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
The origins of this movie actually date back to 1986 when a movie called Bloody Bess was in production. The movie also starred a female swashbuckler, but was set to be a lot more violent and darker than Cutthroat was. The movie was cancelled but Renny Harlin, who was working at Empire Studios at the time the film was in talks, liked the idea of a female pirate and reused it later on. See more »
During the opening titles when Morgan (Geena Davis) is riding the horse to save her father she is wearing sandals - however when she kicks the pirate manning the dingy she is wearing white trainers. See more »
This film was responsible for the bankruptcy of the company behind it, Carolco. Which is a shame, but the film is not as bad as it is rumoured to be. Far from it. It's above average oldfashioned entertainment.
The soundtrack alone is a standout. Sweeping and powerful, it serves the plotline well and it's a joy to listen to on its own. Although the characters aren't among the most complex and well defined in movie history, they work (with a couple of exceptions, among them Maury Chaykin as John Reed, whose acting just doesn't match the tone of the film). And then there's the beautifully reconstructed pirate ships, well choreographed action sequences and terrific special effects.
In short this is a film that has an unfair rep and it is really worth your time. A great warmup for Pirates of the Caribbean (which hasn't opened yet in this neck of the woods).
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