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The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.

Director:

Wilford Leach

Writers:

W.S. Gilbert (operetta) (as Sir William Schwenck Gilbert), Wilford Leach (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... The Pirate King
Angela Lansbury ... Ruth
Linda Ronstadt ... Mabel Stanley
George Rose ... Maj. Gen. Stanley
Rex Smith ... Frederic
Tony Azito Tony Azito ... Sergeant
David Hatton ... Samuel
Stephen Hanan Stephen Hanan ... Samuel (singing voice)
Anthony Arundell Anthony Arundell ... Pirate
John Asquith John Asquith ... Pirate
Mohamed Aazzi Mohamed Aazzi ... Pirate
Tim Bentinck ... Pirate
Ross Davidson Ross Davidson ... Pirate
Mike Grady ... Pirate
Simon Howe Simon Howe ... Pirate
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Storyline

This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta of the same name, with parts of other of their operettas stirred in. Frederic (Rex Smith) has fallen in love with sweet innocent Mabel Stanley (Linda Ronstadt). Yet his vocation is an impediment to their union. Perhaps the situation can be rectified by his old nurse, Ruth (Dame Angela Lansbury), who made a dreadful blunder years before. A highlight is the song and dance, "A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One". Written by Reid Gagle

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Certificate:

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Trivia

Wilford Leach, this movie's writer and director and principal director of the New York Shakespeare Festival, said of the precursor Central Park in New York stage production while doing press for this movie: "We must keep to the simplicity and directness of the original (Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera). A kind of waywardness, roughness, energy, tenderness, and purity are required, rather than chic, self-consciousness, or cuteness." See more »

Goofs

As the Sergeant does a backbend while Mabel sings to him, the position of his hand on his chest keeps changing between shots (as opposed to the actual movement prescribed by the choreography). See more »

Quotes

Samuel: I can explain in two words: we propose to marry your daughters.
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Crazy Credits

The classic 1927 Universal logo is shown in sepia tone, albeit in widescreen, and there is no "A MCA Company" byline. See more »

Connections

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One of my favorites
29 November 1999 | by bekayessSee all my reviews

I first saw this film version of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE in a movie theater in Dayton, OH, the night it premiered. I took a good friend to see it a few nights later, and went back one more time by myself to see it before it disappeared after only one week!!

It is true to the spirit of the original, with modern interpretations which would please G&S immensely. I agree the cast is excellent. I don't have time or space to single them out and discuss my thoughts on each actor, but if you are either a G&S fan, a general musical theatre fan, or fans of anyone in the cast, then I encourage you to rent or buy this wonderful film!!


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$255,496, 21 February 1983

Gross USA:

$694,497

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$694,497
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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