Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Corrected entry: Right after James, Jack, and Will engage in sword fighting, Elizabeth runs after them shouting and angry. As she looks at them initially, the background behind them is tropical forest and mountains. The scene cuts back to Elizabeth, then returns to the fighting men but the background for the rest of the scene is ocean and beach, with no mountains to be seen.


Correction: No, look again. They head towards the mountains, but then turn left towards the ocean shore. The mountains don't disappear - they're just out of shot to the right.


Corrected entry: When Capt. Jack Sparrow escapes from the prison in the coffin and shoots the crow, he grabs the leg of the body from inside the coffin to use as an oar. The only problem is that they would probably throw out the dead bodies within a couple of weeks after they died, and therefore the bodies wouldn't have decomposed much. But the leg from the cadaver that was in Jack's coffin was nothing but bone, and would have had to be decomposing for quite a long time. I believe that they had him use the bone leg to add a theatrically gloomy element to the scene.

Correction: There are quite a lot of coffins being thrown to sea. It seems more likely that they wait until they're out of room to keep the corpses, before they go to the trouble to box 'em up and toss 'em out.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film you can see a bouquet of flowers, possibly the bridal bouquet. Included is a Phalaenopsis orchid, this is a plant from Malaysia and wouid not be discovered until about 200 years after the film is set. Even if somebody from that area knew about it anyway, which isn't unreasonable, one would not show up in a bouquet in the Caribbean.

Correction: Jack's been to Singapore. That's in Malaysia. If it's not unreasonable that someone could know about the flower, why is it impossible for it to be in the Caribbean? If Jack can make the trip, any trader can.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the kraken first attacks the Black Pearl, the tentacles slither up the ship. The camera goes underwater a few times in this shot, showing that the tentacles were not animated underwater.

Correction: True, we can't see the tentacles underwater, but we can't see the ship either. The water is just too cloudy to see that far away.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bootstrap Bill gives Jack the Black Spot, he tells him "Jones' great leviathan will find you". The Leviathan was a giant sea serpent, prominently found in the Old Testament, with a snakelike appearance. The Kraken is a squid-like monster, exactly how it was portrayed in the movie actually, and an entirely different entity than the Leviathan. As a lifelong sailor and a member of Davy Jones' crew for over a decade, Bootstrap would certainly know which mythological sea creature Jones commands.

Correction: From Dictionary.com: le·vi·a·than 1. (often initial capital letter) Bible. a sea monster. 2. any huge marine animal, as the whale. 3. anything of immense size and power, as a huge, oceangoing ship..

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Beckett has Will summoned and makes the offer to get Jack's compass in exchange for his and Elizabeth's freedom, he pulls a pirate branding iron from the fire to emphasize his previous dealings with Jack. When he pulls the iron from the fire, it is red hot. Then the camera goes to Will for one line, then back to Beckett. The iron is no longer red hot. When he turns to put it back in the fire, it's glowing hot again.

Correction: Something as simple as a draft could cause this. The iron cooled off and stopped glowing, but a draft stoked it up again causing it to glow momentarily.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: If we assume the films are set somewhere between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there would be no English Empire. After the Union of Crowns in 1603 and Union of Parliament in 1707, there would be a British Empire. (Note the Union Jack Flags which suggest this.).

Correction: The producers have said that the films take place around 1740, therefore there would be an English Empire.

Corrected entry: As Elizabeth is about to cuff Jack, a crew member is visible at the back of the boat. This is not an actor because all the characters had already abandoned ship.

Matty W

Correction: None of the filming crew is seen anywhere for the duration of this scene.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: When the Black Pearl crew reach Tia Dalma's shack, all those who go to enter the shack say "Mind the boat". Jack says this and enters, as does Gibbs, Will, Ragetti, Pintel, Marty and the parrot. However, during the scene inside the shack, Marty is nowhere to be seen.

Correction: Marty is indeed in Tia Dalma's shack. When Gibbs asks, "What is inside?" and Pintel follows, "Gold? Jewels?" Marty is visible at the bottom left of the screen, behind Ragetti. He's seen in other shots from this particular angle, including when Gibbs, Pintel and Ragetti do their "Black Spot" spin.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: When Will has survived the Kraken attack and swims back onto the Flying Dutchman, we see him holding onto the side of the Flying Dutchman to see the survivors being killed. Shortly afterwards, as the Flying Dutchman sails to the Isla Cruces, the ship goes underwater. Will is still on the side of the ship, and even if he was on board the ship, surely he would drown, as the whole ship is now submerged in water.

