The Hurt Locker

Factual error: In one scene they are playing on an Xbox 360, but the Xbox 360 did not come out until 2005, and the game being played, Gears of War, wasn't released until 2006. The movie takes place in 2004.

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Factual error: When SGT Sanborn is placing the items in the white box, you can see his special skill badges. He has an EOD badge placed above his Combat Infantryman's Badge which should never happen. While it is possible for an EOD member to have a CIB (second MOS), no badge is ever worn above the CIB, EIB, or CAB.

00:09:25

mdlovin

Visible crew/equipment: During the scene when Sgt. James is removing the IED from the body cavity of the young boy there is a person standing in the background behind the plastic sheeting.

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Continuity mistake: James is described on the cast list as a Staff Sergeant, but he wears the rank insignia of a Sergeant First Class.

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Necrothesp

Factual error: In the car bomb defusing scene, Specialist Eldridge spots a possible insurgent filming him with a video camera and states "He's getting ready to put me on YouTube." However, the film is set in the summer of 2004 (according to the official website), while YouTube was founded in February of 2005.

00:36:15

Factual error: Sgt Sanborn is shown wearing a Combat Infrantryman's Badge, and he says that before EOD he was Military Intelligence, however, Infantry is the only MOS that gets the badge while everyone else gets the Combat Action Badge. Also the Combat Infantryman's Badge would be worn above any other badge, in the movie he wears it under the EOD badge.

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Other mistake: When James is returning to duty in one of the last scenes of the movie, apparently he is arriving in one of two twin-rotor helicopters. As the troops disembark down the rear ramp, they walk across what looks like the shadow of the elevator of a C130 Hercules airplane.

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GSBruce

Visible crew/equipment: When SSG William James and Sgt. JT Sanborn are sniping, Spc. Owen Eldridge is cleaning the bullets from the blood. When he passes them on, he leans his head back and you can see a tent and four or five crew members and the camera.

00:58:00

G13nn

Factual error: The EOD team seems to travel alone much of the movie. EOD travel in a convoy for protection.

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Visible crew/equipment: When SFC William James goes through the plastic sheeting to see a dead body on the table, you can see an ungloved, crew member's hand open the entrance for him.

01:20:40

quintessential

Continuity mistake: During the encounter between Sgt. James and the taxi driver, James shoot to the taxi's windshield in an attempt to make the driver go, when he's backing up you can see James following him and pointing his gun to the now unbroken windshield, when scene changes, it's broken again.

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medinauta

Continuity mistake: When Sgt. James discovers the 5 or 6 IED's, he pulls the cord and brings them all to the surface. A few shots later when he is disarming them all, they are back under gravel.

00:23:50

A Demon Premium member

Factual error: In the scene where the taxicab overruns the roadblock, he would have likely been shot before even coming close. Rules of engagement for a roadblock dictate that any vehicle not responding to commands to stop or after firing warning shots would be lit up, especially at such fast speed, which is a sign of aggression.

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Factual error: Takes place in 2004, however, ACU uniform was not issued Army wide until 2005.

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Continuity mistake: During the sniper fight, when Sanborn gets the ammunition after it is cleaned, he loads a single bullet directly into the chamber. After it is fired, a magazine magically appears loaded into the rifle and he fires a second shot.

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Aqueries

Continuity mistake: When James returns to the base and is ordered to open his jacket, he leaves one arm raised as he reaches inside to remove his sidearm, but in the next shot, he has both arms raised again.

01:35:55

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Factual error: In the scene where Sanborn goes to James trailer he is wearing two American flags on each shoulder when only one is supposed to be worn above the combat patch right shoulder. This can also be seen later when LTC Cambridge sits down with Eldride when he is playing the X-Box in which case Eldridge does not wear any flags could be he just got back from mission and has not replaced them on his uniform.

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ikre8kos4u

Continuity mistake: After the last guy in the window during the sniping scenes is killed, you can see William James' face covered with sand. In a shot seconds later the sand is gone, and later reappears.

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Other mistake: In the scene where Sanborn is placing Thompson's ID tags into the box the outside states he is SGT-Thompson-Matthew when in fact he was a SSG.

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ikre8kos4u

Visible crew/equipment: When the "family man" suicide bomber is asked to kneel down you can see knee-pads under his pants when he is going down.

01:51:40

medinauta

Continuity mistake: James is searching for an IED planted in a street when a taxicab suddenly speeds through the road block, which stops in front of James. James approaches the front of the taxi with his pistol aimed at the driver, then walks around to the driver's side of the car. When the shot switches to behind James, he is back standing in front of the taxi.

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Other mistake: In the opening scene when Thompson is walking down to retrieve the C4 to place on the IED there are several errors, first he is walking down the tracks then he starts looking around the area and you get his point of view at T:06:09 and he is off the tracks then back on at T:06:11. At T:07:19 as Thompson is about to pick up the trailer with the C4 you can see some tanks in the foreground which is inside the blast radius, as he gets to the IED T:08:00 there are no vehicles within 25 meters of him.

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ikre8kos4u

Audio problem: In the scene where James "forgot [his] gloves down there", the sound from the detonation just before that is incorrectly in sync with the explosion. Given that they are a distance away from the blast itself, what should happen is you see the blast first, then hear it say about a second or more later (based on the estimated distance).

00:48:50

Continuity mistake: During the sniping scenes, a fresh magazine is handed from the spotter to the firer. The magazine is filled with empty cases at first. The next scene showing a close up of the mag shows it now with live rounds.

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Continuity mistake: When James is opening his jacket he has his hand on the bottom of the jacket. Camera changes and his hand is in the air.

01:31:50

A Demon Premium member

Continuity mistake: When Sgt. James opens his jacket, he unzips it, camera cuts and he unzips it again.

01:31:40

A Demon Premium member

Continuity mistake: The circle that is drawn on Sgt. James' chest changes between shots.

01:09:50

A Demon Premium member

Continuity mistake: During the sniper scene, the amount of dust on James' face keeps changing.

01:04:10

A Demon Premium member

Visible crew/equipment: When radioing for confirmation, a crew member is reflected in the black guy's glasses.

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A Demon Premium member

Visible crew/equipment: When the Humvee stops and the guys get out, there is no-one around on the street. The one guy then says "where are the guys who called it in?" when he does, there is a reflection of 2 pairs of legs in his glasses. But no-one was there before or after.

00:13:20

A Demon Premium member

Visible crew/equipment: When the Humvee is stuck in traffic we see a bottle of water thrown at the car. We then get a look in the car and reflected in the window is a boom mic.

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Continuity mistake: At the start, the guy is putting the bomb suit on and the collar is down. Camera cuts and the collar is up.

00:04:45

A Demon Premium member

Revealing mistake: In the explosion of the opening scene it is apparent that cut scenes have been shot with several hours time difference because the sun has moved. This is best visible in the reflection of sun in the helmet and shadows of the vehicles in the background.

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Other mistake: In this opening scene when the robot is heading down to the IED the camera picks up the robots tracks as if it had already been there yet this is supposed to be the first time the team has investigated the area.

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