After serving two decades in prison, Yellowbeard (Graham Chapman) breaks out determined to recover the treasure that he buried so long ago, alongside his son, old crew, and the British Navy.


Mel Damski





Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Chapman ... Yellowbeard
Peter Boyle ... Moon
Cheech Marin ... El Segundo (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)
Tommy Chong ... El Nebuloso
Peter Cook ... Lord Lambourn
Marty Feldman ... Gilbert
Martin Hewitt ... Dan
Michael Hordern ... Dr. Gilpin
Eric Idle ... Commander Clement
Madeline Kahn ... Betty
James Mason ... Captain Hughes
John Cleese ... Blind Pew
Kenneth Mars ... Mr. Crisp and Verdugo
Spike Milligan ... Flunkie
Stacey Nelkin ... Triola


Yellowbeard (Graham Chapman), a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure. He finds that his wife neglected to tell him that he now has a son, twenty, and shame of shame, an intellectual. The British Navy, Yellowbeard, his son, and members of Yellowbeard's old crew, all go after the treasure. Written by John Vogel <>

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The greatest comedy cast ever assembled for a movie! Everyone who's ever been funny!!! [Australia Theatrical] See more »


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Did You Know?


Of the cast, three of them were from Monty Python: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Eric Idle. Cleese stated that he accepted a role in this movie only as a favor to Graham Chapman, and that he thought the script was the worst that he had ever read. See more »


When Dan embraces Yellowbeard and accidentally stabs him, the hilt of the dagger changes between shots. See more »


Betty: Well, it's been awhile since we had a little cuddle.
Yellowbeard: I raped ya, if that's what you mean.
Betty: Okay. It was half-cuddle, half-rape.
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Crazy Credits

Toward the end of the credits there is a dedication to Marty Feldman (who died during the filming) that simply states "For Marty" See more »


Referenced in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) See more »

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Too many characters, not enough jokes.
16 February 2018 | by 13FunbagsSee all my reviews

You would think a movie with this many hilarious actors would be side splittingly funny. You would be wrong. While it's not a bad movie, you would probably not realize that it's a comedy if someone else hadn't told you. It's no surprise that someone who is a huge fan of Cheech & Chong and Nigel Planer has never heard of this until today. If you like those guys or Monty Python you will enjoy this movie. If you want some hard laughs, look elsewhere.

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Release Date:

24 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,564,155, 26 June 1983

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