Corrected entry: In the scene where Hector's cousin is sitting out in the rain right before the Trojan King enters Achilles' tent, you can vaguely make out a crew member silhouette in the dark crouching and then stand up.

John Yaremchuk

Correction: Like the submitter said, it is vague, in the dark, and only a silhouette. This could be the silhouette of another soldier, a slave or any of the people in the Greek camp.


Corrected entry: Paris is a reasonably accurate archer from what we're shown, yet his first shot at Achilles (from close range, with plenty of time to steady himself and Achilles not moving) hits him in the heel. This made sense in the original, when Paris fired from the walls and was basically lucky to hit Achilles' one weak spot, but in the movie the events have been relocated to a quiet temple and the arrow in the heel makes no sense at all.


Correction: Paris was up on the balcony when he fired his first shot, and Achilles was sitting on the ground hugging Bricieas, with his leg out behind him. It makes perfect sense for him to shoot Achilles' leg, so he would be sure not to hit his cousin should Achilles suddenly move, and also, with his leg shot Achilles would be less likely to be able to get up the stairs and kill Paris.

Corrected entry: In one scene, Achilles and his young cousin are practicing sword fighting on ancient Greek ruins. Since this movie takes place during the classical era, there should not have been any ancient ruins yet.

Correction: What about the Minoan civilization? They came before the Greeks and could have left ruins.

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, the armies combine to fight Troy together as "Greeks." As well, there are many references to Greece. Greece was given its name by Alexander the Great (a Macedonian) many years after the Iliad. As such, there were no "Greeks."

Correction: The name 'Greece' comes the Latin word 'Graecia'. The Romans first used this name for a region in the north of present day Greece, where a people, the Graekoi, lived. Later the name was used for all the parts of the known world where 'Greeks' lived (e.g. the Greek colonies in Italy). Greeks nowadays call themselves Hellens and their country the Hellenic Republic or just Hellas. The term 'Hellenism' is closely linked to Alexander the Great, but was actually invented by J.G. Droysen in 1836 to describe the Greek culture influenced by the Eastern world (Persia).

Corrected entry: Troy was a natural harbor, but the shots of the sea show waves breaking against the sand, which would indicate a beach. It would be impossible for the Greeks to have sailed their ships onto the beach, they would have been overturned by the changes in tide.

Correction: There are no tides in the Mediterranean Sea. It is too small and is choked off at the Straits of Gibraltar. It was common in Classical times (and even up to the present day) to beach ships during a prolonged stay on land.

Oscar Bravo

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, when the Trojans meet the Greeks, the subtitles says that it's the port of Sparta. Sparta is at least at 25 km from the sea.

Dr Wilson

Correction: The ancient story, which LONG predates this movie of course, refers specifically to "the port of Sparta," which is actually in Gythium. If you have a problem with calling it the port of Sparta, you have to go back to the legend because that's where it originated.

Corrected entry: When Hector is about to meet Achilles in a duel, after killing Achilles cousin, he walks out the gates with a spear, and he has no sword... Lately when the spear breaks in the fight he draws a sword to fight with...

Correction: He has a small sword, but it is hidden by shield when he first walks out.

Corrected entry: When Brendan Gleeson figures out that his wife is gone, he travels to his brother's palace, taking about a day. His brother then sends notification to all the kings in Greece, a very large empire, to prepare for battle. This would take from a day to two weeks to deliver. Each of these states must then prepare all their arms and men. So how is it that the large, heavy fleet arrive at Troy only a day after Paris and Hector's small fleet?

Correction: The Greeks were hurrying, rowing fast, maxing out their sails etc etc. Paris and Hector were taking their time, relaxing and so on.


Corrected entry: There are numerous historical mistakes in the art. Much of it is Minoan, not Greek, or Greek of a later period than the Trojan War of the 11th or 12th century BC.

Correction: While modern archaeological evidence suggests that Troy lost a war (not necessarily *the* war) around 1180 BC, the Iliad was almost definitely a work of fiction, not a historical record of events, and was not necessarily set when the historical events happened. See, and

J I Cohen

Corrected entry: Achilles lets Hector go, then gets really annoyed, and cut the head off a statue. You can't cut gold in one hit.

Correction: It's not solid gold; as was extremely common at the time, its a wooden statue that has been gilded (coated with a small amount of gold via gold foil rubbing). This is confirmed by how you can see wood splintering in the neck/head.

Corrected entry: After the first battle on the beach, Achilles goes to his tent and, while talking to Briseis, cleans himself up. Although the water doesn't really have a significant effect (he looks as dirty as before), he goes to Agamemnon when summoned and looks totally clean.

