The Pirate Movie

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Mabel (Kristy McNichol) yearns for true love. Unfortunately, she has to be knocked out to find romance. While attending a pirate festival, she falls for the dashing Frederic (Christopher Atkins), who puts on a swashbuckling sword-fighting clinic. The two are supposed to sail away together, but Mabel is left on the pier. She gets in a boat to follow him, and winds up on a desert island where she gets knocked unconscious and is propelled into the past, dreaming of pirates and, of course, romance.

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Audience Reviews for The Pirate Movie

  • Sep 06, 2010
    A fun musical comedy based on a play, and it's also a teen movie, I really enjoyed it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2009
    Pretty cute pirate of penzance comedy musical. The jokes are really bad and so is everything else, i don't even know if your kids will like this. Actually I don't know of anyone who would like this but I did watch it all and didn't complain so it can't be too bad.
    Alexander W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2008
    Talk about a guilty pleasure. This hormonally charge update of The Pirates Of Penzance stars 80's teen idold Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins. The movie was made in 1982. Pirate movies were not profitable then, nor were musicals. So whoever gave this production the green light, probably didn't have a job too long after that. Atkins plays a pirate who wants to give up that life, and McNichol is the object of his affection. However Atkins is pursued by The Pirate King and his crew. When they find him, McNichol, her sisters, her father The Major General, and an squad of Keystone Cops..well...music ensues. Sound like a disaster? Of course it is. But it's one you can't turn away from. It's brightly shot, and the locations are beautiful. The whole movie is lighthearted, and doesn't even attempt to take itself seriously. The acting is what it is, and given the nature of the movie, it works well enough. The leads are likeable, and while they have no real romantic chemistry, they keep you involved in the movie. Plus I have to admit a MAD 80's crush on Kristy McNichol. Ted Hamilton, on the other hand, is a riot as the Pirate King. Then there's the music. For and 80's musical, it's really pretty good. Atkins even scored a top 40 hit with "How Can I Live Without Her?". It's a broad comedy with as many hit laughs, as misses. But any movie that manages to parody both Star Wars AND Indiana Jones, is a winner in my book. The movie is several levels of cheese...the writing, directing, acting...all grade A cheese. That's why I like it so much.
    RJ M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2007
    I've never before seen Pirates of Penzance in such an 80s light. Scary, yet compelling.
    Angela A Super Reviewer

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