12 certificatePirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a Film programme that first aired in 2011 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a 4 star programme

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Directed by
Rob Marshall

Venturing to London on a mission to save old shipmate Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally) from being executed, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) once again finds himself in hot water. Captured and dragged before King George II (Richard Griffiths), Sparrow is press-ganged into joining an expedition to find the fabled Fountain of Youth.

Headed by Jack's old enemy Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who has now lost both his ship, the Black Pearl, and his leg, the crew must find the fountain before the fearsome pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his zombie acolytes.

It's not long before Sparrow is once again captured and taken aboard Blackbeard's ship, where he reacquaints himself with old flame Angelica (Penélope Cruz), a feisty buccaneer who claims to be the daughter of the notorious pirate. As Jack learns that activating the Fountain of Youth involves a complex procedure involving two silver chalices and the tear of a mermaid, he must race to beat his rivals to the mystical prize.

The fourth instalment in Disney's hugely lucrative series manages to trim the fat that made the last two Pirates movies seem patchy and overlong. Putting Depp's wonky-eyed wonder at the centre of the action and limiting the sub-plots goes a long way to make this outing more on a par with the first adventure.

Loosely based on the plot of children's novel On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers and helmed by a director best known for musicals Chicago and Nine, this fourth adventure doesn't skimp on the action, with some superbly choreographed sequences.

Not the total revitalisation that the series needed, but enough of an improvement to warrant the inevitable fifth film, On Stranger Tides is mostly ship-shape and occasionally rather rum.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 30 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2011

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Johnny DeppJohnny Depp...Jack Sparrow
Image for Penélope CruzPenélope Cruz...Angelica
Image for Geoffrey RushGeoffrey Rush...Barbossa
Image for Ian McShaneIan McShane...Blackbeard
Image for Kevin McNallyKevin McNally...Gibbs
Image for Sam ClaflinSam Claflin...Philip
Astrid Berges-Frisbey...Syrena
Image for Stephen GrahamStephen Graham...Scrum
Keith Richards...Cap. Teague
Image for Richard GriffithsRichard Griffiths...King George
Image for Greg EllisGreg Ellis...Groves
Damian O'Hare...Gillette
Óscar Jaenada...The Spaniard
Anton Lesser...Lord John Carteret
Image for Roger AllamRoger Allam...Prime Minister Henry Pelham