40 Historical Movie Errors

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    • DoctorK

      Jan 10th 2011, 9:56

      Anastasia was not a Disney film. I find it suspect that you have a "quote" from them. Also, FIRST!

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    • freeenvio

      Jan 10th 2011, 10:14

      On 26 you say "What a cheek. We demand Guy Richie remake Apollo 13 immediately, with Dexter Fletcher planting a nice big Union Jack on the surface of the moon." The whole point of Apollo 13 was they never got to the moon!

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    • freeenvio

      Jan 10th 2011, 10:14

      On 26 you say "What a cheek. We demand Guy Richie remake Apollo 13 immediately, with Dexter Fletcher planting a nice big Union Jack on the surface of the moon." The whole point of Apollo 13 was they never got to the moon!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 10th 2011, 10:38

      freeenvio: What they are saying is that If you're going to be historically inaccurate then why not go the whole nine yards and completely fictionalise all aspects of the story.... I think

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    • Juliette

      Jan 10th 2011, 12:18

      Thank you for coveirng misinterpretation and misrepresentation as well as factual errors! Love the last entry too...

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    • Juliette

      Jan 10th 2011, 12:19

      Thank you for coveirng misinterpretation and misrepresentation as well as factual errors! Love the last entry too... Though I'd have included Saving Private Ryan as well, for ignoring every other nation that took part in D-Day - the way it starts and ends with the US flag drives me up the wall, given that my British grandfather was involved.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 10th 2011, 13:29

      I think theres a case to be made FOR historical inaccuracies, yes, U-571 was a travesty an insult to those who risked thier lives, but no-one really wanted to see Colin Farrell making goo-goo eyes at a prepubescent, in 'The New World' did they?

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    • spudmonkeysteve

      Jan 10th 2011, 16:04

      The practice was called pederasty, not pedastry, talk about historical errors. @freeenvio, I think you missed the sarcasm in that statement, the fact they were recasting it as the British going to the moon and planting a flag was a comment on the Americans playing fast and loose with our achievements for their own gratification

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    • Ratter

      Jan 10th 2011, 16:28

      I'm surprised Troy never made the list. There's a film that violated every history law in the sake of entertainment (which ironic seeing as how it wasn't even entertaining).

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    • DanRose

      Jan 10th 2011, 18:26

      freeenvio is American....

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    • Juliette

      Jan 10th 2011, 22:57

      @Ratter Troy doesn't count, it's mythology, not history

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    • Sarlacc

      Jan 11th 2011, 9:38

      "you know that French princess he's supposed to have sex with? The implication is that he gets her pregnant and she marries Edward II of England so its his kid. Now she was a real historical figure, that French princess. But at the time of the death of William Wallace, Braveheart, your national hero, she was only 4 years old. Now, Glasgow, Im not saying that William Wallace, Braveheart, your national hero, didn't have sex with her. You know, he probably did. If I look at my own background there's a lot of sexual opportunism involved. Im not saying he didn't have sex with her but if he did, and he definitely did, it would have been a far less romantic scene. Than the one enacted by Mel Gibson in the film Braveheart. It may have happened in a tent but it would still have been not a romantic scene. Because that would have made William Wallace, Braveheart, your national hero, a paedophile. A Scottish paedophile. The worst kind of paedophile that there is. Coming at you... through a bothy... With shortbread on its face. Muttering unintelligible sexual threats in a frankly incomprehensible dialect" Therein lies the genius of Stewart Lee

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    • TheSocialMapper

      Jan 11th 2011, 15:03

      The Black Hawk Down has several other problems, as explaining that it was a Peacekeeping Mission to which the Americans should not have gotten involved in peace enforcing. It was a UN mission not an American one. The political climate was not explained, to explain where all the hate and violence came from. not to mention the incompetence of Admiral Jonathan Howe in leading the "peacekeeping" force.

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    • firas76

      Jan 11th 2011, 17:32

      Sarlacc, we should take it easy in the dig on each other just for a bloody movie, as for braveheart I think the director himself mentioned that the French lady was like four at the time william Walace was killed, he mentioned as well that he fancied burning stuff. Gibson also mentions that longshancks was a great English king, But so was King John who the Magna Carta was drafted during his time. Black Hawk was not accruate as well even though it was like almost yesterdday yet I do understand why the reasoning and climate of the politcis not mentioned. Kings who did great things on the legal and judicial are usually potraied as ruthless and most of the times they are. Yet thoes who do nothing and spend their entire time at the throne killing children and women in the MEast are heros and Great kings . [Richard the lion heart and his family never spoke a word of English]. We should not take history lessons from hoilyood if we wanted to learn a bit about history we should read some books

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    • tonto

      Jan 11th 2011, 19:05

      Great research and a fun read guys.

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    • allykatharvey

      Jan 14th 2011, 18:52

      Thanks for this - great work! "Gladiator" and "Saving Private Ryan" are pet hates of mine for their fictions but "Braveheart" really takes the cake! When the "French" princess wrinkles her nose about "Zees Eenglishmen" she is speaking about French aristos who still couldn't speak a word of English! Whole thing made by a bunch of twits.

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    • Vianca

      Jan 14th 2011, 20:57

      i still think troy could have made the list.. an atlamtis..

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    • Vianca

      Jan 14th 2011, 20:57

      i still think troy could have made the list.. and atlamtis..

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    • Vianca

      Jan 14th 2011, 20:57

      i still think troy could have made the list.. and atlamtis..

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    • Toph80

      Jan 17th 2011, 1:20

      I am generally not the type of person to go making a comment on these things, but no. 16 - Memories of a Geisha, when you mention about her 'mizuage' and say about it was in reality nothing like the films portrail. Then you have to look further than the film for the reason for it being shown in that way, for in the book it was portraied in that way and not purely the Geisha getting a new dress.

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    • Gamistar

      Jan 23rd 2011, 19:36

      The perhaps more glaring error (beyond, uh, most of the storyline) in 300 in the implication that the Spartans were the only ones who stayed to fight when the back passage was discovered - there were 1,100 other Greeks (Thespians and Thebans) who stayed, at least 700 of whom died alongside the spartans who appear to have been airbrushed out along with the slaves.

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    • starwars4life

      Jan 29th 2011, 18:39

      This was good, enjoyed this.

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    • Yuchun722

      Jul 5th 2014, 15:58

      Pilate being well-meaning and wanting to save Jesus from the crowd is true, however, as that is how he is depicted in the Bible.

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