The Sum of All Fears

Corrected entry: When Ryan and Clark are flying to Russia to look for those missing scientists, Clark shows Ryan some satellite pictures of the remote area where they suspect the scientists to be located. The day old photo shows activity in the area but the most recent one doesn't. They then discover that the bomb is headed for the U.S. and Ryan phones the CIA to warn them, But the bomb is already there! How did the bad guys manage to get the bomb from that remote location in Russia to a freighter and sail it to the U.S. in one DAY! This is something that should have taken weeks, which would have given Ryan plenty of time to get home and prevent the attack.

Correction: When flying back to the US, Dillon tells Jack that the crate was flown from Kiev International to the Canary Islands ten days before, then put on a freighter headed to Baltimore, so it easily could have gotten there in time. The fact the camp went quiet in the last day or so doesn't mean the crate only left in the last day, just that by a day ago it must have gone. And Ryan shows the photos to Clark, not Clark showing them to Ryan.


Corrected entry: When Ryan finishes talking with Spinnaker before he goes to the docks, he leaves the car he borrows and heads out through the flames. In the background, you can see a stunt coordinator waiting to guide him through the flames. He waits, then follows him off the screen.

Correction: While the man may actually be a stunt coordinator, the man's presence and actions are not inconsistent with the film. We see Ryan pass three other people in this scene, and that this fourth man turns and follows Ryan may be him seeking to help the injured running man (Ryan), or him thinking maybe this guy knows how to get out of there. There is nothing visible about the man to show it is a film crew member.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the bomb was detonated, and Jack Ryan's helicopter is blown to bits, the laws of plutonium dictate that if Ryan was as close to the blast as he was, he would have been dead from radiation poisoning within a couple of hours.

Correction: His helicopter was destroyed by the explosion's shockwave, which would travel far beyond the range of the lethal pulse of radiation. In fact, considering that the bomb was detonated below ground level and inside a building, which would have absorbed most of that radiation anyway. In a later scene when Jack crawls out of the helicopter's wreckage and looks towards the Baltimore skyline, he's a few miles south of ground zero.

Corrected entry: At the end when Dressler's car explodes a piece of it ends up on top of a Jaguar, then when the camera pans back the Jaguar is not there.

Correction: The first shot shows the jaguar to the right of Dresslers car, the second shot shows Dresslers exploded car from the left, the smoke, fire, and remnants of Dresslers car make it impossible to see the jag from this angle.

Corrected entry: B2's never leave the middle of the United States unless they are in the air and are on their way to bomb something. The B2's would never have been stationed in Italy and could never have attacked Russia that quickly, as they would have to travel halfway around the world.

Correction: Wrong. While the B-2 Spirit is stationed at Whiteman AFB in Missouri they can be deployed where the Government sees fit. Andersen AFB Guam, Diego Garcia, and RAF Fairford are used as "forward operating locations". Also USAF has also flown missions from Whiteman all the way to Afghanistan. When USAF is in alert status aircraft are always in the air, simply awaiting the "Go Codes".


Corrected entry: I do not think that the B-2 Stealth bombers would flash their wing tip lights. Especially not on a combat mission.

Correction: The B-2, while a stealth aircraft, still has to make itself visible to commercial traffic. An all black plane with little to no radar signature would be almost invisible to a passenger plane without wingtip lights, hence its similarity to a UFO. And that also where a number of UFO stories come from.


Corrected entry: At the football game played at Baltimore when they show the score, the show a game score of Florida vs. Chicago. While there are three different teams from Florida (Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, and Miami) there is no team that has Florida as part of its name.

Correction: This is a fictional storyline, not even based on truth. There are fictional football teams in 'Any Given Sunday' as well (and a fictional league). Are we going to start posting factual errors on 'Star Wars' because Storm Troopers don't actually exist?

Corrected entry: During the scene at the end of the film where both presidents are sitting signing documents in front of an audience, both start signing left handed, but the Russian president signs the second document right handedly.

Correction: The Russian President might be ambidextrous, i.e. can write with either hand.

Corrected entry: In the sequence where Ryan's helicopter has been hit by the blast of the nuclear explosion, an acoustic alarm goes off during the tailspin. This wouldn't be possible, since every electronic equipment fails after a nuclear explosion due to the nuclear electromagnetic pulse.

Correction: A large portion of military and government vehicles, and aircraft are hardened against the affect of an electromagnetic pulse. This helicopter crashed because of the shock wave from the explosion.


Corrected entry: When Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman go to Russia and meet the president, he is getting his picture taken. The photographer puts in a new cartridge, doesn't take a picture, takes out the unused cartridge then puts a 2nd unused cartridge in and then takes a picture.

