Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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Plot hole: 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.

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Continuity mistake: When the water wheel begins to roll, with Norrington and Will atop and then snatches up Jack, its blades (buckets on the outside rim) and two sides of the axle face a specific direction as it gains speed. Now compare the following two shots, as the water wheel rolls away from the camera: When the wheel rolls, just as Jack falls out, after hitting his head on the bar. Then later on the beach, as Elizabeth watches, just as the wheel rolls and falls over in the close-up, the wheel is actually rolling in the opposite direction - just note its blades. Also note the bizarre change of its axle's wide and narrow sides.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: When the huge water wheel rolls to the beach and falls on its side, it falls with the broken, wide, wood side of the axle facing up. However, as Will and Norrington climb out, inexplicably it's the slim side of the water wheel's axle that is now facing up. But in a following shot, it is the other way round again.

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Super Grover
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Other mistake: The rope is wound round Jack's body and the pole at his back numerous times. When Shishka-Jack falls, the pole gets jammed between the cliffs, but the pole does not break and the rope does not tear. The rope that goes round the pole numerous times simply disappears, leaving the rope intact around only Jack's body in order for Jack to twirl and unravel as he falls. This is impossible, and done for the humor.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: When Governor Swann and Will go to see Elizabeth where she is imprisoned, Will and Elizabeth hold hands through the square bars of the cell. Their hands are actually in different openings depending on the shot.

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Continuity mistake: During the Kraken attack on the Pearl, Jack sneaks away in the long boat at the Pearl's port side. However, when Elizabeth walks over to the deck rail, sees Jack and says, "Oh, you coward!" she is actually standing at the Pearl's starboard side, and it would be quite impossible to see Jack. Take note of the rail rigging and mast.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: At Tia Dalma's, when Jack says, "Look, an undead monkey," and shoots the monkey, the flame of the candle above the monkey is extinguished from the gunfire. However, in the next shot that candle is burning brightly.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: When Pintel, Ragetti and the dog are aboard the row boat, extra rowlocks (wooden posts attached to the gunwale) appear behind Pintel when the dog jumps overboard, and then they disappear when the wave flips them over.

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Continuity mistake: After Jack opens the lid of the large chest, there is a close-up of the filled interior, which lies nearly a foot below the top edge of the large chest, with the smaller inner chest well hidden below. However, in the next shot the lid of the smaller inner chest is way up higher, actually level with the top edge of the large chest - before Jack lifts it.

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Deliberate mistake: When Will is bound and brought before "Chief" Jack, Will says, "The compass!" and there is a close-up of the compass, as it hangs to the right of the long striped cloth. However, in all other shots the compass hangs to the left of the red and white striped cloth. This is a flipped shot - note the large buckles.

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Continuity mistake: After Jack is hung up over the kindling, to be "roasted and eaten", a cannibal carries a torch across the bridge and shouts. In the cannibal's close-up, the painted black/white sticks pierce his left ear, whereas in the previous and following shots the sticks actually pierce his right ear. The close-up is a flipped shot for continuity of face position. (Mostly visible on widescreen version).

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Super Grover
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Revealing mistake: when Pintel is running up to Ragetti during Elizabeth's rant on Isle Cruses, you can see the path in the sand where Pintel has run up in previous takes.

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Continuity mistake: When Will hangs upside down, as he shouts, "Who wants it? I could do this all day!" his necklace dangles freely, beside his face. However, when Will is shot by the dart, the necklace is mostly tucked into his shirt.

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Continuity mistake: After Jack gets slimed by the Kraken, he says "hello beastie" and makes his last stand. When he poses with his sword towards the creature he is clean again even though there was slime all over his clothes and hair in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: When the cannibal walks across the bridge and sees some prisoners fall to their death and the others escaping, there is a long stick, which has a black design on it, threaded through his lip. When he arrives back at Jack's roasting, the stick's design is very different.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: When Will, Gibbs and the rest are in the ball cage and escaping the cannibals, they roll down a hill and hit a tree, which they then roll up. This would be impossible unless the weight is evenly balanced throughout the ball completely.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack blasts the bird pecking on the coffin, the wood debris differs between shots. As his gun-toting hand still pokes through the hole, there is attached wood debris sticking up 90° at the sides of the hole that was not in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: Aboard the Pearl, after Will orders the rum to be loaded, and Gibbs responds, "Aye, the rum too," the cloth round Gibbs's neck has the loop to his right, but in previous and following shots it's actually "tied" round his neck the opposite way, with the loop to his left.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: After the Flying Dutchman's attack on the Pearl, when the Kraken attacks the Pearl, one of its tentacles comes through the captain's stateroom stern windows, which has considerable damage - notably the left window and part of the wall are completely gone. When Gibbs says, "Abandon ship or abandon hope," the stern windows are actually more intact - especially the left window/wall.

