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

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  • IMDb page: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 316,816 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 9 July 2003 (USA)
  • Runtime: 143 min
  • Filming Location: Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Budget: $140,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $652,100,000(Worldwide)(29 December 2003)
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom
  • Original Music By: Klaus Badelt   
  • Soundtrack: Pirate Music
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Pirate | Blacksmith | Caribbean | Love | Treasure

Writing Credits By:

  • Ted Elliott (screen story) &
  • Terry Rossio (screen story) and
  • Stuart Beattie (screen story) and
  • Jay Wolpert (screen story)
  • Ted Elliott (screenplay) &
  • Terry Rossio (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • On August 10, 2002, a fire started on the soundstage where the movie was shot. Nobody was hurt and the damage was estimated to be $350,000.
  • The movie is inspired by, and takes its theme from, the popular Walt Disney theme park ride of the same name.
  • Stick around after the credits for an additional scene.
  • References to the Disneyland attractions include (but are not limited to):three uses of the song “(Yo Ho, Yo Ho) A Pirate’s Life for Me” by Xavier Atencio and George Bruns in the opening scene (sung by young Elizabeth), when Jack and Elizabeth are marooned on the island, and in the end by Jack.The jail scenes, in which the prisoners try to tempt the dog who holds the key to their cell. Jack says, “That dog is never going to move” – although the movie dog eventually does, the one in the ride doesn’t. Jack later tries to tempt it with a bone, as does one of the audio-animatronic pirates in the ride.The “burning town” sequence, and within it, the redheaded prostitute (who slaps Jack), and the “stuffed pirate” drinking the rum spurting out of a barrelJack’s initial discovery of Gibbs sleeping with the pigsThe line “Dead men tell no tales”, said by the macaw, which is repeated throughout the ride’s narrationA quick shot of a skeleton sprawled on the beach of the Isla de Muerta, with a crab nearbyDuring the raid on the town, seen is a man being dunked into a well.A skeletal Barbossa drinks wine, which trickles through his exposed ribcage, as one of the skeletal pirates do.During the battle scene between the two ships, Black Pearl and the Interceptor Captain Barbossa refers to his crew as “bloomin cockroaches” just like the captain in the ride does when his ship attacks a local town fort.In Tortuga, we see a pirate drinking rum on top of two barrels and is wobbling just like in the ride.There are references to cursed treasure in the ride: old pirates speak of cursed treasure and how you probably don’t believe in it, and the line “Who knows when that evil curse will strike the greedy beholders of this bewitched treasure.”The woman wearing a red dress at Tortuga island that slaps Jack and he wonders if he deserved it is a character in the ride.Part of the Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is called “Port Royal”.
  • The figurehead (a sculpted ornament on the bow of ancient vessels) of the ship carrying Elizabeth and Governor Swann at the beginning of the movie is actually the coat of arms of the United Kingdom and it is the figurehead of an actual ship of the line, the HMS Victory, which participated in the Trafalgar Battle against combined french and Spanish navies under the command of Lord Horatio Nelson in 1805. HMS Victory is now preserved at Portsmouth, England, as a museum and is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. She still has a captain and crew, although is no longer seaworthy, having been in dry dock since 1922. The crest holds the French motto of the British monarchs “Dieu et mon droit” (God and my right) and the Old Latin motto of the Order of the Garter “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (Evil be unto him that thinks evil).
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Heard during the battle on the Dauntless between the Royal Navy and Barbossa’s crew.
  • The island Isla de Muerta is Spanish for “island of dead”. Tortuga is also Spanish, meaning “turtle”.
  • The skull and crossed blades flag was the flag of “Calico” Jack Rackham, captain of the Revenge and longtime lover of notorious female pirate Anne Bonny.
  • This was the first PG-13 release under the Walt Disney Pictures label in the United States. The Walt Disney Company, however, has released PG-13 and R rated films under the Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures labels since the 1980′s.
  • One of the film’s last lines – “Bring me that horizon” – was conceived by Johnny Depp on the morning the scene was filmed.

Goofs: Continuity: After Jack escapes from the Black Pearl's dungeon and grabs the rope (after the line "Thanks very much") his pony tail is above his bandana on the left side, not the right.

Plot: Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. Full summary »  »

Story: This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will's life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made.Written by the lexster  

Synopsis

Synopsis: As Governor Weatherby Swann and his twelve-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, sail to Port Royal, Jamaica, their vessel, HMS Dauntless encounters a shipwreck with a sole survivor, the young Will Turner, floating among the wreckage. Elizabeth finds and hides a gold medallion she found around the unconscious Will’s neck, fearing he would be accused of piracy. She then glimpses a ghostly pirate ship (the Black Pearl), disappearing into the mist.

Eight years later Captain James Norrington of the British Royal Navy is promoted to Commodore. At his ceremony, he proposes to Elizabeth. Before she is able to answer, her over-tightened corset causes her to faint and fall off the rampart, tumbling into the bay. The medallion she is wearing emits a mysterious pulse through the water.

Meanwhile, pirate Captain Jack Sparrow has arrived in Port Royal to commandeer a ship. Seeing Elizabeth fall, he rescues her, but Norrington recognizes him as the notorious pirate and he is arrested. He escapes and ducks into a blacksmith shop where he encounters Will Turner, now a blacksmith’s apprentice and self-taught expert swordsman. Following a sword fight with Turner, Sparrow is knocked unconscious and jailed, set to be hanged the next day. That night, Port Royal is besieged by the Pearl, answering the medallion’s mysterious call. Elizabeth is captured and invokes parley an agreement ensuring one’s safety until meeting and negotiating with the opposing side. Not wishing to reveal that she’s the Governor’s daughter, Elizabeth tells Captain Barbossa her surname is Turner. She negotiates for the pirates to cease the attack on Port Royal in exchange for the medallion. Barbossa agrees but, employing a loophole in their agreement, keeps Elizabeth prisoner, believing she is the key to breaking an ancient curse they are under.

When Commodore Norrington refuses to take immediate action, Will, who loves Elizabeth, persuades Captain Jack Sparrow to help him rescue her in exchange for freeing him from jail. Jack agrees only after learning Will’s last name is Turner. After commandeering the HMS Interceptor Jack and Will recruit a crew in Tortuga with help from Jack’s old friend, Gibbs, a former boatswain in the Royal Navy. They set sail for Isla de Muerta, a mysterious island Jack knows the pirates will go to in order to break the curse.

While on route, Will learns about Jack’s past. He was once the captain of the Pearl, but when he shared the bearings to a hidden chest of Aztec gold coins, First Mate Barbossa instigated a mutiny and marooned Jack on an island. Jack escaped three days later. The pirates found and spent the treasure, but soon learned it was cursed and had turned them into near-immortal skeletal beings whose true forms are only revealed in moonlight. The curse can only be lifted when every coin and each pirate’s blood is returned to the chest. William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, Jack’s only supporter, sent a coin to his son, Will, believing the crew should remain cursed for what they did to Jack. Barbossa had Bootstrap tied to a cannon and thrown overboard, only to realize later that his blood is also needed to break the curse; a Turner relative must now take his place.

In a cave full of treasure on Isla de Muerta, Barbossa, believing Elizabeth is Bootstrap’s child, anoints the last coin with her blood and drops it into the chest, unsurprisingly, the curse remains unbroken.

Reaching the island, Will suspects Sparrow may betray him and knocks him out. He rescues Elizabeth, and they escape to the Interceptor. Jack barters with Barbossa saying he will reveal Bootstrap’s real child in exchange for the Pearl. Jack’s negotiations come to naught, however, when the Pearl pursues the Interceptor, sinking her and taking the crew captive. Will reveals that he is Bootstrap Bill’s son and demands that Elizabeth and the crew be freed, or he will shoot himself and fall overboard, lost forever. Barbossa agrees but craftily applies another loophole and maroons Elizabeth and Jack on a deserted island (the same island Jack was on ten years before) and throws Jack’s crew into the brig. Will is taken to Isla de Muerta for the ritual. On the island, Elizabeth discovers the truth behind how Jack really got off the island. The island that Jack was imprisoned on was used as a cache by rum runners, who are long since out of business.

Elizabeth burns an abandoned cache of rum to create a signal fire that is spotted by Norrington. She convinces Norrington to rescue Will by accepting his earlier marriage proposal. Returning to Isla de Muerta, Norrington sets an ambush outside the cave while Jack goes inside and persuades Barbossa to form an alliance. He tells him to delay breaking the curse until after they have taken the Dauntless and killed the crew. Jack then removes a coin from the chest, rendering himself immortal. But whatever Jack’s actual intent is, his plan goes awry when Barbossa orders his crew to infiltrate the Dauntless from underwater. Elizabeth infiltrates the Pearl, frees Jack’s crew and destroys the two pirates guarding it. She tries to enlist the crew’s help, but they refuse and make off with the Pearl while Elizabeth heads to the island to aid Will. Elizabeth saves Will and together they destroy the three cursed pirate guards while Jack, immortal, reveals his true allegiance and battles Barbossa. Jack tosses his bloodied coin to Will, who returns the last two medallions to the chest, adding his own blood to his, breaking the curse. Jack then shoots Barbossa in the heart with the shot he had saved for ten years. No longer immortal, the wounded Barbossa falls dead. Realizing they are no longer cursed, the now-mortal pirates surrender to the navy.

