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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.

Director:

Gore Verbinski

Writers:

Ted Elliott (screen story), Terry Rossio (screen story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Jack Sparrow
Geoffrey Rush ... Barbossa
Orlando Bloom ... Will Turner
Keira Knightley ... Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport ... Norrington
Jonathan Pryce ... Governor Weatherby Swann
Lee Arenberg ... Pintel
Mackenzie Crook ... Ragetti
Damian O'Hare ... Lt. Gillette
Giles New ... Murtogg
Angus Barnett ... Mullroy
David Bailie ... Cotton
Michael Berry Jr. ... Twigg
Isaac C. Singleton Jr. ... Bo'sun
Kevin McNally ... Joshamee Gibbs (as Kevin R. McNally)
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

P.O.T.C. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,630,690, 13 July 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$305,413,918, 8 January 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$654,264,015, 11 January 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 26 mins) The substance sprayed on William Turner, after the sword fight between him and Captain Jack Sparrow, is actually powdered chocolate. See more »

Goofs

(at around 8 mins) When he first shows up in the movie bringing the sword to Governor Swann, Will Turner is almost clean shaven (just a trace of a little mustache). His next scene (at around 22 mins), at the blacksmith shop - which in the movie happens at the same day, maybe an hour later - Will has a little goatee and almost full mustache. See more »

Quotes

[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

On the 2-disc collector's edition,"Film Visual Effects Producer and Film Animation Supervisor" are both missing the F's in their credit. See more »

Alternate Versions

When shown on BBC one the movie has been edited for violence for example when will Turner threw an axe in a pirates back the Impact and the sound of the pirate screaming in agony is removed as well as the part where will Turner removed the axe from the pirates back. All profanity is fully intact in the BBC version. See more »

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Referenced in Hvezdná párty: Episode #1.6 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Freedom
14 September 2005 | by Little_Dream_GoddessSee all my reviews

When I first saw the film, I thought it was awesome- the graphics were great and no doubt, Jack Sparrow (Depp) and Will Turner (Bloom) were hot in their own ways. I was surprised that Disney would have scary skeletons in a movie, but it was a very good film indeed.

This movie starts off with a song about pirates, which, I think, is genius. Not subtle, not direct, just genius. The whole plot revolves around rescuing... and rescuing... and rescuing, again.

The second time I saw this film, I thought it was disgusting. What the heck, I thought to myself. It's so... so... unrealistic (which is really unlike me, because I adore fantasy- just not too far-fetched in the fantasy world, like Mary-sue or people popping out of no where to help others). Until I saw it for the third time. I loved it then. (And yes, to watch a film for 3 times and have 3 different opinions each time makes the following statement true- 'there is obviously something wrong with me.') The thing that made me love this movie SOOOO very much was- 'Freedom'. As Sparrow had said, being a pirate is like having freedom. I had a knot in my stomach when I heard this- I mean, oh my god, I hated being trapped in a boring routine everyday. Being a pirate meant adventures, risks, excitement. And that really attached me to the movie. Whenever I read books or watch TV shows or movies about high adventures or fantasy, I almost cry because I'm not the main character- it's not me who's having all the fun, and reading these books or shows or movies might be the closest thing I will ever be to having the adventure of a lifetime.

Watch this movie. It will give you a knot in the stomach if you will just pay close attention and hope to feel like you are one in it.


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