The Dirty Dozen

Factual error: Charles Bronson is beaten up by two airborne NCOs in the latrine on the airbase. One of them is wearing a rank badge with two chevrons and one rocker. No such rank badge has ever existed in the US Army.

Plot hole: When the Major and Wadislav walk up the stairs in the German mansion they are met by a pair of German officers who say something to them. Wadislav then tells the Major that he couldn't understand a word they said. What they actually said was 'Nice weather, wouldn't you agree?' Wouldn't you think that a man who speaks German well enough to convince the guards in a German HQ would understand such a simple phrase? Wadislav was chosen specifically for his ability to speak some German.

Other mistake: After Reisman beats up Franko at the beginning, Reisman asks the guard to have 2 prisoners take him back to his cell. After that, Reisman says "lets see if they can do some close order drill now." During the drill, there are 11 prisoners marching instead of 9 as 2 of them took Franko to his cell.

Other mistake: Just as the attack begins on the chateau a German officer is shown for a second time shouting for everyone to head to the cellar. Immediately after this, a younger officer is shown motioning toward his holster, as though he intends to draw his gun but there is no gun in it.

Jon M Brown

Continuity mistake: Towards the end Reisman gets shot in his right shoulder, which bleeds. The blood disappears between shots.

oswal13

Continuity mistake: Sgt. Bowren's right hand moves to his holstered pistol as Maj. Reisman and Posey begin their close combat knife training. The next long shot of Posey, Reisman and Bowren shows Bowren reaching for his pistol again.

Scott215

Continuity mistake: Pinkley waits outside the chateau by the kubelwagen with his hands behind his back, approaches the driver's side and places his right hand on the door. The long shot shows him repeat the movement.

Scott215

Continuity mistake: At the very end, Jefferson is shot after dropping grenades into the vent pipes. He lands face down with his right arm bent and his right hand right next to his helmet. The camera cuts to those left on the truck. When it shows Jefferson again, his hand is now about a foot away from his helmet.

mrfrede

Samson Posey: I reckon the folks'd be a sight happier if I died like a soldier. Can't say I would.

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Trivia: Not really a mistake, given the need for drama in a war film, but the mission takes place the evening before D-Day, meaning the Allies had complete air supremacy, and knew the exact time, date and place of the meeting of the German officers, this mission would never have taken place. The brightly lit chateau would have been flattened by a squadron of heavy bombers. Lee Marvin, an experienced combat veteran, pointed this out to the producers and was told to keep his opinions to himself.

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Question: What are the small tubes that are collected in Colonel Breed's H.Q.? General Warden seems to figure out what they are.

Answer: Detonators (for setting off explosives).

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