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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales [2017] (2 discs)

Director:Espen Sandberg
Joachim Rĝnning
Writer:Jeff Nathanson
Composer:Geoff Zanelli
Length:129 minutes
(2 hours 9 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Fantasy
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IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:29%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew.

Reaction: An improvement over the previous outing. This one actually feels relevant and Jack Sparrow matters. This one could be a good final outing, but as long as they keep making these things entertaining and not overly plotted, I welcome the opportunity.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Espen Sandberg => Director
Joachim Rĝnning => Director
Jeff Nathanson => Writer
Geoff Zanelli => Composer
Adam Brown => Cremble
Angus Barnett => Mullroy
Anthony De La Torre => Young Jack Sparrow
Brenton Thwaites => Henry Turner
Bruce Spence => Mayor Dix
David Wenham => Scarfield
Delroy Atkinson => Pike
Geoffrey Rush => Captain Hector Barbossa
Giles New => Murtogg
Golshifteh Farahani => Shansa
Javier Bardem => Captain Salazar
Johnny Depp => Captain Jack Sparrow
Juan Carlos Vellido => Lieutenant Lesaro
K. Todd Freeman => Captain Morgan
Kaya Scodelario => Carina Smyth
Keira Knightley => Elizabeth Swann
Kevin McNally => Gibbs (as Kevin R. McNally)
Lewis McGowan => Henry Turner (12 Yrs Old)
Martin Klebba => Marty
Orlando Bloom => Will Turner
Paul McCartney => Uncle Jack
Stephen Graham => Scrum

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Carina is Latin for "keel", an appropriate term for Barbossa to give to his daughter.
  • The joke Jack Sparrow's uncle tells Jack is the same joke Al Pacino told Johnny Depp during production of Donnie Brasco: "A skeleton walks into a bar, orders a beer and a mop... "
  • The severed heads in the guillotine basket are of the film directors Joachim Rĝnning and Espen Sandberg.
  • Brenton Thwaites, who plays Henry Turner, is only 12 years younger than Orlando Bloom and only 4 years younger than Keira Knightley. Both play his parents in the film.
  • Although this movie was initially claimed to be the last one in the series, a sixth installment was announced after its release.
  • The film was being produced as Johnny Depp was going through a bitter divorce from his wife Amber Heard. He was chronically late to the set, to the point where it ate into the schedule as the set often came to a halt for hours at a time. It got to the point where a production assistant was hired just to wait outside Depp's house and announce that he was awake when they saw the lights inside come on.
  • At two hours and nine minutes long, this has been the shortest running time of all the [Pirates of the Caribbean] films. (40 minutes shorter than the longest film in the franchise: At World's End)
  • After failing to return for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Disney reached back out to Martin Klebba (Marty), Lee Arenberg (Pintel) and Mackenzie Crook (Raghetti) to return for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Only Klebba was able to make it work within his schedule.
  • Christoph Waltz was originally cast in the role of Captain Brand, but dropped out due to other work commitments. Javier Bardem was then given the role, but the name was changed from Brand to Salazar to sound more Mediterranean to accompany Bardem's Spanish descent. Bardem and Waltz both previously played villains in Daniel Craig [James Bond] films. Bardem in Skyfall, and Waltz in Spectre.
  • In an interview, Orlando Bloom said this movie will be a soft reboot of the previous installments.
  • Javier Bardem's wife Penélope Cruz starred in the previous installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
  • Paul McCartney is seen singing a song "Maggie Mae". It is an old drinking song of the sea from Liverpool and featured on The Beatles "Let it Be" Album. On the album, the song was sung by John Lennon.
  • [?] Fredrik Bond, Tim Burton, Alfonso Cuarón, Shawn Levy, Sam Raimi, Rupert Sanders, and Chris Weitz were considered to direct this movie.
  • [?] Ansel Elgort, Brenton Thwaites, Taron Egerton, [?] George MacKay, and [?] Sam Keeley were all in the running for the role of Henry.
  • Salazar's face was full makeup that took Javier 3 hours to put on but the hair was all CG, to achieve this effect Javier's hair had to be pulled to the back and makeup artist added marking dots on his face and head to track the motion of his head in post production.
  • After working with each other for the first three Pirates of the Caribbean installments, after Martin Klebba got married and learned he was having a daughter, Martin called Mackenzie Crook to ask if he could name his baby girl after him. Mackenzie said "Yes, of course!" Martin then named his baby Makenzie Rae Klebba.
  • The five finalists for the female lead were [?] Lucy Boynton, [?] Gabriella Wilde, [?] Jenna Thiam, Kaya Scodelario, and [?] Alexandra Dowling. After Brenton Thwaites was cast, the studio did chemistry tests with Thwaites and the actresses to see who best fit the role. Kaya Scodelario was eventually cast. (Variety)
  • The father of Captain Jack Sparrow was played by a Rolling Stone (Keith Richards) and in this film, the uncle of Captain Jack Sparrow is played by a Beatle (Paul McCartney).
  • Keira Knightley ruled out a return to the franchise after her former co-star Orlando Bloom suggested he would be open to returning. However, Knightley has stated that to be part of the franchise was an amazing time in her life, but as it took five years of her life, she just can't see herself going back. But, now officially, Keira Knightley is returning to franchise.
  • In the flashback scene, we see Jack is on a ship called the Wicked Wench. This is actually the Black Pearl, it gets renamed when Davy Jones brings it back from the depths, after it's set ablaze, in the book Pirates of the Caribbean The Price of Freedom, making the book Canon.