Corrected entry: In the scene where Edward Bloom is about to parachute out of an airplane on his secret mission, he checks his watch, which is a Hamilton Khaki. This line of watches by Hamilton wasn't introduced until the early 1990.
Corrected entry: When Edward and Karl are leaving Ashton, the movie marquee is advertising 1953's "From Here to Eternity". Edward's paratrooper mission would have been prior to the Korean War Armistice of July 27, 1953. This would not have left enough time for his stint at the carnival and Army training as a paratrooper.
Corrected entry: When the older Edward Bloom is soaking in the bathtub and his wife climbs in with him, he motions for her to come over to his side. She puts her arms into the water, at least up to the elbows, yet in the very next shot, her arms are on the outside of the tub, and completely dry.
Corrected entry: After Carl signs his contract with the circus, he stands in the background as Edward makes a deal for a job - his hands are visible in the shot. Carl's height and proportions to the other people in the shot are drastically reduced. Mr. Soggybottom's head is on level with Carl's hips, whereas before he barely reached below his knees.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Ewan McGregor is going through the woods for the first time, his hat is stolen by a crow, who places it firmly on a branch. In the next shot, Ewan picks up a rock and pitches it to hit the crow. The next shot shows the hat missing and the crow flying off without it.
Corrected entry: When Bloom meets Carl for the first time outside of his cave there are shots cutting from a close up of Carl to a long shot. The long shots show prominent bruising on Carl's forehead that is absent in the close ups.
Corrected entry: Edward Bloom, a white baby, is shown being delivered by a black doctor in what's described as a small Alabama town in the 1940's. This would have been highly unlikely.
Corrected entry: At the end of the film at Edward Bloom's funeral you see all the characters from his stories there yet most of them haven't even aged at all, for example the twins. Edward's aged enough to be played by a completely different person!
Corrected entry: In the scene where Ewan is falling down onto the Korean stage, there is a man holding a dummy. If you listen to him, he's not speaking Korean, he's in fact speaking Tagalog (a Filipino language).
Corrected entry: After Edward Bloom gets attacked by the werewolf, he has a large scratch on his right cheek. Immediately afterwards, he hops three trains to make it to Auburn. When he arrives at Sandra's door that same day, the scratch is gone.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Edward Bloom loses his key, it is deep in a forest. But in the scene where his car is stuck in the tree, he finds the key in a stretch of open land, not the forest.
Corrected entry: At the circus when Edward and Karl are talking to the circus leader and his attorney, you can see on the seat behind Edward is his back pack. Seconds later , after Edward says "I have a whole bag full of clothes" he turns and the pack has disappeared.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Edward Bloom's friend dies of an apparent heart-attack in the bathroom, he is looking at a Playboy magazine issue. Playboy magazine didn't debut until 1953, but this scene takes place in the early 1940's.
Corrected entry: After his fight with the black dog, Edward is shot by Mr. Soggybottom and clutches his right bicep as he falls to the ground. In the very next shot, Edward gets up and is fine, no sign of any injury to his arm. In the shots that follow he uses the same right arm to throw a stick for the dog.
Corrected entry: Following Edward's swim chasing the snake, he returns to the bank to talk to Jenny. His hair is completely dry, and his clothes are completely soaked.
Corrected entry: During the scene showing a C-47 transport plane flying at night over enemy territory during the Korean War, in the background we hear the song "All Shook Up" to establish a time frame. This song by Elvis Presley was not released until March of 1957, almost four years after the end of the Korean War.
Corrected entry: Towards the end at the hospital, the doctor tells Will what really happened at his birth, as opposed to the big fish and wedding ring story Ed tells at the beginning, and Will acts as though he has never heard the real story before. But Will already knew the real story because he used it to rebuff his father when they were arguing at the wedding about him telling the made up version.
Corrected entry: How did Edward afford all those daffodils? He had no money when he started work at the circus, and he worked there for free for a couple of months.