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Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Poster

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Jump to: Anachronisms (3) | Character error (1) | Continuity (1) | Crew or equipment visible (4) | Revealing mistakes (1) | Spoilers (3)

Anachronisms 

Peruvian Indians are dressed in clothes that were imported by Spanish people in 19th Century. The Aguirre story is setted in 16th Century.
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One of the main characters in the first part of the film, Gonzalo Pizarro, actually died in 1548 - twelve years before the film is set (1560).
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Peruvian Indians play a song called Valicha composed in the 20th Century.
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Character error 

When Pizarro sends off the expedition, he expects them to return in one week. However, when Don Pedro tells the men that they have to return by foot, he says that they could make it in two weeks "as Pizarro said".
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Continuity 

The raft caught in the whirlpool was circling all the time during the first day, but in the second day it stands still.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In one of the final shots, as the camera circles Aguirre's raft, you can see the wake left by the camera boat.
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In one shot where the camera moves around the rafts, you can see the crew's living arrangements (a bunch of rafts with huts on them) near the bank of the river.
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At about 1:22 crewman is visible (wearing a white hat) behind Kinski et al when they are pushing away the branches. He(crewman) is clearly not dressed like the Spaniards & Indians.
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When the conquistador is snared into the tree, the wire that pulls him up can be seen as the actor walks into the frame.
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Revealing mistakes 

The "dead" Indian slave opens his eyes as the horse walks by.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

Lope de Aguirre and Gaspar de Carvajal never went on an expedition together. The historical Carvajal died of old age in the city of Lima, not in a native ambush on the river.
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Plot holes 

How can Carvajal's diary (the "source" of the film's story) include entries from after his last ink was drunk by a mad crewman, and an account of his own death?
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Revealing mistakes 

The "dead" Okello moves his head in the final scene as Aguirre rants on the raft.
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