G | | Comedy, Musical, Romance
This movie was released one hundred three years after its source Gilbert and Sullivan (Sir W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan) comic opera musical "The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty" had been first performed in 1880. This movie was released three years after its precursor television movie version The Pirates of Penzance (1980). Both of these filmed productions had, as their source, the 1980 New York Central park production with this cinema movie version also being an adaptation of the later 1981 to 1982 Broadway production, itself an adaptation of the 1980 park production. The Pirates of Penzance (1980) was taped live at the Delacorte Theater in New York City's Central Park, and debuted, like the 1980 park stage production season, in the Centenary year of the famed Gilbert and Sullivan (Sir W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan) comic opera.
We observe too great a stress / On the risks which on us press / And of reference a lack / To our chance of coming back! / Still, perhaps it would be wise/Not to carp or criticize / For it's very evident / These attentions are well meant...
The lip-synching is often off (or ceases altogether), especially in choral numbers like "When the Foeman Bares His Steel".
The classic 1927 Universal logo is shown in sepia tone, albeit in widescreen, and there is no "A MCA Company" byline.
$255,496 21 February 1983
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