The Pirate


The Pirate (1948)



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On a Caribbean isle in the early 19th century, sheltered young Manuela comes to believe that traveling troubadour Serafin is in reality "Mack the Black," a notorious pirate. Serafin realizes that the surest way to win Manuela's heart is to impersonate the romantic buccaneer, and this is what he does--nearly getting himself hanged in the process.

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Critic Reviews for The Pirate

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Like a warm-up to An American in Paris (1951).

Aug 2, 2007 | Full Review… does a lot better with its singing, dancing, and staging than it does with its acting, characterizations, and storytelling.

Jul 25, 2007 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Pirate takes place in some Caribbean of the mind, with lots of shadows and lace and high mantillas, and it's all about the promise of sex; the film keeps tapping into a nervous, adolescent sort of fear and desire.

Jul 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Consciosuly campy, this musical was misunderstood at the time. While Cole Porter's songs lack his trademark wit, the sumpruous sets and exotic costumes compensate for the slender fable,the highlight of which is Judy's rendition of "Be a Clown."

Oct 5, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Visually creative musical.

Aug 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Brilliantly conceived box office failure with Judy and Gene.

Nov 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Pirate

This is what a romanic comedy SHOULD be like. Not the crap they come out with these days...Sooo Funny. I actually dont like Gene Kelly as much as Fred Astaire. Ive always found Kelly to be more stuck-up. Fred Astaire seems to me more likable and humble. The kind of guy you could talk to without fealing intimidated. That said, I thought that this role was perfect for Kelly. He was pretty much playing himself. Brash, Snooty, a Ladies Man. And Judy Garland. She is soooo beautiful!!! She is really great to wat and makes this whole movie. Just her facial expretions and little things like tapping her fingers on the couch really do add to the reality of her character. Cole Porter so you cant go wrong. See it.

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

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Not what I expected from the two leads. Depressed me a little but it was okay.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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The opening is a little excruciating, but it gets better toward the end. For some reason Gene Kelly decided to wear Pirate Hotpants during a dance sequence. How did anyone on the set keep a straight face?

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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Gene Kelly is for sure charming, but he needs to shave that stupid mustache. Just sayin.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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