Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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The Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 British-American adventure film and first installment in Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean series. The story depicts an upstanding young blacksmith who enlists the help of an eccentric, dishonest pirate to rescue the beautiful young woman with whom he is in love and who has been kidnapped by cursed, undead pirates. This film is released July 9, 2003 in United States.

Directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.
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Captain Jack Sparrow[edit]

  • A wedding? I love weddings! Drinks all around!

Captain Hector Barbossa[edit]

  • [to Elizabeth] Look! The moonlight shows us for what we really are! We are not among the living, and so we cannot die. But neither are we dead! For too long, I've been parched of thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I've been starvin' to death and haven't died. I feel nothin'. Not the wind on my face nor the spray of the sea, nor the warmth of a woman's flesh. [He reaches for her, his hand turning skeletal] You best start believin' in ghost stories, Miss Turner. You're in one!


Murtogg: This dock is off-limits to civilians.
Jack Sparrow: I'm terribly sorry, I didn't know. If I see one, I shall inform him immediately. [attempts to continue walking, but is blocked by Murtogg and Mullroy] Apparently there's some sort of high-toned and fancy to-do up at the fort, eh? How could it be that two upstanding gentlemen, such as yourselves, did not merit an invitation?
Murtogg: Someone's got to make sure that this dock stays off-limits to civilians.
Jack Sparrow: It's a fine goal, to be sure. But it seems to me... that a ship like that one, makes this one here seem a bit superfluous, really.
Murtogg: Oh, the Dauntless is the power in these waters, true enough. But there's no ship as can match the Interceptor for speed.
Jack Sparrow: I've heard of one, supposed to be very fast, nigh uncatchable: the Black Pearl.
Mullroy: [laughs] Well, there's no real ship as can match the Interceptor.
Murtogg: Black Pearl is a real ship.
Mullroy: No, it's not.
Murtogg: Yes it is, I've seen it.
Mullroy: You've seen it?
Murtogg: Yes.
Mullroy: You haven't seen it.
Murtogg: Yes, I have.
Mullroy: You've seen a ship with black sails that's crewed by the damned, and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out?
Murtogg: No.
Mullroy: No.
Murtogg: But I have seen a ship with black sails.

James Norrington: Well, well. Jack Sparrow, isn't it?
Jack Sparrow: Captain Jack Sparrow, if you please, sir.
James Norrington: I don't see your ship, Captain.
Jack Sparrow: I'm in the market, as it were.
Murtogg: He said he's come to commandeer one.
Mullroy: I told you he was telling the truth. [hands Norrington Jack's effects] These are his, sir.
James Norrington: No additional shot, nor powder. [opens Jack's compass] A compass that doesn't point north. [smirks; partially un-sheaths Jack's sword] And I half expected it to be made of wood. [re-sheaths the sword] You are, without doubt, the worst pirate I've ever heard of.
Jack Sparrow: [proudly] But you have heard of me.
Elizabeth Swann: Commodore, I really must protest! Pirate or not, this man saved my life.
James Norrington: One good deed is not enough to save a man from a lifetime of wickedness.
Jack Sparrow: Though it seems enough to condemn him.
James Norrington: Indeed.

Elizabeth: Captain Barbossa, I am here to negotiate the cessation of hostilities against Port Royal.
Barbossa: There are a lot of long words in there, Miss; we're naught but humble pirates. What is it that you want?
Elizabeth: I want you to leave and never come back.
[Barbossa's men laugh.]
Barbossa: I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means "no".
Elizabeth: Very well. I'll drop it. [dangles medallion over the sea]
Barbossa: Me holds are burstin' with swag. That bit of shine matters to us? Why?
Elizabeth: It's what you've been searching for. I recognize this ship! I saw it eight years ago on the crossing from England!
Barbossa: [Disinterested] Did ya, now?
Elizabeth: Fine. Well, I suppose if it is worthless then there's no point in me keeping it.
[It drops a bit from her hand, and the pirates, including Barbossa, lunge forward.]
Barbossa: No! [in sudden realization of his actions] Ah... [Elizabeth smiles smugly.]
Barbossa: You have a name, Missy?
Elizabeth: Elizabeth... Turner. I'm a maid in the Governor's household.
Barbossa: Miss Turner...? [turns to face the pirates]
Pintel: [to Raggetti] Bootstrap.
Barbossa: And how does a maid come to own a trinket such as that? Family heirloom, perhaps?
Elizabeth: [Uncertain] I didn't steal it, if that's what you mean.
Barbossa: Very well, you hand it over and we'll put your town to our rudder and ne'er return.
Elizabeth: [she hands it over] Our bargain?
[Barbossa walks away from her.]
Bo'sun: Still the guns and stow 'em. Signal the men, set the flags and make good to clear port.
Elizabeth: [runs after Barbossa] Wait! You have to take me to shore. According to the Code of the Order of the Brethren-
Barbossa: First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate's code to apply and you're not. And thirdly, the code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner.

