Attila

Attila (2001)

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Continuity mistake: When Aetius is about to leave Rome, he tells Valentinian he's going to Ravenna to take command of the 3rd Legion. The banners of this legion, however, have "LEG XX" on them, which means this is actually the 20th Legion.

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Continuity mistake: From the time Attila became king of the Huns to his death, he does not age.

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Continuity mistake: When Attila has killed his brother in a duel, he claims N'Kara and goes raiding villages. If you look closely, you can see that he's already carrying the 'sword of the war god', although at that point of the story he hasn't found it yet. He finds it later, after N'Kara has died giving birth.

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Aetius' troops don't look anything like 5th century Roman soldiers. They are carrying a large rectangular shield, a pilum (a spear which was used for throwing) and a sword (gladius) on their right. This was typical for the Roman army until about the 3rd century A.D. In Aetius' time, the soldiers would have had smaller oval shields, a hasta (a lance used for stabbing and for fending off cavalry attacks) and a sword (spatha) on their left. Also, there would be an enormous amount of "barbarian" mercenaries in the Roman army (Goths, Vandals, even Huns.), so it was hardly a Roman army anymore. And where's Aetius' cavalry?

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Trivia

In the movie, a soldier called Petronius unsuccessfully tries to murder the emperor Valentinian. The name "Petronius" was probably chosen because in reality the emperor was eventually killed by a senator called Petronius.

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