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


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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.
Johnny Depp wore contact lenses, which served as sunglasses, so he wouldn't be squinting in the sun all the time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having decided that pirates were the eighteenth 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.
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.
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.
When filming in the cave, excessive make-up was added to the actors so they wouldn't looked washed out on film. When the crew realized how cool the make-up looked on Johnny Depp, they continued to use it on him for the rest of the movie.
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 proven wrong, and so he accepted the role of Captain Shakespeare in the movie Stardust (2007),.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Industrial Light and Magic designers scanned turkey jerky to create the effect of decomposing skin when the pirates turn into their skeletal forms.
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 trilogy, and felt he would be a more bankable choice.
The 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.
The various "eunuch" lines were improvisations by Johnny Depp.
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.
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 names of the three main characters are all linked to birds. Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann, and William Turner, who was a famous ornithologist.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is the twelfth highest grossing franchise ever.
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 facial hair sported by Gibbs is Kevin McNally's own. He grew it to shorten the time spent on make-up during filming.
The skull and crossed blades flag was the flag of "Calico" John Rackam, longtime lover of notorious female pirate Anne Bonny.
During the scene, 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.
Keira Knightley wore colored contact lenses, like Johnny Depp's, in the last scene of the movie. But since her eyes are lighter than 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.
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.
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. This was also considered to be a commercial risk because Depp, although a respected actor, was hardly a bankable star at the time. Fortunately, the gamble paid off when the movie became the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2003.
Keira Knightley was only eighteen years old when this movie came out.
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 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.
The ship used as the "H.M.S. 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 R.L.S. Legacy in Treasure Planet (2002). It has also been used in the show Once Upon a Time (2011) as Killian Jones' a.k.a. 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 two 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.
Was denied a release in China because the film contained references to it's ghosts, the supernatural, and the afterlife.
British metal band Bring Me The Horizon got their band name from one of the last lines in the film, "bring me that horizon".
The film was such a success, that Disney closed their Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disneyland, California and Walt 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 June 26, 2006, two days after the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). Walt Disney World opened its new attraction on July 7, 2006. Disney World did give a sneak peak to the ride on July 6, 2006 after the park closed to Resort Members during Extra Magic Hours.
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.
Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Tobey Maguire, Ben Peyton, Christopher Masterson, and Christian Bale were all considered for the role of Will Turner.
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 1980s.
The monkey "Jack" is played by two capuchin monkeys. One is a ten-year old female named Tara, the other is an eight-year old male named Levi.
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 to take over the Caribbean. However, this script was turned down.
In one scene, Jack Sparrow reveals that the pirate term "parley" originated with the French. The word "parler" or "parlez" (pronounced "par-lay") are forms of the French verb "to speak".
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Keira Knightley's hair was extended, because it was still short from her previous role.
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.
When Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio originally pitched the movie to the Disney executives in the early '90s, it was rejected, most likely due to the audience's lack of interest in pirate movies since the 1970s. It wasn't until Jay Wolpert was asked by the studio to write a story based on the famous Disney theme park attractions that the project finally got off the ground.
The island "Isla de Muerta" is Spanish for "Island of Death", or "Death Island". Tortuga is also Spanish, meaning "turtle".
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". It is also the name of the shop at the exit of The Pirates Attraction in Disneyland.
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.
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.
The only film in the franchise, which there are no company credits at the beginning of the film.
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 H.M.S. Victory, which participated in the Trafalgar Battle against combined French and Spanish navies under the command of Lord Horatio Nelson in 1805. H.M.S. 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).
Michael Keaton, Jim Carrey, and Christopher Walken were all considered 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 dollars.
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 released in 2017.
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.
Amanda Bynes, Jessica Alba, and Jaimie Alexander were considered for the role of Elizabeth Swann.
