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


Coming Out at July 9, 2003 in theaters

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is 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 at night.

Jay Wolpert developed a script in 2001, and Stuart Beattie rewrote it in early 2002. Around that time, producer Jerry Bruckheimer became involved in the project; he had Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio work on the script, adding the plot device of a supernatural curse to the story to bring it in line with the original theme park ride. Filming took place from October 2002 to March 2003 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and on sets constructed around Los Angeles, California. It was also notable for being the first film released under the Walt Disney Pictures banner to be rated PG-13 by the MPAA.

In the early 1700s, while sailing to Port Royal, Jamaica, aboard HMS Dauntless, Governor Weatherby Swann, his daughter Elizabeth, Joshamee Gibbs, and Lieutenant James Norrington encounter a shipwreck and recover a boy, Will Turner. Elizabeth discovers a golden pirate medallion around his neck, and keeps it in order to protect him.

Eight years later, Norrington is promoted to commodore and proposes to Elizabeth. Her corset makes her faint and fall into the sea, which causes her medallion to emit a pulse. Captain Jack Sparrow, who had just arrived in Port Royal to commandeer a ship, rescues Elizabeth. Norrington identifies Jack as a pirate, and a chase ensues. Jack encounters Will, now a blacksmith and swordsman. They duel, and Jack is captured and imprisoned.

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert

Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Arenberg


Johnny DeppJack Sparrow
Geoffrey RushBarbossa
Orlando BloomWill Turner
Keira KnightleyElizabeth Swann
Jack DavenportNorrington
Jonathan PryceGovernor Weatherby Swann
Lee ArenbergPintel
Mackenzie CrookRagetti
Damian O’HareLt. Gillette
Giles NewMurtogg
Angus BarnettMullroy
David BailieCotton
Michael Berry Jr.Twigg
Isaac C. Singleton Jr.Bo’sun
Kevin McNallyJoshamee Gibbs
Treva EtienneKoehler
Zoe SaldanaAnamaria
Guy SinerHarbormaster
Ralph P. MartinMr. Brown
Paula J. NewmanEstrella
Paul KeithButler
Dylan SmithYoung Will
Lucinda DryzekYoung Elizabeth
Luke de WoolfsonFrightened Sailor
Michael TigheSeedy Looking Prisoner
Greg EllisOfficer
Dustin SeaveySentry
Christian MartinSteersman
Israel OyelumadeCrippled Man
Trevor GoddardGrapple
Vince LozanoJacoby
Ben WilsonSeedy Prisoner #2
Antonio ValentinoSeedy Prisoner #3
Lauren MaherScarlett
Matthew BowyerSailor / Edinburgh
Brye CooperMallot
Mike BabcockSeedy Prisoner #4
Owen FinneganTown Clerk
Ian McIntyreSailor
Vanessa BranchGiselle
Sam RobertsCrying Boy
Ben RobertsCrying Boy
Martin KlebbaMarty
Félix CastroMoises: Jack’s Crew
Mike HaberechtKursar: Jack’s Crew
Rudy McCollumMatelot: Jack’s Crew
Gerard J. ReyesTearlach: Jack’s Crew
M. Scott ShieldsDuncan: Jack’s Crew
Christopher SullivanLadbroc: Jack’s Crew
Craig ThomsonCrimp: Jack’s Crew
Fred ToftQuartetto: Jack’s Crew
D.P. FitzGeraldWeatherby: Barbossa’s Crew
Jerry GaunyKetchum: Barbossa’s Crew
Maxie Santillan Jr.Maximo: Barbossa’s Crew
Michael Earl LaneMonk: Barbossa’s Crew
Tobias McKinneyDog Ear: Barbossa’s Crew
David PatykewichClubba: Barbossa’s Crew
Tommy SchoolerScarus: Barbossa’s Crew
Michael A. ThompsonSimbakka: Barbossa’s Crew
Michael W. WilliamsHawksmoor: Barbossa’s Crew
Jose ZelayaKatracho: Barbossa’s Crew
Finneus EganScratch: Barbossa’s Crew
Don LaDagaNipperkin: Barbossa’s Crew
Christopher S. CappParrot Voice (voice)
Gregory AlosioPirate
Jordi CaballeroPirate
Tamara CastleWoman in bar
Paul GagnéSailor
Joe GrisaffiMarine
James McAuleyBarbossa’s Crew

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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