Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Capt. Jack Sparrow: Johnny Depp
Capt. Barbossa: Geoffrey Rush
The Governor: Jonathan Pryce
Elizabeth Swann: Keira Knightley
Will Turner: Orlando Bloom
Norrington: Jack Davenport
Lt. Gillette: Damian O’Hare
Pintel: Lee Arenberg
Ragetti: Mackenzie Crook
Murtogg: Giles New

Walt Disney Pictures presents a film directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and Jay Wolpert. Running time: 134 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for violence).

Central Theme
You will pursue what you treasure, so be careful what you treasure; you must be willing to lose everything to possess what you treasure most.

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes the thrilling live-action adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom, directed by Gore Verbinski. For the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (JOHNNY DEPP), the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, like the high seas the world over, present a vast playground where adventure and mystery abound. But Jack’s idyllic life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (GEOFFREY RUSH), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the Governor’s (JONATHAN PRYCE) beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY). Elizabeth’s childhood friend, Will Turner (ORLANDO BLOOM), joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet, the HMS Interceptor, in a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl. The duo and their crew are pursued by Elizabeth’s betrothed, the debonair, ambitious Commodore Norrington (JACK DAVENPORT), aboard the HMS Dauntless. Unbeknownst to Will, there is a curse that has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead, when exposed to moonlight, they are transformed into living skeletons. The curse they carry can be broken only if a once-plundered treasure is restored. Stunning visual effects bring these formidable foes to life as our valiant heroes clash mightily with Barbossa and his invincible pirates of the Caribbean.‚©WALT DISNEY PICTURES/JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS

Johnny Depp has brilliance and in this movie it is his unique sashay-like swagger and lightness of spirit that brings Sparrow to life. It is the perfect counterpart for the earnestness of Will and the devilishness of Barbossa. The Pirate adventure genre has been around a long time and the appeal is in the possibility of a daring, dashing band of ne’er-do-wells, who at the same time live and die by a somewhat honorable code. Here Depp’s rogue character is actually honorable and a perfect foil for Barbossa’s dishonesty.

The special effect ghosts are not for younger kids, but the overall mix of romance, noble mission and silliness delights and entertains.

Beliefs num
–Some belief honor codes to be rules, ;others consider them guidelines.
–If you love someone, you will die for them.
–We are all obsessed with treasures, but not all are silver or gold.
–There is a thin line between madness and brilliance.
–There is honor among some thieves.
–Pursuing the wrong treasure can have dire consequences.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us about who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–What is the legendary romantic appeal of pirate tales?
–What is your treasure?
–Have you ever pursued a treasure that you later regretted pursuing?

Provocative Quotes byline
–A craftsman is always pleased to hear his work is appreciated.
–This shot was not meant for you.
==Sparrow to Will.
— Then that’s not much incentive for me to fight fair then, is it?
==Sparrow to Will who has just said, ¢â‚¬Ëœyou didn’t beat me. You ignored the Rules of Engagement. In a fair fight, I’d kill you.’
–One good deed is not enough to redeem a man of a lifetime of wickedness.
–Commandeer! We’re going to commandeer that ship. Nautical term.
==When Will sees they are about to ¢â‚¬Ëœsteal’ a ship.
–No survivors? Then where do the stories come from I wonder?
==Sparrow on the legendary stories of Pirate wickedness.
–The code is what you call guidelines more than actual rules.
–I’d die for her.
==Will when asked how far he is willing to go to save Elizabeth.
— The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can’t do. For instance, you can accept that your father was a pirate and a good man or you can’t. But pirate is in your blood, boy, so you’ll have to square with that some day.
–That’s not true. I’m not obsessed with treasures.
==Will, to which Sparrow replies, ¢â‚¬Ëœall treasure is not silver or gold mate.’
–This is just like what the Greeks done at Troy. ‘Cept they was in a horse instead ‘o dresses. Wooden ‘orse.
–Me? I’m jus’ honest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest… Honestly. It’s the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly (…) stupid.
==Sparrow on his code.
–The moonlight shows us for who we really are.
–Worry about your own fortunes gentlemen. The deepest circle of hell is reserved for betrayers and mutineers.
==Sparrow to Pirates.
–For too long I’ve been parched of thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I’ve been starving to death and haven’t died. I feel nothing. Not the wind on my face nor the spray of the sea. Nor the warmth of a woman’s flesh.
==Barbossa about being cursed.
–Do us a favor…I know it’s hard…but stay here, and try not to do anything…stupid.
==Sparrow to Will.
–Of the two of us, I’m the only one who hasn’t committed mutiny, therefore my word is the one we’ll be trusting.
==Sparrow to Barbossa.
–This is either madness… or brilliance.
==Will to which Sparrow replies, ¢â‚¬ËœIt’s remarkable how often those two traits coincide.’
–I think we’ve arrived at a very special place. I feel really good about this spiritually… ecumenically… grammatically.
==Sparrow to Governor Weatherby Swann.
–This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost killed Jack Sparrow.

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