Correction: Professional photographers can be very picky about their equipment. He may have seen or noticed something he didn't like about the cartridge and switched it out to ensure professional quality photographs.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Senior Russian officials are entering the underground base of operations, the president is told that American nuclear submarines are pulling out of Norfolk and Kings Bay armed with Trident D3 weapons. This is a mistake for two reasons: a) I speak Russian and I heard them say Trident D5, not D3 and b) American nuke subs are no longer armed with D3 missiles, they have mostly D5's, some have C4's. Also, I'm pretty sure D3's aren't considered first strike weapons, whereas D5's are.


Correction: A mistake on the part of the advisor, not being clear on his facts, not necessarily a movie mistake.

Corrected entry: When Affleck is driving the pick-up truck it is a GMC Sierra, but when he crashes into the old car, the tailgate says Silverado.

Correction: It is not a different truck. The tailgate says Sierra at the bottom left, on the right you can see GMC in red letters.

Corrected entry: When the bomb explodes at the Super Bowl in Baltimore it is daytime, but the Super Bowl is always held at night.

Correction: I don't remember the Super Bowl being played in the film. There was a football game, but it wasn't the Super Bowl. The scoreboard indicates that the two teams are called "Florida" and "Chicago". There are three NFL teams based in Florida (Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa Bay). None of the aforementioned teams use the name Florida in their name. Therefore one of the teams does not play in the NFL, hence the game can not be the Super Bowl. Furthermore, there are no references to the NFL in the film. In conclusion the time the game is played is irrelevant, since American football games can be played in daylight.

Corrected entry: One thing that is created by a nuclear blast is an electromagnetic pulse. This radiates out of dozens to hundreds of miles at the speed of light. The pulse fries all electrical equipment whether they are on or not. Cabot's palm-pilot, and all cell towers in the city would have been destroyed so Ryan couldn't have used it to call Spinnaker.


Correction: EMP is not certain to destroy all shut down electrical equipment. Some things may survive completely intact if turned off, other things which were on at the time may only be temporarily disrupted. The factors which determine EMP damage are very varied so with an instance of a PDA working it's too much to assume it would definitely have been damaged.

Corrected entry: Why does Clark find it necessary to cut the Ukrainian fence at all? When the guards discover the hole, we can see that Clark began the cut nearly a foot from the top of the fence. In fact, it is barely 8 feet high - with no barbed wire and a smooth bar at the top. Climbing over it (as opposed to cutting it) would have prevented the guards from detecting his presence. Maybe this is why they don't trust him with an email account.

Correction: A character's mistake is not a movie mistake.

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Corrected entry: The USAF aircrew flying aboard Air Force One are wearing their black, circular squadron patches above their right pocket on their flight suits. In the real USAF, the squadron patch is worn on the left shoulder.

Correction: The aircraft they are flying on is not Air Force One, and those are the correct patch placements for this particular aircrew.

Corrected entry: When the call comes for the bombing of the aircraft carrier, you think that there would be a chain of command with sort of checkpoints to ensure accuracy and to ensure something terroristic would not happen. They probably did this to keep the plot flowing, but it still seems illogical.

Correction: The commander of the airbase was paid to get his pilots to attack the aircraft carrier by the Germans, remember he lied to them about the Americans nuking Moscow, the pilots would assume that their base commander got his orders from his superiors. Also he was killed for this at the end of the movie.


Corrected entry: Shots that are intercut between the scene involving the President's attending the Super Bowl in the football stadium in Baltimore and the shots outside the stadium involving the explosion of the nuclear device and the resulting destruction and loss of life are clearly intended to occur during the same time frame. However, all shots set in the stadium are at night under a darkened sky, and all shots outside the stadium take place in the full afternoon sunlight.

Correction: There's no mistake here: the establishing aerial shot of the Super Bowl stadium (below the Budweiser blimp) shows a DOMED stadium well outside the city. That's where the Super Bowl is taking place. In the aerial shot just before the bomb goes off, you can see Raven Stadium, which is much closer to the center of Baltimore. It's not domed, and is not meant to be the same stadium as the computer-generated one the Super Bowl was held in.

Corrected entry: About an hour into the movie, when Ryan meets Clark after he is ambushed by the two Ukrainian officers, there are a number of mistakes. For one thing, the officers are not speaking Ukrainian, but pure Russian. Secondly, Clark asks Ryan to tell them to take their shoes off - but we've already seen that Clark knows Russian, when he talked to Spassky's mother. Why doesn't he tell them himself? After that scene, he remarks to Ryan, "You know Ukrainian?"... however Ryan too, just like the "Ukrainian" officers, was speaking Russian.


Correction: Considering that Ukraine was once part of the Soviet Union, it's not all that surprising that a majority of the Ukraine speaks Russian. I worked with two girls from Ukraine, and they both spoke Russian AND Ukrainian.

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: 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.

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.

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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.



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).