The Pirates of Penzance 1983

The Pirates of Penzance

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Frederic (Rex Smith), who has spent his formative years as a junior pirate, plans to mark his 21st birthday by breaking free from the Pirate King (Kevin Kline) and beginning his courtship of Mabel (Linda Ronstadt). But because he was born on Feb. 29, a date that only arrives every fourth year, Frederic isn't technically 21 -- and the Pirate King is still his master. Unless something gives, Frederic will soon be on a collision course with the Pirate King's new nemesis: Mabel's father.

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Critic Reviews for The Pirates of Penzance

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Audience Reviews for The Pirates of Penzance

  • Aug 22, 2010
    I was in the chorus of the Pirates of Penzance in high school, so I always wanted to see this to see if it stirred any memories. I hope our school version 45 years ago was better than this movie as I thought it was terrible. Hard to follow the words. Rather silly story. Unless you are a fan of operettas, skip this movie.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2008
    I love this movie. Ever since seeing it when it came out in 1983 it has been a favorite of mine. If you love musicals you will enjoy it. Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, Angela Lansbury, & Kevin Kline are a great cast in this film. Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith are at there peak. Check this gem out...though it is hard to find on tv.
    Mason W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2007
    Not as great as "The Pirate Movie" but still has enjoyable operetta music and fun scenes.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2007
    Stagy but exuberant. The cast members give it their all.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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