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Pirate Movie

The Pirate Movie

4.2 6
Director: Ken Annakin

Cast: Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins, Ted Hamilton


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An introverted girl who yearns for popularity (Kristy McNichol) attends a pirate festival in her seaside community, featuring a swordplay demo led by a curly haired hunk (Christopher Atkins). After selecting Mabel (McNichol) to participate in the act, the instructor invites her aboard his boat for a real ride on the high seas -- at which point a gaggle of her catty


An introverted girl who yearns for popularity (Kristy McNichol) attends a pirate festival in her seaside community, featuring a swordplay demo led by a curly haired hunk (Christopher Atkins). After selecting Mabel (McNichol) to participate in the act, the instructor invites her aboard his boat for a real ride on the high seas -- at which point a gaggle of her catty acquaintances latches on for the trip. Sent to get hamburgers for the outing, Mabel is "accidentally" left behind when one of her "friends" pulls the anchor prematurely. Determined not only to fit in, but to track down her dream guy, Mabel steers a tiny sailboat into stormy waters in pursuit, and gets shipwrecked. Thus begins a fantasy in which the unconscious Mabel imagines herself in a real pirate adventure, complete with her dashing pirate hero, a legion of his crusty shipmates, and dozens of unwed sisters who must rise to the altar before she can. The fantasy mixes film parodies, love songs, animation, and the score of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. The story also loosely follows the structure of said operetta. ~ Derek Armstrong

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Those who like teenybopper musicals based on Gilbert & Sullivan operettas will find The Pirate Movie a minor classic of the subgenre. Directed by Ken Annakin (Swiss Family Robinson), this 1982 golden turkey is a hoot and a holler, with Razzie Awards to its discredit for Worst Director and Worst Original Song ("Pumpin' and Blowin' "). Kristy McNichol (Family) stars as Mabel, a mousy young woman who dreams herself into a grand, romantic pirate adventure à la The Pirates of Penzance. Mabel shows a bit of cheek (as well as leg) as the rebellious daughter of the Major General. She falls in love with the hapless Frederic (Christopher Atkins of The Blue Lagoon), apprentice to the wicked Pirate King. En route to their "Happy Ending," the company performs rousing versions of several Penzance staples, and the star-crossed couple sings some original ballads that helped earn The Pirate Movie yet another Razzie for Worst Musical Score. Like Xanadu, The Pirate Movie is no doubt fondly remembered by those whose adolescence it unaccountably brightened. Its high spirits are certainly infectious. Some naughty double entendres concerning the words "hung," "deflower," and "nuts" push the PG rating, but they are bound to sail over young viewers' heads. Deliriously ill-conceived movies like this come around once in a lifetime, which only adds to their campy charm. Planks for the memories!

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Audio commentaery with director Ken Annakin and DVD producer Perry Martin9

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kristy McNichol Mabel
Christopher Atkins Frederic
Ted Hamilton Pirate King
Bill Kerr Major General
Maggie Kirkpatrick Ruth
Garry McDonald Sgt. Inspector
Paul Graham Actor
Chris Hession Actor
Catherine Lynch Isabel
Ian Mortimer Actor
Kurt Schneider Actor
Roger Ward Actor
Kjell Nilsson Actor
Kate Ferguson Edith

Technical Credits
Ken Annakin Director
David Anderson Associate Producer
Dave Atkins Choreography
Tony Britten Score Composer
Terry Britten Songwriter
Robin Copping Cinematographer
Trevor Farrant Screenwriter
William Schwenk Gilbert Songwriter
Gilbert & Sullivan Score Composer
Kit Hain Songwriter
Ted Hamilton Executive Producer
Nick Hepworth Art Director
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
David Joseph Producer
Aphrodite Kondos Costumes/Costume Designer
Murray Newey Asst. Director
Brian Robertson Songwriter
Sue Shifrin Songwriter
Peter Sullivan Score Composer,Songwriter
Tony Woollard Production Designer
Ken Zemke Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pirate Movie
1. From the Classics (Main Titles) [3:19]
2. Swordplay [2:55]
3. Girl Overboard [4:24]
4. The Pirate King [6:33]
5. First Love [9:51]
6. The Major-General [9:22]
7. Map to Davy Jones' Locker [7:15]
8. Eureka! [3:57]
9. Leap Year Clause [9:44]
10. Honor Before Love [9:32]
11. The Sergeant [9:06]
12. Loving the Enemy [4:29]
13. The Ladies Are Waiting [9:46]
14. Dream Ending [3:30]
15. Wishes Do Come True [2:07]
16. End Credits [2:39]


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The Pirate Movie 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is cheesy 80's at its best I loved this movie as a kid so decided to get it A little slow for the little little ones but my 6 year old liked it ;) Good clean fun - if you like men in tights give it a try It's way more kid friendly but has some humor only adults will get I always loved the visuals too It's filmed in some pretty places and has lots of cool sets
Guest More than 1 year ago
Looking for a blast back in the 80's? Look no further! This movie is so much fun it should be banned! Don't read into the story or even the cheesy 80's tunes. It is far too cute and fun of a movie to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pirate Movie is an adorable movie loosely based on The Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta The Pirates of Penzance and I aboslutely love this fun and hilarious movie. Kristy McNichol is adorable and charming as Mabel and Christpher Atkins is very good and very handsome as Frederic and Ted Hamilton is superb as The Pirate King! I bought the DVD and I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great. I loved this as a kid. I could watch the Pirate Movie over and over again, and will definetly be buying when it comes out on the 22nd. I highly recomend this to anyone who loves slapstick humor and funny musicals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of this movie since I was a young teen, and have seen it many times, so I thought I'd watch it with the commentary first to see what they had to say. Do not bother - they say very little about the movie itself, and what is said about the film or actors is often repeated. Very drawn out, very dull. Otherwise, the DVD is of good quality, and it's nice to finally own a copy of this cute cheesy little film I grew to love so much when I was young.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago