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"When you marooned me on that god forsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate: I'm Captain Jack Sparrow."

"You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner. You're in one!"
Hector Barbossa

The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is the first movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

The movie begins when Will Turner, the sole survivor of a shipwreck, is found by a ship carrying his future love interest, Elizabeth Swann, the daughter of the royal governor, who takes a medallion from him. Eight years later, Will is a blacksmith in Port Royal. A pirate captain, Jack Sparrow, arrives in a crowning entrance high on the mast of a... sinking dinghy, only to be arrested after a couple fateful run-ins with Elizabeth and Will. That night, the town is attacked by more pirates, but Elizabeth persuades them to call off the attack in exchange for the medallion.

Unfortunately for her, the pirates, led by Captain Barbossa, sail off with Elizabeth, but Barbossa tells her the Backstory. They have been cursed for stealing Aztec gold, doomed to forever exist as undead creatures who can not gain satisfaction from eating, drinking, or even the simple pleasure of a warm breeze; even the final peace of death is denied to them. Now they must collect all the coins and return them, along with blood from each pirate. Since Elizabeth gave them her name as Elizabeth Turner, they think she is the daughter of a missing crewman and they need her blood. Jack likewise has ties to them, as before they were cursed, their ship, the Black Pearl, was under his command before Barbossa took it over. Now Jack is looking to get it back, and Will springs him from prison in exchange for Jack's promise to help rescue Elizabeth.


The Curse of the Black Pearl provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: The battle between the Black Pearl and the Interceptor occurs after a chase in which the crew of the Interceptor, desperate for more speed, has thrown almost everything they had overboard ... including most of the cannon shot. They are reduced to loading up, in the words of Will Turner, "Anything! Everything! Anything we have left!", including cutlery, into the cannons as makeshift ammunition.
  • Accidental Pervert: Elizabeth Swann's corset is laced so tightly that she cannot breathe. As a result, she passes out and falls into the sea. Jack dives in to rescue her, and slices the corset open so she can breathe—an action which is misinterpreted by those around him as Jack having perverse intentions toward the unconscious Elizabeth.
  • Adult Fear:
    • The movie starts when young Elizabeth sees semiconscious William floating in the ocean. After the crew rescues him, she finds a pirate's coin on him. The crew had been scaring her by saying that pirates get hanged, no questions asked. For Will's sake she hides the coin to not condemn an innocent child, and keeps it as an adult.
    • Elizabeth's father sees his daughter threatened by a pirate after he saves her, and then she gets kidnapped in the middle of a raid. It's no surprise that when she begs for him and Norrington to rescue Will, they lock her up so that she won't get in trouble again.
    • A toddler is shown wandering alone, screaming for his mother during the ransacking of Port Royale. He's just barely saved by a passing woman before being crushed by a burning building. Thinking of one's own child alone, terrified, and screaming for you during a disaster can certainly send a stab of fear through any parent.
  • An Aesop: Just because a man is an outlaw doesn't mean he isn't a good person in his own ways. Governor Swann lampshades this in the end when Norrington is unsure whether to go after Jack or not.
    Governor Swann: Perhaps on the rare occasion pursuing the right course demands an act of piracy, piracy itself can be the right course?
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When the curse is lifted, Pintel, who previously threatened to kill anyone attempting to invoke parlay, meekly says "Parlay?" when held at gunpoint on the Dauntless.
  • The Alcoholic: Will’s boss Mr. Brown is a drunk who seldom does any work; he lets Will do the forging. He spends the heavy majority of his screentime passed out in a chair while Will fights Jack in his smithy.
  • Alarm SOS: During the pirates' attack on the Dauntless, a British sailor manages to ring the ship's bell, alerting Norrington and the rest of the Marines to the chaos.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: All Barbossa ever wanted was to be mortal again and able to taste food. He does regain his mortality in the end, but only just as Jack Sparrow shoots him. Whereupon, Barbossa succumbs to his wound and dies before he even has the chance to relish the sweet taste of an apple that he was saving.
  • All Myths Are True: The chest of gold was supposedly cursed by the Ancient Aztec gods as punishment for what the first Spanish settlers did.
  • All There in the Stinger: If you missed the stinger you'd wonder what the smeg was happening when Captain Sparrow shoots Jack the monkey, and he's later shot out of a 6-pounder as a screeching fireball, but later seen not dead.
  • And I Must Scream: It's revealed that Bootstrap Bill is somewhere at the bottom of the ocean, tied to a cannon but still alive and unable to die. To make matters worse the second movie revealed that Will undoing the curse didn't free him.
  • Anti-Advice: Jack provides some sound tactical advice, but since it's from Jack, Norrington decides to set up the ambush in a different way.
    Murtogg: But why aren't we doing... what Mr. Sparrow said we should do? With the cannons and all?
    Norrington: Because it was Mr. Sparrow who said it.
  • Artifact of Attraction: The gold coins act like this to anyone cursed by them. They seem to give off an innate "signal" that the cursed can follow back to them at close-range. Across long distances, a coin's signal will only manifest if it comes into contact with the ocean, causing it to send out a pulse that drives the wind currents of the cursed person's ship towards it.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Pintel and Ragetti fire chain shot at the Interceptor through two side by side cannons. Chain shot was only ever fired from a single cannon because even a delay of a fraction of a second would throw off the aim and destroy both cannons as well as the person firing.
  • Artistic License – History: Elizabeth Swann is shown being torturously tied into an extremely tight corset, which restricts her breathing and causes her great pain. However, corset tightlacing did not start to become prevalent until the mid-1800s. In the mid-1700s, corsets were still fairly comfortable and did not restrict one's breathing. The biggest problem Elizabeth might find with wearing a corset of her era would be not being able to bend at the waist.
  • Attack of the Monster Appendage: Gov. Swann and the pirate zombie's arm.
