On August 10, 2002, a fire started on the soundstage where the movie was
shot. Nobody was hurt and the damage was estimated to be $350,000.
The movie is inspired by, and takes its theme from, the popular Walt Disney
theme park ride of the same name.
Stick around after the credits for an additional scene.
References to the Disneyland attractions include (but are not limited to):
3 uses of the song "(Yo Ho, Yo Ho) A Pirate's Life for Me" by X. Atencio
and George Bruns in the opening scene (sung by young Elizabeth), when Jack
and Elizabeth are marooned on the island, and in the end by Jack.
The jail scenes, in which the prisoners try to tempt the dog who holds the
key to their cell. Jack says, "That dog is never going to move" - although
the movie dog eventually does, the one in the ride doesn't. Jack later tries
to tempt it with a bone, as does one of the audio-animatronic pirates in
The "burning town" sequence, and within it, the redheaded prostitute (who
slaps Jack), and the "stuffed pirate" drinking the rum spurting out of a
Jack's initial discovery of Gibbs sleeping with the pigs
The line "Dead men tell no tales", said by the macaw, which is repeated
throughout the ride's narration
A quick shot of a skeleton sprawled on the beach of the Isla de Muerta, with
a crab nearby
The final shot of dying Barbossa on the pile of treasure, still holding pieces
Johnny Depp emulated Keith Richards in his portrayal of Jack Sparrow.
The title was originally just "Pirates of the Caribbean" but the name was
changed in the hope that it would do well at the box office and a sequel
could be made.
The first movie under the official Walt Disney Pictures banner to receive
a rating higher than PG in the USA (this one being rated PG-13).
The movie's world premiere was located at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland
Resort in California, home to the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction,
on June 28, 2003. This was the first ever movie premiere at Disneyland.
Johnny Depp's character, Captain Jack, is portrayed as having gold teeth
in the film. These are real and Depp had his dentist implant those and others
into his mouth for the production. Jerry Bruckheimer thought there were too
many and asked him to remove all but a few.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski wanted to use the
massive water tank in Baja, Mexico used for Titanic and Pearl
Harbor, but Peter Weir's film Master and Commander: The Far Side of
the World had the tank booked during the time Pirates was scheduled to
The "walking under the row boat" scene is a direct homage to The Crimson
The scene where Orlando Bloom impersonates Johnny Depp's performance was
devised by Bloom who asked producer Jerry Bruckheimer if he could put it
into the movie.
Johnny Depp said that his slurred accent was inspired in part by the Rolling
Stones' Keith Richards and the Looney Tunes' character Pepe Le Pew.
Orlando Bloom has a rag or some other piece of clothing covering his right
wrist. This is to cover up his tattoo that he received during the Lord
of the Rings shoot. The tattoo is that of the number "9" in "elvish".
Many of the crew got seasick while filming.
The evening after finishing filming the "stranded on a desert island" scenes,
Keira Knightley and some of the crew were boating back when they heard a
distress call. After searching for its source, they accidentally ripped a
hole in the bottom of their boat causing it to sink. After wading their way
to shore through a fire-coral reef, they were picked up by two Frenchman
in a rubber dinghy an hour later.
The final cannon shot during the Black Pearl's siege of the town, billows
into a Mickey Mouse head shape against the night sky