Correction: The Dutchman is never seen to go underwater during the journey to Isla Cruces, only once it arrives. At which point Will simply jumped off and swam to shore.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Norrington's hair is gray and black on Tortuga, but after he is aboard the Pearl, his hair is brown.

Correction: He was a dirty stinking drunk in Tortuga and he was still wearing his old uniform which included his fake white wig. He got cleaned up and took the wig off by the time he got to the Pearl.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: Keira Knightley wanted to kiss Johnny Depp so much, she begged the producers/director to add a kissing scene in which is the scene where she kisses Johnny Depp which leads up to him being handcuffed on the boat towards the end of the movie.

Correction: This is actually not true - the only things that Keira wanted in the movie was a) a sword and b) a swordfight. This is confirmed in numerous interviews and extras on the DVDs, and no-one has ever mentioned that she begged for that scene - even when asked, the scriptwriters etc. says that she didn't.

Corrected entry: Will slides down the sail with his knife fairly easy. Back in the days of pirates, the sails were made in a special way. They were made of cloth, but also had a strip going lengthwise every few feet for support. On Mythbusters they tried to slide down a sail with a knife, but was unable due to the fact the knife would catch this support strip and they would lose their grip.

Correction: This is homage to a scene in Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn. In a film with a Kraken and an octopus/human hybrid whose heart is in a box somewhere, directorial choice over technical detail is certainly allowable.

Corrected entry: The reason Will looks so surprised when Jack and Elizabeth kiss is that that scene wasn't in Orlando Bloom's copy of the script.

Correction: I'm sure he was aware of the change, or he may well have thought it was a joke and broken character. Plus, the take we see is very unlikely to be the first take.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene on the Black Pearl where Jack and Elizabeth are talking about "curiosity," Elizabeth is gently grasping a rope lying on the rail of the ship. In one shot, as Elizbeth says, "to do the right thing," her arm is now lying across the rope instead of grasping it.

01:40:20 - 01:41:10

Correction: The continuity mistake noting Elizabeth's arm on the deck rail, as she and Jack are speaking, is already noted.

Corrected entry: While no date is established for the film, it is reasonable to assume it is prior to 1704, when Port Royal was destroyed by fire, following a devastating earthquake in 1692. However, several vessels in the movie have gaff and driver booms on their mizzen masts, which did not start to occur until the middle of the 18th century.

Correction: Port Royal was only partly destroyed and was still active as a town and naval port for many years after the fire and earthquake. The producers have stated that the film is set somewhere around 1740, which fits the mast configuration dates quite well.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In Beckett's office there is a picture of an 18th century naval battle. How could he have the painting if they are in the 17th century?

Correction: Because they are not in the 17th century. The filmmakers have said the film is set somewhere between 1740-1760. That is the 18th century, not the 17th.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: On the Letters of Marque, the King's signature is readable as "George R". But England never had a king named George until 1714 - and Port Royal was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692.


Correction: While Port Royal was indeed heavily damaged by an earthquake in 1692, it was not destroyed completely and considerable effort was invested to rebuild. While it never achieved the same prominence as its earlier incarnation, Port Royal was still around during the reign of the Georges.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Jack Sparrow is falling down in between the cliffs attached to his pole on Cannibal Island, there is a shot that shows the pole getting wedged. Tied to a rope that is tied to the poll, the force of stopping makes the rope around him quickly unravel. It shows a wide shot where Jack is unwinding about 5 feet below the pole, but then it cuts to a close shot and he is only a couple feet from the pole. Then it cuts back to the wide shot and he's back to 5 feet.

Correction: It cuts to a shot from above, which changes perspective. He's still the same amount away, he just appears closer with the pole at a different angle.


Corrected entry: When the Kraken attacks the Black Pearl, it takes one of the crew members in the lower part of the ship and pulls him through the cannon hole, snapping him in half. The problem is there was a three to four second hesitation, resistance that the Kraken was having pulling the crew member through. This is a beast three times the ship's size that can crush, smash, and destroy ships in seconds, but it has trouble with a single human being.

Correction: I feel that it's a realistic approximation of how the Kraken would have behaved. First, it wasn't expecting to have resistance and so had to prepare itself. Secondly, I think the Kraken IS too busy with other stuff. It's got about a dozen tentacles and loads of stuff is happening to each one, so I think the scene is portrayed realistically (apart from the fact that Krakens don't exist).


Corrected entry: When the monkey first appears on board the ship, Jack shoots it. However, there is a person standing behind the monkey. Yet after the shot, this person is unharmed. At that close range, regardless of whether the monkey is undead or not, the shot would have gone through the monkey. So even if Jack didn't miss the monkey, the person behind the monkey would have felt some of the shot.