  • Audible Sharpness: Pretty much every time someone draws a sword, but some examples are particularly silly. When Will says his father was not a pirate, then draws his sword, it makes the metallic scraping sound, despite simply being tucked in his belt without any kind of sheath. Towards the end of the movie when Will is fighting two pirates in the treasure lair on the Isla de Muerta, they each get swords stuck in their chest. Yanking the swords out of their rotting rib cages makes the metallic zing.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • Jack gets briefly arrested after he saves Elizabeth. He rescues himself by taking her hostage and making off for the smithy.
    • Elizabeth manages to put up a brief fight with a coal pan against the pirates. When they have her cornered, she says "Parley" and manages to bargain with the captain to leave the town, in exchange for her coin. They still take her hostage because she gave the surname of Turner, assuming they wanted the governor's daughter Swann.
    • Will exchanges himself to Barbossa's crew in exchange for Elizabeth and Jack's lives, as well as the lives of their crews. Unfortunately, he didn't make specifications, so he's Bound and Gagged as he watches Barbossa make Elizabeth and Jack Walk the Plank.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: As Barbossa makes Elizabeth walk the plank, he makes this remark:
    Barbossa: [to the crew] It does seem a shame to lose somethin' so fine, don't it, lads? [beat]; [to Elizabeth] So I'll be havin' that dress back before you go.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: When Jack tosses his piece of Aztec treasure to Will during the climax, Barbossa draws his gun on Elizabeth. A gunshot rings out and Elizabeth flinches. When Barbossa turns, Jack has shot him.
  • Batman Gambit: Jack's plan to steal the Interceptor is two for the price of one. First, he and Will swim out to the Dauntless alone and proclaim they're capturing it. When the captain points out that the Dauntless is far too large to be crewed by two men, Jack bluffs him into surrendering simply by shoving a pistol in his face and saying, "I'm Captain Jack Sparrow." Next, when the Interceptor sails out to recapture it, the sailors swing over to the Dauntless, at which point Jack and Will swing back over to the crewless Interceptor and simply sail off with it.
    Jack: Thank you, Commodore, for getting us ready to make way!
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: As a child Elizabeth is fascinated with pirates and dreams of meeting one. When she finally does meet some real pirates as an adult, well, they're not quite the romantic figures she imagined them to be.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Elizabeth escapes this way when she's locked up before the climactic battle.
  • Beware the Honest Ones: Jack briefly gives homage to this trope.
    Jack: Me? I'm dishonest, 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.
  • Big Bad: Captain Hector Barbossa leads the undead pirate crew.
  • Bird-Poop Gag: Cotton's parrot appears at Jack's hanging, heralding the arrival of the Black Pearl, and lands on the banner being held by Mullroy. Mullroy tries to shoo the parrot away by shaking the banner pole, and it craps on his shoulder instead.
  • Bitch Slap: When Elizabeth is first brought aboard the Black Pearl and she attempts to begin negotiating for the pirates to stop their assault on Port Royal, Bo'sun slaps her. Captain Barbossa admonishes Bo'sun of striking Elizabeth who has invoked the right of parley.
    Elizabeth: I am here to negot— [is interrupted by Bo'sun's slap]
    Bo'sun: You will speak when spoken to.
    Captain Barbossa: [grabs Bo'sun's hand] And ye not lay a hand on those under the protection of parley.
    Bo'sun: Aye, sir.
    Captain Barbossa: Apologies, miss.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Usually justified as the ones receiving wounds are undead and can't bleed, though there's a particularly blatant unjustified case when the Governor's footman answers the door, gets a pistol blast to the face at point blank range, and keels over without any visible entry or exit wounds at all.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When Barbossa maroons Jack on a desert island, even providing him with a loaded gun. Truth in Television, as pirates really did do this, largely as a means of suicide. Although after Jack escaped the first time, you'd have thought Barbossa would have learned not to do it again.
  • Book-Ends:
    • The movie begins and ends with someone singing "A Pirate's Life for Me".
      Jack: (under his breath) And really bad eggs. (loudly) Drink up me 'earties, yo ho!
    • Jack and Elizabeth meet when she falls from the cliff; when they say goodbye at the end of the film, at the same place, Jack is the one who falls off the cliff.
  • Boring, but Practical: Jack reveals that he escaped marooning the first time because a rum ship happened to come every few months to the island, and he managed to signal for help after drinking the rum. Elizabeth then burns it all as a smoke signal.
  • Bowdlerise: You can't have Sparrow say the actual phrase, "Rape, pillage, plunder", now could you? He substitutes "raid" instead.
  • Brick Joke: As Jack is about to be arrested by the British after arriving at the port at the beginning, Norrington comments on how he's the "worst pirate he's ever seen." Several scenes later, after Jack steals a British ship, Lt. Groves declares Jack to be "the best pirate he's ever seen," earning him a Death Glare and a muttered, "So it would seem," from Norrington.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ragetti, whenever his wooden eye gets lost or injured.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: When Elizabeth suspects Barbossa of trying to poison her with an apple, Barbossa tells her not to worry, as her blood will be needed later for breaking the curse.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: The only time Jack ever finishes his Catchphrase "You will always remember this as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!" is when he actually gets captured.
    Norrington: Well, I'm sure you will remember this as the day that Captain Jack Sparrow almost escaped.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Will's sword throwing is first used to stop Jack from escaping, but at the end he saves Jack from the gallows with it. Although this looks like it would be a Chekhov's Skill, Will's skill at throwing swords was part of the screenplay before the scene at the gallows was even created.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: The story of how Jack escaped that island (via sea-turtles). As it turns out, he didn't escape at all. The island was a stash for some rum-runners, who found him and gave him transport off.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Jack's pistol with only one shot in it, which was left to him by Barbossa when Jack was marooned by him many years ago.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: While Pintel and Ragetti search for hiding Elizabeth inside her father's mansion, Pintel says "We know you're 'ere, poppet..."
  • Comically Missing the Point: As Norrington is saying that he intends to propose to Elizabeth, Elizabeth says she can't breathe (because of her corset). Norrington replies by saying he's a little nervous himself.
