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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 9 July 2003 (USA)
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Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.



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This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will's life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made. Written by the lexster

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Prepare to be blown out of the water. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for action/adventure violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 July 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

P.O.T.C.  »

Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$46,630,690 (USA) (11 July 2003)


$305,388,685 (USA) (26 December 2003)

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Did You Know?


During the swordfight scene between Jack Sparrow and Will Turner in the blacksmith shop. The clanging of their swords are just about in sync with the rhythm of the incidental music. See more »


During the battle scene at Isla de Muerta, Commodore Norrington and his men on the rowboats does not hear the gunfire on board the H.M.S. Dauntless. However, when the wounded sailor on board the Dauntless rings the bell, we see a shot of Norrington looking towards the ship then a shot of the ship with gunfire clearly audible and echoing through the night. If it was audible at this point from this distance, then it should have been audible since the first shots were fired and thus Norrington should have noticed them without the need of the bell. See more »


[first lines]
Young Elizabeth: [singing] Yo, ho, yo, ho/ a pirate's life for me/ Yo, ho, yo, ho/ it's a pirate's life for me/drink up me hearties, yo, ho...
Mr. Gibbs: [surprises her by coming up from behind her] Quiet, missy! Cursed pirates sail these waters. You want to call them down on us?
Norrington: [sharply] Mr. Gibbs, that will do!
Mr. Gibbs: She was singing about pirates. Bad luck to sing about pirates, with us mired in this unnatural fog... mark my words!
Norrington: Consider them marked.
Mr. Gibbs: 'Aye, Lieutenant.
[as he moves off]
Mr. Gibbs: Bad luck to have a woman on...
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits, not even the production company and studio bumpers, save the title. See more »


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User Reviews

Proof that Disney can still create good movies
2 November 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Disney seemed to be going down the tubes lately, with Atlantis and Home on the Range, but this movie is a masterpiece. If it wasn't for this movie, Johnny Depp wouldn't be as famous as he is today. Every scene with him or Geoffery Rush is brilliant. The movie is very crisp and the shots of the islands are breathtaking. Definitely a movie worth picking up at Blockbuster or even better, buying ( I don't buy DVDs often but this was one of them). The characters are thought out very well and plot is excellent. The script is one of the main stars of the film itself, every line that seems to come out of Sparrow or Barbossa's mouth or any of the other cast is original. If you like action films you'll love this, if you like comedy you'll love this, actually, this movie is great for everyone (except small kids, who may get frightened by the skeleton scenes). 10/10

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