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National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Continuity mistake: At the end of National Treasure 1, Riley has a Ferrari 360 Spider. At the beginning of Book of Secrets, when his car is being towed away, it's a Ferrari F430 Spider. At the end of the movie, he is given back a 360 Spider.

Factual error: Ben, Abigail and Riley arrive at the Library of Congress to take the President's Book very late at night. However the Library of Congress, despite being shown as open, consistently closes at 5 PM.

Darius Angel

Other mistake: There's a scene where they turn a wheel to control the flow of water into a much larger chamber. The cavern that is presumably completely filled with water (water is dripping off the ceiling) is massive. The flow from the smaller chamber into the cavern is relatively small. They enter moments after stopping the flow to find the cavern is drained. It should A) either take the cavern a very long time to drain or B) the cavern should never have been fully filled with water.

Plot hole: In order for the treasure trail to be followed both desks would need to have existed in 1865 when the code was deciphered. However HMS Resolute wasn't broken up and made into desks until 1879.


Factual error: After Ben kidnaps the President he calls and tells Riley to meet him at the Library of Congress in twenty minutes. Traveling from Mount Vernon to the Library of Congress in ten minutes is NOT possible. Even in the middle of the night with no traffic it would take a MINIMUM of 30 minutes to make that trip.

Harry Brogan

Continuity mistake: In the car chase in London, when Ben throws the plank into the Thames the Range Rover is missing the bumper and stops when knocking over a roadworks sign. The next shot shows the car far from the sign, with the bumper perfectly back to normal.


Factual error: Whenever Riley gets into his Ferrari, he makes a gesture implying that he is engaging reverse via a gearstick, followed by a grinding sound. However the Ferrari he is driving uses a trip-tronic gearbox and the paddles are visible in the shot.


Continuity mistake: When Ben Gates and company first examine the Booth diary page, they notice a few of the digraphs relevant to the cipher. After he says to flip the page, pause it and notice the digraphs that are visible. They are: ME IK QO CQ TE ZX. Later, when Ben discovers that the key to decoding the cipher is DEATH, Riley inputs the keyword into his computer. Pause it when it shows his computer screen. The various digraphs that they have input are nowhere close to the ones they discovered on the page. They are: QF JU WJ AK EH. Not even the same amount of digraphs, no less. The results are larger too. The entire interface is different for the two shots.

Factual error: At the beginning of the film, John Wilkes Booth is seen departing the tavern and arriving at Ford's Theater by horse. The tavern is actually right next to the theater.

Cubs Fan

Factual error: When reviewing the picture having been caught driving through the traffic camera in London, the speed the car was travelling at is displayed in km/h. In the United Kingdom speed limits and fines are in miles.

Factual error: While the group was in the gold cave, Riley helps himself to one of the gold bricks, which is larger than a "standard" gold brick, and is roughly three inches thick, eight inches wide, and about twelve inches long. A brick of gold this size would weigh around 250 pounds, which would make it nearly impossible for Riley to carry around, even in a backpack. Even if it were ten carat gold in the brick, it would still weigh over 100 pounds.

Continuity mistake: When Ben and Abigail are examining the Resolute desk at Buckingham Palace, Ben starts opening the drawers and discovers the code option numbers on the underside of the drawers for the first time. When he does this, in the shots of the underside of the drawer, Ben is pulling the drawers out almost all the way, but in the shots from above, he is barely pulling the drawers out at all.

Continuity mistake: In the final scene of the movie, when Riley is walking toward his car, he walks approx 30 feet from behind the car up to the car, notice that there are no other cars behind him. As soon as he starts the car he accidentally goes in reverse and we hear him crash into another car, yet there was no one behind him for at least 30 feet. We did not see or hear another car pull in behind him in that few seconds. There is no car parked behind him.

Robert Sullinger

Factual error: In the scene where Ben and Abigail are using the service lift to get to a different floor in Buckingham Palace, Ben presses the button on the exterior, then shuts the door. This is inaccurate as, with that type of lift, pressing the buttons when the doors are open does nothing. The lift can only move if the doors are closed when the buttons are pressed.

Continuity mistake: Mitch Wilkinson jumps to a hanging ladder in the hidden chamber at Mount Rushmore, the first shot shows him hanging off the ladder with a pistol holster through his belt loops. The shot cuts away and when it returns there is no pistol holster where there was seconds earlier.