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Super Grover
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Plot hole: In a close-up, just as Jack is freed from the hole in the water wheel, we see the axle's circular wood frame with its spinning bars, above and behind him, as he runs the wheel. At the end of this close-up, Jack's happy facial expression gives way to a look of dread, as he supposedly sees an approaching metal bar about to make contact with his forehead. This is impossible, since all bars are spinning behind him. After a close-up of the actual bar, in the next shot as Jack's forehead makes contact, he stands further back and is now at the center of the circular wood frame, so as to be in perfect alignment with those spinning bars.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: When Cutler Beckett shows Will the Letter of Marque, the seal beside King George's signature is seen. Later, while Elizabeth points the gun at Beckett, he places his own seal below, and the shape of King George's seal is entirely different now.

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Continuity mistake: After the cage of bones falls into the water, Cotton reaches up out of the water to open the broken cage, but in the next shot he is still under the water, behind Marty.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Will visits Elizabeth in jail, she is rubbing his chin in most of the shots but in one shot her hand is suddenly down and then it goes back up again in the next shot.

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Visible crew/equipment: While Norrington and Will begin their duel, Jack walks away and promptly falls into the open grave. In the shot of Jack from within the grave, the imprint of a modern, flat bottom trainer/sneaker sole can be seen on the dirt wall (yes, wall) to Jack's left. It is not the imprint of a shoe of the time period.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack shoots a hole in the casket killing the bird, the amount of feathers on the casket differ between the shots.

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Mortug
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Continuity mistake: After Jack takes the heart out of the chest he hurriedly closes its lid, the locks engage, and the key's end remains in the horizontal position when Jack runs off. However, when Pintel and Ragetti grab the chest the key's circular end is now vertical - the key does not turn itself.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack is trying to get the handcuff off his hand at the end of the movie, he has all of his rings turned inward to make it easier to get it off. But when the shot changes into a wide shot, as he pulls off the handcuffs, all of his rings are facing the right way.

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Continuity mistake: Aboard the Pearl, when Gibbs asks, "For the love of mother and child, Jack, what's coming after us?" as he walks towards Jack, the knot of his neck scarf is on his white shirt at his back. In the next shot, it is around his neck at the front.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the film, right after Jack hands Gibbs the dead man's leg, Mr. Cotton throws Jack's coat about his shoulders, over his hair and bandanna, but when Jack turns around, in the next shot, his hair and bandanna are on the outside of the coat. No one touched them, and Jack seems oblivious to his various accoutrements, so he wouldn't have done this either.

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Continuity mistake: When Will Turner is to be given the lashes by his father, his shirt is torn up the back, with only the collar remaining intact on the back of his neck. In subsequent shots, the shirt is completely off his neck, back and shoulders, even as seen from the front. After his lashes are completed, his shirt is shrugged back on, with the neck in the back intact again.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when Captain Sparrow, Elizabeth, and Norrington dig up the chest and open it, we can see that there are documents filling the chest all the way to the top. The shot changes, and now you can see that there are fewer documents in the chest, even though they haven't started pulling them out yet.

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Continuity mistake: On the water wheel, the characteristics (such as shape and size) and position of the hole Jack created keeps changing, once Jack is free of the wheel.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: When the water wheel rolls away from the camera, just as Jack falls out after hitting his head, the thin part of the axle is missing on the left, though at this angle it should be seen. Both sides of the axle are intact in following shots. Note, when the wheel rolls onto the beach, before it falls over, it is shown at the very same angle as the earlier shot.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: When the cannibal women throw fruit at Jack, the large papaya hits the pole's point and the end of the fruit actually smashes. However, in the next shot it slides across the pole with a perfect circular hole.

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Super Grover
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Continuity mistake: After the ship with the "bride spirit" is attacked by the Kraken, Will ends up underwater, and when he surfaces his hair is soaked and slicked back, as he climbs on the ship's debris. However, in the next shot, his hair is parted, stringy and falling to the front.

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Continuity mistake: At the edge of the cliff, in the first overhead shot, when the four men lift the coffin its "head" side is nearest the water. However, in the next shot the "foot" side is nearest, before they throw it in the water.

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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.

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