"Pirates of the Caribbean: At the World's End" (2007)
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It is a dark time as the Age of Piracy nears to a close. Lord Cutler Beckett (TOM HOLLANDER) of the East India Company has gained control of the terrifying ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman, and its malevolent, vengeful captain, Davy Jones (BILL NIGHY). The Dutchman now roams the seven seas, unstoppable, destroying pirate ships without mercy, under the command of Admiral Norrington (JACK DAVENPORT).
Will Turner (ORLANDO BLOOM), Elizabeth Swann (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY) and Captain Barbossa (GEOFFREY RUSH) embark on a desperate quest to gather the Nine Lords of the Brethren Court, their only hope to defeat Beckett, the Flying Dutchman, and his Armada. But one of the Lords is missingCaptain Jack Sparrow (JOHNNY DEPP), either the best or worst pirate ever, and now trapped in Davy Jones’ Locker, thanks to his encounter with the monstrous Kraken.
In an increasingly shaky alliance, our heroes, including Tia Dalma (NAOMIE HARRIS), Pintel (LEE ARENBERG) and Ragetti (MACKENZIE CROOK), must first travel to dangerous, exotic Singapore and confront Chinese pirate Captain Sao Feng (CHOW YUN-FAT) to gain charts, and a ship, that will take them off to world’s end, to rescue Jack.
But even if Captain Jack is successfully rescued, the gathering of the legendary Brethren Court may not be enough to hold back the fearsome tide of Beckett, Davy Jones and their powerful Armada…unless the capricious sea goddess Calypso, imprisoned in human form, can be freed and convinced to come to their aid.
As betrayal piles upon betrayal, it becomes clear that Jack, Will, Elizabeth, Sao Feng, and Barbossa each have their own agenda, and no one can be trusted.
Yet each must choose a side, and make their final alliances for one last battle, in a titanic showdown that could eliminate the freedom-loving pirates from the seven seasforever. JOHNNY DEPP, ORLANDO BLOOM, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and GEOFFREY RUSH reunite in Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END, an all-new epic tale in the blockbuster series chronicling the fantastical adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann.
This time around, the quartet is joined by international superstar CHOW YUN-FAT as Captain Sao Feng, the Pirate Lord of Singapore. In PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END, produced by JERRY BRUCKHEIMER and directed by GORE VERBINSKI, Captain Jack and the others set sail on the spectacular new adventure, once again laced with lashing of rollicking and irreverent humor, which takes them into new PRODUCTION INFORMATION realms of adventure and fantasy.
Their two previous “Pirates” adventures smashed records around the world, with “The Curse of the Black Pearl” garnering more than $650 million worldwide, a figure nearly doubled by “Dead Man’s Chest,” which became the third highest-grossing movie in international boxoffice history with more than $1 billion, and a gigantic domestic take of $423,315,812, the sixth highest position in history.
The writers of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END are TED ELLIOTT and TERRY ROSSIO, co-writers of the first film and its follow-up “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” who also have such hits on their resume as “Aladdin” and “Shrek.” The film is based on characters created by Elliott & Rossio and STUART BEATTIE and JAY WOLPERT, and based on Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean. The film’s executive producers are MIKE STENSON, CHAD OMAN, BRUCE HENDRICKS and ERIC McLEOD.
Johnny Depp has become one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed actors, with a hugely versatile range of performances marking his outstanding career. He was nominated for Best Actor Academy Awards® for both “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “Finding Neverland.” Depp’s extensive motion picture credits since the late 1980s have included “Cry-Baby,” “Platoon,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?,” “Ed Wood,” “Benny & Joon,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Don Juan DeMarco,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Chocolat,” “Blow,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Secret Window,” “The Libertine,” “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” and Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Orlando Bloom became a major international star with his portrayal of Legolas in Peter Jackson’s award-winning “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy after co-starring in Jerry Bruckheimer’s production of “Black Hawk Down,” directed by Ridley Scott. Since then, the increasingly popular actor has starred in Wolfgang Petersen’s “Troy,” Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” and Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown.” Keira Knightley was first brought to the attention of international audiences in the sleeper hit “Bend It Like Beckham.”
In addition to “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” she was nominated for an Academy Award® as Best Actress for “Pride & Prejudice,” and also starred in “Love, Actually,” Jerry Bruckheimer’s production of “King Arthur,” and the upcoming “Atonement,” “Silk” and “The Best Time of Our Lives.” Geoffrey Rush won an Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award for his captivating performance in HBO Films’ “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” in which he portrayed the title character.
He first became internationally known for his starring role in Scott Hicks’ feature film “Shine,” which garnered him an Academy Award® for Best Actor as piano prodigy David Helfgott. He also won a Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Film Critics’ Circle of Australia, Broadcast Film Critics, AFI and New York and Los Angeles Film Critics’Awards for the film.
