July 20, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Pirate

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Judy Garland, Gene Kelly
director
Vincente Minnelli
distributor
Warner Home Video
genre
Musical
We gave it an A

Johnny Depp and crew have nothing on Vincente Minnelli’s gaudy, giddy confection starring Gene Kelly as a traveling thesp who lusts after Judy Garland’s moony Manuela. (She, however, pines for the notorious sea wolf Macoco.) If you only know the Wizard of Oz actress as a tremulous waif, her sly delivery and nimble comic timing will be a tasty revelation. Best Numbers Judy Garland’s galvanizing ”Mack the Black,” Kelly’s debonair ”Nina,” and ”Be a Clown,” featuring those tap-dancing dynamos the Nicholas Brothers. Worst Number There ain’t one! A

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