Bruce Almighty

Factual error: In the Maid Of The Mist Scene where Bruce is talking on the phone with Grace in front of the boat, this is an impossible shot because the entrance to the Maid of the Mist is farther than that from the actual waterfall.

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Factual error: Every time Bruce closes his car door after its been attacked by the thugs, you can hear the sound of broken glass rattling in the door, but the window, whilst cracked is still complete.

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Factual error: As Bruce is about to go on air as an anchor for the first time (at 6 p.m. Buffalo time/ET), a TV screen shows Bloomberg Television. On that, the logo for "Morning Call with Brian Sullivan" comes up. Morning Call finishes at 10 a.m. ET and at that time of the evening Bloomberg would be showing World Business Report.

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Factual error: When Jim Carrey is messing up Steve Carell with weird stuff on the prompter, the text that comes up is absurdly small. If this text was used to make a real news report, the reporter would appear to have shifty eyes from reading the small print.

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Factual error: At the very end of the film Bruce is reporting on a drive for blood donors, and Grace leads him over to the booth to give blood himself - he is even wearing a tourniquet. However, he is supporting himself on a walking stick - he is not fully recovered from the injuries he received when he was run over, which happened when he was hit by a moving car - injuries which left him clinically dead. There is absolutely no way in the world that a person who has suffered life threatening injuries and has undergone the (inevitably) intensive drug therapies and surgical procedures involved while under treatment in hospital in the fairly recent past would be allowed to give blood. There is no way in the world the Red Cross (or the US equivalent) would want to encourage people who have recently been hospitalised to try to give blood. Not only would that be the height of irresponsibility, they would be wasting precious resources and staff time turning away people who would not be allowed to give blood.

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Factual error: When Steve Carrell is standing-by to read his news bulletin, the Floor Manager cues him to begin by counting down from 5 seconds to zero. In reality, a Floor Manager only ever counts out loud the numbers 5 and 4, while 3, 2 and 1 are communicated via hand signals. This is to prevent the Floor Manager's voice being picked up on air when the presenter's mike is faded up. This error occurs in countless films.

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Factual error: Even God could not arrange for everyone to win the lottery at the same time. Many people use their favourite numbers, and many syndicates play the same numbers every week. There is simply no way - God or no God - that every ticket could win, because there is no way that every lottery ticket could be the same. The tickets cannot have been magically altered - many people know the numbers they have played and would not think they have 'won'. Note that the protesters are complaining that they won the lottery but got back less than they paid for the tickets they purchased. That is only possible if everyone who bought a ticket won, as all lotteries pay out a percentage of the total amount of money taken in from ticket sales.

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New this week Suggested correction: Bruce could simply alter people's tickets and then alter their memories too. He wouldn't be affecting free will, since they still made the choice of what numbers to pick, Bruce just altered their memories to make them think they did something else. They're not protesting they got back less than they paid. They won $17 dollars each. I don't know how much a ticket costs in Buffalo, but I bet it's less than $17.

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Bruce: God, why do you hate me?

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Mistakes

Early in the film, Jim Carrey is watching TV during a sports segment. He is watching Channel 7, the station he works for. This clip they showed was of actual WKBW sports director John Murphy. The clip they showed was taken directly from a real WKBW newscast, with the authentic news set, and graphics. However, when they show a clip of Ch. 7 News later, there are completely different graphics, and a completely different news set, both made for the movie.

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Trivia

In Egypt, the film was banned by the state-run censorship body because it felt the comedy mocks God's sacredness.

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