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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

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | France | Italy | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pirata See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Ricasoli, Kalkara, Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$98,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$10,017,322
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Adjusted for inflation, Cutthroat Island lost over $147 million at the box office, the largest in cinema history. See more »

Goofs

At about 1 hour and 13 minutes during the film, when Morgan Adams tries to start a fire inside the cave, they first saw a crab on a rock, then it disappeared, then it appeared on the rock again. See more »

Quotes

William: Why don't *you* row?
Morgan: Why don't you *swim*?
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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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A Fun Movie....But TOO Much Action
27 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Despite being fun to watch and very entertaining, this is not a film that draws me back for many viewings. Maybe it's too absurd: a beautiful woman pirate "Morgan Adams" (Geena Davis) punching everyone out at every turn can get a ridiculous and tiresome after awhile. It just an excess of everything, almost cartoon-like.

If you haven't had enough action in first hour (and you do), the last half really goes crazy with a non-stop battle scene that goes on and on and on.

Nevertheless, there are some good things to watch in here besides Davis and her pretty face. the movie was filmed in Malta and in Thailand and features some beautiful island photography. The ship is magnificent and when two ships are side-by-side firing cannons at one another, it's an awesome sight and even more awesome sound. You really need to watch this with a good stereo system to appreciate the great audio work in here.

Frank Langella also makes for an interestingly effective villain ("Dawg Brown") while Matthew Modine ("William Shaw") chips in with a co-star and male companion for the good guy, er good girl , Davis character.


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