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(2000)

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Anachronisms 

As Carl is listening to his radio in 1952, he hears a baseball score of the Milwaukee Braves one and Brooklyn Dodgers zero. However the Boston Braves did not move to Milwaukee until 1953.
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When the divers are inside the sunken ship, the hose is taped. The MkV diving helmet was replaced by the Mk12 in 1979, and taped hoses were not used until 1984.
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The pay grade of Senior Chief Petty Officer was not created until June 1, 1958. Service-wide exams were conducted for eligible Chief Petty Officers on August 5, 1958. The first batch of Chiefs to be promoted to Senior Chief occurred on November 16, 1958.
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In the initial scene in the barracks a modern fire extinguisher is seen hanging on the wall in the background. At this time the barracks would have had either a simple water bucket or a more primitive extinguisher.
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When Carl Brashear is in his hospital bed, ostensibly in 1968, both Admiral French and Captain Hanks are shown wearing the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. This ribbon was not established until May 1980, and made retroactive only to August 1974.
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When Brashear is preparing for the final meeting to review his readiness to be reinstated, a US flag is visible in the background. It has 48 stars. In 1968, it should have 50.
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When MM1 Dylan Rourke is receiving his Navy and Marine Corps Medal in 1952, he is shown already wearing the ribbon for the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, which was not instituted until 1961.
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In several shots early in the film sailors are seen with striker marks for the rating of Missile Technician (MT), a rate which did not exist in the early 1950s.
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Continuity 

At the beginning of the final diving exercise, the big navy clock says it's 2 in the afternoon. A few hours later we see a diver coming out of the water Sunday says that he's been down for over four hours. But the subsequent scene shows the nervous Jo waiting for a phone call from Brashear, and the clock says that it's 3:40.
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During the hearing when Carl is taking his 12 steps, as he finishes step 3, his left foot is clearly on a black floor tile, as he takes step four, the left foot is now on a white floor tile.
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In every scene with a diving helmet, they screw it on clockwise. However, when they show Carl Brashear on the television searching for the H-Bomb, they screw it on anti-clockwise.
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When we first meet Jo, she says that she hasn't seen her father since she was 9 years old. When she comes to the navy bar, she tells Carl Brashear that she pulled her father out of enough bars and she couldn't do it anymore, etc. It's highly unlikely that she was pulling her father out of bars at such a young age.
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While Carl is putting his wedding band with his tags, he takes off his ring, removes his tags from around his neck and puts them on his chest and you can see there is nothing around his neck, in the next shot you can clearly see the tag chain around his neck, next shot is him putting the ring on the tags and putting the chain back around his neck.
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When Gwen is visiting Billy in the rehab center, during their conversation while outside, the length of her cigarette keeps varying in length.
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Near the beginning of the movie, young Carl's father is plowing a field. While insisting that young Carl go to school as opposed to helping him plow a field, Carl's father places the long leather rein that controls the mules pulling the plow over his head with half the rein going under his left arm. In the close up shot that immediately follows Carl's father having placed the rein under his left arm, the rein appears around his neck with no portion under his left arm.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Carl swims away from the warship at the beginning of the movie, bubbles from the safety divers can be seen popping up in front of the camera.
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Errors in geography 

The scenes that supposedly take place in Bayonne, NJ, have mountains clearly visible at times even though there are no mountains anywhere near Bayonne.
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Factual errors 

Everybody in the movie had embroidered name tapes on their uniform shirts and trousers. This is a relatively new uniform item and wasn't fully implemented until 1999. During the period the movie represents, names would have been written in black india ink using a stencil. (Sometimes just scrawled in really bad penmanship with a marker)
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The anchor device denoting rank on a chief petty officer was shown being worn parallel to the front edge on a long sleeved shirt worn with a tie. It was actually worn pointing towards the tip of the collar only on a short sleeved shirt with no tie.
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Carl Brashear recovers a Hydrogen bomb but the newspaper, that Billy Sunday reads, says "A-Bomb recovered". Hydrogen bomb is called H-bomb whereas an Atom Bomb is known as A-bomb, both in civilian and military parlance.
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When Carl Brashear is caught by the Soviet submarine you can clearly see that it has only one propeller. Soviet submarines had two propellers.
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The news report in the film states that three nuclear bombs were lost in the accident, with two being immediately recovered while the third was being searched for. It also stated that they were 50 Megaton warheads. In reality, there were four that were lost in the accident, with three being located almost immediately and the fourth being the one searched for. Also, the bombs were Mk28 bombs, of which the largest possible yield was 1.45 Megatons, not 50 Megatons, a bomb size in which no country has ever yielded, save for a 50 Megaton prototype bomb, called the Tsar Bomba, which was tested by the Soviet Union on Oct 30, 1961. Also, they were gravity bombs, which fall freely to earth, not warheads, which are carried on missiles.
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Miscellaneous 

The diving helmets used were not U.S.Navy Mark V helmets. They were actually a commercial model produced by DESCO and mated to a mark V breastplate.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Brashear uses a pay phone in a different way from the posted instructions, but in a way that quite likely worked (inserting his dime first instead of after the called party answers).
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Plot holes 

Jo's character seems to go wherever the script wants her to - it doesn't seem likely that a young black girl would walk alone into a rough Navy bar in a racist atmosphere, and it's hard to imagine how she showed up at Carl's dive test unescorted.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where Sunday is found guilty of assaulting Hanks and is handed his sentence, the camera zooms into Sunday's face and Sunday blinks backward (in reverse - twice). The scene was possibly shot with a view of Sunday's eyes and the camera was supposed to zoom out to see him sitting in the chair, and edited to play in reverse for the final cut.
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