Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) Poster


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The scene where Sparrow is hurled across a canyon and landing on his feet while tied to a pole, is amazingly not using CG nor any other sort of camera trickery, not even wires. A man was actually tied hands and feet to a pole and then, by the use of specially created rigs (along with a dose of scientific pre-calculations for acceleration, distance etc), physically catapulted over that junction, doing a somersault mid-ways in the air and landing perfect on his two feet - all in one take!
The scene when Jack Sparrow calls the Flying Dutchman "fishmates" and sings to them "I got a jar of dirt" was actually unscripted and it was improvised by Johnny Depp, most of the reactions of the rest of the characters are real.
When Will is looking for Captain Jack Sparrow, the last guy he asks tells him about an island where the "long pork" is very good. "Long pork" is a euphemism for human flesh.
Johnny Depp's frequent collaborator, Tim Burton, contributed some of the conceptual designs of several crew members aboard the Flying Dutchman.
The texture of Davy Jones's skin was made by scanning a dirty coffee cup and applying it to the screen using Photoshop-type software.
The movie was shot back-to-back with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
Rolling Stone Keith Richards was set to make a cameo appearance as the father of Captain Jack Sparrow, but Richards had to pull out of the project due to his commitment with The Rolling Stones world tour. Johnny Depp had previously said that his performance as Jack Sparrow was based on Richards.
For the production of this and the next installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, two ships were actually built; The Black Pearl, and The Flying Dutchman.
Deleted footage of Tortuga from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was added to the final cut of this movie.
While the script was being written, Keira Knightley suggested the scene between Jack and Elizabeth where Jack is handcuffed to the ship.
The film is banned in China for its depiction of cannibalism, an integral part to the movie's storyline.
It is stated in the DVD commentary that the scene where several people argue how to pronounce "kraken" was added due to an error by Kevin McNally. The word is said "Kray-ken", but when McNally first said the creature's name, he called it the "Kracken", and this caught on with the rest of the cast. The scene was added to show how the creature's name is actually said.
During filming, the cast and crew had to be evacuated to Los Angeles because of Hurricane Wilma.
The majority of the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) set was destroyed in the hurricane, and had to be re-built for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
The line delivered by Will Turner "I could do this all day" was improvised by Orlando Bloom.
The dice game that Will Turner plays with Davy Jones is called Liar's Dice, a gambling game where each player has to make consecutively higher bids based upon how many of each die they claim are on the table (two threes, four fives, etc.), until a player is called a liar, in which case all the dice are shown and it's seen if the bid is correct. Normally a player only loses a die when caught in a lie and is not out of the game until he has lost all his dice.
All of Davy Jones's crew were actors. They all wore dark gray motion-capture suits and before they could be filmed they had to be scanned in order for the computer to place the crew images over the top. Bill Nighy wore makeup around his eyes and mouth in case computer rendering failed to look realistic during extreme close ups (fortunately this was never needed).
When Mr. Gibbs is enlisting new recruits at the tavern, a bunch of men are pulling a man out of a well, and he slowly spits out water. This is a recreation of a scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Walt Disney theme parks.
Gore Verbinski initially rejected casting director Denise Chamian's suggestion to cast Naomie Harris as Tia Dalma, saying that she was too young for the role. Chamian insisted he give her a screen test. Finally, Harris's mother came with her for the audition; also serving as her dialect coach, since Dalma speaks in partial Jamaican accent.
This is the first film to feature Disney's new logo, a computer-generated model of the Magic Kingdom, replacing the blue and white silhouette.
According to the novelization, Davy Jones' pegleg is made of pure whalebone. His pipe organ is made of coral grown from the organic moulding of the Flying Dutchman.
The conch-man speaks Cantonese after his head is knocked off.
At $135,634,554 domestically in its opening weekend, it was the motion picture to reach $100 million the fastest, accomplishing the feat in two days.
When Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) is playing the pipe organ, the song he is playing is a slightly sped up version of the tune that his locket plays.
Beckett's letters of Marque are signed by "George R", which is the signature of King George I of England, which places the movie in the early- mid 1700's since King George I reigned from 1714 to 1727.
The dog with the keys is never given a proper name; the script just refers to him as "prison dog".
When the word "Tortuga" is set on fire on the deck, it is written in the trademark Disney font.
The music played during the pub brawl on Tortuga was not composed for the movie. It is a traditional piece called "Fisher's Hornpipe".
This is the only 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie that does not reference the fictitious pirate code 'Parley' (root: "parlée"/"spoken" from the French verb "parler"/"to speak").
Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), the main villain, does not physically appear until exactly one hour into the film.
The highest-grossing movie of 2006.
Stay after the credits for an additional scene.
The pirate musical "band" that was playing in the inn at Tortuga are also from the ride. Notice the one playing the accordion.
When the sailors fight over the dress on the ship on which Elizabeth has stowed away, they talk about the ghost of a woman who was widowed before her wedding. This is a plot point in the Disney Ride "The Haunted Mansion".
This marks famed special-effects house Industrial Light & Magic's first Oscar win since Forrest Gump (1994) 12 years previously. This is also the only "Pirates of the Caribbean" film to win the award in any of its nominated categories (as of 2010).
For the film's release, the Walt Disney Company redesigned the Pirates of the Caribbean rides in Walt Disney World and Disneyland to feature captain Jack Sparrow, Barbossa, and an appearance by the film's supernatural character Davy Jones as part of the attraction and premiered on the same day as the film.
