Silverado (1985)

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Corrected entry: In the scene when the bad guys are going to burn down Kate's house, they throw a kerosene lantern to start the fire. Pause the film right before they throw the lantern and then advance frame-by-frame. You can see the fire start from behind the bookcase a couple frames before the lantern hits the bookcase.

Correction: You cannot "see" any such thing. Four frames - one eighth of a second - is the limit of 'persistence of vision', which permits us to "see" 24 still photographs as one second of movement. A mistake encompassing "a couple of frames" is not a mistake - it is part of the film-makers technique to fool the human eye and brain into thinking they see movement where none exists, and in this case he succeeded.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the sheriff (John Cleese) is playing chess in the jail, if you look carefully you will see that it's a reproduction of the famous Isle of Lewis chess set that is sold by the British Museum. One would wonder - especially since the original hadn't been found yet - how it got to the Old West.

Correction: Not too difficult, in fact. The Isle of Lewis chess pieces were discovered in 1831, and were famous throughout the whole of the British Empire within a few years. The sheriff is obviously English, so why couldn't he have brought his chess set - obviously a treasured possession - with him when he came to the US?

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie Emmett wears his holster on the left, but in the opening sequence, when Emmett dives to the floor, his holster is on the right. Also, he was supposedly startled out of his sleep, and we see him grab his gun out of a holster he is not wearing, but when he dives to the floor to shoot the guy on the roof, suddenly he is wearing his holster.

Correction: Before Emmett and Mal leave the cave Emmett offers Mal a pistol but Mal refuses leaving Emmett with two pistols (one on each side) one of which he tosses before going upstairs to rescue Augie.

Corrected entry: When Rae walks down the stairs soon followed by Slick, she stops to talk to her brother Mal. In the background there is a windmill that is not turning despite the fact that you can see the wind blowing on Rae's hair and dress.

Robert Sullinger

Correction: It would only take a very light breeze to cause her skirt and hair to flutter, but not necessarily enough to turn heavy windmill blades.

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Corrected entry: The night before the jailbreak at Turley, when Emmet and Paden are standing in the street discussing the plan to break Jake out of jail, on the roof of the building behind them is about 4 inches of snow. The next morning during the jail break we see at least 2 inches of snow on the ground, yet as the posse is chasing our heroes out of town suddenly the snow is gone and the ground is dry.

Correction: I just watched this scene over and over and the snow is completely continuous throughout. It looks like the scenes of the escaping men and the pursuing posse were shot on the same day.

Corrected entry: In the bar fight in Turley, the bad guy breaks the bottle with his right hand, but when he lunges at Mal, it's in his left hand.

Correction: There's plenty of off-camera time for him to switch hands. Maybe he's left-handed, and broke the bottle with his right because it was closer to the bar.

Corrected entry: When Mckendricks men order Mal and Ezra Johnson off Ezra's Homestead Mal Asks one of the cowboys "Do you know what a Henry rifle can do in the hands of someone who knows how to use it?" Ezra is unarmed with his right side facing the camera. In the time it takes the cowboy to answer "Who would that be, You?" Ezra (who is sitting double on Mal's horse) produces a Henry rifle and throws down on the cowboys it wasn't in his right hand in the preceding scene and if it was in his left he'd have to pull it over Mal's head and switch it to a right hand grip to be in position to cover the cowboys (presumably while they sit there and let him do it) there wasn't time between shots.

Correction: The rifle was resting on the horse between the two men, right where he could grab it quickly.

Corrected entry: Mal's rifle switches between the Henry 1860 and 1866 models in various scenes

Correction: Mal and his father both owned Henry rifles when Mal's father is killed, and Mal inherits his fathers rifle. And Mal also does carry both at times.

Corrected entry: After the Glover fight scene when Cleese tells him to leave, Glover walks back to the bar to drink the whisky. Listen for the distinct sound of swallowing/gulping before Glover puts the shot glass to his mouth. After his drinks, there is no sound at all.

Correction: I think the sound referred to is as Glover first grasps the shot glass - and it's the sound of a heavy shot glass sliding a tad on the thick wooden bar.

Corrected entry: Emmett's holster is on the left throughout the movie, but when rescuing his nephew at the ranch, when he dives on the floor to shoot the guy at the top of the stairs, his holster is on the right.

Correction: The holster is on the correct side (left).

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Cobb's mean attack Emmitt, Mal shoots one of the men in the hand. The shot pauses long enough to show that hand is quite a cheap, plastic-looking fake prop hand.


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Question: I am sure that when I watched Silverado many years ago that Cobb's men, after capturing Emmett, used a rock or stone to break the bones in his gun hand to render him harmless. The DVD I have does not have this scene - if it ever existed.

Answer: I first saw this film in a theater, and later on DVD and TV, and I don't recall the scene you described. If his hand had been injured that way, the injury would have lasted throughout the entire film and that was not the case. Perhaps you're confusing this with another movie.

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Answer: You may be thinking of The Quick and The Dead. That happens to Russell Crowe before the final gunfight.

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