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The Pirates of Penzance

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Wilford Leach

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About the Movie

The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic musical comedy of mistaken identity, comes swashbuckling to the screen with all the laughs, songs and stars that made it a long-running Broadway smash! Kevin Kline reprises his Tony Award winning role along with Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose and Rex Smith in the story of a roguish pirate king and his adventurous young charge who explore the coastline in search of treasure and romance. Digitally remastered for optimum picture quality, it’s a fresh, funny and colorful extravaganza that’s the very model of a modern movie musical.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There are too many attempts to single out particular performers when ensemble acting ought to prevail. That doesn't mean the leading players aren't appealing and accomplished, because they are. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Oct 24, 2013

Fresh: Gilbert & Sullivan's durable The Pirates of Penzance has been turned into an elaborate screen musical by basically the same hands responsible for Joseph Papp's smash New York Shakespeare Festival and Broadway stage production, and result is a delight. – Variety Staff, Variety, Oct 24, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Best Pirates of Penzance !!

This is by far the very best version of this play. funny, good character play... Kevin Kline is totally awesome in this. You cannot go wrong with this if you like musicals and good clean comedy.

Poor Wandering Ones Must Buy This Movie!!!

If you are a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan and especially of their classic "Pirates of Penzance", this movie is for you! Full of fun and laughs, I don't think they could have cast any set of actors and actresses better. Kevin Kline definitely steals the show! If you haven't yet found the perfect version of "Pirates of Penzance", look ye no further.


This was my favorite movie as a child, and it is still today.

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