Best comedy movie factual errors of 1980
Factual error: When the Blues Brothers are trying to escape the Illinois Nazis, they are on a freeway heading through a construction site. They break through several barricades, jam on the brakes, and stop just before they go off of a bridge. They slam the car into reverse and flip through the air to escape. The Illinois Nazis go over the bridge. The bridge is in Milwaukee, WI. The tall white building in the background is the US Bank building in downtown Milwaukee, WI. As the Nazis fall to earth, they fall past a building in downtown Chicago, IL before going through the street on impact. The Nazis fell from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL. (02:11:00)
Factual error: The middle third of the film recounts Dr. Thompson meeting Laszlo at the 1972 Superbowl (VI) in Los Angeles, however, in 1972 the game was played in New Orleans.
Factual error: At the end of the movie, they break out of prison and their lawyer finds them at the hangar. She tells them they are free and they celebrate and get in the car and drive off. Innocent or not, they broke out of prison. I highly doubt red tape would allow an official to say, "Oh well, never mind, we were gonna release them anyway." (01:46:25)
Factual error: When the unit is preparing for the Jump, they follow none of the correct procedure for a jump, but the most glaring mistake is that none of the Parachutes are equipped with a static line (the bright yellow nylon strap, that the parachutist hooks to a cable inside the plane to deploy his chute automatically.) Airborne infantry units always make static line jumps, so the line should have been visible on every chute.
Factual error: In the opening credits, Lavitas comes off the football field in a #12 football jersey, but later references that he and the rest of the Green Team are an offensive line. No matter what level of football (NCAA or NFL), an O-Lineman wouldn't wear #12.
Factual error: In the very beginning (2nd scene) just after Danny (the Caddy) eats and then jumps down from the backside of his house and hops on his bike to head to work, look in the background behind him and at about the 5th house or so he passes you will see a classic palm tree in the front yard. The movie takes place in Nebraska (which doesn't have any palm trees of course).Tim Dickerson
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