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The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (original title)
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Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Victoria (voice)
Charles Darwin (voice)
Black Bellamy (voice)
Cutlass Liz (voice)
The Pirate King (voice)
Ben Whitehead ...
Mike Cooper ...


After years of humiliation and failed attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain and his oddball crew take on the cream of the pirating crop - Black Bellamy, Peg Leg Hastings and Cutlass Liz - in a race to pillage the most booty. They soon cross paths with lovelorn scientist Charles Darwin, who persuades the Captain that the crew's prized 'parrot', Polly, could be the answer to the 'untold riches' they are searching for. Their adventure takes them to Victorian London where they meet Darwin's sidekick 'man-panzee' Mister Bobo, and the notorious pirate-hating Queen Victoria herself. It soon unfolds that Darwin's motives for helping the crew are not what they seem, and the Queen has an evil hidden agenda of her own. The Pirate Captain must choose between basking in the glory of being crowned Pirate of the Year, or staying faithful to his trusted crew. Written by Tom

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Prepare for a new breed of pirates. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action, rude humor and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pirates! Band of Misfits  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,137,734 (USA) (27 April 2012)


$31,051,126 (USA) (3 August 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peg Leg Hastings' line "lock up your daughters" when he enters the pirate pub is a reference to the Slade song with the same title. See more »


The Pirate Captain steals a penny-farthing bicycle, not invented until 1869. See more »


[from trailer]
Pirate Captain: Behind every captain, there's a crew. Sure, some of you are as ugly as a sea cucumber, some of you are closer to being a chair or coat rack than a pirate, and some of you are fish I've just dressed up in a hat...
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Crazy Credits

No dodos were made extinct during the making of this motion picture. See more »


London Calling
Written by Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, and Topper Headon
Performed by The Clash
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.
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User Reviews

It was okay, I expected more
27 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What I liked about The Pirates! was how it was whimsical. What I didn't like what the fact that whimsical was pretty much all this film was. It's a good film to take the family to, but it doesn't prove to be all that memorable. It offers merely a few good laughs and a little genre satire.

As a pirate film, it certainly could've used a bit more daring do, to accompany the self mockery and also to compensate for the problem of having surprisingly one dimensional characters. Take a film like last years Rango, which demonstrated an ability to riff on its genre while generating an honest and robust sense of adventure which would categorize a serious Western. This film, lacks that bit of robustness; it's all whim.

For an hour, I thought The Pirates did a good job of appealing to all ages in its humour, but the climactic act takes things sailing in the wrong direction. Suddenly the movie becomes surprising juvenile and childish. In addition to ending somewhat abruptly, The Pirates leaves a few plot elements without a payoff.

The finished product ends up feeling surprisingly shorter than it was, and it all seemed a little light hearted to elevate it beyond the level of weekend entertainment. I love pirates, and I always have, so I felt a little let down, but there's probably enough for a young audience.

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