Keira Knightley had to wear hair extensions because she had cut her hair short for her role in Domino (2005).
Throughout the movie, many references are made to the original Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). These include the following: Cutler Beckett is corrected by Elizabeth and Will when he fails to refer to Jack Sparrow as "Captain" (Jack insisted on being called "Captain Jack Sparrow" in the first movie); Governor Swann breaks off an arm of a candlestick inside the dungeon (the same happened to Will in the Governor's house in the first movie); Governor Swann asks where the "dog with the keys" is; the dog is still holding the keys in the rowboat; Jack asks, "Why is the rum always gone?" (he asked Elizabeth the same twice in the first movie); Will gets slapped by a lady in Tortuga (Jack's being slapped by ladies he once mistreated was a running joke in the first film); Jack says "Hide the rum" when Elizabeth arrives (Elizabeth burned his rum in the first movie); a running gag plays on the fact that Jack the monkey is immortal (he stole one of the Cortez coins in the post-credits scene at the end of the first film).
The gigantic wheel upon which the sword fight between Sparrow, Turner, and Norrington takes place weighed 1800 pounds and stood 18 feet tall.
The Black Pearl was never on the beach of the cannibal island. It's a model digitally added to the shots, complete with digital water splashes.
Tia Dalma's swamp is a recreation of the opening bayou scene in the ride in Disneyland complete with fireflies.
This movie held the box office record for the highest opening weekend with $135,634,554 earned. The former record holder was Spider-Man 2 (2004). The record was then broken by Spider-Man 3 (2007).
The two sailors quarreling over Jack's hat on the boat which is then sunk by the Kraken are from Cyprus. The sailor on the left is Turkish-Cypriot while the other on the right is Greek-Cypriot and speaks the Greek-Cypriot dialect.
A popular pirate punishment was "marooning". The pirate who was being punished was put on an island and left, sometimes for a few days, sometimes permanently. The "dead man's chest" is a small rocky island so called because the rocks reminded pirates of a ribcage. It has no water or shade and is so low that waves frequently wash over it. To be marooned on the "chest" was to be given a death sentence under the broiling Caribbean sun.
The shack by the river as the crew go to see Tia Dalma is identical to the shack on the far side of the river across from the boarding dock of the Magic Kingdom's "Jungle Cruise" ride in Orlando, Florida.
In most shots of the cannibal island, the background scenery has been digitally altered. Some overview shots are completely computer generated.
Orlando Bloom and Bill Nighy have both appeared in adaptations of The Lord of the Rings. Bloom played Legolas in Peter Jackson's films, while Nighy was the voice of Sam Gamgee in the BBC Radio version.
The bone cages on Cannibal Island were made of Styrofoam or steel depending on the scene.
In June 2006, the "Flying Dutchman" set ship was towed to Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line's private island, where it was displayed in promotion release of the movies.
The novelization goes into more detail about Norrington's fall from grace; apparently he never forgave himself for allowing Jack to escape, and subsequently left Port Royal in disgrace.
The Black Pearl sails to an archipelago that matches the outline of Tia Dalma's crab claws.
The Edinburgh Trader is the HMS Bounty from Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), which later sank during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
In an interview with CGSociety, Visual Effects Art Director Aaron McBride revealed that when he was given the task of doing photo-real illustrations of Davy Jones, there was talk that Christopher Walken would play the role.
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 (2003). Tara and Levi played the part of "Jack the Monkey" in the first Pirates film.
Captain Jack Sparrow referring to Elizabeth as "Lizzie" could be a reference to Keira Knightley's role as Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Bennett in Pride & Prejudice (2005) in the previous year. She was nominated for an Academy Award for this role.
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Naomie Harris was filming this film together with Miami Vice (2006). All of her scenes as Tia Dalma were filmed at Bahamas during the weekends.
Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Rummy 2".
The ship, The Black Pearl, was built in Bayou La Batre, Alabama at Steiner Shipyard, just a couple of blocks from Bayou La Batre City Hall.
Other actors considered for the part of Davy Jones included Iain Glen, Jim Broadbent and Richard E. Grant.
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The Dutch audience awarded it with the 'TV Krant Filmposter Award' of 2006.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene where Elizabeth kisses Jack Sparrow was actually left out of Orlando Bloom's script for a better reaction.
For a dose of authenticity in the final twist at the end of the film, the actors were not told, prior to filming, that Geoffrey Rush would be appearing in the movie. They were told, before the scene was shot, that the person coming down the stairs would be Anamaria (Zoe Saldana) from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003); the looks of surprise on their faces as Rush descends are genuine.
While in Tia Dalma's hut, Jack is seen handling a black hat with a large black feather in it. Those who know the first movie will recognize the hat as belonging to Barbossa.
When Jack offers the monkey to Tia Dalma, she opens the cage, setting the monkey free. The monkey then runs off and starts playing with a pair of boots that are attached to a leg (presumably Captain Barbossa's).
When Jack Sparrow is at Tia Dalma's hut, there is a necklace on the table when Jack is stealing the ring. The picture on the necklace is the same image on the music box on Davy Jones' pipe organ, a hint to a major plot point in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
The apple that Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) bites at the end of the film is a nod to the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). In that film, Barbossa lamented that as a living dead, he could not enjoy the taste of an apple.
WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when the Kraken attacks the Royal Navy ship after Will evacuates the crew.
Geoffrey Rush is not credited, however his assistant Stephen J. Young is.
Body count: 82

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