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150 min. (2 h. 30 min.)
- "Captain Jack is back."
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is the second installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, released on July 7, 2006 as a follow-up to the first film, The Curse of the Black Pearl. The film stars Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow), Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann). It was directed by Gore Verbinski, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. Dead Man's Chest would be followed in 2007 by At World's End.
Charming rogue pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back for a grand, swashbuckling, nonstop joyride filled with devilish pirate humor, monstrous sea creatures, and breathtaking black magic. Now Jack's got a blood debt to pay—he owes his soul to the legendary Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), ghostly Ruler of the Ocean Depths— but the ever so crafty Jack isn't about to go down without a fight. Along the way, dashing Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and the beautiful Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) get up in the thrilling whirlpool of misadventures stirred up in Jack's quest to avoid eternal damnation by seizing the fabled Dead Man's Chest!
It is the wedding day of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). However, the arrival of Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) in Port Royal disrupts proceedings, as both Will and Elizabeth are arrested on the charge of setting free an enemy of the crown: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), whom Beckett also wishes to track down.
Jack has his own set of troubles to worry about, however. A debt he made with Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) to raise the Black Pearl from the depths of the ocean thirteen years ago is set to be paid, and Jack does not wish to bind himself to a lifetime of servitude as part of Jones' crew. Instead, he sets out to locate the Dead Man's Chest and the key that opens it, in order to gain control over Jones himself. Jack escapes from a Turkish prison with a drawing of the key, and sets off to track it down. Meanwhile, Cutler Beckett strikes a deal with Will Turner, wishing for him to obtain Jack Sparrow's compass in exchange for a full pardon. Will remains dubious, but is left with no other choice.
The Search for Jack Sparrow
By this point, Jack has begun his voyage, though is unable to discern any resolute course from his compass. He descends to the lower deck to search for more rum, where he encounters William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner (Stellan Skarsgård). Turner had chosen to serve Davy Jones after being sent to the bottom of the ocean by Hector Barbossa—as a cursed man, unable to die. He warns Jack that his time is up, and that Jones has released the Kraken to bring Jack in. Before departing, Bootstrap marks Jack with the Black Spot, a sign that the Kraken is coming for him. Terrified, Jack orders Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin R. McNally) to head for land—any land—to avoid this terrible beast. In the confusion, Jack the monkey knocks Sparrow's hat into the sea, where it is carried far from its owner. It ends up in the hands of two fishermen, whose ship is suddenly dragged under the water by an unseen creature.
In the prisons at Fort Charles, Will informs Elizabeth of his plan to track down Jack, but Governor Weatherby Swann (Jonathan Pryce) does not trust Will to free both himself and Elizabeth. As Will begins his search in Tortuga, Weatherby procures passage back to England for himself and his daughter. Will's search ends on Isla de Pelegostos, where the Black Pearl has been beached. As he explores the nearby tropical forest, Will is captured by the native Pelegostos, and taken to a mountaintop village. There, he finds Jack acting as chief of the tribe, and though Sparrow does nothing to help Will in his predicament, he does whisper, "Save me!" before Will is taken away. Back in Port Royal, Governor Swann releases Elizabeth and makes for a rendezvous with Captain Hawkins, only to find Beckett's henchman, Mercer (David Schofield), waiting for him. Elizabeth, however, uses Mercer's appearance as a diversion, escaping back to Fort Charles, where she confronts Lord Beckett at the end of a pistol. Beckett makes a deal with her, giving her the Letters of Marque in exchange for Jack's compass. She leaves, and stows away, disguised as a sailor boy, aboard the Edinburgh Trader.
- "Don't eat me!"
- ―Cotton's Parrot
Meanwhile, another prison break has occurred, and now Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook) are making their way to Pelegosto Island along with the Prison Dog. They reach land, and set about preparing to take the Pearl as their own. Elsewhere on the island, Will Turner is being held inside one of two bone cages suspended over a ravine, along with the surviving crew of the Pearl. Gibbs informs him that the Pelegostos believe Jack is a god in human form, and intend to free his divine spirit by roasting and eating his "fleshy prison". The crew attempts to swing their cages across the chasm to climb up the other side. However, Leech spurs his crewers on to compete with Will and the others, and in their haste, tumble from the side of the cliff and plummet into the ravine. This draws the attention of a sentry, who runs to warn the villagers.
