Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship (2002)

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Deliberate mistake: At the beginning and especially at the end, Julianna Margulies spends extensive time in the ocean, wearing nothing but cargo pants and a T-shirt. Considering the movie takes place just off the Bering Strait, wouldn't she have quickly frozen to death?

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Factual error: The gold bars that the crew finds must be some new type of light weight gold. There's no way that Julianna could stuff a gold bar in her back pocket and then pull it out and toss it on the table and Greer simply tosses it back and forth like it was plastic. A gold bar weighs around 27 pounds, you definitely wouldn't be tossing it around.

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Revealing mistake: When the crew are getting ready to load up the gold, one of the crew slams the crate lid making the gold bars "move".

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Continuity mistake: When Epps first walks into Katie's cabin, there is a straw hat underneath a suitcase on top of the clothes rack. Yet when Epps gets up again after looking at the dress, the hat is now on top of the suitcase without her having moved it.

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Factual error: During the scenes where Santos is working on the main engines, he is actually working on a generator. A tug of that size would have a set of much larger engines with reduction gears (transmission), or be hooked up to large electical power plant to provide propulsion.

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Revealing mistake: When Epps is holding the detonator and it is knocked out of her hand, watch as it lands - when it hits the ground the trigger is pressed in yet there is no explosion.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene right before Epps finds the little girl's skeleton hanging in the closet, she is seen walking down the hall looking for her. In one shot, she is wearing the heart locket; the same locket she finds on the dead girl minutes later.

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Deliberate mistake: When the passengers are cut by the wire while dancing, some of the clothing on the torsos defies gravity. A man's coat tails and pants fall but a woman's dress stays put when nothing would have held it from falling from her lower half in the same way.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the tug leaves the harbour in search of the (ghost) ship you can see the waves of the ship from which the scene is being filmed.

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Revealing mistake: In the beginning of the movie where the line cuts the dancers in half, blood is visible on the dress of one of the dancers before the line cuts her. This is best viewed in slow motion on the DVD.

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Continuity mistake: When the demon meets the crew in a bar and asks them to find the lost ship he saw from the air, notice the beer bottles on the table; they keep changing from full to half full to full again, mainly the foam at the top.

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Plot hole: At the end, there is an explosion large enough to destroy and sink an entire ocean liner, but Julianna Margulies, who was sitting right next to where the explosion went off, not only lives, but is virtually unscathed? Yeah, right.

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Factual error: There were absolutely no signs of ice or frost in any scenes while they were in the Bering Strait.

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Deliberate mistake: If the captain is bending over the girl to protect her and the line is at about mouth height for him, the line couldn't have gone straight through his mouth. Instead, it would have run from the back of his lower jaw up and horizontally to his left eye.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene abord the Arctic Warrior, the engineer is in the engine room rebuilding the engine, and he gets oil squirted on his right cheek. A moment later, the oil has moved to his left lapel and shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: After Dodge has shot Jack you see Jack landing with his knee up. When it cuts his knee is down.

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Mortug
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Continuity mistake: When Katie tries to warn them not to start the boat you see a ghost suddenly appear and grab her with its head at her waist level. When it cuts you see the ghost's head at her face level.

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Mortug

Plot hole: Ships only steer when moving 'through' the water, not while adrift (moving 'with' the water/current). So the whole idea of fixing the rudder to steer away from the rocks without any propulsion is nonsense.

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Visible crew/equipment: Julianna enters a large hall while exploring the ship by pushing two big glass doors open. Looking at Julianna coming in, you can see a movie-lightbar reflecting in the glass on the right.

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Continuity mistake: When Santos is down fixing the machinery on the boat he is talking with himself, and when he says "What these people talking crazy for?" he is holding a some sort of equipment in his left hand. When it cuts he is suddenly holding it in his right hand.

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Mortug
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Continuity mistake: Right after Santos' death when Epps says "We're professional salvors with a fortune on board." to the crew, you see Munder holding a cigarette. When it cuts the cigarette is suddenly lit.

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Factual error: Murphy tells the story of the "Mary Celeste" all wrong. As this is a real incident, from real life, there would be no need for him to make anything up or tell it as a "tall tale", and as a professional salvage expert he would be familiar with it. The "Mary Celeste" was carrying 1700 barrels of denatured alcohol, not cotton, like he says. And she did not sail into the Mediterranean on her own to be found off Tripoli, but was discovered straight on course in the Atlantic, despite having been abandoned for some time (according to the last log entry). See http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mmaryceleste.html for more details.

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Factual error: In the opening scene, when all the people are cut in half, one man's top half falls off his body taking his spinal cord with him from the bottom half. Surely this would have been cut in half along with the rest of his body.

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Continuity mistake: When Munder goes through the floor we get a shot from beneath seeing him being pulled up. When it cuts he is pulled up again.

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Mortug
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Continuity mistake: After Greer has punched Munder you see him getting up. When it cuts Epps is helping him up again.

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Mortug
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Revealing mistake: When Munder catches fire and falls over on deck, the fireproof vest is very visible on his right arm.

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Mortug
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Plot hole: After the small boat blows up, all the characters are off the big ship. They magically appear back on top of the main ship, but had absolutely no way of getting up there.

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Plot hole: The crew of the Antonia Graza is shown blowing off the door to where the gold is by putting an explosive on the INSIDE of the door. What was the purpose of blowing off a door AFTER going inside the door, planting the explosive, then going back out?

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Continuity mistake: When Munder goes through the floor, we get a shot from beneath seeing him dangling down the hole from his waist. But when it cuts, we see Epps reaching for Munder down the hole. The upper half of his body should be sticking up from the hole.

