Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 49 mins

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With the East India Trading Company trying to eliminate all the pirates, Barbossa, Will and Elizabeth race to bring back Jack from Davy Jones' Locker and aid his return to the land of the living. Then, led by Captain Jack Sparrow they must face their foes, Davy Jones and Lord Cutler Beckett. Beckett, now with control of Jones' heart, forms a dark alliance with him in order to rule the seas and wipe out the last of the Pirates. Now, Jack, Barbossa, Will, Elizabeth, Tia Dalma, and crew must call the Pirate Lords from the four corners of the globe, including the infamous Sao Feng, and compel the nine Pirate Lords to convene at Shipwreck Cove to hold the Brethren Court. The Brethren Court decides to release the goddess Calypso, Davy Jones's damned lover, from the trap they sent her to out of fear, in which the Pirate Lords must combine the 9 pieces that bound her by ritual to undo it and release her in hopes that she will help them fight. With this, all pirates will stand together and make their final stand for freedom against Beckett, Jones, Norrington, the Flying Dutchman, and the entire East India Trading Company. Who will be the ultimate victor?
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Cast: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

Crew: Gore Verbinski (Director), Dariusz Wolski (Director of Photography), Hans Zimmer (Music Director)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

Release Dates: 25 May 2007 (India)

Tagline: At the End of the World, the Adventure Begins

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Did you know? The character of the pirate lord Mistress Ching is likely inspired by the real-life Chinese pirate Cheng I Sao (or Ching Yih Saou), who controlled the South China Sea with her large pirate fleet in the early 1800s. Read More
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as Jack Sparrow
as Elizabeth Swann
as Davy Jones
as Cotton
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Captain Hector Barbossa
Supporting Actor
as Norrington
as Governor Weatherby Swann
Supporting Actor
as Gibbs
Supporting Actress
as Pintel
as Ragetti
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Will Turner
as Bootstrap Bill
as Cutler Beckett
Supporting Actress

Direction

Director
Second Unit Director
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director

Writers

Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer

Music

Music Director
Composer
Music Editor

Sound

Sound Effects Editor
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Boom Operator

Animation

Animation Director

Art

Production Designer
Set Decorator
Prop Master
Set Dresser

Casting

Casting Director
Casting Associate
Casting Assistant

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Costume Supervisor
Assistant Costume Designer

Editorial

Online Editor

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Hair Stylist

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Special Effects Coordinator
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Cinesound, Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Camera:
ARRIFLEX 235, ARRIFLEX 435, Panaflex Lightweight, Panaflex Platinum, Photo-Sonics 35mm-4ER
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
At the End of the World, the Adventure Begins
Goofs:
Revealing Mistakes
When Jack and Elizabeth leave the Dutchman by way of the makeshift parachute, one can clearly see Elizabeth's hair is dry even though heavy rain, wild sea and spray are all about.

Revealing Mistakes
When Captain Sao Feng holds the coin to his ear when he first meets the others, you can clearly see half of his real nail under the fake "disgusting" nails he has on.

Revealing Mistakes
In "Bootstrap" Turner's first appearance, his bare skin is visible just below the nape of his neck where the makeup ends.

Miscellaneous
If Barbossa started off as Jack Sparrow's first mate, then he would not have been a pirate lord and would not have had one of the nine pieces of eight unless he took it from Jack Sparrow prior to marooning him on the island (referenced in the first POTC). However, it is shown that Jack Sparrow still has one of the nine pieces of eight. How did Barbossa, as a mutinous first mate to Jack Sparrow, become one of the pirate lords and have one of the nine pieces of eight?

Miscellaneous
Some viewers have reported seeing braces on the teeth of the young boy singing in the opening scene. In fact, the boy has metal caps on some of his teeth, much like Jack. The only difference is, his are blackened and clearly not made of gold.

Miscellaneous
It's often believed that the founding and naming of Singapore postdate the period in which the films are set. In fact, the name "Singapura" - "city of the lions" - was first given in the fourteenth century.

Errors in Geography
Singapore Harbour as depicted in the film is apparently surrounded by mountains. In reality, Singapore is a small, flat island whose highest point is Bukit Timah, standing at a mere 164 meters above sea level.

Errors in Geography
The triangular hats worn by the citizens of Singapore are actually Taiwanese in culture and are not worn by Singaporeans.

