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Year
1948
Runtime
102 min.
Director
Vincente Minnelli
Genres
Romance, Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Rating *
7.0
Votes *
3,665
Checks
778
Favs
36
Dislikes
8
Favs/checks
4.6% (1:22)
Favs/dislikes
5:1
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  1. karuss's avatar

    karuss

    My first Minnelli and what a treat! The way the performances are staged is exquisite, and the batshit setpieces remind me of what Hong Kong cinema would do in the 80’s, especially the fantasy pirate sequence. 5 months 1 week ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Despite the Judy Garland-Gene Kelly pairing, The Pirate is a better pirate comedy than it is a musical. Not to say there aren't some good musical interludes (the big hit from this show is "Be a Clown", and there's a pure Gene Kelly fantasy dance sequence that convinces me he could have done kung fu movies), but the feel few and far between as the mechanics of the plot take hold. And it IS a good plot, full of fun twists, a villain to hiss at, and the heroes needing to be clever to get out of situations. That said, I'm not sure it's a comedy that works as well if it ISN'T a musical. That is to say, the way Garland especially plays comedy is part of that kind of showy hyper-reality. Her character, a Spanish girl obsessed with the idea of being swept off her feet by a romantic and adventurous pirate, is a drama queen, so she uses it fairly amusingly when she needs to manipulate. Kelly is the frothy actor who would put on a pirate act to win her love, and he puts in a fun and charming performance, as ever. A good time, even if the genre hybridization was slightly unbalanced. 10 months 1 week ago
  3. fetzu's avatar

    fetzu

    The Black Macoco!.. Be a clown!.. those voices keep echoing in my head.

    (:
    8 years 2 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #74 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
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  2. This movie ranks #277 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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