Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2003 American adventure fantasy film directed by Gore Verbinski
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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 SparrowEdit

  • A wedding? I love weddings! Drinks all around!
  • [after a cannonball from the Interceptor blows a hole in the Black Pearl] STOP BLOWING HOLES IN MY SHIP!

Captain Hector BarbossaEdit

  • [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. [steps out into the moonlight, revealing his skeletal form] You best start believin' in ghost stories, Miss Turner. You're in one!
  • You're off the edge of the map, mate! Here, there be monsters!
  • [after Jack assumes Barbossa was talking to him] Oh, not you! We named the monkey Jack! [Monkey Jack gives Human Jack a devilish smile]


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. [the pair block Jack's path] 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.
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.
Sparrow: I've heard of one, supposed to be very fast, nigh uncatchable: the Black Pearl.
Mullroy: 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 the 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.
Mullroy: [sarcastic] Oh, and no ship not crewed by the damned and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out couldn't possibly have black sails, therefore couldn't possibly be any ship other than the Black Pearl, is that what you're saying?

James Norrington: Well, well. Jack Sparrow, isn't it?
Jack Sparrow: Captain Jack Sparrow, if you please, sir.
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: Told you he was telling the truth! [hands Norrington Jack's effects] These are his, sir.
Norrington: [examines Jack's pistol] No additional shot, nor powder. [opens Jack's compass] A compass that doesn't point north. [partially draws Jack's sword] And I half expected it to be made of wood. You are, without doubt, the worst pirate I've ever heard of.
Sparrow: But you have heard of me.
Elizabeth Swann: Commodore, I really must protest! Pirate or not, this man saved my life.
Norrington: One good deed is not enough to save a man from a lifetime of wickedness.
Sparrow: Though it seems enough to condemn him.
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: 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: Did ya, now?
Elizabeth: Fine. Well, I suppose if it is worthless then there's no point in me keeping it.
[she releases the medallion chain briefly, the pirates lunge forward.]
Barbossa: No! Ah...
Barbossa: You have a name, Missy?
Elizabeth: Elizabeth... Turner. I'm a maid in the Governor's household.
Barbossa: Miss Turner...?
Pintel: [to Raggetti] Bootstrap.
Barbossa: And how does a maid come to own a trinket such as that? Family heirloom, perhaps?
Elizabeth: 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?
Bo'sun: [after a nod from Barbossa] Still the guns and stow 'em. Signal the men, set the flags and make good to clear port.
Elizabeth: 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!

[a woman walks up to Jack]
Jack: Scarlet! [she slaps him and storms off] Not sure I deserved that. [another woman approaches] Giselle.
Giselle: Who was she?
Jack: What? [she slaps him as well] I may have deserved that.

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".
Turner: "Bootstrap"?
Sparrow: Good man, good pirate. I swear you look just like him.
Turner: That's not true. He was a merchant sailor, a good and honest man who obeyed the law.
Sparrow: He was a bloody pirate! A scallywag.
Turner: My father was not a pirate! [threatens Jack with a sword]
Sparrow: Put it away, son. It's not worth you getting beat again.
Turner: You didn't beat me. You ignored the rules of engagement! In a fair fight, I'd kill you!
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: AYE! AVAST!
Lieutenant Gillette: [after the sailors stop laughing] This ship cannot be crewed by two men. You'll never make it out of the bay.
Jack Sparrow: Son, I'm Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?

Jack Sparrow: You, sailor.
Joshamee Gibbs: Cotton, sir.
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! Answer, man!
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.
Sparrow: Mr. Cotton's... parrot. Same question.
Parrot: Rawk! Wind in the sails! Wind in the sails!
Gibbs: Mostly, we figure that means "yes".
Sparrow: Of course it does. [to Will] Satisfied?
Will Turner: Well, you've proven they're mad.

Jack: Anamaria. [Anamaria slaps him]
Will: I suppose you didn’t deserve that?
Jack: No, that one I deserved.
Anamaria: You stole my boat!
Jack: Actually— [she slaps him again] Borrowed. Borrowed without permission, but with every intention of giving it back.
Anamaria: But you didn’t!
Jack: You'll get another one.
Anamaria: [pointing sharply at Jack] I will.
Will: A better one.
Jack: A better one!
Will: That one.
Jack: What one? [Will gestures towards the Interceptor] That one?! [he considers] Aye. That one. What say you?
Anamaria: Aye!
Crew: Aye!

[Elizabeth has destroyed a cache of rum to create a smoke signal]
Jack: No! Not good! Stop! Not good! What are you doing? You’ve burnt all the food, the shade! The rum!
Elizabeth: Yes, the rum is gone!
Jack: Why is the rum gone?!
Elizabeth: One, because it is a vile drink that turns even the most respectable men into complete scoundrels. Two, that signal is over a thousand feet high. The entire Royal Navy is out looking for me, do you really think there is even the slightest chance that they won’t see it?
Jack: But why is the rum gone?

William Turner: Jack?
Hector Barbossa: It's not possible.
Jack Sparrow: Not probable.
Turner: Where is Elizabeth?
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.
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.

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 PearlEdit

  • There's a nice little 90-minute B movie trapped inside the 143 minutes of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," a movie that charms the audience and then outstays its welcome.
    • Roger Ebert, in his July 9, 2003 review of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.


  • 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 linksEdit

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