Correction: If you look you'll see that the pistol doesn't actually fire it fails, Jack takes someone else's pistol and shoots the monkey from further away.

Corrected entry: It is shown that the monkey still has a reaction to being shot, as it is thrown forward the first time it is shot. However later, when Captain Jack demonstrates to Tia that it is undead, it has almost no reaction except for backing away from the shot. When Captain Jack actually shoots it, nothing happens and he couldn't have misssed from that range.

Correction: The monkey was inside a cage. After it backed away from Jack's gun, it was against the bars of the cage. So there was nowhere for the monkey to be "thrown" by the force of the shot.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Will is first walking around on the cannibal island and he finds Gibbs' flask connected to the string, which he later follows, he drops the flask on the ground (we can hear it hitting the ground). However, when Will is in the bone cage with Gibbs and the other crew members, Gibbs is seen holding his flask in his hand.

Correction: Will thinks it belongs to Gibbs but it is just a basic black flask with nothing on it to identify it as Gibbs' flask. As such it could have belonged to anyone and Will just associated it with Gibbs because he just came from the beached Pearl.


Corrected entry: In the movie, black powder (gunpowder) is detonated by firing a musketball into it; however, black powder detonates at approximately 320C(600F), while bullet temperature has been measured at only 267C shortly after leaving the barrel, not enough to ignite the powder. See http://www.indigosystems.com/PDF/articles/R&D_article.pdf and http://www.americanpyro.com/fireservice/Ignition%20Temperatures.pdf.

Correction: Actually, if you watch closely, the musketball strikes the metal rim of the barrel, sending a shower of sparks into the spilling rum/black powder mixture, causing ignition.


Corrected entry: The huge map in the background of the governor's office (or whoever he was) showed things that were completely unknown at the time: the system of rivers and lakes in Africa that flow into the Nile was not explored and mapped until 150 years later. The coast of Antarctica is shown at the bottom of the map - that was totally unknown at the time, and if I recall correctly, Australia was shown. Only parts of the east coast of Australia had been explored at the time. The west coast was totally unknown at the time.

Correction: The headwaters of the Blue Nile were known in the 15th century but were unknown to be part of the Nile until 1770 when they were found to be. Antarctica, although officially 'discovered' in 1820, a large landmass is shown on maps of the time based upon information from explorers like Ferdinand Magellan in 1578 or Dirck Gerritsz in 1622. Both found islands in that area which cartographers worked upon naming the continent 'Terra Australis Incognita'. The West coast of Australia was discovered by Dirk Hartog in 1616 with the East coast being explored near the end of the 1700's.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, the characters are singing "Fifteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest". However, Robert Louis Stevenson did not write that little ditty until 1883 ("Treasure Island"), long after the movie takes place.

Correction: It's believed that Stevenson may have based his work on a pre-existing song. Apparently that's the case in the POTC reality.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: The Granny Smith apple originated in Australia around 1865, was introduced to England in 1935, and then to the United States around 1972. The Golden Age of Piracy is generally believed to be about 1520 to 1790. It would certainly seem that the green Granny Smith apple in this case was a bit ahead of its time.

Correction: It wasn't necessarily a Granny Smith. The Granny Smith isn't the only green apple out there. Plenty of other varieties of green apples were around during that time period.

Corrected entry: After Jack falls through the rope bridges escaping the cannibals, the fruits and vegetables falling along him don't break or splatter on the ground.

Correction: The ground is pretty soft (Jack fell on it and didn't break anything) and the fruits and vegetables are pretty tough so it probably wouldn't have caused them to break or splatter.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the natives are chasing the dog along the beach, the dog is running through an area with no footprints (you can tell because he leaves a trail of new ones). This should not be the case, as a large group of the natives ran over that area less than a minute earlier.

Correction: The waves washed them away.


Corrected entry: In the scene towards the end when Jack takes Davy Jones' beating heart and sticks it into his jar of dirt, he takes a lot of dirt out of the jar causing it to look very messy, but later on in the movie when we see Jack again with the jar in his hands about to bargain with Davy Jones, the jar has the same amount of dirt as it did before and it is very clean.

Correction: It is likely that Norrington, upon seeing the pile of dirt on the seat in the boat, scooped it back into the jar as he was removing the heart. He knows Jack is clever and may notice a change in weight and/or volume. As to the cleanliness of the jar: a lot of time passes between those two shots in which Jack could easily have dusted the jar off.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene when the Flying Dutchman makes an appearance, one of the Black Pearl's crewman shouts, "Mother Carrie's Chickens!" Why the weird expletive? It's a very sly and totally obscure reference to a Disney film from the 60's, "The Barefoot Executive" starring Kurt Russell. "Mother Carrie's Chickens" was the name of a TV program that was rated 1 and dumbfounded Russell's character since the show was picked by a chimpanzee.

