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


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Jack (the monkey) is seen "smiling" when Barbossa thanks him specifically after he returns the Aztec coin to him after Jack Sparrow chases him. In the special features on the DVD it is revealed that the monkey did this purely by chance and it was not planned out in any way.
Johnny Depp improvised Jack Sparrow's catch phrase, "Savvy?"
Clothing and smears of charcoal were used to conceal Johnny Depp's numerous tattoos. The "Jack Sparrow" tattoo on his arm in the movie is a fake, but he got a real replica after finishing the film, in honor of his son Jack.
There is a small scab on Jack Sparrow's chin that gets bigger and bigger throughout the movie. The make up artist and Johnny Depp did it on purpose as a prank.
According to the screenwriters' commentary on the DVD, Will Turner is the best swordsman in the film, Barbossa and Commodore Norrington are evenly matched, and Jack Sparrow is actually the worst.
Johnny Depp's character, Captain Jack, is portrayed as having gold teeth in the film. The gold teeth were Depp's idea, but he predicted that executives would want fewer gold teeth, and told his dentist to implant more gold teeth as a bargaining tool. Sparrow's final number of gold teeth in the film was what Depp had envisioned all along.
Johnny Depp wore contact lenses which served as sunglasses so he wouldn't be squinting in the sun all the time.
The scene where Orlando Bloom impersonates Johnny Depp's performance was devised by Bloom who asked producer Jerry Bruckheimer if he could put it into the movie.
According to the DVD commentaries, Geoffrey Rush has a theory that people watch the screen from left to right, just like when they read a book. Therefore, he tried to be in the left side of the screen as often as possible. He was particularly intent on doing this in the scenes with the monkey and Keira Knightley because he didn't think anyone would look at him otherwise.
One of the film's last lines - "Bring me that horizon" - was conceived by Johnny Depp on the morning the scene was filmed.
Originally, Johnny Depp wanted Jack Sparrow to have no nose and be afraid of silly things like pepper and the common cold. Disney rejected the idea.
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.
Keira Knightley claimed she was so sure she was going to get fired after a few days work on this film, she only packed a few things to go with her to start filming.
When filming in the cave, excessive makeup was added to the characters so they wouldn't looked washed out on film. When the crew realized how cool the makeup looked on Johnny Depp, they continued to use it on him for the rest of the movie.
HIDDEN MICKEY: The final cannon shot during the Black Pearl's siege of the town, billows into a Mickey Mouse head shape against the night sky.
When Will wakes up after being knocked out, the morning after the Port Royal siege, he looks out into the port and in the background is a young girl sweeping a porch. The actress is Lucinda Dryzek, who plays Young Elizabeth in the beginning of the film.
The substance sprayed on William Turner after the sword fight between him and Captain Jack Sparrow is actually powdered chocolate.
The East India Company (the real-life counterpart of the film franchise's East India Trading Company) really did brand pirates with a "P" but it was put on their forehead instead of their arm.
Keira Knightley revealed on a talk show that during the filming of the movie, she had to constantly have padding to make her chest appear "like there's something there."
Having decided that pirates were the 18th century equivalent of rock stars, Johnny Depp's characterization of Sparrow was inspired by close observation of his friend Keith Richards, though he emphasized in interviews that it was not an impersonation.
First theatrical trailer was released with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), to capitalize on the fact that both films starred Orlando Bloom.
Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have said in interviews that they wrote the script in the early 90s. Somehow Steven Spielberg got hold of the script and wanted to direct the film with Bill Murray, Steve Martin or Robin Williams playing Captain Jack Sparrow. But Disney did not give permission for the film to be made.
Robert De Niro was offered the role of Captain Jack Sparrow but he declined thinking that the movie wouldn't do well in the box office as many other pirate movies in the past. He was proved wrong and so he accepted the role of Captain Shakespeare in the movie Stardust (2007).
During the scenes when Elizabeth Swann falls into the ocean, activating the coin around her neck, the clouds in the sky form an outstretched, grasping hand coming towards the island.
The tattoo that Orlando Bloom got on his right wrist during The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) is covered throughout most of the film. It's visible during the sword-fight in the blacksmith shop when Will raises his sword to parry after Jack's "You're not a eunuch, are you?" and again below decks on the Interceptor where Elizabeth reveals she took the medallion and Will realizes it was his blood the pirates need to lift the curse - you can see it just as he reaches to touch the medallion on her chest.
Keira Knightley wore colored contact lenses like Johnny Depp's in the last scene of the movie. But since her eyes are lighter than Johnny Depp's, they had to be dark in the center and light on the outside. She complained they made her so dizzy that she threw them away the night after shooting.
When casting for the role of Will Turner, it was down to Orlando Bloom or Heath Ledger. Gore Verbinski chose Bloom because he heard he was in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and felt he would be a more bankable choice.
The names of the three main characters are all linked to birds. Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann and William Turner, who was a famous ornithologist.
The name "Barbossa" might have been derived from the real Turkish pirate "Barbarossa". Barbarossa, also known as "Redbeard", was once a pirate in the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas before he became a fleet admiral of the Ottoman Empire navy.
The skull and crossed blades flag was the flag of "Calico" John Rackam, longtime lover of notorious female pirate Anne Bonny.
Industrial Light and Magic designers scanned turkey jerky to create the effect of decomposing skin when the pirates turn into their skeletal forms.
When returning from a night shoot on one of the Caribbean islands, Keira Knightley's boat struck a reef and went down. The only people aboard were Knightley, her mother Sharman Macdonald and the boat's skipper, all of whom escaped unharmed and were rescued within a few hours. However, the incident ultimately determined that the rest of the island night shoots needed would complete filming in a studio, rather than on location.
The facial hair sported by Gibbs is Kevin McNally's own. He grew it to shorten the time spent on makeup during filming.
The various "eunuch" lines were improvisations by Johnny Depp.
Writer and co-creator Stuart Beattie wrote the part of Jack Sparrow with Hugh Jackman in mind. The character's first name was even a nod to the actor's name. However, Disney did not feel Jackman was a big enough star for the part, so the part was eventually offered to Johnny Depp.
In an attempt to ward off the seasickness that struck the rest of the cast and crew, Keira Knightley took a travel sickness pill... and fell asleep instead.
Zoe Saldana did not enjoy her time on this film. She said, "Those weren't the right people for me. I'm not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I'm talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus P As. It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, "F- this!" I am never putting myself in this situation again. People disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and they think I'm not important. F- you."
The movie's world premiere was located at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort in California, home to the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, on June 28, 2003. This was the first ever movie premiere at Disneyland.
The Pirates of the Caribbean series is the 12th highest grossing franchise ever.
The ship used as "HMS Interceptor" is an actual ship, the "Lady Washington" and is the official tall ship ambassador of the State of Washington. She can also be seen in Star Trek: Generations (1994) and was used as a reference for the RLS Legacy in Treasure Planet (2002). It has also been used in the show "Once Upon a Time," as Killian Jones's /Captain Hook's ship, "The Jolly Roger."
Keira Knightley almost didn't make it to the audition because of a traffic jam.
Captain Jack Sparrow's pirate flag is actually 2 pirate flags combined to be a unique flag especially for him. The skull is from "Calico" Jack Rackham's flag, and the crossed bones are a general item from several different flags, often referring to death.
Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Tobey Maguire, Ben Peyton, Christopher Masterson and Christian Bale were all considered for the role of Will Turner.
The island Isla de Muerta is Spanish for "island of dead". Tortuga is also Spanish, meaning "turtle".
British metal band Bring Me The Horizon got their band name from one of the last lines in the film "bring me that horizon"
Stick around after the credits for an additional scene.
In one scene Jack Sparrow reveals that the pirate term "parley" originated with the French. The word "parler" or "parlez" (pronounced similarly to "parley") are forms of the French verb "to speak".
References to the Disneyland attractions include (but are not limited to):
  • three uses of the song "(Yo Ho, Yo Ho) A Pirate's Life for Me" by Xavier Atencio and George Bruns in the opening scene (sung by young Elizabeth), when Jack and Elizabeth are marooned on the island, and in the end by Jack.

