Best movie factual errors of 2017

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Factual error: When Leavey begins her training at Parris Island in 2001, she and all the other Marines are wearing MARPAT (Marine Pattern). In reality, MARPAT would have just been designed, and not manufactured until early 2002. The standard camouflage for Marines at the time was M81 Woodland.

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Factual error: When they get into Dr. Jame's lock box in the vault, inside is a camera. They turn it on and the video starts to play... despite the fact that it's been inside a vault without a battery charger for 13 years. (01:19:45)

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Factual error: When Willie is taken from the hospital to appear in a criminal lineup, he is wearing a special watch he received for his birthday. When you are admitted into the hospital, the first thing you have to remove is a watch and/or jewelry.

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Factual error: Just after feeling the explosion from the south tower, Eddie's watch shows 17:37 whilst others and himself are stuck in the North tower elevator. The planes hit the towers in the morning. (00:35:00)

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Factual error: Performing for Queen Victoria is the famous opera composer Giacomo Puccini. This happens during her sojourn in Florence in 1888. Puccini was born in 1858, so he was barely thirty years of age, but the actor portraying him, Simon Callow, is in his late 60s (and it shows). Moreover, he is presenting his latest creation "Manon Lescaut"; in 1888 he hadn't even started working on it.

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Factual error: Engine 463's firebox is seen in a close-up, revealing a cast in date mark of 1914. The caption near the start says it's set in 1892. (02:02:00)

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Factual error: In the beginning of the movie, during Lewis Carol's visit to America, you can hear them playing the melody from the song "The Yankee Doodle Boy" written by James Cohan in 1904. This was 64 years after the events in the movie. In the ending credits they cite this as "Yankee Doodle Dandy" which was written many years before. But, that was not the melody that was being played.

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Factual error: The existing Justice League members realise that they cannot battle Steppenwolf without Superman, so they procure the last Motherbox to resurrect Superman from death. Unfortunately, the crippled Kryptonian spacecraft lacks sufficient power to activate the Motherbox. The Flash suggests that, given enough distance to accelerate, he can use his super speed to generate an enormous static electrical charge to activate the Motherbox. The problem with this scenario is that, although the Flash may generate a huge static electrical field at super speed, he is constantly discharging that static electricity, as we see every single time he exerts his power. As Flash races toward the Motherbox, gigantic arcs of electricity (easily hundreds of thousands of volts) pour off him, grounding to the spacecraft's bulkheads, thus neutralizing the static charge. Meaning that The Flash is not accumulating energy, he is discharging energy with every step; so, by the time he arrives at the Motherbox, he should have no more accumulated static electrical energy than if he started ten feet away from it.

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Suggested correction: Under known physics, you are correct, however, The Flash can tap into the speed force, something that transcends known physics, which therefore makes his charging of the motherbox possible.

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Factual error: Tony writes a "postcard" on the back of a picture to Adrian and Veronica to an address in Cambridge including the postcode. This scene occurs in 1967 (we see the date on the letter he is responding to) but postcodes weren't in use in Cambridge until at least 1970.

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Factual error: Towards the end where Dennis Quaid makes his appearance, the location is Michigan. But all of the cars have Michigan plates on the back and front. Michigan doesn't require or even allow license plates on the front, only the back.

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Factual error: The black leather chair of the Home trust banker is more modern than the movie setting in 1922. (00:59:35)

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Factual error: In the movie the professor's assistant says thst the professor was in OSS in the great war (WWI). OSS was first formed in 1941 by President Roosevelt.

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Factual error: When the bank robbers pull the money out of the vault, they claim all the cash is from 1982. Yet most of the bills have large faces, which was introduced into rotation in 1996.

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Factual error: For a movie about the Amazon Basin, it is too bad they pictured many birds from the zoo or computer generated "who knows what." They used a Great Hornbill and African vultures (griffons or white backed vultures) - not South American. They also used computer generated white birds flying over River in "V." Could have been a flock of Cattle Egrets, but just was not right for them.

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Factual error: Allegra was said at the end of the film to have died aged 10. She was actually 5 years old when she died.

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Factual error: Before and during the Marines' arrival in Marjah, some of them are wearing Dust Goggles. These would've been first issued in World War II and continued into the early 2000s. The Battle for Marjah took place in 2010, by which point these goggles had been replaced by superior models such as ESS for some time.

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