''Pirates'' is a 1986 Franco-Tunisian adventure film directed by Creator/RomanPolanski. It stars Walter Matthau, Cris Campion, Damien Thomas, Olu Jacobs and Charlotte Lewis. It was screened out of competition at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.
The pirate [[TheCaptain captain]] [[AwesomeMcCoolName Thomas Bartholomew Red]] is stranded aboard a raft at sea with Jean-Baptiste, his first mate (also known as "Frog"). After Red, cracking under the starvation, tries to kill and eat Frog, the duo is picked up by a Spanish galleon and are forced into slavery before instigating a mutiny with the other prisoners and taking control of the vessel. Frog falls in love with Marķa-Dolores de la Jenya de la Calde, the niece of the governor of a Spanish colony. Red covets the golden throne that the Spanish have taken from an Aztec king.
!! ''Pirates'' provides examples of :
* AgonyOfTheFeet: One of the Spanish nobles when Frog goes on board of the galleon and starts running.
* AntiHero: Captain Red.
* ArtificialLimbs: Red's peg leg.
* BadassBeard: Red.
* BookEnds: Our two heroes [[spoiler: start the movie aboard a raft at sea with a treasure chest. By the end of the movie, they're once again aboard a raft at sea, this time with a golden Aztec throne.]]
* GoldFever: Red.
* IAmAHumanitarian: At the beginning of the movie, Capt Red is faced with two choices on the raft : either die of starvation, or eat his first mate to survive a little more.
* LargeHam: Red.
* MeaningfulName: Capt Red's coat's color.
* NiceGuy: Frog.
* NiceHat: Red's.
* [[ThePresidentsDaughter The Governor's Niece]]: Marķa-Dolores.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Boomako is attacked by a python at one point.
* TheStrategist: Red.
* UndyingLoyalty: Boomako, to Red.