Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl

Gore Verbinski (2003)

12 Certificate


Our Score
As this box-office smash is based on one of Disney's most famous theme-park attractions, we might have expected a shiver-me-timbers swashbuckler that's short on plot and long on action. Not so. It delivers plenty of both and is infinitely superior to the ride itself. With producer Jerry Bruckheimer at the rudder, it's a lavish Hollywood voyage into pirate country that effortlessly fills its two hours plus as blacksmith Orlando Bloom and governor's daughter Keira Knightley fall foul of buccaneers. Geoffrey Rush milks his role to the hilt as an archetypal pirate captain, but the real treasure comes courtesy of Oscar-nominated Johnny Depp, who delivers a swaggering, slurring, mascara-wearing turn as rascal Jack Sparrow, a seafaring rock-star type and irresistible comic hero. Complementing the action are some superb special effects, with the skeletal curse of the Black Pearl's crew under moonlight a particularly well-staged showpiece.


A buccaneer and a blacksmith commandeer a British ship and set sail in pursuit of a pirate captain who has kidnapped a colonial governor's daughter. However, their quarry and his crew are under a curse that turns them into living skeletons - and makes them impossible to kill. Swashbuckling fantasy adventure, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport and Jonathan Pryce.

Cast & Crew

Capt Jack Sparrow Johnny Depp
Will Turner Orlando Bloom
Elizabeth Swann Keira Knightley
Capt Barbossa Geoffrey Rush
Cdr Norrington Jack Davenport
Joshamee Gibbs Kevin McNally
Governor Weatherby Swann Jonathan Pryce
Anamaria Zoe Saldana
Ragetti Mackenzie Crook
Pintel Lee Arenberg
Director Gore Verbinski
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray