Pirates (1986)

PG-13   |    |  Adventure, Comedy, Family

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The adventures of pirate Captain Red and his first mate Frog.

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  • Charlotte Lewis and Cris Campion in Pirates (1986)
  • Walter Matthau and Roman Polanski in Pirates (1986)
  • Charlotte Lewis and Anthony Dawson in Pirates (1986)
  • Walter Matthau in Pirates (1986)
  • Cris Campion in Pirates (1986)
  • Roman Polanski in Pirates (1986)

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John Brownjohn (screenplay collaboration), Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski

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24 June 2003 | Zack_Hobson
Walter Matthau's Captain Red leaves a lasting impression
Roman Polanski's Pirates, starring Walter Matthau as the avaricious Captain Red, is an absolutely hilarious comedy/adventure. The cast of characters is varied and interesting and the sets appear very authentic. The movie contains excellent dialogue, good swashbuckling choreography and plenty of physical humour which borders on the bawdy at times. The story is simple and dynamic and is completely driven by the characters.

I like this movie for its characters. Each one's desires become the focus of fanatical efforts. Throw in some fascinating (though often exaggerated) character quirks, and the cast makes this movie. The rough, oafish Captain Red desires gold. The handsome, quiet Frog desires Dolores. The stiff, foppish Don Alfonso desires power. In the end, who will get what he desires? Most assuredly not EVERYONE.

I only have ONE favorite movie and this is it. I know it is not for everyone (my wife hates it). However, for Matthau fans, or fans of the historical genre, this movie is a fun night out with plenty of laughs. I recommend it strongly.

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