Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Corrected entry: When Will and Jack go to wake up Mr. Gibbs on Tortuga, Jack has the bucket and throws the first lot of water. He then moves forward to speak to Mr. Gibbs without putting down or passing the bucket. In the next shot, Will has the bucket and throws the water "for the smell".

Correction: Both Jack and Will fetched pails of water (couldn't resist). Will holds a second pail the entire time and just as he tosses the water Jack's pail is still visible in his left hand.

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Corrected entry: Jack Sparrow finds out about the curse of the Black Pearl when he's imprisoned, and two crew of the Pearl encounter him. He didn't know what the curse was, or whether it existed until this point. Shortly afterwards, Will Turner reveals his identity to him, in which Jack Sparrow then schemes to use Will to barter him for the Pearl in exchange for providing the crew a way to remove the curse... How is it possible for Jack Sparrow to know that the crew needed Will Turner without knowing about the curse in the first place? (00:42:00)

Correction: He knew about the curse, but Jack had never seen its effects before, that's what surprises him. After all, he was the one who knew where the island was and told Barbossa.


Correction: If you watch he says "so there is a curse" meaning he knew what it was. He also knew bootstrap had a son since he was part of Jack's crew. Since word gets round places like Tortuga he would have hear Bootstrap had been sent to Davey Jones Locker not long after the mutiny which takes place on the way to the island (as explained).

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: Completely unavoidable but still a mistake. When the pirates are in skeletal mode, much of their speech would be incoherent as they don't have lips. Most noticeable when Ragetti says 'Bloody pirates!' - you need lips to make 'b's and 'p's.

Correction: You need muscles, ligaments, and tendons to move, but that's not a movie mistake either. This is a curse. It uses magic. If people can be made immortal, and retain motor functions even though every last bit of flesh has been removed from them, they can speak clearly too.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the wooden-eyed guy and the fat bald one are practicing eating, and the little monkey lands head first on the cannon and gets knocked out and falls off the cannon. The monkey is immortal too and therefore can not be knocked out.


Correction: Firstly, Grapple and Mallet are the ones sitting at the table, to be as Mallet puts it "ready when the time comes" to eat, not Pintel (bald) and Ragetti (fake eye). Jack (the monkey) hits the hard cannon (Elizabeth threw him overboard), he shakes his head from the jolt, then loses his balance and falls off into the water - he is never even 'knocked out'.

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Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film Elizabeth takes the Aztec gold coin from Will while he is unconscious. However, when we discover that anyone who took a gold coin or had possession of the coin, would be cursed. If this is the case, then why weren't Elizabeth, or even Will, cursed?


Correction: Only someone who takes possession of a coin straight out of the chest is cursed. Anyone to whom the coin is paid or received in some other manner is not cursed.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Jack and Will first go onto the Interceptor they are dry even though they just came out of the water.

Correction: Well actually, they didn't "just" come out of the water. It takes a good bit of time to carefully climb up the huge backside of Dauntless, wrap the rope around the rudder chain (to disable it), then continue up to the deck. Their clothing dries up in that long span of time.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: When Elizabeth is running from the pirates the chandelier falls down, but when she runs into the dining room you can see that it is back up hanging on the roof.

Correction: The large chandelier in the FOYER does fall and we do NOT see it back up. As Elizabeth runs into the dining room, behind her we see a glimpse of another similar light fixture that is attached to the wall at the stairs - it is NOT the large hanging chandelier that fell. Then when Elizabeth is in the dining room, the chandelier we do see in the next few shots is the one that hangs over the table, in the dining room.

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Corrected entry: When Jack has just shot Barbossa, he uses both hands to rip open his vest, to see the blood spot begin to form on his chest. He says,"I feel...cold." and then falls to the ground. The next shot shows an apple falling from his hand. If he was just in a fight, and used both hands to rip open his vest, where did the apple come from?

