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

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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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.

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9 August 2003 | random_raven
Brilliant!!
This is a fantastic movie full action, adventure, humor and a hell of a lot more! The film is 2 hours and 40 minutes long, but that time flies by as you are transported into an awesome world of swashbuckling and sword fights.

Johnny Depp's performance is one of his best ever as the slightly camp Captain Jack Sparrow. Even under his tangle of hair and blackened eyes, he will make you swoon and laugh both at the same time with his tonnes of witty lines and mannerisms. Orlando Bloom plays the love struck son of a pirate, Will Turner and play him he does! This roll highlights the diversity and skill shown by some of the greats. We will definitely see big things from him in years to come. In her second roll in big time flick, Kira Knightley plays kidnapped Govener's daughter, Elizabeth Swan. She is also another young, up and coming star with a bright future ahead of her.

The film may not be the most historically accurate pirate film of all times but all that is forgotten as you enjoy the brilliance of this marvelous movie. Did I also catch a subtle omage to the 1953 swashbuckler 'The Crimson Pirate' when Will and Jack walk underwater in an upturned rowing boat? Sneaky!

The only negative thing I have to say, and believe me I don't want to say it, is that fact we are never told the reason why the curse of the black pearl could only be broken by the blood of William Turner (Senior) and in turn by his son. Despite this plot flaw however, Pirates of the Caribbean is a magical journey that will drop the jaws of parents, children and grandparents alike. I'm definitely buying it when it come out on DVD!

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Trivia

Jimmy Buffett was offered a role as a pirate, but had to decline, due to previous engagements.


Quotes

Young Elizabeth: 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: Quiet, missy! Cursed pirates sail these waters. You want to call them down on us?
Norrington: Mr. Gibbs, that will do!
Mr. Gibbs: She was singing about ...
Norrington: ...


Goofs

We are repeatedly told that the cursed crew of the Black Pearl have been on their quest for ten years. However, the ship's first appearance, in the opening sequence, must take place at least twelve years earlier: the Royal Naval ship in the opening sequence is carrying the arms of William III (1689-1702), whilst a glimpse of a document signed 'George R' indicates the bulk of the film takes place under George I (1714-27).


Crazy Credits

Johnny Depp's dentist got a credit for Depp's teeth.


Alternate Versions

When shown on the DisneyChannel on its 10 year anniversary in 2013, a number of scenes had been edited to remove the most gruesome images and expletives. Some of the most notable differences include removing close up shots of a moving skeleton arm, a close up of a fork stuck into a pirate's (fake) eye, and virtually all instances of the monkey in skeleton form is also gone (including the post-credit bit). Likewise, in the case of language, much of Captain Jack Sparrow's profanity has either been looped over or otherwise uses an alternative take to remove the curse words.


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Written by
Craig Eastman
Performed by Craig Eastman

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Action | Adventure | Fantasy

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