they work (with a couple of exceptions, among them Maury Chaykin as John Reed, whose acting just doesn't match the tone of the film). And then there's the beautifully reconstructed pirate ships, well choreographed action sequences and terrific special effects.

In short this is a film that has an unfair rep and it is really worth your time. A great warmup for Pirates of the Caribbean (which hasn't opened yet in this neck of the woods).


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