Rush also received an Academy Award® nomination for his performances in Philip Kaufman’s “Quills,” and both Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations for “Shakespeare in Love.” Chow Yun-Fat exploded into international stardom after more than a decade as Hong Kong’s most popular leading man in a memorable series of portrayals that included director John Woo’s now-classic films “A Better Tomorrow,” “The Killer,” “Once A Thief ” and “Hard-Boiled.” Chow has also starred in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Anna and the King” and most recently, Zhang Yimou’s “Curse of the Golden Flower.” 18
With only seven features to his credit thus far, Gore Verbinski’s highly acclaimed films have totaled more than $2 billion worldwide. His films have included the immensely successful “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” the chilling horror film “The Ring” and the acclaimed drama “The Weather Man,” starring Nicolas Cage.
Jerry Bruckheimer holds an undisputed position as one of the most successful producers in both motion pictures and television.
First in partnership with Don Simpson, and then as the chief of Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Television, he has produced an unprecedented string of worldwide smashes, hugely impacting not only the industry, but mass culture as well.
Bruckheimer’s films have included “American Gigolo,” “Flashdance,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Days of Thunder,” “Bad Boys,” “Dangerous Minds,” “Crimson Tide,” “The Rock,” “Con Air,” “Armageddon,” “Enemy of the State,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Coyote Ugly,” “Remember the Titans,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Bad Boys II,” “Veronica Guerin,” “King Arthur,” “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” and the upcoming “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”
On television, Jerry Bruckheimer had an unprecedented 10 television series airing simultaneously in the fall season of 2005, a record in the medium for an individual producer. JBTV’s series have included “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation” and its spinoffs “C.S.I.: Miami,” “C.S.I.: NY,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold C ase,” and “The Amazing Race.”
Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Television have been honored with 39 Academy Award® nominations, six Oscars®, eight Grammy Award® nominations, five Grammys®, 23 Golden Globe ® nominations, four Golden Globes®, 53 Emmy ® nominations, 14 Emmys ®, 16 People’s Choice nominations, 11 People’s Choice Awards, numerous MTV Awards, including one for Best Picture of the Decade for “Beverly Hills Cop” and 14 Teen Choice Awards. Along with Depp, Rush, Bloom and Knightley, cast members returning to PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END include STELLAN SKARSGÅRD as Bootstrap Bill Turner, BILL NIGHY as Davy Jones, JACK DAVENPORT as Admiral James Norrington, JONATHAN PRYCE as Elizabeth’s father, Governor Weatherby Swann, NAOMIE HARRIS as Tia Dalma, TOM HOLLANDER as Lord Cutler Beckett, KEVIN R. McNALLY as Joshamee Gibbs, LEE ARENBERG and MACKENZIE CROOK as Pintel and Ragetti, DAVID BAILIE as Cotton, MARTIN KLEBBA as Marty and, from the first film, GILES NEW and ANGUS BARNETT as thick-skulled British soldiers Murtogg and Mullroy.
VANESSA BRANCH and LAUREN MAHER return for a third time as Jack Sparrow’s favorite Tortuga wenches, Giselle and Scarlett. New cast additions include REGGIE LEE (“The Fast and the Furious”) as Tai Huang, Captain Sao Feng’s lieutenant, and a diverse group of international actors portraying the Pirate Lords, including the legendary KEITH RICHARDS as Captain Teague, Keeper of the Code. A large contingent of the award-winning “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” creative team reunites for AT WORLD’S END, including director of photography DARIUSZ WOLSKI; production designer RICK HEINRICHS (Oscar®- nominated for “Dead Man’s Chest”), costume designer PENNY ROSE; supervising art director JOHN DEXTER; set decorator CHERYL A. CARASIK (who shared the nomination with Heinrichs for “Dead Man’s Chest”); film editors CRAIG WOOD and STEPHEN RIVKIN; visual effects supervisors JOHN KNOLL and CHARLES GIBSON (both of whom won Academy Awards® for their work, along with 19 PRODUCTION INFORMATION ILM’s Hal Hickel, on “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”); special effects coordinator ALLEN L. HALL (who shared the “Dead Man’s Chest” Oscar® with Knoll, Gibson and Hickel); stunt coordinator/second unit director GEORGE MARSHALL RUGE; three-time Academy Award ®-winning key makeup artist VE NEILL and key hair stylist MARTIN SAMUEL, both of whom shared an Oscar® nomination for “The Curse of the Black Pearl”; and composer HANS ZIMMER. Joining this world-class team on the new film is Academy Award ®-winning special effects supervisor JOHN FRAZIER (“Spider-Man 2”)
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