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The Pirates of Penzance (1980)

| Comedy, Musical | TV Movie
A young man named Frederick leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, but when the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederick must ... See full summary »

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W.S. Gilbert (libretto)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... The Pirate King
G. Eugene Moose G. Eugene Moose ... Samuel - the Pirate King's lieutenant
Rex Smith ... Frederic
Patricia Routledge ... Ruth
Linda Ronstadt ... Mabel Stanley
Alice Playten ... Edith Stanley
Marcie Shaw Marcie Shaw ... Kate Stanley
Wendy Wolfe Wendy Wolfe ... Isabel Stanley
Alix Korey Alix Korey ... Soloist (Daughter) (as Alexandra Korey)
Robin Boudreau Robin Boudreau ... Daughter
Maria Guida Maria Guida ... Daughter
Nancy Heikin Nancy Heikin ... Daughter
Bonnie Simmons Bonnie Simmons ... Daughter
George Rose ... Major-General Stanley
Tony Azito Tony Azito ... The Sergeant
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A young man named Frederick leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, but when the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederick must choose between the girl he loves and his sense of duty.

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Comedy | Musical

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USA

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English

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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According to Tony Azito, Gregory Hines was originally cast as the Sergeant of Police, but pulled out to replace Richard Pryor in History of the World: Part I (1981). See more »

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Version of The Pirates of Penzance (2001) See more »

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Much more palatable than the movie!
29 February 2008 | by wooddadSee all my reviews

This is the theater cast that prompted the movie, also starring Linda Ronstadt, Kevin Kline and Rex Smith. I always felt the movie was rather cheesy, even by '80s standards. Kline shines as the Pirate King. He mugs well with the audience, and has some wonderful business, often involving the pit orchestra. (The stage was built partly around the pit, which makes for some wonderful interaction.) Smith and Ronstadt both have pop/rock roots, and it shows. Smith at least has some theatrical bona fides, having debuted in "Grease." Still, musical theater is nothing if not camp, and Smith and Ronstadt are both sufficiently campy in this production. (I note, with some glee, that they had to key most of Ronstadt's arias a third or more.) We bought this version because it was the only one available (all the others had been "returned to vendor!") and were pleasantly surprised. I'd seen the movie and had to quell my gag reflex through most of it. This works much better as the theatrical version from whence it sprang 120 years ago. Still fresh; still funny. See it!


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