Corrected entry: Helen sutures Paris's wounds after his duel with King Menelaus. Suturing wounds did not become common practice until thousands of years after the movie is set.
Correction: From Wikipedia: The earliest reports of surgical suture date back to 3000 BC in ancient Egypt, and the oldest known suture is in a mummy from 1100 BC.
Corrected entry: When the two guards are dragging the priestess onto Agamemnon's ship, a quick shot of her foot reveals she is wearing Reef brand flip-flops, not an item they would have had in Troy.
Correction: I've watched that scene, there is no evidence of a logo or anything that identifies a particular brand of sandal; she was wearing a plain pair of black flip-flops which fits with the genre of the film.
Corrected entry: When the Trojans invade the shores at daybreak to initiate the second battle, it is quite obvious that Brad Pitt was playing the role of Patroclus until his throat was cut. First, you can see Pitt's face in Achilles' helmet in the close-up shots when he is about to start fighting with Hector. Second, you can see the significant change in Patroclus' physique before and after Hector cut his throat. Now i know that in The Iliad He was disguised as Achilles but that wasn't shown in the movie nor anything (other than Achilles' mother) connected to god interference.
Correction: Sorry, but it's Garrett Hedlund playing the role throughout. Any shot where it's possible to make out his face, it's quite clearly not Brad Pitt - the easiest tell is the eyes, as Hedlund's are noticeably lighter than Pitt's. There's also no physique change; it can be seen in the scene that introduces Patroclus earlier in the film that Hedlund and Pitt have similar builds. Any apparent difference is simply due to Hedlund moving from a compact fighting stance to being bent backwards in an unnatural position, then lying limply on the floor.
Corrected entry: As Patroclus enters Achilles' tent to ask if he will join the Greeks to fight the Trojans, Achilles is seated while eating and drinking. In disgust at Patroclus, Achilles dashes the contents of his cup on the fire. Moments later, he drinks from the empty cup.
Correction: Which just means that the cup was not entirely emptied when he flung out the contents. Try it yourself; most often a tiny amount of liquid is left in the cup when you do this.
Corrected entry: In the beginning you see a dog walk past several relics of a battle. This includes a dead horse. However you can see it blink and move it's ear even when all other items suggest the battle to be long past.
Correction: So the horse is dying, not dead, and no one noticed or cared to put it out of its misery.
Corrected entry: When Achilles and the Myrmidons land at the beach before Troy, they set up a testudo formation with their shields to defend themselves against the Trojan archers. The testudo formation was first used by the Roman legions, nearly a thousand years after the events depicted.
Correction: A tactic that can be worked out by one group can easily be worked out by another. It certainly cannot be said that the Myrmidons, who are noted as exceptional soldiers who would be perfectly capable of working out such a tactical move, could not have used that formation. It may have become commonly used in the time of the Romans, but that doesn't mean that it could not have been used by certain groups prior to that.
Corrected entry: Achilles is placed on the funeral pyre wearing his armor, which traditionally would have gone to his heirs (either back home or amongst the army). In fact, in the Iliad Odysseus and Ajax later fight over Achilles' armor, each claiming it should go to him as the next most valiant warrior amongst the Greeks.
Correction: Differences between a film and its source material are not considered valid mistakes. Also, traditions are not laws - they can be obeyed or ignored as necessary, without it being considered an error.
Corrected entry: When Helen is looking out at the ocean knowing that the Greeks will come, Paris suggests that they "ride east, and keep riding" To ride east you must follow the rising sun. But the sun is rising over the ocean. So either the sun is rising in the west or Paris' plan is to ride into the ocean.
Correction: When Paris said ride east, he meant head in that general direction. Obviously he wouldnt have gone into the Aegean. But hes also not going to say "we'll head roughly 350 miles north and then ride east so we dont hit the water". Either way it's a character mistake.
Corrected entry: A style of the Ancient Greeks from the Mycenaean era (during which the Trojan War occured) was that men never bore moustaches on their faces. This movie had an army - literally - of men with them.
Correction: This has already been corrected. It was the ROMANS who never had beards. The Greeks had beards at every era, including the Mycenean era. Becides, even if it was the style not to have beards, it doesn't mean that some men wouldn't have had them.
Corrected entry: Mid-film we see Hector carving a lion from wood for his son, which would be strange as the Trojans never conquered beyond the Mediterranean. What most people don't know is that lions once lived around the Mediterranean but climate and population changes forced them down into Africa.
Correction: The Bible's Old Testament has encounters with lions as does much of Greek mythology. It isn't really trivia as much as stating the obvious.
