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Flesh+Blood (1985) Poster

(1985)

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Jump to: Anachronisms (4) | Crew or equipment visible (2) | Factual errors (2) | Revealing mistakes (3) | Spoilers (1)

Anachronisms 

The terms "scientist" and "science" were not coined until the late 19th century. At best Steven would have called himself a "natural philosopher".
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In the opening sequence, the Cardinal is serving communion in 1501. The "Flesh of Christ" he's handing out are modern communion wafers.
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When Captain Hawkwood is announcing to the mercenaries that Arnolfini is reneging on the promise of reward, the cannons that he is standing behind, as if ready to fire them at the mercenaries, are 19th-century "parrot guns" used during the American Civil War.
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There was no organized search for truth through skeptical thinking in the early 1500's. That came well after Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) first began to question the teachings of the Greeks (Aristotle, Plato).
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Crew or equipment visible 

In opening scene, a camera shadow is visible on the Cardinal.
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Toward the end of the film, a bright set light seen reflected in Summer's sword blade.
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Factual errors 

After drinking from the contaminated well, several characters immediately fall ill from plague. Plague by any vector has an incubation period of at least one day.
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Sir John Hawkwood is depicted as being alive in 1501. However, he died in 1394, 107 years earlier.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end of the film, a flaming ceiling beam falls and bounces in a way that belies its ostensible weight.
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When Saint Martin's statue falls, impaling the Cardinal through the throat, the false skin panel covering his throat gaps at the top. It opens in a straight line and is obviously false and not just the skin pulling down from the force of the blade.
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The escapee girl from the castle is said to wear a "cross of gold". However, if you take a close look right before she is addressed, it is clearly made of two bars of mirror.
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

At the end of the film, Miel kills himself by running himself onto his sword which is pressed against a wall. When he falls to the ground, flat on his back, there is neither sword nor blood. When Stephen jumps over his body, again, no sword or blood.
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