Continuity mistake: Nearing the final battle, the crew is ordered to weigh anchor. The shots switch back and forth from the anchor being raised, to overhead shots of the windlass. The rope is actually being played out (lowered) on the windlass, while the anchor is supposedly being hoisted.
Plot hole: Towards the end of the film, Morgan (Geena Davis) and Dawg (Frank Langella) are fighting to the death below decks, and Morgan pulls back a canvas sheet to show a cannon pointing right at Dawg's chest - and he stands staring at the burning fuse for a ridiculous amount of time, easily enough time for him to casually step out of the way and let the cannon blast away harmlessly. What an idiot.
Trivia: The 17th-century battle ships used in the film were working replicas and cost US$1 million each.
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