Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End



168 Min

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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Captain Barbossa, long believed to be dead, has come back to life and is headed to the edge of the Earth with brave Will Turner and feisty Elizabeth Swann. And what of Jack Sparrow? Nothing is as it seems.


May 19th, 2007


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  • 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!"
  • When Calypso is unleashed in the novelization, there are no crabs everywhere like in the film.
  • 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 Captain Barbossa mentioned heathen gods.
  • The animators completed the VFX in five months.
  • The Black Pearl itself, while docked in San Pedro Harbor, was used to film an ad for the movie and a contest called "Party on the Pearl". Using some of the movie's cast, the ad starred Martin Klebba, Spencer the monkey, David Blue and Jeremiah Hu.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • SPOILER: The Jolly Roger Jack flies from his dinghy at the end of the film is a variation on the one flown by historical pirate Henry Every.
  • 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.
  • In the novelization, by the time of this film, Elizabeth now considers herself a pirate.
  • SPOILER: The character, Tai Huang, the leader of Captain Sao Feng's crew was played by actor Reggie Lee. Lee was earlier seen as "Headless", the cone-shell headed member of Davy Jones' crew in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - best remembered as the pirate/creature whose head is knocked off by a coconut thrown by Jack Sparrow, after which the decapitated head tries to direct its body around by telling it which way to look. Headless makes a short appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End during the Maelstrom battle scene; Jack shoots the chest out of Davy Jones' hand. The chest then falls on Headless's head, and he stumbles backwards and falls overboard. This places both of Reggie Lee's characters on two different ships that are both present at the final battle.
  • SPOILER: All of the men that Elizabeth kisses die: William Turner; Captain Jack Sparrow; James Norrington; Sao Feng and Weatherby Swann, if you can count him.
  • SPOILER: At the end back at Tortuga when Jack figures out that Barbossa stole his ship and gets slapped by the two women, Scarlet and Giselle, look at Jack's waist. He has his "mum" tied around his belt (the shrunken head).
  • 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.
  • During Jack Sparrow's monologue to the pirate council, he is heard to remark "Res ipsa loquitur", a term used frequently in the writings of the late Hunter S. Thompson, a close friend of Johnny Depp.
  • According to Gore Verbinski, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was a character-driven film and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was a plot-driven film, so to make the whole saga work he wanted to make Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 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).
  • Calypso is an ancient goddess of the sea, according to Greek myth.
  • 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.
  • SPOILER: The end of the film shows Jack Sparrow in the same position as at the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: aboard a small ship in the ocean sailing towards a destination, in search of a fabled artifact...
  • According to Greek myth, Calypso was an ancient goddess of the sea.
  • The crew shot at Niagara Falls for the World's End waterfall scene.
  • CAMEO(Keith Richards): agreed to appear as Jack Sparrow's father and the keeper of the pirate code. He has been noted as a primary influence on Johnny Depp's performance as Jack Sparrow, and was pursued for an appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, but was on tour with The Rolling Stones at the time. The day that Richards had come in to film his scenes, he became so drunk on the movie set, Gore Verbinski had to prop him up just so he could continue his scenes. Richards remarked, "If you wanted straight, then you got the wrong man."
  • 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.
  • SPOILER: At the end of the film, many characters end up the same way they were at the beginning of the first film. Jack is in a dingy, Will and Elizabeth are not together, Gibbs is sleeping on the ground and Barbossa is the captain of the Black Pearl with Pintel and Ragetti as part of his crew.
  • This is the fourth pirate movie Hans Zimmer has scored. In addition to the three Pirates of the Caribbean films, he also scored Muppet Treasure Island.
  • SPOILER: At the end of the film when Jack looks at the navigational charts, he reads about "Aqua de Vida" and "Ponce de Leon". These leads are picked up on in the main story line in the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
  • In the novelization, Jack's final appearance is during the sandbar scene. In fact, the ending in the book is drastically different from the film; the book ends just as they're about to go into combat with the East India Trading Company, so the audience doesn't see Barbossa marry Will and Elizabeth in battle, the death of Lord Cutler Beckett and Davy Jones or the search for the fountain of youth, which forms the plot line for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The last line of the book is Elizabeth calling them the Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Filming started without a finished script.
  • As all the shooting required in the Caribbean had been conducted in 2005, filming went on at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and the Californian coast.
  • In the novelization, there is no mention of the multiple Jacks trying to run the Black Pearl in Davy Jones' Locker.
  • The novelization calls Shipwreck Cove Shipwreck Island instead.
