Cutthroat Island is a 1995 romantic comedy action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin. The film stars Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Frank Langella. The film, having endured a notoriously troubled and chaotic production involving multiple rewrites and recasts, received mixed reviews with criticism towards the incoherent script, one-dimensional characters and the lack of chemistry between the protagonist duo whereas the high production values, action sequences, shooting locations and the musical score were praised. It became a massive box office bomb. It was the last film from Carolco Pictures before its closure, until the company's relaunch in 2015. However, its swash-buckling soundtrack, composed by John Debney is considered one of the best movie scores of all time.
In 1668 Jamaica, Morgan Adams hunts down her uncle and fellow pirate Dawg Brown, who has captured her father, Black Harry. Black Harry has one of three pieces of a map to a huge stash of gold on the remote Cutthroat Island. Dawg has another piece, having stolen it from the corpse of a third brother, Richard, while a fourth brother, Mordechai, has the last piece. Harry refuses to give Dawg his piece and escapes with Morgan's help, but not before being mortally wounded. A dying Harry reveals to his daughter the location of the map piece: on his scalp.