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''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 ([[AffectionateNickname "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. The two undertake an IndyPloy to get what they want: one of them succeeds. [[PyrrhicVictory Sort of.]]

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!! ''Pirates'' provides examples of :

* AgonyOfTheFeet: One of the Spanish nobles when Frog comes aboard the galleon and starts running.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: In this instance, "adventure" means "being lost at sea."
* AntiHero: Captain Red is brutal, greedy, drunken and conniving.
* ArtificialLimbs: Red's peg leg.
* BadassBeard: Captain Red ''has'' a face, but it's hard to spot.
%%* BlackAndGrayMorality
* BookEnds: An IronicEcho version. 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.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The movie is about pirates.
* GoldFever: In Captain Red's case, it's almost cartoonish.
* IAmAHumanitarian: Played for laughs. At the beginning of the movie, the two leads are stranded on a lugger with no food in sight. Captain Red snaps.
* LargeHam: Captain Red, like so many pirates.
* MeaningfulName: Captain Red wears garments of a certain primary color.
%%* TheMutiny
* NiceGuy: The Frog is a decent guy. For, you know, a professional robber.
%%* NiceHat: Red's.
* [[ThePresidentsDaughter The Governor's Niece]]: Marķa-Dolores.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Bumaku is attacked by a python at one point.
%%* TheStrategist: Red.
%%* {{Swashbuckler}}
%%* UndyingLoyalty: Bumaku, to Red.
%%* WoodenShipsAndIronMen

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