Burke and Hare

Factual error: The Lyceum Theatre, referenced in the film, did not exist in 1828 as it was not built until 1834.


Other mistake: When Burke & Hare chop down the tree to stop the coach, they hit the tree with their axes at chest height. When the coach approaches they have hardly made a dent in the tree and when they push to tip the tree over, it doesn't break at chest height, but the entire tree falls, arguably still fully intact.


Continuity mistake: In the "multiple dissection" scene Doctor Knox uncovers each of the four dead bodies one at a time. But, following a quick edit to the applauding students, in a closer shot one of the bodies is covered up again.

More mistakes in Burke and Hare

Trivia: William Burke did not confess to the crimes in order to save his friends and love. He was actually betrayed by William Hare who sold him out after they were caught.


Doctor Monro: And your new students, are they enjoying your lectures?
Doctor Robert Knox: Er, not as much as I understand they're enjoying your wife, sir.

William Burke: I had confidence in a fart once, and I shat all over myself.

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