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Cutthroat Island (1995)

Geena Davis , Matthew Modine , Renny Harlin  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin, Patrick Malahide
  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Writers: James Gorman, Bruce A. Evans, Marc Norman, Michael Frost Beckner, Raynold Gideon
  • Producers: James Gorman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQRR1G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,475 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cutthroat Island" on IMDb

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Geena Davis (THELMA & LOUISE, BEETLEJUICE) and Matthew Modine (MARRIED TO THE MOB, FULL METAL JACKET) deliver a tidal wave of nonstop action and adventure in this swashbuckling saga of ruthless pirates, buried treasure and bloodthirsty betrayal.

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling fun at its best! October 22, 2000
By Mr Vess
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Pure joy for fans of old fashioned sea adventure and entertaining, if stereotypical, peg-legged, eye-patched pirates shouting "Arr!", this movie does not pretend to be anything else than it is - great fun based on popular legends and beliefs rather than the facts on pirate lives. And so much the better! Non-stop action, fantastic score, breathtaking sceneries and props, adequately fun script, and, yes, even good acting (to my surprise, Geena Davis actually managed to deliver a good performance!). Frank Langella is almost as good a pirate as Walter Matthau was in Roman Polanski's equally underrated pirate classic. Hearing various bad comments about the movie, I had low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised to find out that the bad reviews and comments were simply unfair. Apparently, critics these days follow one another in "their" opinions rather than actually watching the movies, and people are looking for violence and blood of "Dobermann" kind rather than simply entertaining if unrealistic movies like "Cutthroat Island" (actually, the movie seems to have been researched quite nicely - it's the first time I've seen Hollywood use actual "squad" wine bottles in a pirate movie instead of modern-shaped ones!)
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great swashbuckling fun! September 14, 2001
Format:DVD
This film features everything a good pirate flick should: stormy seas, a spectacular naval battle, a sexy pirate captain (Geena Davis) and buried treasure complete with a treasure map written in latin (the preferred language of pirates).
This is one of the few times I've seen Davis in a leading role; normally, she is a supporting actress. She pulls it off quite well, although in a couple of scenes her acting is a bit wooden. Frank Langella stands out as an old-salt, ruthless pirate while Matthew Modine is great as the movie's comic relief.
What really makes this movie worth buying, tho, is just how well done it is. The 17th century sets are lavish - you feel as tho you are back in the period in which the movie takes place. The soundtrack is riveting, and I found the sound of the DVD quite excellent. Not sure if they did anything different than they do with other DVDs, but it sure seemed like the audio was a notch above most DVDs - esp in the storm sequence.
This is the kind of movie that critics make a living off of by slamming. What does this mean for the rest of us? Why, it means that it's a fun time to be had by all! And may the movie critics goto Davy Jones locker...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun for a rather mediocre movie January 8, 2002
Format:DVD
Cutthroat Island is not a great movie by any means. But it is a lot of fun if you enjoy pirate treasure, sea battles, sword fighting, a great soundtrack, and wonderful period costumes. The script is pretty weak and much of the acting is wooden. Worse yet, it seems that no one learned anything from Errol Flynn's The Sea Hawk because they once again include a rather annoying monkey as comedy relief. But what they do right is what makes this movie worth watching. The film wonderfully recreates the 17th century Caribbean world of the pirates and is probably the most realistic looking realization of this time and place to date. The actual portrayal of the pirates themselves owes more to "Treasure Island" and "Peter Pan" than "The American Sea Rovers", but there is definately something compelling in the romantic myth of the golden age of piracy. The pirate movie has suffered in recent years and Cutthroat will probably do nothing to revive it, which is really a shame as they, like the western and sci-fi adventure, are the best incarnations of modern myth to be found today.
The story revolves around the quest of Captain Morgan Adams, the sexy yet honorable pirate queen, to avenge her father's murder and outwit her evil pirate nemesis and fratricidal uncle, Captain "Dawg" (who makes these names up?). Taking command of her late father's ship and now in possession of part of a map to locate her father's lost treasure, Morgan sets out to win the vast riches for her and her hardy crew.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Nearly as Bad as Everyone Made it Out to Be May 22, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Cutthroat Island may not be the best movie ever made, but I really feel that it was judged too harshly. The few who went to see it were expecting a serious, melodramatic action/adventure. When that wasn't presented, it was deemed a dismal failure. The advertising might be to blame for this, but whatever the reason, this film has to be taken with a grain of salt. I could tell from the start that it wasn't meant to be taken all that seriously; it was more of a tongue and cheek endeavor. The screenplay clearly shows a sense of humor, and personally, I thought it worked well.

In addition, it should be noted that it has an impressive number of action scenes that are quite entertaining, and despite what the critics may have said, there is a solid storyline. I never once felt that the story was lacking, and it remains true to the spirit of pirate films. While there are details that make the story unique, the basic structure is typical: a dueling group of pirates on a treasure hunt. That leads me to this question: Why did people think it would be totally different? If you're going to see a pirate film, expect to see swordfights, sailing ships, and a treasure hunt.

If nothing else attracts you to this film, you should see it just to hear the music. The soundtrack, composed by John Debney, is wonderfully lush and exciting. Each note brings the film to life if only a little bit more, and it really conveys a swashbuckling theme. There have been so many soundtracks that have failed to highlight the tone of the films they were scored for; this is not one of them.

If there are any drawbacks, I guess it would be that in some scenes the acting is not what one would call "superb." But, there are only a few moments like that, and the other scenes make up for them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy mateys
This was a surprisingly good pirate film! Geena Davis was a surprising choice as the lead, but she did it well. Mathew Modine is a favorite of mine and gave a good performance. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Kathleen Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome thanks for your fast delivery.
Published 3 days ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition. Great movie for a great price
Arrived early, great condition. Great movie for a great price.
Published 4 days ago by Random Awesomeness
2.0 out of 5 stars Gawd is this bad.
Gawd is this bad. Must have missed the point with all those who liked it.
Published 7 days ago by At Home Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars A swash-buckler... and if you've NEVER had your swash buckled, you MAY...
I've always liked the RARE movie when the WOMAN is the smart; brave; hero...
Geena Davis is a favorite of mine, and Mathew Modine is one of my wife's. Read more
Published 11 days ago by "T=H=E --- 'Older Than Dirt' --- Time Traveller"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish they made more like this. Interesting fantasy movie without going...
One of my all time favorites! Wish they made more like this. Interesting fantasy movie without going to far out from reality (cough, pirates of the Caribbean, cough)
Published 1 month ago by Richard Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Aye, to Cutthroat Island we go! :)
Now this movie shows good old pirate fun, here be swabs, cheats, traitors, romance, adventure, and treachery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Feddy
1.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em worse than this
Unwatchable. How can this possibly have anything but 1 star reviews? I should have become a psychiatrist so I could help the 118 psychos that gave this 5 stars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thoughtful Reviewer
2.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen was advertised but not delivered
Was expecting a widescreen movie .. The picture is small on my tv...when I ordered I was pretty sure it said widescreen
Published 1 month ago by Maya Zegunis
4.0 out of 5 stars I am one of the few I guess whom like this film
I am one of the few I guess whom like this film. It was a great "Pop Corn" movie overall and it did have some issue but nothing drastic.
Published 1 month ago by Commando
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