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Mortug
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Revealing mistake: How is it that in the middle of a storm on the Baltic Sea the Arctic Warrior experiences no waves or rough sea? When the crew finds the ship, the water is almost as calm as a lake.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack ask Sean if he can talk to him alone for a minute, you see Jack lift his hand up pointing back with his thumb. Then he lowers his hand again. When it cuts you see Jack still holding his hand up. You also see Epps reaching in her pocket with her right hand, and when it cuts she is suddenly holding a cracker.

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Mortug
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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, when the crew is dividing their money, the number of beer bottles on the table increases between the shots. At first, there are a few half full bottles. Suddenly, there are a few full bottles and a few empty bottles, with no time to have drunk them.

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Mortug

Continuity mistake: When Sean breaks the lock on the chest you hear Jack laughing in the background. Then it cuts to Sean turning around. Then it cuts back to Sean breaking the same lock again.

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Mortug
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Continuity mistake: When Jack says "I fly the arctic weather patrol" to Sean, you see Greer with a cigar in his mouth. When it cuts he is holding the cigar in his hand.

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Mortug

Continuity mistake: When Epps is climbing up from the pool, she climbs halfway up. It cuts and her head is coming up from the pool before she notices Katie. Then it cuts and her head once again is coming up from the pool before she finally falls backwards.

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Factual error: Maritime law states that you are given a percentage of whatever you find, not the entire amount of whatever you find.

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Factual error: When they have discovered the gold aboard the Antonia Graza, Murphy is asked how much it is worth. He says that it might be worth 200 or 300 million (dollars). A fine ounce of gold (31.04 grams) goes for $360; thus, a kilogram of gold costs about $11,000. There are seven crates of gold. Since every single one of those can be handled by two men, they can't weigh more than, say, 150 kgs (and that's probably pushing it). Thus, the maximum amount of gold would be one ton (approximately). Given the aforementioned gold price, that'd be about 11 million dollars. Still respectable, but nowhere near the figure Murphy mentions.

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Factual error: The wire which cuts the dancing characters in half severs their torsos in a neat line a few inches below their armpits - but their arms remain intact. They should have been severed too, a few inches below the shoulder, and should fall away from their bodies separately.

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Visible crew/equipment: At the beginning right before Santos sees the Graza, the Arctic Warrior is traveling on the sea. Off to the left you can make out the shape of another ship. Now why would that ship not have shown up on radar when Santos had said that the radar blip he saw was "10 miles to the NE"? (NOTE: you might have to kick your tv's video settings up a few notches in order to see this mistake but it is there plain as day.).

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning when the singer is singing, her hands frequently change position between the shots.

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Mortug

Factual error: The Italian words/phrases that can be seen on the ship doors, billboards, etc. are very badly translated. In particular, the phrase "Veleno di attenzione" in the flashback part, in English would sound like "Poison of Attention." The correct Italian translation would be "Attenzione: Veleno"

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Epps is looking at the swimming pool, when she falls backwards from seeing Katie at the top of the stairs, there is a safety ring at the bottom of the pool. Yet later on in the film when Katie is showing Epps what happened to the people in the ship and how people were shot in front of the pool, there is no ring.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the people are dancing and later killed by the line you can see the glass is still standing after it was cut.

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Factual error: A ship as large as the Antonio Graza going down that fast would drag down everything around it too, yet Epps (within about 50 metres of the boat as it sinks) doesn't even have to struggle to escape its pull. In reality, she would have drowned.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene before the Arctic Explorer explodes, Greer picks up the radio, and to the left of him there is a orange pillar-thing. In it you can see a reflection of a crew member walking from left to right across the orange pillar.

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Continuity mistake: When Francesca is messing with Greer, his shirt says "Everlast" on it. After he falls down the shaft, the word is gone.

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amycamille1975
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Factual error: In the passenger list there is a note after Katie's name, "viaggiando solo", travelling alone. The correct Italian expression would be "viaggianda sola", in the feminine and not the masculine.

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Continuity mistake: When Francesca is hanging by her neck, in the background we see the guy she killed laying on the floor. His body disappears then reappears in different shots.

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amycamille1975
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Continuity mistake: When Epps jumps into the sea you see the Arctic Warrior is almost completely under water. When it cuts most of the ship is above water.

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Mortug

Continuity mistake: When Francesca is half-nude, she turns to walk around the far side of the glass enclosure. The camera cuts in closer, and she begins her turn again.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Francesca is seducing Greer she is standing at a shaft. She is holding her hand at a door post. Each time the camera looks from behind her her hand is somwhere slightly above her head. When the camera looks from the other side her hand is much lower, at the height of her neck.

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Continuity mistake: When Santos is calling for Murphy over the speaker after discovering something on the radar, you see Jack tipping his head backwards. When it cuts he has his head down.

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Plot hole: After the tugboat is sunk, the crew try to repair a very old ocean liner - the ghost ship - using equipment that could only have come from the tugboat, which had the latest scuba gear and welding gear, but they are all at the bottom of the ocean in the blown-up tugboat.

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Factual error: When Murphy goes into the "Cabina de Capitano" (Captain's Cabin), he sees the glass with a little alcohol in it, and the bottle standing next to it, without a cork or stopper. If left standing open like that, after 40 years, the liquid would have evaporated.

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The studio and producer Joel Silver reportedly called for major re-writes of the script shortly before shooting began. Many of the actors had signed up based on the original script, titled "Chimera", which contained far less violence and supernatural elements, and instead was a psychological drama about what happens to a salvage crew when they are stranded in the middle of the ocean. Much of the cast wasn't informed that the script had been almost completely altered into a more generic supernatural-horror/slasher film until just before they showed up to begin filming, leaving many of them disheartened and disgruntled.

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