Errors in Geography
The shot that shows Singapore harbor shows a craggy, rocky harbor. Singapore is in fact an island without any mountains or cliffs and it's highest point is 538ft above sea-level known as Bukit Timah, a hill in the middle of the island.

Factual Mistake
During the waterfall scene before the ship goes over the side everyone is scrambling about deck. You hear at least two characters including Elizabeth give the command "Hard a port". When this film was taking place the type of commands for steering ships at sea were called tiller commands. The tiller on a ship is what actually moves the rudder and a hard to port command would have made the ship turn right and not left as it did. Tiller commands were replaced by rudder commands in the early 20th century. The modern rudder command would have made the ship turn as it did.

Factual Mistake
Sao Feng and his crew are heard using primarily Cantonese while the main Chinese dialect in Singapore is Mandarin, not Cantonese.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Davy Jones is playing the organ, the music is a scale going down, but his tentacles move up and down on the keyboard, not matching the pitches of the music.

Continuity
When Jack Sparrow is in Davy Jone's locker, he makes a comment about there being no wind at all, but in the shots right after that, some of his hair can be seen blowing in the wind, showing that there actually is wind.

Continuity
Right after the battle aboard the Dutchman, we see Jack and Elizabeth leaving with a made-up "parasail" and they land straight to the sea. In the next scene, we see them boarding the Pearl, and they should be soaking wet since they are just coming out of water, yet no water is visibly dripping off of them. Elizabeth is a little wet from the rain but Jack is remarkably dry.

Continuity
When Jack is about to use the cannon to launch himself over to the Pearl, Beckett states he is mad for doing so. When Jack agrees and lights the cannon, Beckett ducks for cover twice.

Miscellaneous
In the early-mid 1700s, the inhabitants of Singapore would not have been Chinese but instead Malay due to the proximity of the Malaysian Peninsula to the island.

Miscellaneous
At the final scene in Tortuga, Master Gibbs is seen to be holding a teddy bear while in his sleep. But teddy bears were not invented till 1902.

Miscellaneous
The British fleet seen in the film consists of some ten three-decked ships of the line. In 1720 the Royal Navy only had six such ships in commission world-wide.

Miscellaneous
In the beginning of the tea drinking scene with William, Lord Beckett adds a sugar cube into his tea. The first sugar cubes were invented in the Czech town of Dacice during 1840s, decades after when the movie is set.
Trivia:
According to Gore Verbinski, the Singapore scenes were intended to parody spa culture: a naturally humid atmosphere was achieved with a careful combination of lighting equipment and gallons of water, and fungi were allowed to grow within the set to enhance the mood.

Calypso is cited by Davy Jones in this film to be a heathen god. This brings the saga full circle, as in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Captain Barbossa mentioned heathen gods.

In Italy, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was named "La maledizione della prima luna" (meaning "Curse of the First Moon"). Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) taking partially the original brand was named "Pirati dei Caraibi: la maledizione del forziere fantasma" (meaning "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the ghost Chest"). Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) was finally translated correctly "Pirati dei Caraibi: ai confini del mondo".

Two major plot points, Governor Swan learning the truth about Jones' heart and the cause of the original lost of the Black Pearl, are revealed in the deleted scenes. Number one occurs when Beckett and Norrington first board the Dutchman. Cruelly, Jones tells Governor Swan that Elizabeth is dead, so he tries to stab the heart and Jones mockingly tells him what would happen if he did. Number two occurs in an extended cut of the discussion between Lord Beckett and Jack. It is revealed that Beckett had a deal with Jack to steal some cargo that turned out to be slaves, so when Jack set them free Beckett burnt and sank the Black Pearl and branded him. In the scene, Beckett is amazed to see the Pearl afloat, and says that Jack paid "a heavy price" to have her back.

The film's running time was originally three hours, and even though Jerry Bruckheimer claimed the long running time made the final battle work in terms of build-up, he decided to cut it down by twenty minutes.

The famous "piece of eight" was a coin that was marked with indentations dividing the coin into eight segments with two of the segments comprising a quarter of the coin. These segments could be broken off to make change. Each segment was called a bit. To this day a quarter is often referred to as "two bits", a half dollar as "four bits" and 75 cents as "six bits".

The cast and crew filmed off of the coast of Southern California in the South Bay Area around the last week of August 2006. The Black Pearl could be seen sailing to and from port from the Palos Verdes Estates and Redondo Beach pier. The stars of the film would take time off from shooting to meet fans and sign autographs.