Correction: There is no evidence that Achilles leaves immediately. The messenger would have been sent for him at the same time all the kings were summoned to see Agamemnon. He finishes cleaning himself off before going to see Agamemnon, as you can see the king's are mostly finished giving Agamemnon accolades for "his" victory.

Corrected entry: Before the fight between Paris and Menelaus, as they square off we see Paris' helmet has a nosepiece on it. In the POV shots (from inside the helmet) during the fight itself, there is obviously no nosepiece.

Correction: Yes there is. This is called the 'binocular effect' - the nosepiece is directly between the observer's eyes and isn't visible. It was actually much closer to realism for the film-makers to leave the nosepiece off the prop helmet for the subjective (POV) shots.

Corrected entry: In the shot of the Greek camp at dawn, the sun is seen rising over the ocean behind the ships on the beach. As the beach and ocean are to the west of Troy, this would have the sun rising in the west.

Correction: The beach is to the north of the city, not west. The sun is rising in the north-east.

Corrected entry: This movie is spoken in English however, when the Greeks invade the beach at Troy and the camera pans over the ships you can hear another language spoken that sounds like Ancient Greek. This seems illogical considering none of the primary and even secondary actors even attempted a Greek accent and this movie was not one that proclaimed the need for subtitles.

Tobin OReilly

Correction: This is just the submitter disagreeing with what was probably an intentional decision by the film makers (or garbled dialogue).

J I Cohen

Corrected entry: When Achilles' walks into his tent to find the cousin of Hector tied to a pole, her hands are tied behind the pole. In the next shot, if you look to the bottom of the screen, you can see her hands in front of her.

Correction: Achilles unties her hands, and then she brings her hands forward to rub her wrists.

Corrected entry: Eric Bana's hair is seen as a dark auburn brownish color all through the movie, however, it's easy to see that he is naturally short haired and that they had to weave in extensions to make his hair longer. In certain scenes, these weaves are blatantly obvious because the color of the weaves are more of a flat dark brown color, and don't match his natural hair color. This is most obvious in the scene near the end where Hector turns to kiss his father goodbye before going down to fight Achilles. There, the audience can see that his natural hair color ends somewhere a little above the neck, and from there the dark flat brown weaves take over.


Correction: He has naturally long hair in this movie. He grew it out. Eric Bana was on HBO and a few other TV shows recently and his hair was as long as it was in the film. All the characters grew their hair out for this film.

Corrected entry: There are no trees around, but they seem to have plenty of wood to burn the dead bodies with.

Correction: There is a large forest just right of the main gate along the city wall. You can see it although there is no scene in the forest itself. There was also a lot of wood available from the boats - given the number of men who died, not all the boats would be needed for the journey back.

Corrected entry: Just before Achilles (Brad Pitt) is killed, he kills two guards who were about to kill the girl who stabbed the king. When he is being shot by Paris (O. Bloom), he walks a few steps forward and then dies. In the next shot, the camera zooms out from his body, and all you can see is his body in the middle of a patch of grass. What happened to the bodies of the two soldiers and the king?

Correction: The king and the guards are all killed near the altar where the girl was praying. When Achilles dies, he has come forward onto the grass so their bodies are no longer visible - they're behind him.

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Corrected entry: When Hector is tied to Achilles' chariot he has the broken spear still in his shoulder. When Achilles gets back to the Greek camps with him, the spear is no longer there.


Correction: After being dragged around for a while, the spear could have easily fallen out.

Sol Parker

Corrected entry: In the film, the Greeks placed coins on the eyes of their dead. In reality, the Greeks placed the coins under the tongue of the dead.

Correction: The coins could be placed in either spot.

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Visible crew/equipment: As Achilles' ship nears the Trojan shores, Agamemnon snidely asks, "What's the fool doing? He's going to take the beach of Troy with fifty men?" At the start of the next shot, as the camera begins to pan down, on the far right, just beside a person's (who is dressed in blue) head is a metal bullhorn (ie. used to give instructions to cast/crew, and which definitely doesn't belong in this time period). (00:36:35)

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Hector: All my life I've lived by a code; and the code is simple: Honor the gods, love your woman, and defend your country. Troy is mother to us all. Fight for her!

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Trivia: Due to the political situation in Iraq, the location for scale shots was moved from Morocco to Mexico, an ideal alternate choice with its broad beach. However, the rushed decision presented some obstacles. Coastal Mexico is an endangered turtle habitat, so to be granted permission to set up the Greek encampment and build boats on the large stretch of beach, the film crew implemented their own turtle incubation nursery, releasing a multitude of turtles while on location in Mexico. They also did not have an accurate idea of the physical conditions of that particular beach - it was unstable and 100 feet of beach washed away overnight, leaving Greek ships teetering precariously on the edge of the bank with the missing sand.

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