Pirates (1986, FRA/TUN) C-99m. SCOPE ** D: Roman Polanski. Starring Walter Matthau, Cris Campion, Damien Thomas, Olu Jacobs, Ferdy Mayne, David Kelly, Anthony Peck, Anthony Dawson, Charlotte Lewis, Roy Kinnear. Polanski's return to filmmaking after seven years is a lavish but generally unremarkable movie. Matthau single-handedly carries this mild pirate movie comedy about a pirate and his mate, who end up on a frigate carrying a treasure. Not bad, but plot ignites no sparks. Some kind of curio today. Edited from 124m. original release length. Score by Philippe Sarde.

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