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They Saved Hitler's Brain (TV Movie 1968) Poster

(1968 TV Movie)

Goofs

Factual errors 

The first time Hitler's disembodied head is revealed to the Days in South America, it is beneath a large left-handed swastika (arms pointing anti-clockwise). The correct Nazi insignia (used elsewhere in the film) is the right-handed swastika.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (1) | Audio/visual unsynchronised (4) | Character error (2) | Continuity (7) | Factual errors (2) | Plot holes (1) | Revealing mistakes (5) | Spoilers (4)

Anachronisms 

There is a picture of President Eisenhower in Russ's office in CID Headquarters; however, Phil drives a 1962 Ford and Toni drives a 1968 or later Volkswagen, cars that weren't made until the Kennedy and Johnson administrations respectively. This reveals the scant attention paid to the original film's timeline when the later TV edits were done and the scenes with Russ and Toni were added.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When two Nazis enter the Professor's torture room, Suzanne gasps, though she is shown saying "Dave!" (a line from later in the scene).
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The instruments heard in the rock 'n' roll song being played when the characters arrive at Las Dos Palabras do not match the instruments used by the actors. This is most apparent when Suzanne stops dancing; the actor to her left is playing a trumpet, but no trumpet can be heard in the song.
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During Maria's dance, a piano can be heard, but none of the actors are seen playing the piano on stage.
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None of the characters' lips move when the question "How far does it travel?" is asked during Dr. Coleman's G-gas briefing. As the men subsequently leave, it's clear that no other characters were elsewhere in the room.
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Character error 

As David pursues Phil and Kathy in the village, Phil states that David's Luger pistol only holds eight bullets, but David is actually holding a Walther P.38 at the time.
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When Dvorak orders the soldier to get the car, the soldier performs an American-style hand salute to the forehead, rather than an outstretched-arm Nazi salute.
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Continuity 

Numerous early scenes switch from day to night, especially during car chases.
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Only Hitler's head is shown to be removed, yet while he is attached to the machine his shoulders are often visible.
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When Phil and Kathy put the dead man's body in the phone booth, the body is leaning so that his shoulders are resting on the far side of the booth. When a woman opens the phone booth's door a minute later, the body falls out as if its shoulders were propped up against the door.
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While David is pursuing the Days after they leave Presidente Padua's compound, David's car has both pairs of headlights illuminated in exterior shots, but the interior shots of Phil and Kathy show only one pair of headlights behind them.
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During Maria's dance, the proximity of the musicians to one another varies with the camera angle.
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As they leave Presidente Padua's compound, Dr. Coleman gets in Phil's car, yet he is shown riding in the other car during the ensuing chase.
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When the Nazis arrive in the canyon, the truck stops and the soldiers jump out and run into a cave. A minute later, the soldiers are inexplicably back in the truck.
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Factual errors 

Hitler's "German" dialogue in the flashback is gibberish.
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Hitler shot himself in the head. There would not be much of a brain left to save.
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Plot holes 

Kathy does not realize that the man sitting next to her in the car has been shot until she sees the gunshot wound, despite the assailant's car pulling up next to her car and firing a loud gunshot.
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Revealing mistakes 

Many "nighttime" scenes obviously shot in bright, shadow-casting daylight (with dubbed cricket sounds on the soundtrack!).
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Obvious stock footage - When Phil and Kathy fly to Mandoras, the airliner shown flying has a very different paint scheme than the airliner that lands.
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Obvious stock footage - the exterior shot of the Mandoras airport shows cars driving on the left-hand side of the road. However, subsequent scenes shot for the movie depict cars driving on the right-hand side of the road in Mandoras, and all cars have steering wheels on the left as is normal in a country with right-hand traffic.
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Obvious stock footage - when the Nazi generals arrive, the airplane shown flying is obviously bulkier and has a different engine cowling shape and landing gear configuration than the airplane subsequently shown on the ground.
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In most of the interior driving sequences, the hood styling and color of the car don't match the car that the characters are supposedly driving.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

The car that burns during the climax is obviously not the black Mercedes-Benz limousine that the Nazi officers were driving; it's a lighter-colored American car of late 1940s or early 1950s vintage.
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Factual errors 

When Phil attempts to shoot David and his gun misfires, the gun clicks several times as Phil repeatedly pulls the trigger. However, Phil is using a Luger pistol, which is a single-action design that can only be cocked as the action cycles; hence, after the striker initially fell during his first attempt to fire, the subsequent trigger pulls would make no sound.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Hitler's head catches fire at the end, the flesh melts off instead of charring to a crisp. Also, the model head only superficially resembles the actor who played Hitler in the film.
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The grenade damage to the Nazis' Aeronca Champ airplane is totally unrealistic. The Champ is built using a strong tubular steel space frame covered in fabric. A real explosion near an aircraft of this type should blow large holes in the fabric while leaving the steel space frame intact but exposed.

The filmmakers apparently unbolted the wings and wing struts, laid them on the ground, and temporarily attached fabric or paper scraps to them to make the airplane appear badly damaged without actually inflicting significant and hard-to-repair damage to it; if the fuselage and wing fabric had actually been substantially torn, repairing it would have taken days and cost far more than simply bolting the wings and struts back on.
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