Empire of the Sun

Continuity mistake: When James is eating at home alone, he flips his spoon into his water glass. In some shots it's leaning against the right side of the glass, and in other shots it's against the left side.


Continuity mistake: As the family is piling into their car to go to the costume party, Jim, who is carrying a large, balsa sailplane, accidentally snaps the tail and it falls sideways. In subsequent shots the tail is upright.

Continuity mistake: When Jim finally recognizes his mom, he hugs her with his arms outside hers. In the following shot from behind Jim, his arms are under his mom's.

Continuity mistake: As the internees begin the long march they leave through an arched gateway. A bonfire burning outside the gates changes sides from one shot to another.

Continuity mistake: When Jim's mother (Mary) is sitting on the bed talking to Jim, she lights up a cigarette and holds it in her left hand. As she continues to talk you can see cigarette smoke rising above her hand off-screen. When Jim's Dad comes in and Mom gets up off the bed the cigarette is gone and a glass of water is now in hand.


Continuity mistake: When Jim is in bed and tells his mum about God, his hands swap between crossed over his tummy or next to his head, depending on the angle.

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Continuity mistake: When Jim's car approaches the beggar on the sidewalk, in the wide angle Jim is sitting on the far right. In the close-up he is sitting on the far left.

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Continuity mistake: When Jamie is about to steal the soap, he places the boots on a plank right next to a beam. In the next shots the beam is much further away.

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor is reading the lesson to Jim and he plays with the stethoscope, the paper by the edge of the table changes positions between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Jim is by the window flashing his torch, the position which he holds it swaps from waist level to head level between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After Jim grabs the marbles, a boy with brown hair stands up, and a blonde one stays on the floor. When the angle changes they've swapped positions.

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Continuity mistake: When the mosquito net is being put by the dead man's bed, the shoes on the floor keep changing position between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Heading for the costume party, the blood splatter on the window changes size and looks between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Jim is in bed talking to his mother about God, his left hand is either resting by his head or down by his waist, depending on the angle.

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Revealing mistake: When Jim is riding the bicycle through the empty hospital, the "Frigidaires" begin falling through the roof. One bursts open, dropping its contents onto the floor. Something from inside must have landed on the camera because you can see it jerk suddenly.

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Jim: Amatus sum, amatus es, amatus est.

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Trivia: When Jim returns home after losing his parents, his nanny slaps him. The actors had practiced a fake slap and fake reaction, but Spielberg and the actress playing the nanny conspired to make the slap real when the cameras were rolling, so Christian Bale's reaction would be genuine. Therefore, Bale is really being slapped, and his shocked reaction is no act.


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Answer: I don't think anyone disliked Jim or was mean to him. Basically, he's a somewhat annoying, overly-active kid that the adults, who are in a very dire situation, simply didn't have much patience or the inclination to deal with. Also, the adults are mostly upper-class British, and in that era and before, they tended to be stricter with and more dismissive of children.

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