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In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.
A parody/homage to Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, The Pirate Movie is a comedy/musical utilizing both new songs and parodies from the original, as well as references to popular films of the time, including Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In your typical boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy fights girl with swords plot, the story revolves around Mabel, the youngest of Maj. Gen. Stanley's many daughters, and Frederic, an ex-Pirate of Penzance. They fall in love and proceed to retrieve the Stanley's fortune from the Pirates (stolen 20 years ago). The Pirate King informs Frederic that due to him being born on Feb. 29th (during a leap year), Frederic is still technically the King's apprentice. Frederic must then decide between duty and honor, the only good qualities the King taught him, and true love.Written by
Todd Kogutt: SCAVENGER
This is not a "deep" movie by any stretch of the imagination (and it never pretends to be that), but it was the first and one of the very few movies that I saw on video, rewound and saw again immediately. I then bought the video (also a first for me at the time!) and saw it again several times since it never fails to cheer me up. I think that Christy McNichol was absolutely great. She seriously outplayed Christopher Atkins. Most of the songs are great, especially the cheeky one that Christy sings on the boat. Frankly, I cannot understand for a moment why this movie did badly. It is just an immensely enjoyable, lighthearted, upbeat movie!
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