The Pirate Movie

1982 film directed by Ken Annakin

The Pirate Movie is a 1982 musical and comedy film loosely based on Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Pirates of Penzance.

Directed by Ken Annakin. Written by Trevor Farrant. Starring Christopher Atkins and Kristy McNichol.
Set Sail for the Musical Comedy Adventure of the Summer!(taglines)

Frederic edit

  • [sitting and rubbing his back as a horse runs off] Ohhh! Oww! Ouch! Well I've been as sea since I was one, how the hell would I know how to ride a horse?
  • [scaring off Mabel's sisters and making them drop their flowers] I'm sorry! I didn't mean to deflower you!

Mabel Stanley edit

  • The body's an eight, the brain's a ten, so let's go.

Major-General Stanley edit

  • Man, I'm older than the Beatles, but I'm younger than the Rolling Stones! yes my name is Major Genral stanly.

Dialogue edit

Mabel: You poor thing. Pirates! You mean like walking the plank? Buried treasure? Hack, slash, off with his head, and the Jolly Richard, and everything?
Frederic: Roger.
Mabel: Oh, Roger I love it.
Frederic: No, Frederic without a "k".
Mabel: Mabel, also without a "k". God, we have so much in common.

Mabel: You'll be hung.
The Pirate King: Oh I am, I am, and very well thank you.

The Pirate King: What's the age of consent around here?
Mabel: Eighteen.
The Pirate King: Good! I'm old enough.

Frederic: Oh, I love you. I'll always love you, come what may.
Mabel: "Come what may"? We'll all be murdered in our beds come what may.
Frederic: Well run. For God's sake run!
Mabel: Death before dishonor. Besides, have you tried running in one of these things. It's a real bitch.

[Mabel comes in and finds Frederic laying in a coffin.]
Mabel: Frederic, what are you doing?
Frederic: Oh, hiding.
Mabel: My Frederic, hiding? It cannot be the lion-heart troubles at the coming conflict. My love - a wimp!
Frederic: No, Mabel. A terrible disclosure's just been made.
Mabel: Then zip it up!

[The Pirate King has just cornered Frederic in their swordfight. The Pirate King has his sword cornered between Frederic's legs.]
The Pirate King: Drop it, or...
Frederic: Nuts!
The Pirate King: Them, too!

Mabel: You're not gay, are you?
Frederic: [high voice] No! [clears throat and in a lower voice] No.
Mabel: The way you and the Pirate King get around in those rather feminine, pleated shirts and all that leather.

Mabel: Frederic, these are the 1880s. You can't live your life by the outmoded conventions of a neo-imperialist society. Find your true center!
Frederic: What? You mean Zen piracy?
Mabel: [unlaces her shirt and pulls it down to reveal her corset] Frederic, have you ever worn a whalebone corset? Well no, we established that, didn't we? It chokes and strangles, Frederic! I won't be choked an strangled by someone else's dumb ideas of custom and duty! [to stone statue] Would you, Harry, would you? [to Frederic] Never to know the rich and real wonderous person beating and throbbing inside me. Frederic, can you see me throbbing?
Frederic: I see! I see! I'm throbbing too!

Frederic: [moments after meeting for the first time] Look, I know this is going to sound silly, but I think I love you. I think might even want to marry you.
Mabel: God, that was a short love scene!

Ruth: By the way, was that a definite no back there?
Frederic: Ruth, I don't want hurt your feelings, but tell me honestly. Now, compared to other women, are you beautiful?
Ruth: Oh, I've been told so.
Frederic: Ah, but lately?
Ruth: Yes, by Sam. 'Course he was drunk.

Taglines edit

  • Set Sail for the Musical Comedy Adventure of the Summer!
  • Yar! Buckle your swash and Jolly your Roger for the funniest rock 'n' rollickin' adventure ever!


Major cast edit

Actor Role
Christopher Atkins Frederic
Kristy McNichol Mabel Stanley
Ted Hamilton The Pirate King
Bill Kerr Major-General
Maggie Kirkpatrick Ruth
Garry McDonald Sergeant/Inspector

External links edit

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