david barlow

Factual error: When escaping with Ray Carter in Mongolia, the Angels drive a truck across a bridge and encounter a tank. The tank used is an old U.S. Army M48 or M60 with a red star painted on the turret - not likely to be found in Mongolia.

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david barlow

Factual error: All of the jeeps used by American forces are of post-war design - most probably CJ-3 (M38) models - recognisable by their one-piece windscreens. Some of them have been modified to somewhat resemble the WW2 model by moving the spare wheel to the rear, but most of them still have the spare fitted to the side further identifying them as post-war models.

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david barlow

1st Mar 2004

633 Squadron (1964)

Trivia: All of the members of the Norwegian resistance movement (the Ling) are ambushed and wiped out by the Germans on their way to attack the defences. This would suggest that Erik Bergman must have broken under torture and given the information about the upcoming attacks to the Germans - allowing them to know where and when to ambush the resistance men. So the Wing Commander's murder mission was a waste of effort (or at least too late).

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david barlow

1st Mar 2004

633 Squadron (1964)

Trivia: We can see that FLTLT 'Digger' Gillibrand (John Meillon) is wearing a uniform that is of a much darker blue than the other pilots. Australian Air Force uniform of the era was dark blue rather than the RAF blue-grey; and purportedly made from much better material as well.

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david barlow

Trivia: The detectives mention that only two of the claimants to be Elvis's children were found to possibly have a case. One of these applicants was Kevin Costner's character. When Zane (Kurt Russell) gets to his boat he says it's the only thing his Daddy gave him - and we see Zane moving a gold record. Was he the other claimant?

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david barlow

Trivia: Kevin Costner kills the guy driving the "Wombat Wagon" to/from Canada. The driver identifies the wombat as a small animal - like a hedgehog. As far as I know the wombat is unique to Australia, and it is about the size and weight of a decent-sized pig.

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david barlow

24th Feb 2004

633 Squadron (1964)

Factual error: A modern (1950s) motorcar is seen parked behind the Mosquito aircraft after they have had their special bombs loaded and the crew are just about to board prior to taking off on the mission.

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david barlow

24th Feb 2004

633 Squadron (1964)

Factual error: The Norwegian resistance fighters are in their truck and being chased by a German armoured car. The armoured car used is a post-war (1950s/60s) British Army Saracen APC.

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david barlow

24th Feb 2004

633 Squadron (1964)

Factual error: When the first Mosquito aircraft crashes during training the two RAF officers watching from the ground get in their vehicle to rush to the crash scene. The vehicle they get into is a post-war (first designed in 1948) Land-Rover.

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david barlow

21st Jan 2004

M*A*S*H (1972)

M*A*S*H mistake picture

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen - S11-E16

Continuity mistake: Early in the episode a tank is driven into the MASH compound by a wounded soldier (demolishing the latrine in the process). The tank is an M24 Chaffee dating from the mid 1940s - it is squat and angular in shape. Later on in the episode after the tank has been hidden under a tent Hawkeye decides to drive the tank into the camp dump (demolishing the new latrine on the way). The tank has changed into an M4 Sherman - it is a lot higher and more rounded in shape.

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david barlow

Question: One of the deleted scenes has a young soldier relating a story about one of his tough old SNCOs who was terrified of Plumley. This tough old Sergeant arrives on parade naked except for two Medals of Honor. Is this possible? As far as I can work out the last dual recipients were during WW1 - posthumously.

david barlow

Chosen answer: Smedley Butler and Daniel Daly. Both were awarded the medal of honor twice, and lived to tell about it. Both were also U.S. Marines. More info here at http://www.grunts.net/legends/butler.html and http://www.cmohs.org/recipients/double.htm.

Question: At the start of the film Drew (disguised as an African Prince) drags a guy with a bomb strapped to his chest from an aircraft. What was the bomber hoping to achieve? If he was going to destroy the aircraft - why was he interested in diamonds if he was about to die? If he was selling the device to the African - why was it ticking? If he was negotiating to be paid to not destroy the aircraft - what was his plan for escaping after he deactivated the device?

david barlow

Chosen answer: I suspect that like much in this movie, it was merely conceived to be an 'exciting' opening for the movie and logic played little part in its inclusion.

Question: Towards the end of the movie when Gunny Highway's men first learn that he is a Medal of Honor recipient they are all suitably impressed. Yet when he first reports to take over the platoon he is wearing parade uniform with all of his medal ribbons displayed. The very first ribbon looks like the one appropriate for a MoH - surely the young marines should have been able to recognise it? Is the MoH insignia able to be noticed on his uniform?

david barlow

Chosen answer: I can personally attest, when you see someone in dress uniform, the first thing you look at is their rank. No one really pays much attention to the ribbons, and not many people know what more than a handful of them mean. When you add the fact that Highway put the fear of Gunny into them at the first meeting and that none of them are all that bright, it could easily be overlooked. One thing that is wrong, is as an MOH recipient, Gunny Highway is entitled to a salute from anyone short of the President. Granted he is not the type to point out his awards either.

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