  • Cool Big Bro: When she was a child, Norrington was like this to Elizabeth. While she wanted to hear pirate stories, he would gently warn her that pirates are not heroes in adventure stories but wouldn't admonish her the way her father would. Obviously, he wanted to grow out of this role when she became of age to marry.
  • Crowd Hockey: Ragetti's wooden eye falls out during a battle on deck, and he scrambles to grab it. The battle ends about the same moment he finds it again.
  • Curse Escape Clause: Return all of the Aztec gold pieces to the chest, along with a blood sacrifice from each person who took a piece (or a blood relative of the person), and the curse is broken. The entire motivation of Barbossa and his crew is to find the last remaining piece of the treasure as well as the descendant of Bootstrap Bill Turner so that they can meet these conditions. Jack, being Jack, curses himself before the final battle, and then triggers the escape clause at the opportune moment.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Barbossa and his crew turn into skeletons. Sure, they don't feel anything and can't feel any pleasure anymore, but they're immortal.
  • Cutlery Escape Aid: Elizabeth Swann sneaks a knife from the table while she's dining with Barbossa on the Black Pearl. She does end up stabbing him with, but since he's undead this doesn't do anything to him and he even lampshades the Fridge Logic by asking what she intended on doing after killing him, seeing as how she's trapped on a pirate ship in the middle of the ocean.
  • Dem Bones: Under the curse, the Black Pearl was really run by a "skeleton" crew under Barbossa.
  • Derelict Graveyard: Isla de Muerta is surrounded by one, implied to be all the other people who've gone looking for the treasure.
    Gibbs: Puts a chill in the bones, how many honest sailors have been claimed by this passage.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Elizabeth stabs her host/captor captain Barbossa with a knife when it seems he's going to attack her. It somehow slipped her mind that even if she'd succeeded, she would still be on a ship full of vicious pirates whose captain she just killed in the middle of the raging sea miles from land. Lampshaded by Barbossa:
  • Dining in the Buff: Subverted. Pintel and Ragetti tell Elizabeth that if she does not dine with Captain Barbossa, as she refuses to do, then she will be dining with the Black Pearl crew, naked. Elizabeth reluctantly changes her mind, much to Pintel and Ragetti's disappointment.
  • Disappeared Dad: William's father being missing from his life turns out to be an important plot point. He was one of the Black Pearl's crew, who objected to mutinying against Jack... until Barbossa got fed up, tied him to a cannon, and dropped him into the sea. And then the crew learned they needed his blood.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Barbossa explicitly claims the gold's curse is this in his big speech before taking Elizabeth's blood.
    Barbossa: Punished we were—the lot of us—disproportionate to our crime!
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Jack did NOT steal Anamaria's boat, he borrowed it without permission (but with every intention of bringing it back).
  • Dual Wielding: Will wields two swords in his fight with Jack in the smithy. He loses one of the swords when Jack wraps his handcuffs around it and Will sticks it in the ceiling in an attempt to trap him.
  • Due to the Dead: In his introductory scene, Jack passes by a few pirate skeletons hung outside the harbor, with a sign reading "Pirates: ye be warned" next to them. His response is to remove his hat and cover his heart, presumably out of respect for the dead.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Elizabeth as a child expresses interest in pirates, and even sings their tune until the sailors order her to stop. Then she helps rescue a shipwrecked boy, finds a pirate's coin on it, and hides it because she fears he will be hanged.
    • Jack Sparrow heroically sailing his sinking boat into port (physics be damned), and stepping onto the dock without breaking stride.
    • Ragetti happily polishing his wooden eye before casually shoving it back into his head. Not only does it give off the impression of him being rather carefree, but also sets up the pirates' immortality and dulled sense of feeling.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It is said that "the Black Pearl is crewed by the damned and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out."
  • Exact Words:
    • One of Will's conditions for not killing himself is for Barbossa to set Elizabeth free. Barbossa complies by having her walk the plank and marooning her on the island where he left Jack a decade ago.
    Barbossa: I agreed she go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where.
    • Barbossa is a fan of this trope. When Elizabeth successfully convinces the pirates to cease their attack on Port Royal, he takes her captive because she never specified her own freedom as part of the bargain (and because he believes he needs her to lift the curse).
  • Fake-Hair Drama: Governor Swann is inspired to take action against the pirates after they almost steal his wig.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: During the scene where the crew of the Pearl is kidnapping Elizabeth out of her father's mansion, the chandelier is dislodged by cannon fire. Elizabeth ducks under it as it falls so that it blocks the way of her pursuers.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Being cursed to sail the seas as an undead skeletal zombie by moonlight is clearly not much fun, as we learn from this little exchange when Kohler comes across Jack in the Port Royale jail:
    Kohler: His fortunes ain't improved much. [The pirates snigger]
    Jack: Worry about your own fortunes, gentlemen. The deepest circle of hell is reserved for betrayers and mutineers.
    [Enraged, Kohler grabs Jack's throat through the cell bars. His arm becomes skeletal in the moonlight.
    Jack: So, there is a curse? That's interesting.
    Koehler: You know nothing of hell.
  • Food Porn: Brief in-universe example: Barbossa can't taste, so he just watches Elizabeth eat with a very... interesting expression on his face.
  • For Want of a Nail: The main plot basically kicks off because of Elizabeth's corset being laced too tightly. It was because of that that she fell into the sea and the medallion summoned the Pearl to Port Royal. Had it not been for that, the main plot wouldn't have happened.
  • Foreshadowing: Will gets into a fight with one pirate, who's slammed through a window by a falling sign. A few minutes later, he's up and about again, one of the first hints something's up with the pirates.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • After Elizabeth passes out into the ocean and the Aztec coin pulses out its location to the Black Pearl, there's a second-long shot of the clouds forming a hand reaching out towards the island.