Correction: "Mother Carrie's Chickens" is also a seaman's nickname for the storm petrel, a common seabird.

Corrected entry: When the Turks find Jack's hat, the Kraken eats their ship very quickly, without even showing its tentacles, but from then on, it takes its time, showing the tentacles, ripping masts off, and generally giving the main characters time to get away.

Correction: Character decision by the Kraken - it chose to destroy the Turkish ship quickly. Perhaps it had received different instructions from Davy Jones, or perhaps it was simply hungry the first time.


Corrected entry: In the scene when Pintel and Ragetti are rowing towards the island, the dog (from the prison) is sitting in the bow of the boat, holding the prison keys in his mouth. During a shot of the two pirates, you hear a dog bark, but during the next shot, the dog is holding the keys in his mouth again. Since he's in the front, the keys should've dropped in the water.

Correction: Dogs can bark with stuff in their mouth. I know a dog which can bark with 3 balls in his mouth. Barking with just a big ring in the mouth is much easier.


Corrected entry: After all of the fruit on Jack's pole slid to the bottom, causing him to fall down the deep gorge, there is a clear shot of water at the bottom of the ravine, however, when he reaches the bottom, he hits land.

Correction: No, you see alot trees from above (you can see in another shot that there is infact land beneath Jack).


Corrected entry: When Elizabeth chains Jack to the Black Pearl, his hand doesn't have the bandage covering the black spot from Davey Jones. In the next shot, when Jack looks down at his hand, the bandage is back.

Correction: The bandage is the whole time present.


Corrected entry: In the scene with the 'haunted dress', when the lantern is knocked down, you see the fire spreading into the word 'Tortuga.' It goes straight from the 'T' to the 'o', so those two letters are connected. But then in the shot after Elizabeth points out that is says 'Tortuga', all of the letters are separate.

Correction: Since the vapors are what burn, they could have burnt themselves out. Also, when there are spots of flammable liquid NEAR each other, it can travel since again, the vapors are what burn.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: When the ship with the superstitious guys gets attacked by the Kraken, and Will needs to jump onto the second mast, he uses his father's knife and cuts a long tear into the second sail. In the shots where the camera is behind the sail, showing the silhouette of Will sliding down the other side, you can see through the long cut in the sail that there is no other sail or mast on the other side where Will jumped from. There is only blue sky.

Correction: The mast that Will jumped from was falling at the time he jumped. The reason you don't see it in the following shot is because it has likely already fallen from view by then.

Corrected entry: When everyone is going upriver to visit Tia Dalma, one of the shots shows an iguana, which snaps up a firefly, even though iguanas are vegetarians and do not eat insects.

Correction: Not true. I have an iguana, and from time-to-time, she does eat meal worms and pinky mice.


Corrected entry: In the scene with the sword fight on the wheel, the first time Jack Sparrow runs inside the wheel, he hits his head on a metal bar and falls outside of the wheel. He gets back inside the wheel, running again, and the metal bars are gone.

Correction: They are not gone. The bars are above his head, spinning with the axle.


Corrected entry: In the first film the P burned into Jack's arm is on the underside of his wrist, seen when Commander Norrington grabs his arm. in this film it is seen on the top of his wrist while he is writing.

Correction: It's on top of his wrist in the first film.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Although the Aztec curse was lifted in the previous movie, thus making all the previously afflicted pirates 'normal' again, the monkey remains cursed without apparent reason throughout the second film.

Correction: This is not a mistake. Watch the brief "Easter Egg" scene in the first movie (following the end credits). After the curse is broken and the pirates are mortal again, the monkey reaches into the chest and steals a coin, cursing itself once again. Only the monkey is affected.

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Tia Dalma: You know I demand payment.
Jack Sparrow: I brought payment. Look, an undead monkey! Top that.



There are six metal bars mounted around the circumference of the water wheel's axle. In the wheel's interior, when Jack frees himself he lands on his feet, begins to run and promptly hits his head on one of those axle bars, then falls out. Moments later, when Jack returns and runs in the wheel, he is shorter (way more than a foot) than all six spinning axle bars, which would make that previous shot impossible, however humorous it is.



The face of the small music box lid is seen when Will steals the key from Davy Jones. At Tia Dalma's, when Jack nicks the ring, it lies beside a necklace whose pendant face is identical to the face on Davy Jones's music box.