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Plot hole: When the two Legionnaires open the gate of the Hadrian's Wall, they lean forward with their shoulders against the doors as if to push, but they are really pulling. (00:33:10)

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Plot hole: There must have been a shortage of Martini-Henry rifles for this production, for in the climactic charge scenes in which the three ranks of British soldiers deliver volley after volley into the Zulu masses, the soldiers closest to the camera are equipped with lever action Martini-Henry's but those further back in the line can be seen pulling up and back on bolt action rifles.

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Plot hole: When the Black & Tans are shown driving through the village, a blue house is visible behind them. The house has modern PVC windows.

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Plot hole: The movie takes place before and around 1938 and, supposedly ends in that year, following the entrance in Shanghai of the Japanese, with the exodus by many Chinese and foreign residents. Ralph Fiennes' character, as an American ex-diplomat and businessman, would have resided, have bank accounts, his car, etcetera, in the foreign concessions. The Japanese did not occupy the concessions until after Pearl Harbor, so there was no need for him to flee the city, as a refugee without a passport and with little or no money, sailing towards Macao in a fragile Chinese junk. He could just have driven or walked a few blocks to any of the "Western" concessions, from where he could have married Natasha Richardson's character, obtained U.S. passports (White Russians had none, as the rest of her family in the movie until assisted by an official in the French Consulate) for her and her daughter, purchased a ticket in a safer vessel, sold his assets (regardless of the damage to his club, he still had a house, furniture, a car, presumably bank accounts, etc.).

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Plot hole: The morning of the final battle, the sun rises behind the mission, silhouetting a sentry. When the ending credits roll, the sun sets behind the mission.

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Plot hole: Roger's initial briefing at the beginning of the film states that 'Tom' goes out from 104 and 'Harry' from 105. Despite this the goons are said to be in 105 when they find the entrance to Tom.

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Plot hole: The impetus of the plot is that the doctor mismatches the two sets of twins. But watch carefully the placement as they are born: first the DiCici baby, then the Coupe on the left, then the other DiCici, then the other Coupe on the right of the other three, making it, from the viewer's perspective, DiCici-Coupe-DiCici-Coupe. The doctor then switches the two middle ones, which supposedly mix the twins, but in fact it makes them DiCici-DiCici-Coupe-Coupe, and the two left and two right are given to the fathers. So the twins are not mismatched.

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Plot hole: When Archie and the others take the castle acting as Saddam and his guard two Iraqi soldiers come running out, passing by Archie and Chief, for some reason not looking at them and thus not noticing their American uniforms. (01:18:55)

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Plot hole: When Nameless and Flying Snow are fending off the arrows, the arrows blocked by the two seem to be the only arrows coming toward the school, as there are no arrows flying beyond their reach (omitting the ones missing the school entirely).

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Plot hole: Joan of Arc is called to save Orléans from the siege of the English. But if you look In the scene where we see a bird's eye view of the city, you will notice that there are no guards on its walls. A siege is the means enemy soldiers try to cut a city from its supplies and contacts. Those soldiers should be guarding it day and night, and sometimes even shooting arrows or rocks in it, until the city resigns. The siege we see at Orléans is nothing but a lonely catapult which shoots once a week.

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Plot hole: How did Glabrus know about Silesian pirates aiding the slave army's escape? He informed the senate of this and yet was not made aware of it at the time of his capture.

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Plot hole: After the battle in front of the gate of Troy, the field is cleaned. This includes every scrap of flesh, every drop of blood,every footprint, and even some grass is replaced as is seen when Achilles rides up on his chariot to challenge Hector.This mistake can not be explained by saying that the Trojans are shown cleaning the battlefield because it would take weeks even months to do that.

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