Watch: The Pirate Movie 1982 123movies, Full Movie Online – A parody/homage to Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, The Pirate Movie is a comedy/musical utilizing both new songs and parodies from the original, as well as references to popular films of the time, including Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In your typical boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy fights girl with swords plot, the story revolves around Mabel, the youngest of Maj. Gen. Stanley’s many daughters, and Frederic, an ex-Pirate of Penzance. They fall in love and proceed to retrieve the Stanleys’ fortune from the Pirates (stolen 20 years ago). The Pirate King informs Frederic that since he was a Leap Year baby born on February 29, Frederic is still technically the King’s apprentice. Frederic must then decide between duty and honor–the only good qualities the King taught him- and true love..
Plot: A comedy/musical utilizing both new songs and parodies from the original (Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance), as well as references to popular films of the time, including Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In your typical boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy fights girl with swords plot, the story revolves around Mabel …
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Wacky version of G&S operetta
Cuties Chris Atkins and Kristy McNichol, he of the blonde curls and she of the blonde curls, star in this wacky version of the old chestnut, Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan.
Atkins plays Frederic the boy pirate who falls for McNichol’s Mabel. He was 21 at the time, two years after starring in Blue Lagoon, yet he retained the perennial look of a fifteen year old teenager. McNichol was a famous star at the time, but this is her first role as a femme fatale, not as a tomboy.
This movie could be a musical version of Blue Lagoon. See Atkins and McNichol cavorting in the skimpiest of costumes designed to show their pretty legs and other bits. Surprise, both of these two cuties can sing, and even dance a bit!
The story is too well know to bear repeating. But there are a couple of wacky twists, in the best tradition of the British music halls. Except this movie is an Australian production!
Of course we get the model of the modern major-general (Bill Kerr) with his famous solo song. But we also get a light sabre from Star Wars. We get Inspector Closeau from Pink Panther with a hilarious word play on “pirate” and “parrot”. We get a bit of Indiana Jones. And the stars make those asides which are British music hall tradition, stopping in mid-scene to address the audience.
There’s lots of double entendre jokes, again another British music hall tradition, where simple words are used with a possible vulgar or sexual meaning. See Frederic at the mercy of the pirate’s sword say “nuts”. To which the pirate points his sword at Frederic’s boy treasures and says “But you’d still have one left”.
A jolly good movie. One for a cold winter’s evening to warm the heart. Even the old Victorians would approve of this one.
A brilliant but bad movie.
I remember my dad renting this movie from the local video store in the late 80’s and my brother and I fell in love with it almost instantly. As I got older I acquired a taste for Australian movies (probably one of the most under-rated film making nations). After seeing it had ‘FINALLY’ got it’s DVD release, I just had to have it.
It is ‘loosly’ based on Pirates of Penzance, with a mixture of Gilbert & Sullivan music and 80’s cheesy pop songs, (sung well by Atkins & McNichol). It’s daft, it’s dated, and the jokes have whiskers on them, but it’s brilliant. It was clear to everyone going into it that this movie was never going to win many awards, but the whole cast seems to be enjoying themselves, and the making of this movie must have been a treat to be involved in.
Every major movie of the era is lampooned at least once Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, all of them.
I hate the part with the guy being Inspector Cluseau, the scene is pointless and unwelcome. Special notice has to go to two standout performances. Ted Hamilton’s Pirate King is a delight to watch throughout but even his great performance cannot better the wonderful Bill Kerr as the Major General, who’s performance in the re-worded version of ‘I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General’ is by far the funniest thing in the movie.
On it’s initial release, this movie was universally slated and nearly destroyed Kristy McNichols career, over the years It has become a bit of a cult movie, and takes me on a nostalgia trip every time I watch it.
thoroughly enjoyable, but, you’re always left wondering who the target audience was for this film as the humour is an unstable mix of good clean family fun and risqué teen sexual innuendo. give it a go.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min), 1 hr 38 min (98 min) (USA)
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Director Ken Annakin
Writer W.S. Gilbert, Trevor Farrant
Actors Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins, Ted Hamilton
Awards 3 wins & 9 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm