Inglourious Basterds

Continuity mistake: In the scene where they are playing 20 questions, the barmaid and the barman are invited to join in, in the next shot they are back behind the bar and then a few moments later they are playing 20 questions again.

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kangorrillarpig

Factual error: When the real German soldiers are playing 20 questions in the bar, one of the cards shows the name of Genghis Khan. This is an English-language word; as Germans, they would have written Dschingis Khan instead. As the whole scene deals with exposing the British/American spies and subtle differences in their language or behaviour, this is especially unfavorable here.

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wirthi
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Continuity mistake: The German Feldwebel, who gets beaten to death with a baseball bat, has a badge over his left breast pocket which disappears and reappears during shots.

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Chiron

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Col. Landa hands himself over to Lt. Raine, Utivich cuffs Col. Landa. Then when Lt. Raine is carving the swastika into Col. Landa's forehead, you can see him clutching at grass with his right hand, which isn't cuffed.

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Suggested correction: Aldo could have decided to uncuff Landa. Maybe it was easier to pin him on the ground with his arms out to his sides. Aldo did have one of the Basterds with him to help pin Landa down, so they simply decided to uncuff him.

jshy7979

Character mistake: Hicox salutes General Fenech, who returns the salute. But Fenech is bareheaded and therefore under British military protocol cannot salute. He would instead acknowledge the salute with a nod.

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Necrothesp
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Continuity mistake: When Bridget von Hammersmark is in the pub, and the SS Officers are offering them a 33-year-old whiskey, you can see that the beer foam in the glass on the table is changing between the shots.

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Eiriklol

Continuity mistake: When Colonel Hans Landa is talking to the dairy farmer at the start of the movie, the glass he drinks his milk from changes position from shot to shot.

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SexyIrishLeprechaun
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Continuity mistake: Shosanna is dropping the letters onto the ground while talking to Zoller. In the last two or three high angle shots before she descends the ladder, they're suddenly positioned differently from how they were before.

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Continuity mistake: In the final scene between Brad Pitt and the Nazi officer before he carves the swastika into the German's forehead, Pitts' tie changes three times. First scene it is on both sides of his neck. Second scene it has disappeared from the right side, and the third scene, it is back completely around his neck again.

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Factual error: In the opening scenes by the farmhouse, the fields in the distance have "tramlines" - used for accuracy when crop spraying. The scene is set in 1941 however tramlines didn't come into use until the 1950s.

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Factual error: Near the end, when Lt. Raine is being interrogated by Col. Landa, there is a phone on the table with a coiled phone cord. Coiled phone cords were not used until the late 1950s.

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phoenix4538

Factual error: During the baseball bat beating scene, the "hitter" says something about Teddy Ballgame going yard. "Going yard" is more like a 1990s term, not one used way back in 1941.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in which Colonel Landa and Shosanna are talking in the cafe, Landa orders an espresso for himself, along with a glass of milk for Shosanna and two strudels. When the order arrives on a tray, the cup of espresso is seen briefly in one shot. The film then cuts to a close-up of the tray, and the espresso has disappeared, despite no-one having put it down. In the next shot of the table, the espresso has appeared beside Landa.

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blackrain

Continuity mistake: As Landa and his men approach the farmer's house, they pass the same trees on the dirt road several times.

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Continuity mistake: In the Operation Kino briefing scene, in the shot where General Fenech and Lt. Hicox drink to "down with Hitler", Fenech is holding his staff in his left hand along with his blue file folder. In the next shot, as Fenech asks Hicox if he is familiar with German cinema under the Third Reich, the staff is suddenly no longer in his hand, but being held pinned under his left arm. In the following shot, Fenech is instantaneously once again holding both the folder and staff in his left hand.

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s4bio

Revealing mistake: Hugo Stiglitz's eyes twitch when Hans Landa is inspecting his dead body.

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S. Ha

Factual error: In the opening credits for "Stolz der Nation," Joseph Goebbels' name is spelled "Goebbles." This is easily visible both in the actual film and in the "Stolz der Nation" bonus film on the DVD.

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philly

Continuity mistake: In the tavern scene, when the SS officer tells Lt. Hickox that he is no more German than the scotch they are drinking, Hickox is sitting back against the back of his chair. In the following shot, which shows Eric the bartender slowly reaching for his shotgun, Hickox can be seen in the background leaning forward in his chair. In the next shot, Hickox is suddenly once again sitting back in his chair as he was before. It is implausible that Hickox would have or even could have changed seating positions so quickly or abruptly.

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s4bio

Revealing mistake: In the scene where the Bear Jew beats the German Sergeant to death with a baseball bat, the sergeant's head basically explodes into a mass of blood at the end of the beating. In a later shot, the sergeant's body is shown lying on the ground with the head intact.

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Continuity mistake: When in the farmer's house, Landa's gloves on the table keep changing from wrinkled to straight depending on the angle.

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Sacha Premium member

Audio problem: Landa enters the farmer's house and talks to the girls but a side angle shows his mouth not moving, despite sound coming out. It only starts moving when he says the word 'Monsieur'.

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Revealing mistake: When Bridget von Hammersmark is being strangled you can see a crack in the plaster on her leg, allowing her to take it off. Best seen in the shot taken from under her feet, right before she stops struggling.

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Factual error: When we first see him in Royal Marines uniform, Hicox is wearing a beret with a short 'tail' (the end of the drawstring used to tighten the beret). This is indeed a feature of military berets in some countries, but not in Britain.

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Necrothesp

Continuity mistake: When Landa is with the French farmer, there's an iron nail on the table used to crush the tobacco that moves around depending on the angle.

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Sacha Premium member

Factual error: At the start of Chapter 3 the title reads "1944 Shoshanna Dreyfus four years after the massacre of her family." Chapter 1 takes place in 1941. So it is actually three years.

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DMuhlfelde
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Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, when the SS officer is surrendering, Brad Pitt's untied bow tie changes position every time it cuts back to him.

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Continuity mistake: In one of the shots in the pub scene, when the German major is sitting at the officers' table, Lt. Archie Hicox has his right arm around Bridget von Hammersmark, but in the next scene his arm is on the table.

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alexmartins

Continuity mistake: The card the SS officer sticks to his head in the bar is initially quite low over his eyes and at a slight angle. Later in the scene it's moved slightly higher up and straighter, without him touching it.

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Jon Sandys Premium member

Continuity mistake: When Landa is about to kill the Jews in the farmer's house, he stands up and the box of matches keeps changing positions on the table.

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Sacha Premium member

Factual error: When Colonel Landa offers to surrender in exchange for not warning Hitler he is about to burned alive in the Paris cinema he points to a telephone with a rotary dial with alpha-numeric characters. I believe that was a feature of North American telephones after WWII.

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Continuity mistake: Shoshanna kills Zoller, then approaches him and kicks a film can, which moves farther away. In the next shot, the can has moved backwards and is close to her ankle again.

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Continuity mistake: When Hans Landa first approaches Bridget von Hammersmark in the theater, he is shown to be walking right up to her, as evidenced by the shot of his right foot being shown to be mere inches away from her left leg. When the shot changes to a medium shot of von Hammersmark saying "Colonel Landa, it's been years," Landa is suddenly out of shot, whereas the proximity of his feet to von Hammersmark's suggests he should have been visible in the medium shot.

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Character mistake: Hicox uses the word "momentarily" in the American sense of "in a moment". In British English it means only "for a moment". An educated Englishman in the 1940s would never have used the word in the American sense.

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Necrothesp

Continuity mistake: When Shoshanna meets Zoller, there's a strand of hair falling by her left cheek which appears or disappears depending on the angle focusing.

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