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


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  • Captain Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) leads Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), and Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) to World's End, the gateway to Davy Jones' Locker, in order to retrieve Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from the land of the dead. Meanwhile, Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) and Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) have formed an alliance in order to rule the seas and wipe out the last of the Pirates, leading all nine pirate lords to convene at a Brethren Court at Shipwreck Cove and decide on a course of action against Beckett. Edit

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is based on a screenplay by writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who based their screenplay on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride at the Disneyland theme park. It is the third movie in a series of five Pirates of the Caribbean movies, preceded by Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), and followed by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). Untitled Pirates of the Caribbean Project is announced with no release date set. Note: Dead Man's Chest and At World's End are two parts of an overall filmic episode involving Davy Jones as the principal antagonist. Edit

  • One scene that was cut explained that if Calypso had greeted Davy Jones after his 10 years of ferrying dead souls, he would have been freed of his duty. This is in direct conflict with the repeated assertion that the Flying Dutchman must always have a captain, which is probably why the scene was scrapped, but the suggestion that "real love" can free the captain after 10 years remained in the film. It isn't out of the realm of possibilities that a new Captain, perhaps another crew member willing to take on the responsibility, could assume command until their 10 years are up, but nothing in the film suggests this. It was thus believed by many that Will would be freed after 10 years if his true love waits for him, so his wife and son waiting for him in the film's post-credit scene would mean that he is free to go. However, the opening scene of Dead Men Tell No Tales shows Will still being the captain of the Dutchman, 12 years after getting the post, confirming that the curse could not be lifted by "real love". Edit

  • They may be hallucinations, which seem to appear whenever Jack is faced with a decision, as though he is consulting different aspects of his psyche. (Think: devil and angel on either shoulder.) The multiple Jacks only appear when Jack is alone with no one else around to see that he is hallucinating. As for the scene in Davy Jones' Locker, the writers and Johnny Depp have stated that such hallucinations are one of the curses of the locker. It splits a captain's different quirks and personalities into separate persons, and all of them must become members of the captain's crew. It's also likely that spending such a long time in the Locker alone began to drive him mad, as Gibbs stated. Edit

  • There are two different pieces of eight that are spoken of in the film:

    Beckett's plan was to call the Brethren court in order to get every pirate in the world in one place, so he could finish them off with the entire armada of the East India Trading Company. In the opening scene, The EITC are executing in droves, anyone and everyone who had so much as been suspected of talking to a pirate. A young boy is placed on the gallows, holding a piece of eight. The boy begins to sing the pirate song, everyone else in line to be executed joins in on the song. Afterward the coin seems to be making a ringing noise. In a following scene, Barbossa tosses a piece of eight to Sao Feng and says, "The song has been sung. The time is upon us. We must convene the brethren court." Sao Feng then puts the piece of eight to his ear to listen to it. It makes a ringing sound. It appears that the coin pieces of eight are a sort of beacon for the pirate lords to signal that they must convene the brethren court to stop the threat against them.

    It turns out the other pieces of eight were just odd bits of stuff. The filmmakers started shooting the movie before there was a finished script; it's possible this created an ambiguity related to the coins. This is clarified in the scene during the Brethren Court's meeting. When all the captains present their pieces of eight, Pintel exclaims that they are "pieces of junk" and Gibbs retorts that while the original idea was to have an emblem to symbolise their elite membership, the pirate lords of the first brethren court were skinned broke, so they used whatever they had in their pockets. When questioned why they didn't change the name, Gibbs adds, "To What? Nine pieces of whatever-we-have-in-our-pockets-at-the-time? Oh, yes, that's very piratey." Edit

  • Beckett made Jones kill the Kraken. He describes his order as having had Jones kill his "pet." You can see its corpse later on the beach. How Jones killed the beast is unknown. Edit

  • In a previous encounter (that is referred to, but never shown), Jack had been left with a brand: the "P" that has been burned onto his arm. In the first film, Norrington discovers the brand and remarks on "a run-in with the East India Trading company." In the online game, it's revealed that Jack was once hired by the EIC to transport slaves from Africa to the Caribbean. He opts to release them instead, and the EIC officially declares him a pirate for his actions (hence the "P"), and sinks his ship. The ship, originally called the Wicked Wench, is later raised by Davy Jones and renamed the Black Pearl, hence the debt Jack owes to Jones. Edit

  • The four Jack refers to are as follows, Barbosa, Will, Elizabeth and Tia Dalma. We know this because both Barbosa and Will attempted to kill Jack in the first film, and Elizabeth "succeeds" in the second film. The fourth is Tia Dalma because immediately after addressing the fact that Elizabeth has not told Will the truth about Jack's sacrifice he turns his attention to Tia Dalma and she says "Now don't tell me you didn't enjoy it at the time." This implies a history between the two prior to the events of the films. We can also assume it was before Jack became a Pirate Lord as this would damage Tia Dalma's chances of being released from her human form. Also in the second film, when they went to see Tia Dalma, Gibbs says to Jack "I'll watch your back.", Jack responds "It's me front I'm worried about." suggesting he's afraid she may kill him point blank. Alternatively, Jack could have been referring to Barbossa, Pintel, Ragetti and Elizabeth. Edit