  • The jail scenes, in which the prisoners try to tempt the dog who holds the key to their cell. Jack says, "That dog is never going to move" - although the movie dog eventually does, the one in the ride doesn't. Jack later tries to tempt it with a bone, as does one of the audio-animatronic pirates in the ride.

  • The "burning town" sequence, and within it, the redheaded prostitute (who slaps Jack), and the "stuffed pirate" drinking the rum spurting out of a barrel

  • Jack's initial discovery of Gibbs sleeping with the pigs

  • The line "Dead men tell no tales", said by the macaw, which is repeated throughout the ride's narration

  • A quick shot of a skeleton sprawled on the beach of the Isla de Muerta, with a crab nearby

  • During the raid on the town, seen is a man being dunked into a well.

  • A skeletal Barbossa drinks wine, which trickles through his exposed ribcage, as one of the skeletal pirates do.

  • During the battle scene between the two ships, Black Pearl and the Interceptor Captain Barbossa refers to his crew as "bloomin cockroaches" just like the captain in the ride does when his ship attacks a local town fort.

  • In Tortuga, we see a pirate drinking rum on top of two barrels and is wobbling just like in the ride.

  • There are references to cursed treasure in the ride: old pirates speak of cursed treasure and how you probably don't believe in it, and the line "Who knows when that evil curse will strike the greedy beholders of this bewitched treasure."

  • The woman wearing a red dress at Tortuga island that slaps Jack and he wonders if he deserved it is a character in the ride.

  • Part of the Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is called "Port Royal".

