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"The world's still the same. There's just...less in it."
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"Dead men tell no tales! So, I'm forced to let ye live."
Jolly Roger[src]

Dead men tell no tales was a common pirate phrase, meaning once someone is dead, they can no longer communicate, hence killing someone is the best way to keep him/her quiet. A standard pirate excuse for leaving no survivors.

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Behind the scenes

"For the Tokyo version of the attraction, we found out that instead of saying, 'Dead men tell no tales,' the ghost voice was saying, 'There is no mouth on a dead person.' Well, that doesn't make sense, that wasn't what we were trying to do. There's no Japanese equivalent of 'Dead men tell no tales,' so we had to come up with something along the lines of, 'If you're not careful, you will not pass this way again.'"
X Atencio[src]
"In retrospect, it might've been cool to have Davy Jones say 'Dead men tell no tales' at that moment, but that's something that did not occur at the moment. 'Course, in our film, dead men do tell tales, but, still, would've been a nice ride tribute."
Terry Rossio[src] (DVD audio commentary)
  • In the Dead Man's Chest DVD audio commentary, writer Terry Rossio admitted that in retrospect, when Davy Jones' crew executed the survivors of the Kraken attack on the Edinburgh Trader, it "might've been cool" to have Jones himself say "Dead men tell no tales" at that moment of the film.[6]
  • On August 22, 2013, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg revealed that the title of the fifth film would be Dead Men Tell No Tales, alluding to the line well-known from the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.[7] It is unknown if it is still the title or simply a working title, after Disney announced a 2017 release for Pirates of the Caribbean 5.[8][9][10]
  • In LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, when a player completes all the main story missions, collect all the Minikits, get True Pirate on all levels, and find all the secret compass locations, a bonus level is unlocked. The level is a recreation of the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride, in which the phrase "Dead men tell no tales" is heard in the background.



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