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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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Director: Rob Marshall

Cast: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush


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Flamboyant seafarer Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) lands himself in a bit of a bind after being lured onto Blackbeard's (Ian McShane) ship by enigmatic siren Angelica (Penélope Cruz), and forced to seek out the Fountain of Youth. Trapped on the Queen Anne's Revenge with the


Flamboyant seafarer Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) lands himself in a bit of a bind after being lured onto Blackbeard's (Ian McShane) ship by enigmatic siren Angelica (Penélope Cruz), and forced to seek out the Fountain of Youth. Trapped on the Queen Anne's Revenge with the most nefarious pirate in history, Captain Jack reflects on his past with the elusive Angelica while embarking on his wildest adventure to date. With shambling zombies on deck and gorgeous mermaids beckoning sailors into the icy waters below, this time Jack Sparrow has his work cut out for him.

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The first three films in the Pirates franchise were marketed as a trilogy, but of course Disney couldn't just let the now-iconic character of Captain Jack Sparrow die, so here we are four years after At World's End with the fourth installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which promises to be the start of a new trilogy, or at least Disney hopes that's the case. However, this isn't the same old Pirates film with an overly complicated plot and a run time that would make even the most seasoned of moviegoers antsy; with Gore Verbinski out, director Rob Marshall breathes new life into the franchise with a streamlined story that's easier to follow than the hectic delirium of the originals. This time around, On Stranger Tides sends Jack in search of the famed Fountain of Youth, tacking between his old foe Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who's now working as a privateer for King George, and the dread pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), who has a zombie crew and a fetching pirate daughter named Angelica (Penélope Cruz), a woman from Jack's past -- and perhaps the only woman he ever truly loved. During the journey, Jack must face new challenges like mermaids, poisoned darts, and the Spanish Navy in order to reach the fabled fountain. But just finding the fountain isn't enough. Several artifacts must first be acquired: two silver chalices from Ponce de León's ship and the tear of a mermaid. The mermaid in question falls in love with the kindly cleric Philip, played by newcomer Sam Claflin; however, these aren't your old run-of-the-mill enchanted Ariel-inspired mermaids -- these are beautiful, bewitching mermaids who seduce men before turning into carnivorous monsters who eat their prey alive. This is one of the most subversive sequences in the film and one of the best ideas that screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio -- who draw on Tim Powers' novel On Stranger Tides -- injected into the script. Ian McShane fits his pirate boots brilliantly with a mixture of playfulness and dangerous unpredictability as Blackbeard. Visually, one of the best things in the movie is Blackbeard's ship, with its blood-stained sails and fire-breathing cannons -- just the thing you need to punctuate the already-treacherous nature of McShane's character. The cunning and voluptuous Angelica, played by Penélope Cruz, still holds a grudge against Jack for taking her away from a convent and leading her onto the swashbuckling path. They fight, they flirt, they sort of make out, but their relationship feels schematic and unconvincing, and her character is so ill-defined that there's no romantic tension between the pair. Really, though, at this point the Pirates franchise is all about Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, the Keith Richards-inspired scallywag who always seems to oscillate between being drunk or hungover. When the original Pirates appeared eight years ago, Jack wasn't the movie's main character; the films were mostly about Orlando Bloom's and Keira Knightley's characters (who thankfully are absent from this latest incarnation) -- which allowed Depp the freedom to strut around mocking the stodgy, unironic bigness of the blockbusters in which he found himself. But Jack's the main event now, and while Depp manages to get his laughs, his act is starting to grow old. Still, he's like the party guest you can always count on to be the most entertaining, and he delivers. Fans of the franchise will appreciate cameos by Keith Richards, who returns as Jack's dad, Captain Teague, and a surprising and completely random cameo by Dame Judi Dench as a noblewoman who appears in an elaborate escape scene in London featuring swordplay, a wagon filled with flaming coal, and Jack swinging from a chandelier. The movie may not have all of the charm and vigor of the original Pirates film, but it's certainly worlds better than the last two installments thanks to the new energy Marshall brings to the table.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Disc 1 - Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus; ; Disney Second Screen - Simutaneously explore exclusive interactive content with you iPad or computer as you watch the movie; ; Audio Commentary - With Director Rob Marshall and Executive Producer John DeLuca; ; Plus All DVD Bonus Features; ; Disc 2 - DVD Feature Film + Bonus; ; Disc 2 - DVD Feature Film + Bonus; ; Bloopers of The Caribbean; LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack's Brick Tales

