Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl | 2003
A movie in a long dead genre (The Pirate Movie, Roman Polanski’s Pirates, Yellowbeard...), based on a theme park ride. Didn’t look too promising, did it? But a good script and a great cast save the day.
‘Fort Charles, Port Royal’ was built on a three-acre bluff on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, south of Los Angeles, on the site of Marineland, a one-time amusement park (near the Point Vicente Lighthouse seen in Pearl Harbor). The Governor’s mansion was also built here (the interior being a set at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, a little further north up the coast).
St Vincent in the Grenadines, part of the Windward Islands in the south Caribbean, was the production base in the southern Caribbean. The harbour of ‘Port Royal’ was built at Wallilabou Bay on St Vincent (the dock and a facade have been left), and the small town set (which has now gone) at Chateaubelair.