Barbossa: There be the chest. Inside be the gold. And we took 'em all. We spent 'em and traded 'em and frittered 'em away on drink and food and pleasurable company. The more we gave 'em away, the more we came to realize, the drink would not satisfy, food turned to ash in our mouths, and all the pleasurable company in the world could not slake our lust. We are cursed men, Miss Turner. Compelled by greed, we were, but now we are consumed by it. There is one way we can end our curse. All the scattered pieces of the Aztec gold must be restored and the blood repaid. Thanks to ye, we have the final piece.
Elizabeth: And the blood to be repaid?
Barbossa: That's why there's no sense to be killin' ya, yet. Apple?

William Turner: You knew my father.
Jack Sparrow: I knew him. Probably one of the few who knew him as William Turner. Everyone else just called him "Bootstrap" or "Bootstrap Bill".
William Turner: "Bootstrap"?
Jack Sparrow: Good man, good pirate. I swear you look just like him.
William Turner: That's not true. He was a merchant sailor, a good and honest man who obeyed the law.
Jack Sparrow: He was a bloody pirate! A scallywag.
William Tuner: My father was not a pirate! (threatens Jack with a sword)
Jack Sparrow: Put it away, son. It's not worth you getting beat again.
William Turner: You didn't beat me. You ignored the rules of engagement! In a fair fight, I'd kill you!
Jack Sparrow: Well, that's not much incentive for me to fight fair then, is it?

Jack Sparrow: Everyone stay calm, we're taking over the ship!
Will Turner: (Brandishes a sword) AYE! AVAST!
[The Dauntless's crew burst out laughing]
Royal Navy officer: This ship cannot be crewed by two men. You'll never make it out of the bay.
Jack Sparrow: [Aims a pistol straight at the officer] Son, I'm Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?

Jack Sparrow: You, sailor.
Mr. Gibbs: Cotton, sir.
Jack Sparrow: Mr. Cotton: do you have the courage and fortitude to follow orders and stay true in the face of danger and almost certain death? [Mr. Cotton says nothing] Mr. Cotton! Answer, man!
Mr. Gibbs: He's a mute, sir. Poor devil had his tongue cut out, so he trained the parrot to talk for him... no one's yet figured how.
Jack Sparrow: Mr. Cotton's... parrot. Same question.
Parrot: Wind in the sails! Wind in the sails!
Mr. Gibbs: Mostly, we figure that means "yes".
Jack Sparrow: Of course it does. [to Will] Satisfied?
Will Turner: Well, you've proven they're mad.

[Jack arrives and interrupts Will's execution ritual]
William Turner: Jack?
Hector Barbossa: It's not possible.
Jack Sparrow: Not probable.
William Turner: Where is Elizabeth?
Jack Sparrow: She's safe, just like I promised. She's all set to marry Norrington, just like she promised. And you get to die for her, just like you promised. So we're all men of our word, really... except for Elizabeth, who is, in fact, a woman.
Hector Barbossa: Shut up! You're next!

Hector Barbossa: Jack, I thought I had you figured. But it turns out you're a hard man to predict.
Jack Sparrow: Me, I'm dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. I mean honestly, it's the honest ones you have to watch out for. Because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid. [suddenly begins fighting Barbossa's crewmen]

James Norrington: You forget your place, Turner.
William Turner: It's right here. Between you and Jack.
Elizabeth Swann: As is mine.
Governor Swann: Elizabeth. Lower your weapons. For goodness sake, put them down.
James Norrington: So, this is where your heart truly lies, then?
Elizabeth Swann: It is.
Jack Sparrow: Well! I'm actually feeling rather good about this. I think we all arrived at a very special place eh? Spiritually. Ecumenically. Grammatically. [to Norrington] I want you to know that I was rooting for you, mate. Know that. [to Elizabeth] Elizabeth. It would never have worked out between us, darling. I'm sorry. [to Will] Will. Nice hat. [to all] Gentlemen, this will be the day you will always remember as the day you- [falls off the ledge]

About Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl[edit]

  • Everything they say about water is true - nothing stays where you put it. This movie has 700 visual effect shots, but there are probably 150 you notice - 500 effects shots are just getting rid of city lights or hotels in the background. My approach was just to keep shooting. If there's an oil tanker driving through the background and it's going to cost an hour of shooting to wait for it to clear the frame, you roll and paint it out later on the computer. That was the only way to keep the thing on schedule. Visual effects are just another tool in the chest now.
  • When you hire Johnny Depp you know you're going to get something like that. We were fortunate because Keira [Knightley] and Orlando [Bloom] really held the love story together. If that hadn't happened I would have had to pull Johnny back more, but because they took care of that section of the movie he was free of the burden of being the leading man. Johnny really went his own way with the character: what you see physically and what he does with his mannerisms are 100% his creation.


  • Prepare to be blown out of the water.
  • Over 3000 Islands of Paradise -- For Some it's A Blessing -- For Others... It's A Curse.


External links[edit]

Encyclopedic article on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl at Wikipedia

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