The sentry inadvertantly buys Jack some time, as his arrival coincides with the Pelegostos' attempt to roast Jack alive. He escapes while the villagers race to kill their prisoners, but meets further resistance as he makes his way through the village. As Will and the crew roll through the jungle, still trapped inside their cage, Jack falls into a ravine, though his fall is broken by the pole he is tied to, and a series of wooden bridges.
The crew makes it back to the Pearl just as Pintel and Ragetti, recently escaped from jail with help from the Prison Dog, are attempting to commandeer the ship. Jack himself arrives, pursued by the entire Pelegostos tribe, though manages to board the ship before they can catch him. Instead, their attention is drawn by the dog, who runs off into the jungle, chased by the natives.
A Touch of Destiny
Once back on the water, Will reveals he requires Jack's compass, though Jack brushes him off, instead ordering Gibbs to head upriver. He then proceeds to explain, using Will's naivety concerning Davy Jones, that the key Jack is looking for will enable Will to rescue Elizabeth. Elizabeth herself has departed Port Royal onboard the Edinburgh Trader, and begins to arouse the crew's superstitions when they come to believe her dress belongs to the spirit of a vengeful woman. By now, the Pearl's crew has taken to the longboats and heads up the Pantano River into Cypress Forest, for a meeting with the voodoo priestess, Tia Dalma. There, Dalma senses a "touch of destiny" about Will, and tells the tale of Davy Jones to her audience. She reveals that Jones, once in love, tried to spare himself the heartbreak of losing his love by cutting out his own heart, and locking it away in a chest. She also informs Jack that Jones keeps the key about his person at all times, and offers him a jar of dirt, explaining that, as Jones is unable to set foot on land for another decade, Jack should keep land about him for protection. Dalma then divines the location of the Flying Dutchman, for which the Pearl sets sail.
Bargain with Jones
Will Turner volunteers to head over to what he believes is the Dutchman and negotiate for Jack's soul. However, he is unaware that the wrecked ship he boards is not Jones' ship, which bursts out of the water in front of him as Will explores the vessel. He is surrounded by Jones' crewmen, who have served for so long on the Dutchman that various sea creatures have been assimilated into their bodies. Will is knocked out and lined up with the survivors of the wreck. Davy Jones reveals himself, proposing a deal with any who would rather serve aboard his ship than face their final judgement in death. One man refuses, and is killed, while others are forced to agree. Jones realizes Will is neither dead nor dying, and demands to know his purpose. Will reveals that Jack Sparrow sent him to settle his debt, and Jones uses his supernatural power to bring himself, along with his crew, aboard the Black Pearl to confront Sparrow himself. Jack tries to tell Jones that he (Jack) was only Captain for 2 years until Barbossa's mutiny, but Jones refuses to accept that and reminds him he has introduced himself as Captain Jack Sparrow for all these years. Jack negotiates with Davy Jones, and is given three days to find one hundred souls to serve Jones—the first being Will himself, still aboard the Dutchman. Jones removes the Black Spot, and Jack immediately heads for Tortuga to harvest the souls.
Elizabeth is also on her way to Tortuga, after again using the Edinburgh crew's superstitions against them. She makes them believe the spirit is asking them to go to Tortuga, and writes the name in oil on the ship's deck, setting it on fire to get their attention. As a pirate band played in the cantina, Gibbs recruited sailors to sail aboard the Pearl—and ultimately to be handed over to Jones—though manages only to recruit four. The fifth reveals himself as now-former commodore, James Norrington, having been disgraced after piloting his ship into a hurricane while pursuing Jack and the Black Pearl. He starts a bar brawl after attempting to shoot Jack, which is joined by Elizabeth as Jack and his crew sneak out. Elizabeth knocks Norrington unconscious before he can do any more damage, and he is thrown into the pigsty. Mercer watches these proceedings, and later offers Norrington a deal on behalf of Lord Beckett.
Night on the Dutchman
Meanwhile, aboard the Flying Dutchman, Bootstrap Bill is reunited with his long-lost son after Jimmy Legs orders "Mr. Turner" to secure the mast tackle. Both Turners attempt the procedure, and when Bill encounters his son, lets go of the line, causing Will to drop a hoisted cannon into the deck. For his apparent mistake, Jimmy Legs prepares to whip Will, but Bootstrap intervenes, revealing to Davy Jones that he is the boy's father. Cruelly, Jones forces Bootstrap to whip his own son, though Bootstrap insists it was an act of compassion compared to the severe lashing Jimmy Legs would have inflicted.
