Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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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. (01:52:40 - 01:56:50)

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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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Continuity mistake: When Jack knocks the pirate's detachable head off with the coconut, the chest drops with the lock facing the ground and the lid's two hinges facing up. However, when Jack reaches the chest, it is the lock's side actually facing up now, before he turns the chest upright - with the lock facing him.

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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. (00:18:55)

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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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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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Continuity mistake: When Jack sneaks away on the long boat, during the Kraken attack on the Pearl, there is a close-up of Jack looking back at the land, then picking up and dramatically opening the compass. However, in the previous shot showing the Pearl, the compass is actually seen at the bottom of the shot - already being held open.

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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: When Elizabeth is playing puppeteer with her wedding dress in order to get to Tortuga, she sweeps the dress past the captain's windows first, in order to get their attention. No way could she have done this from the mast on which she was standing. One, the distance between her position and the area through which the dress passed by were too far. Two, even if it were close enough, the wind was blowing at least partially against their sails, and the dress would have been blown closer to the windows. Three, even if she just stood on the deck above the captain's windows, she would not have had enough time to move from that position to the mast considering that the men in the captain's quarters rushed out to see the "spirit."

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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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Continuity mistake: When the cannibal women throw fruit at Jack, the first fruit skewered is the papaya, which ends up near Jack's face, in the close-up. After Jack vaults to the other cliff-top, when the papaya slides towards his face, the fruit is completely different, and the position of its hole differs. Additionally, the watermelon also differs (note stripes) between shots, as do other skewered fruit. (00:41:10)

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Continuity mistake: Whilst Elizabeth puppeteers her wedding dress, in the close-up Captain Bellamy stands up and says, "Over there," as he points with his left arm extended. However, in the next overhead shot, it is his right arm that is extended as he points. (01:06:50)

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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). (00:37:50)

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Continuity mistake: The cloth with the key drawing changes greatly throughout the film. This includes the actual drawing itself, the tears on the cloth, shape of the cloth, etc.

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Continuity mistake: Johnny Depp's wig changes subtly throughout the film. Most of the time he has many dread locks. Other times, he has many fewer dreads and more stringy curly pieces.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack, who is tied up, skewers the coconut in the wide shot the coconut is vertical. However, in the close-up of the coconut, before he spins around, the coconut is horizontal. (00:38:40)

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Continuity mistake: On the Dutchman, when Jones holds out the whip, for Bill Turner to use on Will, the whip's direction flips between shots, it faces the opposite way when Bill grabs it. (01:14:20)

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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: In the scene early on in the movie, where Lord Beckett and Elizabeth are talking, behind Lord Beckett you can see a man sitting on a seat suspended in the air by two ropes, apparently working on a ship or something of that nature. Then, the camera cuts to Elizabeth and when it cuts back to Beckett, the man in the background is gone, and the seat or ropes are no longer there either.

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Continuity mistake: On the island, when Jack says, "Yes, it does. You're sitting on it," the compass lid faces away from Elizabeth, but in the next shot as Jack shoos her away, the compass faces her; and the rope changes position too.

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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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Elizabeth: There will come a moment when you have the chance to do the right thing.
Jack: I love those moments. I like to wave at them as they pass by.

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Trivia: The incredibly short shot of Tortuga when it is first shown (with the man being dunked and such) was actually filmed on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland. While the ride was shut down for remodeling, the crew actually went there and shot the scene with a mixture of live actors and existing animatronic props. If you look closely, many of the "actors" can be seen as fake.

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Question: When Jack asks for Tia Dalma's help, she asks him what he brought for her. Jack then lifts the cage containing the monkey and shoots it. Jack then says, "An undead monkey". How is it possible for the monkey to be undead, wasn't the curse on the Black Pearl lifted?

Answer: There is a scene after the credits of "The Curse of the Black Pearl": the monkey got back to the cave and took a coin. That way he turned undead again.

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