One of the all time greatest pirate films ever made! (by HCG714)
One film I added to my "Best Films of 1995" list!!I still don't know why this film was never a hit. I mean it was no Best Picture contender, but it was a great action film and it was Renny Harlin at the top of his game!Geenea Davis never looked better and director Renny Harlin has never made a more action packed film since Cutthroat Island or after Cutthroat Island!I saw the film 2xs when it first hit theaters, then bought my copy as soon as it it video this was before DVD came into play then I up-graded my copy and I loved it then and I still love it!It's just a great <more>
ol' adventure story about a female pirate Geena Davis looking really good and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure. Whats up against her besides her nasty uncle is a crew that is sceptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her.I think the reason so many critics hated it was because it was a woman doing what men only thought they could do and a woman doing it better!The plot had strong action, great lines and a strong plot with a fiery woman's point of view, with lots of action and romance with that ol' B movie adventure fell that still to this day keeps me on the edge of my seat no matter how many times I watch it!Bravo Renny Harlin and Geena Davis!!Who knows with a stroke of luck and a few movie buffs like me who love this little undiscovered lost treasure of a film it may just one day see the light of day as a un-song hero of pirate films and become a cult classic!One can only hope!
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 <more>
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 "Mortal Kombat" 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!
This movie is one of the rare masterpieces of movie history. It has an excellent cast, photography, editing, score, special-effects, settings, and so on! Everything is excellent in this movie! Just look at the lavish photography, the wonderful historical correct settings and props! The acting is of course simply great, too. Davis and Modine are just the right people for their roles. I guess such masterpieces like this that will become classics just have to flop at their first release, like Disney's "Fantasia" did. Renny Harlin can really be very proud of his present for Geena <more>
No doubt that before Johny Deep and Jack Sparrow, flooded theaters, "Cutthroad island" La Isla Cutthroat, in Spain, was the most serious attempt to resurrect the old genre of film and sword. As we all know the stakes of Carolco, was a total failure that led to the same production of emblematic films in the history of cinema as Terminator 2, Total Recall and Basic Instinct, economic collapse causing their demise. Views today, hard to believe that a film with so much budget, familiar faces and a classic story and easy to assimilate not only cause concern in most of the public. <more>
Especially if we note that the film is a simply brutal media deployment. The beautiful scenery, atmosphere of the sixteenth century, explosions, chases, battles at sea, well ..... certainly can not say that it lacks spectacular. Then, because that way the film crashed at the box office? what went wrong?.One factor, I think, is the simplicity argument. We tell the story of treasure and such, but there is no narrative depth, nor the characters, the story seems more an excuse to show the large budget that had, with dozens of chase scenes and sword fights that have a story. The funny thing is that movies now do exactly the same, but much worse than this but to have success, so perhaps this factor is not as important. I think another factor to consider is Geena Davis. Her work in the film is good and meritorious, but the problem is that the majority of the public simply does not believe in heroin, as simple as that. There was an actress that people imagine in such roles, despite their efforts to show otherwise, as would later in Lethal Memory. And finally, perhaps the most important of all, was overconfidence. Simply did not think the failure, which prevents a filmmaker always think, even though I know not to do it. Both the producer and the director Renny Harlin, began to commit excesses, they spend money on superficial things and whims of the director with his partner, as the story of the white donkey imported from Malta, where the tape was filmed in the United States, or the improvised script, which they say was written at the same rate at which it rolled. In short, squandered and squandered what they wanted, completely blind until the subsequent disaster due to open their eyes. However, despite all this, the failure of the film is justified. I think not. Come have said the film is a very entertaining adventure story which is enjoyed without problems and that does not give rise to boredom. It is possible that if instead of Mathew Modine, had put an actor with more hook at the box office, Michael Douglas, for example, could have changed anything, but it's only a guess. Keep in spoilers. spoiler Perhaps this film was destined to fail because it was released at a time when the genre of Pirates was practically dead, and the film was condemned by almost everyone for not having enough acting hook, a campaign of poor publicity and too superficial history and simple, although it is a completely repeat spectacular and entertaining film before the era of digital cinema. Moments to remember: The Morgan horse race to save his father at the beginning of the movie, just beautiful. The appearances of Frank Langella as Dog, a great villain that saves much of the film. The flight of Morgan and Shaw in Port Royal carriage, a whole sample as they were before the action scenes without the aid of computer or anything. Magistral. The naval battle, exactly what I said before, great work of Renny Harlin. Others say more, but I think I already spread too, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. Thank you.
action,adventure,danger,romance and humour what else do you need? (by disdressed12)
i don't see why this movie has such a low rating here 5.1/10 i mean it has load of action,suspense,intrigue,romance.it's funny and has great stunts.granted,it doesn't have the epic scope of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films,but it's a different movie.it's a light hearted ,fun romp which doesn't pretend to be anything else.it's not just fun and games,of course.there are some sc4ens of peril and danger,but these elements are all balanced very well.add to that,The performances of Matthew Modine and Geena Davis,as well as a great supporting cast,and you <more>
have the ingredients for one terrific movie.and lets not forget the direction of Renny Harlin.these things are all enough for me to highly recommend the movie.for me "Cutthroat Island"is a strong 9/10
IMDb 5.1 is absolutely under-rated, especially when you see Pirates of the Caribbean among top250. for me, it's better than PoTC.you would have been attracted to this movie even from the right beginning: Mongan's father kidnapped, Morgan's wisdom of taking away bullet. OH, the scene of riding towards the sea was magnificent...from thief to treasure-seeker, and finally fight alongside with Morgan, Matthew makes a great part of it. you could know Morgan will finally make it when she repressed the betrayal. last point, we would not be able to see the evil was defeated by the power of <more>
ghost, which makes PoTC less perfect.if you like pirate movie, then NEVER miss this one.
