Corrected entry: One of Kaffee's lines of questioning to Jessup centres around the lack of a phone call from Santiago upon learning he was being transferred. "Upon hearing the news that he was finally getting his transfer, Santiago was so excited that do you know how many people he called? Zero. No-one. Not one call to his parents saying he was coming home. Not one call to a friend saying 'Can you pick me up at the airport?'" The trouble is, Santiago was requesting a transfer, not a discharge. Had the transfer in fact been granted, he would have been going to some other USMC posting, which could be practically anywhere in the world.
Corrected entry: The judge of the military court martial would be wearing black robes, just like civilian trials. In every scene the judge is only wearing his uniform, which in reality he would be wearing under the robes. The only time a judge at a court martial would not be wearing robes is in a forward deployment area, not Washington DC.
Corrected entry: Just prior to the performance of the Marine Silent Drill Platoon at the very beginning of the movie, the scene opens with an image of the U.S. flag blowing in an apparently brisk wind. As the scene continues, trees in the background are essentially motionless and leaves on the ground are not moving.
Corrected entry: When Kaffey and Ross are having a beer discussing the case, Ross says, "I don't believe your clients belong in jail, but I don't get to make that decision". The thing is, as the prosecutor, he DOES get to make that decision. He has the authority to not only negotiate plea deals but also to drop charges altogether if he feels there isn't enough evidence to support them.
Corrected entry: After Dr. Stone's testimony concludes, Captain Ross advises the Judge that the prosecution rests. The Judge then states that the case will began at 10:00 am on Monday the 19th, at which time the defense will call its first witness. When court resumes on the 19th, and both Ross and Kaffey are questioning Barnes, the clock on the wall indicates it's shortly after 3:30 PM - over five hours after this court session was supposed to begin.Brittle Fingers
Corrected entry: A United States Marine does not wear his cover (hat) indoors unless he is under arms and a Marine also does not salute without wearing a cover. Therefore, Marines generally do not salute indoors, which was done in the movie a number of times.
Corrected entry: Near the end of the film, Lt. Kaffee asks Col. Jessip, "Lt. Kendrick ordered the Code Red, didn't he? Because that's what you told Lt. Kendrick to do." Then Capt. Ross shouts "object", but Kaffee keeps going, stating how Jessip cut the defendants loose after the plan went bad. During this tirade, both Ross and the Judge shout at Kaffee. At one point, the Judge says to Kaffee, "Consider yourself in contempt!" However, at the very end of the movie, Kaffee leaves the courtroom on his own. No procedure is conducted relating to him being charged with contempt of court as the Judge had ordered. Did the Judge forget about it? How about the bailiff, or Ross (as a prosecutor)? Are we supposed to just forget about the fact that Kaffee should technically have been arrested?
Corrected entry: When the drill team is performing at the beginning of the movie, they begin with fixed bayonets. Without returning them to their sheaths, they are missing during the rest of the routine.
Corrected entry: Private Santiago is killed on September 5th or 6th. Let's say it takes a week to ten days before they go to court. That's about September 15th. The trial starts three weeks later. That's October 6th. A few days later is when Jo screws up in court, and Danny says they should take the night off, because they've been working non stop for three and a half weeks. So now it's about October 10th. That same night, Danny is watching a baseball game, and the Twins are playing the Orioles. At the time the movie was filmed, there was just one round of playoffs before the World Series, so the Series would have already begun by October 10th. Both the Twins and the Orioles are in the American League, so they couldn't have been playing each other then.
Corrected entry: At the end of the scene where Danny and Sam are walking down the street pushing Sam's child in a stroller they are both on the sidewalk. Danny opens his car door and looks back at Sam and Sam is now up a flight of stairs with the stroller.
Corrected entry: In the opening scene with the Marines marching, many of the Marines have blood stripes (those are the red stripes going down the dress blues). The problem is that a few of the guys are Lance Cpls and under- you must be a Cpl. to receive your blood stripes.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Markinson surprises Danny in the backseat of his car you can tell he is not really driving the car because it is a straight road and he is constantly turning the wheel back and forth.
Corrected entry: Danny is at softball practice when Commander Galloway confronts him about the case. Since it is early October when the story takes place, they would not be playing softball.
Corrected entry: In the first scene with Danny and Jo, in her office, one button on his shirt is buttoned, unbuttoned, and buttoned again. Also, there is a stain on his shirt, and then it's gone, and the apple gets bigger as he eats it.
Corrected entry: At the end, Dawson and Downey were convicted only of "conduct unbecoming a U.S. Marine," a charge they would not have received a Dishonorable Discharge for; they would probably have received a General Discharge, or at worst a Bad Conduct Discharge.
Corrected entry: After Dawson and Lt. Caffey have their heated argument Lt. Caffey storms out of the interrogation room. He stops at the door and asks Dawson why he isn't saluting a superior officer leaving the room. The fuming Dawson gets up and defiantly jabs his hands in his pockets. Dawson is actually following correct procedures. Military prisoners are not allowed to salute anyone.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Danny comes in drunk after the bug scene with Downey not being at the meeting, Danny comes in a door from the back of the apartment. Nobody EVER came in that door and they never do again. In fact, no matter how hard you look, you can't find that door again anywhere.
Corrected entry: When Danny and Sam go to visit Jo for the first time for the briefing about the case, Danny gets up to leave and walks out quickly, and exits to the right. Sam is still talking to Jo about "being careful down there." If you concentrate to the doorway, you can see Danny pass by the door again because he turned the wrong way.
Corrected entry: Toward the end of the movie two Air Force service men enter the courtroom and are announced as upcoming witnesses as they were working the ground crew at Andrews Air Force Base on the night in question. Potential witnesses are never allowed into a courtroom before they testify.
Corrected entry: Danny's hypothesis that Santiago had a coronary condition that was missed by the doctor is flawed. Any such condition would be detected at autopsy.
Corrected entry: When Danny aproaches Jack with the news that the defendants were given an order, he introduces Jo to Jack. However he just introduces her as "Downy's Lawyer Jo" Ten seconds later Jack refers to her as Commander. How did he know this?
Corrected entry: Just after Jack Nicholson has admitted giving the order for a code red and Kevin Bacon starts reading him his rights Nicholson turns to the judge and says 'Colonel'. Earlier the judge tells Nicholson to refer to him as either 'sir' or 'your honour'. At no time are we informed that the judge is of colonel rank. Either he is and we are not told or Nicholson has fluffed his lines and refers to his own rank.