Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Factual error: Barbossa addresses one of his officers as "lieutenant-commander". This rank was not introduced into the Royal Navy until 1914.

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Factual error: In the courtroom scene, the Judge uses a gavel (the small wooden hammer). These are not, and have never been, used in British courts.

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Deliberate mistake: When Jack fights the impostor, they are roughly the same height, but when the impostor is revealed to be Angelica, she is suddenly much shorter than him.

00:21:30 - 00:23:50

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Factual error: Captain Barbossa's ship has a modern Union Jack flying on the stern. The film is set in the reign of George II (1727 - 1760). The flag shown includes the cross of St Patrick, although Ireland did not become part of the United Kingdom until 1801, and the Union Jack at the time of the film would have comprised only the crosses of St George (England) and St Andrew (Scotland).

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Continuity mistake: The Spaniard extends his arms and throws the chalices away, yet in the close-up they're lying by his tiptoes.

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Factual error: The soldiers chasing Sparrow in London have red cockades on their hats. They should be wearing Hanoverian black cockades, as George II was the second king of the House of Hanover.

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Revealing mistake: When Blackbeard threatens Jack with a pistol, he is heard cocking it, but when he holds it up to the camera we can see that it is only on half-cock. A pistol cannot be fired in the half-cock position, nor can it be loaded in the fired position, implying that either it is not loaded, or a technical error has been made by the film makers.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack and Gibbs are coming out of the carriage by the palace, a soldier tosses a little bag with money to the carriage driver. In the next shot, you see the soldier tossing something to the driver again.

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Visible crew/equipment: You can see mermaid's underwear after she is given only a shirt by Philip. Appears to have red in it which can be seen through the white shirt given to her.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack first wakes up on Blackbeard's ship in the hammock, the bone and trinket on his bandana is one way round. In the next shot, when he falls on to the floor, it changes sides.

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Continuity mistake: When the mermaid is resting on the pirates' boat about to sing a song, the amount of hair on her arm swaps from a couple bangs, to a lot, and is either on the shoulder, further down or next to the elbow, between shots.

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Revealing mistake: When Jack Sparrow is chased in London, being on the carriage and looking back to his chasers, you can see the broad tire tracks of a modern vehicle in the mud.

00:16:55

Factual error: None of the British army officers is wearing the gorget, which was an officer's insignia at this time.

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Factual error: After the mermaids scene, when Blackbeard, Jack, and the others start walking through the next island to find the silver chalices, two distinct bird calls can be heard. Both are native to Australia - they are the Magpie Lark, also known as the Peewee, and the other is the Willie Wagtail. Both birds are not found anywhere remotely near the Caribbean.

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Continuity mistake: Jack grabs one of Blackbeard's six guns and shoots it after saying "They ain't loaded". After the explosion, he lowers his head in awe and raises it. A frame later, from a different angle, his head is lowered and he is in the process of raising it again.

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Continuity mistake: After escaping from the guards, Angélica and Jack swim away in a cave. She grabs a knife and moves it close to her breast, but in the close-up, a frame later, she repeats the same movement.

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Continuity mistake: While standing on both carriages, Jack's feet are on the edge of the roof. A frame later, from a different angle, the left one is on the middle part of the roof.

00:17:35

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Revealing mistake: Just before he sees the droplet of water moving upwards, Jack moves three leaves to get through, but the top-right one is just held in his hand and you can see the cut stem of it.

01:42:20

Continuity mistake: After Blackbeard shows up for the first time, Angélica is shouting at him. The bangs around her face change between frames.

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Continuity mistake: The bible that Philip uses to block the lid in the water tank to let the air in moves slightly out and to the right between the first and second shot.

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Continuity mistake: Blackbeard kicks Barbossa's wooden leg and makes him fall next to a rock. A frame later Barbossa is about two meters away from it.

01:52:55

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Continuity mistake: After Gibbs burns the map in front of Barbossa it cuts to Jack waking up, and when he falls onto the floor this closeup is a flipped shot. Note the ring on Jack's right thumb which should be on his left, and all his hair trinkets are backwards.

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Continuity mistake: When Blackbeard falls semi-dead, his left arm lays by his side, yet a mere frame later it's extended.

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Continuity mistake: When Philip asks the mermaid to give him back his life, the position of her hands keeps changing between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie ends, Barbossa is given his hat with no feather. A frame later the feather appears.

