Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom

     
 

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Following his surprise-hit American remake of The Ring in 2002, director Gore Verbinski took on Pirates of the Caribbean: 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) isSee more details below

Overview

Following his surprise-hit American remake of The Ring in 2002, director Gore Verbinski took on Pirates of the Caribbean: 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Just when it seemed the pirate movie was moribund, along comes Johnny Depp to revive it, playing one of the wildest buccaneers to ever grace the screen. It’s all the more startling to find this witty, wonderfully eccentric performance in a summer blockbuster produced by action maven Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor) and based on, of all things, a Disney theme park ride. What sounded like a recipe for a Cutthroat Island-style disaster turns out to be a thoroughly enjoyable romp in the grand swashbuckling tradition. The setting is the 18th-century West Indies, and Depp is Jack Sparrow, a down-on-his-luck pirate recruited by a handsome blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) to rescue the governor’s beautiful daughter (Bend It Like Beckham’s Keira Knightly) from the clutches of a deadly band of pirates. Led by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, in a juicy turn), these black-hearted sea dogs are operating under a curse -- they are actually the living dead, who, under moonlight, are revealed to be skeletons. This plot twist adds a nice dash of the supernatural, and the bouts of moonlit swordplay are a ghoulish delight, thanks to first-rate special effects. But the real kick in Pirates of the Caribbean is watching Depp strut and mince in a characterization reportedly inspired by rock ‘n’ roller Keith Richards. Heavily mascaraed, dreadlocked, and effeminate, Depp seems to be subtly acknowledging the homosexuality that was part of the pirate tradition (though not in classic Hollywood swashbucklers). Not that this welcome hint of subversion in any way detracts from the film’s old-fashioned, PG appeal. Despite being a wee bit long at two-plus hours, Pirates of the Caribbean is a joyous and unexpected return to the adventure movies of yore, anchored by a memorable star turn.
All Movie Guide
Pirate films have been a curse on cinema for a quite a while in recent years (Cutthroat Island, anyone?), and outside of releasing Pixar flicks, Disney hadn't been doing any better quality-wise, so when Gore Verbenski (fresh off The Ring remake) and virtuoso Johnny Depp came aboard the beloved adaptation of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme-park ride, eyebrows were definitely raised. So how does it stack up? Well, in a time of massive summer blockbusters, this high-sailing ship is definitely a crowd-pleaser. The scale is huge, with technical brilliance in front and behind the camera, while swords clash, cannons roar, and wit is dished out at every corner. Following a kind of Stephen Sommers' Mummy-esque tradition, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has "lighthearted" written all over it, no small thanks to Depp's brilliantly over-the-top creation, Captain Jack Sparrow. Mix Keith Richards and Depp's Hunter S. Thompson together and you're about halfway there with this brilliantly wild performance. Turning in another juicy role is Geoffrey Rush as the cursed Captain Barbossa, a dastardly villain whom Rush was no doubt meant to play. Also worth mentioning are heartthrobs Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley as the film's love interests. Knightley perks it up as the spunky female lead just fine, though Bloom's soft-spoken manner and delivery are frankly starting to wear thin outside of his Legolas gig. The ILM skeletal effects are well done and neat, especially in the final sword fight between Sparrow and Barbossa (where columns of light are used ingeniously in the final effect). For all the thrilling moments though, Pirates is hobbled by one thing: its running time. Well over two hours, it's just flat out too long. Thankfully, with zombie monkey skeletons and Depp virtually stealing the show, the film still manages to deliver. So take the kids, put up your feet, and sing "Yo Ho," for this is one Disney pirate flick that surprisingly does not disappoint. Jeremy Wheeler
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Pirate films have been a curse on cinema for a quite a while in recent years (Cutthroat Island, anyone?), and outside of releasing Pixar flicks, Disney hadn't been doing any better quality-wise -- so when Gore Verbinski (fresh off The Ring remake) and virtuoso Johnny Depp came aboard the beloved adaptation of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme-park ride, eyebrows were definitely raised. So how does it stack up? Well, in a time of massive summer blockbusters, this high-sailing ship is definitely a crowd-pleaser. The scale is huge, with technical brilliance in front and behind the camera, while swords clash, cannons roar, and wit is dished out at every corner. Following a kind of Stephen Sommers' Mummy-esque tradition, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has "lighthearted" written all over it, no small thanks to Depp's brilliantly over-the-top creation, Captain Jack Sparrow. Mix Keith Richards and Depp's Hunter S. Thompson together and you're about halfway there with this brilliantly wild performance. Turning in another juicy role is Geoffrey Rush as the cursed Captain Barbossa, a dastardly villain whom Rush was no doubt meant to play. Also worth mentioning are heartthrobs Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley as the film's love interests. Knightley perks it up as the spunky female lead just fine, though Bloom's soft-spoken manner and delivery are frankly starting to wear thin outside of his Legolas gig. The ILM skeletal effects are well done and neat, especially in the final sword fight between Sparrow and Barbossa (where columns of light are used ingeniously in the final effect). For all the thrilling moments though, Pirates is hobbled by one thing -- its running time. Well over two hours, it's just flat out too long. Thankfully, with zombie monkey skeletons and Depp virtually stealing the show, the film still manages to deliver. So take the kids, put up your feet, and sing "Yo Ho," for this is one Disney pirate flick that surprisingly does not disappoint.
New York Times
The movie is better than it deserves to be, given its origins: a ride at Disneyland and Disney World. Elvis Mitchell
USA Today
Pirates will enthrall kids and amuse adults. Claudia Puig,

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2003
UPC:
0786936224467
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow
Geoffrey Rush Captain Barbossa
Orlando Bloom Will Turner
Keira Knightley Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport Norrington
Kevin McNally Joshamee Gibbs
Jonathan Pryce Governor Swann
Zoe Saldana Anamaria
Treva Etienne Koehler
David Bailie Cotton
Lee Arenberg Pintel
Mackenzie Crook Ragetti
Trevor Goddard Grapple
Isaac C. Singleton Bosun
Brye Cooper Mallot
Greg Ellis Officer Groves
Martin Klebba Marty
Lauren Maher Scarlett
Paula Jane Newman Esterlla
Dylan Smith Young Will Turner

Technical Credits
Gore Verbinski Director
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Klaus Badelt Score Composer
Stuart Beattie Original Story
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Craig Wood Editor
Paul Deason Executive Producer
Larry Dias Set Decoration/Design
Kate Dowd Casting
Ted Elliott Original Story,Screenwriter
Bruce Hendricks Executive Producer
William Hiney Set Decoration/Design
Mark Hitchler Set Decoration/Design
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Gregory Scott Hooper Set Decoration/Design
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Ronna Kress Casting
Brian Morris Production Designer
Ve Neill Makeup
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Lee Orloff Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
Keith Rogers Sound Mixer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Rossio Original Story,Screenwriter
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Domenic Silvestri Set Decoration/Design
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
James Tocci Art Director
Keith Vanderlaan Makeup Special Effects
Darrell L. Wight Set Decoration/Design
Jay Wolpert Original Story
Dariusz Wolski Cinematographer
Don Woodruff Art Director

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