Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Continuity mistake: Aboard Interceptor, Will points his sword at Jack, and Jack swings the boom that slams into Will. In the side wide shot as the boom comes toward Will, when we see Will's hands as he grasps the boom, he is not holding the sword, nor do we see it drop or see it on the deck; however, we do hear it hit the deck. In the next shot, Jack picks up Will's sword near the line and rail, where it didn't exist in the previous shot. (00:49:35)

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Revealing mistake: When the gallows, in the Fort's courtyard, blows up, just before the huge explosion, four of the platform legs can be seen exploding in the same place, at the same time. A horse and rider pass by in the wide shot, another platform leg, the arm of the gallows and the actual platform explode in sync. Also, in the next close-up we see where the nearest leg of the platform has been cut to help facilitate the explosions impact. (00:31:25)

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Continuity mistake: When the medallion drops into the chest, and when Barbossa removes it, there is blood on both sides of the medallion. When Barbossa hits Elizabeth and she falls, the medallion falls near her. In this shot we do not see any blood on the medallion. Yet when Will rescues Elizabeth, she reaches for the medallion and it now has a very obvious blood stain on it. (01:12:20 - 01:13:35)

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Continuity mistake: As Will and Grapple fight, in the shot facing Grapple after Will's sword is hurled away, Grapple grabs Will directly around the back of his neck with the grapnel and starts to pull him close. However, in the next shot facing Will, the grapnel is only at Will's shoulder and left arm, as Grapple pulls him close. (00:34:55)

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Revealing mistake: The clasp closure on the medallion's chain is NOT the sort that just comes apart when yanked on, evident in the many close-ups of the clasp throughout the film. Yet there are a number of scenes in which the chain is just pulled and it comes off easily: Elizabeth pulls it off aboard the Pearl, to barter with; Barbossa pulls it off, during her blood ritual; Elizabeth pulls it off to give to Will, aboard the Interceptor... The chain was secured to her neck with sellotape, in order for it to come off quickly for the shots. (01:12:15 - 01:19:28)

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Continuity mistake: After being rendered unconscious by Will, a dazed Jack Sparrow runs into the pirates in the caves after the first blood sacrifice attempt. He turns around and faces Jacoby and another pirate. He turns around once again to face Pintel and all the others. But of the four shots showing Jack, one shows only Jacoby behind him, two just show the smoke from Jacoby's beard, and one shot in between, shows no pirates standing behind Jack at all. (01:15:20)

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Continuity mistake: Aboard the Interceptor, after Elizabeth lifts the hatch and comes up on deck, Anamaria says, "The Black Pearl. She's gaining on us." In the very next shot of Elizabeth, behind her on deck is the crewman with the tan hat. In the next shot as she looks out towards the Pearl, up at the top of the rigging are two crewmen, one of them is the same crewman that was just on deck in the previous shot. He's the one who stands on Cotton's left in Tortuga when Jack inspects the "able-bodied crew." (01:21:25)

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Continuity mistake: When young Elizabeth holds up the medallion, and she sees the Black Pearl, her fingers are positioned differently in the wide shot and in the close-up shot of the medallion. (00:04:40)

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Continuity mistake: Aboard Interceptor, Will and Elizabeth are below deck, and seen on the table are candles on a plate. The three candles and the melted wax on the plate to the right of Will's elbow, differ in the opening shot, when Will says, "Here let me," and when he has the medallion and slams it down onto the table. The candles do not melt so quickly, while they have this very short conversation. (01:17:35)

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Continuity mistake: Before Jack says, "Ta," there's a close-up of their feet and there's a 2x4 edge on the cart. Later, Jack tosses the mallet at Will, who ducks down, the cart's seen and there are two strips of wood as the edge. When Jack flips a plank, it smacks Will in the face, he falls and that end of cart's seen and now there's no finished edge. When the barrels fall on the edge of the cart, we see the 2x4 edge again. In many shots throughout the scene the edge changes. Also, in a couple of shots the edge has a cut out in the corner, for the wire they used. (The wire can be seen on Disc 2.) (00:23:35 - 00:25:30)

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Continuity mistake: As Jack bids farewell, in his extreme close-ups, when he says, "Elizabeth. It would never have worked between us, darling. I'm sorry," the soldiers behind him are lined up differently in these shots than in the wide shot just before and after, when Jack starts to walk away. (02:09:00)

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Other mistake: When Elizabeth is watching the attack on Port Royal from her balcony, the Black Pearl is at least two miles away. And yet one shot is able to hit the house.

