The Pirate

Synopsis: A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate.
Director(s): Vincente Minnelli
Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

"The history of the Pirate Mack,

the Black Macoco."

Macoco the dazzling,

Macoco the fabulous...

...the hawk of the sea,

the prince of pirates...

...whose spirit and legend

will live on through the ages...

...for his immortal deeds,

as hereinafter set forth.

And whose glorious

and formidable exploits...

...are here related in a true history.

Staggering to the imagination

and ravishing the sensibilities...

...with tales of wealth, of gold and silver

beyond dreams of avarice...

...of stolen treasure, of maidens captive,

of villages destroyed...

...of cities decimated

for a whim or a caress.


Where are you now?

What seas do you traverse?

Is it sunrise...

...or sunset where you are?

Say, you don't suppose

he's still alive?

Oh, he can't be.

They must have hanged him by now.

They'll never hang him.

On the moving waters

of the Caribbean he darts about... a dragonfly,

glittering, uncapturable.

Oh, Manuela, the way you talk.

Why, he's nothing but a thief, a criminal.

He's not. He's not.

He's ruthless, magnificent, romantic.

If he saw a woman he wanted,

he'd just come and take her...

...and carry her off on his ship,

but he'd treat her like a queen.

I don't want anyone swooping

down on me like a chicken hawk.

I just want a good, steady man

with a plantation...

...not too big, not too small.

Oh, Casilda, I do wish you

were a little more spiritual.

Don't you ever dream of a man

who will take you out of this village?

Out of this little saucer in the hills?

- Don't you ever...?

- Manuela.

Yes, Aunt Inez?

Oh, my lamb, my sweet,

I've glorious news for you.

What is it, Aunt Inez?

I got you a husband.

You'll be the first of us.

Is it anybody I know?

Oh, you've probably seen him

pass in his carriage.

It's Don Pedro Vargas.

Don Pedro, the new mayor?

Manuela, you'll be the mayor's wife.

But he has a big bay window.

And why not? He lives well.

Who wouldn't have?

But he's so unromantic.

Oh, I don't know,

he's not so unromantic, for a rich man.

- He's the richest man on the island.

- You'll be Doa Manuela.

- You'll live in the mayor's house.

- He'll never be content to settle here.

- He's been all over the world.

- Isn't that marvelous?

He's on his way to meet you.

So if you'll forgive us...

- Oh, I think it's wonderful.

- Oh, isn't that exciting?

Show a little more feeling, Manuela.

You're the happiest girl

in the world today.

Oh, of course I am.

It's just that it's happening

so suddenly that...

Sudden? Why, I've been working

with the lawyers for two months.

You're an orphan with no dowry,


You must be aware your uncle and I

have been in great financial difficulties.

Oh, I know, Aunt Inez.

Your poor father and mother,

may they rest in peace...

...couldn't have loved

and sheltered you more.

Now you will have an opportunity

of helping us.

Besides making a most advantageous

marriage for yourself.

I know, Aunt Inez,

and I'm very grateful, really I am.

It's just that I shart know

what to say to him.

Oh, say nothing.

He's not marrying you

to listen to you.

Don Pedro,

welcome to our modest home.

I enter as a humble suppliant.

Where is she?

Cecile, tell the Seorita Manuela

we are awaiting her.

I have just broken the news to her,

the wonderful news.

She is overwhelmed.

Oh, you make me

the happiest of men.

I had been fearful.

After all, I am a self-made man...

...without the tradition

and culture of your family.

And then, there is a certain,

shall we say, disparity in our ages.

Disparity? Nonsense.

Manuela wouldn't look

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Albert Hackett

Albert Maurice Hackett (February 16, 1900 – March 16, 1995) was an American dramatist and screenwriter most noted for his collaborations with his partner and wife Frances Goodrich. more…

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