Enemy at the Gates

Enemy at the Gates (2001)

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Corrected entry: Kulikov was shot down while jumping the building's gap. He was obviously holding his rifle. So how could Vassili give Kulikov's rifle to the girl? He went down to get it? Not too reasonable, with a sniper after him.

Correction: Vassili wouldn't have been able to move until long after nightfall, when he could be certain Major Koning's visibility was far too low for him to see Vassili. Vassili could have gotten it then.

Corrected entry: In reality, the Russians made extensive use of wearing winter camouflage during battles, yet every Russian soldier we see in the movie lacks this outfit.

Correction: Camouflage suits were first used in the counterattack that trapped the Sixth Army. Major Koning died a few weeks before that happened.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jude Law and Joseph Fiennes are going to meet Bob Hoskins' character, Law has a cut on his forehead. In one shot it has a plaster on it, then it is an open wound, then it has a plaster again.

Correction: If you look closely you can see the bandage there throughout the entire scene. The lighting just makes it hard to spot sometimes.

Corrected entry: When Vassily is ferried over the Volga into Stalingrad, the ships are being attacked by Ju-87D Stuka dive bombers. You can see one Stuka strafing the ships with wing-mounted machineguns. However, the Stuka's guns were mounted on top of the engine to fire through the propeller blades. The only exception would have been the Ju-87G with two wing-mounted 37mm cannons, but it entered service in 1944, 2 years too late. (00:07:45)

Correction: No variant of the JU87 STUKA ever had guns fitted above the engines. The guns were only ever wing mounted, or in the rear gunners position.

Corrected entry: The Russians were extremely notorious for destroying anything of value to the enemy during WW II, and major targets were train engines and railcars that couldn't be "saved." Those railcars in Stalingrad would be scrap by the time the Germans were within striking distance.

Correction: If you're referring to the beginning then they had only just arrived from miles away, so there's no reason for them to have been destroyed. And Stalingrad was being overrun fairly quickly at that point so the Russians might not have had time to destroy any railcars that appear later, especially since they were fighting to the death.

Corrected entry: In the beginning, when you see the people getting on and off the trains, there is a shot of a wagon with two gun turrets. You can clearly see the gun barrel bouncing up and down, revealing that it's made of plastic.

Correction: Putting aside that no one would build a gun turret (real or otherwise) out of plastic, they're on a train. Trains are not known for having a smooth ride.

Corrected entry: How come these supposedly "Russian" characters have British accents? Obviously it's because the actors are British, and for the sake of simplicity and American audiences, the majority of dialogue was written and performed in English. Even Bob Hoskins, a British actor, performs perfectly with a Russian accent; so why couldn't the others do this?


Correction: There have been umpteen incidents of 'wrong' accents in films (often involving Sean Connery), to the point where it cannot really be considered a film error - in many ways, it's better if an actor simply uses their natural accent rather than doing a really appalling version of the 'real' accent. Hoskins was obviously capable of pulling off a Russian accent - maybe the others weren't.

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Corrected entry: When Vassili and Ludmilla are searching for Major Konig's dog tags and Ludmilla gets shot in the head, there is no sound of a gun shot. There is only the sound of the bullet piercing her helmet.

Correction: The reason there is no gun shot is because in order to emphasize the sound of the bullet going through her helmet and skull the gun shot was muted. If there was a gun shot (close range) then the sound would be too intense and you wouldn't hear the bullet hit.

Corrected entry: During the sex scene, watch carefully the "Sleeping" soldier at the top of the screen. You can tell that he is desperately trying not to laugh and smile.

Correction: If two fully clothed people were making an obvious and clumsy attempt at having sex under a blanket amongst a crowd of sleeping people just yards away from me, I'd be laughing, too.

Corrected entry: Vassili appears to have a pierced left ear. Unusual for a Russian soldier in WW2.

Correction: It is unusual, but not impossible.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Major arrives in Stalingrad, he sees a hospital train full of wounded ready to pull out. The cars all have red crosses on them. But Russian partisans, outraged by German atrocities, found the hospital trains easy pickings. So the Germans did not mark hospital trains with the red cross - they tried to camouflage them.

Correction: If they camouflaged the red cross trains then it might have been attacked by the Russian air force. It was the code of practice that all trains, trucks, and any transport carrying wounded must have a red cross on it.

Corrected entry: There's something wrong with the opening scene where boats full of Russian soldiers crossing the Volga are being attacked from the air by German Stuka dive-bombers. The bullets raining down on the boats were the large, heavy-caliber types used in aircraft guns; yet when they hit the soldiers they cause only small bullet wounds. They should have practically opened gaping holes in the soldiers' bodies.

Correction: German Stuka-bombers were not equipped with regular aircraft guns. They only used normal rifle-rounds.

Corrected entry: Take a look at Danilov's propaganda papers, the ones which fly out of his car as it is wrecked by German shellfire. They say "never shall the enemy put his foot on the soil of Stalingrad", correct? All right, we all know it's just propaganda, but it sure is misleading....at this point in the movie, the Germans were already all over Stalingrad!

Correction: Not a film mistake. The posters are reproductions of a genuine wartime Russian propaganda leaflet. When did wartime propaganda ever resemble the truth? Remember Comical Ali?

Corrected entry: One of the well known reasons the Germans were defeated in Stalingrad was - snow. But in this movie there is just mud on the ground, but no snow.

Correction: Most of the battle was fought in late summer and autumn. Historical photographs look just like the movie set.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jude is in the fountain shooting the officer in the shower, he seems to be using a M1 Garand which was an AMERICAN rifle.

Correction: Not only is the rifle Vassili using not a Garand, it is bolt action, while the Garand is semi-automatic. Also, throughout the war, American and British equipment was sent to the Russians to help the war effort there.

Factual error: When the map of the German advance is shown, Switzerland is shown to be taken over. Switzerland was never invaded by the Germans. (00:05:10)

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Suggested correction: It doesn't show German advances. It shows the German influence over Europe, symbolizing it covers all of Europe and then expanded towards the East. Italy was never conquered by the Germans either yet it was part of the axis and is shown being covered by black. Switzerland, though neutral, was fully surrounded by the Axis and their influence played heavily upon the country. Its a very crude simulation.


Suggested correction: It does not show the German advancement in true historical order, but more like a red shadow that expands across Europe in a steady pace. And just as the camera starts zooming in on Stalingrad, you can see a small sliver of red starting to spread on the south-eastern coast of Norway.

More mistakes in Enemy at the Gates

Commisar Danilov: Where have you been? We've been looking all over for you.
Vassili Zaitsev: Oh, did you hear? I was dead. At least, Noble Sniper Zeitsev, Vassili was dead.

More quotes from Enemy at the Gates

Trivia: The film is based upon William Craig's book of the same name, yet the entire movie is based upon a sniper duel that covers no more than two pages of the entire book. German army historical records never mention an elite sniper named "Major Koenig" hunting Vassili Zaitsev at Stalingrad.

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