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(1965)

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Anachronisms 

In the scene in which Charlie Anderson talks to Colonel Fairchild about his mistakenly abducted son in the Union camp, there is clearly a white automobile being driven (from right to left) in the background.
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Anachronisms 

The locomotive on the train that gets burned is equipped with air brakes, which were not invented until 1872. Although the locomotive is mostly filmed at such an angle that the air brake equipment is not visible, a connecting air hose can be seen on the front when the train is stopping for the fire on the track, and whenever the train is stopped, hissing noises from the air compressor can be heard.
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The Confederate lieutenant who is calling on Mr. Anderson for his boys is wearing gold & black hat cords and similar acorn ends. This is incorrect; a lieutenant's hat cords were silver.
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The Andersons carry repeating rifles, which were available in the 1860s, but quite expensive, and also quite rare. However, the rifles carried in the movie are of a type (with a loading gate) not invented until 1866.
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There are power lines crossing the river, in the opening shot
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Crew or equipment visible 

During much of the farm sequences, you can see the distinct shadow of the camera.
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Errors in geography 

The bare hills and arid-climate flora in this film obviously indicate that it was shot in Southern California, not the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, which has a wetter and more temperate climate.
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Factual errors 

When Boy and Gabriel are found by the creek there is a young African-American soldier with the Union band. Then later Gabriel, a young African-American boy, is seen fighting along side Union troops. Free Blacks and former slaves did not integrate into Union regiments, but instead, served in all-Negro regiments.
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Dr. Witherspoon tells Charlie Anderson that one of his boys fell at Gettysburg at Little Round Top. No Virginia regiments fought on Little Round Top.
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In the battle where Boy is wounded, the manner in which the Confederate soldier loads his weapon is wrong. He would have used paper cartridges, not separate powder and ball. Unless carrying a personally owned weapon (which he is obviously not), a soldier would not even have a powder flask.
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When Boy and other confederate troops are being attacked by union troops, Boy is firing a Trapdoor Springfield rifle, which was not invented until after the civil war.
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Miscellaneous 

Immediately after the cow escape scene, as the lieutenant apologizes for losing the cow, a car can be seen moving from right to left over his shoulder.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the boy's battle the morning after his escape from prison, you can see the bayonet of a confederate soldier wobble revealing that it is made of rubber.
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Just as the fight is ending, and Mr. Carroll is about to shoot Pa Anderson with his gun, you see the Boy in the water trough about to make an attempt to grab him. However, the actor pulls back at the last minute, obviously aware that his attempt to grab Carroll is mis-timed when Jenny shoots the gun out of his hand.
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When Pa Anderson first emerges from the front door of the farmhouse, he casts a shadow in two different directions on the wall behind him.
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About two minutes into the film, the house in the distance is clearly a matte painting as the smoke from the chimney does not move at all.
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About 70 minutes into the film at the Union POW camp, the steamboat in the background is obviously a matte painting as the smoke from its smokestacks is completely stationary.
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