(At around forty-two minutes) The joke Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp's) uncle (Sir Paul McCartney) tells Jack is the same joke Al Pacino told Johnny Depp during production of Donnie Brasco (1997), "A skeleton walks into a bar, orders a beer and a mop... "
(At around forty-four minutes) The severed heads in the guillotine basket are of Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
Although this movie was initially claimed to be the last one in the franchise, a sixth installment was announced after its release.
The father of Captain Jack Sparrow was played by a Rolling Stone (Keith Richards), and in this movie, the uncle of Captain Jack Sparrow was played by a Beatle (Sir Paul McCartney).
This movie was being produced as Johnny Depp was going through a bitter divorce. 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 several 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.
Keira Knightley has ruled out a return to the franchise after her former co-star Orlando Bloom suggested he would be open to returning. 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. However, after fans heard of Bloom's return, they demanded the producers to bring Knightley back as well, resulting in her scenes being filmed at the last minute.
Because Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is the Captain of the Flying Dutchman, he can step on land once every ten years. This movie was released ten years after the third movie, which was the last one with Will.
At two hours and nine minutes long, this is the shortest running time of all of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.
(At around six minutes) Henry (Lewis McGowan) recognizes a ship as Bonnet's ship called "Royal James". Stede Bonnet was a real-life pirate who worked closely with Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard. Bonnet was active from December 1717 to December 1718 before he was hanged in Charles Town for piracy.
For the first time in the franchise since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) (which he co-wrote with Klaus Badelt), Hans Zimmer is not composing the music for this movie. Instead, one of his protégés, Geoff Zanelli, who worked on all previous four installments in the franchise, is the main composer for this movie.
(At around one hour and five minutes) In the flashback scene, we see Jack Sparrow 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.
Salazar's face was full make-up that took Javier Bardem three hours to put on, but the hair was all CG. To achieve this, Bardem's hair was pulled back and a make-up artist added marking dots on his face, which tracked the motion of his head in post-production.
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 movies. Bardem in Skyfall (2012), and Waltz in Spectre (2015).
Brenton Thwaites, who played Henry Turner, is only twelve years younger than Orlando Bloom and only four years younger than Keira Knightley. Both played his parents in this movie.
After failing to return for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Disney reached back out to Martin Klebba (Marty), Lee Arenberg (Pintel), Mackenzie Crook (Ragetti), David Bailie (Cotton), Angus Barnett (Mullroy), and Giles New (Murtogg) to return for this movie. Only Martin Klebba, Angus Barnett, and Giles New were able to make it work within their schedules.
The Latin inscription on the diary reads "Verum omna simul astra", which bluntly means "all the stars speak the truth always."
In several countries, this movie was set to be released as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge", including English-speaking countries.
In an interview, Orlando Bloom said this movie was a soft reboot of the previous installments.
To prevent fans from interfering with the production, secret filming locations used the production name of "Herschel".
(At around forty-one minutes) Sir Paul McCartney (Uncle Jack) 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.
Composer Hans Zimmer, who composed the previous movies in the franchise, didn't compose this one so he could compose for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017).
With a release six years after its predecessor, this marked the largest gap between the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
The name of the fifth installment, "Dead Men Tell No Tales," was previously mentioned by Cotton's parrot in the first movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and during a transition scene in the third movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007). It is also heard at the beginning of the Pirates of the Caribbean rides at the Disney Parks.
According to Australian film industry sources, the budget was around two hundred fifty million dollars. This was officially confirmed by Disney and the Queensland Arts Minister on October 2, 2014, stating that filming will take place exclusively in Queensland, Australia, being the largest production to ever shoot in the country.
(At around one hour and twenty-two minutes) This movie's action takes place in 1755. During the third act, Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) said that it has been five years since Blackbeard shrunk The Black Pearl in the bottle. The producers have said that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) took place in 1750. This also means that Henry is twenty-one years of age, given that he was twelve during the prologue, two years after the post-credits scene of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
Javier Bardem's wife, Penélope Cruz, appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Bardem was considered for the role of Blackbeard in that movie.
Johnny Depp injured his hand while filming in Australia, and had to make a trip back to the U.S.
Much like other Pirate of the Caribbean movies, there is an additional scene at the end of the credits.