  • Two possible interpretations: (1) Beckett realized that he couldn't really control the Kraken and had Jones kill it as a result. He couldn't risk the Kraken being loose and uncontrolled in the ocean and decided that it needed to be destroyed. Another possibility to this interpretation, is that Jones clearly had contempt for Beckett due to his hold over him and wanted to be free of his control; if the Kraken were still alive, Jones could very well command it to go after Beckett and use it against his ships. (2) Beckett did it, not out of consideration for the Kraken's powers, but to spite Jones and show the power he holds over him. His confrontation with Jones on the Dutchman indicates a contempt for Jones and his supernatural powers, and killing the Kraken serves primarily to put Jones in his place, as Beckett's slave. cf.: Beckett: "The Captain [Jones] is to sail [the Dutchman] as commanded! I'd have thought you learned that when I ordered you to kill your pet. This is no longer your world, Jones." Edit

  • Gigantism is a common symbol for greatness in mythology. Calypso's immense growth before exploding into crabs is a feature of her greatness as a sea goddess. You can't expect someone like Calypso to make anything but a grand exit. Edit

  • Calypso shouts an 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", referring to Davy Jones after Will revealed that, while it was the first brethren court that bound her, it was Jones who showed them how it could be done. Edit

  • Calypso is a goddess associated with crabs and the sea (at least in the movie's mythology). It's a grand exit showing off her power, just like the crabs brought Jack and the Pearl to Tia Dalma on the shore in the Locker. A hint is given to this relationship when one of the crabs slips under Tia Dalma's gown and she is subsequently shown holding one, stroking it tenderly. Edit

  • Beckett is not a fearless leader. He is cold and calculating, but he doesn't make a move unless he's certain of the outcome. Every move Beckett made was the result of his being able to control or manipulate people. Once stripped of this power, he was not able to make a decision. It can also be assumed that he was paralyzed with fear and disbelief over what was happening, including the fact that the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman joined forces to destroy the HMS Endeavour. Edit

  • Yes. Keith Richards does appear in At World's End as Captain Teague, the "Keeper of the Pirate Law." Teague is Jack Sparrow's father. He calls Jack "Jackie," while Jack avoids Teague's eyes as much as possible. Several other scenes hint at this father-son relationship. The first hint occurs when Jack walks up to him after a meeting and asks "How's mum?" Teague replies by grunting and showing Jack a shrunken head. (It is also hinted that Jack's pleasure-seeking personality comes largely from his mother. Teague says to Jack, "The key is not living forever but living with yourself forever." The line may be a warning to Jack that he'll come to the same end as she if he does not change his ways.) Teague's appearance resembles that of Jack Sparrow: both have a wide bandanna and jumble of small items braided in their hair and beards. The facial features are also very alike. Jack and Teague share the same basic features, including the high, and highly-defined, cheek bones. Edit

  • No. The reason Jones turned "fishy" along with his crew is that they no longer followed the Dutchman's true purpose which was to ferry the souls lost at sea to the afterlife. Davy Jones stopped doing that once Calypso failed to meet him after the 10 years. Jones then started taking those near death on as crew for the Dutchman, having them swear to serve for 100 years. However, in Dead Men Tell No Tales, Will appears aboard the Dutchman and he has a slightly barnacled appearance. Though nowhere near as extreme as Davy Jones and his crew. Edit

  • As the Flying Dutchman goes down in the maelstrom, Jack, Elizabeth, and Jack the monkey parachute off and float harmlessly to land in the water where they are picked up by the Black Pearl. Beckett moves the Endeavor, her gun barrels loaded, toward the Pearl and prepares for the attack. Suddenly, the Dutchman pops out of the water with their new captain, Will Turner, at the helm. Together, the Dutchman and the Pearl pummel the Endeavor with their guns, blowing it up and killing Beckett. The rest of the British armada turns tail and runs away. Following their victory, Will and Elizabeth have their one day on land together. Before Will is forced to return to the Dutchman at sunset, he asks Elizabeth to keep the Dead Man's Chest with his heart inside. Some time later, Captain Jack prepares to leave Tortuga and heads to the dock where the Pearl is moored only to find it gone. Barbossa has commandeered the ship in order to search for the Fountain of Youth, once again leaving Jack behind. As he unfurls his map, however, he discovers that Jack has cut out the center of it. In the final scene, Jack unfurls the map cutout while sailing his dinghy, drinking rum, and singing, "It's the pirates' life for me." Edit

  • Yes, and it is highly recommended that you stay through the credits to see it. Unlike the amusing but unnecessary bonus scenes at the end of the last two films, this one is relevant to the plot. According to Disney, the scene serves as a finality of Will and Elizabeth's story. It shows Elizabeth and son William watching the sun set. The last ray of sun flashes green, which heralds Will's return from the underworld to be reunited with his family for one day after ten years. Edit

  • The budget for this film was 300 million USD. This makes it the highest budget film ever made to date. However, the fifth film Dead Men Tell No Tales now holds the title as it blew its budget of 250,000,000 USD and wound up costing over 320,000,000 USD. Edit

  • Bootstrap explains to Will in Dead Man's Chest that during your 100 years of service, you slowly start to lose your identity bit-by-bit until you wind up actually becoming part of the ship. So essentially, the longer you're aboard the ship, the more fish-like your appearance becomes and the more corrupted and under Davy Jones' control. Bootstrap was still himself by the end of Dead Man's Chest. However, by helping Will steal the key and escape the ship, Davy Jones locks him in the brig. This seems to rapidly accelerate Bootstrap's transformation into a slave to Davy Jones. Once Will takes over as the captain of the Dutchman, it essentially hits the "reset button" and the ship and crew revert to their original selves. Edit



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