Corrected entry: In the film, Hal Moore repeatedly fires his weapon at NVA soldiers near the command post. In actuality no NVA soldiers got into the command post area, and Hal Moore never fired his weapon.

Correction: Artistic license, not a mistake.


This is still a factual error. Any factual error could be said to be "artistic licence." That doesn't mean it's not a factual error.


I don't think you really know the definition of "artistic licence" or "factual error." This movie is a dramatization, not a documentary. As such, film makers are free to use artistic licence to further the action and make the story more intense. Having Moore, for instance, use a gun that was made after the Vietnam War, would be a factual (historic) error.


It becomes a gray area and I agree the term "artistic license" is too much of a blanket statement that can be used to wipe away factual errors. Generally artistic or dramatic license can allow a film, show, or book based on a true store to have composite characters, fictional characters, or real characters doing things in dramatic fashion. But having NVA soldiers in an area they historically never were should be a mistake just like if a dramatization of Apollo 11 mission had a crew of 4.


Corrected entry: You can see the Black Rider's effects mask when he's asking the hobbit about "Shire. Baggins". There's a bluish glint on it.

Correction: Already listed and corrected. There's no reason the Ringwraiths can't actually wear masks under their hoods.


This is a mistake. The Nazgul do not wear masks under their hoods. The "bluish glint" described is consistent with fabric used for the post-editing process to create the darkness effect over the face of the actor. Behind-the-scenes footage shows that the actors wear the aforementioned blue face masks to capture effect, so this entry is correct.

No, it is not. This entry isn't correct. It was done deliberately in order to make them appear more scary and menacing. No mistake at all.

Behind-the-scenes footage are not part of the movie itself, and therefore inadmissible. Within the context of the movie, the Ringwraiths may very well wear some sort of masks (as they are to have covered every other part of their "bodies").


3rd Jun 2009

Tombstone (1993)

Corrected entry: When the Earps are in the Oriental discussing Curly Bill's acquittal, Wyatt relates that Judge Spicer said, "Without witnesses, you can't have a murder." But there were witnesses - Josie and Behan both were shown as eyewitnesses.

Brenda Elzin

Correction: If they were not willing to testify in court, then there would be no witnesses before the judge, and none according to the law.


That shooting had zero witnesses. It took place behind a place off Allen street. Nobody would have seen it.

John Caiola

In real life, the shooting took place in an alley. In this movie, it is in the middle of the street, where Josie and Behan are present.


19th Sep 2004

Darkman (1990)

Corrected entry: Whenever Peyton looses his nerve, we see a montage of images racing through his mind. The first time this happens, we see him screaming with his face bound in bandages. However, at this point, he has just woken up after being found, so he should not know he is burnt and wrapped up.

Correction: He has been awake or semi-awake for most of the time, and has listened to the doctors discussing his case. That is made especially clear in the scene where the female doctor is using him as a demonstration object to the interns. He does not know precisely how badly he is burned, but he knows he is badly burned on 70% of his body and wrapped in bandages. And before the procedure where his nerve canal got cut, he could probably feel a lot of the burns as well.


The film shows him waking up for the first time during this scene and displaying confusion and panic, so the idea that he's been awake or semi-aware of what's happened is complete nonsense.

Granted, he might not have been awake the entire time - but there is also nothing in the scene that says he goes from unconsciousness to wide awake in a second. He could have been in the process of waking up, which means he could have heard the doctor describing his case (which she does in the scene).


Audio problem: When Caesar and his companions come over to the lone soldier by the huts, carrying firewood, he puts the wood down and grabs for his gun. The sound of automatic fire is heard as he is shot, but when Caesar (the shooter) comes into view, he is carrying a pump-action shotgun.


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Suggested correction: Caesar shoots him just once, other shots were made by the man himself from his firearm.

The sound of a shotgun is very different from a rifle. It is quite obvious Caesar shot him, but the sound is still wrong.


Question: Why does Voldemort call Peter Pettigrew Wormtail?

Answer: Voldemort was a legilliman, someone who could read other peoples' minds. That is how he learned of Peter Pettigrew's nickname for his animagus form of a rat. Voldemort likely calls Pettigrew that because the name is rather demeaning, and he considers Peter one of his most lowly and cowardly servants.

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Answer: They call him that because it reminds them of how traitorous and cowardly he is.

Answer: That was the nickname he had been given at Hogwarts. He and his three friends, who could transform into animals (James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin), all gave each other nicknames relating to their animal forms. Peter becomes a rat, and since rats have hairless tails, they chose to call him "Wormtail."


But that does not answer why Voldemort of all people calls him by the name given him - in secret, mind you - by his closest friends.

Pettigrew could easily have told Voldemort about the nickname himself, and Voldemort chose to use it to imply that he was as close a friend to Peter as the others had been.


Except that Voldemort doesn't see anybody as his friend. Only as his followers to follow out his commands.

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