02:04:55

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Continuity mistake: After Philip blocks the tank's lid with a bible, the mermaid's head position keeps changing in every single shot.

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Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, when Jack is talking to Angelica on the deserted island before leaving her, you can see the gold earring in her left ear in the shot over her shoulder facing Jack. In the next shot, over Jack's shoulder, her hair is covering her left ear. Then another shot from behind Angelica, and you can see her earring again. And a final shot from behind Jack, where Angelica's ear is covered again.

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Continuity mistake: While handcuffed to a chair, Jack tries to grab a cream puff. The napkin on the left alternates between being closer and further away from the dish between shots, and also swaps between being wrinkled to flat.

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Continuity mistake: When Angelica is about to take a leap into the cliff, Philip tries to stop her. When the angle changes, he is standing still and running towards her again.

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Continuity mistake: During the trial, Jack's hand swaps back and forth between raised in the front shots, to lowered in the back shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the mermaid approaches the pirates' boat after being threatened with a knife, her arm is uncovered in the shot from behind, but covered in hair in the front shot.

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Continuity mistake: When the castaway is brought to the Spanish king, he raises his hand, but in the very next shot it's lowered.

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Continuity mistake: By the big tree, when Philip is talking with the mermaid, a bang of hair by her right temple appears/disappears between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Jack is on top of a carriage which makes a right turn and encounters a second carriage, which drives parallel to it. For a brief second, there's an aerial shot of Jack with the guards chasing him and the second carriage disappears, only to reappear a frame later.

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Continuity mistake: While in the cave with Jack, Angélica's grip on the knife differs between the front and back shots, with the handle more visible in the back shots.

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Continuity mistake: Philip insists the mermaid on getting his life back, strokes the hair around her ear, but a frame later his hand is by her temple.

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Other mistake: In the cave, Angélica steps out of the water and in the close-up of her face her hair is dry, and even drier in the following close-up.

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Continuity mistake: In the cave, Angélica steps out of the water, knife in her hand, and her fringe changes style all the time, most noticeably when she asks "Why?".

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Continuity mistake: While fighting against Blackbeard in the fountain of youth, Barbossa falls down and bends completely forward to help himself up. When the angle changes he is in a different position, about to stand up.

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Continuity mistake: When Angelica is about to tell Jack that she loves him, his position alternates back and forth between being perpendicular to her a meter away, to face to face at half a meter distance.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack has each foot on a different carriage, the left side driver's whip extends to the right carriage, yet disappears a frame later.

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Continuity mistake: When Angelica and Jack are drinking and talking about the past, the hair bang on her forehead swaps between loose and tucked under the bandana.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack is rowing the boat towards the island, Angelica's hair falls over her back, with a mere strand falling over her left shoulder. When the angle changes, all of her hair is now over her left shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: Jack strands Angelica on an island and tosses a gun on the floor. The gun swaps from laying on an 11 o'clock direction, to a 1 o'clock between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the mermaid is by the tree, the left part of the shirt's collar keeps changing positions, appearing and disappearing between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Philip carries the mermaid to the tree's root, kneels down and then stands up. When the angle changes he is in the process of standing up again.

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Continuity mistake: When Blackbeard shows up and hangs Jack upside down, Jack falls on the floor with his hair messed up. As of then, his hairstyle changes between shots despite him not moving.

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Continuity mistake: After Philip opens the water tank, the mermaid raises her head reaching for air, and takes her right arm towards the edge of the tank. A frame later the arm is down, under the water.

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Continuity mistake: Jack is on top of the carriage's roof, passes by a group of columns and then by two arched buildings. When the angle changes to a ground level of the carriage, it's still passing by the previous columns.

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Continuity mistake: After the mermaid stands up aided by Philip, the weeds between her knees disappears between shots.

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Other mistake: In the mutiny scene where the cook is torched, the distance between the long boat and the Queen Anne's Revenge increases when the cook is only shown paddling away after the QAR turns towards it.

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Continuity mistake: During the fight for the chalices, wounded Philip walks towards the mermaid, who is tied around a tree. Her right arm is straight, yet a frame later it's bent.

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Continuity mistake: When the mermaid's tank breaks and she hugs herself, her hair style keeps changing repeatedly.

01:20:15

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