Corrected entry: In the scene where the flaming barrel is rolling towards the people, right before the barrel explodes you can see it has stopped from an extremely fast speed so it could explode. To see this, you'll probably need to play the movie in slow-motion, as it only lasts for a couple of frames.
Corrected entry: Sir William Gull tells Mr. Abberline he had a stroke recently - since his right arm is lame. A few seconds later he uses his right arm to put down his glasses. Sir William Gull had the first of a series of crippling strokes in 1888, and by the time of the Ripper murders was severely disabled. This is one of many, many reasons that the theory (first propounded by author Stephen Wright) that he was the Ripper, killing prostitutes to cover up an illegal Royal 'marriage', has been totally discredited. Also makes this a definite mistake.
Corrected entry: At the end of the film when Abberline dies from an opium overdose, Godley puts two coins on his eyes. In the next shot, the coins are gone, and are back again in the final shot.
Corrected entry: At the end of the Masonic ritual with Abberline, the Masons all applaud. You can see over his shoulder they are all wearing gloves, but the sound is of bare hands clapping.
Corrected entry: In the movie Inspector Abberline is young looking, handsome, has psychic visions while using opium, and dies from an OD. The real Inspector Abberline was over 40, fat, balding, didn't use opium, and died peacefully of old age in 1929.
Corrected entry: In the film, Martha Tabram is depicted as having her throat cut and 'livelihood' removed. In fact she was stabbed multiple times, with no throat cutting or mutilations.
Corrected entry: This movie is filled with historical errors but I especially think the one at the end is the most striking: it ends making it seem like Gull went down in history as the definitive Whitechapel murderer. This couldn't be any further from the truth as we all know Jack the Ripper's identity was never known and almost none of the historians believe it had anything to do with Gull or the Royal Family.Jeanne Perrotta
Corrected entry: Without giving too much away, at the end there's a body which has two coins placed over the eyes. It cuts away and the next shot you see someone kneeling beside the body, but the coins have disappeared. When it cuts back to the eyes, the coins are back but not as shiny as the first coins.
Corrected entry: Jack the Ripper was a name a London newspaper made up as a headline in 1888 (during the killings). The real killer is believed to have sent a package to the police at the time containing half a kidney belonging to one of his victims and a note starting with 'From Hell'.
Corrected entry: During the funeral scene, Mary is wearing a black lace shawl over her hair. In that time period, lace was hand-made and therefore extremely expensive, and was considered an object of the upper class. So why does a Newgate prostitute have a black lace shawl?
Corrected entry: During the scenes after Inspector Abberline gives Mary a few pieces of gold for room and board for the night; The scenes 'zooming in' across the table and drawing up to the 'Underpriviledged', you can see at the start of the scene what appears to be a modern razor. During that time period they did not have razor blades in that fashion, all razor blades were straight.
Corrected entry: Throughout the whole film, Mary (the redhead) always looks much cleaner and better groomed than all of her friends, who all look dirty, unkempt, and haggard. She also has a nicer dress. Where does she bathe, brush her hair, and clean her dress on a regular basis? She should share that information with her friends...
Continuity mistake: The first time we see the young doctor doing his "lobotomy" in London Hospital (to the girl that was married to Prince Edward), Ian Holm comments on the procedure for some guest as they stand behind a glass window. You can clearly see the young doctor doing the third strike with his hammer in a reflection in the window. The movie cuts back to the young doctor and he is doing the third strike for a second time.
Jack the Ripper: I shall tell you where we are. We're in the darkest region of the human brain, a radiant abyss where men go to find themselves.
Netley: I don't understand, sir.
Jack the Ripper: Hell, Netley. We are in hell.