(At around thirty-seven minutes) The two Pirates who interrupt Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), while he is having breakfast are the two redcoats from the first movie who are "guarding the dock" when Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) first arrives. They deserted the British Navy and converted to piracy during Cutler Beckett's (Tom Hollander's) downfall at the hands of the joint forces of the crew's of the Black Pearl and Will Turner's (Orlando Bloom's) Flying Dutchman.
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.
According to Variety, 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. Scodelario was eventually cast.
Ansel Elgort, Brenton Thwaites, Taron Egerton, George MacKay, and Sam Keeley were all in the running for the role of Henry.
Elizabeth Swann's (Keira Knightley's) return was intended to be a surprise for the viewers at the end of the movie. However, as soon as news broke that Knightley was set to return for this movie, other countries had included her scenes in their trailers as a means to attract audiences.
(At around one hour and seven minutes) Cameo: Captain Edward Teague as a younger man appears on a flashback explaining the story behind Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp's) rivalry. He was not played by Keith Richards although his likeness was used.
This is the only movie in the Pirates film franchise whose title quotes audio from the Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions. Actual audio from the attractions were featured in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
(At around one hour and sixteen minutes) During the beach scene when Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) learns the ghosts can't touch land he says "they can't step on land, I knew that" it's a reference to Jack's previous enemy Davy Jones since the Captain of the Flying Dutchman is not allowed to set foot on land, with the exception of once every ten years.
Fredrik Bond, Tim Burton, Alfonso Cuarón, Shawn Levy, Sam Raimi, Rupert Sanders, and Chris Weitz were considered to direct this movie.
(At around fifty-four minutes) Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) states that she does not believe in ghosts, mermaids, or the kraken, all of these had appeared in the franchise.
Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) is the first supernatural villain of the Pirates film franchise who isn't a pirate. Correction: Captain Salazar is the second supernatural villain of the Pirates franchise who isn't a pirate. Davy Jones, the villain from the second and third installation of the franchise, is the Captain of a haunted ghost ship, who abandoned his duty as a guide for the lost souls, but technically, he is not a pirate. Double correction: Davy Jones told the Brethren Pirate court how to imprison Calypso. It is reasonable to presume he was a pirate when he fell in love with her.
The second time in the franchise where Captain Jack Sparrow's compass is vital to the antagonist.
This is the second time in the Pirates franchise that a small artifact signals the main villain. The first time was back in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), when the Aztec Medallion touches the seawater.
Instead of rebuilding the Sunset from Queen Anne's Revenge to the Black Pearl, production decided only to build the deck and the rest of the ship was completed using CGI, this was done in order to save money.
Geoff Zanelli is the third composer in the franchise. Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt worked on the previous installments.
The character Captain Salazar is named after former Portuguese Republican President and dictator António de Oliveira Salazar (1889-1970).
In the third installment of the franchise (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)), when the Chinese ship goes over the waterfall when they were searching for Jack in Davy Jones' locker, the screen goes black and you can hear a voice say "Dead Men Tell No Tales", which is the title for this movie.
This movie was originally set to release on July 7, 2017. An earlier installment in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), was also released on this date eleven years prior. The release date has since been changed to May 26, 2017.
(At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) The coda ending where Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) waits for his father Will (Orlando Bloom) and the Flying Dutchman was filmed shot-by-shot in a similar manner as the post-credits sequence in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
Along the movie, when Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) is killing or prompted to kill his enemies, he poses with his sword as if grabbing a "estoque" (rapier) in the Matador manner.
During filming, Johnny Depp and his then wife Amber Heard breached Australia's strict bio-security laws when they failed to declare their two dogs to the Australian Customs Service when they flew by private jet into Queensland, where filming was taking place. Heard was charged with two counts of illegally importing the dogs into the country and one count of producing a false document. In April 2016, Heard appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court and pled guilty to falsifying quarantine documents, stating that she was sleep deprived and made a mistake. The two bio-security charges were dropped, and she was placed on a one-month good behavior bond, paying a one thousand dollar fine for producing a false document. Heard and Depp also released a video in which they apologized for their behavior and urged people to adhere to the bio-security laws. Australian newspaper "The Guardian" called the case the "highest profile criminal quarantine case" in Australian history.
The company in charge of the pools at the movie studio where this movie was filmed had a staff member on site full time to service the two pools that were used for filming. These pools are located at Movie World on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. They are several million liters in capacity and needed to be serviced regularly due to the debris and props that were used in the water. The company is called Poolwerx Movie Services and the senior pool tech's name is Ian Jenkins.
