The Odyssey

Revealing mistake: When the monkey points up the hill and Odysseus keeps climbing, modern houses and roads are visible on the ground below.

Revealing mistake: During the battle at Troy, when Odysseus and Achilles are standing together surrounded by Trojan warriors, Odysseus lashes out with his sword and kills a warrior (just before Hector appears and challenges Achilles). If you look carefully you'll see that Odysseus merely swung his sword for show; it didn't connect with the Trojan warrior who fell dead.

Revealing mistake: The gaps between the boards of the Trojan horse are much wider in the inside than on the outside. This reveals that the soldiers are not really inside the horse, but on a set.

Revealing mistake: Achilles takes the spear that he later throws at Hector out of a dead person's body, but the spear has no blood on it at all.

Revealing mistake: There are two points in the film where Odysseus throws a flaming torch into the air. The first was when he was at Troy. The second was a throw at Scylla. Notice that these torches make exactly the same noise and move in exactly the same way.

Revealing mistake: After the sack of winds is opened, Eurylochus is shown grabbing onto a rope in midair, and the string holding him up is visible.

Revealing mistake: After Achilles dies and the Greeks are standing at his burial, Achilles is breathing for the first few seconds of the shot.

Revealing mistake: When Odysseus sees his ruined ship at Circe's island, he collapses near it and tries to uncover it with his sword. But there is already a small hole in the sand when he collapses in it that his legs fit into. This reveals the fact that this is not their first take of this shot.

Revealing mistake: Odysseus' men find the cyclops footprint in brown dirt, yet there are black outlines around it, showing us that it's just a footprint in plaster.

Revealing mistake: It's stated that Achilles has been killed. He then is shown lying face up on his pyre. But if you look closely enough (zooming in might help) you can see that he's still breathing.

Continuity mistake: When Elpenor says "We will not reach Ithaca without you" Odysseus replies "Yes you will" and hugs him. In that shot Odysseus' right hand is on Elpenor's back, but in the next as Odysseus says "It is I who am lost" his hand is on Elpenor's head.

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Tiresias: It is the journey itself that makes up your life.

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Trivia: The makers placed an animatronic head over a sumo wrestler's body to create the cyclops.

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Question: At the beginning of the movie, when the men are boarding the ship, a line of sailors are marching single file, nodding their heads up and down and chanting "Ahh-ah, ah-ooh" repeatedly. What are they doing this for?

Answer: It's a marching chant, sort of like an ancient version of the marching music we have now.


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