Pirates (1986)

Although the title evokes a swashbuckling adventure, Roman Polanski's Pirates tuns out to be a seagoing tale with a bit of a difference. Captain Red (Walter Matthau) runs a hardy pirate ship with the able assistance of Frog, a dashing… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 1, 1986
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Fernando F. Croce

The joke lies in the contrast between the beauty of Polanski's framing and the scurvy visuals being framed

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

If Roman Polanski has done a worse film than Pirates I certainly haven't seen it.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Uneven, misunderstood Polanski film deserving another look.

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Phil Hubbs
Back before Johnny Depp revolutionised the pirate movie with his camp ways there were the odd rum fuelled flicks such as this. Roman Polanski doing what he does… More
xGary Xx
This Polanski pirate adventure bombed at the box office and was slated by critics, but I actually found it great fun. It was probably the first to deconstruct… More
A.D. Villarreal
Quirky, uneven comedy that coming from Polanski I expected a little bit more out of. Now I understand why it doesn't have a legitimite release on DVD.
Dimitris Springer
Chaotic.Polanski is struggling to control a big extravaganza of immoral surrealism,but my objection stands as to the absence of any point at all.I must give… More
Pierluigi Puccini
An atypical and charming adventure. It's great to see an auteur like Polanski shaping his vision no matter what genre or tone he's in, but in this… More
Alex Figueroba
Awful. I'll never understand how could Polanski do this.