Correction: When Barbossa walks into the cave at Isla de Muerta, as Pintel says to Will, "No reason to fret, just a prick of the finger," Barbossa tosses the green apple up into the air. They are about to perform the blood ritual with Will, so Barbossa, who we know favors apples, has one ready for the occasion. Later, after Jack shoots him, when Barbossa pulls his jacket open revealing the bloody wound, the camera pans up to his face for two close-ups (with a shot of Jack between), and as Barbossa realizes what has occurred, he reaches into his pocket for his prized apple - out of camera shot. So after he falls, the green apple dramatically slips out of his grip.

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Corrected entry: In the battle between the Interceptor and the Pearl, when Jack asks Elizabeth where the medallion is and she goes to hit him and says 'wretch.' when he grabs her wrist we see her nails. her nails are actually acrylic nails. you can tell because of the pink colour and the way the nail is shaped into the cuticle. The base of the nail is the pink acrylic and she has 'natural' coloured tips on.

Correction: Though many women have the acute ability to distinguish false nails from real ones, the fact is that in this situation there is nothing alarmingly discernable about Elizabeth's nails that would validate this. There is nothing telling in the way her nails are shaped, nor is there anything revealing about their color, on the nail plates, or free edges.

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Corrected entry: In scene ten, Jack Sparrow's prison cell on the Black Pearl, which is in the closest cell on the right, is busted open by the Interceptor's cannons. In scene eleven, when the crew of the Interceptor is captured, the majority of the crew is placed in the exact same cell that Jack Sparrow had been busted out of, on the right side, but the lock has been mysteriously fixed.

Correction: The lock is still broken. When Gibbs says, "Good man!" referring to Bill Turner, the broken twisted bars around the broken lock are visible at the bottom right of the screen, as is the steel link chain that is wound around the existing bars to hold the door locked in place. It is visible on DVD widescreen.

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Correction: Barbossa and the rest of the pirates have just pillaged Port Royal, including the well stocked mansion of the wealthy Governor. The fish that is served need not have been caught in the Caribbean and it makes perfect sense to think that they stole it and the rest of the food that they now have aboard the Pearl, from the Governor's mansion. That fish and other delicacies would have simply been sent to the Governor's home in Port Royal from elsewhere.

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Corrected entry: When Will and Jack try to escape the execution, the guards surround them and hold them at gunpoint. However, they stand around them in a circle, so if they shot them, they would've all shot each other. Even if they had extremely good aim, they're standing very close to them, so the bullets would've passed through them.


Correction: At that range and with the pair completely surrounded, they wouldn't have needed to shoot them. They could easily be recaptured or stabbed with bayonets. Notice that the soldiers are holding their guns in a stabbing stance, not a shooting stance.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: During the attack on Port Royal, Will throws an axe at Jacoby, presumably killing him; he is therefore surprised to see Jacoby alive a short time later. However, Will threw the axe into Jacoby's back, meaning neither ever saw the other's face - there is no reason why either Will or Jacoby would recognize each other when they meet later in the battle.


Correction: Will opened his door just before Jacoby ran by, so he would have seen his face. He also could have recognized his clothing and gear. Jacoby wouldn't necessarily have recognized Will, but he could have looked up after the camera turned.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: Right after the final duel between Barbossa and Sparrow, Barbossa states he feels cold and then drops dead. We then see a shot of Barbossa's apple dropping from his hand. This could be reminiscent of another Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), in which she is poisoned by the witch and also drops the apple in the same way.

Correction: More likely a reference to Barbosa being obsessed with eating apples. This is shown earlier when he gives Elizabeth an apple and later when he says he will eat a whole barrel of apples.

Corrected entry: On the Isla de Muerte, when Norrington shoots one of the cursed pirates in the head, in the background, a soldier is sword fighting nobody, where a cursed pirate was supposed to have been digtitally edited in. (01:58:55)

Correction: It's far in the background and difficult to see. His enemy was slightly obscured by all of the other things in front, like the pirate fighting in the foreground. He is fighting someone if you look close enough.