Back in Port Royal, Jack is about to be executed. Believing Jack deserves to live, Will rescues him. Both are quickly captured, but Elizabeth lends her support and declares her love for Will. Will is granted yet another pardon (having been previously cleared of stealing the Interceptor) and is allowed to marry Elizabeth with the blessing of Norrington and Governor Swann. Jack escapes by leaping (falling) from the fort and into the bay. His crew, who escaped with the Pearl, rescues him and makes him Captain. Norrington is impressed enough to allow him one day’s head start before giving pursuit.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jerry Bruckheimer known as producer
  • Paul Deason known as executive producer
  • Bruce Hendricks known as executive producer
  • Chad Oman known as executive producer
  • Pat Sandston known as associate producer
  • Mike Stenson known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Johnny Depp known as Jack Sparrow
  • Geoffrey Rush known as Barbossa
  • Orlando Bloom known as Will Turner
  • Keira Knightley known as Elizabeth Swann
  • Jack Davenport known as Norrington
  • Jonathan Pryce known as Governor Weatherby Swann
  • Lee Arenberg known as Pintel
  • Mackenzie Crook known as Ragetti
  • Damian O'Hare known as Lt. Gillette
  • Giles New known as Murtogg
  • Angus Barnett known as Mullroy
  • David Bailie known as Cotton
  • Michael Berry Jr. known as Twigg
  • Isaac C. Singleton Jr. known as Bo'sun
  • Kevin McNally known as Joshamee Gibbs (as Kevin R. McNally)
  • David Schofield known as Mercer
  • Treva Etienne known as Koehler
  • Zoe Saldana known as Anamaria
  • Nej Adamson known as Short Sailor
  • Guy Siner known as Harbormaster
  • Ralph P. Martin known as Mr. Brown
  • Paula J. Newman known as Estrella (as Paula Jane Newman)
  • Paul Keith known as Butler
  • Dylan Smith known as Young Will
  • Lucinda Dryzek known as Young Elizabeth
  • Luke de Woolfson known as Frightened Sailor
  • Michael Sean Tighe known as Seedy Looking Prisoner
  • Greg Ellis known as Officer
  • Dustin Seavey known as Sentry
  • Georges Trillat known as Skinny Man
  • Israel Aduramo known as Crippled Man
  • Christian Martin known as Steersman
  • Trevor Goddard known as Grapple
  • Vince Lozano known as Jacoby
  • Ben Wilson known as Seedy Prisoner #2
  • Robbie Gee known as Shrimper (Montage)
  • Antonio Valentino known as Seedy Prisoner #3
  • Lauren Maher known as Scarlett
  • Matthew Bowyer known as Sailor / Edinburgh
  • Brye Cooper known as Mallot
  • Mike Babcock known as Seedy Prisoner #4
  • Owen Finnegan known as Town Clerk
  • John Boswall known as Wyvern
  • Ian McIntyre known as Sailor
  • Vanessa Branch known as Giselle
  • Christopher Adamson known as Jimmy Legs / Dutchman
  • Sam Roberts known as Crying Boy
  • Ben Roberts known as Crying Boy
  • Martin Klebba known as Marty
  • Félix Castro known as Moises: Jack's Crew
  • Mike Haberecht known as Kursar: Jack's Crew
  • Rudolph McCollum known as Matelot: Jack's Crew
  • Gerard J. Reyes known as Tearlach: Jack's Crew (as Gerard Reyes)
  • M. Scott Shields known as Duncan: Jack's Crew
  • Christopher Sullivan known as Ladbroc: Jack's Crew (as Chris 'Sully' Sullivan)
  • David Keyes known as Scuttled Ship Helmsman
  • Craig Thomson known as Crimp: Jack's Crew
  • Fred Toft known as Quartetto: Jack's Crew
  • D.P. FitzGerald known as Weatherby: Barbossa's Crew
  • Jerry Gauny known as Ketchum: Barbossa's Crew
  • Maxie J. Santillan Jr. known as Maximo: Barbossa's Crew
  • Michael Earl Lane known as Monk: Barbossa's Crew (as Michael Lane)
  • John Mackie known as Turkish Prisoner #1
  • Spider Madison known as Turkish Prisoner #2
  • Tobias McKinney known as Dog Ear: Barbossa's Crew
  • Bud Mathis known as Turkish Prisoner #3
  • David Patykewich known as Clubba: Barbossa's Crew
  • Marco Khan known as Turkish Guard #1
  • Tommy Schooler known as Scarus: Barbossa's Crew
  • Michael A. Thompson known as Simbakka: Barbossa's Crew
  • Michael W. Williams known as Hawksmoor: Barbossa's Crew
  • Jose Zelaya known as Katracho: Barbossa's Crew
  • Finneus Egan known as Scratch: Barbossa's Crew
  • Don LaDaga known as Nipperkin: Barbossa's Crew
  • LeJon known as Lejon (as LeJon Stewart)
  • Christopher S. Capp known as Parrot Voice (voice)
  • Gregory Alosio known as Pirate (uncredited)
  • Jordi Caballero known as Pirate (uncredited)
  • Paul Gagné known as Sailor (uncredited)
  • Joe Grisaffi known as Marine (uncredited)
  • James McAuley known as Barbossa's Crew (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Martin Astles known as makeup effects sculptor
  • Jane Aull known as makeup artist
  • Marc Boyle known as additional hair stylist
  • Kevin Brennan known as art department
  • Ron Brown known as art department
  • Shutchai Tym Buacharern known as makeup artist
  • Barney Burman known as makeup artist
  • Greg Cannom known as makeup effects consultant
  • Greg Cannom known as special makeup effects artist
  • Susan Carol Schwary known as hair stylist
  • Hazel Catmull known as hair stylist
  • Catherine Childers known as hair stylist
  • Sheila Cyphers-Leake known as hair stylist
  • Natasha Davies known as hair stylist
  • David DeLeon known as makeup artist
  • Leslie Devlin known as makeup artist
  • Ken Diaz known as makeup artist
  • John Donahue known as art department
  • Claire Doyle known as assistant makeup artist (as Claire Nach)
  • David Dupuis known as art department
  • David Dupuis known as makeup artist
  • Kris Evans known as makeup artist
  • Selena Evans-Miller known as makeup artist
  • Romy Fleming known as hair stylist
  • Nathan Franson known as makeup effects technician: Captive Audience Productions
  • Shana Fruman known as hair stylist
  • Kelcey Fry known as special makeup effects artist
  • Charmaine Fuller known as makeup artist: Caribbean unit
  • Toni G known as makeup artist (as Toni Garayaglia)
  • Chris Gallaher known as special makeup effects artist (as Christopher Gallaher)
  • Jane Galli known as makeup artist: Naomi Harris
  • Rick Glassman known as dental special effects: Johnny Depp (as Dr. Rick Glassman)
  • Kenneth E. Grassi known as makeup effects production coordinator (as Kenneth Grassi)
  • Claudia Hardy known as makeup effects technician
  • Joel Harlow known as key makeup artist
  • Pilar Harlow known as assistant makeup artist
  • Zoe Hay known as makeup artist
  • Camille Henderson known as makeup artist
  • Ann-Maree Hurley known as makeup artist
  • Tim Jarvis known as makeup effects technician
  • Sharon Kelly-Russo known as makeup effects production coordinator
  • John Kim known as makeup effects technician: Captive Audience Productions
  • Mary Kim known as makeup effects production supervisor: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
  • Bob Kretschmer known as wig maker
  • Marese Langan known as makeup artist
  • Cammy R. Langer known as hair stylist
  • Felicia Linsky known as makeup artist
  • Sarah Love known as hair stylist: Caribbean crew
  • Lucia Mace known as hair stylist
  • Sharon McVey known as hair stylist
  • Brian Meck known as makeup effects technician
  • Verena Mercenier known as makeup effects technician
  • Anthony Miner known as assistant hair stylist
  • Geneva Nash Morgan known as makeup artist
  • Gilbert A. Mosko known as makeup artist
  • Ve Neill known as makeup department head
  • Douglas Noe known as third makeup artist
  • Josée Normand known as hair stylist
  • Michael O'Brien known as makeup effects technician
  • James Parr known as special makeup effects technician
  • Nina Paskowitz known as hair stylist
  • Deborah Patino Rutherford known as makeup artist (as Deborah Patino)
  • Cristina Patterson Ceret known as contact lens coordinator/painter (as Cristina Patterson)
  • Scott Patton known as special makeup effects artist
  • Michele Payne known as hair stylist
  • Yvette Perez known as makeup artist
  • Michael Peterson known as lab makeup effects
  • Art Pimentel known as mold department supervisor (as Arthur Pimentel)
  • Joe Podnar known as makeup artist
  • Paula Price known as makeup artist
  • Nikita Rae known as makeup artist
  • Katherine Rees known as hair stylist
  • William Ritter known as makeup effects technician
  • Sandra Rowden known as makeup artist
  • Don Rutherford known as makeup artist
  • Martin Samuel known as chief hair stylist
  • Martin Samuel known as hair designer
  • Maria Sandoval known as assistant hair stylist
  • Verina Schafer known as additional hair stylist
  • Brian Sipe known as special makeup supervisor: Captive Audience Productions
  • Colette Slattery known as hair stylist
  • Steven R. Soussanna known as hair stylist
  • Nancy Tong known as hair stylist
  • Mario Torres known as art department
  • Rita Troy known as hair stylist
  • Todd Tucker known as makeup effects technician
  • Brian Van Dorn known as makeup effects technician
  • Keith VanderLaan known as makeup effects creator/producer: Captive Audience Productions
  • Jay Wejebe known as makeup artist
  • Art Anthony known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Gabriel De Cunto known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Mary Howd known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Tonie Keyton known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Mark Nieman known as illustration designer (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Ron Brown known as art department
  • Shutchai Tym Buacharern known as makeup artist
  • Barney Burman known as makeup artist
  • Greg Cannom known as makeup effects consultant
  • Greg Cannom known as special makeup effects artist
  • Susan Carol Schwary known as hair stylist
  • Hazel Catmull known as hair stylist
  • Catherine Childers known as hair stylist
  • Sheila Cyphers-Leake known as hair stylist
  • Natasha Davies known as hair stylist
  • David DeLeon known as makeup artist
  • Leslie Devlin known as makeup artist
  • Ken Diaz known as makeup artist
  • John Donahue known as art department
  • Claire Doyle known as assistant makeup artist (as Claire Nach)
  • David Dupuis known as art department
  • David Dupuis known as makeup artist
  • Kris Evans known as makeup artist
  • Selena Evans-Miller known as makeup artist
  • Romy Fleming known as hair stylist
  • Nathan Franson known as makeup effects technician: Captive Audience Productions
  • Shana Fruman known as hair stylist
  • Kelcey Fry known as special makeup effects artist
  • Charmaine Fuller known as makeup artist: Caribbean unit
  • Toni G known as makeup artist (as Toni Garayaglia)
  • Chris Gallaher known as special makeup effects artist (as Christopher Gallaher)
  • Jane Galli known as makeup artist: Naomi Harris
  • Rick Glassman known as dental special effects: Johnny Depp (as Dr. Rick Glassman)
  • Kenneth E. Grassi known as makeup effects production coordinator (as Kenneth Grassi)
  • Claudia Hardy known as makeup effects technician
  • Joel Harlow known as key makeup artist
  • Pilar Harlow known as assistant makeup artist
  • Zoe Hay known as makeup artist
  • Camille Henderson known as makeup artist
  • Ann-Maree Hurley known as makeup artist
  • Tim Jarvis known as makeup effects technician
  • Sharon Kelly-Russo known as makeup effects production coordinator
  • John Kim known as makeup effects technician: Captive Audience Productions
  • Mary Kim known as makeup effects production supervisor: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
  • Bob Kretschmer known as wig maker
  • Marese Langan known as makeup artist
  • Cammy R. Langer known as hair stylist
  • Felicia Linsky known as makeup artist
  • Sarah Love known as hair stylist: Caribbean crew
  • Lucia Mace known as hair stylist
  • Sharon McVey known as hair stylist
  • Brian Meck known as makeup effects technician
  • Verena Mercenier known as makeup effects technician
  • Anthony Miner known as assistant hair stylist
  • Geneva Nash Morgan known as makeup artist
  • Gilbert A. Mosko known as makeup artist
  • Ve Neill known as makeup department head
  • Douglas Noe known as third makeup artist
  • Josée Normand known as hair stylist
  • Michael O'Brien known as makeup effects technician
  • James Parr known as special makeup effects technician
  • Nina Paskowitz known as hair stylist
  • Deborah Patino Rutherford known as makeup artist (as Deborah Patino)
  • Cristina Patterson Ceret known as contact lens coordinator/painter (as Cristina Patterson)
  • Scott Patton known as special makeup effects artist
  • Michele Payne known as hair stylist
  • Yvette Perez known as makeup artist
  • Michael Peterson known as lab makeup effects
  • Art Pimentel known as mold department supervisor (as Arthur Pimentel)
  • Joe Podnar known as makeup artist
  • Paula Price known as makeup artist
  • Nikita Rae known as makeup artist
  • Katherine Rees known as hair stylist
  • William Ritter known as makeup effects technician
  • Sandra Rowden known as makeup artist
  • Don Rutherford known as makeup artist
  • Martin Samuel known as chief hair stylist
  • Martin Samuel known as hair designer
  • Maria Sandoval known as assistant hair stylist
  • Verina Schafer known as additional hair stylist
  • Brian Sipe known as special makeup supervisor: Captive Audience Productions
  • Colette Slattery known as hair stylist
  • Steven R. Soussanna known as hair stylist
  • Nancy Tong known as hair stylist
  • Mario Torres known as art department
  • Rita Troy known as hair stylist
  • Todd Tucker known as makeup effects technician
  • Brian Van Dorn known as makeup effects technician
  • Keith VanderLaan known as makeup effects creator/producer: Captive Audience Productions
  • Jay Wejebe known as makeup artist
  • Art Anthony known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Gabriel De Cunto known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Mary Howd known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Tonie Keyton known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Mark Nieman known as illustration designer (uncredited)

