June 24th, 1983



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Still of John Cleese and Marty Feldman in YellowbeardStill of Cheech Marin in YellowbeardStill of Graham Chapman in YellowbeardStill of Madeline Kahn in YellowbeardStill of David Bowie and Madeline Kahn in YellowbeardStill of Susannah York in Yellowbeard

Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure...

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 5.7/10 (4,002 voted)

Director: Mel Damski

Stars: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin

Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure. He finds that his wife neglected to tell him that he now has a son, 20, and shame of shame, an intellectual. The British Navy, Yellowbeard, his son, and members of Yellowbeard's old crew all go after the treasure.

Writers: Graham Chapman, Peter Cook

Graham Chapman - Captain Yellowbeard / de: Dotterbart
Peter Boyle - Moon
Cheech Marin - El Segundo (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)
Tommy Chong - El Nebuloso
Peter Cook - Lord Percy Lambourn
Marty Feldman - Gilbert
Martin Hewitt - Dan
Michael Hordern - Dr. Gilpin
Eric Idle - Commander Clement
Madeline Kahn - Betty
James Mason - Captain Hughes
John Cleese - Harvey 'Blind' Pew
Kenneth Mars - Mr. Crisp and Verdugo
Spike Milligan - Flunkie
Stacey Nelkin - Triola (as Stacey Nelkin)

Taglines: A Shipload of Laughs.

Release Date: 24 June 1983

Filming Locations: Mexico

Opening Weekend: $1,564,155 (USA) (26 June 1983) (761 Screens)

Gross: $4,300,000 (USA) (10 July 1983)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

The last full length feature of Spike Milligan.

Lord Lambourn: [after kicking the Flower girl down a flight of cellar stairs] A good big 'un'll beat a bad little 'un every time.

User Review

Outstanding movie...

Rating: 9/10

One of my all time favourites. I would have given it 10 out of 10, but that just doesn't seem right and - to be honest - I suspect the filmmakers would agree with me on that one. It's not a movie that tries to be good - in terms of actual quality...if you see what I mean - it just works absolutely beautifully.

Graham Chapman is magnificent as always, John Cleese is the best Blind Pugh character I've ever seen and the story is a joy to be a part of. Taking a more pirate-oriented look at the Treasure Island tale, this movie wantonly stumbles from scene to scene without ever apologising for itself; which I find hugely refreshing. It is laugh out loud funny in parts and just plain good fun in all the others.

Don't listen to the naysayers - this is brilliantly bad and it's well aware of the fact. Don't go see it if you're looking for Oscar worthy stuff, because it is a world away from that. It's low-down, dirty, well-written nonsense of the highest calibre.


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