Factual error: The first Kinetoscope (arcade of 'personal movie viewers') was opened in 1894 and the first motion picture studio was located in New Jersey. There is no way that they would have known enough about motion pictures in 1887 to go into them, let alone go to Hollywood to do so. And the use of the word 'movie' is at least twenty years too early.
Factual error: Several real-life events are off in the movie's timeline. The movie itself is set in 1887, yet it includes Arthur Conan Doyle beginning writing Sherlock Holmes, although he did so before 1887; a mention of the Savoy Hotel, which was not built until 1889; and many references to and an appearance from Jack the Ripper, who was not active until 1888.
Continuity mistake: During the fight with the street gang, Jackie Chan is about to jump onto the cloth roof to send a gang member flying away. Watch the first half of the shot (from behind Chan) and the cloth in the section Chan is about to jump into is hanging down in the space between the joists and is very slack. When the shot changes from the front to show Chan jumping and landing into the cloth, the cloth is now stretched tight for his landing.
Continuity mistake: When Chon Wang is spinning the wheel back and forth causing Roy to be dunked into the water again and again, in one shot, the timing of Wang turning the wheel doesn't match up with Roy actually dunking into the water. It is the shot where it happens several times, timed to match the music in the background.
Continuity mistake: In the final fight, we see Rathbone flip his sword at one point so he is holding it "properly", but in the previous cut he was already holding it in the right way. This is because much of the fight was cut in editing, and several pieces of sword fighting were taken out.
Continuity mistake: When John is trying to lift Roy out of the water it seems to take a full rotation of the turnstile to raise him up a foot above the water, but when John is fighting with the guard he moves the turnstile back and forth about 2-3 feet each way and you see Roy dipping in the water and raising out about a foot above the water then back in and out of the water.
Continuity mistake: During the climatic fight scene between Jackie and the baddie in the Clock Tower, the background was the inner side of the clock. There was silhouette of the clock's hand without Owen on it when Jackie was dueling the villain on the platform. However, when Jackie and the villain crashed through the same clock face, Owen was hanging on the clock's hand.
Continuity mistake: At the end of the library fight scene, a guard is trapped in a rung on a ladder, leant backwards against the bookcase (so the guard is "on his back", head facing the books). Between shots, the amount of his body trapped in the rung changes, going from his shoulders, to most of his arms. It keeps changing between shots.
Factual error: In the scene where Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan confront the street urchin who stole Wilson's watch, Wilson tells him they have "parents who love us", but as he says it he is looking over way over the boy's head. [If you watch the outtakes, Owen Wilson says he feels "so mean" talking to a child that way, so it's possible he simply couldn't be that mean to a child while looking him in the eye. Or he could have been trying to keep from laughing. Either way, it's still a valid mistake, this is just a possible explanation.]
Factual error: In the fight scene where Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen fight on the boat right after Yen starts firing the gatling gun, Chan kicks him away from the gun and the gun keeps going. A gatling gun stops firing when the trigger is released, and a new gun such as that one isn't going to have problems with it "sticking" down.
Factual error: In one of the first shots of London, there is an aerial view of the River Thames that shows the bridge leading to Big Ben and father upstream Tower Bridge. 2 problems: the movie is set in 1887 and Tower Bridge was not finished until the year 1894, and secondly, from that shot, Tower Bridge would be below Big Ben, off screen, not above it.
Revealing mistake: During the final sword-fight, in at least two shots, when the camera is facing Chon Wang and Rathbone's back is towards camera, you can tell that Rathbone is being played by an Asian stunt-person for certain moments. His hair doesn't match perfectly, his body type is SLIGHTLY different and you can even occasionally catch very brief glimpses of the stuntman's face in shots where he twirls around. (Most noticeable early on in the fight during the stunt where Chon jumps up onto the railings after blocking and dodging several swipes from Rathbone).
Revealing mistake: During the "Singing in the Rain" segment of the big fight after Chon and Roy arrive in London, watch carefully when Chon "lifts" himself with one arm, raising his legs to the side to dodge a strike. It's clear that wires were used, as his body somewhat unnaturally lifts up.
Factual error: Early, rotating-barrel machine guns were all activated by cranks, not buttons or triggers as shown in the film. While there were prototypes of trigger-type machine guns such as the Maxim, under development at the time, they were very different in operation than the Gatling-type gun used in this movie.
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