  • Several times during the film, sugar cubes are seen being used when drinking tea. The plot assumes the currency of the East India Trading Co. which places the timescale pre-1858. Sugar cubes were invented in 1841 by Jakub Krystof Rad, and the depiction of their use in this film is therefore correct.
  • Jack the Monkey was played by two monkeys - Chiquita and Pablo who replace the two monkeys from the first film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Tara and Levi played the part of "Jack the Monkey" in the first Pirates film.
  • The crew built a sixty foot replica of the front half of the Black Pearl on the back of a semi trailer in the salt flats of Utah for a shoot with the Shadow of the Pearl. The shoot was scheduled for 19 days, it took 4.
  • SPOILER: After the credits, there is an extra scene that shows Will, his father and the Flying Dutchman returning to the island, where Elizabeth is waiting for him with their 9-year-old son William Turner III.
  • About 36 minutes into the film, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) says, while in the Locker, "We shall have a magnificent garden party, and you're not invited." In Alice in Wonderland (2010), Depp portrays the Mad Hatter, a character known for his garden parties.
  • 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.
  • SPOILER: Prior to dissolving into a swarm of crabs, Calypso shouts a French incantation which in the script reads: "Malfaiteur en Tombeau, Crochir l'Esplanade, Dans l'Fond d'l'eau!". This roughly means "Across all the waters, find the path to he who wrongfully entombed me", evidently referring to Davy Jones.
  • In the novelization, Lord Cutler Beckett considers Jack peculiar but devious and Barbossa considers Jack dangerous but foolhardy.
  • The series has a rather inconsistent naming concept in Germany: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was named "Fluch der Karibik" (lit. "Caribbean's Curse"), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was "Pirates of the Carribean - Fluch der Karibik 2" (although early posters showed the more literal "Fluch der Karibik - Die Truhe des Todes") and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End was "Pirates of the Carribean - Am Ende der Welt".
  • 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.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Heard in the Singapore battle when the fireworks shack explodes, when Sao Feng grabs Will, and during the battle in the maelstrom one is heard during an explosion.
  • The climactic sea battle was shot in an air hanger at Palmdale, California, where the cast had to wear wetsuits underneath their costumes on angle-tipped ships. The water-drenched set was kept in freezing temperatures to prevent bacterial infection.
  • Jack's says "Drink up me hearties, yo-ho!" This is the same last line he said at the end of the first film.
  • The website for the Pirates of the Caribbean series is DisneyPirates.Com.
  • 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.
  • The novelization mentions the pirate executions but doesn't depict them like the film does.
  • 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.
  • SPOILER: A "piece of eight" is a silver coin used as currency in 18th century Spain. In the film, the "piece of eight" is a relic that identifies a captain as one of the nine Pirate Lord of the Brethren Court.
  • Sao Feng threatens Will with a fid, a sharp tool used for winding ropes together.
  • Liar's Dice can be played on the DVD as a special feature.
  • SPOILER: The farewells Elizabeth receives from the pirates echo their greetings/farewell in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: - Pintel, who met Elizabeth with "'Ello poppet," says "'Bye poppet" to her; - Captain Barbossa who first thought Elizabeth was "Miss Turner," calls her "Mrs. Turner" - and Elizabeth tells Jack Sparrow it would never have worked out between them, which Sparrow had earlier told her.
  • Elizabeth becoming a pirate captain foreshadows Penelope Cruz in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
  • The scenes in Davy Jones' Locker were shot at Utah, and a monochromatic style was used to represent its antithesis from the usual colorful environment of a pirate.
  • According to the novelization, the Flying Dutchman is the fastest ship on the ocean.
  • Hans Zimmer stated in an interview that he wrote the music for the films as if he was scoring a "biker movie", and that during the process he substituted the ships for motorcycles in his mind when viewing the film.
  • The title must imply the end of this world and journeying into the next one to rescue Jack.
  • The name "Barbossa" might have been derived from the real Turkish pirate "Barbarossa". Barbarossa, also known as "Redbeard" was once a pirate in the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas before he became a fleet admiral of the Ottoman Empire navy.
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean series is the 12th highest grossing franchise ever.
  • Keira Knightley's last film in the franchise as Elizabeth Swan.
  • SPOILER: At the end of the film, Barbossa suggests to his crew that they go looking for the Fountain of Youth, but is prevented from doing so, since the relevant portion of the map has been stolen. Next, we see Jack Sparrow in his dinghy, turning the rings of the map to form a chalice and the (assumed) location of the Fountain of Youth marked by an X. Judging from its position on the map (and remembering the relative inaccuracy of the mapping techniques of the day), the X lies over the Everglades, roughly 30 miles southwest of Lake Okeechobee.
