Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Action/Adventure
Running Time:  143 min.
Release Date: July 9, 2003
DVD: December 2, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 4.45
based on 81568 votes and 1082 reviews
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Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce


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
Screenplay: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Official Site: pirates.movies.com

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  • 5 stars "The first and the best from the series. It has perfect combination of fun and adventure. The characters have great chemistry and interactions with each other. Locations, ships and CGI are beautiful. The plot isn´t overcomplicated. Jack Sparrow is original and funny antihero who seems like silly drunk loser but there´s much more in him."
  • 4 stars "Great movie...Johnny Depp is prefect for his role"