Parents' Guide to

The Pirate

By Kathryn McGarr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Garland sings, Kelly dances in the Caribbean.

Movie NR 1948 102 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Great for the family, even boys!

This is a great movie for the whole family. I enjoyed it as much as my two boys did (well, they didn't like the kissing.) The music and dancing and story are lots of fun.

Is It Any Good?

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The Pirate is charming but, given its all-star cast and crew, a little disappointing. Don't expect to get too invested in the characters' lives or see development. The costumes and sets look phony (though storybook-familiar to your kids) and, although this is a period piece, the colonial-era Caribbean is clearly an MGM sound stage. Moreover, the obligatory dream sequence in which Gene Kelly dances around flames in thigh-high cut-offs is dated, to say the least.

One dance number with Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers makes the film especially memorable. Some theater owners cut the scene when it was released in 1948 because it portrayed African Americans on equal footing -- at least in the fancy footwork sense -- with whites.

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