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Companies

Production Companies:

  • Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
  • Jerry Bruckheimer Films (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • Absolute Rentals  post-production rentals
  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  choir recorded at (as Air Lyndhurst Studios, London)
  • Asylum VFX  main titles (as Asylum)
  • Avon Studio Transport  transportation
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Bender ET  GFCI shock protection provided by
  • Birds & Animals Unlimited  special thanks (as Birds & Animals)
  • Boone's Animals for Hollywood  animals provided by
  • Buena Vista Negative Cutting  negative cutting
  • Buena Vista Sound  sound editing and re-recording (as Buena Vista Sound Studios)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes and dollies
  • Cinevideo Tech  underwater cameras and housing
  • Cosprop  costumes
  • Custom Film Effects  end titles
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • House of Moves Motion Capture Studios  motion capture
  • J.L. Fisher  camera dollies
  • J.L. Fisher  camera equipment provided by
  • Los Angeles Rag House  grip and lighting equipment
  • Media Ventures  music production services
  • Media Ventures  score mixed at
  • Movie Movers  trailers
  • Movie Movers  transportation
  • Newman Scoring Stage, Twentieth Century Fox Studios, The  orchestra recorded at (as The Newman Scoring Stage, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Panavision Remote Systems  Supertechno cranes provided by
  • Panavision  cameras and lenses
  • Pivotal Post  Avid editing equipment provided by
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Studios  media production (Serbia) (Montenegro)
  • TM Equipment Rentals  grip and lighting equipment
  • Technicolor  prints
  • Technique  digital intermediate
  • Technique  opticals
  • Todd-AO Studios  orchestra recorded at (as Todd Scoring Stage)
  • Walt Disney Music Library, The  music preparation
  • Walt Disney Records  soundtrack published by

Distributors:

  • Walt Disney Company, The (2003) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Buena Vista Pictures (2003) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Bandur Film (2003) (Serbia and Montenegro) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (Norway) (2003) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (Sweden) (2003) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International Italia (2003) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2003) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2003) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2003) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2003) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2003) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2003) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (2003) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Falcon (2003) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (2006) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2004) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2004) (Brazil) (VHS)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2003) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2004) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2004) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2006) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2007) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-Ray Disc)
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2003) (USA) (DVD)
  • Buena Vista Home Video (2004) (Netherlands) (VHS)
  • Gativideo (2004) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Gativideo (2004) (Argentina) (VHS)
  • SBS6 (2006) (Netherlands) (TV) (first national airing)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Keith Vanderlaan's Captive Audience Productions (make-up effects)
  • Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (special visual effects and animation)
  • Boy Wonder Visual Effects (additional visual effects)
  • CIS Hollywood (additional visual effects)
  • Digiscope (additional visual effects)
  • Gray Matter FX (additional visual effects)
  • Method Studios (additional visual effects)
  • Pacific Title (additional visual effects)
  • Pixel Liberation Front (pre-visualization)
  • Gentle Giant Studios (cyber scanning)
  • Makeup Effects Group Studio
  • Professional VisionCare Associates (special effects contact lenses)

Visual Effects by:

