1917

1917 (2019)

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Factual error: The strong current of the river the main character falls into carries him to a considerable waterfall. There is not, nor has there ever been, a river of that kind in Flanders' Fields, let alone a waterfall. Anyone who has any insight into the geography of the region will tell you it is flat as can be. The largest body of water, the Yzer, gently meanders and flows into the Channel, even during really rainy times.

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Suggested correction: I do not believe that either Ecoust or Croisilles Wood is in Flanders. Both are behind the old German lines at the Somme. That said, there are no bodies of water in that area.

Ecoust and Croissilles are in department Pas-De-Calais in the French Flanders, together with the Belgian flanders they are called Flanders Fields. It is indeed a flat area.

lionhead

There is a watercourse that goes through Croisilles... But it's basically a ditch.

Factual error: The event starts on April 6th, 1917. While the cherry trees are blooming, all the other foliage looks to be in full summer bloom.

Georgia Boy

Continuity mistake: The injury Schofield suffers to his neck is healed by the time that he gets to the front line.

Factual error: In one scene you can see the bottom of a soldier's boot, and it has a light blue rubber part on it. They didn't make colored soles back during WWI.

Other mistake: At the start of the trench running scene where the soldiers charge, keep looking at the far left of the screen. You will see a small group of soldiers already running who were not in the trenches. In addition, they seem to be running without weapons.

Factual error: The boots issued to British Soldiers were Hobnail boots. When he crossed the broken bridge you can see they are not Hobnails.

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Suggested correction: You can see the hobnails both on the bridge and when Schofield leaves the river.

Factual error: The British medical station is above ground and too close to the front lines. It is well within range of German artillery. Normally, such large open-air stations would be miles behind the front lines. Smaller, underground aid stations would give first aid to the wounded. Then they would move to the larger medical stations.

Trivia: The production crew dug over 5,200 feet of trenches for this film.

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Question: Does Schofield throw away his canteen after he pours water over his eyes? In any event he has it again to fill with milk at the abandoned farm house.

Answer: He puts his canteen back after he poured water over his eyes. You can tell because after he gets up it's hanging on his side again.

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