with the courtesey of Nevoreiel
here still with her introduction
Screenplay by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott
For everyone’s reading pleasure, here it is, the script for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. It took me hours to complete typing it all up by ear. So there will certainly be mistakes and there is a large share of missed words entirely. Post it wherever you want just give me credit. Enjoy and if you have a correction, e-mail it to me and I will fix it ASAP.
Other Notes (please read before e-mailing me, maybe your query has been already answered):
There has been more discrepancy in the word ‘parley’, ‘parlay’, or a French version. The Disney book uses ‘parley’ so that’s the one I’ll be using.
Of course, a great big thank you to those who’ve sent in corrections and comments. I update when I’ve amassed a considerable amount of updates.
[NEW] This recent correction is mostly from the captions on the DVD, so the lines should be mostly correct and complete.
SCRIPT LAST UPDATED: April 22nd, 2004 (8:05 pm EST)
Scene 1: (Dream sequence of Will ‘s rescue)
Young Elizabeth : [standing at the bow of a ship and singing] …We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot. Drink up me ‘earties yo ho! We kidnap and ravage and don’t give a hoot. Drink up me ‘earties yo ho! Yo ho, yo ho a pirate’s life for me. We extort, we pilfer, we filch and sack. Drink up – [ Gibbs puts his hand on her shoulder which surprises her]
Gibbs : Quiet, missy! Cursed pirates sail these waters. You don’t want to bring them down on us, now, do ya?
Norrington: Mr. Gibbs , that will do!
Gibbs : She was singing about pirates. Bad luck to be singing about pirates with us mired in this unnatural fog. Mark my words.
Norrington: Consider them marked. On your way.
Gibbs : Aye, Lieutenant. It’s bad luck to have a woman on board, too… even a miniature one.
Young Elizabeth : I think it’d be rather exciting to meet a pirate.
Norrington: Think again, Miss Swann . Vile and dissolute creatures, the lot of them. I intend to see to it that any man who sails under a pirate flag or wears a pirate brand gets what he deserves – a short drop and a sudden stop. [ Elizabeth glances at Gibbs who mimes a hanging]
Governor Swann : Lieutenant Norrington , I appreciate your fervor, but I’m, uh, I’m concerned about the effect this subject will have upon my daughter.
Norrington: My apologies, Governor Swann .
Young Elizabeth : Actually, I find it all fascinating.
Governor Swann : Yes. That’s what concerns me.
Young Elizabeth : [sees a parasol and then a piece of wreckage with a boy on it in the water] Look! A boy! There’s a boy in the water!
Norrington: Man overboard! Man the ropes. Fetch a Hook! Haul him aboard. [they get him on board] He’s still breathing.
Gibbs : [spots burning ship] Mary , Mother of God!
Governor Swann : What happened here?
Norrington: It’s most likely the powder magazine. Merchant vessels run heavily armed.
Gibbs : A lot of good it did them. Everyone’s thinking it. I’m just saying it. Pirates.
Governor Swann : There’s no proof of that. It was probably an accident.
Norrington: Rouse the Captain immediately! Heave to and take in sail. Launch the boats.
Sailor: Heave to!
Governor Swann : Elizabeth , I want you to accompany the boy. He’ll be in your charge. Take care of him. [she nods and walks over to the young Will ]
Young Elizabeth : [Will awakes, grabbing her wrist] It’s ok. My name’s Elizabeth Swann .
Young Will: W-W-Will Turner .
Young Elizabeth : I’m watching over you, Will . [ Will faints, she notices medallion and examines it] You’re a p-pirate. [hides it when Norrington approaches]
Norrington: Has he said anything?
Young Elizabeth : His name is William Turner . That’s all I found out.
Norrington: [to sailors] Take him below.
[ Elizabeth studies the medallion closer and upon looking up sees a ship with the black flag flying at its mast; she closes her eyes]
Scene 2: (A beautiful dress and an impressive sword)
[ Elizabeth awakes and decides to take out the medallion from a hiding place in her bureau drawer; she puts it on; there’s a knock on the door]
Governor Swann : Elizabeth ? Are you alright? Are you decent?
Elizabeth : [hides medallion in the bodice of her nightgown, throws on a robe] Yes, yes!
