Best history movie mistakes of 1997

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Factual error: The Portuguese slave ship Tecora was one of the most notorious of the illegal slave ships, but no slaves were thrown overboard in mid-ocean as shown in the film - at least on the trip in question. The Portuguese were pros at the slave trade and had plenty of food on board to feed their "cargo" between Sierra Leone and Cuba. The only time a slave would be thrown overboard in mid-ocean was if his/her health posed a serious risk to the crew and "cargo". (Slaves were too valuable to just throw away for the price of their food.) Historically, though, there were instances where whole cargoes of slaves were tossed overboard. The British Royal Navy zealously patrolled the waters off West Africa to try to shut down the slave trade. If a British ship was sighted, the slavers sometimes tossed slaves overboard to destroy the evidence and prevent the seizure of the ship.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Brad Pitt is taken prisoner by the English, he tries to escape and is thrown in prison. As the camera turns back to the door, the shadow of a microphone is visible left to the door.

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Visible crew/equipment: While Teddy Roosevelt is gathering information on casualties in the first battle, a microphone pops into the shot at the lower left.

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Continuity mistake: When Hemeda is getting dressed in the presence of Nour El Sherif, he changes from being in his underwear to fully dressed in a complicated costume in a few seconds.

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