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(1944)

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Jump to: Audio/visual unsynchronised (1) | Continuity (7) | Factual errors (1) | Revealing mistakes (3) | Spoilers (1)

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After the operation on Gus's leg, the group is playing cards. The sound is the same audio from the card game earlier in the film. Ritt stays. Kovac takes three cards. You can see when Kovac supposedly says, "Three cards," his lips don't move at all.
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Continuity 

When Gus is chugging brandy, the amount in the bottle remains the same and does not go down.
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A curl of Connie's hair switches from being loose and blowing in the breeze to tightly pinned back between shots during the scene when Connie asks Kovac to fix the clasp on her bracelet.
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The fish bait is a large Cartier multi-link diamond bracelet. It is used unfastened, so hangs straight down when hooked to the fishing line. However, when underwater it is shown as a small, plain, ring.
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After Gus awakes from his amputation, the nurse has both arms near her at first. Then, she is leaning over Gus with her right arm outstretched in the next shot.
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After Connie helps the first man onto the lifeboat, she is holding the camera with her right hand and helping him with her left hand. In the subsequent shoot, she is no longer holding the camera and her right is wet and dirty.
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Only Charles holds Joe's family photo as they stand together. However, the close up shows Joe's hand holding the picture on the left, with Charles' hand on the right.
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After Willy catches the baby, the position of his right arm changes in between shots.
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Factual errors 

In the beginning of the film, a German U-boat crew member is floating in the water. He is wearing a life jacket with the words "Deutsches Reich U 78" printed on it. If they decided to print words on the jacket, Kriegsmarine" would be more appropriate. Also the U-78 was used as a trainer and never saw combat.
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Revealing mistakes 

When people call from the boat to people in the water, their voices produce a noticeable echo, revealing that the scenes are shot in a tank in a studio, not out on the ocean.
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When Connie offers to use her diamond bracelet as a fishing lure, the fish that swallows it is a carp, a fresh water fish, which would be unlikely to strike at a flashy lure anyway since it is a toothless herbivore.
The fish that is seen underwater going after Connie's gem bait is obviously being pulled to it by a line attached to its mouth, and never opens its mouth to take the object when it makes its "strike".
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

A stuntman, portraying Gus, is briefly seen standing in the stern of the boat before a wave throws him overboard, although Gus just had his leg amputated moments before and he was lying down! You can see that the stuntman actually jumps into the water before the wave hits. The "amputated" leg can also be seen tied behind Gus's thigh when they get him back to the boat.
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