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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlJohnny Depp's endearing Keith Richards-does-Captain Kidd characterization of the double-crossing pirate Jack Sparrow is so unique that it stands out amid...Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlAction/Adventure, Sci-fi and FantasyPT143MPG-13Johnny Depp's endearing Keith Richards-does-Captain Kidd characterization of the double-crossing pirate Jack Sparrow is so unique that it stands out amid...2003-12-05Keira KnightleyJonathan PryceGeoffrey RushTom WilkinsonKeira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce, Geoffrey Rush, Tom WilkinsonWalt Disney Pictures
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson; Director: Gore Verbinski; Author: Jay Wolpert; Producer (person): Jerry Bruckheimer; Release Date Wide: 07/09/2003; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Johnny Depp’s endearing Keith Richards-does-Captain Kidd characterization of the double-crossing pirate Jack Sparrow is so unique that it stands out amid all the frenzied swashbuckling and zombie battling around him – no easy task. The rollicking but exhausting Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is about a half hour too long (with at least one too many numbing Jerry Bruckheimerian set pieces), but thankfully, at home you can pause the bombast to get your sea legs and take an aspirin. EXTRAS Depp’s commentary (with director Gore Verbinski) on the two-disc set is disappointingly dry, and of the THAT ACTOR WAS GREAT! SO WAS THAT PROP MAN! variety. But the banter between bubbly Keira Knightley and wickedly witty Jack Davenport (of U.K. ”Coupling” fame) is a cheeky delight: ”Oh, no, it all goes downhill,” Davenport teases when Knightley first appears on screen. The comprehensive making-of shorts spotlight the film’s impressive research, but also raise the question: Did an amusement-park-ride-based action movie really require all this historical accuracy?

Originally posted December 5 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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