Cutthroat Island

December 22nd, 1995


Cutthroat Island

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A female pirate and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 5.3/10 (12,748 voted)

Director: Renny Harlin

Stars: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella

Morgan Adams and her slave, William Shaw, are on a quest to recover the three portions of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the final portion is held by her murderous uncle, Dawg. Her crew is skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her. This is made yet more difficult by the efforts of the British crown to end her piratical raids.

Writers: Michael Frost Beckner, James Gorman

Geena Davis - Morgan
Matthew Modine - Shaw
Frank Langella - Dawg
Maury Chaykin - John Reed
Patrick Malahide - Ainslee
Stan Shaw - Glasspoole
Rex Linn - Mr. Blair
Paul Dillon - Snelgrave
Christopher Masterson - Bowen (as Chris Masterson)
Jimmie F. Skaggs - Scully
Harris Yulin - Black Harry
Carl Chase - Bishop
Peter Geeves - Fiddler Pirate
Angus Wright - Captain Trotter
Ken Bones - Toussant

Taglines: The Course Has Been Set. There Is No Turning Back. Prepare Your Weapons. Summon Your Courage. Discover the Adventure of a Lifetime!

Release Date: 22 December 1995

Filming Locations: Malta

Box Office Details

Budget: $98,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,381,000 (USA) (24 December 1995) (1619 Screens)

Gross: $10,017,322 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Carolco Pictures, which financed the film, filed for bankruptcy six weeks before it reached theaters.

Revealing mistakes: As earlier, at the commencement of the final ship-to-ship battle between the two ships, though they are both sailing at relatively high speed, with one rapidly approaching the other, at the moment firing commences, it is clear that they are both standing completely still, as if at anchor.

Dawg: You plannin' to fight me with that little stick?
Morgan: No, Uncle. With this!
[Morgan reveals a loaded cannon and lights it, aiming it at Dawg]
Morgan: Bad Dawg!

User Review

Just a good movie to relax to.


Cutthroat Island is a movie that you can just sit back, relax and watch it with a big goofy grin on your face. Sure it tanked at the box office, but don't disregard it totally. It's entertaining as hell. Geena Davis is rather engaging as a female pirate and Frank Langella seemed to be enjoying himself. Most people will say that this movie can't hold a candle to the pirate films of Errol Flynn, and they're right. But for a rock em sock em pirate adventure with more explosions than the high seas ever saw, watch Cutthroat Island.


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