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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 20 May 2011 (USA)
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Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

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Rob Marshall

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Ted Elliott (screenplay), Terry Rossio (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Jack Sparrow
Penélope Cruz ... Angelica
Geoffrey Rush ... Barbossa
Ian McShane ... Blackbeard
Kevin McNally ... Gibbs (as Kevin R. McNally)
Sam Claflin ... Philip
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey ... Syrena
Stephen Graham ... Scrum
Keith Richards ... Captain Teague
Richard Griffiths ... King George
Greg Ellis ... Groves
Damian O'Hare ... Gillette
Óscar Jaenada ... The Spaniard (as Oscar Jaenada)
Anton Lesser ... Lord John Carteret
Roger Allam ... Prime Minister Henry Pelham
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Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past, Angelica (Penélope Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love, or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. Written by ahmetkozan

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Pirate's Life.


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content/nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Johnny Depp was deeply involved with the story design, frequently meeting the writers to show what he was interested in doing, and in the words of Terry Rossio, being "involved in coming up with storylines, connecting characters, creating moments that we would then fashion, shape, and then go back." Amongst Depp's suggestions were turning Phillip into a missionary and having a Spanish contingent following the protagonists. Afterwards, Director Rob Marshall and Executive Producer John DeLuca met the writers, and did alterations of their own, including building the female lead. See more »

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Jack is taken to the king's palace. This is obviously Hampton Court. But then he escapes and is on a busy street with St. Paul's Cathedral in the foreground. This would be impossible as no part of Hampton Court or St. Paul's would overlook each other as close as they do in the film. See more »

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Blackbeard: Bring the mermaid!
Philip: You're killing her.
Blackbeard: I'm a bad man.
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Crazy Credits

The Disney logo features the Black Pearl ship sailing in the background, has the castle flying the Jolly Roger pirate flag, and has two mermaids swimming in the moat. See more »

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Same old "Pirates" with a new simpler focus and more Capt. Jack
22 May 2011 | by Movie_Muse_ReviewsSee all my reviews

After a four-year hiatus to regroup and determine the future of the franchise, Disney and what was once its surprise mega-hit "Pirates of the Caribbean" series have returned in "On Stranger Tides." Hard to believe that this franchise evolved from the once-lambasted concept of a theme park ride being turned into a successful motion-picture blockbuster. After exhausting the "Pirates" world with two back-to-back sequels of titanic and rather disappointing proportion in 2006 and 2007, a break in the action to recalibrate Captain Jack Sparrow's compass was much-needed. The "new" course set by "On Stranger Tides" uses worn sails, but with a fresh wind of characters and more importantly, a more direct purpose.

As promised in the end of "At World's End," Jack's looking for the Fountain of Youth if for nothing more than ships and giggles. First, however, he must take a side trip to London to rescue his old pal Gibbs (Kevin McNally) and subsequently the palace of King George (Richard Griffiths in a lovely cameo). There, he learns that his old pal Barbossa (Rush) has lost The Black Pearl as well as his leg and sold out to His Majesty's Royal Navy. He is to help the English find the Fountain before the Spaniards do. Jack, of course, knows the way there, thus continuing his ongoing role as an indispensable pestilence.

After a familiar improvised escape, he crosses paths with an old lover, Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who he once deflowered before she was to take her vows at a convent. She mentions she has a ship he can borrow, only it turns out that it's her father's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, captained by none other than Blackbeard the Pirate (Ian McShane), a feared and soulless scourge with a minor in black magic. So much for smooth sailing.

As overdone and cliché as the Fountain of Youth may be, it's perfect for the "Pirates" franchise and helps keep things very simple, something the last installment had more than a fair deal of trouble with. Only a few character subplots threaten to convolute the story, but all motivations lead to the Fountain regardless the reason. In fact, "On Stranger Tides" marks the first film to truly focus on Captain Jack. With Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley's characters out of the way, the franchise can keep the spotlight on the reason it's gotten four films deep. Depp has nothing new in store for us as the true center of attention, but by continuing to underplay the trademark quirks and mannerisms, he continues to prolong the deterioration of the Capt. Jack act. Some might disagree, but it depends how much you liked him the first place.

In terms of new faces, Ian McShane is impeccable as Blackbeard. Rush gave a wonderfully theatrical performance as the main villain in the first film, but McShane introduces the first true quantifiable force of evil the franchise has seen. Although his voodoo abilities and reputation for killing his men and bringing them back from the dead to serve as his zombie slaves are never entirely realized, he's the merciless villain this film needed. He never fully crosses into scare-your-children evil, but he could've at any instant and that feeling radiates from his performance. In general, this film aligns itself more with fantasy and traditional folklore than the supernatural like the previous film.

Among other new faces, Rob Marshall as the franchise's new director does serviceable work. The "Chicago" filmmaker chews the scenery well and creates effective moods and tones, but the action could have been a bit more inspired, especially considering the series' reputation for sword-fighting ingenuity.

Marshall's best work and the film's best sequence deals with mermaids, not the singing and seashell bra type, but seduce you with their looks and then try and devour you with fangs type. Quiet, suspenseful and culminating in a full-on action sequence, the mermaids constitute the one completely fresh element of the film. Their cove is the lone stop on the journey as well, so it's the only aspect of the plot that creates that classic seafaring adventure feeling akin to Homer's "The Odyssey."

Not much else deviates from the formula, so those hoping for a resurgence in the series or something as good as the first film, "The Curse of the Black Pearl," will remain wishful thinkers once again. It's hard to imagine where the series could go next without retreading over old ground or just introducing new characters for the sake of it, but Captain Jack Sparrow remains one of the few reliable comforts of blockbuster cinema, and any adventure with him at the wheel will struggle to be a total waste of time. "On Stranger Tides" makes just enough adjustments to the series to make for a successful installment.

~Steven C

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$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,151,958, 22 May 2011

Gross USA:

$241,071,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,045,713,802
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