    • You can see the lobster trap Will stepped in tangled around the rudder of the HMS Dauntless minutes before its discovered Jack and Will jammed the rudder. Doubles as Five-Second Foreshadowing.
  • Ghost Pirate: Aztec-cursed pirates that are "not alive, and so [they] cannot die, but neither are [they] dead." They cannot enjoy any sensations and become rotting skeletons in moonlight.
  • Gilligan Cut: Used with Elizabeth's would-be Rousing Speech. Immediately after she makes it, it cuts to her rowing back to Isla De Muerta alone.
    Elizabeth: Bloody pirates.
  • Go Through Me: Elizabeth and Will to Jack.
  • Gratuitous French: At least two times, and it's really gratuit :
    • When Jack arrives in Port Royal, and he leaves the dock after that bribing scene, one can hear a sailor : "Ce soir? Pas de problème!" note 
    • When he arrives in Tortuga with Will, one can hear another sailor : "Oh mais dis donc, arrête!" note 
  • Guns Do Not Work That Way: Unless Jack's pistol was loaded with an over-sized patch and had the touch-hole sealed with wax, it's unlikely the powder would still be usable after ten years in the Caribbean humidity even without Barbossa throwing it in the sea.
  • A Handful for an Eye: Jack wins his duel against Will by catching him in a choking cloud of soot. Later on, Barbossa throws a handful of gold coins at Jack's face, causing him to reflexively try to shield his eyes.
  • Hard Truth Aesop:
    • When Jack saves Elizabeth from drowning, the movie launches into a case study of No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, as the act immediately outs him as a pirate, and Elizabeth unsuccessfully tries to defend him over the fact that he's just saved her life. Norrington doesn't even disagree with Jack even though he means that the good deed was merely the cause to be brought to justice for his previous crimes.
      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.
    • Jack teaches Will that honour is not, in itself, a tool for accomplishing anything, particularly winning a real fight, especially against someone who cares more about winning than feeling good about fighting fairly.
  • Hat Damage: Pintel shoots off Lieutenant Gilette’s hat, which lands at the feet of one of the skeleton pirates.
  • Hats Off to the Dead: Jack Sparrow's Establishing Character Moment has him notice the skeletons of those who have been hanged for piracy, and (being a pirate himself) he holds his hat to his chest as a sign of respect.
  • He's Dead, Jim: Barbossa, as he is shot through the chest, says "I feel... cold." and collapses. The symbolic apple falls out of his opening hand.
  • Hot Blade: Will uses a sword that was resting in the fire during his duel with Jack in the blacksmith's shop, which makes the end of the blade red hot. He loses it when Jack uses his cuffs to snag the sword and wrench it out of Will's hand.
  • Humanity Ensues: After the curse is broken.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Norrington obliquely gives Will and Elizabeth his... conditional blessing by complimenting his sword, also acknowledging that he knows Will made the sword and not his drunkard master.
    Norrington: This is a beautiful sword. I expect the man who made it to show the same care and devotion in every aspect of his life.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: After the title curse is broken, rendering Barbossa and his men mortals again, Jack Sparrow shoots Barbossa and he says, "I feel... cold." (falls over) Bonus points on this one, because this is the very first thing Barbossa felt since he turned immortal and he actually sounds happy to be able to feel something.
  • Immortality Hurts: Barbossa tells Elizabeth exactly what it feels like to live forever while feeling no positive sensations whatsoever. The cursed pirates are constantly feeling the suffering that comes with dying of starvation and thirst, but they keep going on.
  • Improvised Zipline: Captain Jack Sparrow loops the chain on his handcuffs over a rope and slides away from his pursuers.
  • Insistent Terminology: They're not stealing the Dauntless, they're commandeering it.
    Jack: Nautical term.
  • Insult Backfire: When Norrington is having a good sneer at Jack's less-than-impressive nautical equipment:
    Norrington: You are without a doubt the worst pirate I have ever heard of.
    Jack: [Cocky] But you have heard of me.
  • In the Back: Will takes down one of the pirates in the raid on Port Royal by throwing an axe into his back. He’s fine, thanks to the curse.
  • Irony:
    • When the pirates raid Port Royal, one of Elizabeth's maids assumes they've come to kidnap her because she's the Governor's daughter, so Elizabeth lies to say her last name is Turner and that she's just a maid. Except unfortunately for her, they were actually looking for someone descended from one of their crew whose blood they need to remove their curse. The man in question's name? Turner, of course.
    • Further irony— the Turner the pirates were actually looking for is in love with Elizabeth, and when the pirates kidnap her he sets out to try and rescue her, not knowing he's the one they're looking for. And another bit—he didn't need a plan to rescue Elizabeth. He could have just walked into the Isla de Muerta, told them who he was, and offered his own blood in exchange for Elizabeth's safety (provided he invoked parlay as well).
    • Pointed out by Pintel and Ragetti about the story of Bootstrap Bill. Barbossa dropped him into the sea for sticking up for Jack, after which they learned they needed his blood to end the curse in the first place.
    • And Jack points out another one; having betrayed, mutinied and abandoned Jack before finding and plundering the gold in order to steal his share, when it turned out that the gold was cursed they actually ended up sparing him from having a stake in their hellish fate. Barbossa, who is not best pleased at this one, can only seethe quietly on being reminded of it.
    • Also, it's repeatedly pointed out that Jack is untrustworthy and duplicitous. But he ends up keeping his side of every bargain we see him he make (albeit often in a roundabout fashion), while everyone he makes a bargain with either ends up betraying him or exploits it to try and kill him. Who's the untrustworthy one again...?
  • Island of Mystery: The Isla de Muerta where the cursed Aztec gold is hidden, a place shrouded in fog that can only be found by those who already knew where it is. Following the events of the movie, it is reclaimed by the sea.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Will doesn't deign to use personal pronouns when he and Jack first meet—and immediately start fighting in Will's smithy.
    Will: I practice [swordfighting] three hours a day so that when I meet a pirate, I can kill it!
