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Pirate Movie, The
(1982)
Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 5.5 Beans

his 1982 musical spoof of "The Pirates of Penzance" is silly and somewhat enjoyable about half of the time, though a little boring much of the rest of the time.

A young woman named Mabel (Kristy McNichol, TV's "Empty Nest"), who is a little clumsy and perhaps just a touch nerdy, is ridiculed by her "friends" as she participates in a fencing demonstration. She is knocked unconscious, and slips into a motion-picture-length drem sequence involving a young man named Frederic (Christopher Atkins, "The Blue Lagoon"). Frederic, who just so happens to be a dream version of the fencing instructor, is trying to terminate his apprenticeship with the Pirate King (Ted Hamilton in his only big screen role), but the Pirate King has other plans. When the pirates come ashore at Mabel's home, Frederic must battle his pirate friends for the love of his darling Mabel.

If you saw "The Pirate Movie" way back in 1982, you probably don't remember much about it. But if I start singing some of its wacky songs, the memories will probably come back to you. Remember the closing number, "Happy Endings"? No? Then perhaps you might remember the "Tirren Tirrah" song sung over and over by the marching policemen. If you have seen this movie before, you should at LEAST remember the song performed during the underwater diving scene... "Pumping and Blowing". That song was nominated for a Razzie for the worst original song in a motion picture!

So, if you're in the mood for a really cheesey 80s musical, you should check out "The Pirate Movie".


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