Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

The nine pirate lords decide to free the sea goddess Calypso from her human prison, Tia Dalma, so that they have some advantage over The Flying Dutchman and the massive fleet of the East India Trading Company. But Calypso, angry because she was imprisoned, doesn't choose a side in the war and unleashes a massive storm and maelstrom. Jack (Johnny Depp) is held captive in the Dutchman, escapes the jail cell and gets the Dead Man's Chest. He fights with Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and gets the key to the chest. Just as Jack is about to stab the heart, Davy Jones kills Will (Orlando Bloom). But then Jones dies because Jack uses Will's hand to stab Jones' heart in order to save Will (the person who stabs Davy's heart becomes his replacement as guide to souls who go to the other world). Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) removes Will's heart, Will becomes the new captain of the Dutchman and the crew no longer look like monsters. The Dutchman and the Black Pearl fire at Lord Beckett's (Tom Hollander) ship and it sinks. The East India Trading Company fleet sails away. Will tells his father that he is now free and no longer has to serve in the Dutchman but his father tells him that he has no objection to serving him since they've been apart for many years. Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Will consummate their marriage, say good-bye to each other and promise to see each other again in 10 years. Elizabeth promises to keep Will's heart safe in the chest. Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and the crew of the Black Pearl sail away in search of the Fountain of Youth, leaving Jack and Gibbs behind... again. But Barbossa and the crew realize that Jack has the most important piece of the map. The last scene is Jack in a small boat with the piece of the map and using his compass to go in search of the fountain. After the end credits, it's ten years later and Elizabeth and her son see Will and the Flying Dutchman approaching...


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Continuity mistake: When Beckett boards the Dutchman and speaks to Jones, he has very noticeable dark facial stubble, but bizarrely, in his next close-up he is actually clean shaven, his wig curl has shrunk and his eyebrow hair is neater.

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Trivia: When Keith Richards is looking up the rule in the pirate code book, the skull ring on his finger is not a prop; he has worn it since receiving it for his birthday in 1978 from a famous London goldsmith, who used a real skull when modelling the design.

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Question: Can anyone explain why Calypso caused the maelstrom to appear? Other than provide really cool visual effects for the movie, it didn't serve a purpose. I would have thought she'd do something against Davy Jones and/or his ship in particular for betraying her in the first place.

Answer: It's suggested that, as she's pretty much equally annoyed at the pirates (for originally imprisoning her, even if it wasn't specifically those pirates) and at Davy Jones (for showing them how to do it), that she creates the maelstrom to make it an even fight - effectively telling them that she no longer cares for either side. The conditions within the maelstrom hamper the Black Pearl, the turbulence making it difficult to bring her superior speed into play, but the angle and extremely damp conditions also make it harder for the Flying Dutchman to bring her superior firepower to bear.

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Wrong. As the Black Pearl was meant for speed, she would have a lighter weight than the Dutchman, and would require a pushing force to stay even. Furthermore, she was not hampered by the wind-she was aided, as Gibbs stated, "The wind's on our side, boys!"

Don't think weight had anything to do with it. The Pearl was heavier than the Interceptor, but had no issue catching up with it. The maelstrom took the Pearl's superior speed out of play because they were forced to circle one another. There was no advantage to be gained by outspeeding the Dutchman around the whirlpool, and coming up on its rear. Remember, the Pearl had no forward cannons.

The other side thought they had a favorable wind as well. All the air was being pulled toward the maelstrom in the middle so both sides thought it was at their back allowing them to control the engagement.

Both sides did have favourable winds but for a different reason. It's mentioned in Dead Man's Chest that against the wind the Dutchman is faster but with the wind the Pearl is faster. The Pearl had a favourable wind because it was blowing her sails from the back whilst the Dutchman had a favourable wind because she is faster against it.

The Dutchman is faster against wind because it uses oars to row. They menton to go deeper into the maelstrom to get into faster waters. Thats how they outran the Dutchman and got broadside. It's got nothing to do with the wind.


No, the Dutchman doesn't use any oars, you are thinking back to the first film when the Pearl is chasing the Interceptor and they use oars to go faster. Neither ship is fitted with a diesel engine so it has EVERYTHING to do with the wind.

Oh, you're right. I got confused in the 2. Not sure about the diesel engine though. May have one hidden in the back.


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