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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.


Renny Harlin


Michael Frost Beckner (story), James Gorman (story) | 4 more credits »
4,895 ( 1,818)
1 nomination. See more awards »





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


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


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pirata See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Ricasoli, Kalkara, Malta See more »


Box Office


$98,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,381,000, 24 December 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


An unused score was composed by David Arnold. See more »


When Morgan is fleeing on the coach, the British ship opens fire on her with cannon which have absolutely no recoil and fire exploding shot. See more »


Morgan: [about the Lieutenant's gun] By the way, that won't work. See, I took your balls.
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One of the all time greatest pirate films ever made!
13 July 2003 | by HCG714See all my reviews

One film I added to my "Best Films of 1995" list!!

I still don't know why this film was never a hit. I mean it was no Best Picture contender, but it was a great action film and it was Renny Harlin at the top of his game!

Geenea Davis never looked better and director Renny Harlin has never made a more action packed film since Cutthroat Island or after Cutthroat Island!

I saw the film 2xs when it first hit theaters, then bought my copy as soon as it it video (this was before DVD came into play then I up-graded my copy) and I loved it then and I still love it!

It's just a great ol' adventure story about a female pirate (Geena Davis looking really good) and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure. Whats up against her besides her nasty uncle is a crew that is sceptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her.

I think the reason so many critics hated it was because it was a woman doing what men only thought they could do and a woman doing it better!

The plot had strong action, great lines and a strong plot with a fiery woman's point of view, with lots of action and romance with that ol' B movie adventure fell that still to this day keeps me on the edge of my seat no matter how many times I watch it!

Bravo Renny Harlin and Geena Davis!!

Who knows with a stroke of luck and a few movie buffs like me who love this little undiscovered lost treasure of a film it may just one day see the light of day as a un-song hero of pirate films and become a cult classic!

One can only hope!

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