Best war movie mistakes of 1958

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Factual error: In the final scene there is a shot which shows a Land Rover in the distance. Land Rovers were not built until after World War 2.

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Other mistake: In the opening scene on the airplane, one of the men tells Lt. Cable, "The captain wants to know if you'd like to sit up in the cockpit with him?" Buzz Adams, the "captain" referenced in this line, is only a lieutenant. Admittedly, "captain" is a standard aviation term for the pilot of an aircraft, but it would be unlikely to be used in this situation, since the term has a specific military meaning.

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Continuity mistake: Every time we see the Nurka fire a torpedo, regardless of whether the order was "fire one," "fire two," or even "fire five" or "fire six," the torpedo is always seen leaving exactly the same tube.

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Other mistake: Both sides (American & German) use the same tanks! The American tanks have white stars painted on them, while the German tanks bear white Maltese Crosses.

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Revealing mistake: When Corporal Bin's group of men eventually arrive at Dunkirk, they speak to a soldier adding sandbags to a Vicker's gun position. Here (and later on in the film when it is shown firing) it has a blank-firing adaptor prominently fitted to the front. Additionally the belt of ammunition shown going through it is filled with blanks - no bullets project outside the other side to that of the actual cartridge cases.

Andrew Upton
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Other mistake: In the opening scene, as Captain Glenn Ford is watching a Japanese freighter travel right to left through his submarine's periscope, the freighter is actually going backwards. The bow of the ship is on the right, not the left, as it should be.

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Other mistake: During training, when the men are running and the two British men come out of the bushes then shoot at the ground, there are 3 rows of bullets going past but only 2 guns being fired.

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Factual error: The film is set during WW2, but when Pitkin drops Judy off at the station, the locomotive bears the lion and wheel emblem of 'British Railways', which was formed in 1948. Likewise the wagons in the railway yard are to a British Railways standard design and are out of period for WW2.

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Continuity mistake: When Diestl and Hardenburg attempt their wild dash to the coast on the motorcycle, they pass the same wrecked Kubelwagen three times.

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Revealing mistake: Whenever our heroes are shown firing the Vickers guns on or off the vehicles, they are very obviously fitted with blank-fire adapters to the front. The belts of ammunition for them throughout the film are also blanks - the cases are visible, but the bullets that should project out the other side of the belt are not present.

Andrew Upton
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Continuity mistake: When the Bayonet is thrown at Strong, it is thrown with the butt of the rifle facing left, but is caught with the butt facing right. (00:41:00)

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