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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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Joshamee Gibbs (as Kevin R. McNally)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Over 3000 Islands of Paradise -- For Some it's A Blessing -- For Others... It's A Curse. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title was originally just "Pirates of the Caribbean" but the name was changed in the hope that it would do well at the box office and a sequel could be made. See more »


When Jack Sparrow is about to walk the plank, and is speaking with Barbosa, there are several shots where you can see metal scaffolding behind Jack. 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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There are no opening credits, not even the production company and studio bumpers, save the title. See more »


Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)
Words by Xavier Atencio
Music by George Bruns
Performed by Lucinda Dryzek, Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp
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User Reviews

Surprisingly Good
4 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Although I had expectations ( from watching the trailers ) that this might be a good movie, I was still surprised that it's as good as it is. The story is actually more complex than I had expected, involving cursed pirates and their quest to rid themselves of the curse. I won't say more than that so as not to spoil it if you haven't seen it.

There aren't as many action scenes as I had thought there would be in a pirate movie, but the ones that are in the movie were very fun and enjoyable. After seeing it, I think it had the right balance of action and drama. There are also, of course, a lot of funny bits interspersed between the action and drama. Some really good special effects also add to the enjoyment of this movie.

I wasn't much of a fan of Johnny Depp until I saw this movie. I think he deserved to win the Academy Award for best actor. It's largely because of his performance, IMO, that the movie was so good. Most of the supporting cast did well, mind you, just that Johnny Depp stood high above the rest. I did find Orlando Bloom's performance a bit wooden, but other than that the acting was good.

Basically, it's a really fun movie and I'd give it about 8 out of 10

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