Continuity mistake: During the car chase in London, when you see from inside the car, you can't see any of the glass at the bottom on the rear window, but when you see the car from the outside there is a significant portion of the glass left.

Jacob La Cour

Revealing mistake: In the scenes where Riley is using his computer to look up information on the "SearchInfo" site, the screenshot used is of Wikipedia. (You can even see the "About Wikipedia" link on the left).

Revealing mistake: When water is breaking through the wall you can see that at times the water is going through preformed squares.

Other mistake: During the car chase in London, when Ben almost hits the dogs, we see one dog running up to the car and licking the backup-camera. However since the camera is actually mounted above the license plate, it's impossible to reach for a dog this size.


Continuity mistake: During the London car chase scene, Nicolas Cage throws the wooden artifact from the car into the river. The bad guys in the Range Rover then stop, colliding with some roadworks, although in the next shot the car is suddenly a few metres away.


Factual error: When the group comes to Mount Rushmore, they arrive at a lake. There is no lake close to Mount Rushmore (look at Google Maps, the lake used is Sylvan Lake, which is a good 15 miles away from Mount Rushmore). Mount Rushmore is suppose to be a "cover up" for the final treasure and that would make the chamber underneath the faces itself.


Continuity mistake: Just after Ben mentions Montesquieu to the French policeman, the other policeman's head changes position between shots.


Revealing mistake: When Nicolas Cage meets the president in the hangar and the president hands him a newspaper containing an article clearing Cage's great-great-grandfather's name, the text of the article in the center top of the newspaper in that scene contains the same body text as the article to the right that's titled "Family Saved."

Plot hole: In the beginning of the movie, year 1865, Thomas Gates is asked to decode the playfair cipher for the K.G.C. This is later found and decoded by Ben Gates, who discovers "Laboulaye Lady" to be the answer. In the scene when Ben and Riley go to France to see the Statue of Liberty, there is something written by Laboulaye, ending with the year 1876. As that writing was only added in 1876, Ben Gates couldn't have referenced it in 1865.

Continuity mistake: During the scene where they encounter the beer truck in the alley, they are driving towards it, but in the next shot the car is the other way and are driving away from it.

Revealing mistake: In the scene where the barrels of beer are rolling off the truck, you can notice small squibs going off to make the barrels look like they have been shot.

Visible crew/equipment: In the last scene when Riley Poole is walking to his home and spots his Ferrari that was repossessed, when the camera tracking shot stops, in the reflection on the side of the car you can see the camera and the camera track reflected in the door of the Ferrari.

Plot hole: When the characters are trying to escape Cibola through the central drain, the drain is actually, as Ben and Patrick imply, really just a room which dead ends, and they have to open the door to keep it from filling up. If this were the case, the entire city of Cibola and the room above (where Ben first says that all the water goes out somewhere) would have been completely filled up with water over the centuries. But in the movie the water had apparently been draining through that central "drain."

Visible crew/equipment: At the last scene when Riley Poole gets in his Ferrari, you can see the camera man in the reflection by the head rest of the seat. You can see a black dot moving. That's the camera man's head.

Continuity mistake: During the car chase in London, the Range Rover with Mitch Wilkinson crashes into the rear end of the Fuller beer truck, damaging the left front bumper parts and headlights. Later in the chase, no damage is seen.

Factual error: When inside the Oval Office, we look out through the windows to the left of the desk (towards the East) and see bushes and trees right outside the windows. But on that side of the oval office there is a covered patio with columns, and it is quite dark.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: Many beer kegs fall from the truck, yet the number remaining on the truck barely goes down from shot to shot.

Factual error: When Ben and Riley are in a reading room in the Library of Congress, they have books about the architecture of buildings, as well as books about security and such. However, the particular reading room they are in contains books about Social Sciences, and to order books from a different area, it takes a really long time. They would have been in a different reading room that contained books about their subject.

Factual error: In April, any lake in South Dakota is freezing cold. And it goes without saying that you don't have to be in cold water very long for hypothermia to take effect; even a few minutes is enough. So why don't our heroes succumb to any kind of hypothermia when the gold chamber floods with icy lake water?


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