Cutthroat Island (Carolco Pictures, 1995)
This box office flop was a romantic comedy action adventure film starring Geena Davis, Matthew Modine and Frank Langella.
Plagued by a troubled and chaotic production that included multiple rewrites and recasts and mixed reviews, Cutthroat Island was the final film from Carolco Pictures before it closed. (Carolco has since re-launched in 2015.) Produced for $98 million, it only recouped the studio a paltry $10 million.
Feisty Morgan Adams (Davis) inherits her
late buccaneer father’s galleon and one-third of a map to buried treasure located on Cutthroat Island. The map had been tattooed on her father’s scalp and to find the treasure, she must locate and scalp his two brothers. But Morgan’s swashbuckling uncle, Dawg Brown (Langella) wants the treasure for himself. Dawg battles his headstrong niece and her unwilling accomplice, the Latin-speaking physician William Shaw (Modine).