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Norrington and Elizabeth would have been content if not happy had they married, as Norrington intended. He does love her, and she sees him as an older brother and family friend. Eventually, however, it's revealed that Norrington loves Elizabeth too much to marry her when she has eyes for someone else, Will; he stands aside and warns Will to take care of her.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Jack and Will steal a huge ship early on which they can't properly take care of by just the two of them or with a moderate crew they later gather. They then get chased by the Navy who arrive in a smaller ship called the "Interceptor" and board the big ship to arrest the two. However, they secretly go on the smaller ship and commandeer it without anyone noticing for a few moments. When the Navy does notice, they can't build up enough speed to catch up to it nor even shoot it down because Jack cut the rudder chain.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Elizabeth stabs Barbossa and breaks another cursed pirate's neck by smacking him with the ship's wheel while dressed in the crimson dress she's been forced to wear. Later subverted with Pintel and Ragetti, zombified, fighting British sailors while still wearing the tattered remnants of their pretty dresses.
  • Kid Amid the Chaos: During the Black Pearl's assault on Port Royal a toddler boy is seen screaming and crying in the chaos. Luckily a woman grabs him and pulls him out of the way before some debris falls on him.
  • Killing for a Tissue Sample: Averted initially, then played straight.
    • The pirates avert the trope with Elizabeth. They let her believe she'll be sacrificed to free them, but all they need is a few drops of her blood on the gold.
      Elizabeth: That's it?
      Barbossa: Waste not.
    • When it becomes William's turn, they are by this point rather frustrated and decide to spill it all just to make sure. And provide greater dramatic emphasis for the effort to rescue him, of course.
  • Killed Off for Real: Several of the crew of the Black Pearl are given mortal injuries after the curse is lifted, or before the curse is lifted and cannot heal in time.
    • Grapple and Mallot: Smashed into pieces by a longboat and fall into the water.
    • Jacoby, Clubba and Monk: Will takes one of Jacoby's grenades, lodges it into his skeleton, then Will and Elizabeth push the three pirates out of the moonlight.
    • Barbossa: Shot by Jack just before Will lifts the curse. Though this is ultimately subverted by Dead Man's Chest.
    • Koehler: Stabbed by Norrington just after the curse is lifted.
  • Knights and Knaves: Jack, going by the alias "Mr. Smith", manages to put one of these past Mullroy and Murtogg:
    Mullroy: What's your purpose in Port Royal, Mr. Smith?
    Murtogg: Yeah, and no lies.
    Jack Sparrow: 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 Sparrow: Unless, of course, he knew you wouldn't believe the truth even if he told it to you.
  • Knight Knave And Squire: Norrington is the Knight, the honourable, experienced naval officer. Jack is the Knave, the roguish Combat Pragmatist pirate, and Will is the Squire, the Skilled, but Naïve Master Swordsman.
  • Like Brother and Sister: While Norrington loves Elizabeth, she sees him as a Cool Big Bro who would warn her about pirates and seeking adventure when she was a child. It's obvious that Norrington wants to save Elizabeth when she's captured and is bound by duty to not trust Jack Sparrow.
  • List of Transgressions: An abbreviated but still long one is read at Jack's execution.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • As Barbossa's crew captures Jack's crew and Will, Barbossa agrees, as per Will's demands, to set Elizabeth free and not harm Jack's crew. Barbossa, however, adds a loophole, marooning Elizabeth and Jack on the island Jack was marooned on years earlier. When Will calls Barbossa out on his actions, Barbossa retorts thus:
      Barbossa: Don't dare impugn me honor, boy! I agreed she'd go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where.
    • He also does it when agreeing to spare Port Royal in exchange for the final piece of Aztec gold; Elizabeth didn't say anything about being returned to port, so Barbossa decides to keep her for her blood.
      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!
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: When Will rescues Elizabeth in the cave of treasure, she’s wearing shoes and stockings. When she and Will make it back to the ‘’Interceptor’’, a brief shot shows that she’s now barefoot, and remains shot from then until the beginning of the third act. The possible cause could be from the process of swimming back, or she possibly removed them to swim easier while wearing her dress.
  • Mayincatec: The cursed Aztec gold.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • Jack says to Will "you can accept that your father was a pirate, and a good man, or you can't." At the end of the film this exchange occurs about Jack.
    Governor Swann: He's a pirate.
    Will: And a good man.
    • Earlier in the film, Jack tells Will that according to the Pirates' Code "Any man who falls behind, is left behind." Which leads to this exchange after Will abandons Jack to Barbossa:
    Gibbbs: Where's Jack?
    Will: He fell behind.
  • Mercy Lead: At the end of the film, Norrington grants Jack a day's head start after Will saves him from the gallows.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The film starts with Elizabeth meeting a shipwrecked Will, during their childhood.
  • Missing Mom: Elizabeth's mother is absent and unmentioned, and Will's mother raised him herself and died before the events of the film.
  • Misplaced-Names Poster: This poster for the first movie. None of the names line up with the faces below them.
  • Mondegreen: There are two interpretations of what Barbossa says directly after the Interceptor's mast falls.
    • Interpretation 1: Barbossa: "Blast all to carcasses, men! Forward clear to the powder magazine, and the rest of you, bring me that medallion!"
    • Interpretation 2: Barbossa: "Pistols and cutlasses, men! Koehler, Twigg to the powder magazine, and the rest of you, bring me that medallion!"
  • Mortality Ensues: This happens to Barbossa at the worst possible time; Will drops the final gold piece into the cursed treasure chest just after Sparrow blows a fatal hole in Barbossa's chest with a pistol, removing the curse and causing Barbossa to bleed out. Meanwhile, the rest of the Black Pearl's crew are in the middle of a pitched battle aboard the Dauntless when the curse is lifted, and immediately surrender when they realize they can be killed again.
