Best biography movie factual errors of 2013

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Factual error: In the scene where the Navy Seals are riding in the cars, the VA state vehicle inspection can be read from behind. It read "6 13" for June 2013. This would have been correct for the period the film was made, but not for the time of the incident.

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Factual error: Lauda is an Austrian. Yet when his name appears on scoreboards with his country abbreviation, it shows AUS, which is for Australia. AUT is for Austria.

Pier Pistocchi
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Factual error: In the final scene where Solomon was reunited with his family, the doors he entered the room through had Edwardian style leadlight glass. The movie was set about 50 years before this style.

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Factual error: The train liveries shown in the UK were well out of use by 1980. And the West Coast Railway (Company) did not exist at all.

Steve Everett
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Factual error: A number of press photographers are present during the trial of the Great Train Robbers and they take a series of photographs of the opening proceedings. No photographer has ever been allowed in a British courtroom for any reason at any time, ever.

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Factual error: When Jordan tries to escape with his daughter in the Mercedes, he pulls the parking brake with his hand (a hand-type parking brake) to stop the car, but that car (Mercedes Benz SL Class R129) is only available with a foot-type parking brake, making his action impossible. (02:43:35)

Pablo Tapia Lam
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42 (2013)

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Factual error: As Wendell and Jackie are driving in the car, Jackie turns the radio on to put a hiatus on their discussion. As soon as he turns it on, sound issues forth, but in the 40's radios used vacuum tubes, which required a warm-up period.

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Suggested correction: Once the tubes are warmed up, they will tend to stay warm for a period of time even if the radio is turned off. It's possible the radio had been turned on and warmed up before this scene.

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Factual error: In the scene where the young Helen Goff is traveling by train with her family, it's obvious that an American engine and coaches have been used, instead of a Queensland Rail locomotive of the era. None of the QR locomotives had flared smokestacks like on the one seen in the movie. The coaches are also incorrect - as far as I know, none of the Queensland Rail wood coaches had clerestory roofs with a set of windows in them like seen in the movie. When Helen looks out the back of the train, it's also obvious that the tracks are spaced at 'standard gauge' (4' 8.5"). They should be closer together, as railways in Queensland are built to 3'6" gauge instead. There is also no such company as the 'Queensland Victoria Railway Co', as marked on the coaches, as all railways in Australia are state owned.

Tbdanny
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Factual error: A concrete barrier is shown around the White House in the 1960's. This was not put into place until the 1980's.

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Factual error: When the seals are tumbling down the mountain one of them almost lands on a rattlesnake. There are no rattlesnakes native to Afghanistan or any other part of Asia. They occur only in the western hemisphere.

Dyke Howell
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Factual error: At Liberace's funeral, when the priest concludes his prayer, the congregation responds, "And with your Spirit." This response has only been part of the English-language Catholic Mass since 2011. In 1987, the response would have been "And also with you."

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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
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Factual error: The bikes used in film are Enfield Classics, which were introduced in 2010 and not available in 1960 or 1947. The engines are visible in 2 scenes (when young Milka meets his sister for first time in Delhi and when Milka rides to see his old home when in Pakistan) and are AVL engines, not the cast iron engines in 1950s bikes.

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Factual error: Assange rides a moving sidewalk at the Tegel airport (can hear the announcement over the speakers). There is no moving sidewalk in Tegel. (00:25:16)

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Factual error: There is a shot in the movie showing the outside front view of the Apple Head Office building. At the bottom of the screen it states the year (1981 or 1982). As the year is posted on the screen, a Chevy Cavalier drives into the shot in the foreground parking lot of the property. The Cavalier's style/shape and front headlights reflect that of a 1992-1994 model car - not a car from 1981 or 1982. (01:04:20)

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Factual error: This is set in the 90s, but in one of the scenes at Stevie's house you can see a Goodman AC unit that is a 2006-2011 model.

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Factual error: When Diana's father's surgeon shows Diana around the hospital, they end up in an operating room and they are both wearing street clothes. Problem is there are doors in every hospital where operations are performed and no-one is allowed past those doors without wearing scrubs, paper hats, booties and face masks, no matter who you are - they have to keep the operating rooms as clean as possible.

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