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The Pirate Movie (1982)

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The crew of a large ship sail the high seas encountering other pirates from other ships. The boy from the ship ends up having to save his girlfriend who is kidnapped by a bunch of other pirates.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

W.S. Gilbert (based on: The Pirates of Penzance) (as Gilbert), Trevor Farrant (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy McNichol ... Mabel Stanley
Christopher Atkins ... Frederic
Ted Hamilton ... Pirate King
Bill Kerr ... Major General
Maggie Kirkpatrick Maggie Kirkpatrick ... Ruth
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Sergeant / Inspector
Chuck McKinney Chuck McKinney ... Samuel
Marc Colombani Marc Colombani ... Dwarf Pirate
Linda Nagle Linda Nagle ... Aphrodite
Kate Ferguson Kate Ferguson ... Edith
Rhonda Burchmore ... Kate
Cathrine Lynch Cathrine Lynch ... Isabel
John Alansu John Alansu ... Chinese Captain (as John Allansu)
Paul Graham Paul Graham ... Pirate
Bernard Ledger Bernard Ledger ... Pirate
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Storyline

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

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Young romance on the high seas! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pirate Movie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,528,133, 8 August 1982

Gross USA:

$7,983,086

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,983,086
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kristy McNichol sang in a movie prior to this, in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981). See more »

Goofs

When Frederic's scuba-helmet fills with water, he's clearly separated from the water by a thin pane of glass in the front. The helmet's side windows have no sloshing water and it's not dripping from his face as he raises his head to take a breath. See more »

Quotes

Mabel: I'll see you get a thousand lashes!
The Pirate King: Promises, promises.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits roll, there are quick outtakes of Kristy McNichol (in a suit of armor) asking someone to take her chewing gum, which one crewman does and another where McNichol says into the camera "I just want to say that...it's not all sunglasses and autographs." with a smile before the visor covers her face. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

We Are the Pirates
Performed by Ian Mason
Produced by Ian Mason
by courtesy Hit City Productions
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A brilliant but bad movie.
23 October 2004 | by MartynGryphonSee all my reviews

I remember my dad renting this movie from the local video store in the late 80's and my brother and I fell in love with it almost instantly. As I got older I acquired a taste for Australian movies (probably one of the most under-rated film making nations). After seeing it had 'FINALLY' got it's DVD release, I just had to have it.

It is 'loosly' based on Pirates of Penzance, with a mixture of Gilbert & Sullivan music and 80's cheesy pop songs, (sung well by Atkins & McNichol). It's daft, it's dated, and the jokes have whiskers on them, but it's brilliant. It was clear to everyone going into it that this movie was never going to win many awards, but the whole cast seems to be enjoying themselves, and the making of this movie must have been a treat to be involved in.

Every major movie of the era is lampooned at least once Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, all of them.

I hate the part with the guy being Inspector Cluseau, the scene is pointless and unwelcome. Special notice has to go to two standout performances. Ted Hamilton's Pirate King is a delight to watch throughout but even his great performance cannot better the wonderful Bill Kerr as the Major General, who's performance in the re-worded version of 'I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General' is by far the funniest thing in the movie.

On it's initial release, this movie was universally slated and nearly destroyed Kristy McNichols career, over the years It has become a bit of a cult movie, and takes me on a nostalgia trip every time I watch it.

thoroughly enjoyable, but, you're always left wondering who the target audience was for this film as the humour is an unstable mix of good clean family fun and risqué teen sexual innuendo. give it a go.


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