Corrected entry: Jack hides the fact that he had kept one of the coins from the chest so the pirates would not know he was cursed. However, it should have been immediately obvious because, though he had returned the taken coins, he neglected the blood to be repaid.

Correction: The few medallions that Jack playfully took out of the chest he had no intent on taking possession of them, so blood did not have to be repaid when those were dropped back into the chest. However, just before Jack tosses the last medallion (that he did take possession of) to Will, he deliberately cuts his hand on his sword (it's a quick movement, but you can see it if you watch), so he *did* repay the blood.

Corrected entry: There is in fact a real ship in the US Navy called The Black Pearl.

Correction: Not according to the US Naval registry there isn't. There's USS Black, Black Hawk, Black Fox and Black Fin and Pearl Harbor but no Black Pearl.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: When Jack observes the spinning wheel, the gear at the top runs along a separate thread and not between the planks of wood, which he then threads the chain through for the gear to crush.

Correction: Once the donkey is 'motivated' to move the two large gears rotate horizontally. There is also a very small gear, whose teeth spin anti-clockwise, vertically, which is located near the unconscious Mr. Brown. This small gear is seen in a few shots. Jack places his shackle links on the large gear's wood teeth, which engages with the small gear's teeth to break the links, in the close-up. There is no error here.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: When Jack and Will are escaping at the end, Will loses his sword while fighting the executioner and doesn't have one for the remainder of the sequence. But, when the redcoats surround them, he suddenly has a sword in his hand again.

Correction: Just a moment before Will and Jack are surrounded, when the two back into each other, one Marine points his sword beside Will. He promptly grabs the sword, smacks the Marine in the face and knocks him out, thereby gaining a sword.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, on board the ship which discovers young Will Turner, Governor Swann is wearing a suit/costume that more than resembles that of Captain Hook's from the Disney made Peter Pan movie. Even his hair is almost the same.

Correction: The costumes are from the same era, so some resemblances are unavoidable, but not the makings of film trivia.

Phixius Premium member

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Visible crew/equipment: Just as Jack says, "On deck, you scabrous dogs," to the very left edge of the screen over Jack's shoulder is a grip crew member with a tan cowboy hat, white short sleeve tee shirt and sunglasses, just standing there looking out to sea. (02:12:35)

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Barbossa: You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner. You're in one!

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Question: After Elizabeth is brought to the Pearl, she threatens to drop the medallion overboard. Barbossa feigns disinterest but when Elizabeth pretends to drop it, the pirates gasp in panic. Why? So she drops it, big deal. They can't drown, the gold "calls to them" so what does it matter if she were to drop it?


Chosen answer: Because they'd have to find it. The gold may "call to them", but it obviously doesn't function as a millimetre perfect homing beacon or they'd never have missed the medallion years earlier when they attacked the ship carrying the young Will. Elizabeth drops it into the sea and they're going to have to spend what could be months trying to locate it - currents could take it well away from the dropping point. They've found the final missing piece; they're potentially just hours away from finally being cured. The last thing they want is to see it thrown into the sea.

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Well, if the crew was anxious to get the medallion then why did they act like they weren't interested in it before Elizabeth pretended to drop it?

What do you mean by reverse psychology?

By showing they are not interested in the medallion they are hoping Elizabeth will just drop it on the floor or chuck it to them as it's of no real value. However when she releases a bit of chain and the medallion drops, and the pirates lurch forward revealing that they really want the medallion and as such Elizabeth now has the upper hand in negotiations.

Ssiscool Premium member

I'm guessing Elizabeth wasn't fooled when the pirates showed disinterest in the medallion.

That's not called reverse psychology, which is used to encourage someone to change his or her mind. Doesn't work with a threat. They are feigning indifference to hide the importance of the object.


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