Back in Port Royal, Beckett meets with a manacled Governor Swann and informs him that Elizabeth has been sighted by Mercer in the company of Sparrow and "other fugitives from justice". He convinces an extremely reluctant Swann to relinquish his authority to him, in order to assure Elizabeth's safety.
On the Flying Dutchman, Will meets his father, and they both play Davy Jones at Liar's Dice in an attempt to win the key. They lose, but Will later steals it and rows to a ship (the Edinburgh Trader). Davy Jones realizes this means that Jack is after his heart. He catches the Edinburgh Trader and summons the Kraken which destroys the ship and kills all aboard (except for Will, who escapes), while Davy Jones sets sail for the island the heart is buried on.
Both crews arrive at the island at much the same time, although Davy Jones sends his sailors to retrieve the chest as he cannot set foot on land for another decade. Jack, Norrington and Elizabeth use the compass to find the chest. Will appears and is reunited with Elizabeth. They embrace and Will kisses her. The chest precipitates a three-way duel between Jack, Will and Norrington for possession of it. As they are occupied, Davy Jones's crew arrives and attack Ragetti and Pintel who have taken the chest while Jack, Will, and Norrington fight each other.
Elizabeth chases both Ragetti and Pintel, eventually fleeing and fighting with them as Davy Jones' crew catches up with the chest they were carrying. They manage to fight them as Jack manages to get away from Will and Norrington. He opens the dropped chest, taking Davy Jones' heart and closing it again. He puts it in the jar of dirt he brought with him when he runs and makes it back to the longboat. Eventually, while Jack is distracted, Norrington sees both the chest and the jar of dirt in the longboat. He makes a "brave" gesture of taking the chest and running with it to draw Davy Jones' crew away from the others to help them make their escape not telling them that he has already taken the heart from the jar. Jack, still thinking that he has the heart, agrees and the others flee. Norrington is cornered by Davy Jones' crew, but plays the coward and drops the chest to run away while they laugh.
Escaping the island, the Pearl is finally caught by the Kraken. After a vicious struggle, the jar holding the dirt is broken and emptied revealing that the heart is no longer in it. Jack frantically searches what is left (frantically exclaiming, "Where's the thump-thump?!") as the crew prepares to defend the ship from the Kraken. During the battle, Elizabeth catches sight of Jack rowing away from the boat, calling him a coward. Later on, as Jack is rowing away from the embattled ship, he is shown looking at his compass before deciding whether or not to go back and help. Will and the rest of the crew have managed to put together a trap to help defend the ship and it is during that final battle against the Kraken that Elizabeth runs into Jack who has returned. He fires a shot into the trap of gunpowder that drives the Kraken away for the moment, but it is enough to buy the crew time to escape. He gives the painful order to abandon ship.
The Captain goes down with his ship
- "Jack Sparrow...our debt is settled."
- ―Davy Jones
However, Elizabeth realizes the Kraken is specifically after Jack. She kisses him passionately, and as she does, Will (who is climbing down the ship to the wooden "lifeboat") witnesses the kiss but says nothing, although he is clearly hurt. Elizabeth uses the opportunity to chain Jack to the mast as the rest of the crew escape from the ship. Jack has seemingly decided to show his good side by returning to help at the risk of his own life, while Elizabeth for once throws her own sense of honor and decency to the wind, both by kissing Jack, and by chaining him to the mast to save herself. She tells everybody in the lifeboat they escape in that Jack has "elected" to remain aboard and go down with his ship and they sail away from the Black Pearl. Jack manages to slip out of his shackles just as the Kraken appears on all sides of the ship, trapping him. Jack grabs a sword and the last we see of him he is smiling and saying, "Hello, beastie," and attacking the Kraken as the monster destroys the Black Pearl and drags her underwater to her grave. Davy Jones sees this and proclaims Jack's debt fulfilled. However, he then realizes that something is not right and asks to see the "chest". After realizing his heart has been stolen and believing Jack had it when the Kraken killed him, he looks up into the sky and shouts, "Damn you, Jack Sparrow!"
The Heart and a new Captain
Norrington is found by ships from the East India Trading Company and is taken to Port Royal. There, he reappears and reports to Beckett with the Letters of Marque. To Beckett's surprise, Norrington does not deliver Sparrow's magical compass as Beckett hoped, but another, more powerful item, the heart of Davy Jones.