Continuity mistake: At her home, when Elizabeth bars the door handles to the dining room with a candelabra, Pintel and Ragetti burst in, breaking that candelabra. Visible to Pintel's left in this shot is a cushioned chair and a small table, with absolutely nothing on it. Yet, in the next wide shot of the dining room, there is now a large candelabra on that small table near the door. (00:33:25)

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Continuity mistake: In Port Royal when Elizabeth is being taken by the pirates, Will sees her across the courtyard and she calls out, "Will!" In the first close-up as he begins to say, "Elizabeth," the crowd behind him differs greatly to the crowd seen behind him in the very next wide shot as he finishes saying, "Elizabeth," and then when Jacoby says, "Hello," in the next shot of Will. This is not due to people running around, it was simply shot at different times. (00:35:10)

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Continuity mistake: When the coach leaves, Will walks down the steps. Both side gardens are edged with stones outside the front door. The driveway is also lined with the stones. When the pirates invade their home, Ragetti yells, "Up there." The front door's open and the stones are now lined up parallel to the front of the doorway, just past where the steps should be. Even if it's meant to be the stones lining the opposite end of the driveway, the distance of the far side and proportional size of the rocks are wrong. (00:08:45 - 00:32:15)

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Continuity mistake: When the Black Pearl is chasing the Interceptor, we can see Will standing at the end of the bow (front) of the ship. Later in the scene, we see him coming up from below deck, where he has been the entire time. Nobody in Jack's crew resembles or is dressed like Will. (01:21:15 - 01:22:45)

Continuity mistake: There are three sets of windows in the captain's stateroom - at port, starboard and stern - with three windows per set. Just before Pintel and Ragetti give Elizabeth the dress, there is an exterior shot of the Pearl, and all three stern windows are actually symmetrical vertically. However, in the interior shots, the first and third stern windows are vertically slanted at their outer sides.

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Continuity mistake: At the blacksmith shop, one end of the cart that Jack and Will duel on later is resting on a wood bench. In the close-up shot of their feet, just before Jack says, "Ta," the edge of the cart is flush against the edge of the bench. In the wide shots, before and after, the edge of the cart is in the middle of the bench. This has nothing to do with the angle of the camera. (00:23:10)

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Continuity mistake: After Elizabeth's failed blood ritual, the pirates complain to Barbossa. In this shot, Bo'sun says, "And it's you who brought us..." and Mallet is standing on his own small rock. In the next wide shot, Mallet stands with his feet apart, sharing the rock with Twigg, who's closer to Koehler now. In the next shot, a close-up of Bo'sun, behind him, Mallet is standing on his own small rock again. There are other wide shots, that Mallet is seen standing on the two rocks and Twigg is in the middle of the big rock, closer to Koehler. In other close-ups, Mallet is standing on his own small rock. (01:14:15)

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Continuity mistake: When the redcoats surround Jack and Will, at the end, they are around them on all sides in some shots, but there's a large gap in others. And this is before they are told to lower their arms.

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Jack Sparrow: Who makes all these?
Will Turner: I do. And I practice with them... Three hours a day.
Jack Sparrow: You need to get yourself a girl, mate. Or perhaps the reason you practice three hours a day is that you've already found one and are otherwise incapable of wooing said strumpet. You're not a eunuch, are you?

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Trivia: Johnny Depp uses the phrase "Interesting..." as his trademark in many of the movies he stars in, including Sleepy Hollow. He uses it in PotC when Koehler's skeletal hand tries to grab him in prison.

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