Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Director:- Gore Verbinski
Producer:- Jerry Bruckheimer
Music by:- Hans Zimmer
June 24, 2006 (Disneyland Resort)
July 7, 2006 (United States)
Country:- United States
Budget:- $225 Million
Box office:- $1.066 billion
The wedding of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann is interrupted by Lord Cutler Beckett, chairman of the East India Trading Company, who has arrest warrants for the couple as well as for Commodore James Norrington, for allowing Captain Jack Sparrow to escape execution. Norrington’s whereabouts are uncertain, as he resigned after his obsessive pursuit of Sparrow resulted in the Navy’s flagship, HMS Dauntless, being destroyed in a hurricane. Elizabeth is imprisoned and Jack reunites with Will’s father Bootstrap Bill Turner, on the Black Pearl. Bootstrap reveals he is a crewman on the Flying Dutchman, captained by Davy Jones, whom Jack previously made a deal with to raise the Pearl from the depths. Jack must join Jones’ crew or be dragged to Davy Jones’ Locker by the monstrous Kraken. Beckett promises to free Elizabeth if Will tracks down Jack and brings him Jack’s magic compass which points to whatever the holder wants most.
Will eventually finds Jack’s crew on an island ruled by cannibals, who worship Jack as a god, from which they escape. Shortly after, Governor Swann tries to escape Port Royal with Elizabeth but is captured. Elizabeth negotiates with Beckett to let her escape to find the compass herself, and she hides aboard a Scottish merchant vessel, the Edinburgh Trader. The pirates meet voodoo priestess Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris), who tells them Jones’ weakness is his heart, locked within the Dead Man’s Chest. Locating the Dutchman, Will who makes a deal with Jack to find the key to the chest in return for the compass, is shanghaied into service while Jones sends Jack to bring him one-hundred souls so his blood debt can be paid. On the Dutchman, Will meets his father, and learns that the chest’s key is in Jones’ possession. After playing a game of liar’s dice against Davy Jones, Bootstrap helps Will escape with the key, but Jones sends the Kraken after him, dragging the destroyed Edinburgh Trader to the depths.
In Tortuga, Jack hires a new crew, including Elizabeth, and Norrington, now a drunkard. With Elizabeth’s use of Jack’s compass, they are able to locate the chest. All parties arrive on Isla Cruces where the chest is buried but a three-way sword fight breaks out between Jack, Will, and Norrington who all want the heart for their respective goals: Jack wants to call off the Kraken, Will wants to rescue his father, and Norrington wants to regain his life as a Navy officer. In the chaos, Jack obtains Jones’ heart and hides it in a jar of dirt, but Norrington secretly steals the heart and runs off pretending to lure away the Dutchman‘s crew. Jones attacks the Pearl with the Kraken, which devours most of the crew and destroys all but one of the Pearl‘s lifeboats, but Jack, who briefly flees the battle, returns and wounds it with a net full of explosives.
Jack orders the survivors to abandon ship, but Elizabeth, realizing that the Kraken only wants Jack, tricks him by kissing him, in the process chaining him to the mast so that the crew can escape the Kraken. Jack manages to break free, but is dragged with the Pearl down to the bottom of the sea by the Kraken. Jones discovers that his heart was successfully stolen and lost. In Port Royal, Norrington approaches Beckett and gives him the heart and Letters of Marque meant for Jack, allowing him back into the navy as well as allowing Beckett to gain control of Davy Jones and the seas. The Pearl’s crew take shelter with Tia Dalma, where they all agree to rescue Jack. Tia Dalma introduces the captain that will guide them: the resurrected Captain Barbossa.
In a post-credits scene, the cannibalistic tribe now worships a dog in replacement of Jack.
- Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow: Captain of the Black Pearl. He is hunted by the Kraken because of his unpaid blood debt to Davy Jones. He is also searching for the Dead Man’s Chest to free himself from Jones’ servitude.
- Orlando Bloom as William “Will” Turner, Jr.: A blacksmith-turned-pirate who is trying to retrieve Jack’s compass for Lord Beckett in order to secure freedom for himself and Elizabeth.
- Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann: Governor Swann’s daughter and Will’s fiancée, who is arrested on her wedding day for helping Captain Jack Sparrow escape. Escaping jail with help from her father, she meets up with Jack in Tortuga and joins his crew to search for both Will and the chest.
- Bill Nighy as Captain Davy Jones: Captain of the Flying Dutchman. Davy Jones was once a human being who was unable to bear the pain of losing his true love. He carved out his heart and put it into the Dead Man’s Chest, then buried it in a secret location. He has become a bizarre creature – part octopus, part lobster, part man. Jones collects the souls of dead or dying sailors to serve aboard his ship for one hundred years.
- Jack Davenport as James Norrington: He resigned his commission as commodore in the Royal Navy after losing his ship and crew in a hurricane in the pursuit of Jack Sparrow and his crew. Fallen on hard times and into alcoholism, he joins the Black Pearl’s crew and seeks to regain his honor and naval career.
- Stellan Skarsgård as William “Bootstrap Bill” Turner, Sr.: A crewman aboard the Flying Dutchman who also happens to be Will Turner’s father. He was once part of Hector Barbossa‘s crew. When they went to give mutiny to Jack, he disagreed. Thrown overboard after refusing to take part in the mutiny against Jack led by Barbossa, he spent years bound to a cannon beneath the crushing ocean, though before this, he sent one piece of the Aztec Gold to his son, Will, saying they all deserved to be cursed. Found by Davy Jones, he swore to servitude aboard the Flying Dutchman crew and escaped death. This story was told by Pintel to Will and Jack’s crew in the first movie.
- Kevin McNally as Joshamee Gibbs: The Black Pearl’s first mate and Jack Sparrow’s loyal friend, he once served in the Royal Navy under Lieutenant James Norrington.
- Jonathan Pryce as Governor Weatherby Swann: Elizabeth’s father and governor of Port Royal. He adores his daughter but puts little faith in Will – not considering him the best match for Elizabeth.
- Lee Arenberg as Pintel: A pirate and former Black Pearl crew member under Captain Barbossa, he was imprisoned after the Aztec curse was broken, but escaped to rejoin Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl crew.
- Mackenzie Crook as Ragetti: Pintel’s inseparable crewmate. He has a wooden eye, and despite being illiterate, has begun “reading” the Bible, with the excuse that “you get credit for trying.”
- Tom Hollander as Lord Cutler Beckett: Sarcastic chairman of the East India Trading Company, he travels to Port Royal to capture and recruit Jack Sparrow as a privateer. What he really desires is Davy Jones’ heart, with which he can rule the seas with Jones’ commanded servitude.
- Naomie Harris as Tia Dalma: An obeah priestess with whom Jack Sparrow bartered for his magic compass. She explains the legend of Davy Jones, in addition to owning a similar locket to his.
- David Bailie as Cotton: A sailor on the Black Pearl who lost his tongue and trained his parrot Tiki Macaw to talk for him.
- Martin Klebba as Marty: A short sailor on the “Black Pearl”.
- David Schofield as Joseph Mercer: Lord Beckett’s right-hand-man.
- Alex Norton as Captain Bellamy from the Edinburgh Trader.
- Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa: The former captain of the Black Pearl is resurrected during this film; however, he does not appear until the final shot before the credits. Having met his demise in the previous installment, Barbossa is resurrected by Tia Dalma and agrees to rescue Jack Sparrow in order to save the Black Pearl. For this role, Rush was uncredited to keep his return a surprise and the DVD commentary said that not even the cast of the movie knew that Rush would return his character, and that the expressions on the characters’ faces when seeing him for the first time in three years were real.
