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Corrected entry: When Captains Fry and Darrow are advising General Hummel to launch the rocket, Captain Fry says "Let's be all we can be." This was the slogan for the United States Army, but repeatedly throughout the film the men are called Marines which are the United States Navy.


Correction: He's just making a statement. He's not saying he's in the Army.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: The helicopter used to drop the US Navy Seals in the water is a CH-3, this US Air Force helicopter retired a few years before. More realistic would have been a US Navy CH-53E.

Correction: The SH-3 (or its variant the CH-3) were used by the Navy up until the early 2000's. In the mid 90's (when the movie was filmed and takes place) the H-3 was used operationally by the Navy.

Corrected entry: Just after the scene where Ed Harris is shot, there is a scene where Sean Connery is firing a machine gun. If you look closely you can see a cameraman running in the background.

Correction: Just looked through it several times in slo mo and didn't see anything.

Corrected entry: At the start of the movie where Goodspeed is collected by Womack, he states that VX gas was "invented accidentally". Later on, in the war room, one of the army experts around the table describes VX as "specifically designed to withstand napalm". So, designed, or accidental?

Correction: Could easily be both. The precursor of VX gas was originally developed as a pesticide called Amiton. It was withdrawn by its manufacturer, Imperial Chemicals, due to its toxicity. Several samples were sent to the British Army, who used the precursor to develop a series of agents called the V series. The best known one of which is VX nerve gas.

Corrected entry: Quentin Tarantino is one of the uncredited scriptwriters on this film, which could explain the "plunging the syringe into your heart" thing which was also done in his film Pulp Fiction.

Jedd Jong

Correction: While I understand the suppposed connection between movies, I think the reason this method was used in these movies was because it is a common misconception that this particular medicine must be administered this way. Not true at all. It is delivered through a shot to the rear or thigh, as described in military "self aid buddy care" handbooks. The needle on the device is FAR too short to penetrate below the ribs, let alone into the heart. Its just more dramatic this way.

Kimberly Mason

Corrected entry: As Mason is interrogated, he breaks the window. Prior to that he takes a coin and draws a circle on the window. The purpose of that must be that when he uses force the window will break where he has made the circle. That does not happen. The window breaks in the center of the circle, not at the rim as intended.

Correction: Mason also draws an "X" in the circle while the camera focuses on Womack and Goodspeed. The glass shatters at the weak point in the center of the "X".


Corrected entry: In the beginning when Hummel is talking to his wife's gravestone, the emblem on his hat is broken.

Correction: Actually, the United States Marine Corps insignia is not broken, it is perfectly intact. The USMC seal is of an 'eagle' perched atop a 'globe' with a diagonal 'foul anchor' running through it. The same Marine Corps emblem is on his dress uniform's collars (with left and right facing anchors).

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: Alcatraz does not have narrated tours by guides. They use a self guided tour where you get a walk-man and listen to a tape.

Correction: However, it is possible to arrange a tour through the park system for a specific large group. My high school did that.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: When General Hummel calls the FBI director. The director only asks: "Who is this?" and "I wanna know who this is." He says nothing else, but when he hangs up the phone, his secretary says that she'd cancel his reservations. Most surely she wasn't eavesdropping on another line nor could she have overheard the conversation from where she was standing as the phone call wasn't on loudspeaker, otherwise the director wouldn't have had the receiver to his ear.


Ronnie Bischof

Correction: Overall this comes down to being a character mistake and not a film one. The secretary might have been told before the director picked up who he was and/or what he was doing. Even if this had not been the case, she might have presumed from what she overheard that she should cancel his plans as it sounded serious. As you mentioned she might have eavesdropped but there is not enough conclusive evidence to say she should not have been able to make the assumption that she did.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: When they are in the chamber defusing the bomb we see the timer at 1:10, there is no slow motion in the movie, however the timer arrives at 0:04 after 1 minute and 14 seconds not after 1:06 as it should.


