Corrected entry: During the discussion between Crapgame and Kelly in the supply depot, just after Crapgame realises that snatching the gold from behind enemy lines would be "the perfect crime", a jet airliner can be heard flying overhead. Jet aircraft were in use by the Luftwaffe - but only on their side of the lines with the exception of a few recon and bombing missions at the front, specifically on the Remagen bridge in March of 1945, months after the movie's timeframe.
Corrected entry: When Kelly drives into the American area after capturing the Colonel we see an M16 (Multiple Gun Motor Carriage) firing its machine guns into the air. What are they shooting at? Its an artillery barrage not an air raid, and Big Joe even comments later on that it's too lousy to fly so it couldn't have been enemy aircraft.AdmRose
Corrected entry: Clint Eastwood drives his jeep up to Telly Savalas who asks where Eastwood has been. Shot changes to over Savalas' shoulder, and look at Eastwood. At the rear of the jeep, immediately behind Eastwood and in the middle of dozens of fatigue clad GIs, a crew member in a button-down striped shirt fiddles with something for a few seconds before glancing up at Savalas and then walking out of the frame.
Corrected entry: In the scene in which Kelly and the others must go through a city while it is being shelled, if you look in the bottom right corner you see German troop traffic going through the town with lots of German soldiers walking around. None of them seem too concerned about the shelling, even when it starts falling on the road they are on. There is even an explosion that happens just behind two German soldiers - they do not move and then merely stroll away afterwards.
Corrected entry: When Oddball is showing his tanks to Kelly, he says they have a standard 76 millimeter gun. In fact, Sherman tanks came standard with a 75 millimeter gun.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Kelly is guiding Oddball's tank into the shell of the building to shoot at the rear of the Tiger tanks, there is a bright blue bucket on the top left corner of the Sherman. During the scene the shot keeps switching from Kelly's point of view to Oddball's. When Kelly climbs off the tank the bucket disappears but as soon Oddball looks back, the bucket appears again. Through the rest of the scene the bucket between shots the bucket keeps disappearing and re-appearing. At one point its not even the same color.
Corrected entry: Oddball always played music very loudly when going into battle, but tape recorders weren't available until 1948.
Corrected entry: A 'Tiger' tank is prevented from turning its turret when the main gun barrel hits a sapling. Not likely - it would have snapped the tree in half or simply uprooted it.
Corrected entry: Just before the town celebration really takes off and as the bank is being emptied, a small Nazi flag is shown in foreground - presumably being waved by a towns person. The remainder of time, where there are flags, they are French and American.
Corrected entry: In the beginning of the film after Clint Eastwood has been spotted by the Germans we can see them drive away in their jeep. They pass lines of soldiers marching. Along with the soldiers there is a field gun being pushed instead of towed as it would have been during the war.
Corrected entry: After the bank's front doors are blown open by tank 115, the lead group of GI's, along with the German, come through the front door. As they're approaching the pile of gold boxes covered by a canvas, a second, smaller group of GI's come into the room through a side door. How did they get in?brantlee
Corrected entry: In the credits, as Don Rickle's name is fading and it is moving onto Carroll O'Connor's name the shot is passing a tank with a gun in tow. There is a fire in between two barrels just above Carroll O'Connor's name. Upon closer inspection of the fire, it is in fact, a guy shaking a reflective painted tree branch, up and down to make it look like a fire. (Slow motion may be necessary.)
Corrected entry: In the shot showing the exterior the German headquarters, several of the vehicles parked in front are actually American M3 Half-Tracks painted a darker shade of green.
Corrected entry: We see Kelly bribe Mulligan with the gold bar he obtained from the German officer near the beginning of the film. He doesn't get any more bars, and we see Mulligan with his gold bar when his alarm clock goes off (he grabs it accidentally instead of the phone). So where does he get the gold bar he gives to Crapgame?
Corrected entry: During the minefield shooting, Corporal Job puts himself upright after Willard is killed. Job is hit in the chest once but shows no sign of pain. Only on the second hit does he go down.
Corrected entry: Where did they get the B.A.R and the sniper rifle, the only guns Kelly asked for were Thompsons, 2 30 cals and 2 bazookas which, by the way, we never see.
Corrected entry: When they approach the town of Clairmont, a German officer comes out and gets into a lengthy conversation with the tank crews about cranking up the engines for 20 minutes. It is revealed that tigers have to routinely warm their engines every few hours. If it is routine, wouldn't the officer give a simple command that the tiger crews would expect every few hours?brantlee
Corrected entry: There are 3 German tanks (Tigers) in the French village of Clairmont. One was destroyed when Oddball hit it from behind the fence. One was destroyed from behind in the alley (the one hit with paint first). The last one was used to blow open the bank. When Oddball and his crew drove out of town with their share of the gold, they were in a German tank that they 'bought'. It had to be the one that was used to blow up the bank, since it was the only tank still operating. Yet, in the closing shot, there was tank 113 poised in the square, pointed directly at the bank. Where did the extra German tank come from?
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