RELEASE DATE: Wednesday 9th July 2003
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride had been a crowd favourite since it opened at Disneyland in 1967. It was the last ride that Walt himself had overseen before he passed away. The concept of turning the ride into a full-scale live-action movie was met with a huge amount of skepticism across the board. Pirate movies had not proven profitable for a long time. But as we now know, Pirates of the Caribbean became a smash hit, raking in millions at the box office and spawning four sequels.
Its highly complicated plot involves a pair of would-be lovers - wealthy heiress Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) and penniless blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom, fresh off his role as "Legolas" in Lord of the Rings) - who get involved in a ship full of pirates led by the villainous Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).
Twisting and turning his way through this story is the ship's original captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) who wants nothing more than to get his beloved ship - the Black Pearl - back.
ANNA: I don't understand how they could have killed Bootstrap Bill, since the curse on the coins means he couldn't die.
PASCAL: Johnny Depp was born to play Jack Sparrow as well!