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Pirates of the Plain (1999)

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A young boy with a habit of daydreaming discovers that reality has caught up with his imagination -- with a vengeance -- in this comedy-adventure for the whole family. Bobby (Seth Adkins) ... See full summary »


John R. Cherry III



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Curry ... Jezebel Jack
Seth Adkins ... Bobby
Jeffrey Pillars Jeffrey Pillars ... DeGroot
Jeffrey Buckner Ford Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... Skinner (as Buck Ford)
Charles Napier ... Grandpa
Dee Wallace ... Glenna (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Sean Higgs Sean Higgs ... Suey
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Murzol
Peter Butler ... Ship's Medic
Jeroen Kranenburg Jeroen Kranenburg ... Ross
Farouk Valley-Omar ... Makaka
Andre Jacobs ... Thurston (as André Jacobs)
David Müller David Müller ... Boatswain
Rick Rogers Rick Rogers ... One-Eyed
Michael Müller Michael Müller ... Big Pete


A young boy with a habit of daydreaming discovers that reality has caught up with his imagination -- with a vengeance -- in this comedy-adventure for the whole family. Bobby (Seth Adkins) is an eight-year-old boy growing up on a remote community in the rural Midwest with his mother (Dee Wallace Stone) and grandfather (Charles Napier), who are struggling to keep the family farm afloat. With few friends and not much to do besides his chores, Bobby entertains himself by retreating into a world of fantasy, where he battles cowboys and spacemen and can always outsmart the bad guys. One day, the town looks as if it's about to be hit with a freak storm, as dark red clouds fill the sky, but it turns out that a portal in time has appeared in the atmosphere, and who should drop through but Jezebel Jack (Tim Curry), a swaggering pirate (or, as Jack prefers to put it, "an adventurer of independent means") from the 17th century. Bobby rescues Jack and gives him a place to stay in their house; the ... Written by Richard Canipe

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Never was a treasure so sought after, an adventure so unforgettable, a friendship so unexpected.

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Rated PG for adventure violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Pirat aus der Vergangenheit See more »

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Pirates Productions See more »
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The role of Jezebel Jack was originally written for Jim Varney, but the actor's lung cancer diagnosis prevented him from performing. After his death, a rumor was perpetuated that he had been working on a non-existent project titled Ernest the Pirate. See more »


Bobby: I'm tired of playing Buried Treasure. Let's play Walk The Plank.
Jezebel Jack: I assure you that game is no fun at all, Jim.
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"Home Alone" with Pirates
9 May 2006 | by Dash_RendarSee all my reviews

Yep, that title pretty much sums it up. Just substitute the burglars with pirates and you have your movie. It's probably too cheesy for most adults to sit through, but I'm sure that most kids will enjoy this film. Especially if they like pirates.

The plot involves a boy by the name of Bobby who spends most of his time imagining himself in different adventures instead of concentrating in the real world. He's left alone at his Nebraska house while his mother and grandfather are away. It is then that a real adventure comes knocking on his door. An infamous pirate by the name of Jezebel Jack (Tim Curry) escapes the clutches of his crew-mates who just declared mutiny on him. Somehow, he winds up in the present day outside of Bobby's house and he struggles to fit in with the modern lifestyle. Meanwhile, Jack's shipmates follow his trail into the modern world and Jack forms an alliance with Bobby to defend his home against Jack's former crew. It's as ridiculous as it sounds. As long as you're able to not take it seriously, there is some fun to be found in this film.

With that being said, it's safe to say that Pirates of the Plain is a carry job by Curry. Without him, the film would have collapsed under its own ridiculousness. He brings credibility to something that otherwise would have failed miserably. I'm convinced that he is incapable of a bad performance. Whether it's big budget pictures, cult classics, Broadway shows, or direct-to-video stuff like this, you can always count on Curry to deliver the goods.

As I stated earlier, Pirates of the Plain is not for everyone and will mostly appeal to children. At the very least however, Curry is always fun to watch and should offer enough reason for the casual viewer to give this one a try.

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