Andrew Upton

4th Feb 2018

Suffragette (2015)

New this month Factual error: Throughout the film, the helmet plates worn by the London Policemen are the 1930's pattern with the George V cypher in the centre. In 1912/13 they would have repeated the officer's collar number in the centre. The helmets themselves are also British military pattern blue cloth helmets with Police fittings added, rather than the correct Police pattern ones.

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Andrew Upton

Continuity mistake: As Albert and Anna walk off at the end of the final gun fight, watch their arms. From the front they're only holding hands. They call the dog to them, and instantly the shot from behind shows them with their arms thoroughly wrapped around each other.

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Continuity mistake: When Luther Blair and Captain Larson have been captured, the rest of the crew return to the ship. Later, Dr Higgins checks his watch. When the crew arrived at the planet they removed their spacesuits to reveal their short-sleeved shirts, yet the close up shows the watch below the long sleeve of his space suit, not just his bare skin.

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Andrew Upton

27th Feb 2016

The Kid (1921)

Continuity mistake: After the fight between the Tramp, the Kid, the Bully and his young brother, our heroes retreat to the safety of their room. In the process the Kid drops his cap in the street and doesn't pick it up. When the shot cuts to the interior of their room the Kid suddenly has his cap once again.

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Other mistake: It supposedly takes three weeks for the space ship to arrive at the 13th moon of Jupiter. Yet the people following their progress back on Earth stay in the same positions and clothing throughout all this time.

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Continuity mistake: When Luther Blair rescues Captain Larson from his cell towards the end of the film they are both shown exiting the cell with pistols drawn and ready. When the shot cuts to the corridor outside both their pistols have now disappeared from their hands.

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Andrew Upton

Visible crew/equipment: When the monster supposedly falls into a pit behind the altar at the end of the film, look at the left side. The mat the actor lands on visibly bounces into view.

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Andrew Upton

23rd Feb 2016

The Kid (1921)

Continuity mistake: After the Tramp has found the Kid as a baby, he sits down by a drain and contemplates dropping the baby in. He puts his cane alongside him, so that it is at right-angles to the pavement (pointing towards the camera). The shot changes, and suddenly it is now parallel with the pavement.

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Continuity mistake: When Django is shown looking at various hats, he tries on a top hat. It is level on the stand when he picks it up, and when he puts it back it is now at a noticeable slant. After some dialogue the shot comes back to include the hats and the top hat has become perfectly level once again.

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Andrew Upton

20th Nov 2015

Sahara (1943)

Continuity mistake: When the German scouts at Bir Acroma are killed or captured, Gunn's men acquire a water cooled machine gun from their half-track. On the vehicle is a German 1908 Maxim in 7.92mm caliber. When it is shown being carried to the ruins it has now become a British Vickers Mk I in .303in caliber (which it generally stays as for the rest of the film) on its matching Mk IV tripod. And in a few shots showing the gun being fired from behind it is now a Browning M-1917 gun in .30in caliber.

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Revealing mistake: Melina is supposed to have been killed in the fall at the party, yet in the final version of events shown she displays signs of life right up to the moment her body is disposed of at the building site (twitching closed eyes, chest rising and falling from breathing, neck pulsing, etc).

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Revealing mistake: When Phil kills himself by throwing himself off the roof, in the shot of him supposedly hitting the ground it is painfully obvious that it is a dummy. Not only does it hit the ground completely rigidly but the wig on it even noticeably flies off on impact.

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Andrew Upton

29th Oct 2015

Gunga Din (1939)

Factual error: The film is set during the late 1880's in India. The rifles/bayonets carried by all the British soldiers and Thuggee Indians are American 1890's Krag-Jorgensen rifles. Presumably done for ease of supplying American ammunition compared to British .303 ammunition.

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Factual error: The red coated British Guards are always shown armed with No. 4 Lee-Enfield rifles. The film is set in 1887 - the No. 4 rifle did not come into use until WW2.

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Revealing mistake: When Ray reminisces about having fought the Germans in WW2, a flashback is shown with him fighting in a bunker. He is carrying a No.4 Lee-Enfield rifle which requires the bolt to be worked after every shot to reload. However, he is shown firing two shots in rapid succession without moving his hands at all, revealing the shots to just be flashes added after filming.

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Andrew Upton

28th Sep 2014

From Hell (2001)

Continuity mistake: Immediately after Abberline arrives at the yard where Annie Chapman's body is found, there is a shot of a photographer taking a picture of the scene from a nearby building. This shows Abberline's coat and hat already hanging from the fence. The shot changes, and we are then shown Abberline actually hanging them on the fence. After this, the position of the hat and coat vary in different shots, sometimes being very close together, other times with a noticeable gap between them.

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Revealing mistake: When Friar Tuck hits his head on an over-hanging branch whilst on his cart, it is really obvious his head comes into contact much earlier than the added sound effect and his eventual reaction would suggest. Plus the branch bends and flexes backwards an awful lot - it's not resistant enough to knock someone out as depicted.

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Andrew Upton

17th Oct 2013

Sahara (1995)

Revealing mistake: At the start of the film, Sergeant Gunn and another member of his tank crew take shelter in a shell hole as they are returning with fuel and spare parts. Watch the supposedly dead soldier hanging over the edge as they leap into it - he visibly reacts and moves his head.

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Andrew Upton

17th Oct 2013

Sahara (1995)

Factual error: The cap badge worn by Captain Halliday of the RAMC is the Queen's crown version, which didn't come in to use until the 1950's. It is also made of brass, when it should be in a bronzed finish for officers.

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Factual error: In the last British battle at Omdurman near the end of the film, the British bugler is shown wearing a Pattern 1903 bandoleer - not made until well after the film is set.

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