  • Mugging the Monster: When Jack seeks out a blacksmith's shop to remove his irons, he has the bad luck of walking into the shop where Will Turner - Master Swordsman of Port Royal, and secret love of the woman Jack just used as a Human Shield - is employed. If Jack were any less of a Combat Pragmatist, the movie would have ended right there.
  • Mutual Disadvantage: Near the end of the film, Jack grabs a bit of the cursed treasure before his fight with Barbossa, briefly becoming cursed with undeath as well.
  • Mythology Gag: There are numerous nods to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland. Most notably is the use of the theme song "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Me", which is partially sung a good three times in the film.
    • Port Royal stands in for the Spanish fort attacked by pirates on the ride, while Isla de Muerta represents the pirate caverns at the start of the ride.
    • The prison scene where captured pirates try to lure the guard dog over with a bone. Jack points out the dog will never move, and then tries to lure it over with the bone himself later on.
    • Tortuga features a lot of nods to the "burning town" scenes from the ride—the iconic redheaded woman named Scarlett appears as a prostitute, a pirate lies under a barrel of rum drinking from the tap, Gibbs sleeps with pigs, a woman chases a thief pirate around a balcony, and there is a musical band of pirates.
    • During the Black Pearl's assault on Port Royal, pirates chase women around.
    • Cotton's talking parrot is a nod to the ride's animatronic parrot mascot, and squawks, "Dead men tell no tales!"
    • When Jack and Will are rowing through Isla de Muerta's caverns, there is a skeleton lying nearby with a crab next to it.
    • The skeletal Barbossa "drinks" a bottle of wine, and its contents trickle through his ribcage.
    • The film's plot of cursed treasure and greedy pirates may come from the ride's line, "Who knows when that evil curse will strike the greedy beholders of this bewitched treasure."
    • The storm scene is a nod to a similar one in the ride.
    • Barbossa calls his crew "bloomin' cockroaches!"
  • Myopic Architecture: Will uses his blacksmithing experience to spring Jack from jail, realizing that the cell door can be simply lifted off its hinges with a proper lever. And that, my friends, is why one shouldn't build prison cells with half-pin barrel hinges.
  • Nice Hat: Barbossa wears one — the cherry on top to Jack's bluff about becoming his underling is buying him an even better one. Later invoked verbatim by Jack when bidding farewell to Will, to which Will grins.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While they're in disguise, Pintel starts beating up Ragetti, which accidentally knocks aside the parasols that keep them hidden from the moonlight, revealing that Elizabeth was telling the truth about the curse. To add insult to injury, Pintel tries to shoot one of Norrington's men, and only succeeds in knocking his hat off, which in turn accidentally reveals the pirates' sneak attack when the man turns to see where it went. Of course it wouldn’t have mattered much since the crew was immortal and could ignore whatever injuries they receive... until the curse is lifted.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Jack saves Elizabeth from drowning, which gives Norrington the chance to find him and order him hanged, something Elizabeth and Jack object to.
    Elizabeth: Pirate or not, this man saved my life.
    Norrington: One good deed is not enough to redeem a man for a lifetime of wickedness.
    Jack: Though it does seem enough to condemn him.
    Norrington: Indeed.
  • Noodle Incident: At some point in the past Jack impersonated a cleric of the Church of England.
    • As Elizabeth falls off the docks, Jack can be heard telling the two sailors he's with "and then they made me their chief."
      • When Jack rips Elizabeth's corset off to save her life, one of the sailors says that he "never would've thought of that." Jack's reply is a rather blase "Clearly you've never been to Singapore." One has to wonder just what happened at Singapore...
  • No Respect Guy: Will is the one doing all the work at the town smithy, while his master spends all day either drunk or unconscious, yet the man gets all the credit while Will is overlooked completely. After all, he's just an apprentice. Averted at the end of the film when Norrington acknowledges Will as the maker of his sword.
  • No-Sell: Will cuts down some pirates on the attack on Port Royal, but they're perfectly fine thanks to the curse.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: The scene where Elizabeth is forced to dine either with Barbossa (wearing a fancy dress) or with the crew (naked) and she reluctantly decides to dine with Barbossa.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: At first, the curse alarms Elizabeth. By the time of the climax though, Jack trying to give her a jump scare only momentarily startles her. Then she bludgeons him over the side of the ship.
  • Of Corset Hurts: Elizabeth complains mightily when trussed up in a corset for Norrington's ceremony, especially since it causes her to faint, and fall off a cliff...
  • Of Corsets Sexy: ...but one can't deny it gives her some excellent cleavage. Although in the audio commentary Keira Knightley jokes that her cleavage was painted on.
  • Off-into-the-Distance Ending: The film ends with Captain Jack Sparrow sailing off into the distance in search of a new adventure.
    Jack: Now, bring me that horizon. (beat) Drink up, me hearties, yo-ho.
  • Ominous Fog: Follows the cursed Black Pearl around.
  • Organ Dodge: Ragetti takes a fork to the eye after the opposing ship fires a round of shrapnel after running out of cannonballs. Fortunately, the eye that gets hit is wooden.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Will's pirate coin, which Elizabeth finds when they're both children. She tucks it into her dress so that he won't be caught and hanged as a pirate. Later on, when Will sees it, he's relieved since he thought he had lost it ages ago.
  • Orphaned Punchline: We leave Jack Sparrow stringing Murtogg and Mullroy along aboard the Interceptor, and we return to catch the line "...And then they made me their chief."
  • Palm Bloodletting: The preferred way to shed the blood required to end the curse, once it's established that only a little bit of blood is needed.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Ragetti carries one in the final act.
  • Pet Gets the Keys: The iconic dog-with-the-key outside the Port Royal jail cell, a scene lifted directly from the ride. Captain Jack mocks the other prisoners for trying to coax the mangy mutt over, before a cannon ball opens up part of their cell, allowing them to escape. Once they leave, Sparrow starts whistling for the dog himself, but when the cursed pirates appear, the dog runs away with the keys, leaving him completely trapped.
