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Act of Piracy (1988)

Ted Andrews persuades his ex-wife Sandy to let their children accompany him on a journey on his multi-million dollar yacht to Australia, where he wants to sell it. However after a few days ... See full summary »


John 'Bud' Cardos


Hal Reed


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Ted Andrews
Belinda Bauer ... Sandy Andrews
Ray Sharkey ... Jack Wilcox
Nancy Mulford ... Laura Warner
Arnold Vosloo ... Sean Stevens
Ken Gampu ... Herb Bunting
Anthony Fridjhon Anthony Fridjhon ... Philip O'Connor
Mathew Stewardson Mathew Stewardson ... Mark Andrews
Candice Hillebrand Candice Hillebrand ... Tracey Andrews
Dennis Casey Park Dennis Casey Park ... Dennis Bryant
Nadia Bilchik Nadia Bilchik ... Maria
Joe Stewardson Joe Stewardson ... Agent Johnson
Brian O'Shaughnessy Brian O'Shaughnessy ... 'Barracuda' Skipper
Gordon Mulholland Gordon Mulholland ... Captain Jenkins
Melody O'Brian Melody O'Brian ... Nadine Andrews


Ted Andrews persuades his ex-wife Sandy to let their children accompany him on a journey on his multi-million dollar yacht to Australia, where he wants to sell it. However after a few days it turns out that his girlfriend Laura is member of a terroristic organization, who want the boat as an operation base. Only Ted survives their attack and can escape, the children are kept as hostages. Together with his wife, Ted starts an international TV campaign to hunt down the terrorists and free the children. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

1988 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Act of Piracy - Piraterie auf hoher See See more »

Filming Locations:

Skiathos, Greece See more »

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Performed by Kim Foley
Written by Delisa Davis and Tsuyoshi "Taka" Takayanagi
Published by Davis International (BMI), Yugin Songs (BMI)
and Spectrum 7 Music (ASCAP)
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Busey at the helm, steers average movie cruise fare
16 April 2017 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

Watching Busey in other roles, he's never gonna match his electric and mesmerizing take on Buddy Holly, or of course, be nominated for an Oscar again. Here in this straight to video action pic, with some smarts, but really falling just above an average time passer, his wild and raving performance, galavanting around on his vengeful quest with his ex (the beautiful Bauer) to catch the bad dudes (a terrorist group) who have his kids, is really one of the few highlights to this film, it's nice music score, another one (something you would expect to hear in a t.v. show). Part of the terrorist group, headed by the late Sharkey, one of the great movie villain actors, is his luscious wife (Mulford) who was parading as Busey's girlfriend, prefore, his nightmare began. She takes one too many falls, you could say. Also a tongueless slightly overweight Columbian woman, who you slightly feel sorry for. Their plan is to use Busey's boat an an operative base, only the kids came on board too. Busey had survived, adrift, after going overboard, and washing up on the beach. Location wise, there are some really nice sights, where the ending kind of drags on, as in the final battle between Sharkey and Busey, as his lovable sailing possession goes down like the Titanic. Bauer, a so underused actress, gives a real notable performance as her divorced, suffering wife. She's better than Busey here, his character, I thought, was really a selfish ignorant d..k, especially in his barging start. He's really a jackass, one scene in a taxi, that has him saying to Bauer "How did things get so ugly between us?" was a laughable moment, as was some others, from his pigheaded character. Sharkey again, brings us a real believable nasty villain, you'll love to hate, and hate you will. There's nothing really special about Act Of Piracy, except it's different story, but I guess you could call it semi exciting watch. Mulford in sexy pink lingerie, is a sight to behold though.

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