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The Killing Fields (1984) Poster

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During the evacuation of the US Embassy, not a single Marine is seen with the cloth camouflage helmet cover that was a required item of uniform.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (2) | Boom mic visible (1) | Character error (1) | Continuity (4) | Factual errors (1) | Revealing mistakes (1)

Anachronisms 

When Schanberg and Pran visit the city of Neak Leung (which had just been accidentally hit by a B-52 strike) a group of Cambodian National Army operatives rush into town in a jeep. The song "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney and Wings is blaring, supposedly from a radio on the jeep. While the scene was to have taken place in May, 1973, the song "Band on the Run" was not released until 1974.
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At the village of Neak Leung, a soldier is listening to Band on the Run by Wings. The accidental bombing of Neak Leung occurred in August 1973; the album Band on the Run was not released until October of that year.
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Boom mic visible 

Boom mic appears from behind the corner briefly during the shot where Sydney speaks to Pran's son in San Francisco.
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Character error 

During the evacuation of the U.S. embassy, a soldier is taking down the U.S. flag and climbs back into the building of the embassy, but he forgets his assault rifle.
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Continuity 

When Dith Pran is in the French embassy, he is wearing his watch which he previously gave to a Khmer soldier in order to be taken with the American photographers.
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When Sydney is talking to Dith Pran in his room, Sydney's hairstyle changes between shots. It goes from neatly combed to hanging down over his forehead to neatly combed again.
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When listening to the news on the radio in the French consulate, a bottle of Champagne and a glass are standing on the piano. In the next cut, the bottle and the glass are gone. Another journalist then brings both items to the piano again.
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When Sydney and his team are taken into custody by the Khmer Rouge, their watches are confiscated along with their cameras and the contents of their bags. In the very next clip, Sydney is shown still wearing his watch.
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Factual errors 

During the scenes depicting the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, the Vietnamese airplanes shown are American T-33s and the Vietnamese tanks are American M-47s, neither of which would have been in the Vietnamese inventory. They would, however, have been in the inventory of Thailand (Royal Thai Air Force and Royal Thai Army), where the exterior shots were filmed.
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Revealing mistakes 

Throughout his entire trek through the jungle to salvation, Pran remains perfectly clean-shaven.
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