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I found this film to be beautiful. The lavish sets and wardrobes and the colors all work together to produce beautiful eye candy. Even Garland looked the best I've ever seen her (It's hard to believe she was sick most of the time). The only distraction was Kelly with a mustache - He looks silly wearing one.
I Love this!!
- Erika C.
When I was nine, I ponied up my allowance to see this movie three times in a week. Until the advent of tv reruns, it was the only film Id ever seen more than once. Watched it last night on TCM trying to remember what had captivated me so thoroughly . The dancing? Gene Kelly was superb, as always (and this time, I noticed his bare legs in the pirate sequence... I doubt that was what drew me at nine, but you never can tell). And how on earth could he make his feet move that fast? Nor was it Judy Garland, except, perhaps, in the scene where she throws everything but the kitchen sink at Kelly. Nor was it the set, script, or Walter Slezak, whom I faintly recognized but couldn't put a name to. And then, from the kitchen, where I'd gone to get a drink of water, I heard the strains of "Be a Clown" and I knew instantly that I'd given up a weeks worth of Popsicles just to see that sequence and hear that song again. I wonder, now if that's been a influence on my life, since, in my dotage, I have a need to make everyone laugh? In short, it's worth the trip to get to the end.
- jery tillotson
I've read a good deal about the making of "The Pirate" and I'm amazed at how beautiful it turned out despite Judy Garland's frail health and nervous breakdowns. As usual, MGM's usage of the old, original Techncolor process is mesmerizing. Everything else is a typical studio marvel---costumes, photography, editing and Cole Porter's beautiful songs. Gene Kelly dominates the movie because director Vincente Minelli couldn't get his wife to the set half the time. When he did, she could rarely perform. That we see Judy actually dancing and singing is a miracle. Gene Kelly created one of the most macho and sensuous dance performances by a male in his big pirate scene where he's clad in clinging hot-pants, open vest--emphasizing that Kelly was a very fit pin-up boy and brilliant dancer. I saw this once in a movie theater in Madrid where the owner told me it had been playing there for two years, non-stop. The theater was packed. Obviously "The Pirate" was much beloved there.
this movie should walk the plank
just because you put two great stars in a movie doesn't make it a great movie to watch.
Garland and Porter
I know of no Judy Garland musical comedy that I have enjoyed more than 'The Pirate'. It is pure clean well-done fun! Cole Porter is one of our finest composers of song. He is one of the few composers that did both his own lyrics and his own music - both with incredible intelligence.
a big splashy dud
This is an exhibit in comedy that doesn't work, at turns mannered, shrill, hokey. And the songs stink. (Well there is Be A Clown at the end, but by then who cares.) I would venture to guess that this is more disappointing for Garland fans (the junk songs and part of her appeal being her genuineness) than Kelly fans (his persona is more superficial anyway.)
Eu adoro ver este filme. Meu filme predileto com a maravilhosa Judy Garland com aquela voz divina e gosto muito do Gene Kelly. Os dois tinham uma química espetacular no filme. As músicas, a direção do filme. Tudo impecavel. O melhor filme de todos os tempos da Judy. Eu recomendo que assistam.
Even in German...
I watched this movie on Youtube, voiced over in German, with no subtitles and still cracked up. This is a fun movie that sort of reminds me of the Princess Bride. The whole family will love this movie.
WOW!! WHAT A SET OF LEGS ON GENE KELLY!!
This is a fun movie to see. GENE'S performance was great as always. However the mustache and the hairstyle he wore did take away from his extremely handsome looks. I had to really look hard to recognize the handsome GENE that I'm so use to seeing in his movies, but he was still great to watch, expecially the ballet scene which showed off his gorgeous muscular legs. He also showed off a lot of his atheletic ability in this picture, and his routine with the Nicholas brothers was cute. I love the scene between he and Judy, when she finds out that he really isn't Macoco. What a mess she made. And I loved the number that Judy did, "Mac the Black." This is a really fun family-style movie to watch. Everyone will enjoy it.
- Anne Montes
This is a feel good movies, seeing Gene Kelly as the dashing handsome Stranger that into Judy Garland,The young senorita life with dancing and singing. I would love to have this movie on home video.Please I need to own this