The Sum of All Fears

Corrected entry: After the nuclear explosion, when the president is in his airplane, he has a plaster on his forehead, then it disappears and without any scar or wound under it. Later it's back again.

Correction: When the plaster is gone, it is replaced with a large flesh-colored bandaid that remains on the president the rest of the day.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the final assassinations take place the cigarette lighter is pushed. Then the camera cuts to a view of the outside of the car right before it explodes. But before it even explodes the car sitting next to it already has its emergency flashers on. Once the car does explode then the car alarm goes off which is when the emergency flashers should cut on.

Correction: The flashers do not go on before the explosion. From the angle of the shot, you cannot even see the car next to the one that explodes.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the soldiers are rescuing the President from his limo they simply rip his door open. It is well known that the Presidential limo is really an armored vehicle that can withstand quite an impact. I doubt that his door would open so easily.

Correction: Assumably, the car has had quite a bit of damage since it rolled over about 5 times. Also, you can see that 1 of the doors is completely open where Cabot is hanging out of the car so it's realistic that the door by the president is not even completely shut and sealed by the time the marines get there.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Russian president is getting into bed with his wife, his pajamas are dark blue silk. When his guards come to evacuate him in the middle of the night, his pajamas are burgundy.

Correction: When they show him getting into bed and later being awoken by the guards, this is not the same night.

Corrected entry: In the scene in which Russian migs attack the aircraft carrier, the phalanx close in weapon system doesn't fire at the missiles until they are very very close, in reality they would have been fired upon much further out; and as aircraft carrier has 2 CIWS mounts on each side, there would have been another ciws mount firing on the missiles as well, meaning the jets and missiles would not have had any chance.

Correction: Actually, the Russian planes weren't migs, they were Backfire bombers. It's not guaranteed that the phalynx would destroy the Backfires and missiles.

Corrected entry: During the scene where the dock worker gets the message that "The day has arrived" the date on his laptop says November 19th, 2002. When he receives the bomb he takes it to the Superbowl, which takes place at the end of January or the beginning of February.

Correction: When he received the e-mail, the bomb had yet to be made and delivered to the US, so presumably, they were just letting him know that the plan was in action, not that it was to happen the next day or week.

Corrected entry: There's been some timeline juggling, but there's still an error after all the mental acrobatics. This film is set before the other three films, even though it's in modern times. However, if the events of Sum of All Fears were supposed to have taken place before Clear and Present Danger, then how come Jack Ryan met John Clark for the first time in Clear and Present Danger yet they work together in Sum of All Fears, which is technically before it?

Correction: I agree with your thinking, however if you watch the special features on the DVD, they explain that this movie is not meant to be a prequel or sequel but they are totally re-inventing the Jack Ryan series. Yes I was disappointed too.

Corrected entry: This movie comes after "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games", and "Clear and Present Danger", yet in this movie Jack Ryan is just getting engaged to the woman he was already married to (and had kids with) in prior movies (and books).

Correction: Purely a plot device to fit in with Ben Affleck playing Jack Ryan, much like the TV show "Smallville" being set in the present day, despite the films showing him landing on earth in the 50s.

Corrected entry: After the bomb goes off, Ryan uses the radio in the helicopter, but anyone knows that a Nuclear bomb's EMP (electromagnetic pulse) would have fried anything with an electronic circuit within the blast radius.

Correction: EMP only occurs as a result of a high-altitude blast.

Corrected entry: When the bomb detonates, the shock wave hits the helicopter that Jack Ryan is riding in and rips the tail rotor off the helicopter. Without the tail rotor the helicopter should have immediately started spinning out of control and dropped straight to the ground. Instead the helicopter continues forward, arcing downward towards the ground like a fixed wing aircraft.

Correction: a helicopter that loses the tail rotor WILL continue on a relatively straight heading IF there is sufficient forward airspeed. The air flow past the helicopter will keep the nose facing forward.

Corrected entry: Jack is talking to his cell-phone after the explosion. I would like to see the phone mast that would stand a nuclear explosion.

Correction: It's a stretch, but it's remotely possible that CIA people are equipped with satellite phones.

Factual error: A force of Russian Tu-22 Backfire bombers attacks the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) by sneaking in under the ship's radar. This is all well and good except that carriers usually don't use their own radar, they have Airborne Early Warning aircraft (E-2 Hawkeye's) that can see much further and not give away the carrier's position (let alone the F-14s which would be patrolling too) not to mention the fleet of destroyers other ships guarding the carrier. The whole point is, the US Navy practiced and planned for such a "carrier versus Backfire" battle for years. I guess in the interest of furthering the plot Hollywood has to ignore the immense measures the USN takes to protect those multi-billion dollar assets, not to mention the 5000+ sailors that man them.

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President Nemerov: For you to get involved here, its like sleeping with another mans wife... and what you are suggesting is that afterwards they all live together under the same roof... but what really happens is that the betrayed husband goes out and buys a gun.

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Trivia: Ben Affleck is the third actor to play Jack Ryan. His predecessors are Harrison Ford (Clear & Present Danger, Patriot Games) and Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October).

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