Best biography movie factual errors of all time

Please vote as you browse around to help the best rise to the top.

The Straight Story picture

Factual error: In one scene Alvin is driving over a bridge on the Mississippi. He is going in to Prarie Du Chine but the bridge is in a different town, and he is going from east to west not west to east. The town he is driving into is Lansing, Iowa.

More The Straight Story factual errors
What's Love Got To Do With It? picture

Factual error: When they tour the UK with The Rolling Stones the film states 1968, when in reality it was 1966. They then perform "Proud Mary", which Creedence Clearwater Revival did not release originally until 1969, and wasn't covered and didn't become a hit for Ike and Tina Turner until 1971.

DARRIN
More What's Love Got To Do With It? factual errors
The Red Baron picture

Factual error: Although correctly addressed as "captain" towards the end of the film, Richthofen continues to wear the rank insignia of an oberleutnant (lieutenant).

Necrothesp
More The Red Baron factual errors
Babs picture

Factual error: Ronnie Knight is shown being released from "HM London Prison." There are several prisons in London. None of them is or ever has been called "HM London Prison" (or even the correct form, "HM Prison London").

Necrothesp
More Babs factual errors
The Two Popes picture

Factual error: Pope Benedict and Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio are hanging out in the room by the Sistine Chapel having a pizza and a drink together. The drink of choice is Fanta, apparently Joseph Ratzinger's favourite beverage. The scene is supposed to happen in 2012, but the label of the bottle is a more modern one, introduced in 2016. (01:34:20)

Sammo Premium member
More The Two Popes factual errors
Rocketman picture

Factual error: When we see Elton John's father Stanley in RAF uniform at the beginning of the film he is wearing other ranks' uniform. Stanley was commissioned in 1944, three years before Elton was born, and served as a commissioned officer until his retirement as a squadron leader in 1963. He should be wearing officer's uniform.

Necrothesp
More Rocketman factual errors

W. (2008)

W. picture

Factual error: Towards the end of the movie, George W. Bush is seen walking through the Cross Hall of The White House towards what is in reality The East Room. Behind him we see a large staircase with a plant next to it on the other end of the hall. These should not be there: that is where the door to the State Dining Room really is. In the next shot we see W. coming upstairs from a winding staircase that doesn't exist.

abelincoln
More W. factual errors
Molly's Game picture

Factual error: The mogul run where Molly has her accident is described as a 52 degree slope, when it should actually be a 52 percent slope (23.4°).

More Molly's Game factual errors
Telstar: The Joe Meek Story picture

Factual error: The Major and the band are (correctly) summonsed to appear before a magistrates' court for driving without insurance, but then appear before a judge in full robes. Judges do not sit in magistrates' courts.

Necrothesp
More Telstar: The Joe Meek Story factual errors
The Winning Team picture

Factual error: Players didn't wear numbers on uniforms at that time.

More The Winning Team factual errors
Fruitvale Station picture

Factual error: When Oscar's mother visits him in prison on New Year's in 2007, a mention is made of him having taken his daughter to see "WALL-E", which wasn't released until the summer of 2008.

Cubs Fan
More Fruitvale Station factual errors
Total Eclipse picture

Factual error: In the movie, it is depicted that Verlaine shoots Rimbaud in the palm; in reality Verlaine shot Rimbaud in the wrist.

windibd
More Total Eclipse factual errors
Coco before Chanel picture

Factual error: When the men are playing snooker, they are using modern plastic tipped pool cues.

Steveproj
More Coco before Chanel factual errors
Foxcatcher picture

Factual error: The helicopter flown is a Bell 407. The movie is set in '88 and the first flight of this type was 1994.

More Foxcatcher factual errors
Amelia picture

Factual error: When Amelia goes to George Putnam's suite and tells him to dance with her, she turns on the radio. The radio comes on instantly. At that time there should have been a delay of up to a minute or so, since vacuum tubes were in use and they would have taken time to warm up.

drw60a
More Amelia factual errors
A Home of Our Own picture

Factual error: After showing a picture from 1955 when he was eight, the narrator (Shayne) states that he was fifteen by 1962. The story begins with his mother getting fired from her job at a potato chip factory and making the decision that night to move the next morning. The family moves from L.A. to Kingston, Idaho. Shayne's mother Fran tells Mr. Moon that they (she and whatever work her kids do for him around the house) want paid "minimum wage plus 10%" to pay for the land and when she gets hired at the bowling alley she is told the job pays "minimum wage" (plus any tips, which "ain't much"). Idaho did not establish a minimum wage until 1963, a year (or some months) later. The narrator even asserted at the beginning "This is a true story. It really happened to me." (00:20:03 - 00:23:47)

WHAT?
More A Home of Our Own factual errors
Steve Jobs picture

Factual error: In the 1998 part of the movie, before the launch of the iMac, Steve is wearing his trademark black turtleneck and jeans for the presentation. At the actual launch in 1998, Steve wore a suit.

More Steve Jobs factual errors
Fighting with My Family picture

Factual error: The scenes set at Wrestlemania XXX (2014) were filmed at a RAW show in 2018 - fans are visible in the background wearing wrestling merchandise more recent than 2014.

Jon Sandys Premium member
More Fighting with My Family factual errors
The Disaster Artist picture

Factual error: The movie's set in the late 90s, but a 2015 Lexus and Audi are visible behind a girl when they first arrive in LA. (01:23:00)

More The Disaster Artist factual errors
Frank and Jesse picture

Factual error: In two, maybe three scenes, there are ring-necked pheasants. One is early in the movie as the Jameses ride past a butcher shop where ducks and pheasants are hanging up for sale. One is mid-way in the movie in the scene of the house- or barn-raising and big picnic. The movie supposedly took place in the mid-1870s. Pheasants were not imported to America from China until 1881.

More Frank and Jesse factual errors

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.