The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

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Corrected entry: Teabing describes the Malleus Maleficarum as something which the church used (perhaps even created) as a tool to persecute women and burn them at the stake. The Malleus Maleficarum was actually banned by the church, not used by it.

Correction: The book deals with an alternate history of the Church, which has been covered up in a conspiracy covering nearly two thousand years. It's hardly unreasonable that, in that alternate history, it was indeed the Church that originally created the Malleus Maleficarum, later covering it up and officially banning it.

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Corrected entry: At the scene they talk about the Council of Nicea, Leigh calls Sophie 'Mon cher.' However, Sophie is a female and would be 'Ma chére'

Correction: Leigh is also a native Briton, only living in France. And living fairly isolated in France as seen in the movie, a grammatical mistake as given would not be unusual.


Corrected entry: After Robert knocks Vernet to the ground behind the armored car, he yells to Sophie to get in the truck. She jumps out of the back, runs around to the passenger door and gets in while Vernet is shooting at her. That door would still have been locked. When Vernet got out of his side, he couldn't have accidently hit the auto unlock because armored cars only have auto locks, no unlock. A passenger on the inside getting out or some one with a key would have had to unlock that door.

Sheri Hartman

Correction: No, I used to drive an armoured car. The driver has access to a locking system, and the unit can be unlocked from inside the vehicle from a separate compartment. In my situation, the driver could unlock the rear and side doors with the push of a button, and the courier in the back could access a button to unlock the driver compartment. This was a safety issue, as if there was an accident, the driver and/or courier would need to be able to unlock the other compartment for emergency services in case the other occupant was unconscious.

Corrected entry: If it is indeed a GPS receiver used by the police to track the couple's location and movement in the interior of The Louvre, the device would not have functioned indoors as GPS needs a line of sight to the sky. The more plausible part is when Sophie later puts the device in a bar of soap and tossed it out the window onto a passing truck, then it would receive satellite signals that the police would track it moving away. I would have agreed with the indoor scene if the device was a radio beacon, but if I remember right, even the book said it was a GPS.

Correction: There are GPS devices that will lead you right to the door you need in office buildings. Satellite radio works indoors too.


Corrected entry: In the Swiss bank, when Dr. Robert Langdon and Agent Sophie Neveu enter the right Fibonacci suite to get the Cryptex, the robot arm grabs the black case and REVERSES it. Then, in the next scene, when they open the lid of the case, the Cryptex's wooden case is right in its place, without any restrain or protective wrapping.

Correction: If you watch closely, when they open the bank box, you will see four stabilizing arms. One at each corner of the keystone box.

Corrected entry: When Dr. Robert Langdon and Agent Sophie Neveu arrive at Chateau Villette in the armored vehicle, the helicopter pan across the chateau shows the building lit up with accent lighting. When Dr. Robert Langdon answers the three questions correctly and Sir Leigh Teabing allows them entry, the chateau is dark and then the same accent lights turn on to welcome their entry.

Correction: The accent lighting might be motion sensor activated and had been triggered earlier by someone fixing something on the house and then went off. When Langdon and Neveu show up, the sensor is triggered again. Happens at my house all the time.

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Corrected entry: At one point, Sophie gets thrown to the ground and gashes up her right knee. She's shown cleaning it on the plane later. However, for most of the movie after that, she has no injury on her knee. It doesn't show up again until toward the end.

Correction: It is possible that it had stopped bleeding (it did look very minor) and therefore, as soon as she washed the blood off, it wouldn't be nearly as noticeable.

shortdanzr Premium member

And she wasn't cleaning it on the plane it was on the bus.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Langdon throws the cryptex into the air, Teabing throws his two walking sticks quite high stumbling to catch it. But we never hear either of the sticks hit the floor.

Correction: Filmmakers are not obligated to use every sound you would hear in real life. It is no more a mistake than the fact that everything is moving much slower than it would in real life in that scene. It is a stylistic choice.

Corrected entry: When Leigh, Sophie, and Robert take the flight from France to England, the setting changes from late night to midday almost. Due to the time change when flying to England from France, it would be approximately the same time in England when they arrived as when they left France, not midday.

Correction: They were not originally heading for England, although I forget for the moment where they were heading, but it was a while into the flight before they realised that they needed to go to England, thus accounting for the time difference.

Mad Ade

Corrected entry: I believe the cars everyone is riding in in France should be driving on the right but they appear to be driving on the left.

Correction: The only time they drive on the left is when they are fleeing the police, and when they are on a one-way road, otherwise they are driving on the right. Also, Teabing's Land Rover that they escape in has the steering wheel on the right, but it is because it is a British market vehicle. Even in countries with traffic patterns on the right, it is possible to drive a right hand drive vehicle. We have quite a few British and Japanese market vehicles here in Canada.

Corrected entry: Silas is an albino, and since albinos don't have pigment to color his skin and eyes, he should have red eyes. In the film, he has grayish blue eyes.

