The Polar Express

Stupidity: The Engineer and Fireman of the Polar Express train crew should have known better than to not bend back the the metallic prongs of the cotter pin, which would have prevented the cotter pin from coming loose and causing all those problems in the driving of the train.

Scott215

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Suggested correction: As you yourself stated, the whole thing is likely a dream, where "normal" reality doesn't apply. In the "real world", the train would never be able to do any of the things that it does in the film.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Dream or not, it is still a stupidity of the train crew to not secure a pin that could work itself free of the controls of the locomotive.

Scott215

Dreams are often unrealistic. There is no mistake.

The entry doesn't say anything about the entire trip to the North Pole being a dream.

Agreed. It was never stated that it was a dream considering that Hero Boy lost the sleigh bell only to find it Christmas morning with a note from Santa. And to add, Steamer said that cotter pin was sheared off which caused it to come loose.

Continuity mistake: During the hot chocolate scene, the girl places a cup of hot chocolate under her seat. She is given another hot chocolate and puts that one under the seat too, but the original one has vanished.

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Suggested correction: The first time the girl puts the cup of hot chocolate next to her on the seat, then later puts it under her seat.

Suggested correction: She puts it beside her then next to the seat.

Continuity mistake: During the scene when the Polar Express slides across the ice and the conductor is telling the train controllers to head for the tracks, the distance between the train and the tracks keeps changing.

Paul M Leslie

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Hero Boy: At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. And though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.

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Trivia: The voices of Hero Boy's mother and sister are director Robert Zemeckis' wife, Leslie.

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Question: How come the conductor and the hero girl walk on the roof of the train headed towards the front when they could have walked through it, the way they did coming back with the hero boy?

Answer: Cinematically, it made for more excitement. Walking to and from the engine through the train is, let's face it, boring.

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