The monkey "Jack" is played by two capuchin monkeys. One is a 10-year old female named Tara, the other an 8-year old male named Levi.
This was the first PG-13 release under the Walt Disney Pictures label in the United States. The Walt Disney Company, however, has released PG-13 and R rated films under the Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures labels since the 1980's.
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.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski wanted to use the massive water tank in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico used for Titanic (1997) and Pearl Harbor (2001), but Peter Weir's film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) had the tank booked during the time Pirates was scheduled to shoot.
The studio was interested in Matthew McConaughey as Sparrow because of his resemblance to Burt Lancaster, who had inspired the original script's interpretation of the character.
In an early version of the script, according to the DVD commentary, Norrington was to ask Elizabeth to marry him and she says no. Enraged by this Norrington was going to join Barbossa and the two of them were going to try take over the Caribbean. However this script was turned down.
The film was such a success that Disney closed their Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disneyland, California and Disney World, Florida to update them. The new storyline of the attractions is Captain Barbossa chasing Jack Sparrow, both of whom were added in the form of animatronics. Disneyland opened their updated attraction on 26 June 2006, two days after the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). Disney World opened its new attraction on 7 July 2006. Disney World did give a sneak peak to the ride on 6 July 2006 after the park closed to Resort Members during Extra Magic Hours.
Keira Knightley's hair was extended because it was still short from her previous roles.
When Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, the screenwriters, originally pitched the movie to the Disney executives in the early '90s, it was rejected.
As Jack Sparrow's crew arrive at Isla de Muerta, Cotton's parrot says "Dead men tell no tales" which is the name of the fifth installment set to release in 2017.
Many of the crew got seasick while filming.
Steven Spielberg wanted Sylvester McCoy for the role of Governor Swann.
Before the film was made, The Walt Disney Company considered making this a direct-to-video film, with Cary Elwes, Rik Mayall and Christopher Walken being the top three choices for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
On August 10, 2002, a fire started on the soundstage where the movie was shot. Nobody was hurt and the damage was estimated to be $350,000.
Keira Knightley was only 18 years old when this movie came out
The figurehead (a sculpted ornament on the bow of ancient vessels) of the ship carrying Elizabeth and Governor Swann at the beginning of the movie is actually the coat of arms of the United Kingdom and it is the figurehead of an actual ship of the line, the HMS Victory, which participated in the Trafalgar Battle against combined french and Spanish navies under the command of Lord Horatio Nelson in 1805. HMS Victory is now preserved at Portsmouth, England, as a museum and is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. She still has a captain and crew, although is no longer seaworthy, having been in dry dock since 1922. The crest holds the French motto of the British monarchs "Dieu et mon droit" (God and my right) and the Old French motto of the Order of the Garter "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (Evil be unto him that thinks evil).
Governor Swann's first name is Weatherby, Commodore Norrington's is James, and Barbossa's is Hector. The latter is revealed on the DVD commentary with Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski.
The film's title in Germany translates to "Curse of the Caribbean".
Throughout the film, Barbossa is seen holding a Granny Smith apple, which originates in Australia, with the intent for it to be the first thing he eats. Geoffrey Rush, who plays Barbossa, is himself Australian.
Michael Keaton, Jim Carrey, and Christopher Walken were all considered for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
In the original draft of the script, Barbossa was Italian not English.
The "Fort" in Port Royal is actually not on St. Vincent, but at a closed down amusement park (Marineland) in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Orlando Bloom's character shares the name of real life Captain William Thomas Turner (1856-1933), Captain of the RMS Lusitania.
The word "parley" is said a total of fifteen times.
The movie is inspired by, and takes its theme from, the popular Walt Disney theme park ride of the same name.
Amanda Bynes, Jessica Alba and Jaimie Alexander were considered for the role of Elizabeth Swann.
The medal hanging from Norrington's neck early in the film identifies him as a Knight Commander in the Most Honourable Order of the Bath.
The only film in the franchise, which there are no company credits at the beginning of the film.
The words "pirate" and "piracy" are said 56 times.
WILHELM SCREAM: Heard during the battle on the Dauntless between the Royal Navy and Barbossa's crew.
Jimmy Buffett was offered a role as a pirate, but had to decline due to previous engagements.
In Italian the title is "The Curse of the First Moon", without "Pirates of the Caribbean" at the beginning.
During the blacksmith sword fight scene, Orlando Bloom's tattoo on his right arm can be seen. Bloom got the tattoo while filming The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). That tattoo is the number nine in Tengwar (Writing of the Elves).
Alan Silvestri was first suggested to provide the score but has been replaced by Klaus Badelt. However, some movie posters still show the credit "Music by Alan Silvestri". These posters also show a different story credit, omitting the fourth story writer Jay Wolpert: "Screen Story by Stuart Beattie and Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio".
Tom Wilkinson was briefly considered for the role of Governor Swann.
Was denied a release in China because the film contained references to it's ghosts, the supernatural and the afterlife.
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The British Navy would not have promoted a man to "commodore" as a rank. Commodore was a distinction held as a temporary post when a post-captain commanded more than one ship at a time and was given the privilege of wearing a vice-admiral's coat only for the duration of the commission. After the mission set out by the Admiralty was completed the rank reverted to post-captain.
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Voted number 4 in Channel 4's (UK) "Greatest Family Films".
Isla de Muerta is Spanish for island of death.
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Filming was supposed to begin in June 2002, but was delayed until October 2002.
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The website for the Pirates of the Caribbean series is DisneyPirates.Com.
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In the novelization for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Barbossa considers Jack dangerous but foolhardy.
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At 1h 22m 18s the inside surface of the raised gun port hatch appears to have a knife, fork and spoon stuck in it.
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Parley, is actually French for "to speak." Jack Sparrow actually gives a nod to this when Barbossa, annoyed by the continuous usage of the rule, exclaims he hates the man who created the rule. To which Sparrow replies "actually, the French created it."
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In an interesting twist, it was not Captain Barbossa who killed Bootstrap Bill Turner. Although he did strap a cannon to Bootstrap's bootstraps, Bill would have been a member of the cursed crew and undead at the bottom of the ocean. In the 8 years span after that event to when the movie takes place, we can assume he was able to break free of the cannon and get to land somehow. Therefore he would have died some other way to be a member of Davy Jones' crew in the next movie. Even more unfortunate, if he were unable to free himself, it would have been his own son William who caused his death by returning the piece of gold with his blood to the chest, lifting the curse.

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