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King of Kings (1961) Poster

(1961)

Goofs

Factual errors 

The wife of Pontius Pilate calls the Emperor Tiberius her father, but in history no daughter or stepdaughter of Tiberius has been married to Pontius Pilate.
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Anachronisms 

At the temple at the beginning of the film, a Star of David can be seen on the temple. The Star of David didn't become a symbol of Judaism until the Middle Ages, in Europe.
During Jesus' walk through the wilderness, he drops to the ground to suck water out of a cactus. Cactus is native to North America, and there are no cactus plants in the Mideast.
Near the end of the temptation of Christ by Satan scene, 2 power line poles can clearly be seen in 2 shots, in the upper right rear of a long shot of the desert and canyons.
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When Jesus is teaching people how to pray with the Lord's Prayer, it is said with the doxology at the end (for thine is the kingdom, etc.). The doxology was not part of the original prayer but was added at a later time.
When the narrator discusses the 3 wise men and they are shown traveling at night, there appears to be an airplane crossing the night sky from right to left.
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Mary Magdalene's vaccination mark on her left arm is clearly visible in the stoning sequence.
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Both Barabbas, and his Roman assailant, Lucius, wear modern day navy blue jockey shorts under their togas, which are frequently visible during their first encounter.
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The killing of the newborns in Bethlehem is carried out by Roman soldiers. In reality the Roman Army had no units stationed in Judea until AD6, two years after Herod the Great's death (when it became a full province of the Roman Empire rather than a client kingdom). Instead, the massacre would have been carried out by Herod's own troops, who were a mixture of Jews, Samaritans and foreign mercenaries.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Lucius is reading a scroll of Jesus' activities for Herod, Pilate, and others, he recounts the feeding of 5000 with two fish and five loaves of bread. The actor originally said "five" fish which was later corrected by voiceover so that the audience hears "two" on the soundtrack.

Continuity 

When the crown of thorns is placed on Jesus' head. In the next shot, Jesus has a broken piece of pottery on his head as well.
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When Mary Magdelene is speaking with the Virgin Mary at the doorway, she changes position every time the camera angle changes. Every time the camera is at Magdelene's back looking into the house, she is leaning against the door frame but every time the camera is in the house facing Magdelene, she is suddenly standing straight.
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Two boys arrive running when Jesus is healing a paralyzed man and then change places several times between shots.
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As Jesus is led before Pilate, servants are laying out a red carpet and setting up other decorations as we see Pilate for the first time. The carpet is left rumpled and folded on the stairs as the camera cuts to a close up of Jesus; when we cut back to a shot of Pilate seconds later, the carpet is neat and flat on the stairs.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The wire holding up the branch on which Judas is hanging is clearly visible, especially when it appears to fall (as the unseen crew lowers it).
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Factual errors 

At the Last Supper, when Peter says he would die for Jesus rather than deny him, Jesus tells him that before the "..cock crows twice, you will deny me thrice." (In that scene, Peter denies Him a 3rd time, and the cock then crows a second time.) The Gospels tell us that the correct statement is "...before the cock crows, you will deny me thrice."
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Revealing mistakes 

At the Sermon on the Mount scene, several in the crowd are making the sign of the cross. This particular form of the sign of the cross developed in early Christianity sometime later.
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As the Roman line advances through the mob, many people fall down dead without even being touched by a Roman weapon.
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As the Romans enter the city, the tops of their spears flap back and forth because they are made of rubber.
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When the Jews are storming the fortress, several are scaling a tower towards some Roman soldiers who fire arrows down at them. The arrow of the soldier on the left flies backwards out of his hands and he bends over to retrieve it.
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The lance that is thrown at the Jews during the battle sequence has a string attached to it.
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During the scene where Barabbas is escaping from the Romans after he has ambushed them, he is alerted to their presence behind them by an arrow skipping off the rock just over his shoulder. The shadow of the person off-screen who "throws" the arrow is plainly visible.
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When the big ballista is used in the storming of the fortress, the wire guiding it is visible.
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When Lucius is talking to barrabas in his cell he lifts up his leg to unchain him, leaning back has he does so, you clearly see the jail walls are soft and padded as it bends in and out has Lucius moves back and forth against it.
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