Who says women can't be good pirates? Being a woman certainly doesn't stop Morgan Adams Geena Davis from plundering and "manning" the high seas. Sure, she's a bit incredible at first, but this movie is more about the classic treasure-hunt adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson than any life realities. Just look at the success of Pirates of the Caribbean! At least this movie is far more realistic than that, without any curses and such and...sadly, without the prizewinning role played by Depp. Davis does manage to lend credence to the part of a strong woman who still <more>
maintains some rules and beliefs in her pirating. She is the daughter of a pirate captain. Her father is murdered by her uncle, Dawg Frank Langella , in his search for a mysterious treasure. Apparently, several of the family members each carried a piece of the map to this treasure but none of them wanted to share it and thus, it has remained unfound. Morgan begins a journey to get that which is rightfully her's and her shipmates, all while being pursued by the British navy, her uncle, and amorously pursued by a professional thief, William Shaw Matthew Modine . Cutthroat Island is a new tale of a pirate classic! 8/10
I bought this on DVD not having heard of it or read any reviews so I watched it with an open mind. It is for me a good, fun to watch, action movie which entertained me - so I don't care if it wasn't or ever will be Oscar material - it just entertained me and that is why I watch films. The locations used in the film are first class as are the costumes. The fact that many of the stunts in the film were performed by the actors and not stunt doubles seems to add an immediacy and credibility to the film. There is what I would call "non-nasty" violence in the film think of the <more>
A-Team and occasional language which although again not really nasty, could deter parents from allowing the younger members of the family from sitting down and watching this as a kind of family matinée film.
I am a native Californian, but I have been living in Norway since 1996. Therefore, since only the box office blockbusters seem to make it over here, I did not have a chance to see this in the theater. Somehow, I seemed to have missed it when it came out in California. Nonetheless, I have seen it here on TV a couple times. The first time I saw it was just after I had seen "The Pirates of the Caribbean" POTC and I thought it was made afterwards in an effort to be as good or better than POTC. Then I came to IMDb and I was surprised to find that it was actually done so many years ago <more>
and I hadn't known about it. I do not think it was better than POTC, but it is certainly every bit as good, and Geena Davis does an excellent job of portraying what Anne Bonny must have been like as a pirate. If you are a Geena Davis fan, I would say that this is a MUST SEE. I personally thought she did a much, much better job on this movie than she did as the lame-brained "Larry" in Fletch or the saccharine-sweet mommy in the Stewart Little movies.I have noticed that most of the people posting on the message board about Geena Davis have said that they think the role should have gone to someone else a male because 1 she is a woman, 2 she was the ship's captain, and 3 she had pearly white teeth.Being a woman pirate IS historical, but most people do not know about it. There WAS a general rule that there were to be no women aboard because it was considered bad luck and it was often considered such a grievous sin that any man disobeying the rule would be immediately put to death. Nonetheless, there WERE a few women pirates who were smuggled aboard dressed in men's clothing. However, they had to know how to pull it off by fighting like a man. Two women of notoriety were Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who were both smuggled aboard by the captain himself, "Calico" Jack Rackham. You can find biographies about all three of these pirates among others at several websites under the keyword "pirates".So far as Geena Davis not being convincing because "she was a woman playing a pirate -- a Captain at that", in the "Trivia for Cutthroat Island", IMDb tell us the following: "The flag flown by Morgan Adams was in reality the flag flown by "Calico" Jack Rackham, one of the only Caribbean Pirates to have women on his crew; Anne Bonny and Mary Read. He later turned his ship over to the two women." With that in mind, wouldn't it be more than safe to assume that this must have been the catalyst in writing this movie, and therefore, the movie would most likely have been written as a fantasy of what it would be like to have a woman pirate as the ship's captain?The "pearly white teeth" thing is also believable because, after all, women pirates were few and far between, and when they were aboard, it was in their teenaged years and because they were smuggled on in men's clothing and they were bound to be caught soon, I would imagine that they would have had pearly white teeth. By the way, where did the idea come from that all pirates had rotten teeth?I wonder if the reason that this movie did not make it in the box office is because of the woman pirate concept. If that is the case, why don't the critics bother to get out their history books or surf the web to find out if there WERE any women pirates in the annals of history?I wonder if they would have begun the movie with a written history of women pirates, and if they would have stated that the flag that Geena Davis flew in the movie was the authentic flag that was flown by the woman pirate, Anne Bonny, if that would have added creditability to the movie--especially if it were read by some famous celebrity. On the other hand, the name of the movie is everything, so I wonder if the name "Cutthroat Island" was to its demise. Perhaps if this movie were called "Pirates of the Caribbean" and backed by Disney Studios, it would have been a smash hit. Too bad it wasn't.