Around the World in 80 Days

Plot hole: When Fogg convinces the cargo ship captain to take him to Shanghai, he pays for the passage of himself and two of his colleagues. One of these colleagues is Aouda, but as Passpartout is not there, the other one must be Fix. Why, then, does Fix have to pay for his own passage? If you notice, Fogg seems surprised to see Fix on board.

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Suggested correction: At no point do they travel to Shanghai. They travel from India to Hong Kong to Yokohama. There is no scene where he negotiates with the cargo ship Captain. And he is definitely not surprised to see Fix. Are you sure you were watching the 1956 version?

Suggested correction: Just in case Passpartout does show up at the last minute? Also, knowing Phineas Fogg, he has probably already hired Passpartout's replacement and it is for him.

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Continuity mistake: When Fogg stops the Purple Cloud's propeller on the Alp after inspecting it, the fan he puts his hand on to stop is pointed downward at a 45 degree angle to the ground. But when it shows him coming around the corner of the vehicle, it is sticking out past the side parallel with the ground.

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Suggested correction: There is no such scene in the movie. You're probably thinking of the miniseries from the '80s.

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, when Fogg and party are on the Henrietta, there is a scene at the Reform Club. On each side of the big map, there is a chalkboard with wagers and current odds. When the scene opens, the chalkboard on the left is visible, and the odds are 10 to 1. The camera angle changes to show the chalkboard on the right, and the odds are now 8 to 1.

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Suggested correction: At no time in the scenes in question do we see a big map or a chalkboard with the odds at the Reform Club. There is a chalkboard with the odds at Lloyd's but in the only scene there at this point in the movie, the odds are blank. Like many other mistakes on this page, you are probably referring to a different version, not the 1956 movie.

Plot hole: The ship they missed in New York was headed for Liverpool, so they took one bound for Bordeaux, France. After the ship was commandeered, they proceeded to Liverpool, but with Fogg in charge, he could go anywhere he wanted. Southampton was about the same distance as Liverpool from where they were, and they could have docked at a point closer to, or even in, London, their destination.

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Suggested correction: The ship was not headed to Bordeaux. It was originally headed to Venezuela. And they didn't have time to choose a destination. It is specifically stated they only have an hour of pressure left when they spotted land. You may be referring to a different adaptation of the story.

Other mistake: When they are in San Francisco, notice the pianist. The keys he presses don't correspond with the notes he's supposedly playing. It's a little bit obvious that the music was recorded in advance.

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Sir Francis Gromarty: One thousand pounds for an elephant? It's outrageous! You've been diddled.
Phileas Fogg: Undoubtedly. But it's not often one needs an elephant in a hurry.

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Trivia: There was no balloon in Jules Verne's book. Thank to this film, most people now can't imagine "Around the World in 80 Days" without the balloon. (Gas balloon, not a hot air balloon as most people think).

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