Ocean's Twelve

Factual error: The scene where Nightfox steals the Faberge Egg is all wrong. A laser security system must have a photoelectric receptor at the other side to detect if somebody pass between the two devices. As shown in the film, the laser beams points everywhere, so the system can't work and somebody could cross a beam without starting the alarm. Even if it was some weird system based on measuring distance it wouldn't work - if the laser hits the floor at an angle it won't bounce back to the source, it will reflect towards the ceiling.

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Suggested correction: This is incorrect because there are multiple types of photoelectric sensing configurations. You can read more about the different types at https://www.ia.omron.com/support/guide/43/introduction.html. Photoelectric sensors can be used in a diffuse-reflective setting, where some of the light returns to the source-but it generally only works well in close proximity settings. Even if there weren't a receptor, there could just be a reflector to focus returning light. Take it from an electrical engineer who works with these systems.

Factual error: In the movie the poles which houses are built on are situated in the water; one could swim between the poles. That's totally impossible: the poles are drilled in very wet sand (to be compared to a swamp) and you can't reach them from the canals in any way.

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The scene where Nightfox steals the Faberge Egg is all wrong. A laser security system must have a photoelectric receptor at the other side to detect if somebody pass between the two devices. As shown in the film, the laser beams points everywhere, so the system can't work and somebody could cross a beam without starting the alarm. Even if it was some weird system based on measuring distance it wouldn't work - if the laser hits the floor at an angle it won't bounce back to the source, it will reflect towards the ceiling.

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The scene shot in Amsterdam Central Station was actually shot at the Haarlem train station. Dutch Railway officials didn't allow the interference of trains schedules on such a crowded station, since they're fined by the Dutch government for every delay. Haarlem is much quieter a station and just as beautiful a location. Also the Europol headquarters are in fact the Hague's City Hall.

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