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Captain Ron

Captain Ron
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Thom Eberhardt
Produced by David Permut
Written by John Dwyer
Starring Kurt Russell
Martin Short
Mary Kay Place
Benjamin Salisbury
Meadow Sisto
Music by Nicholas Pike
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Edited by Tina Hirsch
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates September 18, 1992
Running time 104 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $24 million
Box office $22,518,097

Captain Ron is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Thom Eberhardt, produced by David Permut, and written by John Dwyer for Touchstone Pictures.[1] It stars Kurt Russell as the title character, a sailor with a quirky personality and a checkered past, and Martin Short as a middle-class family man who hires him to sail a yacht through the Caribbean with him and his family aboard. Mary Kay Place, Meadow Sisto, and Benjamin Salisbury also star as his wife and children.


Martin Harvey (Short) is a middle-aged office worker who lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, Katherine (Place), 16-year-old daughter, Caroline (Sisto), and 11-year-old son, Ben (Salisbury). When he learns his recently deceased uncle has bequeathed him a yacht once owned by Clark Gable, he decides to take his family to the island of Ste. Pomme de Terre ("Saint Potato" literately "Apple of Earth") to retrieve the yacht so he can sell it. Katherine resists the idea, but she agrees after Caroline announces she has just gotten engaged to an uncouth young man.

When the Harveys arrive at the island, they discover that the yacht, the Wanderer, is in terrible condition. Upon hearing this, the yacht broker cancels his plan to send an experienced captain to help them sail to Miami, and instead hires a local sailor, Captain Ron Rico (Russell), a one-eyed man with a very laid back attitude, and Navy veteran who claims to have piloted the USS Saratoga. He initially plans to inspect the yacht before setting sail, but launches immediately when he discovers the car he arrived in has rolled off the dock and sank. As the yacht moves out to sea, the car's owner arrives at the dock and shouts "You stole my wife, but you are not stealing my car!!", and tries to shoot Captain Ron.

We learn that Captain Ron is different from anything they have ever experienced. He has no problem taking Ben's money in a game of Monopoly, giving him beer to drink, and charging him for it later, but shows a surprising loyalty to Martin, who he only refers to as "Boss". Martin, however, doesn't like him, calls him "Moron" in his diary, and believes that he doesn't know what he's doing.

On their way to Miami, the Harveys decides to stop off in the Caribbean, but learn that Captain Ron doesn't know how to navigate. While on an island they mistook for another place, Martin becomes infuriated with Captain Ron and decides to go on a "nature hike" instead of staying with his family to make the most of it. Captain Ron warns him to stay on the path, because of "guerrillas", which he shrugs off as ridiculous, believing him to mean "gorillas", but he strays from it only to run into some, led by General Armando (Sunshine Logroño). Captain Ron eventually bargains for Martin's freedom by giving them a lift to the next island, and receiving some firearms in return to fight off pirates. This only angers Martin more, as he declares there will be no firearms on his yacht and tosses them overboard, before realizing that without them, he is indeed going to be forced to give the guerrillas a lift.

When they arrive at their next destination, (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Martin and Katherine are arrested for smuggling guerrillas onto there. Caroline and Ben, however, have a great time partying with the locals and Captain Ron there which ends with Caroline getting a tattoo, Ben breaking his glasses, and Captain Ron losing his glass eye. Martin and Katherine are released from jail, but are forced to leave that night. Martin decides to leave Captain Ron behind and go on without him. Not soon after, they encounter pirates who steal the yacht, and are stuck floating in the ocean in a raft. After some drifting, they land in Cuba, much to Martin's dismay, and discover that the yacht is there. The pirates discover them, but with the surprising help of Captain Ron, they are able to escape with the yacht. Captain Ron learns that they underrate Martin and decide to play hurt, forcing him to take control in the escape of the pirates. Using the skills that Captain Ron taught them, they are able to get the sails up after the engine breaks from lack of oil to better the distance between them and the pirates. In the end, the United States Coast Guard fires once at the pirates, scaring them away and creating a safe passage to Miami for the Harveys.

They arrive in Miami and part ways with Captain Ron. As they sail to their destination, they decide to turn the yacht around and keep it. Then a couple in a ski boat who envys them see them sail off. To their surprise, Captain Ron, now cleaned up with his hair pulled back and wearing a suit, pops up and says they should take the boat out for a spin.

Cult Following

In the years subsequent to its release, the film has gained a large cult following due to its many quotable lines and strong comedic performance by Kurt Russell.

The film frequently places high in the Rotten Tomatoes "Ripe and Round" polling of great films.

On September 18, 2007, fans (wearing their best eye patches and fake battleship tattoos) gathered for the first annual "Ron Con" to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the film's release.

It was Kurt Russell's idea to have Captain Ron wear an eye patch, as a tribute to his Snake Plissken character from Escape from New York. Captain Ron also appeared in a non-canon to his universe, John Carpenter's Snake Plissken Chronicles.



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