Correction: First of all, only true Albinos have pink eyes, because the iris has no color and the blood vessels discolor the eyes, however, a person can appear to be completely Albino and still have tint to their eyes and eye color can easily be disguised by coloured lenses.

Ronnie Bischof

Corrected entry: The story of this movie is inspired by a book called "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", by three writers called Leigh, Baigent and Lincoln. Notice that one of the characters in the movie has Leigh for a first name, and Teabing, an anagram for Baigent, for a surname.

Correction: Actually, in a recent court case, Brown argued successfully that the earlier book did not inspire his tale when the authors of the prior work attempted to sue him. He claims to have become aware of the other book during the writing of "The Da Vinci Code", and the character name is an obvious nod to those writers, but it was not the source of inspiration.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In one of the last scenes, after Sophie has met the Guardians, she meets Langdon to say goodbye to him. She has a dark smudge on her throat that disappears halfway through the conversation, only to reappear after she hugs him.


Correction: The smudge on Sophie's throat is a scab from where Silas held the knife to her throat in Westminster Abbey. It doesn't disappear during the last conversation, but Sophie's hair changes position and sometimes the scab is covered and other times it's uncovered.

Corrected entry: In the scene in the Louvre, Neveu gives Langdon a paper with a "three-digit code" written on it. When he enters it into his cell phone, you can hear that he only pushes two buttons.

Correction: This is not true, he does enter three digits, it's just that the first two are the same number, so they have the same tone when pressed, and it sounds like he only hits two, but if you look/listen closely he does enter three.

Corrected entry: Temple Church always has someone on duty if it's open to the public, so where was he? It's not like a normal church which people can just walk into - the Temple itself is a private enclave of London.

Correction: This error claim is a little unfair as in the book the trio does have a lengthy talk with the character on duty. However since his involvement was unnecessary to the plot and would have added more time to an already long film, his omission can be justified since so few moviegoers would have even heard of Temple Church, never mind knowing its operational protocols.

Corrected entry: About a minute away for the ending, there is a shot of Langdon standing in the glass floor (which is filmed from the underground bottom of the glass pyramid in the museum). You can see the reflection of the camera and cameraman in the glass pyramid, going left to right.

Correction: No, that's Langdon's reflection.

Corrected entry: When Robert, Leigh and Sophie first enter Temple church, in the top left hand corner you can see the black curtain they put up outside the window to keep excess light out. The window in question is actually ornately stained - it appears black in the film.

Correction: It will appear black if there is a black curtain behind it, no matter what color it is.

Corrected entry: When the police arrive in London, the sirens that are dubbed over are American "Howler" sirens instead of the English "Two Tone" sirens.

Correction: British emergency services have been using American-style sirens (and nothing else) for at least a decade.

Corrected entry: When Langdon and Neveu enter Westminster Abbey, there is scaffolding around the right tower. Cathedrals often do this for cleaning. When they exit, there is no scaffolding around that tower, and the tower is quite clean.

Correction: What we are seeing as they enter the abbey is a mixed scene with images from the past and present jumbled up together, the right hand tower of the abbey is not quite complete in some shots since the Abbey's two western towers were still under construction at the time of Newton's death. This is a glimpse from that era.

Mad Ade

Corrected entry: When Langdon finally succeeds in cracking the code to open the "cryptex", he explains to Sophie that the code-word devised by Isaac Newton could only be "apple", since it had been thanks to an apple that he had discovered that which "had annoyed the Church so much, the Law of Gravity". As far as we know, the Catholic Church had no objection to the Law of Gravity and Newton was living in a Protestant country anyway. Besides, the story about the apple was corroborated by Newton himself, that is true, but its notoriety, a typical "science fairy-tale" is rather recent. The word seems to have been chosen here because it's the only thing that most people know now about Newton (including Dan Brown, apparently).

Correction: This is more clearly stated in the book, but it's there in the movie as well if you pay attention. Jacques Saunière (the Louvre curator murdered at the beginning of the movie) is the one who made the cryptex, he also wrote the riddle which was the clue to the combination. Therefore, HE was the one who picked 'Apple' as the answer, not Isaac Newton. Whether the apple is fact or fiction is irrelevant, its just the answer to the puzzle.


Continuity mistake: When Teabing rolls the Cryptex to Langdon near the end of the movie, in one shot we see that the Cryptex rolls to a stop about 6 inches from Langdon's knee, but when the shot changes to an overhead view we see the Cryptex is now suddenly at least 2 feet from Langdon. Then the shot changes again and its now more like a foot from him.


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Question: Tom Hanks told Sophie that she was the heir of Christ and she was not the little girl in the accident which killed all four family members. Why did Sophie have memory of the accident which was shown when she was trying to help Tom Hanks relieve himself from his phobia inside the armored truck?

Answer: Tom Hanks NEVER said that Sophie wasn't in the car crash. What he said was that her last name was really "St Clair" (The same name as the family that died), and the press reported her dead as well. The man she called her grandfather wasn't really related to her, he just took care of her and gave her his name. That is why she could find no records of her family's death, she was looking for the wrong name.

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