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Captain Jack Sparrow
Penélope Cruz Angelica
Geoffrey Rush Captain Hector Barbossa
Ian McShane Blackbeard
Kevin McNally Joshamee Gibbs
Sam Claflin Philip
Astrid Bergés-Frisbey Syrena
Stephen Graham Scrum
Keith Richards Captain Teague
Richard Griffiths King George
Greg Ellis Groves
Damian O'Hare Gillette
Óscar Jaenada The Spaniard
Anton Lesser Lord John Carteret
Roger Allam Prime Minister Henry Pelham
Judi Dench Society Lady
Christopher Fairbank Ezekiel
Paul Bazely Salaman
Bronson Webb Cook
Richard Thomson Derrick
Yuki Matsuzaki Garheng
Robbie Kay Cabin Boy
Steve Evets Purser
Deobia Oparei Quartermaster
Gemma Ward Tamara - First Mermaid
Sebastian Armesto King Ferdinand
Juan Carlos Vellido Spanish Sea Captain
Tristan Laurence Perez Spanish Fisherman
Norberto Moran Spanish Castaway
Gerard Monaco Spanish Soldier
Tyrone Lopez Spanish Soldier
Luke Roberts Captain of the Guard
Daniel Ings Guard
Emilia Jones English Girl
Patrick Kennedy English Father
Jody Halse Jailor
Clifford Rose Bailiff
Paul Hunter Foreman
Jorgelina Guadalupe Airaldi Mermaid
Brea Berrett Mermaid
Toni Busker Mermaid
Sanya Hughes Mermaid
Antoinette Nikprelaj Mermaid
Derek Mears Master-at-Arms
Danny Le Boyer Yeoman
Kitt Barrie Courtroom Wench
Stephen Morphew Courtroom Heckler
Alan Utley-Moore Justice Smith

Technical Credits
Rob Marshall Director
David Allday Art Director
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Vivian Baker Makeup
Lucy Bevan Casting
Andrew Boughton Art Director
David Brenner Editor
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
John Chichester Art Director
John DeLuca Choreography,Executive Producer
Leslie Devlin Makeup
Suzanne Diaz Makeup
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler Casting
Ted Elliott Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Susie Figgis Casting
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Mark Garbarino Makeup
Zak Grobler Art Director
Joel Harlow Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Michael Kahn Editor
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Steve LaPorte Makeup
Ana Lozano Makeup
Francine Maisler Casting
Melissa Muik Musical Direction/Supervision
John Myhre Production Designer
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Melissa Reid Associate Producer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Rossio Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Wyatt Smith Editor
Michael Smithson Makeup
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Barry H. Waldman Executive Producer
Dariusz Wolski Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
1. An Unorthodox Catch/Opening Credits [6:04]
2. On Trial [7:42]
3. Royal Visit [9:38]
4. Escape [5:07]
5. The Captain's Daughter [5:11]
6. Stolen Identity [11:19]
7. The Queen Anne [9:20]
8. Mutiny Most Foul [7:38]
9. A Bad Man [8:44]
10. The Prophecy [7:35]
11. Thick As Thieves [4:46]
12. The Truth [4:39]
13. Whitecap Bay [5:24]
14. God Save Me [10:04]
15. A Proper Mermaid [5:48]
16. Through the Jungle [3:51]
17. Whatever Is Necessary [3:43]
18. A Sudden Urge To Jump [11:32]
19. No, You [5:59]
20. Jungle Pools [5:56]
21. Stirrings [7:56]
22. An Improvised Escape [7:43]
23. A Trade For The Compass [4:39]
24. A Dramatic Entrance [4:14]
25. Aqua De Vida [6:31]
26. One Last Fight [11:17]
27. Do Not Waste My Tear [7:09]
28. Choosing the Dog [5:59]
29. For the Pearl [4:05]
30. Credits [11:26]


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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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CeriseRowan More than 1 year ago
I'm entirely confused by the listing... shows disc #1, but does not identify what is on disc #2. I've read too often of complaints about those of us who don't have blu-ray finding listed features not available on the standard dvd disc. What exactly am I buying that will play on my player?
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
At least its better than the third pirates movie. Blackbeard was interesting, especially the mermaids.
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Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Though I liked some of the earlier ones just a little bit better, this installment of the Pirates series is still pretty awesome. I love these movies! I have the original trilogy on Blu-Ray, and will be adding this one to the collection as well!
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