Governor Swann : Still abed at this hour? [opens the curtains and the window] It’s a beautiful day. I have a gift for you. [reveals dress]
Elizabeth : Oh, it’s beautiful!
Governor Swann : Isn’t it?
Elizabeth : May I inquire as to the occasion?
Governor Swann : Does a father need an occasion to dote upon his daughter? [to the maids] Go on. Actually, I, um…I had hoped you might wear it for the ceremony today.
Elizabeth : The ceremony?
Governor Swann : Captain Norrington ‘s promotion ceremony.
Elizabeth : I knew it!
Governor Swann : Commodore Norrington, as he’s about to become! [the maids lace Elizabeth up into a corset] A fine gentleman, don’t you think? He fancies you, you know. Elizabeth? How’s it coming?
Elizabeth : It’s difficult to say.
Governor Swann : I’m told it’s the latest fashion in London
Elizabeth : Well, women in London must’ve learned not to breathe.
Servant: Milord, you have a visitor.
[ Will studies a sconce and upon touching it, a piece comes off in his hand; he buries it in the vase that’s holding canes and umbrellas]
Governor Swann : [walks downstairs after the servant] Ah, Mr. Turner , good to see you again.
Will: Good day, sir. I have your order. [opens case and takes out the sword]
Governor Swann : [takes the sword and unsheathes it] Well.
Will : The blade is folded steel. That’s gold filigree laid into the handle. If I may. [balances the sword] Perfectly balanced. The tang is nearly the full width of the blade. [flips the sword and presents it gracefully to the Governor]
Governor Swann : [takes the sword] Impressive. Very impressive. Ah, now, Commodore Norrington is going to be very pleased with this. Do pass my compliments on to your Master. Hmm?
Will : I shall. A craftsman is always pleased to hear his work is appreciated.
Governor Swann : [enter Elizabeth ] Oh, Elizabeth , you look absolutely stunning.
Elizabeth : Will! It’s so good to see you. I had a dream about you last night.
Will : About me?
Governor Swann : Yes, well, is that entirely proper for you to…?
Elizabeth : About the day we met, do you remember?
Will : How could I forget, Miss Swann ?
Elizabeth : Will, how many times must I ask you to call me Elizabeth ?
Will: At least once more, Miss Swann , as always.
Governor Swann : There. See? At least the boy has a sense of propriety. Now, we really must be going. [gives Elizabeth a parasol] There you are.
Elizabeth : Good day, Mr. Turner .
Governor Swann : Come along.
Will: Good day… [Elizabeth and the Governor exit, Will trailing after them, they leave in a carriage] … Elizabeth .
Scene 3: (A most excellent entrance, the debate, and the proposal)
[Jack stands on the mast of his boat, noticing that it’s filling up with water he jumps down to bail it out; notices three pirate skeletons hanging with a sign “pirates ye be warned” and pays homage to them; reaches the port, his boat sinking lower and lower until he is at the dock and is able to simply walk off the boat’s mast]
Harbormaster: [to Jack ] What – hey. Hold up, there, you. It’s a shilling to tie up your boat at the dock. [they both look at the sunken boat] And I shall need to know your name.
Jack : [hands him three shillings] What d’ye say to three shillings… and we forget the name?
Harbormaster: Welcome to Port Royal , Mr. Smith . [ Jack sees the Harbormasters money pouch and takes it]
[Norrington’s promotion ceremony] Shouted orders to soldiers: Two paces march! Right about face! Present arms! [Norrington walks to get his promotion, unsheathes his new sword]
Murtogg: [spots Jack ] This dock is off limits to civilians.
Jack : I’m terribly sorry. I didn’t know. If I see one, I shall inform you immediately. [tries to continue on his way but is again thwarted] 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 has to make sure this dock stays off limits to civilians.
Jack : It’s a fine goal to be sure but it seems to me that a… [shifts again] a ship like that [points out the Dauntless] makes this one here 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.
Jack : I’ve heard of one, supposed to be very fast – nigh un-catchable…the Black Pearl.
Mullroy: Well…there’s no real ship as can match the Interceptor.
Murtogg: The Black Pearl is a real ship.
Mullroy: No, no it’s not.
Murtogg: Yes, it is, I’ve seen it.
Mullroy: You’ve seen it?
Mullroy: You haven’t seen it.
