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Talk Like a Pirate Part I: Pirate-Themed Movies at The Southerly

profile of a man dressed up as a pirate

Blimey — it’s here! Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up this month on the 19th, and we’ve got the scoop on pirate-themed movies to set the mood for celebrating all month long in today’s post. Reserve the theater, just one of the many amenities we provide for members of our apartment community at The Southerly, and watch some pirate-themed movies this month. Next time on the blog, we’ll have some tips for how to use pirate speak when you’re out and about in Towson, MD on the 19th. Follow our lead and you’ll be set to talk like a scurrilous rogue in no time.

History of Speak Like a Pirate Day

Begun during a racquetball match, the Speak Like a Pirate Day movement was founded on an ex-wife’s birthday. It received a big boost when it was featured in nationally known humorist Dave Barry’s column in the Miami Herald. Nowadays, you will hear pirate speak all over the country on the 19th of September.

Pirate-Themed Movies

The Princess Bride, while not exclusively about pirates, does make reference to The Dread Pirate Roberts. It is a wonderfully crafted tale, and as the grandfather says, it has “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, True Love, miracles...” so you’re in for the whole experience with this classic film!

Blackbeard’s Ghost, a comedy that came out in 1968, pits Peter Ustinov as the famous pirate’s ghost, who returns to the twenty-first century. Blackbeard has been cursed by his last wife, who was a notorious witch, so that he will never die. The only way to “break” the curse is to do (for once in his life) a good act. The question is, can the famous pirate able to do something good?

Pirates of Penzance, based on a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta of the same name, is one of the best pirate movies ever made. It never grows old. Follow The Pirate King, Frederick, Maybelle, and Ruth as they untangle a twisted plot to discover what “duty” truly means. The movie, a delightful parody, romping through pirate lore, includes a telling line which sums up the role of pirates quite nicely. It’s captured in this clip from the movie.

Next time we will share tips for talking like a pirate. Perhaps you too will be able to speak as well as Geoffrey Rush, who plays Captain Hector Barbossa of the Black Pearl in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies — arguably the best-voiced pirate in cinema history. Here’s luck and a fair wind to you ‘til next time.