During his monologue to the Pirate Brethren Court, Jack Sparrow employs a combination of two Latin phrases used in Law: "Res ipsa loquitur", literally meaning "The thing speaks for itself", which is used when the circumstances are so obvious as to need no further evidence or explanation; "Tabula in naufragio", literally meaning "A plank in a shipwreck", relates to priorities in loans and mortgages provided by separate loaners.

Director Gore Verbinski assisted composer Hans Zimmer on composing the musical score for the film. He and Zimmer collaborated on the "Hoist the Colours" song; and Verbinski played the guitar in the parley scene.

The film is the first in the series in which Capt. Barbossa's first name, Hector, is said. Interestingly, the writers did not initially plan on giving the character a first name: on the commentary for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Johnny Depp jokingly said that Barbossa's name was Hector; this comment was misinterpreted by fans to be the character's actual name, and thus left the writers to feel that they had no choice but to include it in the series.

When the screen goes black as the crew fall over World's End, the ghostly music and voices heard are directly from the Disneyland ride. Most noticeable is Paul Frees' voice of the skull and crossbones that infamously warns passengers "Dead men tell no tales!"

According to Gore Verbinski, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was a character-driven film and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) was a plot-driven film, so to make the whole saga work he wanted to make Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) a combination of both plot and character.

The flags hoisted by the pirate fleet are based on actual flags of real-world pirates. We see (in no particular order) the flags of: Christopher Moody (red flag with a winged chalice, arm & knife, and skull on crossbones), Thomas Tew (an arm with a cutlass), De Vranck (a man clubbing a skull & crossbones), Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts (a man dancing with a skeleton who holds a spear), Edward "Blackbeard" Teach(a skeleton holding a spear stabbing a red heart) is barely shown just before the flag of Bartholomew Roberts is hoisted, and Edward Low (a red skeleton). The flag hoisted by the Black Pearl is that of John "Calico Jack" Rackham (a skull and crossed cutlasses).

The Singapore city was constructed out of 40 buildings within a tank that was 24 metres long, 40 metres wide and one metre deep. Since not much is known historically about 18th century Singapore, the filmmakers based the set design on Chinese/Malaysian cities of the same period, and also worked in an Expressionist style.

Johnny Depp thoroughly enjoyed working with his co-star Geoffrey Rush in the first film, and was pleased to get more screentime alongside him: "We were like a couple of old ladies with knitting needles!"

The scene in which Jack the Monkey is shivering was accomplished by the concerted efforts of the special effects and animal training departments. The effects guys made a small wooden barrel with a vibrating plate on top. The animal trainers taught the monkey to sit with her arms crossed on the plate.

Some locations wouldn't have to be revisited by the crew, some scenes were filmed during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006).

The character of the pirate lord Mistress Ching is likely inspired by the real-life Chinese pirate Cheng I Sao (or Ching Yih Saou), who controlled the South China Sea with her large pirate fleet in the early 1800s.

The most expensive film ever made, not adjusted for inflation. The budget ran at $300,000,000. That's more than the budget of all three Lord Of The Rings films combined.

The Green Flash is a real but very rare optical phenomenon during sunrise or sunset that is best observed at sea. It is caused by the refraction of light in the atmosphere, amplified by a mirage.

There was an actual council of pirates at one time in history. The Brethren of the Coast were a loose coalition of pirates and buccaneers, active in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. They had a base on the island of Tortuga, off the coast of Haiti and in the city of Port Royal on the island of Jamaica. The Brethren were originally French Huguenots and British Protestants, but their ranks were joined by other adventurers of various nationalities including Spaniards and African sailors.

When the pirates bring out the book of the Pirate Code, Ragetti says they are the rules first set down by "Morgan and Bartholomew." This is a reference to the great pirates Henry Morgan and Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts. Henry Morgan was a pirate renowned in his day for the taking and sacking of several supposedly impenetrable treasure towns, including Portobello, which was the Fort Knox of its day. Roberts, though less famous, was on a par with Blackbeard and Captain Kidd for successful ventures, and known for his fondness for fine clothes and jewelry (thus serving as an archetype of the pirate image popular today); he was also one of the first known pirates to develop a code of honour to be followed by his crew on pain of death. The Pirate Code referenced throughout the trilogy features some of the precepts from this article. However, as Roberts was just six years old when Morgan died, the likelihood of their having been acquainted is somewhat small.