  • Lauren Abrams known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Mark Anderson known as miniatures stage production manager: ILM
  • Will Anielewicz known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM
  • Chris Armstrong known as CG animator: ILM
  • Carl Assmus known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Al Bailey known as digital compositor (as Alan Bailey)
  • Charles Bailey known as physical model supervisor: ILM (as Charlie Bailey)
  • Peter Bailey known as lead modelmaker
  • Louise Baker known as previsualization artist: Pixel Liberation Front
  • Michael Balog known as lead digital cloth simulation artist: ILM
  • Leigh Barbier known as viewpainter: ILM
  • Christopher Batty known as previsualization artist: Pixel Liberation Front
  • Travis Baumann known as Inferno artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Dugan Beach known as creature development lead: ILM
  • Joel Behrens known as visual effects: Asylum
  • Linda Bel known as CG animator: ILM
  • Don Bies known as lead modelmaker: ILM
  • R. Christopher Biggs known as compositor: Boy Wonder Visual Effects (as Chris Biggs)
  • Minky Billups known as digital artist: Digiscope (as Hisako Billups)
  • Duncan Blackman known as matchmove artist
  • Stella Bogh known as compositor: ILM
  • Scott Bonnenfant known as viewpainter: ILM
  • Kim Boyle known as visual effects producer: CIS Hollywood
  • Jason Brackett known as stage technician: ILM
  • Timothy Brakensiek known as creature technical director: ILM (as Tim Brakensiek)
  • Marty Brenneis known as camera engineer
  • Jill Brooks known as visual effects producer
  • Jason Brown known as technical director: ILM
  • Dhyana Brummel known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM
  • David C. Bryant known as digital artist: Digiscope
  • Mark Buck known as modelmaker: ILM
  • David Bullock known as research and development: ILM
  • Cathy Burrows known as digital compositor: ILM (as Cathy Burrow)
  • Michaela Calanchini known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM
  • Geoff Campbell known as creature model supervisor
  • Sue Campbell known as CG animator: ILM
  • Tami Carter known as digital compositing supervisor: ILM
  • Randy Cartwright known as animator: ILM
  • John Cassella known as CG artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Grace Cheney known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM
  • Minhee Choe known as CG animator: ILM
  • Eric D. Christensen known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM (as Eric Christensen)
  • Marc Chu known as animator: ILM
  • Paul Churchill known as digital cloth simulation artist
  • Michael Clemens known as digital compositor
  • Robbie Clot known as lead miniature effects technician: ILM (as Robert Clot)
  • Grady Cofer known as lead Sabre artist
  • Brian Connor known as digital compositor: ILM
  • Michael Conte known as lead digital compositor: ILM
  • Caitlin Content known as sabre artist: ILM
  • Catherine Craig known as viewpaint artist
  • Gregory Creaser known as digital timing supervisor
  • Lee Croft known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM
  • Sean C. Cunningham known as digital artist: Gray Matter Effects
  • Sean Curran known as animator: ILM
  • Gail Currey known as visual effects executive producer: ILM
  • Bruce Dahl known as animator
  • Scott David known as digital compositor: ILM
  • Scott David known as compositor
  • Vince De Quattro known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM (as Vincent DeQuattro)
  • Lou Dellarosa known as animator: ILM
  • Karin Derlich known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM
  • David Deuber known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM
  • Amit Dhawal known as digital artist
  • Giovanni Donovan known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Andrew Doucette known as character animator: ILM
  • John Duncan known as model maker
  • Nika Dunne known as digital paint & roto artist: ILM
  • Yannick 'Botex' Dusseault known as digital matte artist: ILM (as Yannick Dusseault)
  • Travis Dutch known as scanning and recording
  • Russell Earl known as CG sequence supervisor
  • Evan Edelist known as digital intermediate
  • Matt Edwards known as technical director: ILM
  • Robert Edwards known as lead modelmaker: ILM
  • Leigh Ann Fan known as visual effects production coordinator
  • Tom Fejes known as lead technical director: ILM
  • David Fogg known as compositor: Gray Matter FX
  • Jon Foreman known as lead modelmaker: ILM
  • Christian Foucher known as digital effects artist
  • Christian Foucher known as technical director: ILM (as Christian Faucher)
  • Aidan Fraser known as digital paint and roto artist: ILM
  • Jammie Friday known as digital supervisor: Gray Matter FX
  • Alex Frisch known as visual effects supervisor
  • David Fuhrer known as digital artist: ILM
  • Joe Fulmer known as stage technician: ILM (as Joseph Fulmer)
  • David Gainey known as animator: ILM
  • Joe Gareri known as visual effects executive producer: Pacific Title
  • Gonzalo Garramuno known as digital artist
  • Gonzalo Garramuno known as technical director: ILM
  • Dawn Gates known as digital roto/paint artist
  • Richard Gentner known as digital imaging operator
  • Charles Gibson known as visual effects consultant
  • Gary Gill known as stage technician: ILM
  • Derek Gillingham known as viewpainter: ILM
  • Greg Gilmore known as Sabre artist: ILM
  • Susan Goldsmith known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM
  • Lioudmilla Golynskaia known as CG modeler: ILM
  • Maria Goodale known as 3D matchmove artist: ILM
  • Monique Gougeon known as miniatures stage production manager: ILM (as Monique Gougeon-Dicomo)
  • Jeff Grebe known as digital artist: ILM
  • Cam Griffin known as digital paint and rotoscope artist
  • Doug Griffin known as lead motion capture technician: ILM
  • Michael Grivett known as modelmaker: ILM (as Mike Grivett)
  • Neal Halter known as model maker
  • Stephanie Hamilton known as film librarian
  • Giles Hancock known as digital matte artist: ILM
  • John Hansen known as technical director: ILM
  • Jonathan Harb known as digital matte supervisor
  • Barbara Hartmann known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Kimberly Headstrom known as digital paint/rotoscope artist
  • Geoff Heron known as stage/pyrotechnic supervisor: ILM
  • Neil Herzinger known as sequence supervisor: ILM
  • Hal T. Hickel known as animation supervisor: ILM (as Hal Hickel)
  • Kela Hicks known as sabre artist: ILM (as Kela Cabrales)
  • Shawn Hillier known as compositor: ILM
  • Bryan Hirota known as visual effects supervisor: CIS Hollywood
  • Sherry Hitch known as digital compositor: ILM
  • Dennis Hoffman known as visual effects producer
  • Pablo Holcer known as digital compositor
  • Simon Holden known as Inferno artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Chris Holmes known as digital compositor
  • Jae Cheol Hong known as creature technical director
  • Jae Cheol Hong known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM (as Jae Hong)
  • Ian House known as technical director: ILM
  • Jen Howard known as digital compositor: ILM
  • Heather Hoyland known as digital compositor: ILM
  • Peggy Hrastar known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Winnie Hsieh known as CG modeler: ILM
  • Robyn Hudson known as visual effects production assistant: ILM
  • Jill E. Hughes known as visual effects production assistant: ILM (as Jill Hughes)
  • Polly Ing known as technical director: ILM
  • Rusty Ippolito known as digital effects artist
  • Sarahjane Javelo known as digital paint/rotoscope artist: ILM
  • Brad Jerrell known as stage technician: ILM
  • Mike Jobe known as modelmaker: ILM (as Michael Jobe)
  • Keith Johnson known as CG animator: ILM
  • Darren Jones known as digital imaging engineer
  • Rimas Juchnevicius known as digital compositor
  • Brad Kalinoski known as compositor
  • Moon-Jung Kang known as character modeler: ILM
  • Paul Kavanagh known as animator: ILM
  • Patrick Kavanaugh known as digital compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Patrick Keenan known as digital artist: Pacific Title Digital
  • Shawn Kelly known as animator
  • Jeffrey Kember known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM (as Jeff Kember)
  • Jeffrey Kember known as technical director
  • Stephen Kennedy known as digital compositor: ILM (as Steve Kennedy)
  • Greg Killmaster known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM
  • Amber Kirsch known as visual effects production assistant: ILM
  • Paul Kirwan known as digital compositor
  • Drew Klausner known as roto and paint artist
  • John Knoll known as visual effects supervisor: ILM
  • Marta Knudsen known as concept artist: CIS Hollywood (as Marta Recio)
  • Audra Koklys known as motion capture coordinator
  • Todd Krish known as creature developer: ILM
  • Todd Krish known as creature wrangler
  • Tim Landry known as visual effects supervisor: BWVFX
  • Jean-Claude Langer known as viewpainter: ILM
  • Jessica Laszlo known as digital compositor
  • Jennifer Law-Stump known as digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
  • Jennifer Lee known as digital intermediate
  • Kerry Lee known as 3D matchmove artist: ILM
  • Rich Lee known as lead previsualization artist: Pixel Liberation Front
  • SeungHun Lee known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM (as Seung Hun Lee)
  • Gregory D. Liegey known as digital effects supervisor: CIS Hollywood (as Gregory Liegey)
  • Victoria Livingstone known as senior character animator
  • Wayne Lo known as visual effects conceptual designer
  • Michael Logan known as sabre artist: ILM
  • Luke Longin known as 3D matchmove artist: ILM
  • Luke Longin known as layout artist
  • Mark Alan Loso known as compositor
  • Jonathan Lyons known as animator
  • Bob Lyss known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Margaux Mackay known as visual effects supervising producer: Gray Matter FX
  • Sean MacKenzie known as digital compositor: ILM
  • Toshiyuki Maeda known as digital matte artist: ILM
  • Ralph Maiers known as digital artist: Digiscope
  • Robert Marinic known as technical director
  • Gray Marshall known as visual effects supervisor: Gray Matter
  • Marcel Martinez known as compositor
  • Kevin May known as Sabre artist
  • Jake Maymudes known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM
  • Aaron McBride known as art director
  • Vicky McCann known as creature technical director: ILM
  • Vicky McCann known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM (as Vicky Snyder)
  • Gary McClendon known as stage technician: ILM
  • Mark 'Crash' McCreery known as creature designer
  • W. Regan McGee known as digital artist
  • John McLeod known as stage technician: ILM
  • Scott McNamara known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Diana Miao known as lead CG artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Carl Miller known as visual effects director of photography: ILM
  • Richard Miller known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Richard Miller known as sculptor
  • Tarco Mirza known as CG modeler: ILM (as Tareq Mirza)
  • Craig Mohagen known as stage technician: ILM
  • Terry Molatore known as viewpainter: ILM
  • Jack Mongovan known as digital paint supervisor: ILM
  • Jack Mongovan known as rotoscope supervisor: ILM
  • Sébastien Moreau known as Inferno compositor: ILM
  • Sébastien Moreau known as Sabre artist: ILM
  • Raul Moreno known as previsualization artist: Pixel Liberation Front
  • Dani Morrow known as 3D matchmove artist: ILM
  • Wendy Morton known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Michelle Motta known as digital paint & rotoscope artist
  • Robert Mrozowski known as digital artist: Digiscope
  • Michael Muir known as digital artist: ILM
  • Michael Muir known as technical director: ILM
  • Dave Murphy known as lead modelmaker: ILM (as David Murphy)
  • Martin Murphy known as digital modeler: ILM
  • Patrick T. Myers known as computer graphics supervisor: ILM
  • Giovanni Nakpil known as CG modeler: ILM
  • Marc Nanjo known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Timothy Naylor known as creature technical director: ILM (as Tim Naylor)
  • Patrick Neary known as technical director
  • Paula Nederman known as visual effects coordinator: ILM
  • Ben Nichols known as pyro
  • Ben Nichols known as stage technician: ILM (as Benjamin Nichols)
  • Brett Northcutt known as digital matte artist
  • Brian O'Connell known as concept illustrator: ILM
  • Michael Olague known as visual effects gaffer
  • Marc Ostroff known as visual effects accountant: ILM
  • Marlo Pabon known as compositing supervisor: Boy Wonder Visual Effects
  • Bryan Park known as visual effects editor: Digiscope
  • Patrick Phillips known as compositor: Pacific Title
  • Jakub Pistecky known as CG animator: ILM
  • Nicolas Popravka known as research and development: ILM
  • Bob Powell known as technical director: cloth simulation
  • Mark Powers known as CG animator: ILM
  • Ben Procter known as previsualization artist: Pixel Liberation Front
  • Chris Putnam known as technical support staff
  • S. Quinn known as pre-visualization coordinator: Pixel Liberation Front
  • Arkell Rasiah known as research and development: ILM
  • Chuck Ray known as stage technician: ILM
  • Gayle Reznik known as visual effects producer: Gray Matter
  • Magali Rigaudias known as digital character animator
  • Dylan Robinson known as technical director
  • Elsa Rodriguez known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM
  • Saba Rofchaei known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM (as Saba Roufchaie)
  • Dennis Rogers known as first assistant camera: ILM
  • Mitchell Romanauski known as modelmaker: ILM (as Mitch Romanauski)
  • César Romero known as digital compositor
  • Alan Rosenfeld known as digital effects artist
  • Alan Rosenfeld known as technical director: ILM
  • Kim Ross known as technical director: ILM
  • Jason Rosson known as digital effects artist: ILM
  • James Rowell known as technical director: ILM
  • Robert Rowles known as rotoscope artist: Gray Matter FX (as George Rowles)
  • Chris Ryan known as CG artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Gregory Salter known as digital compositor: ILM (as Greg Salter)
  • Juan-Luis Sanchez known as lead digital cloth simulation artist: ILM
  • Gunther Schatz known as digital visual effects artist
  • John Scheer known as digital effects artist
  • Durant Schoon known as digital cloth simulation: ILM
  • Laurel Lyn Schulman known as visual effects producer: Digiscope (as Laurel Schulman)
  • Walter Schulz known as lead cgi artist
  • Victor Schutz known as technical director: lighting
  • Trish Schutz-Krause known as CG animator: ILM (as Patricia Krause)
  • P. Kevin Scott known as animator: ILM (as Kevin Scott)
  • Nancy Servin known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Wesley Sewell known as visual effects editor
  • Linda Siegel known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM
  • John Sigurdson known as assistant technical director: ILM
  • Philip Sisk known as digital artist: Digiscope
  • Kenneth Smith known as digital color timing supervisor: ILM
  • Kim Smith known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Scott Smith known as production engineering
  • Jason H. Snell known as matchmove supervisor: ILM (as Jason Snell)
  • Brian Sorbo known as digital compositor
  • David Sosalla known as visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
  • Jana Spotts known as visual effects coordinator
  • Adam Stark known as compositing supervisor: Digiscope
  • Mary Stuart-Welch known as visual effects executive producer: Digiscope (as Mary Stuart)
  • Russ Sueyoshi known as digital compositor
  • Jeff Sutherland known as digital compositor
  • Pat Sweeney known as visual effects director of photography: ILM (as Patrick Sweeney)
  • Michael Symmes known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Tristan Tang known as Sabre artist: ILM
  • Masahiko Tani known as digital matte artist: ILM
  • Stephanie Taubert known as digital artist
  • Bridget M. Taylor known as digital artist: Asylum VFX
  • Chad Taylor known as lead sabre artist: ILM
  • Noah Taylor known as technical director: ILM
  • Renita Taylor known as creature developer: ILM
  • Paul Theren known as modeler
  • James D. Tittle known as digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
  • James Tooley known as cloth simulation supervisor: ILM
  • Marjolaine Tremblay known as animator: ILM (as Marjo Tremblay)
  • Alan Trombla known as technical director
  • Alex Tropiec Jr. known as Sabre artist: ILM (as Alex Tropiec)
  • Pat Tubach known as digital compositor: ILM
  • Todd Vaziri known as compositor: ILM
  • Pascale Ville known as digital compositor
  • Eric Voegels known as digital cloth simulation artist: ILM
  • Lauren Vogt known as lead modelmaker: ILM
  • Tim Waddy known as CG animator: ILM
  • Danny Wagner known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Melanie Walas known as modelmaker: ILM
  • Steve Walton known as lead viewpainter: ILM
  • Harold Weed known as digital modeler: ILM (as Howie Weed)
  • Erin West known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM
  • Jessica Dara Westbrook known as visual effects assistant
  • Bob Wiatr known as digital compositor: Pacific Title
  • Ronnie E. Williams Jr. known as digital compositor: ILM (as Ronnie Williams Jr.)
  • Ivy Williams known as digital plate restoration
  • Scott Wirtz known as CG animator: ILM
  • Andy Wong known as CG animator: ILM
  • Sylvia Wong known as CG animator: ILM
  • Jeff Wozniak known as digital compositor: ILM
  • Yuichiro Yamashita known as visual effects
  • Melva Young known as technical director: ILM
  • Peipei Yuan known as pre-visualization artist
  • Susumu Yukuhiro known as digital matte artist
  • Dean Yurke known as digital artist
  • Bill Zahn known as digital modeler: ILM
  • Wei Zheng known as digital matte artist
  • Tom Zils known as digital compositor: ILM
  • Rita E. Zimmerman known as sabre artist: ILM (as Rita Zimmerman)
  • Daniel Zizmor known as digital resource assistant
  • Paal Anand known as technical director lead: Gray Matter (uncredited)
  • Christian T. Andrews known as motion control technician: ILM (uncredited)
  • Andy Barrios known as Inferno artist (uncredited)
  • Jayni Borgaro known as paint/roto artist (uncredited)
  • Mark Casey known as Sabre artist (uncredited)
  • Vanessa Cheung known as digital matte artist (uncredited)
  • Amy Christensen known as matchmover (uncredited)
  • Michael Cordova known as film scanning and recording supervisor (uncredited)
  • Michael Curtis known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Valerie Delahaye known as visual effects producer (uncredited)
  • Donald Fly known as general manager: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Chris Flynn known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Warren Fu known as concept artist (uncredited)
  • Kenneth Gimpelson known as assistant matte painter (uncredited)
  • Randy Jonsson known as matchmover: ILM (uncredited)
  • Ryan Kautzman known as software engineer: ILM (uncredited)
  • Luis Labrador known as 3D character scanning (uncredited)
  • Maryjane Layani known as production accountant: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Neil Lim Sang known as enveloper/animator: ILM (uncredited)
  • Stuart Lowder known as manager (uncredited)
  • Tory Mercer known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Joseph Metten known as digital effects artist: ILM (uncredited)
  • Cedric Nicolas-Troyan known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Terron Pratt known as visual effects production assistant: Digiscope (uncredited)
  • Mike Sanders known as motion capture (uncredited)
  • Robin Scher known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Sophie Shellenberger known as electrician: ILM (uncredited)
  • Christopher Stack known as data manager: Digiscope (uncredited)
  • Jeff Sturgill known as camera technician: Photosonics (uncredited)
  • Blake Sweeney known as technical director (uncredited)
  • Kyle Yamamoto known as R&D programmer: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Ryan Yoshimoto known as visual effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 28 June 2003 (Disneyland) (premiere)
  • Canada 9 July 2003
  • USA 9 July 2003
  • Argentina 17 July 2003
  • Uruguay 17 July 2003
  • Chile 18 July 2003
  • UK 19 July 2003 (Cambridge Film Festival)
  • Egypt 23 July 2003
  • Colombia 1 August 2003
  • Mexico 1 August 2003
  • Panama 1 August 2003
  • Japan 2 August 2003
  • Lithuania 4 August 2003
  • Iceland 6 August 2003
  • Israel 7 August 2003
  • Peru 7 August 2003
  • Finland 8 August 2003 (premiere)
  • UK 8 August 2003
  • Taiwan 9 August 2003
  • Belgium 13 August 2003
  • France 13 August 2003
  • Netherlands 14 August 2003
  • Spain 14 August 2003
  • India 15 August 2003
  • Venezuela 16 August 2003
  • Hong Kong 21 August 2003
  • Switzerland 21 August 2003 (German speaking region)
  • Ukraine 21 August 2003
  • Estonia 22 August 2003
  • Kazakhstan 22 August 2003
  • Russia 22 August 2003
  • Italy 27 August 2003 (premiere)
  • Philippines 27 August 2003 (Manila)
  • Sweden 27 August 2003
  • Czech Republic 28 August 2003
  • Slovenia 28 August 2003
  • Brazil 29 August 2003
  • Finland 29 August 2003
  • Norway 29 August 2003
  • Germany 2 September 2003
  • Malta 3 September 2003
  • Austria 4 September 2003
  • Italy 4 September 2003
  • Poland 5 September 2003
  • Portugal 5 September 2003
  • Philippines 10 September 2003 (Davao)
  • South Korea 10 September 2003
  • Australia 11 September 2003
  • New Zealand 11 September 2003
  • Denmark 12 September 2003
  • Greece 12 September 2003
  • Hungary 18 September 2003
  • Slovakia 18 September 2003
  • Bahrain 24 September 2003
  • Bulgaria 26 September 2003
  • Kuwait 7 October 2003
  • Serbia 9 October 2003
  • Turkey 29 October 2003

