Best war movie mistakes of 2008

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The Hurt Locker picture

Factual error: In one scene they are playing on an Xbox 360, but the Xbox 360 did not come out until 2005, and the game being played, Gears of War, wasn't released until 2006. The movie takes place in 2004.

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Meet the Spartans picture

Audio problem: When Britney Spears gets pushed into the Pit of Death, you hear her talk and scream but her lips are not moving.

Michael Piscitelli
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Australia picture

Factual error: Outside the Territory Hotel, during the storm, and once earlier in the movie, the taxi cabs are shown with the modern "flip over" vacancy/hired signs that were not used then.

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Stop-Loss picture

Plot hole: The whole concept of how Brandon was stop-lossed was obviously done to further the plot and is in no way accurate on how a soldier was stop-lossed in reality during the Iraq War. Apparently, he returned from Iraq, was scheduled to leave the Army a few days later, and was told he was stop-lossed on his ETS (discharge) date and was going back in a matter of weeks. First of all, no soldier returned from Iraq and got discharged a few days later, there are mandatory procedures required that usually take up to 90 days after return to complete. As for the stop-loss itself, it was implemented a minimum of 90 days prior to a planned deployment. If you can forget those oversights by the writer, then when at the end of the movie Brandon returned to deploy after all he wouldn't have just been let back in with open arms by his chain of command. Considering the charges he could have received (Disrespect to a Commissioned Officer, Disobeying a Lawful Order, Assault, and Absent without Leave), he would have at a minimum been demoted one rank. More than likely, instead of deploying, he would have faced a court-martial or been discharged. A Lieutenant Colonel wouldn't have been able to save him from the charges at that point like he claimed in the deal he would give Brandon for returning to base. Facts about the actual process of stop-loss were either not researched or were blatantly ignored to further an anti-war agenda from the writer of the movie.

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Warbirds picture

Plot hole: Needing more fuel to get to Tinian, the crew recovers some 55 gallon fuel drums from the beach. These drums weigh in excess of 400 pounds, yet one guy and one girl hoist them into the truck with little effort.

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Defiance picture

Continuity mistake: Near the end, the tank's turret is seen turning. Camera does a quick cut and it's back to where it was before. Camera cuts and it's turning again.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas picture

Factual error: At the end we see a soldier replacing the canister that the Zyklon B is kept in. However, he is not wearing an SS badge as all SS soldiers did. Zyklon B was only handled by members of the SS, as no other unit had authorisation to carry the sensitive stuff. (01:28:00)

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The Red Baron picture

Factual error: Although correctly addressed as "captain" towards the end of the film, Richthofen continues to wear the rank insignia of an oberleutnant (lieutenant).

Necrothesp
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Miracle at St. Anna picture

Factual error: The commanding SS officer at the church massacre is incorrectly addressed "Herr Major". Although his rank does correspond to that of a Wehrmacht major, the correct address is "Sturmbannführer" (and not with "Herr", in the SS officers were addressed with rank only).

Airborne60
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The Reader picture

Character mistake: During the seminar, Professor Rohl tells students that only 19 workers of Auschwitz were sentenced (in 1966). During the first trial of Nazis from Auschwitz, 39 were sentenced, including 23 persons condemned to death. The trial was in 1947 in Krakow.

wozi
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In Tranzit picture

Audio problem: When Pavlov is speaking with the doctor, we hear him finishing a sentence with "say, a doctor, perhaps" but his motionless mouth and jaw show he isn't speaking at all in the side shot. (00:19:00)

johnrosa
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Female Agents picture

Factual error: The SS Officer is repeatedly addressed as "Herr Oberst". This is a Wehrmacht rank designation, and could possibly have been correct for them addressing an SS officer, but fellow SS officers would have used the correct term "Standartenführer" (without the "Herr"). On one occasion the lower rank SS officer is address as "Herr Leutnant" which is equally wrong, should be "(Ober)sturmführer"

Airborne60
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Max Manus picture

Audio problem: The day after Operation Mardonius, when the first set of bombs explodes you first see the explosion and then hear it after a second, then as the last bombs explode you both see and hear the sound at the same time.

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Factual error: There is a running camera shot at the UN of national flags, the current Canadian flag is displayed but it was first introduced in 1965, the movie scene is suppose to take place in 1964.

serip
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