DVD 143 mins IMDB 8.0 (84,412 votes) top 250: #241
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - The Curse of the Black Pearl
Buena Vista (2003)
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(2003 )
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
USA  /  English

Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow
Geoffrey Rush Barbossa
Orlando Bloom Will Turner
Keira Knightley Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport Norrington
Jonathan Pryce Governor Weatherby Swann
Lee Arenberg Pintel
Mackenzie Crook Ragetti
Damian O'Hare Lt. Gillette
Giles New Murtogg
Kevin McNally Kevin McNally
Zoe Saldana Anamaria
Treva Etienne Koehler
David Bailie Cotton
Trevor Goddard
Angus Barnett Mullroy
Michael Berry Jr. Twigg
Isaac C. Singleton Jr. Bo'sun

Director Gore Verbinski
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Writer Ted Elliott; Terry Rossio; Stuart Beattie; Jay Wolpert
Cinematography Dariusz Wolski
Musician Klaus Badelt; Craig Eastman
User Credit 1 Stephen E. Rivkin; Arthur Schmidt; Craig Wood
User Credit 2 Liz Dann; Penny Rose

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

Edition Details
Barcode 786936224306
Region Region 1
Release Date 1/25/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 1: Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Action/adventure violence.
User Text 2 Prepare to be blown out of the water.
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Trivia: According to the screenwriters' commentary on the DVD, Will Turner is the best swordsman in the film, Barbossa and Commodore Norrington are evenly matched, and Jack Sparrow is actually the worst. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Elizabeth has her hand cut in the first curse-lifting ceremony, the cut is made on the fleshy pad below her thumb. When she bandages the cut later, the bandages go down the middle of her palm, and wouldn't have covered the wound. (more)

[talking to the pirates while he's in jail]
Jack Sparrow: Worry about your own fortunes gentlemen. The deepest circle of hell is reserved for betrayers and mutineers.
[pirate grabs Jack's throat to reveal a skeleton arm]
Jack Sparrow: So, there is a curse? That's interesting.
Koehler: You know nothing of hell.
Jack Sparrow: That's VERY interesting

Awards: Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 58 nominations (more)