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The Pirates Of Penzance


Don’t miss Linda Ronstadt’s Golden Globe-nominated performance in this swashbuckling big screen version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic musical comedy, The Pirates of Penzance, co-starring Kevin Kline and Angela Lansbury!
Much of producer Joseph Papp’s 1981 Broadway cast – including Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith and Tony Award-winner Kevin Kline – reprise their roles from the long-running stage smash in this magical 1983 big screen adaptation of the beloved Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Young Frederic (‘80s pop star Rex Smith) has been taught since childhood to be a sea-going bandit by the dashing Pirate King (Kevin Kline, in one of his first screen roles), but with his 21st birthday fast approaching, Frederic wants to leave pirating behind, especially after he becomes infatuated with innocent Mabel Stanley (Linda Ronstadt). But the Pirate King informs Frederic that since he was born on the last day of February on a Leap Year, his 21st birthday won’t roll around for some time yet, and he still owes the King some raiding on the high seas. To Frederic’s embarrassment, the Pirate King’s next target turns out to be Major General Stanley (George Rose), Mabel’s father! Featuring all the songs, laughs and merriment beloved by Gilbert & Sullivan fans, The Pirates of Penzance also features Angela Lansbury as Ruth (the sole major casting change from the Broadway production). (Dir. by Wilford Leach, 1983, USA, 112 mins., Rated G)

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