Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, when they show the map of Europe slowly being taken over by the Nazis, the Soviet Union in the map is actually modern day Russia. Their borders depict Ukraine as a separate country, when it was actually part of the Soviet Union. (00:05:00)
Corrected entry: When Jude Law and Ed Harris are playing cat and mouse in the scene where Harris is in the air duct, and Law is hiding behind the furniture, Harris end up getting hit in the arm by a bullet. This type of wound, created by a 7.62x54R, would have blown the section clean off, where it struck. Later in the movie, we see a slight bandage, but an otherwise functional appendage.aadmike
Corrected entry: Nearer the start of the film when Danilov is driving to escape the Germans through the city square he manages to roll his car. You can see the crash helmet of the stunt driver as the car begins to flip. (00:14:50)
Corrected entry: When Kulikov is shot on the run, we know the bullet goes through his head, because the blood flies out the side of his head and splatters on the wall. However, there is no bullet hole in the wall. It's very unlikely that a soft-nosed bullet would be used by any military in WWII, as bullets that are designed to expand are specifically banned by the Hague Convention, which even the Soviets and Germans tended to stick to. See: http://www.thegunzone.com/hague.html.
Corrected entry: In the very beginning when they show a close up of the young Vassili's rifle, it isn't cocked. The firing pin (on the back of the rifle) is not pulled out like on most standard bolt action rifles of that time and the trigger is too loose and too far back when he fiddles with it.
Corrected entry: The hierarchy in the Red Army was very strict. It is totally unthinkable that a political commissar and an infantryman (private) should publicly dance and wrestle each other like two adolescents.
Corrected entry: When the camera looks through the scope of the Russian sniper it is visible that the scope is of the Gewerr '43, the German sniper rifle, not the MOS Russian sniper rifle.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Vassili is taking cover behind an old oven, Major König could've easily killed him. König's rifle ammunition would've easily gone straight through the oven and into Vassili's body, which is something a skilled marksman such as König would've know
Corrected entry: In the opening battle scene when the Russians are charging at the Germans, one Russian soldier is shot in the leg and then in the head. A few scenes later, the same clip is shown of the man being shot in the leg and then in the head.
Corrected entry: In the shot where Kulikov is jumping across the gap between the two buildings and gets plugged in the head, pay attention because you actually see him get shot twice. One shot from the side show him get hit, and then an immediate close-up shows the hole appear again.
Corrected entry: When the young Vassili misses shooting the wolf at the start, I'm not surprised he missed, because the rifle's sights are actually obscured by the hessian (burlap) wrapped around the rifle to camouflage it.
Corrected entry: On the movie poster, the bolt handle to Vassili Zaitsev's rifle is on the wrong side.
Corrected entry: During the scene where Danilov is hiding under the corpses in the fountain, you can see one of the 'corpses' breathing. Just after the Germans have machine gunned the corpses, the shot cuts back to Danilov. A few seconds go by as he shifts the leg off his head. When the shot cuts to a view of Danilov from the side, watch the soldier who's coat flap is covering his mouth. As the camera starts to pan right, you can see the steam coming from this guy's mouth as he breaths. You may need slow motion. Watch for the steam on the jacket of the guy who's leg Danilov put over himself. (00:16:05)
Corrected entry: When Vassily is invited to the old lady and the boy's house, the lady hears something, and blows the candle, but it's still light in the room for about a second after the light's out.
Corrected entry: In real life Vassili Zaitsev killed Major Konig by having someone hold a helmet over his head in an open window and Major Konig shot the helmet and the person holding the helmet screamed as if he was hit. Vassili saw the muzzle flash of Konig's rifle and shot him where he was hiding under a piece of sheet metal. (I guess one of the oldest tricks in the book still works)jaws65
Corrected entry: In the map sequence showing Germany's takeover of European countries, Norway is not invaded. Norway and Denmark were invaded the 9th of April 1940...
Corrected entry: Joseph Fiennes' character exposes himself to the Major's fire in the end to help Jude Law locate the Major. The Major shoots Fiennes and leaves his position and gets shot by Jude Law. During the whole film both of the opponents were portrayed as very sensible characters. The Major should have been alerted when he saw the head appearing so rapidly. The Major would have known that Law would never expose himself in such a stupid way and would have been conscious of a trap.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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?redbaron2000
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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