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Revealing mistake: After Achilles and the Myrmidons arrive on shore, the Trojans let loose a barrage of fiery arrows, and when one lands in the thigh of a man still aboard the ship, the fake leg skin around the protruding arrow is quite obvious.

Continuity mistake: Achilles runs up the stairs of Apollo's temple, kills some men, including one after he runs up the stone base of the gold statue. He then turns around, with the two blades in his hands, to be face to face with a Trojan whose helmet is all askew and Achilles pushes the tips of the blades into the center of the soldier's chest armor. At the start of the very next shot the man's helmet is perfectly straight, and Achilles' two blades are conspicuously not in the soldier's chest, both are clearly visible at the soldier's side, under his left arm (NOT in his chest), already bloody, with the dripping blood stain on the center of his armor where the blades should be. Then Achilles pulls the blades 'out of' the soldier accompanied by the dramatic sound effect.

Deliberate mistake: When Achilles reaches the bottom of the stairs of Apollo's temple a Trojan pulls on Achilles' spear so he elbows that Trojan in the face, then turns and slices another one. When Achilles turns around he is face to face with a particular Trojan, who has two decorative clasps in his long hair, then he slices him across his face and he falls. In the next shot he fights another couple of Trojans. The following shot is the exact same shot as the previous one with the Trojan, who has two decorative clasps in his hair, that he proceeds to slice across the face again.

Deliberate mistake: Stable gates never open inwards. In two scenes after Achilles leaves the solder alive during the ravage of Troy, they do. This is probably because it is visually effective when soldiers kick gates from the outside to open them. Stable gates in all cultures open outwards so that in case of fire the animals can't block them.

Audio problem: When Hector is giving his speech to the Trojans as they stand outside the gates in face of the oncoming Greeks, he gives his final line of the speech and there is a rousing cheer from the soldiers. However, none of the soldiers move in any way in the wide shot.

Continuity mistake: As the ship heads toward Troy's shores, Eudorus walks toward Achilles at the bow. There is a close-up of his feet as he passes many spears, helmets, swords, armor and shields lying on deck, and in the next shot many of the items on deck are either gone or positioned differently, and the shadows that are cast significantly change between shots, while Achilles and his Myrmidon are aboard their ship.

Continuity mistake: In the scene near the start of the film where Achilles ship has just arrived on the sands of Troy, the ship gets fired upon by flaming arrows. The camera cuts to a shot aboard the ship where you can see a soldier jump over the side, his shield and spear on his right arm. Yet when he lands the shield and spear have switched to his left arm.

Revealing mistake: Paris' arrows have identical black plastic nocks at the end of each shaftment.

Continuity mistake: Paris drops his sword, and it falls flat on the ground. Then after Menelaus dies, the position of Paris' sword on the ground changes from when he's running to get it, where the blade points more towards the Trojan army (ie. roughly horizontally in his path), to when he finally grabs hold of it, where the sword leans up a bit on its side and the blade points distinctly towards the Greeks (ie. directly away from him).

Continuity mistake: When Achilles spears Hector the blood on the spear handle differs in the consecutive shots as he stands, drops down to his knees, then falls over and when Achilles walks over with the rope.

Continuity mistake: When Hector comes through the gate and confronts Achilles, the area around the two chariot wheels is clear. In subsequent shots large clumps of dirt and grass are in front and back of the two chariot wheels, which changes significantly throughout the rest of the scene, as well as the position of the wheel spokes.

Troy mistake picture

Continuity mistake: In the morning, while Achilles watches Briseis sleep, her arm extends way over the edge of the bed in the wide shots facing her, yet in the shots facing the doorway her position differs and even her hand doesn't reach the edge of the bed.

Continuity mistake: As Achilles and Patroclus sword play in Phtia, at the bottom of a particular area with stairs, in the first shot after the first close-up of the horses' hooves, there are large clumps of greenery at the corners of these individual stairs. However, when Odysseus speaks with them and says, "My wife will feel much better if she knows you're by my side..." now some of the clumps of greenery are gone from the stairs, and there is a water 'canteen' on the third step, which Achilles drinks from. There are a number of significant differences among surrounding shrubbery and small rocks, including from the opening aerial shot, and the sun's shadow changes drastically during this entire scene.

Revealing mistake: The characteristics of the severe scars on Ajax's forehead, cheek and shoulders differ significantly in his close-ups.

