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Encyclopedia > Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a movie of adventure and romance set in the Caribbean during the seventeenth century. It is based on the Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This movie stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, and Jack Davenport. It is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.


It was released on July 9, 2003. As of March 16, 2004, it had grossed at the box office more than $653 million worldwide; the 18th highest grossing movie ever. It proved to be a success for Walt Disney Pictures and within weeks of release they announced a sequel was in development, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, slated for release in 2005/6.


When production for the film was first announced in early 2002, movie fans and critics were skeptical of its chances of being a success. The concept of Disney basing a movie upon one of its own theme park rides seemed to many a crass marketing ploy. Critics were pleasantly surprised to find the film an enjoyable swashbuckler. However, the poor reception received by other Disney films based upon its theme park rides (The Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion) suggested that the success of Pirates of the Caribbean was an exception and not the rule.


It was believed that the movie was partially inspired from Monkey Island, and similarities have been drawn between Barbossa and LeChuck. Most hold that this is coincidental, since both are inspired form the theme ride. On the other hand, it is still believed that the makers have put intentional references form the games as a tribute.


Tagline: Prepare to be blown out of the water.

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Plot

Legend tells of a pirate ship, a ship called the Black Pearl. It sails the clear blue waters of the Caribbean leaving in its wake death, ruin, and suffering. For ten years it has tortured the people of the islands. It has tattered black sails and is crewed by the damned and captained by the terrible Captain Barbossa. There is a curse upon the sailors of the Black Pearl, a curse that can only be broken if every piece of gold from a plundered Aztec chest is restored and the blood repaid. When the Black Pearl attacks Port Royal, Jamaica and takes the governor's daughter, Elizabeth Swann captive, her childhood friend Will Turner allies himself with roguish Captain Jack Sparrow, the former captain of the Black Pearl. Together they plan to save Elizabeth and recapture the Black Pearl.


Script

Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (Shrek, The Mask of Zorro) and others created a script noted for its witty lines and challenge-response jokes. Two examples:

Barbossa: There are a lot of long words in there, Miss; we're naught but humble pirates. What is it that you want?
His supposed dislike of long words is contradicted a few lines later by him saying:
Barbossa: I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means "no".
This suggests to the audience that if he lied about the long words, maybe they aren't "but humble pirates" either.
Norrington: You are without doubt the worst pirate I've ever heard of.
Jack: But you have heard of me.

The wordplay was well suited to both Geoffrey Rush's and especially Johnny Depp's unusual style and worked well throughout the film. The script is available here (http://www.hostultra.com/~vampfiles/piratesscript2.html) (popup warning).


There are also some citations of Monkey Island



The Walt Disney Company's Pirates of the Caribbean
The Curse of the Black Pearl | Dead Man's Chest | PotC 3

Cast

In interviews, Johnny Depp stated that he had based his persona for Captain Jack Sparrow upon legendary guitarist Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, with some influence from cartoon character Pepe Le Pew.


The Black Pearl exists and is a real ship, one of the last surviving wooden schooners. It can be found in Ta' Xbiex, Malta.


Sequels

Pirates of the Caribbean 2


Awards

All awards are from 2004, unless otherwise noted.


Academy Awards

  • Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Johnny Depp
  • Nominee, Best Makeup, Ve Neill, Martin Samuel
  • Nominee, Best Sound, Christopher Boyes, David Parker, David E. Campbell, Lee Orloff
  • Nominee, Best Sound Editing, Christopher Boyes, George Watters II
  • Nominee, Best Visual Effects, John Knoll, Hal T. Hickel, Charles Gibson, Terry D. Frazee

Art Directors Guild

  • Nominee, Excellence in Production Design Award, Feature Film - Period or Fantasy Film, Brian Morris

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Winner, Top Box Office Films, Klaus Badelt

BAFTA Awards

  • Winner, Best Make Up/Hair, Ve Neill, Martin Samuel
  • Nominee, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects, John Knoll, Hal T. Hickel, Terry D. Frazee, Charles Gibson
  • Nominee, Best Costume Design, Penny Rose
  • Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Johnny Depp
  • Nominee, Best Sound, Christopher Boyes, George Watters II, Lee Orloff, David Parker, David E. Campbell

Golden Globes

  • Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Johnny Depp

The Eddies, American Cinema Editors, USA

Saturn Awards, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Johnny Depp

External links

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
  • Official site (http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/pirates/index.html)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt325980/) at the Internet Movie Database
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 2 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt383574/) at the Internet Movie Database

 
 

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