  • Isla de Muerta is Spanish for island of death.
  • The toy soldiers seen on Lord Beckett's desk were specially ordered from King & Country, a Hong Kong based company that deals in military miniatures.
  • SPOILER: When Elizabeth Swan is named by Tai Huang (Reggie Lee and Sao Feng's crew as their captain after being asked by Davy Jones aboard the Dutchman, the "Singaporean" crew speaks Mandarin (Chinese). When Norrington breaks Elizabeth and her/Sao Feng's crew out of the brig, Tai Huang speaks Mandarin to the crew when Elizabeth nods for them to leave.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is the first 'Pirates' movie where Ragetti and Pintel actually have their names said.
  • 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".
  • 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 line spoken by Barbossa as they enter the maelstrom is one of the lines spoken by the skull in the Disneyland ride before going down the first drop: "It be too late to alter course now!"
  • In the novelization, Elizabeth felt terribly guilty about leaving Jack to die at the hands of the Kraken at the end of the last film. But she sensed he was proud of her pirate-like behavior.
  • SPOILER: The sword that Will made for Commodore Norrington in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has an interesting role throughout this one: Becket returns it to Norrington upon his assignment as Admiral; Norrington stabs Davy Jones with it as his answer to Jones' question "Do you fear death?"; Jones takes it ("Nice sword!") and uses it in the final battle; Sparrow knocks it from Jones' hand during the battle to the deck of the Dutchman, where it is found by one of Beckett's soldiers; while admiring it, this soldier is killed by Jones, who takes it back, and later uses it to stab Will Turner through the heart. The sword is last seen in Will's chest as his father goes to remove his heart for the Dutchman's chest, but it has been rumored that when Will and the Dutchman return, Will has this sword at his waist, and this is the sword in the sand on the beach (along with Elizabeth's) at the end.
  • During filming, Johnny Depp practiced singing for his next role as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
  • Hans Zimmer composed eight new motifs including a new love theme for the film's soundtrack. He scored scenes as the editors began work, so as to influence their choice of cutting to the music.
  • In Italy, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was named "La maledizione della prima luna" (meaning "Curse of the First Moon"). Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 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 was finally translated correctly "Pirati dei Caraibi: ai confini del mondo".
  • First movie in the series to portray that common pirate stereotype, the eye patch.
  • 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 scene which Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) is forced to remove and hand over all her weapons before entering Sao Feng's bathhouse mirrors a similar scene in "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome", which Max (Mel Gibson) is forced to remove and hand over all his weapons at the entrance of Bartertown.
  • Captain Barbossa can be seen wearing an Eagle Scout ring in several sequences. This ring signifies that some one in Boy Scouts has earned the highest rank known as Eagle.
  • SPOILER: Jack Sparrow doesn't appear until 33 minutes into the film.
  • SPOILER: The pieces of eight, as seen in the film, are: Ragetti's wooden eye (Barbossa), a miniature wine cup (Ammand the Corsair), a jack of spades playing card (Capitaine Chevalle), a cork in a broken rum bottle (Captain Vallenueva), a pair of glasses (Mistress Ching), a pair of tongs (Gentleman Jocard), a tusk fragment (Sri Sumbhajee), a pendent (Sao Feng, later Elizabeth Swann), and an old coin from Siam (Jack Sparrow).
  • Industrial Light & Magic created 750 VFX shots in the film, while Digital Domain created 300 VFX shots for the film.
  • Yun-Fat Chow relished his role as Sao Feng, and would often assist the crew in improving the set and to make his performance work better.
  • In the novelization, Elizabeth doesn't know if Will is any different from Pirates and doesn't know if she can trust him anymore. She also lost some respect for Norrington when he handed the heart of Davy Jones to Lord Cutler Beckett to regain his standing in the Navy, but he never stopped loving Elizabeth in spite of her love for the pirate's life.
  • Governor Swann doesn't die in the novelization like he does in the film, nor does Norrington, and Jack's father doesn't appear either.
  • Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Rummy 3".
  • 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, 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.
  • Tia Dalma says poor unfortunate souls; Ursula the sea witch sang the same thing in another Disney film, The Little Mermaid. The flotsam and jetsam at Shipwreck City may also be an in-joke to Ursula's minions too.
  • After the end credits, there is a bonus scene where Elizabeth Swann and her now ten-year-old son watch the sunset together. They witness a Green Flash.
  • 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.
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