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Cutthroat Island (1995)

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A female pirate and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Michael Frost Beckner (story), James Gorman (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geena Davis ... Morgan Adams
Matthew Modine ... William Shaw
Frank Langella ... Dawg Brown
Maury Chaykin ... John Reed
Patrick Malahide ... Ainslee
Stan Shaw ... Mr. Glasspoole
Rex Linn ... Mr. Blair
Paul Dillon ... Snelgrave
Christopher Masterson ... Bowen (as Chris Masterson)
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Scully
Harris Yulin ... Black Harry Adams
Carl Chase Carl Chase ... Bishop
Peter Geeves Peter Geeves ... Fiddler Pirate
Angus Wright ... Captain Trotter
Ken Bones ... Toussant
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Storyline

Morgan Adams and her slave, William Shaw, are on a quest to recover the three portions of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the final portion is held by her murderous uncle, Dawg. Her crew is skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her. This is made yet more difficult by the efforts of the British crown to end her piratical raids. Written by Stern

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Course Has Been Set. There Is No Turning Back. Prepare Your Weapons. Summon Your Courage. Discover the Adventure of a Lifetime!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong pirate action/violence and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Carolco Pictures had finished preproduction on another mega production at the time, called 'Crusade', to be directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Filming was slated to begin, but the movie was canceled at the last moment, when Carolco could not finance two blockbusters at the same time. They opted to do this film, which was supposed to have been less costly, but which later went massively over budget, and put the already ailing studio further in debt. Verhoeven went on to make Showgirls (1995) instead, largely as a favor to Mario Kassar in an attempt to save Carolco from financial downfall. After both Cutthroat Island and Showgirls bombed at the box office, the studio was bankrupted, and Crusade was shelved indefinitely. See more »

Goofs

The lady who faints as William Shaw is arrested can be seen lying on the floor before we actually see her fall. See more »

Quotes

Morgan: Stop your chatter and say something Latin-ish.
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Alternate Versions

The R2 DVD differs from the VHS cut in several ways with some scenes being put back in and yet some still left badly cut...
  • Before leaving the room in the opening scene, Morgan tells the man she's just seduced: "I got your balls."
  • Morgan pushes the eyepatched guard off a balcony saying "I promised I'd take care of you later", paying off a line earlier that never made sense without both scenes.
  • When the chain wraps around Morgan's neck in the tavern she is now pulled off backwards in a bad CGI shot that shows her landing on a table below.
  • More fighting scenes, more slashing of bellies.
  • When Dawg shoots his own crew member ("We need less mouths") it's obvious this still remains badly cut as the gunshot cuts off abruptly and we don't see the man taking the bullet.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Pirates (2017) See more »

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Just a good movie to relax to.
2 February 1999 | by bat-5See all my reviews

Cutthroat Island is a movie that you can just sit back, relax and watch it with a big goofy grin on your face. Sure it tanked at the box office, but don't disregard it totally. It's entertaining as hell. Geena Davis is rather engaging as a female pirate and Frank Langella seemed to be enjoying himself. Most people will say that this movie can't hold a candle to the pirate films of Errol Flynn, and they're right. But for a rock em sock em pirate adventure with more explosions than the high seas ever saw, watch Cutthroat Island.


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Details

Country:

France | Italy | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Fort Ricasoli, Kalkara, Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$98,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,371,415, 25 December 1995

Gross USA:

$10,017,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,017,322
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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