Murtogg: Yes, I have.
Mullroy: You’ve seen a 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: But I have seen a ship with black sails. [ Jack slips away while they banter]
Mullroy: Oh, and no ship that’s not crewed by the damned and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out could possibly have black sails therefore couldn’t possibly be any other ship than the Black Pearl. Is that what you’re saying?
Murtogg: [nods] No.
Mullroy: Like I said, there’s no real ship as can match the Interceptor… [notices Jack at the wheel of the Interceptor]
Murtogg: Hey! You! Get away from there.
Mullroy: You don’t have permission to be aboard there, mate.
Jack : I’m sorry, it’s just it’s such a pretty boat. Ship.
Murtogg: What’s your name?
Jack : Smith. Or Smithy, if you like.
Mullroy: What’s your purpose in Port Royal , Mr. Smith ?
Murtogg: Yeah. and no lies.
Jack: Well, then, I confess, it is my intention to commandeer one of these ships, pick up a crew in Tortuga, raid, pillage, plunder and otherwise pilfer my weasely black guts out!
Murtogg: I said no lies!
Mullroy: I think he’s telling the truth.
Murtogg: If he were telling the truth, he wouldn’t have told us.
Jack : Unless, of course, he knew you wouldn’t believe the truth even if he told it to you.
[on the battlements of the Fort] Norrington: May I have a moment? [Elizabeth and Norrington step onto the platform. Elizabeth walks over to steady herself as she fans herself hastily and tries to catch her breath] Uh, you look lovely, Elizabeth. [Elizabeth still fanning herself chuckles softly and half-heartedly] I, uh, apologize if I seem forward, but I… must speak my mind. This promotion throws into sharp relief that which I have not yet achieved. Uh… a marriage to a fine woman. You have become a fine woman, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth : I can’t breathe.
Norrington: Yes, I… I’m a bit nervous myself. [she falls over battlement]
Scene 4: (The daring rescue and escape)
Jack : [in boat with guards] …and then they made me their chief.
Norrington: Elizabeth ? Elizabeth ! My God.[makes to jump in after her]
Gillette : [stops him] The rocks! Sir, it’s a miracle she missed them.
Jack : Will you be saving her then?
Mullroy: I can’t swim.
Jack : [glances at Murtogg who stares back at him] Pride of the King’s Navy you are. [hands the guards his effects] Do not lose these. [dives in to save her]
Murtogg: [the medallion calls to the Black Pearl ] What was that? [helps Jack with Elizabeth ] Ooh, I got her. She’s not breathing!
Jack : Move! [shoves him aside, cuts open corset and Elizabeth spits out water and gasps for breath]
Mullroy: Never would’ve thought of that.
Jack : Clearly you’ve never been to Singapore . [sees medallion, to Elizabeth ] Where did you get that?
Norrington: [to Jack , pointing his sword at him] On your feet.
Governor Swann : [helps Elizabeth up] Elizabeth . Are you alright?
Elizabeth : Yes, I’m fine.
Governor Swann : [sees Murtogg holding Elizabeth ‘s corset; Murtogg points at Jack ; Swann looks over at Jack ] Shoot him!
Elizabeth : Father! Commodore, do you really intend to kill my rescuer?
Norrington: I believe thanks are in order. [offers his hand to shake; reveals ‘P’ for pirate] Had a brush with the East India Trading company, did we, pirate?
Governor Swann : Hang him.
Norrington: Keep your guns on him, men. Gillette , fetch some irons. [sees tattoo of a sparrow in flight] Well, well… Jack Sparrow , isn’t it?
Jack : Captain Jack Sparrow , if you please, sir.
Norrington: Well, I don’t see your ship…Captain.
Jack : I’m in the market as it were.
Murtogg: He said he’d come to commandeer one.
Mullroy: Told ya he was telling the truth. These are his, sir. [hands him Jack ‘s effects]
Norrington: No additional shots nor powder. A compass that doesn’t point north. [unsheathes sword] And I half expected it to be made of wood. You are without doubt the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of.
Jack : But you have heard of me. [is pulled along to be put in chains]
Elizabeth : Commodore, I really must protest.
Norrington: Carefully, Lieutenant.
Elizabeth : Pirate or not this man saved my life.