Followed or Connected by:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (2013)
Pirates of the Caribbean 6 (2014)

Spin off

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) (VG)
Pirates of the Caribbean Online (2007) (VG)

References

Citizen Kane (1941)
 -  When Barbossa dies and the apple falls out of his hand, there's the same angle & framing on his hand dropping the apple as in Kane's death scene (dropping the globe) at the beginning of Citizen Kane
The Spanish Main (1945)
 -  Source of line "Poppet!"
The African Queen (1951)
 -  Rosie pours all the gin after she got mad at Bogart, in Pirates Elizabeth fires all the rum after she got mad at Sparrow
The Crimson Pirate (1952)
 -  Will and Jack walk under water with a rowing boat over their heads, just like captain Vallo, Ojo and professor Prudence do in The Crimson Pirate.
Peter Pan (1953)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
 -  The line "Try the wine" spoken by the character Barbossa
The Three Musketeers (1973)
 -  Donkey-driven workshop wheel in swordfight
Jaws (1975)
Mad Max (1979)
Kagemusha (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
 -  Having Elizabeth wear the dress when eating with Barbossa is the same as Marion having to wear a dress when she is held hostage by Belloq. She later threatens Toht with a butter knife, much like how Elizabeth threatened Barbossa.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Evil Dead II (1987)
 -  Elizabeth's father fights a severed hand just like Ash in Evil Dead II.
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Tango & Cash (1989)
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (1990) (VG)
Dead Alive (1992)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Benny & Joon (1993)
 -  "humiliated grapes, really…"
Monkey Trouble (1994)
"The Fast Show" (1994)
 -  Sparrow's lines "…And then they made me their chief" and "I'll get me coat" are catchphrases from the British comedy show in which he once appeared
Cutthroat Island (1995)
"Soul Music" (1997)
 -  The whole "not rules, just guidelines" running joke is a clear rip-off of the identical running joke in Soul Music
Titanic (1997)
The Curse of Monkey Island (1997) (VG)
 -  many elements from the monkey island game appear throughout the franchise
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998/I)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
The Mummy (1999)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
A Knight's Tale (2001)
The Musketeer (2001)