Corrected entry: In the beginning love scene with Helen and Paris, you see Paris without his shirt and there are no tattoos on his body. At the end, when Paris is firing the arrow at Achilles, you see a bit of his midriff and Orlando's sun tattoo is visible.
Correction: I checked this scene several times. I never saw a tattoo on Paris' body. If it does happen, be more specific as to where on his body it is. Also, Paris fires more than one arrow, so say whether it is the first, second, third, fourth or fifth time when it happens.
Corrected entry: In the middle of the film when Achilles has killed Hector, he falls to the ground, and if you look behind him when he's on the ground, the castle wall can be seen, therefore signifying that he fell at the wall, yet on all other shots he is quite some distance from the castle wall.
Correction: There is absolutely no continuity error regarding the proximity of the city's vast wall behind and to the sides of Hector.
Corrected entry: In the scene just after the Greeks have taken the Trojan beach, there some members of Troy sitting before Priam and they are cheering that, "If they want a war, we'll give them a war." After that comment, someone says, "The best of Greece outnumber the best of Troy two to one," yet they still cheer in happiness. This doesn't make any sense as they are Trojans and it is a bad thing that they're outnumbered by the Greeks.
Correction: They are cheering in defiance, not happiness.
Corrected entry: When Achilles and the myrmidons arrive at the Trojan beaches, a tall, white boulder is visible next to their ship. Throughout the combat on the beach, this boulder disappears and reappears.
Correction: The differences concerning the boulder and rock formations are already noted.
Corrected entry: After the first major battle and Achilles and the Myrmidons land on the beach, the small-group battle ends with Achilles killing every man within range of him. He speaks to Eudorus and you can a streak of blood across the front of his armor, along his upper chest. Around the edges of the mark, you can marks which probably indicate that the metal has been cut. How could blood be flowing from metal? That's impossible and it does not appear that he has been cut all the way through.
Correction: You're assuming that it's his blood. Given the sheer number of men that he's killed, it's far more likely that this is simply a splash of blood from one of them.
Corrected entry: When Odysseus leads the Greeks up the stairs and are trying to break through the gate that Paris and other Trojans are waiting for them on the other side, you see Paris draw an arrow and fix it to his bow. However, when the Greeks finally do break through the gate, he is seen in a self-shot drawing another arrow and quickly firing it again.
Correction: In the first shot, Paris raises the bow and nocked arrow - we do not see him let loose (note the distance between him and the window behind). Next shot is a close-up of the Greeks streaming in. In the third shot, as the Greeks begin battling Trojans in the background, Paris heads for the stairs in the foreground where he draws and lets loose the arrow - also seen in the fourth shot close-up (note the closer distance to the window). Between the first and third shots Paris could very well have let loose that first nocked arrow and turned around. No continuity error here.
Corrected entry: Near the start when we see Achilles on his ship with his soldiers, the camera cuts to a soldier walking along the rowers, in this shot we don't see the main sail, yet when it cuts to him again coming up to Achilles the main sail is just behind him. We should have been able to see this in the previous shot from the soldiers feet.
Correction: When this shot opens the camera is way down low, just at the height of the starboard side rowers. The stern rigging at starboard are visible beside these men, when Eudorus' legs come into view, as he begins walking from the stern towards the bow. As the camera continues to follow Eudorus' legs, the base of the mast - which is farther up on deck, would be wholly impossible to see, because many other men's legs are on deck in front of Eudorus' legs, and because of the unusual angle of this shot. In the next overhead shot, Eudorus has already passed the mast and heads to Achilles at forward deck; and as a side note this does not grate with continuity, because it is unnecessary to see Eudorus walk the entire length of the deck on camera.
Corrected entry: After Patroclus gets slashed in the throat by Hector there is a shot of him falling to the ground, and in this shot Glaucus is holding his shield in front of him. Then in the very next shot, Glaucus starts cheering, and the shield is on his side.
Correction: When Patroclus falls backwards, in this wide shot Glaucus holds his sword with his right hand and his shield is held with his left, in front of the left side of his body as the camera pans down to Patroclus hitting the ground. In the next close-up, Glaucus still holds the shield in front of the left side of his body, as he raises his sword with his right hand, the only difference being a soldier's arm is now pressed against Glaucus' shield - which the soldier was able to do as the camera pans down focusing on Patroclus.
Corrected entry: After Achilles arrives at his tent and sees Briseis, Eumaeus says "they thought she'd amuse you". In this shot, some of his hair is over his forehead, but it is not there in the very next shot.
Correction: First of all, it is Eudorus in the doorway of Achilles' tent. In the second shot the camera is farther away from Eudorus, but if you zoom in on his face the strand of hair does indeed hang over at his left eye, exactly like the previous shot.