Ronnie Bischof

Correction: Very few films are shot in real time. Much like most films, many of the shots during that scene are supposed to be happing simultaniously. e.g. while Cage is defusing, the other guys are trying to turn the water on, and his partner is panicking, and the cockroaches are dying etc.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: In one scene of the shower-room shootout you can see a SEAL land on the floor with close-up of his face. On the floor next to him there is a spent 9mm round. If you take a closer look, you can clearly see that it is a blank for use in movies. The "bullet" is still there, but on a real 9mm round the bullet will be missing when the spent cartridge is ejected from the gun.

Correction: There are malfunctions with every weapon, it might have been a round which wasn't fired and just ejected during a reload. God knows how many times I've had malfunctions with my rifle and my side arm during military service.

Ronnie Bischof

Corrected entry: When the Thermite Plasma bomb is dropped accidentally and Nicholas Cage is flying through the air because of the detonation, you can see that he (the stuntman) is hung up on the hips. Maybe you can only see this one in the DVD version, frame by frame.

Correction: If it's only visible in slow motion it's not a movie mistake.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Nicholas Cage is supposedly making love to his girlfriend on the rooftop, Cage gets a phone call and has to leave. When his girlfriend gets up you can see her underwear.

Correction: It is called simply pushing the panties to the side. I am sure that it has been done many times.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: Alcatraz has been de-commissioned for many, many years when this movie takes place. Why then are there still active flamethrowers with the randomly rotating gears? Why were they there in the first place? It couldn't have been to prevent inmates from escaping. The whole flamethrower part is completely absurd.

Correction: The electronic locks on the cells still work, since the guide shuts everybody into the cells as part of the tour. It isn't unreasonable to think that more parts of Alcatraz have been maintained in working order as part of the tour.

Corrected entry: Having removed the nerve gas from the final rocket, and then discharged said rocket in order to take out the marine who is trying to kill him, why does Goodspeed still need to retrieve the guidance chip from the gas canister? The purpose of the chip is to guide the rocket, and as there is no longer a rocket to guide.

Correction: He's fired that particular rocket, yes, but there are still numerous other rockets located around the island, lacking only a guidance chip to be fireable. He needs to get the final chip to prevent anyone from taking it, putting into one of the other rockets, and launching an attack.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Stanley is doing the 360 in the Ferrari, the airbag deploys and Stanley puts the gun against the bag so he's not crushed like a grape. About 4 seconds pass and he never pulls the trigger, so the airbag was not popped.

Correction: Stanley doesn't take that long. Watching the scene he takes less than a second between cocking the gun and pointing it at the airbag then we hear him shooting it when the camera is focusing on the cable car coming down the road.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: Ranger Bob said that he spent a couple years in Alcatraz. If the prison is closed since 1963, he must have been a baby when he was arrested.


Correction: He doesn't say "I spent a couple of years in there", he says "Spend a couple of years in there..." and is then interrupted. He would presumably have continued to say what sort of effect spending all that time locked up would have on a person.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: It is repeated several times throughout the movie that if you come into contact with the chemicals, inject the atropine into your heart. In real life, that would kill you. If you are exposed to a chem agent, you would place an injector about the size of a paint marker against your thigh and press a button on the back of it, which would extend the needle and inject the atropine. If you injected yourself without having been exposed, as Goodspeed was instructed to do in the bomb room in the beginning of the movie, that would kill you too.

Correction: Atropine, one antidote of VX gas can be administered directly in heart if the contact with the gas is severe because it will not be circulated quickly enough if injected elsewhere. See:

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, Mason tells Goodspeed, "It's been a long time since I've said thank you to anybody, but, thank you." However, he said thank you to Goodspeed earlier in the movie, after Goodspeed told Mason's daughter that he was helping the FBI.

Correction: Technically, Mason has said thank you twice before the end of the movie: the first time is to Goodspeed (as you have pointed out) and the second time is to the Marine Commander (stated sarcastically) just before he goes into the boiler and opens the door to Alcatraz from the inside. The first time was to Goodspeed for allowing him to save face with his daughter, but this really didn't buy him much because he went back into custody of the FBI anyway. The second time was a sarcastic remark to the Marine Commander (i.e., not stated seriously). At the end of the movie, Goodspeed has told the FBI that Mason is dead, thus allowing Mason to get away and live a new life with a new identity, one that the FBI cannot track. So, at the end of the movie, Mason acknowledges that he is truly indebted in gratitude to Goodspeed, something he hasn't experienced in years, just before saying thank you to Goodspeed. So, this is not a mistake.