Referenced in

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
 -  Johnny Depp's character (Agent Sands) says the word "savvy", which appears to be a reference to his previous role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
"Angel: Just Rewards (#5.2)" (2003)
 -  Lorne: I'm thinking Depp and Bloom…. But you see them all the time now.
"Emmerdale: Episode dated 1 December 2003" (2003)
 -  A talk about Johnny Depp, going to the cinemas and pirates.
Plan (2004)
 -  poster
Super Size Me (2004)
 -  There is a poster for it
"Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Kelis (#29.12)" (2004)
 -  Referenced in Spy Glass
The Magical Time Traveling Thugtastic Jug (2004)
 -  A man in a pirate costume chases another while the musical score from this film is playing.
University Heights: A Look Behind the Scenes (2004) (V)
 -  The cast references Johnny Depp and the film.
Fable (2004) (VG)
 -  Lynchfield Graveyard has a stone for Captain Jack
"Charmed: Charrrmed! (#7.4)" (2004)
 -  Phoebe: "Pirates? Like hot Johnny Depp pirates?"
Fear of Clowns (2004) (V)
 -  poster in movie theater
National Treasure (2004)
 -  line by Sean Bean "It's not like Pirates, is it?"
Boarding: The People of 'The Terminal' (2004) (V)
 -  mentioned once
Blood on the Land: The Making of a King (2005) (V)
 -  mentioned once
Horror Business (2005) (V)
 -  On drive-in marquee.
Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005)
 -  Girl dressed as Jack Sparrow
Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Cove (2005)
 -  website visited called: Real Pirates of the Caribbean
"Entourage: Aquamansion (#2.3)" (2005)
 -  mentioned in dialogue
Pirates (2005) (V)
 -  character mentions going to see the "pirates of the carribean"
Into the Blue (2005)
 -  Amanda talks about playing Pirates of the Caribbean.
"How I Met Your Mother: The Slutty Pumpkin (#1.6)" (2005)
 -  Lily and Marshall are dressed as Captain Jack and a parrot.
Crash Tag Team Racing (2005) (VG)
 -  The music in the "Tiki Turbo" track, the "Pirates of the Carbureator" track.
Kingdom Hearts II (2005) (VG)
 -  Features Jack Sparrow from said movie
The 100 Greatest Family Films (2005) (TV)
 -  Makes the countdown, is talked about in detail.
"Two and a Half Men: That Special Tug (#3.12)" (2006)
 -  Alan mentions it in the theatre.
The DiCaprio Code (2006)
 -  Johnny Depp is dressed like a pirate
Pirates of the Great Salt Lake (2006)
 -  Kirk complains about "that damn Johnny Depp" making it hard for other pirates; a family is named Sparrow.
Doogal (2006)
 -  when the skeletons attack dylan refers to this movie
"Top Gear: Episode #8.2" (2006)
 -  Theme song heard
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Stuart Beattie (2006) (V)
 -  Beattie discusses his involvement on project
"Saxondale: Episode #1.3" (2006)
 -  "He was watching Pirates of the Carribean"
"Aspe: Tot de dood ons scheidt (#2.11)" (2006)
 -  Open reference by a character
"Hilfe! Zu Hause sind die Teufel los: Piraten ahoi (#1.7)" (2006)
 -  The children from this episode are fans from this movie, so they want that their family's house is built like the set from the movie
"Extras: Orlando Bloom (#2.1)" (2006)
 -  Orlando talks about being on the set of this movie
"South Park: Make Love, Not Warcraft (#10.8)" (2006)
 -  the killer has a POTC souvenir cup
"Vecinos: Video descompuesta (#1.60)" (2006)
 -  Mentioned by name as Pirates of the Charibean.
The Pirates of Penzance (2006) (TV)
 -  Anthony Warlow's performance is a parody of Captain Jack Sparrow.
"Torchwood: Random Shoes (#1.9)" (2006)
 -  This is one of the movies visible in the movie store.
"Tripping the Rift: The Son Also Rises (#3.10)" (2007)
 -  Features Jack Sparrow lookalike Captain Jack Raving
The Nines (2007)
 -  The character of Ryan Reynolds jokes about how he was in the movie.
Epic Movie (2007)
 -  "Captain Jack Swallows"
"NCIS: Blowback (#4.14)" (2007)
 -  When explaining the difference of "pirate" and "pirated" to Ziva, Tony uses Jack Sparrow as an example of a pirate only to get in trouble when trying to explain who Jack Sparrow is.
"One Tree Hill: Pictures of You (#4.13)" (2007)
 -  Lucas does an imitation of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
"Top Gear: Episode #9.4" (2007)
 -  Theme song heard
"Saturday Night Live: Rainn Wilson/Arcade Fire (#32.14)" (2007)
 -  Referenced in White Possum Scream skit
Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 (2007) (V)
 -  Ryan imitates a Jack Sparrow facial expression as Dorkman swings at him.
"The War at Home: A Bitter Pill to Swallow (#2.21)" (2007)
 -  Dave mentions Jack Sparrow.
"Deadline: Episode #1.2" (2007)
 -  Referenced by name
Screenplay Series with Syd Field (2007)
 -  Discussed at length
"Californication: Pilot (#1.1)" (2007)
 -  Becca wants to watch this film
"Weeds: He Taught Me How to Drive By (#3.7)" (2007)
 -  porn called "Peckers of the Caribbean" with a character named Captain Jack
Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007) (V)
 -  LeBarbara calls Hermes her little "Love pirate of the carribean"
Disneyland: Secrets, Stories, & Magic (2007) (V)
 -  mentioned as having been inspired by ride
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
 -  DVD case is shown.
"Yattâman: Bakademîshou o toruno da koron! (#1.3)" (2008)
 -  Johnny Cepp resembles Jack Sparrow.
"Troldspejlet: Episode #39.7" (2008)
 -  Jakob Stegelmann mentions Jack Sparrow's adventures in his recap of The History of the Adventure Video Games
"American Dad!: Office Spaceman (#4.14)" (2008)
 -  Roger talks about the cast
"Muchachada nui: Episode #2.12" (2008)
 -  Frank Coconut's trademark catch phrase is "I'm Jack Sparrow".
Wild Child (2008)
 -  A boy dresses as Capt. Jack to the ball
LittleBigPlanet (2008) (VG)
 -  One of the downloaded content for the game are a Jack Sparrow & Will Turner costume.
Starz Inside: Fashion in Film (2008) (TV)
 -  Movie poster shown.
Take (2008/I)
 -  Jeff says "Fuck Jack Sparrow"
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.66" (2008)
 -  Jack Sparrow is included in a $4,000 question
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.80" (2009)
 -  The Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise is included in a $2,000 question
Le code a changé (2009)
 -  The film title is mentioned in the dialog at the dinner.
"Come Dine with Me: Manchester: Jane (#4.18)" (2009)
 -  Jane's menu has a dish called Johnny Depp: Pirates' 'Planked' Steak.
Cyprien (2009)
 -  When Stanislas asks him his name, Cyprien looks around, sees a Jack Sparrow miniature, and pretends his first name is Jack
The Cove (2009)
 -  Mentioned once.
"Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake/Ciara (#34.21)" (2009)
 -  Disney street performers dressed like characters from POTC get their hands on actual pirates weapons
"Bridget's Sexiest Beaches: Best of Bridget's Sexiest Beaches (#1.17)" (2009)
 -  Bridget talks about how she finds the kind of pirates seen in the film sexy, as opposed to modern-day Somali pirates
Road Block (2009)
 -  Story suggested as an idea for story.
"The Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Cereal Mascots (#2.31)" (2009)
 -  Jack Sparrow on a fake box of cereal.
"Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Quarterfinal 1 (#26.4)" (2009)
 -  Mentioned in a $1,200 clue in the category "'People' Sexiest Man Alive"
"Jeopardy!: Episode #26.6" (2009)
 -  Mentioned in a $1,600 clue in the category "Produce"
"Bad Movie Beatdown: The Time Machine (#1.14)" (2009)
 -  mentioned when talking about Gore Verbinski taking over the direction
Red Hook (2009)
 -  man with skull and crossbones shirt is called Johnny Depp
"The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XX (#21.4)" (2009)
 -  The Mummy puts on a Captain Jack Sparrow costume.
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Death and the Maiden (#10.6)" (2009)
 -  after finding a stash of stolen jewelry, a CSI mentions that this is as if Jack Sparrow were here
"Jeopardy!: Episode #26.77" (2009)
 -  Subject of a $1,600 clue in the category "Actors & Their Roles"
"The Bachelor: Episode #14.7" (2010)
 -  The pirate ship Jake and Vienna are on is described as the one used in Pirates of the Caribbean
"Jeopardy!: Episode #26.117" (2010)
 -  Subject of a $400 clue in the category "Flick Arrr!"
"NCIS: Jurisdiction (#7.18)" (2010)
 -  When Ducky quotes a line from Dickens' _Bleank_House_, Palmer asks him: "Are you quoting Jack Sparrow?"
"The Office: New Leads (#6.19)" (2010)
 -  Michael does his impression of Captain Jack Sparrow.
"General Hospital: Episode #1.12044" (2010)
 -  Jack Sparrow mentioned
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.157" (2010)
 -  Included in a $12,500 question
"General Hospital: Episode #1.12111" (2010)
 -  Morgan mentions Jack Sparrow
"Bad Movie Beatdown: The Haunted Mansion (#2.26)" (2010)
 -  mentioned and compared to the ride
"The Big C: Blue-Eyed Iris (#1.5)" (2010)
 -  mentioned in dialogue
"Bad Movie Beatdown: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Part 1 (#2.27)" (2010)
 -  The original is discussed
Sharktopus (2010) (TV)
 -  "Captain Jack on Pirate Radio"
Epic Mickey (2010) (VG)
 -  Parts of Port Royal appear in one level.
"Prozhektorperiskhilton: Ivan Urgant/Sergey Svetlakov (#4.14)" (2010)
 -  Word play by Tsekalo on the Russian title of this film.
Gulliver's Travels (2010)
 -  Captain Sparrow mentioned
LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011) (VG)
 -  One of the downloaded content for the game are a Jack Sparrow & Will Turner costume.
Rango (2011)
 -  In his terrarium-stage, Rango alludes to playing a sea captain.
"Bum Reviews: Rango (#4.2)" (2011)
 -  "Did I mention that Pirates of the Caribbean made this?"
"Saturday Night Live: Elton John/Leon Russell (#36.18)" (2011)
 -  Referenced by Seth on Weekend Update
"Special Collector's Edition: ¡Hasta nunca, Doctor! (#2.12)" (2011)
 -  Appears on the list of DVD & Blu-Ray releases of April/May
Max Pinlig 2 – sidste skrig (2011)
 -  Max is dressed like Jack Sparrow
"Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey/Ellie Goulding (#36.20)" (2011)
 -  Referenced by Michael Bolton in the digital short
"Mad: TwiSchool Musical/Avenger Time (#1.23)" (2011)
 -  Jack Sparrow appears in the beginning.
"The Cinema Snob: Caligula II: Messalina, Messalina (#3.25)" (2011)
 -  "Captain Jack Sparrow is here to save the day."
"NCIS: Nature of the Beast (#9.1)" (2011)
 -  Johnny Depp mentioned when Abby says the picture looks like a Pirate
"NCIS: Los Angeles: Lone Wolf (#3.6)" (2011)
 -  Deeks used Jack Sparrow as part of his English accent
Disney Universe (2011) (VG)
 -  Costumes of the characters of this movie.
"The Nostalgia Chick: The Worst Witch (#4.27)" (2011)
 -  "Jack Sparrow's pubic hair is braided too."
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.33" (2011)
 -  a "Battle of the Jaywalk All-Stars" contestant says that the ship known as "the ship that could not sink" was the Black Pearl

Featured in

Disney Through the Decades (2001) (V)
 -  clips in Ratzenberger conclusion
"Troldspejlet: Episode #30.3" (2003)
 -  reviewed + footage used
An Epic at Sea: The Making of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' (2003) (V)
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) (TV)
 -  clips
"Troldspejlet: Episode #31.5" (2004)
 -  VHS/DVD release reviewed + footage used
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) (TV)
 -  Nominee clips.
The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV)
The Magic of 'Finding Neverland' (2005) (V)
 -  clip shown
The 100 Greatest Family Films (2005) (TV)
 -  Clips shown.
"Salatut elämät: Maarit raottaa salaisuuksiensa verhoa (#1.1385)" (2007)
 -  The movie is playing on tv
Paranormal Activity (2007)
 -  It is playing at the beginning in Micah's television.
"I Love the New Millennium: 2003 (#1.4)" (2008)
 -  Shown on the 2003 episode
Great Movie Mistakes (2010) (TV)
 -  Clips of mistakes shown
"The Nostalgia Critic: Hook (#3.34)" (2010)
 -  A clip of the movie is inserted
"Bad Movie Beatdown: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Part 2 (#2.28)" (2010)
 -  Welshy recaps the series
Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible (2010) (TV)
 -  Clips are shown.
"Hollywood's Top Ten: Best of the Decade (#1.187)" (2011)
 -  Runner-up for the user poll of the best movies of 2001-2010
"Welshy Reviews: Tremors (#1.13)" (2011)
 -  Jack Sparrow making his escape
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.18" (2011)
 -  Mitt Romney's face superimposed on clip of Captain Jack

Spoofs

The Hand (1981)
 -  The hand breaking through the door and attacking Govener Swann

Spoofed in

The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV)
 -  Geoffrey Rush's character turns into a skeleton in the moonlight, just as he's telling Crystal he's going to host the Oscars; Crystal drinks a soda in front Johnny Depp to tell him "They're here."
"Robot Chicken: The Black Cherry (#1.20)" (2005)
 -  Spoofed in the "(bleep)-Pirates of the Caribbean" segment
Keloglan vs. the Black Prince (2006)
 -  Captain Jack lookalike
Pirates of the Great Salt Lake (2006)
 -  The movie contains multiple spoofs of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006) (V)
 -  Directly lifts several elements from the movie such as the opening title appearing in candle light, a ship with tattered sails crewed by skeletal pirates and the ending scene featuring Scooby sailing the ship into the horizon.
The Hillywood Show (2006) (V)
 -  For comedic purposes
"Wetten, dass..?: Wetten, dass..? aus Basel (#1.170)" (2007)
 -  Thomas Gottschalk has a hook once
"Spaceballs: The Animated Series: Spaceballs of the Caribbean (#1.8)" (2008)
 -  Barf dresses up like Jack Sparrow, Lone Starr mentions his father Bootstrap
Beethoven's Big Break (2008) (V)
 -  crazy credits: poster "Puppies of the Caribbean"
The Devil Wears Pirates (2009)
 -  jokes the film Pirates of the Caribbean
"South Park: Fatbeard (#13.7)" (2009)
 -  The music in this episode is a spoof of the music in Pirates of the Caribbean.
"Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake/Ciara (#34.21)" (2009)
 -  It is spoofed in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" sketch.
"Poor Paul: There's a Fire Down Below (#2.4)" (2009)
 -  Clyde makes up sound-a-like Porn title
"Robot Chicken: President Hu Forbids It (#4.14)" (2009)
 -  A couple tries role-playing in bed, including as Jack Sparrow
Gestation (2009)
 -  Teo, made an interpretation of Jack Sparrow an his 'broken compass'
An Evening with My Comatose Mother (2011)
 -  Johnny (the boyfriend) is dressed like Jack Sparrow

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for action/adventure violence

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

  1. I am nearly fifty years old. A sober grown man. With children. Children
    with whom I have now sat through hundreds of movies. Many of which I
    have enjoyed. And I am not completely hardened in my sophistication.
    The opening music to The Lion King brought tears to my eyes when my
    little ones were but wee tots. But still, these are after all just
    children’s movies. In another life, I would never have seen them. And,
    really, one can’t take such movies too seriously, can one?

    And so, this summer, after the ritual badgering, I dutifully trudged
    into yet another Disney "adventure" movie. Named after that tired old
    ride in Anaheim I first went on in 1965. I mean really, how much can
    you expect?

    And then, it happened. The swirling intoxication. The stunned feeling.
    What? Who? How? Was this a movie? Or a religious experience? Perhaps
    more like an addictive experience…

    I cannot remember ever willingly paying to see any movie not starring a
    relative of mine more than twice, and I can count those movies on one
    hand. I have now seen "Pirates" four times. The only thing keeping me
    from seeing it again is the sense that this whole thing is just getting
    out of hand. I cannot get enough of it. It’s like walking into a
    painting that you never want to come back out of. My children ask, with
    a note of concern in their voices, "Dad, you really like Pirates of the
    Caribbean a lot, don’t you?"

