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Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

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Cast: Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Gilbert and Sullivan's raucous operatic tale is captured in all it's fun and glory in this production, recorded live at Central Park's Delacorte Theater. Kevin Kline (Big Chill, A Fish Called Wanda)sparkles as the swashbuckling and libidinous Pirate King while Linda Ronstadt makes her theatrical debut as the lovely and virginal Mabel. When Mabel and Frederic (Rex Smith) -- a young pirate bound to serve the Pirate King -- fall in love, complications arise and high-spirited antics ensue. The incomparable cast offers the best in this boisterous romp. Also starring Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) and George Rose as "the very model of a modern major-general."
All Movie Guide
Joseph Papp's notion of staging one of Gilbert and Sullivan's best-loved operettas with two pop singers (Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith) in the leads paid off as a surprise Broadway smash in the early 1980s, and this film faithfully reproduces Papp's production, featuring most of the original cast and the original director. Frederic (Smith) has been taught since childhood to be a sea-going bandit by the Pirate King (Kevin Kline), but with his 21st birthday imminent, Frederic wants to leave pirating behind, especially after he becomes infatuated with innocent Mabel (Ronstadt). But the Pirate King informs Frederic that since he was born on the last day of February on a Leap Year, his 21st birthday won't roll around for some time yet, and he still owes the King some raiding on the high seas. To Frederic's embarrassment, the Pirate King's next target turns out to be Major General Stanley (George Rose), Mabel's father! The Pirates of Penzance also features Angela Lansbury as Ruth (the sole major casting change from the Broadway production -- Estelle Parsons played the role on stage). Mark Deming

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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Kline The Pirate King
Linda Ronstadt Mabel
George Rose Maj.-Gen. Stanley
Rex Smith Frederic
Angela Lansbury Actor
Peter Allen Actor
Tony Azito Sergeant
Tim Bentinck Pirate
John Bett Actor
Peppi Borza Policeman
Romolo Bruni Captain
Teresa Codling Kate
Zulema Dene Actor
Louise Gold Edith
Mike Grady Pirate
David Hatton Samuel
Paul "H.R." Hudson Actor
Maurice Lane Policeman
Preston Lockwood Conductor
Carol Macready Actor
Clare McIntyre Daughter
Keith Mitchell Actor
G.B. "Zoot" Money Pirate
Linda Spurrier Actor
Tilly Vosburgh Daughter
Nancy Wood Other Daughter
William Elliott Conductor

Technical Credits
Wilford Leach Director,Screenwriter
Ernest Archer Art Director
Alan Cassie Art Director,Production Designer
Barry Langley Asst. Director
Graciela Daniele Choreography
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Timothy Burrill Co-producer,Producer
Tom Rand Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
William Elliott Musical Arrangement,Score Composer
William Elliott Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Papp Producer
Elliot Scott Production Designer
Gilbert & Sullivan Score Composer
Arthur Sullivan Score Composer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
William Schwenk Gilbert Songwriter
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pirates of Penzance
1. Pour, Oh Pour (Main Titles) [7:21]
2. Little Lad [4:39]
3. A Pirate King [7:19]
4. False One [8:10]
5. Beautiful Maidens [7:30]
6. Wandering One [3:55]
7. Major General [7:32]
8. Orphan Boy [7:11]
9. Glistening Tear [9:05]
10. Pirates' Lair [6:42]
11. It Doesn't Matter [6:03]
12. Love a Truth [6:18]
13. Sergeant Approach [4:40]
14. Catlike Tread [4:45]
15. Hush, Hush [7:14]
16. Yield at Once [5:17]
17. Away With Them [5:17]
18. End Titles [2:41]

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The Pirates of Penzance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If this is the film, note that Angela Lansbury, not Patricia Rutludge, appears in the role of Ruth. The reviews of this and the other version on the website appear to share the same synopsis, although one is a live performance in Central Park, and this is the film version with almost the same cast. Both DVDs are great--no one will ever be better as the Pirate King than Kevin Kline.
Ginger-Snapp More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! And yes it is the film which has Angela Lansbury playing Ruth.
WesternMom More than 1 year ago
My family has loved this movie since 1983 when it came out on VHS. My sons really enjoyed Kevin Kline as the Pirate King. Great music as well. Tony Azito as the Keystone Cop's Captain is excellent! We're glad it finally was released on DVD!