The 1983 film adaptation of 'The Pirates of Penzance' -- your free movie of the day -- has a reputation for not being good. In a word, that's unfair: the reviews at the time of the film's release were actually enthusiastic.

And it was just about brilliant for legendary theater producer Joseph Papp, who had successfully returned the beloved and rollicking Gilbert and Sullivan operetta to Broadway for nearly 800 performances starting in 1981, to take full advantage of the title's popularity by dipping his toes into Hollywood waters.
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