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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 (operetta) (as William S. Gilbert), Trevor Farrant
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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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Set sail for the musical comedy adventure of the summer! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los piratas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,528,133, 6 August 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,983,086, 31 December 1982
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This picture was filmed in Australia. After this movie, Christopher Atkins returned to Australia to appear in Exchange Lifeguards (aka Wet and Wild Summer! (1992) and Bullet Down Under (1994). See more »

Goofs

In the scene with Mabel and Frederic stripping before swimming out to the pirates' ship, Frederic is seen taking his shirt completely off. But in the following shot, his shirt is still half-way on. See more »

Quotes

Mabel: Frederic, these are the 1880s. You can't live your life by the outmoded conventions of a neo-imperialist society. Find your true center!
Frederic: What? You mean Zen piracy?
Mabel: [unlaces her shirt and pulls it down to show her corset] Frederic, have you ever worn a whalebone corset? Well no, we established that, didn't we? It chokes and strangles, Frederic! I won't be choked and strangled by someone else's dumb ideas of custom and duty!
[to stone statue]
Mabel: Would you Harry, would you?
[to Frederic]
Mabel: Never to know ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References The Blue Lagoon (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Victory
Written by Terry Britten (uncredited)
Performed by chorus
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Wacky version of G&S operetta
29 December 1999 | by Antonio-37See all my reviews

Cuties Chris Atkins and Kristy McNichol, he of the blonde curls and she of the blonde curls, star in this wacky version of the old chestnut, Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan.

Atkins plays Frederic the boy pirate who falls for McNichol's Mabel. He was 21 at the time, two years after starring in Blue Lagoon, yet he retained the perennial look of a fifteen year old teenager. McNichol was a famous star at the time, but this is her first role as a femme fatale, not as a tomboy.

This movie could be a musical version of Blue Lagoon. See Atkins and McNichol cavorting in the skimpiest of costumes designed to show their pretty legs and other bits. Surprise, both of these two cuties can sing, and even dance a bit!

The story is too well know to bear repeating. But there are a couple of wacky twists, in the best tradition of the British music halls. Except this movie is an Australian production!

Of course we get the model of the modern major-general (Bill Kerr) with his famous solo song. But we also get a light sabre from Star Wars. We get Inspector Closeau from Pink Panther with a hilarious word play on "pirate" and "parrot". We get a bit of Indiana Jones. And the stars make those asides which are British music hall tradition, stopping in mid-scene to address the audience.

There's lots of double entendre jokes, again another British music hall tradition, where simple words are used with a possible vulgar or sexual meaning. See Frederic at the mercy of the pirate's sword say "nuts". To which the pirate points his sword at Frederic's boy treasures and says "But you'd still have one left".

A jolly good movie. One for a cold winter's evening to warm the heart. Even the old Victorians would approve of this one.


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