Norrington: One good deed is not enough to redeem a man of a lifetime of wickedness.
Jack : Though it seems enough to condemn him.
Norrington: Indeed. [ Gillette moves away from Jack ]
Jack : Finally. [throws his irons around Elizabeth ‘s neck]
Governor Swann : No, don’t shoot!
Jack : I knew you’d warm up to me. Commodore Norrington, my effects, please, and my hat. Commodore! Elizabeth . It is Elizabeth isn’t it?
Elizabeth : It’s Miss Swann .
Jack : Miss Swann , if you’d be so kind. Come, come, dear. We don’t have all day. Now if you’d be very kind. [she straps on his sword, puts on his hat, etc.] Easy on the goods, darling.
Elizabeth : You’re despicable.
Jack : Sticks and stones, love. I saved your life, you save mine, we’re square. Gentlemen, m’lady, you will always remember this as the day that you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow ! [pushes Elizabeth away and escapes, swinging around and landing on a beam above their heads]
Governor Swann : Now, will you shoot him?
Norrington: Open fire! [ Jack is shot at] On his heels. [ Jack throws his chains about a rope and slides down to the ground] Gillette , Mr. Sparrow has a dawn appointment with the gallows. I would hate for him to miss it.
Soldier: [the soldiers run around searching for Jack ] Search upstairs. Look lively, men.
Scene 5: (The duel between Jack and Will )
Jack : [enters smithy, sees drunk and sleeping Mr. Brown and pokes him to see if he’ll awaken] Whoa! [tries to get rid of the irons with a hammer but it doesn’t work; uses the red hot end of a metal rod to spur the donkey; succeeds in breaking the link between them by putting them on two turning wheels in the machinery powered by the donkey; hides when Will enters]
Will : [calms the donkey; sees Brown ] Right where I left you. [sees hammer] Not where I left you. [notices Jack ‘s hat and reaches for it; enter Jack with sword unsheathed] You’re the one they’re hunting. The pirate.
Jack : You seem somewhat familiar. Have I threatened you before?
Will : I make a point of avoiding familiarity with pirates.
Jack : Ah, well, then it would be a shame to put a black mark on your record. So, if you’ll excuse me… [turns away and is about to leave when Will gets his own sword] Do you think this wise, boy – crossing blades with a pirate?
Will : You threatened Miss Swann .
Jack : Only a little. [they parry] You know what you’re doing. I’ll give you that. Excellent form. But how’s your footwork? If I step here; [he steps] very good. Now I step again. Ta. [sheathes sword and walks to the door; Will throws sword which gets stuck in the door, barring the exit; Jack tries to pull it out but is unsuccessful] That is a wonderful trick… except, once again you are between me and my way out. And now you have no weapon. [ Will takes out a sword with a heated tip; they fight] Who makes all these? [looks pointedly at swords]
Will : I do! And I practice with them… three hours a day!
Jack : You need to find yourself a girl, mate! Or perhaps the reason you practice three hours a day is that you already found one and are otherwise incapable of wooing said strumpet. You’re not a eunuch, are you? [looks down]
Will : I practice three hours a day so that when I meet a pirate, I can kill it! [they continue their swordfight jumping onto a cart that sways under them; Will hooks a knife in the irons hanging from Jack’s left wrist and throws it up so it is embedded in the beam above, in return Jack hits a loose board which throws Will off the cart; Jack uses his body weight to get the knife out of the wood and falls back on the cart just as Will climbed back on; Will is thrown up into the rafters and cuts free a heavy sack which vaults Jack up into the rafters as well; they fight, jumping from beam to beam; Jack loses his weapon and blinds Will with sand; takes out his pistol while Will protects his eyes] You cheated!
Jack : Pirate! [hears men trying to break the door down] Move away.
Jack : Please move.
Will: No! I cannot just step aside and let you escape.
Jack : This shot is not meant for you. [gets hit on the head with a bottle of alcohol and falls unconscious]
Soldier: [Norrington’s men break in the door] There he is. Over here.
Norrington: Excellent work, Mr. Brown . You’ve assisted in the capture of a dangerous fugitive.
Mr. Brown : Just doing my civic duty, sir.
Norrington: Well, I trust you will always remember this as the day that Captain Jack Sparrow almost escaped. Take him away.