Corrected entry: When Achilles sticks out his sword over the arriving Greek army, they all yell "Achilles, Achilles". Some of them are at too far of a distance away to have properly identified Achilles.
Correction: The people that can see him start chanting and those that can't see him join in.
Corrected entry: When King Priam is stabbed by Agamemnon in the temple at the end of the movie, the blade goes into his stomach. Priam falls to the ground, looks up and sees Agamemnon. In this shot, there is blood on the robes of Priam near his left shoulder. How can his blood defy gravity by going up his chest, let alone in five seconds?
Correction: In the first shot, when Agamemnon spears Priam from the back, the tip protrudes from his chest above his belt, Priam falls face forward with the spear still in him and Agamemnon violently removes the spear (causing even more massive damage to the wound) then tosses it aside. At the start of the next shot Priam is face-down flat on the ground, so the blood does not have to "defy gravity" in order to be easily absorbed by the very thin material towards his shoulder, as it pours out of the severe back entry wound and when he turns over there is also blood spilling from his mouth reaching the front of his shoulder.
Corrected entry: The 3rd, 4th, and 5th arrows that Paris fires at Achilles are all white when they are in his bow. But when Achilles collapses and pulls them out, the arrows are all brown.
Correction: All of the arrows that Paris pulls from the quiver and when he fires them with his bow, are light wood color with white fletching. When Achilles drops down to his knees and pulls out the last three arrows (3rd, 4th and 5th) they are still light wood color with white fletching (the fletching is visible on video). It is ONLY in the close-up of Achilles' foot that the shaft is dark, which is noted already.
Corrected entry: When the camera rises over dead Achilles, there are only three arrows on the ground except for the one in his heel, even though Achilles was shot four times in his chest and pulled each arrow out.
Correction: After the 1st arrow hits his heel, when Achilles is hit with the 2nd arrow - which is in his chest - he pulls it out immediately and he throws that 2nd arrow to his left while he is still at the far end of the grass. He then starts to walk toward Paris and is hit with the 3rd, 4th and 5th arrows, which remain in his chest until he falls to his knees at the other end of the grass. He pulls out the last three arrows and tosses them to the ground, where they will be visible in the final aerial shot. The 2nd arrow is seen lying on the grass, behind Achilles, as he is on his knees pulling the last three arrows out of his chest.
Corrected entry: As Patroclus lies with his throat cut, there is a sword near his head. Then in the shot right before Hector stabs him again, the sword is gone. No one touched it.
Correction: When Hector removes Patroclus' helmet in the close-up, the black hilted sword that Patroclus dropped is lying on the sand (it is ONLY visible on widescreen DVD in this shot) beside the left side of Patroclus' head (his left) and Hector's sword blade is near Patroclus' right arm (his right). Four shots later (after Hector tosses the helmet to the side) in Patroclus' next close-up, the black hilted sword is still there but Hector's is gone - though it's plausible that Hector grabs hold of his own sword offscreen when he tosses the helmet. Then four shots later at the start of Patroclus' third close-up, the black hilted sword is again still there, and Hector holds his own sword at the hilt as it rests near Patroclus' arm. Visible on widescreen DVD.
Corrected entry: When the camera rises over dead Achilles, you can see a camera on a tripod on one of the walls.
Correction: There is a tall triangular stone base with metal trim for the flame, that stands on the wall UNLIT, that could have been mistaken for a camera on a tripod.
Corrected entry: When Paris confronts Aeneas at the secret tunnel all of the arrows in his quiver are white, when he gets to Glaucus they are all brown, and when he takes an arrow out to shoot Achilles they are all white.
Correction: When Paris speaks with Aeneas, the arrows' fletching is white, of which there are only a few in his quiver. Then there are a few shots of Odysseus and other Greeks, making their way to the palace doors. When Paris meets up with Glaucus, some time has gone by, so Paris had the time to place more arrows in his quiver and not all are brown, there are arrows with white fletching as well. By the time Paris reaches the courtyard to see Briseis and Achilles, even more time has gone by and he could have spent the arrows with brown fletching, leaving him with all white ones.
Corrected entry: When the Greek ships arrive they are sailing away from the rising sun, which means they're going west. But the Greeks have to sail east to get to Troy, not west.
Correction: The Greek fleet first must sail northeast and then turn in order to head towards the northern shores of Troy. As they're facing the Trojan beach, the sun is behind them to their left, which is east.
Corrected entry: When the Myrmidons land on the beach and charge to the Trojans, you can sometimes see some boulders on the beach. Then when Achilles sticks out his sword to the Greek army, we see the whole beach and the boulders are gone.
Correction: When Achilles passes the statue at his left, the large formation of rock and the smaller white rock are visible down below, on the sand, before and after he raises his sword.