Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

New this month Corrected entry: Will could've easily seen Elizabeth more than once every ten years, by walking with his feet in buckets, which Davy Jones did.


New this month Correction: Technically, yes, he could have, but doing so would have been extremely dangerous. Jones isn't merely incapable of setting foot on dry land, it's fatal for him to do so. Will would risk death attempting this if he should lose his balance while trying to walk thus encumbered.


Exactly. Next to that there is a chance he would die when touching Elizabeth or his son whilst not allowed on land. Not worth it.


New this month Correction: Would be kinda stupid to be walking across a beach in buckets, just to see your wife. Davey Jones was pretty much imprisoned when he was standing in that bucket. However they made it work it was only for the negotiations and wouldn't be exactly practical to do when visiting, standing there on the beach in a bucket, even going from bucket to bucket. Will wanted to see his wife, but at the same time wanted to do his job, he wasn't desperate.


Corrected entry: At the end of the movie Beckett is walking down the stairs of the ship while it's being blown to bits by the cannons from the 2 pirate ships. There's a close up slo-mo shot of the railing being destroyed as he walks down. The railing is consistently being blown up RIGHT behind his hands. The shot cuts away to a view from in-front of him and there's a good 3 feet between his hand and where the railing is broken.

Nick Bylsma

Correction: That's right, there is a slow motion SIDE shot of the upper part of the stair railing being blown up *right* behind Beckett's hand, and then it cuts to a slow motion FRONT shot and the upper part of the stair railing is getting blown up once again. ALL of the action is seen from multiple angles and in dramatic slow motion. This is a deliberate and common filmmaking technique to show a single action or sequence repeatedly from several different angles, by 'turning back time' very slightly in some cases, to show the action from a different perspective. The railing being blown up is one of those cases. Another example is in 'LotR: The Two Towers' when Legolas surfs the stairs.

Super Grover

Corrected entry: When the civilians are hung [beginning of film] the drop through the trapdoor is significant. All, however, have a length of rope attached to the noose, which is simply too short to allow such a drop. Furthermore, they all move up and down after the drop, suggesting an almost springlike flexibility of the rope. Their bodies would probably bounce sideways, but not up and down.

Correction: Newton's third law: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. When the bodies hit the bottom of the noose's length, that's a lot of kinetic force going in the opposite direction, so a brief up-and-down bobble would be natural. As for the length of rope, there is clearly significant slack when the prisoners are noosed, which would be enough to warrant the short-drop method shown.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Barbossa retrieves his piece of eight from Ragetti, it pops out of his left eye. However in the scenes following he wears an eyepatch on his right eye and his left eye is normal.

Correction: Ragetti's wooden eye "pops out" of his right (viewer's left) eye socket and is consistent with the rest of the film.

Super Grover

Corrected entry: Just after Davy Jones kills Mercer, he descends the stairs to the main deck of the Flying Dutchman to find Jack Sparrow. As Jones comes down the stairs a gold chain can be seen hanging from his belt, but when he draws his sword (and in all following scenes) the chain is gone. It's not the string on the hilt of the sword because the string is too short.

Correction: Actually, it IS the cord with tassle that is dangling off the hand guard on the sword hilt. There is no "gold chain" hanging from his belt.

Super Grover

Corrected entry: When Cutler Beckett is sitting at his desk behind him there is a world map. On this map only the south coast and nothing else of Australia is marked. In Dead Man's Chest, on a different map behind him, the west coast is drawn and not the south coast. Although it's obvious not all of Australia would be discovered by that time, but there shouldn't be one and not the other, with a change over in the next film.

Correction: In Dead Man's Chest, that map was being painted even as we were viewing it. It's a reasonable assumption that the map in At World's End was also unfinished.


Corrected entry: In the scene nearing the end where they join up on the small island where Jack gets traded for Elizabeth, Davey Jone's shadow is the shape of a human.

Correction: On the sand pit, when Jack is traded for Will, not Elizabeth, the shadow that Jones casts on the sand has absolutely no distinctive characteristics that reveal it to be human or otherwise.

Super Grover

Corrected entry: When Pintel and Ragetti find the dead kraken on the beach, Ragetti calls it a "cephalopod", even though the word "cephalopod" was not in use during that time period.

