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The Pirates of Penzance (1980)

| Comedy, Musical | TV Movie
A young man named Frederick leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, but when the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederick must ... See full summary »

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... The Pirate King
G. Eugene Moose ... Samuel - the Pirate King's lieutenant
... Frederic
... Ruth
... Mabel Stanley
... Edith Stanley
Marcie Shaw ... Kate Stanley
Wendy Wolfe ... Isabel Stanley
Alix Korey ... Soloist (Daughter) (as Alexandra Korey)
Robin Boudreau ... Daughter
Maria Guida ... Daughter
Nancy Heikin ... Daughter
Bonnie Simmons ... Daughter
George Rose ... Major-General Stanley
Tony Azito ... The Sergeant
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A young man named Frederick leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, but when the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederick must choose between the girl he loves and his sense of duty.

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According to Tony Azito, Gregory Hines was originally cast as the Sergeant of Police, but pulled out to replace Richard Pryor in History of the World: Part I (1981). See more »

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I have this version of the DVD, and in spite of the warnings of the'technology of the day', if enough finances and talent were thrown at restoration, it would make a fantastic experience. Others have stated the short comings. I am distracted by the poor video and audio quality.

I have just finished watching the movie version, with Angela Lansbury. Again, others have noted the short comings of the movie VS the Central Park production. I must say, though that Ms. Lansbury did a very decent job.

So, which one is better, in MHO? This version, by far. For one thing, which has not been mentioned, in the movie version many songs were shortened or eliminated all together. This stage version is COMPLETE! You get all the wonderful words and music created by G & S. The movie also seems a little 'over the top'. Now I realize that this play is meant to be hammed up, but the actors mugged it up a lot more, and there were disturbing sound effects inserted when all you really needed was the actor's expressions. So, bottom line, in spite of the poor production, i'll keep my Central Park production, and forget the movie version.


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