Defiance (2008)

7 mistakes

(4 votes)

Visible crew/equipment: At the part of the movie when the Fighters capture a Nazi soldier they begin to beat him with their rifles. If you watch closely one of the fighters has a Rifle made of rubber and it bends all over the place.


Continuity mistake: Near the end, the tank's turret is seen turning. Camera does a quick cut and it's back to where it was before. Camera cuts and it's turning again.


Factual error: The Bielski brothers go on a raid of a German post to acquire some "Ampicillin" to treat members of their refugee band who have typhus. Ampicillin is a penicillin derivative that wasn't available until the early 1960's, and in any case, typhus is properly treated with chloramphenicol or tetracycline, antibiotics of different classes from penicillin. Besides, the German didn't have penicillin of any type during World War II.

Continuity mistake: Midway through the movie, when Tuvia and Zus are fighting and the fight ends, Tuvia begins walking up a hill. As he climbs off Zus after the fight, the bottom of his jacket in the back is folded up. As he walks up the hill, the flap is down, but when he gets to the top of the hill and turns around to talk to Zus, the flap is folded back up.

Factual error: After the final battle, Zus dismounts the tank's machine gun and puts it over his shoulder, holding it by the barrel. But the gun has been fired throughout the preceding battle (which must have just ended, as the refugees are moving as quickly as possible and wouldn't hang around for more Germans to arrive) and the barrel would be much too hot to hold.


Continuity mistake: At the start when it shows the van and bike driving away, they are close together. Camera cuts and they're about 15m apart instantly.


Continuity mistake: About 7 minutes into the movie, when Tuvia, Zus and all are meeting in the forest, there is a shot of Zus pouring something from a canteen or bottle onto his hand. There's a quick cut, then back to Zus, where not only is he not pouring anything on his hand, he's not even holding anything in his hand. There's not enough time for him to put the canteen down.


Tuvia Bielski: I thought you were dead.
Shamon Haretz: I am at least half dead.

More quotes from Defiance

Question: What's the name of the younger girl that Aron is with throughout the movie? There's a scene of him sharing what little food he had with her, walking with her, and discovering the mass grave of bodies, and she's one of those shouting for justice when the German soldier was captured.

More questions & answers from Defiance

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.