    And that Depp fellow. My God. I never had any idea who he was, but his
    name sounded like something created for a pubescent cover-boy for
    magazines published to hook thirteen year-old girls on make-up and bad
    music. Wasn’t Depp the name of some hair-goo product back in the 60s?

    I am a straight male. I have several good friends who are gay, but have
    never fantasized about any gender but the female. But now I understand
    how women can experience swooning crushes on male film stars. He is
    simply extraordinary. So sly, so seductive, so canny! I read an
    interview in which Depp said he went through a slight depression when
    he had to stop playing Captain Jack Sparrow. I can see why. His
    inventiveness and sheer pleasure in inhabiting the character come
    through in every frame. How can I admit to my children that I now troll
    through fan websites about a former teen heart-throb?

    I often don’t even watch the Academy Awards, and I certainly never have
    any emotional investment in who wins.

    Except for this year.

    Go Jack.

    And, in a time when many big-budget movies are little more than a
    hodge-podge of loosely- connected "money shots" this movie puts all the
    pieces together, with a sense of fun and light-heartedness in special
    effects that are simply dazzling. I find myself laughing with dizzy
    appreciation when Barbossa barks out, "You’d best be believing in ghost
    stories, Miss Turner, you’re in one!" and the grinning skeletons come
    into view, with Badelt’s pounding score keeping time to the beat of
    their maniacal deck-swabbing. And then there’s the scene of the
    pirate-ghouls slithering up from the darkened sea on the mooring cables
    of the Dauntless, like infernal cats stalking their prey.

    And now to the music. I can just hear the effete aesthetes dismissing
    this score, as Mr. Zimmerman anticipates with his winking "overproduced
    by" credit on the cover-liner. "Bombastic." "Overdone." "Absurdly
    Stupendous."

    Well, perhaps it is, for those who spend their lives evaluating such
    things. To me, it is absolutely transporting. I first listened to it
    while doing a work-out on a rowing machine and found that I tripled my
    usual distance. It was like mainlining some hazardous tachycardic
    amphetamine.

    Once again, the children were wondering, "What’s up with Daddy? Is he
    OK?"

    Perhaps I am just losing my grip, having an adolescent movie get to me
    this way. But when those final credits roll, and Captain Jack narrows
    his eyes and says, "Now, bring me that horizon. Drink up me hearties,
    yo ho" and the music swells … it is difficult to put into words the
    effect it has.

    At this point my children have to yank me forcibly from the theater,
    lest I persist in watching the credits to the bitter end, and bid
    good-bye to the little monkey once more, wiping tears of exultation
    from my eyes.

    This is not just another "entry" in the summer blockbust sweepstakes.
    It is an exquisite work of fantasy and inventiveness, a true classic,
    on the order of "The Wizard of Oz." I do hope Depp’s performance
    garners not just awards, but a place in the pantheon, something we old
    fogies — and our gently fogeying children decades hence — will show
    to our children and grandchildren like a revealed treasure. I cannot
    recall any movie having such an effect on me.

  2. A damn good movie. One of the best of 2003 in my view.

    This movie made me laugh, and it really pulled me in.

    At first I was afraid this would be another bad Pirate movie. I went to
    see
    it anyway, as I’ve always loved the legends of pirates, and I love
    adventure. I saw it once. Then twice. Then Quadrupul. Then six times. And
    one more 7. And now I eagerly wait for the DVD in Australia.

    What i’m saying is I couldn’t get enough of this movie. It was so well
    done.

    Johnny Depp was hilarious a Jack Sparrow, and acted like a true Pirate.
    His
    obsessive drinking antics, and his walk really brought out this
    chaqracter.
    Plus he made character we could all love and enjoy, that deserves an Oscar
    in my view.

    Geoffrey Rush played Barbosa the bad guy. Who turned out to be quite a
    good
    bad guy in my view. He showed real potential, and I loved the way how he
    manipulated people.

    Keira Knightley plays Elizabeth, the governor’s daughter. Prisoner of the
    Pirates. She is quite momorable in this role, and is a great jump for her
    evergrowing popularity.

    Orlando Bloom plays Will Turner. A simple blacksmith, who is also a well
    trained swordsman. Who is in hot pursuit of saving Elizabeth from the
    Pirates.

    The more memorable thing about this though is the curse. A well thought
    out
    curse. That can always lead to sequel or a prequel. You’ll see what I mean
    when you watch it.

    The story is based on these Pirates who happen to be cursed, and they want
    to rid the curse. To do that they need the blood of a pirate, not just any
    pirate but the son of Bill Turner- William Turner. Mistaken for Bill
    Turner’s child the pirates Capture Elizabeth, and take her hostage, while
    William teams up with a Rogue pirate, Jack Sparrow, who is on a streak for
    revenge against Barbosa. While all at the same time are being chased by
    the
    british fleet.

    A great adventure. Well played swordfighting. Great laughs. Great
    music.
    And great story. Pirates are back in my good book.

  3. Although I had expectations ( from watching the trailers ) that this
    might be a good movie, I was still surprised that it’s as good as it
    is. The story is actually more complex than I had expected, involving
    cursed pirates and their quest to rid themselves of the curse. I won’t
    say more than that so as not to spoil it if you haven’t seen it.

    There aren’t as many action scenes as I had thought there would be in a
    pirate movie, but the ones that are in the movie were very fun and
    enjoyable. After seeing it, I think it had the right balance of action
    and drama. There are also, of course, a lot of funny bits interspersed
    between the action and drama. Some really good special effects also add
    to the enjoyment of this movie.

    I wasn’t much of a fan of Johnny Depp until I saw this movie. I think
    he deserved to win the Academy Award for best actor. It’s largely
    because of his performance, IMO, that the movie was so good. Most of
    the supporting cast did well, mind you, just that Johnny Depp stood
    high above the rest. I did find Orlando Bloom’s performance a bit
    wooden, but other than that the acting was good.

    Basically, it’s a really fun movie and I’d give it about 8 out of 10

  4. Disney seemed to be going down the tubes lately, with Atlantis and Home
    on the Range, but this movie is a masterpiece. If it wasn’t for this
    movie, Johnny Depp wouldn’t be as famous as he is today. Every scene
    with him or Geoffery Rush is brilliant. The movie is very crisp and the
    shots of the islands are breathtaking. Definitely a movie worth picking
    up at Blockbuster or even better, buying ( I don’t buy DVDs often but
    this was one of them). The characters are thought out very well and
    plot is excellent. The script is one of the main stars of the film
    itself, every line that seems to come out of Sparrow or Barbossa’s
    mouth or any of the other cast is original. If you like action films
    you’ll love this, if you like comedy you’ll love this, actually, this
    movie is great for everyone (except small kids, who may get frightened
    by the skeleton scenes). 10/10

  5. You will always remember this as the movie that made Johnny Depp a
    superstar and almost got him an Oscar.The fact that he didn’t win isn’t
    a problem,since thanks to him this is the best pirate film ever made.

    The opening concept is a clichè:a beautiful woman(Keira Knightley)is
    kidnapped by a bunch of filthy pirates(led by Geoffrey Rush’s
    Barbossa)and the man(Orlando Bloom)who’s desperately in love with her
    decides to track them down.From now on,things get unexpected,as he asks
    another pirate for help.And it’s no ordinary pirate:it’s Captain Jack
    Sparrow(Johnny Depp),a lying,cheating,but charismatic scumbag,the
    hardest man on Earth to predict,not to mention quite unlucky and
    clumsy("You are,with no doubt,the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of" "But
    you HAVE heard of me!").

    It’s got all the elements of a classic pirate movie,elements that would
    give this flick a 9/10.

    So,why am I giving it a 10/10? The answer is simple:Captain Jack.From
    the moment he makes his entrance,justly included in the Empire Top 10
    Entrances of all time,we know he’s the reason people will keep watching
    the movie.He ‘s Depp’s best non-Tim Burton-character ever,and I can’t
    wait ’til he returns.

    See you next summer,Captain!

  6. This is a fantastic movie full action, adventure, humor and a hell of a
    lot more! The film is 2 hours and 40 minutes long, but that time flies
    by as you are transported into an awesome world of swashbuckling and
    sword fights.

    Johnny Depp's performance is one of his best ever as the slightly camp
    Captain Jack Sparrow. Even under his tangle of hair and blackened eyes,
    he will make you swoon and laugh both at the same time with his tonnes
    of witty lines and mannerisms. Orlando Bloom plays the love struck son
    of a pirate, Will Turner and play him he does! This roll highlights the
    diversity and skill shown by some of the greats. We will definitely see
    big things from him in years to come. In her second roll in big time
    flick, Kira Knightley plays kidnapped Govener's daughter, Elizabeth
    Swan. She is also another young, up and coming star with a bright
    future ahead of her.

    The film may not be the most historically accurate pirate film of all
    times but all that is forgotten as you enjoy the brilliance of this
    marvelous movie. Did I also catch a subtle omage to the 1953
    swashbuckler 'The Crimson Pirate' when Will and Jack walk underwater in
    an upturned rowing boat? Sneaky!

    The only negative thing I have to say, and believe me I don't want to
    say it, is that fact we are never told the reason why the curse of the
    black pearl could only be broken by the blood of William Turner
    (Senior) and in turn by his son. Despite this plot flaw however,
    Pirates of the Caribbean is a magical journey that will drop the jaws
    of parents, children and grandparents alike. I'm definitely buying it
    when it come out on DVD!

  7. "Even I love Johnny Depp, and I’m male," a previous reviewer
    declares,
    tongue in cheek. Well, I wouldn’t go quite that far, but there’s
    no
    doubt whatsoever that when I lost my heart to this film, Johnny
    Depp’s
    outrageous Cap’n Jack Sparrow had almost everything to do with it.
    I
    don’t normally review ‘current’ films, so the very fact that
    I’m
    writing this highlights an almost unprecedented event – after
    endless
    failures, Hollywood has finally rediscovered the spirit of the
    classic
    swashbuckler movie.

    With hindsight, I think the one brilliant decision that was made
    at
    some point – given a modern production environment – was to
    *separate
    the roles* of hero and swashbuckler. You can then have your
    worthy
    Costner-type juvenile lead, as required, who has to Come To Terms
    with
    his Past (although his eventual fate is a trifle unexpected
    in
    conventional terms…) – *but* you can also have your essential
    and
    irrepressible swaggering rogue (of course, he totally steals the
    film
    from the moment he first appears, but *that’s* no hardship!)

