Corrected entry: Mitch didn't have to die. Since the door is tension loaded, just open it, prop something under it while everyone goes through, then remove whatever you used to prop it open (there's no shortage of loose objects around!) If the current flow is a concern, just have the two strongest go through first (Ben and Mitch), they brace up against the object holding the door open, everyone goes through, then they just remove the object so the water is trapped inside as depicted.
Corrected entry: In the movie, the bad guy steals one of the good guy's cell phones and "clones" it so he can listen in on their conversations. Although cell phone "cloning" is possible in real life, it does not work this way. What would happen would be that whichever cell phone the tower finds first would be the one that would ring, so the bad guy could pick up the phone and make the connection (although his voice would most likely give him away). It would not, however, let him eavesdrop on a connection already made between the other cell phones.
Corrected entry: The reenactment of Lincoln's murder is not historically correct. Booth shot the president in the back of the head. One of Lincoln's guests - Major Rathbone - jumped from his seat and tried to prevent Booth from escaping, but Booth stabbed the Major violently in the arm with a knife. Rathbone quickly recovered and grabbed onto Booth's coat as he was preparing to jump from the sill of the box. Booth vaulted over the rail and down to the stage. His foot was caught on the Treasury flag, and Booth came down full-face to the audience, thus breaking his leg.Jacob La Cour
Corrected entry: In the Easter Roll scene at the White House, the bunny tucked into Nic Cage's jacket pocket is different to the bunny we see tucked into his pocket later on in the scene just after he has found the seal in the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.
Corrected entry: The city of gold has presumably been underwater for centuries, but when the chamber is drained and we see it for the first time, there is no mud, silt or algae on it at all. It is perfectly clean and gleaming.
Corrected entry: Ben's mother recognises the symbols on the wooden plank as being Olmec and proceeds to translate their meaning. Only problem is that, to date, only one example of Olmec inscription has been found and it has never been deciphered.
Corrected entry: The model of the Statue of Liberty was built in 1870. The Resolute was only retired in 1879. How could the makers of the statue know that the Indian markings would be hidden in desks made of wood from the Resolute 9-10 years in advance? Or were the markings only put there in 1880? That would mean that the diary entry was made 15 years in advance of the clue being put on the Laboulaye Lady.Jacob La Cour
Corrected entry: The easter egg roll scene was filmed on Mount Vernon, with the White House added in the background.
Corrected entry: The idea that Queen Victoria would side with the South because of, as Cage and Kruger say in one scene, cotton and to divide the U.S., has little historic basis. Prime Minister Palmerston thought positively about a break-up of the United States; however, this was never a issue he expressed during the war. On the other hand, with cotton stocks high and overproduction in the British textile industry, cotton had lost its influence on Great Britain during the Civil War. Queen Victoria siding with the South is absurd as she was pacifist and wished to keep the country out of any military struggle at the time. British help to the South would have required just such a military action.
Corrected entry: In the water wheel scene toward the end of the movie, Cage says they must go down because the chamber would be filled with water if there was no place for the water to drain. They stop the flow of water using the first water wheel and enter into the chamber containing the City of Gold. When the water breaks through the walls of the first chamber, it begins filling the lower chamber because the final escape door is closed. The only way to open this door is for someone to turn the second water wheel and hold the door open. Thus, with no place for water to drain out of the City of Gold chamber (other than for someone to hold the second water wheel in place), both the lower and the upper chamber would fill with water.
Corrected entry: In the scene when everyone is moving the wheel so to close the (gates which would eventually stop the water) there in one scene the lamp is on the wheel which is being turned and in the other scene when a top angle shot of the wheel is taken it is not there.
Corrected entry: In the end of the movie when Riley walks along the sidewalk there are no cars there. When he backs up in his returned car, he crashes into something. It is highly un-likely that he backed up over the curb.
Corrected entry: When they are in the room that is filling with water, Mitch says that he will go first and if anyone else does, they will stop and go through it all again. However, in the next shot he is holding the door open while everyone else goes through.
