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The Pirates of Penzance [DVD] [1983]

  • SKU: 18676442
  • Release Date: 09/14/2010
  • Rating: G

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)


    The Pirates of Penzance
    Joseph Papp's notion of staging one of Gilbert and Sullivan's best-loved operettas with two pop singers (Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith) in the leads paid off as a surprise Broadway smash in the early 1980s, and this film faithfully reproduces Papp's production, featuring most of the original cast and the original director. Frederic (Smith) has been taught since childhood to be a sea-going bandit by the Pirate King (Kevin Kline), but with his 21st birthday imminent, Frederic wants to leave pirating behind, especially after he becomes infatuated with innocent Mabel (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! The Pirates of Penzance also features Angela Lansbury as Ruth (the sole major casting change from the Broadway production -- Estelle Parsons played the role on stage). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Kevin Kline
      Kevin Kline - The Pirate King
    • Angela Lansbury
      Angela Lansbury - Ruth
    • Linda Ronstadt
      Linda Ronstadt - Mabel
    • George Rose
      George Rose - Maj.-Gen. Stanley
    • Rex Smith
      Rex Smith - Frederic

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great adaptation of a staged musical

      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      This adaptation of a staged musical captures the expressiveness of live stage acting and merges it with cinematographic effects. It's like watching the musical, but with camera angles and effects only available with film. It's a shame if other musicals (e.g.s, Wicked, The Book of Mormon) don't follow this lead!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If you like musical comedy, this is great.


      We are a family that enjoys musicals. This is light opera, but it has wonderful comedy and beautiful singing. We already had the vhs of this and were thrilled to see the dvd. Who would have expected Kevin Klein to be so good a singer. This is a great family show.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fun Musical

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Fun to watch and sing along with. Love Kevin Kline as the Pirate King.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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