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Action, Fantasy - Sourcery, Pirates OTC

Pirates of the Caribbean (1): Curse of the Black Pearl

Released 2003 Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story Unbelievably, a fairground ride at Disneyworld
Writer/s Script Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio Writer/s Story Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert
Director Gore Verbinski
Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Kevin McNally, Zoe Saldana
Elevator Pitch The crew of the Black Pearl under Captain Barbossa must return a gold coin to a treasure trove in order to remove a curse which turns them into skeletal undead in moonlight. By happenstance the final coin is on a chain round the kneck of the beautiful daughter of the island’s governor, and when she accidentally falls into the sea she is rescued by Captain Jack Sparrow, newly arrived on the island and in search of a ship.
Content A number of spectacular set pieces involving sailing ships, firstly attacking the port, and then each other. Various swordfights. Spooky events when the crew of the Black Pearl become undead in the moonlight. A bit of romance between blacksmith Will Turner and the governor’s daughter. No nudity but one of what in Bollywood is called “the wet sari shot”.
A View This film was well thought of, and made a lot of money and it is fun particularly if you don’t spend too much time working out the nuances of the plot. It was nominated in many categories of many awards and won one or two. Some of the set pieces went on a bit too long, particularly the sword fights, but that’s par for the course. Worth a watch if you enjoy fantasy.

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