Corrected entry: Nicolas Cage and his friends were viewing a digital photo of their speeding offence pretty much immediately when they had access to a laptop. This is only possible when the image is sent from the camera through transmission. UK speed cameras use old photo reels to prevent fraudlant offences, so there is absolutely no way for them to see the photo.
Corrected entry: Considering that the Olmec civilization was confined to southern Mexico, it would not have been able to construct a gigantic gold city in South Dakota.
Corrected entry: Near the end, inside the treasure chamber before the water rushes back in, Dr. Appleton is standing next to the sacrificial platform and runs her finger through a series of Olmec characters and says, "This will give an incredible insight of pre-Columbian history." Among those sets of characters showing, only the first two are heliograph characters. The next two sets of 3 each are all ancient Chinese Seal Script characters.
Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie, when they are in the City of Gold and they see Ben Gate's parents, Ben yells out, "Helen, we found it" instead of the character's name, Emily.
Corrected entry: Gates' ending remarks at the conference referencing the South not only being able to continue the war, but win it with a new financial source, is complete bushwa. Once Lee had surrendered, his men were more than happy to go home to their families. What would the rebels do, buy mercenaries?
Corrected entry: In the movie, it says the famous Spanish explorer, Cabaza de Vaca shipwrecked near Florida. This is false because Cabaza de Vaca's ship actually crashed near Galveston, Texas.
Corrected entry: After the visit to the Oval Office, Riley claims that the information about the "Secret Book" was released in 1966 under the "Freedom Of Information" Act. While it's true Johnson signed the act in 1966, it did not go into effect until the following year.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the cast discovers the underground cave and goes to turn the wheel to stop the water from pouring in, in one shot Ben is holding the flare, then shortly after in another shot, Riley is holding the flare, and shortly after that, the flare is gone completely.
Corrected entry: In the later part of the chase scene after Buckingham Palace, check out the front passenger-side tire of the SUV Mitch is riding in. Right around the time that the cars are on the bridge, you can see in some frames that sparks are flying from it as if the rim is dragging on the ground. Other times there are no sparks at all. This switches back and forth several times during the chase.
Corrected entry: When Ben is trying to find the 4 digit code for the Resolute desk in Buckingham Palace, the first code he tries doesn't work. When he tries a different second code, and the first two numbers are the same (1 and 8), yet Ben opens the draws again as if they have not been moved.
Corrected entry: History "genius" Ben Gates incorrectly states the phrase "his name is mud" originated from Dr. Sammuel Mudd, who was convicted and later pardoned in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The phrase has its earliest known recorded instance in 1823, 10 years before Mudd's birth, and is in fact based an obsolete sense of the word 'mud' meaning 'a stupid twaddling fellow'.
Corrected entry: The inscription on the Statue of Liberty in Paris was not hidden, and easily obtainable with an internet search or a few minutes of research in a library. There was no need to use the remote control helicopter and camera.
Corrected entry: When Ben's father is explaining to Ben and Riley about the three statues of Liberty, why does he only mention two of them? They have no way to know it's not the other one.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the four are on the balancing platform in the cave, Mitch jumps to the ladder, you can see a silver gun tucked into his pants on his back. In the next shot, it is missing, but never mentioned.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the cast exits the tunnel at the end of the movie, just after when Mitch dies, they cut to a shot of FBI Agent Sadusky receiving a call from Ben telling him that they found Cibola. But Ben has been underwater the whole time, yet his phone works fine?
Corrected entry: In the scene where Riley and Abigail are driving from the Library of Congress while Ben is chasing after the SUV to jump in, in one shot he is in the back of the SUV hanging out, and shortly later in another shot, he is completely in the SUV, and the rear door has somehow closed.
Corrected entry: In the first National Treasure, "Philadelphia, PA" pops up at the bottom of the screen when Ben, Riley, and Abigail arrive at Patrick Gates' house for the first time. In National Treasure: Book of Secrets, when they arrive at that same house to see Patrick, "Washington D.C." pops up instead of his original home, Philadelphia.