  • Powder Trail: How the cursed Black Pearl crew destroys the Interceptor, setting off its entire remaining powder magazine.
  • The Power of Blood: The blood of those who took coins from the Chest of Cortés (or that of their children) is required in order to end the curse.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: See Beware the Honest Ones above.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Will to Barbossa before lifting the curse.
    Will: "He (Jack) didn't waste it."
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Will isn't happy that Barbossa's idea of "setting free" equals "Walk the Plank."
      Will: Barbossa, you lying bastard!
    • Props for slipping that into a Disney movie. Oh, and also using the word "strumpet". And "eunuch". And... just the way that Jack is, feels like it shouldn't be in a Disney movie.
  • The Punishment: Steal the Aztec Gold and you'll become immortal and impossible to kill (downside: but you won't enjoy a moment of it).
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn:
    • The pillaging and burning occurs during the Black Pearl's attack on Port Harbor. This being a Disney movie, no raping is shown.
    • Earlier, Jack declares his intentions to "raid, pillage, plunder, and otherwise pilfer my weaselly black guts out."
    • Although, there is the scene where Barbossa tosses a recaptured Elizabeth into the hands of his crew, who start pawing at her and pulling on her dress and hair as she starts screaming. Will shows up, everyone is distracted, and nothing further happens to Elizabeth, but this still reads as a near-Attempted Rape.
    • Also, Barbossa's ultimatum to Elizabeth — that she dine with him in a fancy dress, or with the crew naked — reeks of this.
  • Reality Ensues: Will and Jack are surrounded by the Royal Marines during their daring escape attempt.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Jack is disgusted that Murtogg and Malloy can't swim - "Pride of the King's Navy, you are!" - but in fact very few members of the Royal Navy (or really anyone who worked on or around ships during this period of history) knew how to swim. Should a ship go down and you couldn't get into a lifeboat, your chances of being rescued were very slim to none, and it was considered better to drown quickly rather than spend hours or days paddling until you succumbed to exhaustion. In addition, higher-ups in the navy didn't want to risk dissatisfied sailors jumping ship and swimming to port to escape.
  • The Reveal: Didn't Will toss an axe into that pirate's back? How is he alive? And hold on, Elizabeth just stabbed Barbossa in the chest and all he did was pull the knife out. What's going on? Cue horror.
    Barbossa: Look! The moonlight shows us for what we truly are. We are not among the living and so we cannot die, but neither are we dead...Ye'd best start believin' in ghost stories, Miss Turner. Ye're in one!
  • Riddle for the Ages: Just how did the mute Mr. Cotton teach his parrot to talk for him?
  • Rule of Three: Leverage, parley, and thinking of the pirates' code as guidelines are all mentioned thrice over the course of the movie:
    • Will first brings up leverage in a literal sense when he lifts Jack's cell door off its hinges. Jack later refers to Will as "leverage"—a bargaining chip he can use to get the Black Pearl back. Will overhears this and knocks Jack out before he can put this plan into action, refusing to be Jack's leverage.
    • Elizabeth uses parley to spare her life, Jack tries it later on his old partners to no avail, and Pintel warns Jack's captured crew not to think of playing the parley card.
    • In this case, it could be "Rule of Four": after the curse is lifted and Barbossa's crew are no longer immortal, they are held at gunpoint by the soldiers. As this happens, Pintel nervously says, "Parley?"
    • Barbossa informs Elizabeth that he finds the pirates' code to be more like guidelines than actual rules, something she repeats to Jack's crew, and which they tell Jack at the end of the film.
      • Though it's not likely something either would repeat to Captain Teague.
    • In Tortuga, Jack encounters a woman who slaps him without speaking a word, and he defiantly tells Will, "Not sure I deserved that." Another woman steps up, says one line, and then she slaps Jack. "I might have deserved that." A few scenes later, his newly-assembled crew contains one woman, who slaps Jack the moment he removes her hat.
      Will: I suppose you didn't deserve that one, either.
      Jack: No, that one I deserved.
  • Running Gag:
    • Jack calling people (Will, mostly) a "eunuch."
    • Ragetti's fake eye falling out or otherwise taking damage.
    • "Pirates." / "Pirate."
  • Sacred Hospitality: Downplayed. The pirates do have their fun scaring Elizabeth with the curse, and she is technically their prisoner and hostage, but they do offer a decent meal and a dress since she went up to the ship in her nightgown. Of course, when they realize Will is the one they need, they just lock him up in the brig.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Jack thoroughly confuses Murtogg and Mullroy when he tells them the honest truth about why he's come to Port Royal.
    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 weaselly black guts out.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: Subverted, but Barbossa does raise the possibility, since he knows he and Jack are closely matched as swordsmen and as cursed beings can't be killed.
    Barbossa: So what now, Jack Sparrow? Are we to be two immortals locked in an epic battle until Judgment Day and trumpets sound?
    Jack: Or you could surrender.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: Barbossa's motivation to undo the curse. He and his crew seem to still be able to feel unpleasant sensations, but cannot derive any enjoyment from such things as food or sea breezes.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: "I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request. (Beat) Means 'no'."
  • Shoot the Dog: Suggested by Captain Barbossa as what Jack should do after he and Elizabeth are stranded (in lieu of Jack's offer of giving him two shots).
    Barbossa: It'll be one pistol as before, and you can be the gentleman and shoot the lady; and starve to death yourself.
  • Shout-Out: Several very nice ones to pirate films, and to Disney movies as well:
    • Peter Pan: In the very first scene, Governor Swann's costume looks exactly like Captain Hook's. Also, in the final fight, Jack cuts off some of the feathers on Barbossa's hat, just like Peter does to Hook.
    • Snow White: When Elizabeth refuses Barbossa's apple, believing it's poisoned.
    • The Little Mermaid: When the Royal Navy plans to attack the Black Pearl's crew, Lt. Gillette jokingly dismisses Elizabeth's warning:
    Elizabeth: No, wait, stop! The pirates are undead! They'll all be killed! This is Jack Sparrow's doing!