- Johnny Depp ... Jack Sparrow
- Orlando Bloom ... Will Turner
- Keira Knightley ... Elizabeth Swann
- Jack Davenport ... Norrington
- Bill Nighy ... Davy Jones
- Jonathan Pryce ... Governor Weatherby Swann
- Lee Arenberg ... Pintel
- Mackenzie Crook ... Ragetti
- Kevin R. McNally ... Gibbs
- David Bailie ... Cotton
- Stellan Skarsgård ... Bootstrap Bill
- Tom Hollander ... Cutler Beckett
- Naomie Harris ... Tia Dalma
- Martin Klebba ... Marty
- David Schofield ... Mercer
- Alex Norton ... Captain Bellamy
- Lauren Maher ... Scarlett
- Nej Adamson ... Short Sailor
- Jimmy Roussounis ... Large Sailor
- Moray Treadwell ... Sunburned Sailor
- San Shella ... Leech
- Jim Cody Williams ... Fisherman (Montage)
- Michael Miranda ... Cannibal Warrior
- Luke de Woolfson ... Frightened Sailor
- Derrick O'Connor ... Very Old Man
- Georges Trillat ... Skinny Man
- Israel Aduramo ... Crippled Man
- Gerry O'Brien ... Irish Man
- Dermot Keaney ... Maccus/Dutchman
- Clive Ashborn ... Koleniko/Dutchman
- Robbie Gee ... Shrimper (Montage)
- Neil Panlasigui ... Cannibal Boy
- Matthew Bowyer ... Sailor/Edinburgh
- Max Baker ... Bursar/Edinburgh
- Steven Spiers ... Quartermaster/Edinburgh
- John Boswall ... Wyvern
- Winston Ellis ... Palifico/Dutchman
- Christopher Adamson ... Jimmylegs/Dutchman
- Andy Beckwith ... Clanker/Dutchman
- Jonathan Linsley ... Olgivey/Dutchman
- Sylver ... Shrimper's Brother
- Simon Meacock ... Chaplain
- Natsuko Ohama ...
- Josie Dapar .... Cannibal Women
- Vanessa Branch .... Giselle
- David Sterne .... Edinburgh Cook
- David Keyes .... Scuttled Ship Helmsman
- Anthony Patricio .... Cannibal
- Barry McEvoy .... Carruthers Guard
- Michael Enright .... Deckhand/Edinburgh
- Hernando "Sweepy" Molina .... Sweepy
- John Mackey
- Spider Madison
- Bud Mathis .... Turkish Prisoner
- Marco Kahn
- David Zahedian
- Faouzi Brahimi .... Turkish Guard
- Jonathan Limbo .... Torch Native
- Alex Cong .... Native Bridge Guard
- Ho-Kwan Tse .... Ho-Kwan
- Reggie Lee .... Headless
- Lejon O. Stewart .... Lejon
- Christopher S. Capp .... Parrot Voice
- Felix Castro .... Moises
- Mike Haberecht .... Kursar
- Gerard Reyes .... Tearlach
- M. Scott Shields .... Duncan
- Chris "Sully" Sullivan .... Ladbroc
- Fred Toft .... Quartetto
- Jack Sparrow
- Will Turner
- Elizabeth Swann
- James Norrington
- Davy Jones (First appearance)
- Weatherby Swann
- Joshamee Gibbs
- Bootstrap Bill Turner (First appearance)
- Cutler Beckett (First appearance)
- Tia Dalma (First appearance)
- Ian Mercer (First appearance)
- Bellamy (First appearance)
- Leech (First appearance)
- Maccus (First appearance)
- Koleniko (First appearance)
- Sailor (First appearance)
- Bursar (First appearance)
- Quartermaster (First appearance)
- Wyvern (First appearance)
- Palifico (First appearance)
- Jimmy Legs (First appearance)
- Clanker (First appearance)
- Olgivey (First appearance)
- Cook (First appearance)
- Carruthers (First appearance)
- Deckhand (First appearance)
- Sweepy (First appearance)
- Hadras (First appearance)
- Hector Barbossa
- Angler (First appearance)
- Cartographer (First appearance)
- Crash (First appearance)
- Old Haddy (First appearance)
- Penrod (First appearance)
- Quittance (First appearance)
- Ratlin (First appearance)
- Two Head (First appearance)
- Wheelback (First appearance)
- Calypso (Indirect mention only)
- Dead Man's Chest (First appearance)
- Key to the Dead Man's Chest (First appearance)
- Jack Sparrow's compass
- Letters of Marque (First appearance)
- Musical Locket (First appearance)
- Flintlock pistol
- World map (First appearance)
- Port Royal
- Cannibal Island (First appearance)
- Pantano River
- Isla Cruces (First appearance)
- World's End (First mentioned)
- East India Trading Company (First appearance)
- British Royal Navy
- Crew of the Black Pearl
- Crew of the Flying Dutchman (First appearance)
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Behind the Scenes
The film's score was composed by Hans Zimmer, and built on established cues while introducing several new ones.
