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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Poster

Goofs

Factual errors 

Theodore Groves is referred to in both dialogue and the credits as "Lieutenant Commander". However, this rank wasn't created in the British Navy until 1877, and 'On Stranger Tides' is apparently set in the 1740s. Groves can only be a Lieutenant or a Commander, with the latter being more likely in serving as second-in-command to an Privateer Admiral (Barbossa).

Anachronisms 

Mechanical tuners were not used for mandolins until early in the 19th century. Peg tuners were the standard.

Character error 

When Barbossa notices the Spaniards' ship, the Spaniards are very close to them, as there is a man in the crow's nest. He should have been notified of the Spaniards much earlier.

Continuity 

When Gibbs appears in the courtroom, he is dirty in appearance. When Gibbs and Jack are in the back of the jail carriage, Gibbs is all cleaned up. Then later, you see him dirty again.
In the final scene between Jack Sparrow and Angelica, her hair moves around between shots. When the camera is over her left shoulder, on Jack, the left side of her neck / shoulder is visible, as well as the earring in her left ear, but from all other camera angles, her neck and the left earring are complete hidden from view by her hair.
When Jack wakes up on the Queen Anne's Revenge, the beads and bone that he wears in his hair are reversed. In the very next shot, they both return to their correct position.
When Jack is running up to the lighthouse a mermaid is seen taking his sword he is later seen using his sword without getting it back from the mermaid.
When the Spanish gatecrash the fight at the Fountain of Youth and the British officer makes his stirring speech while holding the Union Flag (the anachronous nature of which has already been covered), he's holding the flag upside down.
When Phillip begins to carry Syrena, the leaves an dirt on her legs changes dramatically between shots.
In the last scene when Jack and Angelica are talking, her hair is pulled back behind her left ear when shot from behind but it is over her ear when shot from the front.
In the palace escape scene we see Jack cartwheel over a chair. In this shot we can glimpse a candle on the floor that was knocked over, not lit. In a later shot, we see the same candle alight.
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At the end of the movie Barbossa becomes captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge. We see him ripping up a letter twice, thus the letter would be in four pieces. We see a shot of the pieces flying away in the wind, however there are many more than four.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Tire tracks from camera equipment visible during chase scenes in London.
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Factual errors 

Jack and Angelica jump into the Thames to escape King George's soldiers, and are shown swimming in clear water. The River Thames of the 1740s was a slurry of waste and a fall into the water could - and often did - kill.
Blackbeard (Edward Teach) and George II were not contemporaries. Teach was captured and killed in 1718, while George II was not crowned king until 1727.
Barbossa's ship, the HMS Providence, flies a version of the Union Flag (aka the Union Jack) that was not adopted until 1801. The flag used by the Kingdom of Great Britain during the reign of George II comprised the cross of St. Andrews surmounted by the cross of St. George; the cross of St. Patrick was not added until the flag was updated in 1801.
Blackbeard's Jolly Roger featured a devil-horned skeleton holding a cup and spearing a heart, not a flaming skull.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Phillip takes off his shirt to give it to Syrena, a smallpox vaccination is visible on his upper right arm. Although smallpox vaccinations were not available in the 1700s, various forms of inoculation were used as early as 1720.

Revealing mistakes 

In the courtroom scene, the judge uses a gavel (the small hammer). These are not, and have never been, used in British courts.
King George II was German. He learned English when the family became heirs to the British throne. Most probably he spoke with a German accent, but not necessarily because education in different European languages by teachers from the respective countries was common for noble house in those days.
When Blackbeard holds a pistol on Jack Sparrow at the top of the cliff, its frizzen (the metal the flint strikes against) is open and could never fire; in the next shot, the frizzen is closed.
When Jack's hands are tied and he tries to sip from the hollow peg leg, he can't raise it very high and there is a sound like slurping. But Barbossa has already raised it much higher and taken a long drink. There should be nothing in the top inch to slurp.
When Blackbeard threatens Jack with a pistol, he is heard cocking it, but when he holds it up to the camera we can see that it is only on half-cock. A pistol cannot be fired in the half-cock position, nor can it be loaded in the fired position, implying that either it is not loaded, or a technical error has been made by the film makers.
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When Gibbs is being threatened by Barbossa, there is a "dead" man behind him. At one point, you can see the man blink.
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When Blackbeard pulls out his pistol and points it at Jack Sparrow when he refuses to jump off of the cliff, the flintlock mechanism on Blackbeard's pistol is not ready to be fired.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Following Jack Sparrow's arrest in London, the guards drag Jack across the hall. However, The march sound does not match the pace of the two guards footsteps.

Continuity 

When Jack escapes from the Spaniards, he first drops coconuts from the top of a palm, knocking out one soldier who falls to the ground, near the palm. In the following shots of him incapacitating all the soldiers, there is nobody on the ground there.

Revealing mistakes 

When Jack fights the impostor, they are roughly the same height, but when the impostor is revealed to be Angelica, she is suddenly about half a head shorter than him.

Revealing mistakes 

When the Spaniard stomps on the silver chalices, it creates broken gaps from where the cups' walls meet their silver rims. Later, when Angelica takes a sip from a chalice, you can clearly see she drinks from a section that is broken. Any liquid in the cup would pour out of the gap before it reached her lips.

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