Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2003 fantasy film directed by Gore Verbinski
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Gore Verbinski and the first film in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer, the film is based on Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disney theme parks. The story follows pirate Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) as they rescue the kidnapped Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) from the cursed crew of the Black Pearl, captained by Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who become undead skeletons in moonlight.

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  • June 28, 2003 (2003-06-28) (Disneyland Resort)
  • July 9, 2003 (2003-07-09) (United States)
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143 minutes
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United States
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English
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$140 million
Box office
$654.3 million

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Barbossa: Blast all to carcasses, men! Forward clear to the powder magazine! And the rest of you, bring me that medallion!
  • The scene where Orlando Bloom impersonates Johnny Depp's performance was devised by Bloom who asked producer Jerry Bruckheimer if he could put it into the movie.
  • One of the film's last lines - "Bring me that horizon" - was conceived by Johnny Depp on the morning the scene was filmed.
  • The island Isla de Muerta is Spanish for "island of dead". Tortuga is also Spanish, meaning "turtle".
  • References to the Disneyland attractions include (but are not limited to):
    • three uses of the song "(Yo Ho, Yo Ho) A Pirate's Life for Me" by Xavier Atencio and George Bruns in the opening scene (sung by young Elizabeth), when Jack and Elizabeth are marooned on the island, and in the end by Jack.


    • The jail scenes, in which the prisoners try to tempt the dog who holds the key to their cell. Jack says, "That dog is never going to move" - although the movie dog eventually does, the one in the ride doesn't. Jack later tries to tempt it with a bone, as does one of the audio-animatronic pirates in the ride.


    • The "burning town" sequence, and within it, the redheaded prostitute (who slaps Jack), and the "stuffed pirate" drinking the rum spurting out of a barrel


    • Jack's initial discovery of Gibbs sleeping with the pigs


    • The line "Dead men tell no tales", said by the macaw, which is repeated throughout the ride's narration


    • A quick shot of a skeleton sprawled on the beach of the Isla de Muerta, with a crab nearby


    • During the raid on the town, seen is a man being dunked into a well.


    • A skeletal Barbossa drinks wine, which trickles through his exposed ribcage, as one of the skeletal pirates do.


    • During the battle scene between the two ships, Black Pearl and the Interceptor Captain Barbossa refers to his crew as "bloomin cockroaches" just like the captain in the ride does when his ship attacks a local town fort.


    • In Tortuga, we see a pirate drinking rum on top of two barrels and is wobbling just like in the ride.


    • There are references to cursed treasure in the ride: old pirates speak of cursed treasure and how you probably don't believe in it, and the line "Who knows when that evil curse will strike the greedy beholders of this bewitched treasure."


    • The woman wearing a red dress at Tortuga island that slaps Jack and he wonders if he deserved it is a character in the ride.


    • Part of the Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is called "Port Royal".


  • The studio was interested in Matthew McConaughey as Sparrow because of his resemblance to Burt Lancaster, who had inspired the original script's interpretation of the character.

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