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3rd Jul 2020

Flightplan (2005)

Factual error: Jodie Foster states that as a propulsion engineer, she knows the internal structure of the plane by heart and has worked extensively on it. The problem with that is that propulsion engineers work on the jet engines - which are all on the outside of the plane, on the wings. Sure, a propulsion engineer might have some basic knowledge of the plane's interior design and engineering, but the in-depth knowledge she claims comes from her job simply isn't right - that's the job of avionics engineers.

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3rd Jul 2020

Flightplan (2005)

Plot hole: Gene's plot has far too many holes for it to have had any chance of working in real life. He somehow must get himself assigned to that particular flight (OK, maybe as a flight marshal he could persuade his superiors to assign him to it) - but also hope that the air stewardess Stephanie is also assigned to that flight - something he has no control over. He then needs to push Jodie Foster's husband off a building, hope the corpse is taken to the only morgue in the city with a crooked morgue director, hope the coffin is assigned to the flight he is on. On top of that, he needs to get explosives into a coffin, the combination of which he actually says he doesn't know. He also needs to hope no-one notices the child, the child doesn't make a noise while boarding, there are lots of spare seats on this inaugural flight, and that mother and daughter move to them.

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The Veiled Lady - S2-E2

Plot hole: When Poirot and Hastings break into the house, they search the entire house for the box, without success. However, later on, when they are in the kitchen, the housekeeper comes down the stairs - having been lying in wait for them. How did Poirot not run into her when he was initially searching upstairs, particularly when he was making such a thorough search?

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11th Oct 2019

The Sopranos (1999)

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A Hit is a Hit - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: The scene where Hesh and Massive Genius are sitting down and drinking. Massive Genius has just requested that Hesh pay reparations money. Paulie then steps forwards, aggressively demanding "or what?" Behind him, Chris is standing by the white pillar. However, two shots and 2 seconds later, when the camera cuts back to Tony's holding Paulie back, Chris has completely disappeared from the veranda - he is neither behind Paulie or Silvio.

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Factual error: The Saint picks up a newspaper, and reads an article that is, according to the headline, about the murder of the Englishman he met the previous night. However, if you actually translate the Italian in the body of the article, it is talking about an industrial fire on a ship.

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Character mistake: At the beginning of the film, Matt arrives at Paddington station in West London. He needs to meet his sister who lives in Chelsea - also in West London. However, for some bizarre reason he gets to her via meeting at Bank station - in east London. It makes no sense why he would make such a convoluted journey. Even if as a tourist he simply doesn't know London well enough to make a more efficient journey, his sister - who lives there - would correct him when arranging a meeting point.

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Continuity mistake: The scene where Carver is writing the newspaper headline, he changes it from "British sailors killed" to "British sailors murdered." The camera then cuts to a close up of his face, and reflected in his glasses we see the other page (with the headline in different languages). The top text box changes so it has two rows of text. However, when the camera cuts back as Stamper calls in, there is mysteriously only one line of text again.

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Factual error: Carver successfully frames the Chinese airforce for sinking the HMS Devonshire, making everyone believe that they torpedoed the ship. The problem with this is that the Nanchang Q-5 can't carry torpedos.

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Character mistake: Both the stealth boat captain and the British captain of the HMS Devonshire refer to the Chinese aircraft flying overhead as MiGs. However, the aircraft are in fact Nanchang Q-5s.

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Continuity mistake: In the establishing shot of the guy whose tie Bond subsequently pins to the bar in the casino, Bond's X-Ray sunglasses reveal he is carrying three weapons: a revolver and a knife on his left side, and on his right side a submachine gun. When Bond later uses the knife to pin the guy's tie to the bar and kicks his legs out from under him, his jacket falls open. We see the revolver, which Bond removes and gives to the barman. However, the submachine gun has mysteriously disappeared.

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16th Nov 2017

The Last Supper (1995)

Other mistake: At the end of the play, Arbuthnot picks up a newspaper in the dining room and reads an article with a headline about disappearing local people (referring to those the graduates have killed). However, the actual body of text in the article is talking about politicians voting to halt construction of a new Hadron Collider.

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27th Jun 2017

Layer Cake (2004)

Factual error: The scene at the start of the film shows XXXX and his assistant making drugs. In the voice-over, XXXX mentions that his assistant has a double first in industrial chemistry from Cambridge, and is doing this job to pay off his student debt. This is wrong on a number of levels. First of all, there is no such subject as industrial chemistry to study at Cambridge, nor has there ever been such a subject. Only Chemistry is taught. Secondly, Chemistry is a single honours subject: you would only get at best a first in it, not a double first. "Double first" means you scored top marks in two separate subjects you study - for example if you read French and Spanish together, that would be double honours. This is not the case however for chemistry. Lastly, the statement about paying off student debt makes no sense given the film was set in Britain. At the time, student fees were no more than £3000 a year ($3800) so in a four year course you would end up paying only £12000 ($15200), plus living expenses. But loans are only repaid once you're earning above a certain limit, and then proportionally to your income - they're not "due" like a standard loan. It therefore makes no sense for the assistant to be working such a dangerous and illegal job if all he wishes to do is pay off his student debt - he has evidently worked with XXXX for a long time given how much XXXX trusts him.

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Factual error: In the Oxford scene, Bond is in bed with the Danish professor in the New Buildings wing of New College. The problem is that all the rooms in the New Buildings are student rooms and have always been so since they were built - no professors live or teach in this building. The professors are on the other side of college.

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Factual error: In the scene with Bond in Oxford, the audience sees an aerial shot of the college he is supposedly studying Danish in. The college shown is Brasenose. However, in the next shot showing the college courtyard, the college has magically switched to New College - 10 minutes' walk from Brasenose.

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Plot hole: There is no reason whatsoever for Jim to have brought the bible from the hotel with him. Max says that Job never quotes scripture in his messages, so he has no reason to bring the bible. The only biblical reference is job 3:14, and that is simply a phrase to remember: having the bible with you will not help you remember it in any way.

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8th Sep 2016

Blood Diamond (2006)

Stupidity: Captain Poison has a fairly good idea of where Solomon buried the diamond. We know this since when he leads the captured Solomon to the spot, there are already several holes dug looking for it. Despite knowing roughly where the diamond is - down to a relatively small area - he makes no serious effort to excavate the ground, instead contenting himself with a handful of incredibly shallow holes.

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16th Aug 2016

Blood Diamond (2006)

Factual error: At the end of the film when Solomon is in London we see a bendy bus behind him. The problem with this is that the film is set in the late 90s, but bendy buses were only introduced in London in 2001.

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16th Aug 2016

Blood Diamond (2006)

Factual error: Throughout the film Danny Archer wears a Breitling Chrono Avenger. The problem with this is that the film is set in the late 90s but the Chrono Avenger was only released in 2001.

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16th Aug 2016

Blood Diamond (2006)

Other mistake: At the start of the film Danny is caught trying to smuggle diamonds into Liberia. The Liberian border guards catch him, but somehow he ends up in a Sierra Leone prison instead of a Liberian one.

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5th Oct 2015

Slaughter High (1986)

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Continuity mistake: In the introductory scene, when Carol tells Marty she is wet all over, we see that Marty is wearing black underwear. In the very next shot the underwear has mysteriously disappeared.

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