David Wenham has worked with Orlando Bloom in two of the three Lord of the Rings movies (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)). He has also worked with Johnny Depp in Public Enemies (2009). He and Geoffrey Rush also worked together as voices in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010).
The sharks were also given broken spines and fins which allowed animators to have the sharks perform erratic, jagged, and un-elegant movements. "We wanted them to swim as if they were zombie sharks", adds Visual Effects Supervisor Patrick Ledda. At one point, the sharks take on a rowboat holding Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), biting at the craft and jumping out of the water, a task made more difficult by the fact that Depp and Thwaites were shot practically on a stage.
This movie marks the first time since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), that we see Captain Jack Sparrow navigating the Black Pearl.
This was the second movie in the franchise to be shot digitally. The first one was Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
According to The Sunday Telegraph, this movie racked up a three hundred twenty million dollar bill, well over its initial budget of two hundred fifty million dollars, after production had to drop anchor when Johnny Depp accidentally injured his hand on-set in Queensland's Gold Coast in March. However, was confirmed that the budget of the movie was only two hundred thirty million dollars.
Released ten years and one day after Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
Orlando Bloom and Adam Brown appeared in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
When Captain Salazar introduces himself to Henry Turner he says his name twice. Although it is not as evident the first time he says his name, nor anywhere else in the movie after the second, he pronounces it with the Spanish traditional pronunciation of "Salathar." When watching the mouth during the second time he says his name his mouth makes a "th" as in "think" motion. This is because in Spain the Z (and also the C) sound in a name or word is traditionally pronounced with a "th".
The ghost sharks were intended to be photoreal. "We took existing concept work from the production Art Department and developed them further to achieve the desired look, paying particular attention to what real shark anatomy looks like, but also taking creative freedom when needed", says Visual Effects Supervisor Patrick Ledda. "For instance, we gave them a rib cage so we could show some broken ribs even though sharks don't have this bone structure. We looked at a lot of references of rotten fish and dead animals, which wasn't the most appealing, but it provided a lot of inspiration for our modellers and texturing artists."
Javier Bardem imagined the character of Captain Salazar as a cross between a bull in the ring and a cante jondo singer (tragic Spanish flamenco music). Additionally, Bardem studied the history of the Spanish Royal Navy in preparation for the role.
The IMAX format of this movie was specially formatted exclusively for IMAX theaters. The film was composed for the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with a common top, just like the first three movies, which were shot like that through the Super 35 format, and was opened up to 1.90:1 for the entire movie by using more of the bottom of the frame.
Part of the advertising campaign for this movie was the tagline: "All Pirates Must Die". This was a play on the line "all men must die" from Game of Thrones (2011), which was a phrase spoken by various religious and political groups in Essos, invoking the idea that no one is invincible, and we will all head to our graves one day.
David Wenham is now the second actor from a The Lord of the Rings adaptation to appear in this franchise. The previous entries featured Orlando Bloom.
This is the third movie starring Johnny Depp that has "dead man" or its genitive in the title. The other two are Dead Man (1995) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006).
The red crosses on the sails of the British Royal Navy ship are entirely fanciful. No British Royal Navy ship of the eighteenth century was ever decorated in such a way. Crosses on the main and topsails of Spanish ships in the sixteenth and seventeenth century were common, but never on ships from Britain. However, since this is a fictional movie, it doesn't have to be historically accurate, so it really doesn't matter.
"Creating realistic shark motion, although challenging, is quite objective", adds Visual Effects Supervisor Patrick Ledda. "There is a lot of reference available for different types of sharks. In our case, it was a much more subjective approach. However, it's still important to adhere to physical characteristics such as weight, speed, and so on in order to make them believable. When interacting with characters, this became quite challenging because they needed to react to certain performance cues while trying to be plausible at the same time."
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) you can hear Cotton's parrot saying "Dead men tell no tales" (which is the title of this movie) when Jack and crew sail past wrecks when chasing the Black Pearl.
According to its comic book adaptation (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Movie Graphic Novel) the film is set in 1751, one year after On Stranger Tides, which was confirmed to be set in 1750.
Bruce Spence has been in more than one franchise: Mad Max, The Matrix, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings.
This is the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie to be filmed digitally and the first to be filmed with ARRI Alexa cameras.
One of two movies of 2017 that was a fifth installment of a franchise; the other was Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).