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The Pirates of Penzance (1980)

| Comedy, Musical | TV Movie
A young man named Frederick leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, but when the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederick must ... See full summary »

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W.S. Gilbert (libretto)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... The Pirate King
G. Eugene Moose G. Eugene Moose ... Samuel - the Pirate King's lieutenant
Rex Smith ... Frederic
Patricia Routledge ... Ruth
Linda Ronstadt ... Mabel Stanley
Alice Playten ... Edith Stanley
Marcie Shaw Marcie Shaw ... Kate Stanley
Wendy Wolfe Wendy Wolfe ... Isabel Stanley
Alix Korey Alix Korey ... Soloist (Daughter) (as Alexandra Korey)
Robin Boudreau Robin Boudreau ... Daughter
Maria Guida Maria Guida ... Daughter
Nancy Heikin Nancy Heikin ... Daughter
Bonnie Simmons Bonnie Simmons ... Daughter
George Rose ... Major-General Stanley
Tony Azito Tony Azito ... The Sergeant
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A young man named Frederick leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, but when the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederick must choose between the girl he loves and his sense of duty.

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USA

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English

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Tony Azito, Gregory Hines was originally cast as the Sergeant of Police, but pulled out to replace Richard Pryor in History of the World: Part I (1981). See more »

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Version of The Pirates of Penzance (1939) See more »

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The DVD quality is awful
22 May 2006 | by chrisw-3See all my reviews

This is a very bad recording of a very good performance.

The show was obviously professionally shot, and the credits list a multi-channel sound recording crew. But the sound on this is in mono and has very audible "time code" noise, a high-pitched audio signal that was used to link the videotape to a simultaneously recorded audiotape. Given the vintage of the shoot, it was probably shot on 1" videotape and 2", 24-track audiotape. As few video productions facilities still have 1" playback equipment, and judging by the video quality, this was made from a 3/4" "safety" copy.

Why? The suppliers cheaped out. They didn't spend the time or energy to find the original tapes, or if they had them, to transfer them, or to do a mix-down of the 24-track master audio.

It is possible to make an excellent DVD from this material. The DVD currently available is not it.


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