Shutter Island

Factual error: In the flashback, when Teddy was among the soldiers liberating Dachau, there is a semi-circular sign above the gate that says "Arbeit Macht Frei". Dachau had a sign with those words on it, but its sign was oblong. The sign at Auschwitz was that shape.

Factual error: The movie is set in 1954, but the pinball machine named 'Seven Seas' in the staff rec area was not actually released until 1959 - even the metal legs on Gottlieb machines would not be introduced until 1957.

Factual error: Two characters discuss a recording of Mahler's quartet for piano and strings in a minor. The manuscript for this adolescent piece was discovered by his widow, Alma, in the 1960s. Difficult to accept that there was a recording available in 1954 when the movie was set.


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