Continuity mistake: In the opening shot when the camera pans in, as the ship sails back to Troy with Hector and Paris, the position of the sail and rigging differs significantly from the subsequent shot aboard the ship as Paris walks over to Hector.

Continuity mistake: When Menelaus goes to see Agamemnon, as he walks toward his brother in the shot facing Agamemnon people stand aside and bow. In the next shot facing Menelaus some people appear or disappear from where they stood in the previous shot. The shadows differ as well.

Revealing mistake: When Briseis sticks the knife in Agamemnon's neck, you can plainly see silver fillings in his teeth when his head is back.

Revealing mistake: In many extreme close-ups, the large white reflector screens are clearly reflected in the eyes of the actors and actresses.

Continuity mistake: When King Priam, Hector and the elder people are arguing about what to do about the Greeks, in the front view Hector is standing in the center of the edge of the pool of water, but when Priam stands up the shot changes to a back view and he is standing near the corner instead.

Audio problem: When Agamemnon and the Greeks are retreating, Odysseus shouts, "Back to the ships!" in a close-up while he rides with Agamemnon on his chariot, but his mouth is not in sync with the words; nor is Agamemnon's when he shouts the same in the previous wideshot (not his close-up).

Audio problem: When the Greeks are sacking Troy towards the end of the film, you can hear a soldier yell "Aquí" twice. Aquí is Spanish for here. Most of the movie was filmed in Mexico and used Mexicans as extras.


Other mistake: During the first shot of the 1000 ships, oarsmen can be seen rowing, but their oars are not disturbing the water. Yet as they approach the beach, the shot is from the same distance and now splashes can be seen.


Continuity mistake: When Ajax walks to the bow of his ship, the men in front of him are standing spread apart. However, in the next shot when he pushes the two men apart, they are very close together.

Continuity mistake: After Agamemnon dies, Achilles helps Briseis up and his greave wrapped right leg (which is visible) is upright against her, as he says, "Come with me," and then is hit with the first arrow. In the close-up of Briseis, as she shouts, "No!" just as Paris prepares to fire the second arrow, Achilles' right leg with its greave and straps are once again perfectly visible beside Briseis, but the way the right greave and straps are wrapped are entirely different.

Visible crew/equipment: Paris releases the first arrow, after the Greeks break through the palace gate, and when the Greek soldier turns around, a piece of equipment is visible on the floor, as the Trojans move forward in this shot, (similar to the equipment at the stairs in the earlier shot).

Continuity mistake: When Achilles ties Hector's feet with the rope, the excess rope at the knot and the length of the rope between the chariot and Hector's feet changes while Hector's body is dragged by the chariot. In the first wide shot, as Achilles begins to drag him, its length is twice as long than in the following close-up.

Continuity mistake: When Paris pulls the first arrow from his quiver and releases it into Achilles' heel, the shaft's wood color is very light (whitish). However, in the close-up of the arrow in his heel, the arrow shaft is dark wood (brownish), then in all of the following shots (including when he dies) the wood is very light again.

Continuity mistake: Throughout the film, when Achilles wears the hair ribbon, or not, his hair position, its twist and/or ribbon position changes significantly in consecutive shots.

Continuity mistake: As Briseis stabs Agamemnon in the neck, a particular part of his neck is visible in the first shot once the blade is in, just before he grabs her wrist. In the shot facing Briseis, the turned handle in her hand is further back on Agamemnon's neck than it should be to make the clean, straight, vertical wound below his ear. When she pulls the blade out, the wound is also positioned in the area that was visibly clear of the blade in the first shot.

Audio problem: While Troy burns, when the horse gallops down the corridor, as Briseis runs she shouts, "Paris!" and though her mouth continues to shout what looks like "Andromache!" no sound is heard.


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Hector: All my life I've lived by a code; and the code is simple: Honor the gods, love your woman, and defend your country. Troy is mother to us all. Fight for her!



Due to the political situation in Iraq, the location for scale shots was moved from Morocco to Mexico, an ideal alternate choice with its broad beach, however, the rushed decision presented some obstacles. Coastal Mexico is an endangered turtle habitat, so to be granted permission to set up the Greek encampment and build boats on the large stretch of beach the film crew implemented their own turtle incubation nursery, thus releasing a multitude of turtles while on location in Mexico! They also did not have an accurate idea of the physical conditions of that particular beach. As it turned out that beach was very erratic and one morning about 100 feet of beach had washed away overnight, leaving Greek ships teetering precariously on the edge of the bank with the missing sand.