The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator (1940)

38 mistakes

Continuity mistake: During the middle of the film, a butler comes in and out of the Dictator's office several times repeatedly. The door is open and shows the corridor outside the office, casting the shadow of a window off-screen. The shadow changes from small to big bewteen shots.

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Audio problem: When Hynkel refers to the peace treaty and says "I'll sign it," you can hear the sound quality change abruptly, and when Hynkel is saying "Napoloni the grosse peanut, the cheesy ravioli," his lips are not in sync.

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Continuity mistake: When Hynkel is removing Garbitsch's medals, a medal with a cross, close to the left armpit, disappears without Hynkel having touched it.

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Continuity mistake: When Mrs. Napoloni gets trapped by the guards, notice the people around her from left to right: ambassador, thin man with loose hair, elegant man, man with beret. Closeup shot and the thin man has disappeared and a man with a white rounded hat appears out of nowhere, close to the elegant man.

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Continuity mistake: The first time the barber enters his shop he leaves his hat and cane in a coat rack. He exits and when he comes back they've disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: The plane crashes against a tree trunk, with its nose close to the trunk. In a closer shot the plane has magically moved several feet further and the tail is now close to the trunk.

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Continuity mistake: Inside the train, Napoloni says "I never get out without a red carpet", and then he faces left. A split second later he is facing the opposite side.

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Continuity mistake: When Mr. Jaeckel says he's found the coin in the pudding his white handkerchief disappears.

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Continuity mistake: Hynkel and Napoloni salute the masses and Napoloni's hand changes from resting on his belt to his hip between shots.

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Continuity mistake: During the dictator's first speech, after the translator says "His excellency has just referred to the Jewish people", Chaplin crosses his arms and his tie changes from straight to slightly folded around the arms.

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Continuity mistake: During the famous "flatable world" scene, the Dictator climbs up the curtains. His leg changes from bent to straight between shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the first sequence in the Ghetto, inside Hanna's house, the man reading the newspaper's left hand swaps from being inside his pocket to holding the newspaper between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Chaplin is about to deliver his final speech, he walks towards a stone wall with the word "Liberty" engraved on it. The word ends where the staircase begins, and close to it is a staircase with a bare stone wall behind. But when Chaplin ascends the steps the engraving has moved to the very center of the staircase.

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Continuity mistake: The second time the storm troopers enter the Barber's shop, the "W" in the word "jew" changes from partially visible to partially erased without the barber having touched it (probably because of previous shootings).

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, during the famous speech, right before Chaplin says "Hannah, can you hear me?", Chaplin raises his left hand, lowers it to touch his hair, then the scene changes to a shot of Hannah and when back to Chaplin his hand is up again repeating the prior movement.

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Continuity mistake: During The dictator's first speech, the back side of his tie changes from long to short between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Hynkel and Napoloni walk towards the press to have their pictures taken, Napoloni's cape switches between covering his chest to covering just his shoulders.

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Deliberate mistake: The barber is on the roof scarping from the stormtroopers and he falls down face through a window. When the shot changes to the inside of the house where the window is, he is falling on his back.

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Continuity mistake: After the plane crashes, the officer reaches to Chaplin yelling "The dispatches". In a wide shot he stretches his arm to the left, but watch his hat. Wide shot: Goggles perfectly visible, and a tiny bit of fur from the other side can be seen. In the close shot, he continues stretching to the left, which is OK, but his hat has swapped sides. The goggles are nowhere in sight, and the fur is perfectly visible.

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Deliberate mistake: When Chaplin's plane turns upside down, he falls off but grabs himself to a stick. On a wide shot you see him facing to the back of the plane. In the closer shot he is facing 90ยบ to its left, probably to allow for the dialogue scene between him and the officer.

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Deliberate mistake: When Hannah is lying on the floor there's a mild breeze blowing, causing the flowers and her hair to move. Seconds before the movie ends, Hannah hears Chaplin's words and looks around. Although the flowers in the back keep moving, her hair is still for several seconds until the camera comes closer to her. Then the music starts in crescendo and her hair comes to life again, which makes a more dramatic ending.

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Continuity mistake: When in the plane, after the German officer cries "Well loosen it", Chaplin is about to fall off the plane and the angle changes. The officer's white scarf then disappears, or at least stops moving, which is very strange since they're flying.

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Continuity mistake: Chaplin spits 3 coins from the pudding. One falls and moves to the middle of the table. Another gets beneath a dish. And a third one falls off the table. A couple seconds later all three appear lined up on the table, close to Chaplin, ready for him to pick them up.

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Revealing mistake: When the defective shell is about to fall, the ground has no sand mounts. Couple shots later, now on the floor, the shell turns around following Chaplin. Watch and you'll see that a sand mount has magically appeared close to the shell to hide the white mechanism that makes the bullet turn.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, when Chaplin rescues the German officer and carries him on his shoulder, the officer's bag is first behind Chaplin's head, close to his back. When the angle changes it is now on the front, close to his cheek.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, the defective shell fired by the cannon has several scratches on its back. Shot changes to the soldiers watching the shell fall, and when the camera cuts back to the shell on the floor the scratches have disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: During the first speech, when we see a back shot of Hynkel the mics on Hynkel's right hand side are closer than they are in the front shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Chaplin is about to deliver his final speech, there's a bunch of people on the right side, just where the staircase is. When Chaplin is ascending the steps the people disappear.

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Continuity mistake: The barber and Hannah's walk gets interrupted by Hynkel's speech. The barber runs to hide and his hat falls on the street face up. Angle changes to Hannah and when back to the barber the hat is now facing down.

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Continuity mistake: During dinner with Napoloni Hynkel asks fro strawberries. The spoon inside the English mustard moves to the right between one shot and the other.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the pudding scene, when Hannah shows up, the sugar bowl left of Chaplin moves from close to a glass to the far right of the table.

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Continuity mistake: When the train station sequence begins the Bacterian ambassador extends his arm to salute twice.

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Continuity mistake: In the first part of the movie, the two men in the airplane keep switching sides of the cockpit.

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Continuity mistake: When Mrs. Napoloni gets trapped by the guards, the suit of the handsome man behind her, with a hat and a coat hanging on his left arm, swaps from light coloured to black.

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Continuity mistake: When Hannah and her family enter Osterlich, her right hand swaps from being close to the white blanket to slightly away from it between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Chaplin stands up to deliver the final speech, takes off his cap and we see his hair is short and flat. When the angle changes to a close-up the hair is longer and fluffy.

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Continuity mistake: When the plane crashes, Chaplin is sunk in a pool of mud. When the officer talks to him he is covered except for some of his hair, two seconds later he is totally covered and the mud is more liquid.

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Continuity mistake: During the final speech, after Chaplin says "Millions through out the world." The shot changes to Hannah. When back to Chaplin his tie has moved to the right, two stains have appeared on his shirt (close to left armpit and close to right collar), and his hair is combed. Two shots later the shirt is clean and the tie straight.

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