Corrected entry: In the scene where all of the men are being taken by helicopter to Alcatraz, a soldier hands Goodspeed a syringe and says something along the lines of 'if you come in contact with the chemical, inject this into your heart.' If Mason was sitting with the men on the helicopter, why was he so surprised when Goodspeed stops him in the tunnel and tells him that the terrorists have chemical weapons. Was he not paying attention on the helicopter?

Correction: He is not surprised that they have chemicals, he is surprised that they have missiles aimed at San Francisco (where his daughter lives).

Corrected entry: Near the beginning Goodspeed tells his girlfriend to come to San Francisco but changes his mind once he finds out what's really going on. Instead of having the FBI simply pick her up. Why not send her back home on the next flight out? He works for the Feds, how hard could that have been to arrange?

Correction: If FBI agents just packed her off home she might have started asking awkward questions in a public setting (the airport). The FBI didn't want to risk alarming the rest of the population.

Corrected entry: Data on John Mason in FBI database doesn't show his name when Stanley Goodspeed's colleague searches in it [just a string of X's], in order to hide his identity [as remarked by FBI director Womack]. However, there is a full name and address of nearest relative [his daughter Jade]which is would make him easy to identify in any case.

Correction: It was not easy to find. It took a trained FBI researcher who knew what he was looking for to find it.

Corrected entry: When the General is killed, there is a shot of him flying back. During this shot, there are drops of blood visible on the camera lens.

Correction: The blood on the lens is not a mistake. It is not uncomon for things to get splattered on the screen, such as water, mud, or in this case blood. It is done to make you feel more a part of the action.

Corrected entry: In the boiler room where Mason goes under the flames. How is it possible that these flames still work after all these years that alcatraz has been closed?

Correction: Alcatraz is now a tourist attraction. People visit and still work there, so it makes sense for the boiler room to be in operation.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Goodspeed is riding a kid's motorcycle he just stole, he calls an FBI man to get Mason's daughter's address. After getting the address, we see him pull up in front of the daughter's house. This scene takes place in San Francisco. If Goodspeed lives and works in the Washington D.C. area, how does he find his way to the house so quickly and without getting lost?

Correction: This is not a mistake. It does not say how much time elaspses between the two scenes and because of time constraints in films it is not necessary to show his travels to the house.

Corrected entry: During the chase scene, Mason is called by the car's angry owner saying "You stole my Hummer". Mason replies : "I'm only borrowing your *Humvee*". How did Mason know what the abbreviation of "Hummer" was if he was so out of touch with present day ?

Correction: He was in prison not on another planet, the men talk in prison and they have TV, books and magazines to keep up with the outside world.

Corrected entry: When the Marines are making their way to Alcatraz in their minisub for a brief moment you are shown a computer screen on the sub. It shows really cool 3D animation. In the next shot you can see all the screens on the sub, but there's only radar-like screens. The 3D animation is gone.

Correction: They are not Marines but a SEAL team and there are multi-function screens, so this is possible.

Corrected entry: In the end, when the F/A-18s are heading for Alcatraz, the lead pilot says their speed is 450 knots, then as they are getting closer, he says increasing speed to 500 knots. If they are in such a hurry, why aren't they going as fast as possible? The F/A-18 has a top speed of approx mach 1.7, so 450/500 knots is nothing.

Correction: Because they'd overfly Alcatraz in about a tenth of a second. Slowing from 2000kmh to a speed where they could bomb the island would take a long time - time they don't have.

Corrected entry: Everyone in the Seal team is wearing dark clothing in order to be "invisible", and therefore they have also painted their faces in camouflage colours, all but Goodspeed and Mason. They are happily sitting there with their white uncamouflaged faces. What's the point of the rest being camouflaged then?

Correction: I believe that Mason is there to show the way and Goodspeed to defuse the bombs. The Seals are there to take back control of the Rock. Wouldn't it be logical then that Mason doesn't need camouflage for just showing the way and that Goodspeed doesn't wear any camouflage because he will defuse only after the Seals have taken over. He isn't supposed to take part in the action.

