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(1997)

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Anachronisms 

When John Brown and his brother have just been for a swim, they are drying themselves off on shore. Just to the left of his brother, there is someone windsurfing in the background. Windsurfing was not introduced in England until the latter part of the 20th century.
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When Brown quizzes the maid about what Queen Victoria is currently reading, she replies "Lord Tennyson". Tennyson did not become a peer until nearly twenty years after this scene is set.
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After the Mass of Thanksgiving at St. George's, Windsor for the recovery of the Prince of Wales from an attack of typhoid in 1871, all the royal carriages bear the monogram "VRI" standing for Victoria Regina Imperatrix (Victoria, Queen and Empress). Victoria was not created Empresss of India until 1876, when the "I" was added to the royal monogram.
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In one scene, a reference is made to Sinn Féin. Sinn Féin was not formed until 1905, four years after Victoria died.
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Character error 

The Prince of Wales says that his mother is going to have a bust "cast in marble," of Brown. Marble cannot be cast; it is sculpted.
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Continuity 

At Osborne House, Brown is standing on the upper terrace, below the second story grand hall windows, with the Queen's white pony, ready and waiting for the Queen's call to ride. Seen at upper terrace level, he is standing on the horse's right side, as the Queen is walking through the grand hall with her daughters, she notices Brown standing and waiting through the window, and pauses at the window to observe more closely, but now Brown is standing on the horse's left side, which appears closer to the window because of the angle of the shot..
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When Brown and the Queen are in a boat on the loch, seen from a distance, the vessel has a red flag flying aft. In following scenes shot in the boat, the flag behind the Queen is blue.
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Factual errors 

Disraeli speaks from notes in Parliament and again at the end of the film. The real Disraeli made a point of delivering all of his speeches - including those several hours long or involving complicated statistics - from memory, and he warned younger politicians against using notes as a crutch.
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When the Prince of Wales recovers from typhoid, the Queen commands that a Mass of Thanksgiving be held at St. George's Chapel. The Queen was a devout low-church Anglican/Presbyterian in England and Scotland and would have never ordered a mass. In reality, a Church of England Service of Thanksgiving was held at St. Paul's Cathedral.
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The Queen's doctor, speaking with Henry Ponsonby, is reading aloud from the "Court Circular Balmoral" which states "...on Wednesday he attended a séance where he was pleased to listen to a recital of 'Auld Lang Syne' by Mr. Robert Burns himself." This would not have been possible, since 'Auld Lang Syne,' a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788, and set to the tune of a traditional folk song, was published five years after John Brown died in 1883.
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Benjamin Disraeli is shown being British Prime Minister in 1866. Disraeli did not become Prime Minister until February 27, 1868. Similarly, Sir Henry Ponsonby is shown as being the Queen's Private Secretary before 1866. Ponsonby did not become the Queen's Private Secretary until after the death of Sir Charles Grey, the preceding Private Secretary to the Sovereign, on March 31, 1970.
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The scene in Parliament, preceded immediately by the on screen prompt "1867," where the speaker raises the question of the "Disestablishment of the Irish Church" did not happen under the government of Benjamin Disraeli, as depicted, nor did it happen in 1867 at all. Known officially as The Irish Church Act 1869, was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed during William Ewart Gladstone's administration, which was after Disraeli's first ministership (which ended on December 1, 1868) and before his second ministership (which began on February 20, 1874).
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the Prince of Wales is recounting the assassination attempt, and says the gun was a fake, he is clearly boasting and lying to make himself look good, and diminishing the importance of Brown's role and heroism. The Queen reacts and then announces the award she is giving Brown.
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Revealing mistakes 

Where "John Brown" is on his death bed and Queen Victoria visits him, Billy Connolly's banjo tattoo is visible on the edge of his left hand only partially covered by make-up.
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