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
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. See more »
(At around 1 hour 49 and 50 minutes) When the cursed crew are coming out of the sea climbing up the ropes, the moonlight doesn't hit them at all times as they get shaded by the boat, yet they continue to appear in their skeletal form. The earlier scenes would only show the skeletal forms on the parts of the body that were under direct moonlight. See more »
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...
[surprises her by coming up from behind her]
Quiet, missy! Cursed pirates sail these waters. You want to call them down on us?
Mr. Gibbs, that will do!
She was singing about pirates. Bad luck to sing about pirates, with us mired in this unnatural fog... mark my words!
Consider them marked.
[as he moves off]
Bad luck to have a woman on board...
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During the swordfight in the caves at the Isla del Muerta, there is additional dialogue with Jack and Barbossa. Seconds after the swordfight begins, Barbossa says, "Damn it, Jack! I was almost liking you!" and Jack sweetly replies, "I know," and the swordfight continues. This is featured on Disk 2 of the DVD, but not as a deleted/extended scene. See more »
What lifts this film above typical Disney fluff is Johnny Depp's humorous performance as pirate Jack Sparrow, the eccentric, individualistic anti-hero, who confronts other pirates, and outwits a humorless, incompetent bureaucratic establishment. Sparrow looks more like Cher than Johnny Depp, and talks more like William F. Buckley than a pirate. Geoffrey Rush is a worthy foil as the main rival pirate, Barbossa, a character who vaguely resembles Margaret Hamilton in "The Wizard Of Oz".
Most of the plot is silly. There's lots of fighting, shouting, and general mayhem, all accompanied by a frantic score. It's a cinematic slight of hand that conveys an illusion of substance. Still, it's an entertaining popcorn flick.
I'm glad I watched it. Depp's deft performance gives us a memorable character, one that is perhaps unique in cinema history.
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