- 1 hr 36 min
Yellowbeard is a 1983 comedy film directed by Mel Damski, starring Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin, and Martin Hewitt. The movie follows the story of the notorious pirate, Yellowbeard, who after serving 20 years in prison for tax evasion, escapes to find his buried treasure. Along the way, he crosses paths with several eccentric characters, including a dim-witted army captain, a gang of cutthroat pirates, and a conniving doctor who seeks to capture him for a king's ransom. As the movie begins, Yellowbeard is serving time in a British prison for tax evasion. Having hidden a treasure worth millions of pounds, he plans to escape and retrieve his loot. However, before he can do so, he must first find a map that he has hidden in his son's possessions. Unfortunately for him, Yellowbeard's son, who was born while he was in prison, is now a wimpy, cowardly man who has been raised by his mother, a woman who despises pirates. After being released from prison, Yellowbeard makes his way to Port Royale, where he reunites with some of his former crew members, including his trusty first mate, Moon, played by Peter Boyle, and his former lover, Betty, played by Madeline Kahn. While he manages to retrieve the map from his son, the authorities are on his tail, and he must escape from their clutches. The rest of the movie follows Yellowbeard's attempts to locate his treasure, which he has hidden in a secret cave, while dodging his enemies along the way. His pursuers include the British army, led by the bumbling Captain Hughes, played by Martin Hewitt, and a group of vicious pirates, including El Segundo, played by Cheech Marin, and Vicar, played by Tommy Chong. One of the key themes in the movie is the importance of family. Yellowbeard's son, played by Martin Hewitt, is a weak, cowardly man who is constantly belittled and abused by his mother. Despite this, Yellowbeard still cares for his son and is willing to risk everything to protect him. Similarly, Moon, Yellowbeard's first mate, is fiercely loyal to his captain, even when it means putting his own life in danger. Another important theme in the movie is the role of authority. The British army and the pirate gang are both depicted as incompetent and corrupt, with their leaders more concerned with their own power and wealth than their duty to serve their people. Yellowbeard, on the other hand, is a flawed but ultimately sympathetic character who is more concerned with finding his treasure than with causing harm to others. Overall, Yellowbeard is a fun, lighthearted comedy that offers plenty of laughs and entertainment. While it may not be the most sophisticated or nuanced movie out there, it succeeds in its goal of providing a good time for its audience. Fans of Monty Python and other classic British comedies will likely enjoy this movie, as will anyone looking for a good pirate-themed adventure.