Bridget Jones's Diary

Factual error: After all the running about at the end in the snow, no one's breath seems to be condensing.

Factual error: Bridget gets a screen notice ('One new email message') from MSN Hotmail. Hotmail does not give screen notices except for notices through MSN Messenger (which is not what Bridget gets).

Factual error: After Bridget arrives back in London from a visit to her parents, the camera pans away to reveal the train on which she is supposed to have travelled. You can tell from its distinctive yellow and white exterior that it's a Connex train, but these only run on the suburban commuter routes through south London to East Sussex, Surrey and Kent - nowhere near Mr and Mrs Jones's Cotswold home. Rail services from the Cotswolds are operated by First Great Western (grey high speed trains) and Thames Trains (navy blue exteriors) and terminate at Paddington in west London.

Factual error: One that only Londoners would notice or care about, but anyway: Bridget's flat is supposed to be in the trendy bit of Southwark, near Borough Market, i.e. south of the river. Right at the end, when she pursues Mark Darcy, the shop where she catches up with him is clearly in the City of London (the very distinctive Corporation of London bollards are all around, and the shop itself is on Threadneedle St, I think) - meaning that he's walked and she's run right across Southwark Bridge and up King William St in about thirty seconds...

Factual error: When Darcy leaves England and goes to New York City. He steps out of the terminal and a big banner reads Welcome to New York. Then he stops by a speed limit sign that said 15 miles per hour. Problem....that sign is red with white letters. The U.S. speed limit signs are not that color. Therefore, that airport was NOT in New York and they were saving money on production. I guess the banner helped.

Continuity mistake: When Shazzer talks about introducing people with thoughtful details, Jude taps off her cigarette ash. Seconds later, she's seen with at least half an inch of ash on her cigarette. (00:16:55)

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Mark Darcy: I don't think you're an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother's pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever's in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences... But the thing is, um, what I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.

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Trivia: When Mark Darcy returns from America in order to kiss Bridget, she asks him: "So you're not going to America then?" and he says "So it would seem." Incidentally that is also the last line of the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, which also starred Colin Firth. Helen Fielding, the author, openly admits that she got her inspiration for the story from Pride and Prejudice. It was written for TV by the same bloke, Andrew Davies, who helped write the screenplay for Bridget Jones's Diary.

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Question: Does anyone know why Mark Darcy's mother's name was changed from Elaine (in the book) to Geraldine (in the film)?

Answer: Lots of times in book-to-movie situations and even in some remakes, the producers/writers/directors change names or events. It can be because of personal issues, legal ones or it can even be spur of the moment. it can also be unintentional,when they change it without the specific INTENTION to change it. I think in this case it was more likely that the character/or their name didn't have too much of an impact on the story line, so they didn't feel a pressing need to keep it the same.

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