The Pirates Of Penzance

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(out of 5)


Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-known operetta comes to the big screen with its score almost virtually intact and most the stars of its Broadway revival reprising their roles.  (yes, the Solid Gold Rex Smith) plays a young pirate who comes of age and decides to abandon his criminal ways for the life of a proper gentleman. Arriving on the shore of a new land, he searches for a wife and finds love with the fiery-spirited Mabel (), while his loving pirate captain () conspires to get him back into the fold. The plot itself is threadbare, fleshed out by beautiful music and exceptional dance numbers, all of them played against purposely artificial backdrops.   is also on hand as Smith’s nurse and the late  reprises his Tony Award-winning performance as the police sergeant in this well made musical that will have limited appeal but has its rewards for fans of the musical duo responsible for it. Ronstadt is especially impressive, going from country-rock singer to trained coloratura with terrific results.


Universal Pictures, St. Michael Finance Limited, Timothy Burrill Productions

United Kingdom/USA, 1983

Directed by

Screenplay by Wilford Leach, based on the operetta by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by 


Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Linda Ronstadt)

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