Throughout the film, Barbossa is seen holding a Granny Smith apple, which originated in Australia, with the intent for it to be the first thing he eats. Geoffrey Rush, who plays Barbossa, is Australian.
Many of the crew got seasick while filming.
In the original draft of the script, Barbossa was Italian, not English.
The film's title in Germany translates to "Curse of the Caribbean".
Orlando Bloom's character shares the name of real life Captain William Thomas Turner (1856-1933), Captain of the R.M S. Lusitania.
The "Fort" in Port Royal is actually not on St. Vincent, but at a closed down amusement park (Marineland) in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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.
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.
Parley was originally a meeting between Kings and their retainers, and later became a meeting between enemy forces to discuss truce. Land forces traditionally signal a request for parley under a white flag, and naval forces under a black flag. Somewhat confusingly, a black flag flown by land forces is traditionally taken to mean "no quarter" -no surrender accepted - such as the black flag flown by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana during the Texas Revolutionary War.
Steven Spielberg wanted Sylvester McCoy for the role of Governor Swann.
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.
The words "pirate" and "piracy" are said 56 times.
Alan Silvestri was first suggested to provide the score, but got 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".
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).
In Italian the title is "The Curse of the First Moon", without "Pirates of the Caribbean" at the beginning.
There's a misunderstanding that Hans Zimmer didn't work on this film at all, and that all the music was composed by Klaus Badelt, in fact Hans Zimmer composed the main themes of the film and Klaus Badelt did the rest. This was confirmed with the release of the CD of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", which has a leaflet that mentions this.
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The film effectively ended the 'Pirate movie curse' that was believed to be in effect since the mid-1970s, when movies such as Swashbuckler (1976), The Pirate Movie (1982), Nate and Hayes (1983), Yellowbeard (1983) and Pirates (1986) had all severely underperformed at the box office. Later attempts to revive the genre with Waterworld (1995) and Cutthroat Island (1995) had also failed to make a profit. Media expectations for Pirates of the Caribbean were understandably low at first, but it became a world-wide artistic and commercial success.
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Parley, is actually French for "to speak." Jack Sparrow actually gives a nod to this when Pintel, annoyed by the continuous usage of the rule, exclaims he hates the man who created the rule. To which Sparrow replies "That would be the French."
Tom Wilkinson was briefly considered for the role of Governor Swann.
The female pirate Anamaria (Zoe Saldana) is a possible reference to Anne Bonny and Mary Read, two infamous female pirates from the 18th century.
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Voted number 4 in Channel 4's (England) "Greatest Family Films".
Filming was supposed to begin in June 2002, but was delayed until October 2002.
The website for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is DisneyPirates.Com.
The only film in the franchise where there are no mythical creatures.
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(At one hour and 22 minutes) The inside surface of the raised gun port hatch appears to have a knife, fork, and spoon stuck in it.
In the novelization for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Barbossa considers Jack dangerous, but foolhardy.
This is Klaus Badelt's first and only music score for a Disney movie until ''Christopher Robin'' (2018)_.
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Chip and Salsa play the parrot that talks for the pirate Cotton (David Bailie), whose tongue was cut out in a disagreement. Only one bird appears at a time, but both birds play the same character. Chip performed in most of the scenes where the parrot was required to sit patiently on a character's shoulder. Salsa performed most of the tricks and when a scene required more animation, such as flying.
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The filming began on Wednesday 9th October 2002 and ended at Friday 7th March 2003.
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Keira Knightley was 17 years old at the time of filming.
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The trivia items 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 was a (reluctant) member of the cursed crew, and probably the first to discover himself an undead at the bottom of the ocean. As such, crushed by water pressure yet undying, Davy Jones offered Bill a place in his crew to free him - from both his entrapment and the malediction. Thus, when his own son William would have caused his death by returning the piece of gold with his blood to the chest, Bill was actually protected by Davy Jones' contract.
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 Gore Verbinski, and finally used on screen in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
When Koehler and Twigg come across Jack locked up in the gaol, they observe that they last saw him shrinking into the distance on a God-forsaken island and that "his fortunes aren't improving much." Jack retorts with:

"Worry about your own fortunes, gentlemen. The deepest circle of Hell is reserved for betrayers and mutineers."

This is a reference to Dante's Inferno, in which sinners guilty of treachery are consigned to the ninth, final and deepest circle of Hell.
As stated above, the name "Barbossa" might refer to the real Turkish pirate "Barbarossa", who started out as a pirate in the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas before he became a Fleet Admiral of the Ottoman Empire Navy. This also mirrors the career of Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in the movies, who starts out as a feared pirate in the first film, but becomes a successful privateer in the service of the British Navy in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
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