Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (film)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (film) First sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The decidedly eccentric Capt. Jack Sparrow is caught up in another tangled web of supernatural intrigue when he is reminded of a blood debt he owes to the Ruler of the Ocean Depths, the legendary captain Davy Jones. Unless the ever-crafty Jack figures a cunning way out of this Faustian pact, he will be cursed to an afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation in the service of Jones aboard the ghostly Flying Dutchman. This startling development interrupts the wedding plans of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who are once again thrust into Jack’s misadventures, leading to escalating confrontations with Jones’s destructive sea monster (the Kraken), cannibalistic islanders, flamboyant soothsayer Tia Dalma, and the mysterious appearance of Will’s long-lost father, Bootstrap Bill. Meanwhile, ruthless pirate hunter Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company sets his eye on retrieving the fabled Dead Man’s Chest. According to legend, whoever possesses the Dead Man’s Chest gains control of Davy Jones, and Beckett intends to use this awesome power to destroy every last Pirate of the Caribbean. A Walt Disney Pictures film in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Directed by Gore Verbinski. Released on July 7, 2006, after a premiere at Disneyland on June 24. Stars Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow), Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann), Stellan Skarsgard (Bootstrap Bill), Bill Nighy (Davy Jones), Jack Davenport (Norrington), Jonathan Pryce (Gov. Weatherby Swann), Kevin R. McNally (Gibbs), Naomie Harris (Tia Dalma), Tom Hollander (Cutler Beckett), Lee Arenberg (Pintel), Mackenzie Crook (Ragetti), David Bailie (Cotton). 151 min. Filmed in Super 35 Scope in Burbank, California, and at several locations in the Caribbean. The film broke all box office records on its release, including taking in $135.6 million on its first weekend, and soon became the company’s highest-grossing release with over $1 billion internationally, passing Finding Nemo. The film won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Released on DVD in 2006.