Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Factual error: Elizabeth would not have slept undercovers, nor would she have needed a bed warmer in Jamaica in an un-air conditioned room.

Revealing mistake: When Captain Jack and Will are walking in the upside down boat, from the outside it looks like it's made of fibre glass rather than wood.

Continuity mistake: During the Black Pearl's ambush on Port Royal, they destroy a wall to the prison. Pirates in one cell manage to escape from a hole in the wall destroyed by one of the boat's cannons and Jack is stuck in his cell because the hole isn't big enough for him to fit through. As this happens, we can actually see the small hole when one of the pirates say "My sympathies. You've no manner of luck at all" as the other pirates escape the cell. Yet in the next shot as Jack is watching the other pirates escape, the small hole in Jack's cell is now smaller than it was in the previous shot.

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Other mistake: When the Interceptor reaches the "boat graveyard" just off the dreaded island, it hits a pole or other assembly from another boat underneath them. It then "falls", literally plummets, downward and hits the ground with a thud. But wood doesn't "fall" downward through water, in fact, most wood swims. Even with other metal or other objects attached to it, this whole piece/assembly would have to be solid lead to "plummet" at that speed through water. No matter what the material is, it cannot go down that fast through water.

Continuity mistake: After young Elizabeth tells young Will "I'm watching over you", there's a strand of hair over his ear, which appears and disappears randomly depending on the shot.

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Continuity mistake: Young Will lays unconscious by the edge of a blanket. When the angle changes there's much more blanket behind.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Elizabeth is first taken aboard the Pearl you can see the yellow coloured contact lenses that Captain Barbosa is wearing.

Continuity mistake: Barbossa shoots Pintel and a hole appears in his shirt. This hole soon vanishes never to be seen again. (01:11:00)

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Other mistake: When Jack looks at the Pearl from his prison window, he is at least 10 boat heights above the ship. As we see throughout the movie when we look at the cannons of the Pearl and how they stand on the floor and shoot through the openings of the ship, there is no way that they could be rotated upwards to shoot as high as would be necessary to hit the prison cell.

Continuity mistake: Barbossa's scar changes appearance several times during the movie. At times it's almost completely gone, and sometimes it's even quite "thick".

Continuity mistake: In the overhead wide shot of the Pearl pursuing the Interceptor they are maybe three boat lengths apart. Before and after they are further apart. In general during that entire pursuit sequence their distances change too rapidly, from nearer to farther away (as seen from either ship towards the other), but that shot shows a particular discrepancy. (01:22:45)


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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