- Dermot Keaney as Maccus from the Dutchman
- Andy Beckwith as Clanker from the Dutchman
- Clive Ashborn as Koleniko from the Dutchman
- Reggie Lee as Hadras from the Dutchman
- Christopher Adamson as Jimmy Legs from the Dutchman
- Jonathan Linsley as Ogilvey from the Dutchman
- John Boswall as Wyvern from the Dutchman
- Max Baker as Burser from the Edinburgh
- Steve Speirs as Quartermaster from the Edinburgh
The Flying Dutchman‘s crew members were originally conceived by writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio as ghosts, but Gore Verbinski disliked this and designed them as physical creatures. Their hierarchy is reflected by how mutated they were: newcomers had low level infections which resemble rosacea, while veterans had full-blown undersea creature attributes. Verbinski wanted to keep them realistic, rejecting a character with a turtle shell, and the animators watched various David Attenborough documentaries to study the movement of sea anemonesand mussels. All of the crew are computer-generated, with the exception of Stellan Skarsgård, who played “Bootstrap” Bill Turner. Initially his prosthetics would be augmented with CGI but that was abandoned. Skarsgård spent four hours in the make-up chair and was dubbed “Bouillabaisse” on set.
Captain Davy Jones had originally been designed with chin growths, before the designers made the move to full-blown tentacles; the skin of the character incorporates the texture of a coffee-stained Styrofoam cup among other elements. To portray Jones on set, Bill Nighy wore a motion capture tracksuit that meant the animators at Industrial Light & Magic did not have to reshoot the scene in the studio without him or on the motion capture stage. Nighy wore make-up around his eyes and mouth to splice into the computer-generated shots, but the images of his eyes and mouth were not used. Nighy only wore a prosthetic once, with blue-colored tentacles for when Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) steals the key to the Dead Man’s Chest from under his “beard” as he sleeps. To create the CG version of the character, the model was closely based on a full-body scan of Nighy, with Jones reflecting his high cheekbones. Animators studied every frame of Nighy’s performance: the actor himself had blessed them by making his performance more quirky than expected, providing endless fun for them. His performance also meant new controls had to be stored. Finally, Jones’ tentacles are mostly a simulation, though at times they were hand-animated when they act as limbs for the character.
The Kraken was difficult to animate as it had no real-life reference, until animation director Hal Hickel instructed the crew to watch King Kong vs. Godzilla which had a real octopus crawling over miniatures. On the set, two pipes filled with 30,000 pounds of cement were used to crash and split the Edinburgh Trader: Completing the illusion are miniature masts and falling stuntmen shot on a bluescreen stage. The scene where the Kraken spits at Jack Sparrow does not use computer-generated spit: it was real gunge thrown at Johnny Depp.
Dead Man’s Chest earned $423,315,812 in the North America and $642,863,913 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1,066,179,725. Worldwide, it ranks as the twentieth-highest-grossing film, the ninth-highest-grossing film distributed by Disney, the highest-grossing 2006 film, the highest-grossing film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the highest-grossing film to star Johnny Depp and the highest-grossing second installment in a franchise. It is the third film in history to reach the $1 billion mark worldwide, and it reached the mark in record time (63 days), a record that has since been surpassed by many films, of which the first was Avatar (in January 2010).
In North America, the film broke many records including the largest opening- and single-day gross ($55.8 million), the biggest opening-weekend gross ($135.6 million), the least time to reach $100, $200 and $300 million and the highest ten-day gross. However, most of them were broken by Spider-Man 3 in May 2007 and The Dark Knight in July 2008. The film was in first place at the box office for three consecutive weekends. It closed in theaters on December 7, 2006, with a $423.3 million haul. Thus, in North America, it is the seventeenth-highest-grossing film, although, adjusted for inflation, the film ranks forty-eight. It is also the highest-grossing 2006 film, the highest-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean film, and the seventh-highest-grossing Disney film. The film sold an estimated 64,628,400 tickets in the US.
Outside North America, it is the twenty-first-highest-grossing film, the third-highest-grossing Pirates film, the eighth-highest-grossing Disney film and the highest-grossing film of 2006. It set opening-weekend records in Russia and the CIS, Ukraine, Finland, Malaysia, Singapore, Greece and Italy. It was on top of the box office outside North America for 9 consecutive weekends and 10 in total. It was the highest-grossing film of 2006 in Australia, Bulgaria, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and Thailand.
A video game adaptation of the film was developed by Griptonite Games and Amaze Entertainment and released by Buena Vista Games in June–August 2006 for the PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance.