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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

Garry McDonald plays two characters in this movie, the Sergeant of Police and the Inspector. The Sergeant character is from the 'The Pirates Of Penzance' stage musical by Gilbert and Sullivan; his Inspector character was not so much a spoof or parody of Inspector Clouseau but virtually a mimic of Peter Sellers' characterization of Clouseau. 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

Samuel: [doorbell rings] Avon calling!
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Version of The Pirates of Penzance (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Modern Major General's Song
Written by W.S. Gilbert (uncredited), Arthur Sullivan (uncredited), Trevor Farrant (uncredited) and Peter Sullivan (uncredited)
Performed by Bill Kerr and chorus
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A cult sex comedy musical... for kids
19 April 2005 | by TelevisionJunkieSee all my reviews

My summary line is sort of strange, but gimme a chance to explain. As has been stated in a few of these comments, "The Pirate Movie" is a big cult movie. In terms of cult status, I'd certainly liken it to "Rocky Horror" or "Donnie Darko" -- not that it shares many common factors with either of those, just that there's this big audience that REALLY loves it. As with several other big flops from this era ("Midnight Madness," "Zapped!"), HBO is probably solely responsible for turning this into the cult phenomenon it is -- after all, they ran it endlessly in the early '80s.

But the real reason I felt it necessary to leave a comment is something that's barely been touched upon here. While many people have said, "I loved this when I was a kid," it's yet to be stated that this seems to be the key to loving the film. I saw it when I was a kid and loved it. I've shown it to kids, and they've loved it. However, the adults that I've shown it to (including several who usually go in for this type of film) hated it. My best friend watched it for the first time last night and, even though he's usually open to a movie like this, he griped all the way through it. His three year old son, however, was glued to the TV.

The saving grace for this film is that, while it IS technically a sex comedy, it's surprisingly innocent. A song called "Pumpin' and Blowin'" could very easily have been lewd and vulgar, but it's disguised as a bubblegum pop anthem (complete with animated characters). And that's the case with a lot of the jokes. While they're not squeaky-clean Disney fare from that era, it's all mainly innuendo, with nothing blatantly obvious: "You'll be hung," Kristy McNichol says, to which Ted Hamilton replies, "Oh I am -- and very well, thank you." How many kids are actually going to get that joke?

If you loved it as a kid, get the DVD and show it to your kids (though I'd avoid the dull director's commentary). If you have kids, show it to them. But if you're going into it for the first time as an adult, chances are it's not for you.


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