Correction: How do you know? If you know when the word was coined, mention it in your submission. Without some backup this appears to be purely opinion-based. Regardless, it's standard practice in historically set films to use present-day terminology for the convenience of the modern audience; as a rule, the use of such conventions is not considered a mistake anyway.


Corrected entry: During the scene after the credits we see Elizabeth has brought her son to meet Will, implying that he is Will's son. However, Will was dead when they consumated their marriage so there is no way he could have impregnated her.

Correction: Since this is some magical law about being dead, but yet strangely living and walking and talking.I don't think conventional conception rules apply.


Corrected entry: When Beckett tells Norrington that "The pirates know they face extinction," you can hear the sound of a sword being pulled out of its scabbard, but Norrington only removed it from the box so the sound should not have been there.

Correction: Norrington opens the box, the scene cuts away and we hear the noise of it being removed from the scabbard. When we cut back, Norrington has the sword, unsheathed, in his right hand, with his left, we can see him replacing the scabbard within the box. While the lighting and surroundings make the blade look dark in colour, similar to the scabbard, he's definitely unsheathed it.


Corrected entry: Pieces of eight were Spanish coins cut into eight pieces (when cut into four they were called quarters). The coins shown in the film are full coins but are still referred to as pieces of eight.

Correction: This was only true in the US after 1792, when the US mint started printing their own money. The original Spanish coin (that would be te one in use at the time of the movies) "real de a ocho", AKA "Pieces of eight", was named so because it was worth 8 reales, not because it was cut into smaller pieces regularly. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_dollar.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack Sparrow has hallucinations of himself in Davy Jones' locker when he walks along the ship it is perfectly level, but in the shot where he falls down on the rope, the Black Pearl in the background is on a huge angle which would not have been possible for him to walk along normally.

Correction: As you have said, he was hallucinating. Jack may have thought he was walking normaly, we were after all seeing this from his point of veiw.

Corrected entry: Despite what seems to be indicated in the film, the captain of the Dutchman is not cursed to do that job for eternity. The scenes about the specifics of the curse were cut from the final version. The captain of the Dutchman must do the job for 10 years at a time, coming ashore on his one day every 10 years. If the captain's true love is waiting for him when he returns, his bond to the ship is severed and he can leave being captain and live with his love on land. (all of this is confirmed by Mr. Elliott and Mr. Rossio in the forums at wordplayer.com).

Correction: It seems this is wrong now. In the Special Edition 2 Disc DVD of POTC:AWE, it has a booklet that has the top questions that were asked by fans after watching the film. One of the questions asks if Will is to be the captain of the Dutchman forever, even if Elizabeth has waited for him, and it says that yes, in fact he is forever doomed to captain the ship (unless someone stabs his heart and takes his place).

Corrected entry: Singapore was not formed until the mid-20th century. And that area was not crawling with Chinese people yet.

Correction: Certainly posession of the island transferred from Britain to Japan and back to Britain throughout WW2. But Singapore was established as a trading post by the British East India Company in 1819. There was already a settlement on the island dating back to the 2nd century. And the name "Singapore" dates to the 14th century.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the film a British soldier who picks up Norrington's Sword (Davy Jones then takes it from him and stabs him with it) is one of the soldiers who is later seen with his mate in pirate dress on the Black Pearl - completely uninjured.

Correction: Yes, Murtog and Mulroy have changed to pirate garb on the Pearl. However, the British soldier, who is stabbed by Jones on deck, is not Mulroy, though the man does resemble him.

Super Grover

Corrected entry: In Singapore Elizabeth is wearing modern Chinese shoes with rubber soles and a shoe buckle.


Correction: It's a leather sole, and there's nothing out of place about the buckle. This shoe style has been worn in China (and the surrounding Asian countries) since long before this film was set.


Corrected entry: In the maelstrom scene where the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman are firing at each other, the ships are listing at nearly forty-five degrees, but they are firing at each other and scoring hits. In reality the cannons could not possibly be elevated this far.

Correction: Simply put: Yes they could. The Black Pearl is shown to fire at angles in excess of 45ยบ throughout the entire series. The cannons pivot, so there's no reason they couldn't fire higher or lower.


Corrected entry: The song "Hoist the Colours" was actually composed by Hans Zimmer (the films composer) and Gore Verbinski (the director) years before they even started making the Pirates series.

