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The Pirates of Penzance ()


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After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.

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The Pirate King
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Ruth
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Mabel Stanley
George Rose ...
Maj. Gen. Stanley
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Frederic
Tony Azito ...
Sergeant
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Samuel
Stephen Hanan ...
Samuel (singingVoice)
Anthony Arundell ...
Pirate
John Asquith ...
Pirate
Mohamed Aazzi ...
Pirate
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Pirate
Ross Davidson ...
Pirate
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Pirate
Simon Howe ...
Pirate
Tony Millan ...
Pirate
G.B. Zoot Money ...
Pirate
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Pirate
Ken Leigh Rogers ...
Pirate
Mohamed Serhani ...
Pirate
Mike Walling ...
Pirate
Louise Gold ...
Edith Stanley
Alix Korey ...
Edith Stanley (singingVoice) (as Alexandra Korey)
Teresa Codling ...
Kate Stanley
Marcie Shaw ...
Kate Stanley (singingVoice)
Leni Harper ...
Daughter
Clare McIntyre ...
Daughter
Louise Papillon ...
Daughter
Tilly Vosburgh ...
Daughter
Nancy Wood ...
Daughter
Peppi Borza ...
Policeman
Nicolas Chagrin ...
Policeman
Frankie Cull ...
Policeman
David Hampshire ...
Policeman
Phillip Harrison ...
Policeman
Maurice Lane ...
Policeman
Neil McCaul ...
Policeman
Jerry Manley ...
Policeman
Rhys Nelson ...
Policeman
Garry Noakes ...
Policeman
Chris Power ...
Policeman
Kenny Warwick ...
Policeman
Preston Lockwood ...
Orchestra conductor
Romolo Bruni ...
Pinafore Captain
John Bett ...
Pinafore company
Lennie Byrne ...
Pinafore company
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Pinafore company (as Jo Cameron-Brown)
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Pinafore company
Marta Eitler ...
Pinafore company
Carole Forbes ...
Pinafore company
Jack Honeyborne ...
Pinafore company
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Pinafore company
Brian Markham ...
Pinafore company
Valerie Minifie ...
Pinafore Company
Linda Spurrier ...
Pinafore company
Ursula Stedman ...
Pinafore company

Directed by

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Wilford Leach

Written by

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W.S. Gilbert ... (operetta) (as Sir William Schwenck Gilbert)
 
Wilford Leach ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Timothy Burrill ... co-producer
Stephen Katz ... associate producer
Joseph Papp ... producer
Edward R. Pressman ... executive producer
Andrew Tribe ... associate producer

Music by

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Arthur Sullivan ... (from operetta "The Pirates of Penzance") (as Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan)

Cinematography by

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Douglas Slocombe

Film Editing by

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Anne V. Coates

Editorial Department

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Patrick Moore ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Debbie McWilliams
Rosemarie Tichler

Production Design by

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Elliot Scott

Art Direction by

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Ernest Archer
Alan Cassie

Set Decoration by

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Peter Howitt

Costume Design by

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Tom Rand

Makeup Department

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Jill Carpenter ... makeup artist
Ramon Gow ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Alexander De Grunwald ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mike Higgins ... second assistant director
Barry Langley ... assistant director
Timothy Reed ... third assistant director (as Tim Reed)

Art Department

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Syd Nightingale ... construction manager
Ernest Smith ... scenic artist
Frank Walsh ... art department
Barry Wilkinson ... property master
Simon Wilkinson ... dressing propman
Michael Guyett ... scenic painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Tim Blackham ... playback operator
Graham V. Hartstone ... dubbing mixer
David Hildyard ... sound mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier ... dubbing mixer
Gordon K. McCallum ... chief dubbing mixer
Les Wiggins ... dubbing editor

Special Effects by

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Brian Johnson ... special effects supervisor
Alan Poole ... special effects technician
Michael White ... special effects technician

Camera and Electrical Department

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Paul Beeson ... additional photographer
Tim Blackham ... playback operator
Keith Blake ... focus puller
Wally Byatt ... camera operator
John Harman ... gaffer
Chris Mortley ... electrician
Bob Penn ... still photographer
Robin Vidgeon ... focus puller
Chic Waterson ... camera operator
Steve Kitchen ... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joanna Johnston ... costume design assistant

Music Department

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Peter Asher ... music producer
William Elliott ... composer: additional music / conductor / music adaptor / orchestrator
Frank Filipetti ... music recording engineer
Martin Grupp ... music coordinator
Chris Kelly ... music editor (as Christopher Kelly)
Alix Korey ... singing voice: Louise Gold (as Alexandra Korey)
John Strauss ... supervising music editor

Transportation Department

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John Newey ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Brian Bailey ... production accountant
B.H. Barry ... fight consultant
Anne Dallwitz ... assistant to executive producer
Graciela Daniele ... choreographer
Geoff Freeman ... unit publicist
Roy Jones ... assistant choreographer
Richard Kornberg ... special publicist
Marge Rivingston ... voice coach (as Marjorie Rivingston)
Jeannie Stone ... production coordinator
Maggie Unsworth ... continuity
Joanna Whitaker ... assistant to executive producer
Jasper Fforde ... production office runner (uncredited)

Thanks

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Lynn Pressman-Raymond ... special thanks (as Lynn Pressman Raymond)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta of the same name, with parts of other of their operettas stirred in. Frederic has fallen in love with sweet innocent Mabel. Yet his vocation is an impediment to their union. Perhaps the situation can be rectified by his old nurse, Ruth, who made a dreadful blunder years before. A highlight is the song/dance A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One. Written by Reid Gagle

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Taglines The swashbuckling adventure. The fabulous fun. The rollicking romance. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Pirates of Penzance or The Slave of Duty (United Kingdom)
  • Pirates (United States)
  • Pirates of Penzance (United States)
  • Pirates of Penzance (World-wide, English title)
  • Pirates (World-wide, English title)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Star Kevin Kline won the 1981 Tony Award (New York City) for Best Actor in a Musical for "The Pirates of Penzance" Broadway 1981-1982 production and recreated his role in this cinema movie. It was Kline's second Tony Award after having won one for "On the Twentieth Century". Kline also starred in the precursor New York Central Park stage production and that park production's subsequent made-for-television filmed tele-feature The Pirates of Penzance (1980). See more »
Goofs About 40 minutes into the film, while Mabel sings "Poor Wandering One," a bird flies behind Frederic and hits the "sky" backdrop, causing the bird to fall to the ground. This is only visible if watching the film in its original aspect ratio of 2.35 to 1. For television airings which have modified the dimensions of the film, the bird is still shown but you do not see it hit the backdrop. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Clayton's Friends (1996). See more »
Quotes [as Major-General Stanley has just entered the scene, all except the Pirate King sing to the tune of "Pirate King"]
Samuel: For he is a Major General!
Daughters: He is, hurrah for the Major General!
Major General Stanley: And it is, it is a GLORIOUS thing to be a Major General.
All: IT IS! Hurrah for the Major General, hurrah for the Major General!
The Pirate King: That's the same as the "Pirate King" tune!
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