The film was released on July 6, 2006 in the United Kingdom and Australia, and on July 7, 2006 in the United States of America. In the US it was rated PG-13 for "Intense Sequences Of Adventure Violence, Including Frightening Images", and was rated 12A in the UK, as it "Contains moderate horror and action-adventure violence".
The film was released on DVD in the United States on December 5, 2006, with a European release later in the same month. A "Collector's Edition" with extra features was also released. The features of the DVD are as follows:
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Bonus Features
- Charting the Return
- According to Plan
- Captain Jack: From Head to Toe
- Mastering the Blade
- Orlando Bloom
- Keira Knightley
- Jack Davenport
- Meet Davy Jones
- Creating the Kraken
- Dead Men Tell New Tales
- Fly on the Set: The Bone Cage
- Jerry Bruckheimer: A Producer's Photo Diary
- Pirates on Main Street
- Easter Eggs
- The title "Dead Man's Chest" is clever, in relation to the film's plot, in that it alludes to more than one meaning. The more obvious one refers to the actual buried treasure chest, belonging to Davy Jones who is literally a 'dead' man, or guardian of the purgatory-like 'Locker' for dying sailors. Yet the subtle meaning in fact alludes to Jones' heart: the object that the entire plot revolved around, and who allowed its possessor to in effect control the Seven Seas, did in fact come from within the dead man's physical 'chest' cavity in his body. It was also due to Jones' broken heart (from his soured relationship with Calypso) that the the entire backstory of his character was created, creating the foundation for the movie's story.
- It appears that the last scene in the film, where Barbossa appears once again, it was explained in the DVD commentary that his appearance was kept secret from even the cast, as they were told that a old character from the previous film would appear instead of him. It was said that this was done to help with the speechless appearance of the cast, as even his lines werent told. Tia Dalma's last line was also never told to the cast, instead kept secret, to confuse the cast.
- This film takes place a year after The Curse of the Black Pearl.
- According to some rumors, the first proposed title for the second movie was Pirates of the Caribbean: Treasures of the Lost Abyss. The supposed story revolved around Jack Sparrow's search for the treasure hidden on the Abyss, the first pirate ship in the Caribbean.
- Three famous paintings were used as the basis for the Dead Man's Chest poster; "Capture of Kent by Surcouf" by Ambroise Louis Garneray, "De Windstoot" by Willem van de Velde the Younger, and "De Hollanders steken Engelse schepen in brand tijdens de tocht naar Chatham, 20 juni 1667" by Jan van Leyden.
- The scene where Elizabeth kisses Jack and then handcuffs him to the mast may have been inspired by the film Hannibal, in which Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter kiss, and Starling handcuffs Lecter's wrist to hers while he is distracted.
- The DVD cover of Dead Man's Chest is currently the only cover to have the least amount of characters featured on it: Johnny Depp (as Jack Sparrow), Orlando Bloom (as Will Turner), and Keira Knightley (as Elizabeth Swann). The other movies all have at least four characters included on the DVD cover.
- When the crew was filming the scene where Jack and Elizabeth kiss, they did not add that part to Orlando Bloom's script because they wanted his reaction to be real.
- Official Site
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- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest at Rotten Tomatoes
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Full Production Notes
Notes and references
- ↑ Dead Man's Chest takes place a year after The Curse of the Black Pearl as evidenced by Jack Sparrow's line about being captain of the Black Pearl for only "two years" before the mutiny, which was ten years before CotBP. Davy Jones confirms their deal occured thirteen years prior to DMC, leaving another year to account for the time between films.