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King of Kings (1961) Poster

(1961)

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Anachronisms 

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.
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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.
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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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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Lucious 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. But Lucious can be clearly seen to say "five" fish while the soundtrack says "two".
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Continuity 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 big ballista is used in the storming of the fortress, the wire guiding it is visible.
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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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