Correction: Not exactly. According to the liner notes for the soundtrack, "Hoist the Colours" was written before they started to score the soundtrack for Dead Man's Chest.

Corrected entry: The East India Trading Company's flag actually looked a WHOLE lot like a US flag - red and white stripes, with a field of blue in the upper left corner. See the Wikipedia article for "British East India Company" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_East_India_Company) for several examples.

Correction: The East India Trading Company in the movie is fictional. It is modeled on the real-life Honourable East India Company that was based in Britain. Therefore, the flags would be different. Also, the Honourable East India Company's flag is red and white with a red cross in the corner, although earlier versions had the British Union Jack in the upper corner, which contained blue.


Corrected entry: In the first scene where everyone is about to be hang, isn't it a bit odd that they are all patiently queueing up to die? None of them seem in the least concerned or disturbed by what is going on. Also, when they get to the gallows, the nooses are at head height, meaning they drop about a foot when the trapdoors opens. Isn't the idea that you drop six feet or more so that your neck breaks? And another thing, there were about eight trapdoors, all of which were released by ONE man pulling ONE lever with ONE hand. Hmm.

Correction: They are despondent and facing armed men: what *should* they be doing? They die by suffocation because Lord Beckett is cruel. Yes, normally the condemned would drop far enough for their neck to break, but Beckett hates pirates so much that he wants these people to suffer before they die. As far as the trapdoors are concerned: a rope tied to each latch holding the door up, and then to the lever, would allow one man to open all eight or so doors at once.


Corrected entry: There is no way that twenty or so people running back and forth on the deck of a ship can make it capsize. Even if the cannons and cargo were cut loose, and the ship were rolling it would all fall over to one side of the ship and just stay there, and so would the ship. It wouldn't be able to roll back.

Correction: Under normal circumstances a ship could not be overturned in this way, but they are not in the living world; they are in Davy Jones Locker. Sao Feng's navigational chart has revealed that there is an escape route from the Locker by capsizing a ship, therefore it is indeed possible to overturn a vessel in this manner.


Corrected entry: In the first movie, it's established anyone under the Aztec gold's curse cannot eat anything for it will turn to ash. However Barbossa is able to feed Jack the monkey (who is still cursed) a peanut, and he consumes it properly.

Correction: The monkey doesn't realize it can't eat, it just knows it's hungry and demands a treat. Barbossa uses peanuts as a way to dote on his beloved pet. Also, it may take a few moments before the food turns to ash in its mouth, and it would probably only encourage the monkey to want more.


Corrected entry: Whilst trying to flip the ship upside down and thus return to the normal world, the crew actually run as if to counteract the swaying, not increase it.

Correction: Once the boat gets to a certain degree of tilt you have to run in a way that would seem to be counteracting the swaying but really you are increasing the tilt, like being on a swing, you lean back when your going forward and you lean forward when your going back.


Corrected entry: In the scene where you see the ship sailing through the snow and icebergs, it shows the snowflakes are lightly falling randomly which indicate there is no wind, yet the ship is sailing as if there was a lot of wind. If there was a lot of wind shouldn't the snow be falling in the same direction as the ship is sailing?

Correction: Ships travel by strong ocean currents as well as wind. They are also approaching World's End, a rather unusual (and magical) geographical location where the normal laws of physics would not apply.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack is fighting with himselves, he runs his sword though one of himselves. As he withdraws the sword, there is no blood anywhere on the blade. When the shot changes to him wiping the blade with his hand and on the boat's timber, there is blood now visible on the blade.

Correction: There is no blood because Jack is hallucinating the other Jacks. Davy Jones' Locker is an unreal world where his normal perceptions have been drastically altered.


Corrected entry: In the hanging scene at the beginning, as an East India Company officer approaches a seated EIC officer and says "the pirates are singing", there is a distance shot of the pirates on the scaffold behind him. There should be a boy standing on a keg among the pirates on the scaffold. He is not there.

Correction: The boy is present in all shots, albeit rather blurry and indistinct due to being in the background. It's definitely him, though.


Corrected entry: When Will Turner is pulled up from the well in the beginning of the movie, his hair is hanging down in his eyes. When they show him again his hair is all slicked back. Both his hands are tied to a wooden plank so he could not have fixed his hair.

