The Book of Eli

Corrected entry: The first scene of the movie shows leaves falling from dead trees like it's snowing. If it was 30 years later, the leaves would have all long since fallen off. An argument could be made that the leaves are instead ashes falling. But the trees would not be smoldering after 30 years. Also, when Eli stands up, it's obvious that they are leaves are falling off him.

Correction: I didn't see any leaves falling off Eli when he stood up. No, trees would not have been smoldering for 30 years, but who says the fire burned 30 years ago? Forest fires happen all the time from natural causes. In a world this dry they'd be even more frequent.

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Corrected entry: When Eli is done bargaining with the engineer, the engineer tells Eli he needs a couple of hours to charge the "Fathom 900," yet it's still connected and apparently still charging, from what the engineer is saying, when Eli goes to get it the next day. (00:23:40 - 00:49:00)


Correction: The engineer was working for the antagonist. Eli shows this by telling the engineer to tell "him" that he made him do it.

Correction: Also... he told Eli that he "could put a trickle charger on it." trickle charging is less than 1 amp and takes up to 48 hours to charge a flat battery.

Corrected entry: During the fight at the house, Redrigde picks up a box that was thrown out of a window. Realizing its a bomb he drops it right next to the front of a car. The next moment the car blows up but the explosion of the car originates from the middle of the car, not from where the box was laying.


Correction: This "mistake" has already been corrected, and is listed in the corrections. The canvas wrap was dropped at the front of the car, but the bomb itself was tossed back behind the car, roughly where the explosion occurs.

Jason Sieberg

Corrected entry: When Solara stops to pick up Eli, the large metal sheet over her window is missing. The rest of the film it is back in place.

Correction: Right before the girl arrives at the house where she hopes to find Eli you can see that there is a slide on the metal plate that holds it in place suggesting that the metal plate has hinges on the outside of the door. By pulling down the slide the metal plate can be tilted downwards like is also common on army vehicles. This is why you don't see it in the following scene. She has taken it down in order to better look for Eli.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Solara is being taken back by the bad guys, one of them take out Eli's machete and places it on the dashboard. After the car flips over, she manages to get the machete (because it couldn't have stayed on the dashboard) and stab the bad guy in a matter of seconds. If the car flips, that machete could have gone anywhere.

Correction: Yes, it could have. Lucky for Solara, "anywhere" includes "within arm's reach". Which is where it wound up.

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Corrected entry: When Denzel meets up with the woman with the shopping cart close to the beginning, he walks through a tunnel. It shows a few shots of him and the woman talking; during some of these shots, the entire tunnel disappears from behind him.

Correction: It's an overpass, not a tunnel, and the approaches from both sides have been destroyed/eroded leaving only the arch. The different angles wouldn't always show the arch.


Corrected entry: SPOILER: There are many many clues as to Eli's character being blind throughout the entire movie; he bumps into a table, he felt around for the boots on the body, he heard the rat, he said "you have to come to me", when the woman said he'd have to say something or come to her, he scratches his shirt (and finds out she too is blind), he says he travels by faith not by sight, he counts the clicks on the iPod to get to a song, he fiddles with the iPod because he cannot see the battery is low, he asks the shopkeeper if he has his trigger off of the gun, he's always listening to birds/people, he doesn't shoot until he's shot at, he says he can smell people (the ambush), he says he "didn't see the (no trespassing) sign" at the old folks house, he heard the china rattling so he knew that they eat humans, etc.

Correction: The reference to walk by faith and not by sight was not because of his blindness, he was simply quoting scripture (2 Corinthians 5:7). It does make it a little humorous and ironic that he says it though.

The scripture is both ironic and true. Eli says in the movie "I am not a Liar" and he always phrases things so he doesn't say anything that would be misunderstood.

Corrected entry: In the scene at George and Martha's house, Carnegie calls for Eli to throw out the book. A wrapped object is thrown out of the second story window and lands a few feet in front of one of the gang's cars. Redridge picks up, unwraps, and opens the object, and, hearing a click, throws it back on the ground in front of the car, running away from it. . In the next shot, there is an explosion, not where the object lays in front of the car, but from the side of the car opposite the camera.


Correction: Actually, if you watch the scene again, after the guy unwraps the book and hears the click after opening it, he drops the cloth straight on the ground, and while turning to run, he does indeed toss the explosive behind the car in question. If you look while he opens it, they are between the set of vehicles, so I would have to declare this "Mistake", NOT a "Mistake"


Corrected entry: Didn't anyone else notice that his eyes were perfectly fine and brown? If he was blind the whole time (and in the end his eyes were white), why are his eyes brown when we takes off his shades and looks out the window and look up at the sun? Doesn't make sense.


Correction: This is a question, not a mistake. They never say how he became blind. If his blindness was caused by a severed optic nerve, for example, there would be no change in the eye's external appearance. Many blind people don't have deformity or discoloration on their eyes.

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Correction: He is blind but in the novel for which the movie is based, our hero is blind but given sight to carry out the mission.

Corrected entry: When Eli and Solaris are on the boat and the guard from Alcatraz yells down, Eli states that he has a KJV (King James Version) of the bible. After the bible has been printed the cover says NKJV (New King James Version) there are some differences in the translation.


Correction: The quotes were all NKJV as well. Eli simply misspoke when he called it KJV.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie (near the 101 minute mark) while quoting verse 2 from memory of the King James Bible the words "was hovering" is quoted. The word should have been "moved."Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Correction: Eli calls the book a KJV, but it's actually NKJV. Even the printed cover of the books calls it so. Eli simply misspoke.

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Corrected entry: Ever wonder why the shopkeepers in Carnegie's town always ask to see Eli's hands before serving him? It is never explained in the film, but the reason is to check to see if Eli is a cannibal. Those who eat human meat develop symptoms similar to that of a crystal meth addict, the most notable being shaky hands. This is also how Eli knows that the old couple are cannibals, as the old woman carrying the tea shakes worse than the old man in the Tomb Raider tutorial (who also carries tea).


Correction: This is not trivia as it is discussed in the film. It is explicitly stated that shaky hands are a sign of cannibalism.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: There is almost no way Eli could have a working iPod. It isn't a matter of whether or not they can charge it or not, rather that after a nuclear holocaust the EMP caused by the nukes would have fried any electronics. The only conceivable way it would have a chance of working is if the iPod was in a Faraday cage or something similar, and even then after 30 years of wear the iPod itself would itself have to be holy to be working. Even then it would only have a 5 minute battery life.

Correction: Only a high orbit nuclear blast sets off an EMP blast strong enough to permanently destroy electronic equipment. Further, electronic equipment that is completely shut off is much more resilient to EMP. Thirdly, the iPod could have been far from any nuclear blast at all. No need for any addition protection of the iPod. On the case of the battery, it has probably been changed more than once in those 30 years.

Factual error: The type of book that Eli is protecting would actually be just a fragment. The complete Bible, in braille, occupies as many as 18 volumes.

More mistakes in The Book of Eli

Eli: In all these years I've been carrying it and reading it every day, I got so caught up in keeping it safe that I forgot to live by what I learned from it.

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Trivia: When Eli and Solara are in his room for the night there is a movie poster on the wall behind them for a similar post apocalyptic movie. "A Boy and His Dog". In Eli the survivors protect themselves from the sun's rays and in "A Boy and His Dog" they flee underground to hide from the sun.

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