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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Frank Langella considers Dawg to be one of his three favourite roles (the other two are Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon (2008) and Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)), because he got to not only be a pirate, but a scenery-chewing over-the-top bad guy pirate. Apparently, the man loves being able to just go for broke in a role. 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 »


Dawg: I love this.
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References Captain Blood (1935) See more »

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Just a good movie to relax to.
2 February 1999 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

Cutthroat Island is a movie that you can just sit back, relax and watch it with a big goofy grin on your face. Sure it tanked at the box office, but don't disregard it totally. It's entertaining as hell. Geena Davis is rather engaging as a female pirate and Frank Langella seemed to be enjoying himself. Most people will say that this movie can't hold a candle to the pirate films of Errol Flynn, and they're right. But for a rock em sock em pirate adventure with more explosions than the high seas ever saw, watch Cutthroat Island.

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