Correction: And if your hair is sufficently wet (which his was), you can flip your head back really fast and your hair will end up like his. I have longer hair and can do that without hands.


Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie Jack finds Gibbs on the dock sleeping as Jack's ship has once again gone missing. clutched in Mr. Gibbs' arms is a teddy bear. Teddy bears were not invented until 1902 by Morris Mitchtom.

Correction: Stuffed animals are known to have existed in Ancient Egypt. While the 'modern' commercially produced teddy bear did not appear until designed by Richard Stieff in 1902, stuffed representations of animals go back into history. There is no reason to think that one of the animals represented could not have been a bear and that Gibbs could not possess such a representation.


Corrected entry: In the scene when Barbossa and the others are sailing to the arctic regions the opening shot is of Jack the Monkey. The monkey is shivering, but he's still undead, so shouldn't feel the cold.

Correction: As explained several times in corrections for the first movie, pirates (and monkeys) under the Aztec curse can still feel uncomfortable sensations, such as pain and cold. They are only unable to experience pleasure.


Corrected entry: When Captain Jack Sparrow is negotiating a deal to betray the Pirate Lords with Lord Cutler Beckett on the Venture, the Empress, Sao Feng's ship, fires on Beckett's vessel when it departs. At this time Beckett is holding a flintlock pistol to Sparrow's head and asking why he should not kill him. However, the frizzen of the pistol (the cover of the pan that holds the powder that will ignite in the pan and cause the bullet to fire) is open, not closed and ready for firing. Since it was open, Beckett was essentially pointing an unloaded gun at Jack Sparrow - not a mistake he'd make.

Correction: The reason the gun is "unloaded" is because hes bluffing. If he wanted Jack dead he would have been dead. He just wanted Jack to follow his plan.

Corrected entry: In the final battle, the fleets line up with the ships side by side (like infantry). I don't think you can find a single battle in history that a fleet sailed into battle in rows. They sail front to back, following each other. The ships obviously shoot side to side so if they attack as shown, all their firepower is pointed at their own ships, not the opponents.

Correction: All they have to do is turn sideways, and they've just made a solid wall of firepower. If they sailed in one behind the other, it would take forever to move the last ships within firing range. This may not be how it was done historically, but then this is far from a documentary.


Corrected entry: Near the beginning where all the people are being hanged, when the young boy is singing, you can see he has braces on his teeth.


Correction: No, it's just dirty teeth.

Corrected entry: Towards the very end of the movie when Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan are floating with a piece of sail from the Dutchman's ship, they land in the water. The very next scene shows them climbing aboard a ship - they should be dripping wet. No water is visible on them at all. His hand is dry and so are their chests and faces.

Correction: They would only be dripping wet if the climbed directly onto the ship, but a large sailing ship is not maneuverable enough to pull up alongside two people floating in the water. Instead, a longboat or dingy would have to be lowered into the water and dispatched to rescue them; giving them plenty of time to partially dry while rowing back to the ship and then climbing up the side. While not dripping wet, they were noticeably recently wet; the mistake would have been if they had been dripping wet.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Elizabeth and Barbossa are visiting Singapore, the crew are going through the sewers. At one point they have to go through a grate, they start sawing and filing through the bars in the middle of the grate. When they pull it loose from the wall the ends of the bars are suddenly sawn through.

Correction: Just because they started in the middle of the bards doesn't mean that's where they stopped. There's a great deal of time passage between the 2 shots. It's HIGHLY likely that they realized sawing through the middle of the grate was a bad idea and then moved to the outside edges.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: When Jack Sparrow is in Davy Jones' Locker he has his compass, but when he meets Lord Beckett for the first time in the movie Lord Beckett has it and uses it as leverage against Jack.

Correction: Jack was captured by the royal navy & THEN brought to Lord Beckett. I'm pretty sure that they frisked him when they brought him in and took all his belongings from him. That's how Beckett got the compass.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: After Jack Sparrow leaps off his beached ship in Davy Jones' locker, he states that there is no wind blowing. During the following shots, however, his hair sways as if in a breeze.

Correction: A 'wind' to a sailor is something sufficient to move his ship. The gentle breeze required to move his hair (which he may not have even noticed) would be of no interest to him and would qualify as 'no wind'.



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