    Lt. Gillette: Don't worry, Miss, he's already been informed of that, a little mermaid flopped up on deck and told him the whole story!
    • The Divine Comedy: A subtle one, but when confronted in the jail cell by Kohler, Jack retorts that the deepest circle of Hell is reserved for traitors, true to Dante's Inferno.
  • Spiteful Spit: Koehler does this toward Jack Sparrow when he discovers him in the jail.
  • Squick: In-universe example when Jack finds out that Cotton has no tongue.
  • Stepping-Stone Sword: Will throws a sword under Jack's feet to save him from a hanging.
  • The Stinger: Jack (the monkey) recovering one of the cursed coins after everything's over, and becoming undead.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: Will does this to get Elizabeth released from Barbossa's crew. It almost doesn't work; Barbossa's initial reply is a confused "Who are you?".
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist:
    • Norrington. He's definitely not the bad guy, and is pursuing Jack out of duty and orders. Jack is, after all a pirate, and piracy was a huge threat to settlements.
    • Several of the deleted scenes feature Pet the Dog moments for Norrington. Notably, he tells Governor Swann that whatever his personal feelings towards Will, he's duty-bound to try and rescue him from Barbossa. He also has a moving heart-to-heart talk with Elizabeth after she "accepts" his proposal. Even Jack admits that he respects Norrington as "a man who knows what he's after."
  • Tactful Translation: Played for laughs when Barbossa "translates" his comments for Elizabeth. It can be argued that Elizabeth's look of confusion is merely the result of Barbossa speaking so eloquently seconds after asking her to use smaller words that the "humble pirates" can understand, and his translation is not for her, but his own crew, who also seem confused.
  • Tap on the Head: Both Will and Jack are knocked out by a blow to the head. Will gets smacked by a candlestick-wielding passing pirate during the Port Royal assault, and later belts Jack across the face with an oar.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Will. He notes on breaking Jack out that the man recognizes his name, but doesn't press the matter until they're out at sea. He doesn't like what he hears.
  • This Is Reality: Norrington tells Elizabeth this when she is a kid. While pirates seem great in storybooks, in real life they are dangerous criminals. She finds out as an adult that he is very right.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: This film has four sets: Pintel and Ragetti, Koehler and Twigg (the two who encounter Jack in his cell and blow up the Interceptor), Grapple and Mallot (named for their weapons and killed by Elizabeth and Jack's crew during the battle) and Jacoby and Clubba (a large bald pirate and the crew's resident Mad Bomber).
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Will does this twice; once at the latch to the smithy to stop Jack from escaping and the other time is with an axe to the back of one of Barbossa’s pirates in the attack on Port Royal.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: At the end of the movie, Will and Elizabeth intervene to stop Jack's execution, and Governor Swann hesistates on pursuing Jack.
    Governor Swann: Perhaps on the rare occasion pursuing the right course demands an act of piracy, piracy itself can be the right course?
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: While dining with Barbossa, Elizabeth starts out picking at her meal. Barbossa, knowing she must be hungry, points out she hardly needs to stand on ceremony on a pirate ship. She promptly tears into the food.
  • Treasure Room: In middle of Isla de Muerta, there's a cave filled with booty that the cursed crew of the Black Pearl has amassed over the years.
  • Undead Author: The cursed Black Pearl has been marauding in search of the missing gold pieces for nearly ten years, and is rumored to never leave any survivors.
    Jack: No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder?
  • Using You All Along: As Jack is bargaining with Barbossa for Will's life, and to destroy the men of the Dauntless (more or less), plus getting to sail the Pearl again as captain, Will bursts out "You've been planning this from the beginning!"
    Jack: [beat] Yeah.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where Elizabeth stores the Aztec gold piece.
  • Villains Out Shopping: When Elizabeth is sneaking on board the Black Pearl, she sees two pirates who are preparing to have a feast when the curse is lifted. In a deleted portion of that scene, they both decide to have cake.
  • Visual Pun: The moonlight reveals Barbossa and the Black Pearl's cursed crew of the undead to be little more than zombified flesh and bones; in other words, a skeleton crew.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Mr. Cotton had his tongue cut out, so he trained his parrot to talk for him. No one's yet figured out how.
    Parrot: [squawk] Wind in the sails! Wind in the sails!
    Mr. Gibbs: Mostly, we figure, that means "yes."
  • Walk, Don't Swim: The strategy used by the undead pirates to reach Norrington's ship undetected.
    Barbossa: Gents... take a walk!
  • Walk the Plank: To be marooned on a Desert Island... twice.
  • Wham Shot: When the two pirates stumble upon Jack in the cells, they talk, Jack accuses them of being damned to hell for mutiny. And then the Scary Black Man reaches through the bars to grab his throat... and his hand turns to bone.
  • Who Are You?: From Barbossa to Will Turner. It features a mild subversion, with Jack trying very hard to keep Will from answering, since it will derail his plans.
    Barbossa: Who are you?
    Jack: No one! He's no one! Distant cousin of my aunt's nephew, twice removed. Lovely singing voice, though. Eunuch.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The motivation for breaking the curse, as Bootstrap Bill can attest. The pirates would probably be quite happy to live forever, except that the curse prevents them from deriving any enjoyment from their endless life.
  • Worthy Opponent: Naval officer Lt. Groves seems to hold this view of Captain Sparrow. At the least, he openly admires the pirate's ingenuity. "That's got to be the best pirate I've ever seen!"
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Elizabeth thinks pirates are dashing, Lovable Rogues, but the pirates she encounters are nothing like her expectation. And an even bigger one later as she did not expect that magical curses are absolutely real in this world.
    Barbossa: You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner.... you're in one!
  • You Need to Get Laid: Jack's initial impression of Will, when they fight amongst Will's swords.
    Jack: Who makes all these?
    Will: I do! And I practice with them three hours a day!
    Jack: You need to find yourself a girl, mate.

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