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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)  IMDB   
Genre Adventure/Fantasy MPAA PG13
Director Gore Verbinski Rating
Writer Ted Elliott Runtime 143 minutes
Producer Paul Deason Type Movie
Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski Format DVD
Studio Buena Vista / Walt Disney Pictures Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country USA UPC
Color Color    
Plot Summary

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Following his surprise-hit American remake of The Ring in 2002, director Gore Verbinski took on Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the second of recent films to be based upon Disney theme-park rides (the first being The Country Bears). When Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the daughter of Governor Swann (Jonathan Pryce) is kidnapped by a group of pirates led by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and taken aboard their ship, The Black Pearl, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), the young man who loves Elizabeth despite the fact that she is promised to another, sets out to rescue her. But he can't do it alone, so he enlists the help of swashbuckling ship captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Together the two chase after The Black Pearl, but they soon discover that the captain and crew aren't your average pirates. Cursed to remain between the living and the dead, Barbossa and his men look like skeletons when basked in the moonlight. When it is revealed that the only thing that can break the curse is Elizabeth's blood, Jack and Will are faced with a race against time and a battle against the undead to save the Governor's daughter. --- Matthew Tobey
Actor / Character

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Johnny Depp ..... Jack Sparrow
Geoffrey Rush ..... Captain Barbossa
Orlando Bloom ..... Will Turner
Keira Knightley ..... Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport ..... Norrington
Kevin McNally ..... Kevin McNally
Jonathan Pryce ..... Governor Swann
Zoe Saldana ..... Anamaria
Treva Etienne ..... Koehler
David Bailie ..... Cotton
Lee Arenberg ..... Pintel
Mackenzie Crook ..... Ragetti
Trevor Goddard ..... Grapple
Isaac C. Singleton, Jr. ..... Bosun
Brye Cooper ..... Mallot
Dylan Smith ..... Young Will Turner
Greg Ellis ..... Officer Groves
Paula Newman ..... Esterlla
Martin Klebba ..... Marty
Lauren Maher ..... Scarlett
Awards

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(2003) Golden Globe - Best Actor - Musical or Comedy (nom) ..... Johnny Depp
Review

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Pirate films have been a curse on cinema for a quite a while in recent years (Cutthroat Island, anyone?), and outside of releasing Pixar flicks, Disney hadn't been doing any better quality-wise --- so when Gore Verbenski (fresh off The Ring remake) and virtuoso Johnny Depp came aboard the beloved adaptation of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme-park ride, eyebrows were definitely raised. So how does it stack up? Well, in a time of massive summer blockbusters, this high-sailing ship is definitely a crowd-pleaser. The scale is huge, with technical brilliance in front and behind the camera, while swords clash, cannons roar, and wit is dished out at every corner. Following a kind of Stephen Sommers' Mummy-esque tradition, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has "lighthearted" written all over it, no small thanks to Depp's brilliantly over-the-top creation, Captain Jack Sparrow. Mix Keith Richards and Depp's Hunter S. Thompson together and you're about halfway there with this brilliantly wild performance. Turning in another juicy role is Geoffrey Rush as the cursed Captain Barbossa, a dastardly villain whom Rush was no doubt meant to play. Also worth mentioning are heartthrobs Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley as the film's love interests. Knightley perks it up as the spunky female lead just fine, though Bloom's soft-spoken manner and delivery are frankly starting to wear thin outside of his Legolas gig. The ILM skeletal effects are well done and neat, especially in the final sword fight between Sparrow and Barbossa (where columns of light are used ingeniously in the final effect). For all the thrilling moments though, Pirates is hobbled by one thing --- its running time. Well over two hours, it's just flat out too long. Thankfully, with zombie monkey skeletons and Depp virtually stealing the show, the film still manages to deliver. So take the kids, put up your feet, and sing "Yo Ho," for this is one Disney pirate flick that surprisingly does not disappoint. --- Jeremy Wheeler

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