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This first film sees Johnny Depp donning the eyeliner and ripe English accent as buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow.

He’s out to get Geoffrey Rush, his first mate who deserted him after they stole Aztec gold, but Rush and his men are doomed to sail the seas as dead men, turning into skeletons in the moonlight.

Depp and Rush triumphantly turn overacting into an art, while Orlando Bloom is dashing as Depp’s sidekick and Keira Knightley feisty as governor Jonathan Pryce’s daughter.

As salty as a sea breeze and as silly as they come, this is everything a blockbuster should be – and Depp’s a sensation.