    The moonlight special effects were overdone, in my opinion – not
    that
    they aren’t believable, but that they would have been more effective
    if
    used more sparingly, for occasional flashes of nastiness rather
    than
    solid minutes of battle. However, that’s a minor niggle. The stunts
    are
    energetic, highly satisfactory, *not* computerised, and on
    occasion
    even carried out by the stars :-)

    The other saving grace of the production is its humour – not that
    there
    aren’t a few over-arch knowing references, but on the whole it
    manages
    to send itself up without suspending disbelief in the process.
    Jack
    Sparrow’s first arrival on the scene (with total aplomb aboard
    a
    steadily-sinking boat) is a prime example, as indeed are the
    vast
    majority of subsequent scenes involving this character…

    The basic Romance and Rescue structure is satisfactory enough, with
    the
    addition of the requisite Feisty Female for the 21st century (though
    I
    felt the character would have been a little more historically
    plausible
    if she had been a little less liberated – she clearly possesses
    a
    stronger character than her young man, she doesn’t have to strive to
    be
    his physical equal as well…) However, it is the pirates
    themselves
    who really make the film, simply by being a pack of unreconstructed
    and
    uninhibited villains (from the Jeffrey Farnol School of
    Historical
    Dialect) who are far larger than life and totally unselfconscious
    about
    it. To quote the opening words of the ‘Guardian’ review: "we have
    been
    waiting [50 years] for a modern pirate film featuring someone who,
    in
    all seriousness, actually says the words, or perhaps the
    two-syllable
    single word: ‘Ah-harrrrr!’"

    Jack Sparrow, as swashbuckler extraordinaire and consummate rogue
    (of
    course, totally honest in his own way… ahem) is the main
    attraction
    of the entire film. Not so much loopy as totally round the bend
    -
    outrageous and unpredictable (there is a running gag throughout
    the
    first part of the film where he is repeatedly described as "the
    worst
    pirate I’ve ever seen", as in "the worst at it", only for
    the
    preposterous tactics in question to prove spectacularly
    successful).

    This character saves the hero in more ways than one – without him,
    the
    film would be another "Mask of Zorro", a rather stodgy attempt
    to
    update an old favourite for modern-day sensibilities and
    compensate
    with more and flashier sword-fighting (swashbuckling is not
    *about*
    fighting! It comes into it, yes, but it’s not the point.) But
    together,
    the pair work off one another beautifully – reliability and
    inspired
    lunacy, self-doubt and cocky flamboyance, dogged devotion and
    shameless
    self-interest. The only question is which, precisely, is the
    sidekick…

    There are two beginnings to this film, neither of them bearing
    any
    relation to the wooden costume-drama-by-numbers prologue that
    actually
    opens the movie. The moment when events start to move (it
    could
    scarcely be less subtle) is signalled by the swell of the theme
    music
    for the first time at Sparrow’s initial appearance. But for me
    the
    moment when the film really took off was in that instant during
    his
    first escape, when he seizes the rope and swings up, up, and out, in
    a
    classic swashbuckler move from the past that brought it all
    flooding
    back… and my heart flew up after him into my throat, and
    remained
    enjoyably in that position until the end of the movie, when
    the
    audience began spontaneously to applaud.

    The film is far from perfect – characters like Captain
    Norrington
    (*please* – ‘Commodore’, like ‘Prime Minister’, is a job
    description,
    not a form of address!) and the Governor are little more than
    pantomime
    stereotypes, with only frustrating hints of humanity to indicate
    that
    they do after all have potential denied them by the script.
    Annoying
    anachronisms slip in – "it’s okay", "I was rooting for you" – most
    of
    the nautical jargon comes out with about as much sign of
    comprehension
    as a phonetic rendition of a foreign language, and Sparrow’s
    one
    precious charge of powder gets soaked through often enough in
    the
    course of the plot to be utterly useless by the end. Both hero
    and
    heroine come across as wooden and thankless roles. Orlando Bloom may
    be
    costumed to look increasingly like Errol Flynn during the course of
    the
    film (was it my imagination, or does he spend it gradually
    cultivating
    a duplicate of that famous moustache?), but, alas, any resemblance
    ends
    there.

    But then it doesn’t really matter. It is Depp, not Bloom, who
    has
    inherited the mantle of Flynn and Fairbanks in this film. Jack
    Sparrow
    was the character who caught my imagination – and, since I’m
    extremely
    impressionable, also had a distinctly peculiar effect on the way
    I
    stood and walked for several hours later. And there’s not many
    films
    can say *that*..! ÿ

  8. Despite being rife with technical blunders such as the longest full
    moon in history, Disney’s first non-PG film is proving to be a
    financial boon while at the same time collecting reviews from critics
    that run from tepid to red hot. I am in complete agreement with Roger
    Ebert on one point: Somewhere in this 143 minute tour de force there
    lurks a very good ninety-minute film.

    Other than Johnny Depp, who fashioned his character’s personality (and
    eye makeup?) after observations of his good friend Keith Richards of
    the Rolling Stones, the cast of ‘Pirates’ reads like a Who’s Who of
    English film actors, including Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack
    Davenport and Mackenzie Crook.

    When screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio originally pitched the
    movie to the Disney executives in the early ’90s, Disney rejected it.
    It makes one wonder just who is running the Disney empire. Universal
    Studios have been combining action/adventure movies with theme park
    rides for over two decades (E.T., Jurassic Park, Jaws, and Back to the
    Future to name a few) only in reverse order-first the film, then the
    ride. This combination has worked well for Universal, and it seems
    almost absurd that Disney has taken so long to pick up on the obvious.

    I liked three things in particular about this film. Just say Johnny
    Depp three times. His character Jack Sparrow redefines the term
    swashbuckler. Not since William Hurt’s performance in Children of a
    Lesser God , and to a slightly lesser degree Kevin Costner’s in JFK,
    has an actor so resoundingly stolen the show. If you do not like Johnny
    Depp, ‘Pirates’ is not for you. If you do like Mr. Depp (Edward
    Scissorhands, Ed Wood), you will enjoy ‘Pirates’.

    That is not to say that Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush were less than
    fantastic. Rush made a delightful villain as Capt. Barbossa, and
    Orlando Bloom’s performance brought charisma to a rather limiting role
    as Will Turner. Expect nothing but good things from this young actor in
    the future.

    Let us examine the plot. This will be a rather short paragraph, for
    sword fights do not a movie make. The opening scenes show a young
    Elizabeth Swann on a ship at sea. A young Will Turner floats up on a
    raft, unconscious, wearing a gold medallion round his neck. Elizabeth
    hides the medallion so that no one else will know that young Will is a
    pirate. Years later, the pirates come to Port Royal in quest of the
    gold piece and kidnap the governor’s daughter Elizabeth (Kiera
    Knightly), now all grown up. The fact that she also has the medallion
    they are looking for is just one of those lucky things that will happen
    if you’re a good pirate who eats well and stays fit. Captain Jack
    Sparrow shows up at about the same time and he and Will commandeer a
    ship from the Royal Navy to chase the pirates, save Elizabeth, and add
    some adventure to their otherwise bleak lives. Swordfight, swordfight,
    swordfight, and that’s about it. Let us just say that Pirates of the
    Caribbean has all the plot of an amusement park ride and leave it at
    that.

    A few predictions may be in order, however. Look for an Oscar
    nomination for Depp’s efforts. Look for nominations as well for sound,
    set design, makeup, and cinematography. As far as best picture? Next to
    Lord of the Rings (Return of the King)? Not likely.

    Director Gore Verbinski, who used to play in a punk rock band and is
    best known for creating the Budweiser frogs, does an outstanding job
    keeping track of the myriad details required of a director, given his
    limited experience. True, ‘Pirates’ has countless errors in continuity,
    but those occur in any film of such scope. Mr. Verbinski has only four
    other films to his name: a short entitled The Ritual (1996), and then
    three very different but effectively made films, Mouse Hunt (1997), The
    Mexican (2001), and the very creepy thriller The Ring (2002). Again, it
    makes one wonder just who is at the helm of the USS Disney to put a
    $125 million movie in the hands of a neophyte. Well, it worked with
    Lord of the Rings and a very inexperienced Peter Jackson, and it worked
    here for Disney as well.

    ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ is a fun movie for most of the family. It
    may be rather scary for children ten and under and somewhat boring for
    many over twenty-five. I enjoyed it immensely for exactly what it
    was… an amusing ride.

  9. This is a movie to sit back and enjoy. Funny, fast-paced and with sterling
    performances from all of the cast, it’s not to be missed for good,
    old-fashioned entertainment. I’m not a huge fan of Depp, but here he
    excels.
    Knightly and Bloom make an engaging couple and I enjoyed the fact that the
    characters of Governor Swann and Norrington were taken in a different
    direction from that which might be expected by Hollywood. The former could
    have easily become the stereotypical "You’ll marry who I say you’ll marry,
    girl!", while Norrington could have been the standard English navy bully
    and
    nasty piece of work. Instead, both were engaging good guys and
    Norrington’s
    graceful dealings with Will and Elizabeth brought a core of humanity to
    the
    movie.

    And to the previous reviewer who thought they’d spotted a plot
    hole:

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    [quote]while there`s a serious plot hole at the end where it`s revealed
    that
    Jack Sparrow has been suffering from the curse all along so how did he
    manage to stay out of the moonlight without anyone noticing his skeletal
    state ? And how did he manage to get drunk on rum ?[/quote]

    Actually, you just weren’t watching the movie properly. Jack wasn’t in a
    skeletal state all along. Shortly before the swordfight in the caves with
    Barbossa and being shown to be skeletal, Jack stole one of the cursed
    coins
    from the chest. When he was stabbed by Barbossa, he became skeletal
    because
    he was cursed from that moment on. This was made clear at the time when
    Jack’s response to finding out he was suddenly skeletal was to declare,
    "That’s interesting!", flip the stolen coin between his fingers and tell
    Barbossa, "I couldn’t resist." Indicating that he was aware that it was
    his
    stealing the coin that had turned him skeletal once he was stabbed.

  10. When the daughter of the governor of a Caribbean island, Elizabeth
    Swann (Keira Knightley), is proposed by Commodore Norrington (Jack
    Davenport), she faints, fells into the sea and is rescued and saved by
    the pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) but he is arrested and
    sentenced to death for piracy. Meanwhile, the town is attacked by the
    ship Black Pearl, commanded by the former first mate Barbossa (Geoffrey
    Rush), who leaded a mutiny against Captain Jack Sparrow years ago.
    Barbossa kidnaps Elizabeth, and the blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando
    Bloom), who loves her, releases Jack Sparrow and they steal the fastest
    vessel of the navy to follow the Black Pearl, Will trying to save
    Elizabeth, and Jack trying to retrieve his ship. Along their journey,
    many secrets are disclosed about the course of the Black Pearl and her
    crew.

    The supernatural adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann,
    Will Turner and Barbossa are so spectacular that really deserves to be
    included among the best movies (Top 250) in IMDb. This film has action,
    humor, romance, mystery, special effects and is so delightful that the
    viewer does not feel the running time of 143 minutes. I saw this movie
    for the first time on 24 April 2004, and I have just watched again
    today (10 Feb 2007) enjoying the same way as in the first time. My vote
    is ten.

    Title (Brazil): "Piratas do Caribe – A Maldição do Pérola Negra"
    ("Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl")

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