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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5 September 2005 | Lechuguilla
A Pirate For Our Times
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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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.


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

(at around 49 mins) When Will draws his sword on the Interceptor and tells Jack that his father wasn't a pirate, the sword makes a metallic scraping noise, despite being tucked in his belt without a sheath of any kind.


Crazy Credits

There is a short scene with the monkey at the end of the credits where he steals a piece of Cortes' gold and becomes a skeleton. He then bites the screen.


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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Pirate Musk
Written by
Craig Eastman
Performed by Craig Eastman

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Action | Adventure | Fantasy

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