Corrected entry: Of course, in real life, VX is not stored in little glass spheres. As you can see in the movie, that's just plain stupid.

J I Cohen

Correction: The Vx was contained in metal canisters, inside a mushy thin coating for protection, but also for the gas to burn away as the rocket exploded.

Corrected entry: In the scene right after Nic Cage's Ferarri is destroyed, the guy on the dirt bike is talking to him. If you listen closely you can tell the bike isn't on or else you would hear the engine idling which is quite obvious on a dirt bike.

Correction: You can indeed hear the engine idling. It's just been 'quieted' so that you can hear the actors' speech.

Corrected entry: When the two Marine captains first report to General Hummel on Alcatraz, they salute him, and he returns their salute. One of the captains and the general are uncovered (that is, they aren't wearing hats, or "covers"), and the other captain is wearing a black beret. All are outdoors. When in full uniform, Marines 1) never go outdoors uncovered, 2) never salute uncovered, and 3) do not wear berets of any sort. The Army does all of these, but the Marine Corps never has.

Correction: They have stolen nerve gas, taken Alcatraz and about to hold a city hostage. The general gets saluted because his men respect him. They are not worried about uniforms, or other regulations at this point. They are also not even in Marine uniform. They are in urban camou. They would be wearing woodland BDU's or "digiflauge" to be in uniform.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Why does Goodspeed ask for a gun at the Fairmont Hotel? At that time he couldn't be aware that he was going to join the SEALs later in the movie...?

Correction: He was asking for the gun in the case that the situation with Mason at the public hotel becomes dangerous. It has nothing to do w/joining the SEALs later. He ends up with a different gun then, anyways. When the situation w/Mason at the hotel actually DOES become dangerous, Goodspeed uses the gun, so its a good thing he asked for one.

Corrected entry: After the first rocket is launched, Cpt. Frye says 'let's be all we can be'. That was the Army slogan. No Marine would say that.


Correction: He is probably mocking since "The Few, The Proud" wouldn't really fit in right here.

Sol Parker

Corrected entry: When director Womack is explaining that Mason is in prison for stealing microfilm with top-secret files on it, and again at the end of the film when Goodspeed is looking at the microfilm, it is mentioned that the John F Kennedy assasination files are on the microfilm. Alcatraz closed in April of 1963 and JFK was not assasinated until November of 1963, so this information could not possibly have been on the microfilm.

Correction: Although, if they had already decided who was going to assasinate JFK before he was shot, then the name may have been listed.

Corrected entry: In the shower room scene when Hummel is about to close the eyelids of one the dead FBI team. The dead man's eyelid twitches just before Hummel touches it. That's strange as the man is meant to be dead.

Correction: Many body parts twitch in the first minutes after death, as proved later with the twitching leg.


Corrected entry: In the meeting when Hummel speaks with the FBI, Whitehouse staff, etc, the time is said to be 11:58pm. Hummel then says "You have 40 hours until noon, day after tomorrow." That would only be 36 hours.

Correction: That is correct because they are in San Fransisco, not Washington D.C.

Corrected entry: When the group first enters Alcatraz, Sean Connery says that he memorised the pattern of fire flashes so he could roll under the boiler, but when he gets to the other side, he simply opens the door to the outside. When he originally escaped from Alcatraz, why didn't he use the door instead of trying to roll under the boiler?

Correction: In the days when Alcatraz was active, that door was guarded.

Corrected entry: Close to the beginning when Ed Harris and his team are stealing the rockets one of his team members smashes through a watch tower, as he shoots the guard with a shotgun you can clearly see a squishy ball hit the guard and rebound off him.

Correction: They said they were going to take the island using non-lethal force.

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Stanley Goodspeed: I'll do my best.
John Mason: Your "best"! Losers always whine about their "best"! Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.
Stanley Goodspeed: Carla was the prom queen.
John Mason: Really?
[Goodpseed cocks his gun.]
Stanley Goodspeed: Yeah.



Nick Cage is chasing Mason in the yellow Ferrari. The windshield breaks at least twice, but is perfect in the next shot.



When Stanley introduces himself, Mason replies with "but of course you are". James Bond said the same thing to Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds are Forever, and both Bond and Mason were played by Sean Connery.