Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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In theatres:
  • July 9, 2003
On DVD: December 2, 2003
Disney+: November 12, 2019
Running time: 2h 23m
Genre: Action, Adventure

For the roguish, yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp), the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, like the high seas the world over, present a vast playground where adventures and mystery abound.

But Jack’s idyllic life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Rush) steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the Governor’s beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Knightley). Elizabeth’s childhood friend, Will Turner (Bloom), joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet, the HMS Interceptor, in a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl.

The duo and their motley crew are pursued by Elizabeth’s betrothed, the ambitious Commodore Norrington (Davenport), aboard the HMS Dauntless. Unbeknownst to Will, there is a curse that has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead, where on each moonlit night, they are transformed into living skeletons.

The curse they carry can be broken only if a once plundered treasure is restored.

Director: Gore Verbinski
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin R. McNally, Treva Etienne, Isaac Singleton Jr., Brye Cooper
Writer(s): Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Official Site: pirates.movies.com

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