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El Cid (1961) Poster

(1961)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The little girl at the well speaks with the voice of a woman many years her senior.
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Character error 

Alone and on horseback, Rodrigo confronts a group of mounted guards escorting the prince to a dungeon. In response to Rodrigo's demand for the release of the prisoner, the captain of the guard laughingly says, "There are thirteen of us, and you are alone!" In the ensuing fight, Rodrigo, with some help from the prince, un-horses sixteen guards, and two remaining mounted ones flee, for a total of eighteen.
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The bearded assassin who kills Prince Sancho gets his comeuppance from the Cid outside the castle gates. The same character is later seen in the background during Cid's deathbed scene.
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Continuity 

After talking with Rodrigo on their wedding night, Jimena has a stern look on her face. With the next cut, slightly closer, she is visibly upset with tears already streaming down her face.
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When Douglas Wilmar's character is released by el CID at the beginning of the film Charlton cuts him free. Douglas then holds his hands up in thanks. Next scene he is being cut free again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At the end of the film, when El Cid rides out the castle gates, you can see the cheese cutter hat of one of the crew members.
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When El Cid and his army are charging down the beach at Valencia the tire tracks from the camera truck are briefly visible in the sand.
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Factual errors 

The interiors are far too bright for medieval castles.
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Revealing mistakes 

When he is fighting another king's champion, the figure of Rodrigo, as he is being run into by his opponent's horse, is clearly a motionless stick-figured dummy with Rodrigo's armor on it.
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

In one shot of the dead El Cid atop his horse, Charlton Heston can be seen to blink.
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In the final shot of El Cid's body riding away, we can see that his arm is moving, revealing a live rider.
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