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The Passion of the Christ (2004) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Throughout the movie, characters speak Syrian Aramaic, which was used in the 7th and 8th centuries CE, not the 1st century CE Palestinian Aramaic they would have used.
As Christ is carrying the cross, soon after his mother talks to him, a number of large squashes are in the background. Squashes were imported to Europe only after European discovery of the Americas.
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Boom mic visible 

When Mary goes to clean the blood, as the camera pans over the bloody cobbles, the boom is reflected in the largest pool of blood.

Character error 

When Jesus is being whipped, one soldier counts the lashes in Latin. He pronounces 18 and 19 correctly, but mispronounces 28 and 29. He is supposed to say 'duodetriginta' (28) and 'undetriginta' (29) but he says 'vigintiocto'.
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While Pontius and his soldiers speak Latin, you can hear wrong pronunciations. They tend to say 'fachere', 'dichere', 'fachit' while they are supposed to say 'fatsere', 'ditsere', 'fatsit' or 'fakere', 'dikere', 'fakit'.
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Continuity 

During the first half of the scourge scene, Jesus' hands are dark and bloodied by his shackles. Then a dramatic close-up shows them nearly clean.
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In the flashback scene where Jesus kneels to draw a line in the sand, he reaches across with his right hand. The hand that actually draws the line is a left hand, with the palm facing away.
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As Jesus carries his cross, the blood on the cross disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Jesus is shackled to the post and his beating is about to commence, the Roman to his left is standing parallel with him. But when instructed to begin he is now several feet behind him.
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In one shot of Jesus on the cross, the cliff or bank in the background is falling before the "earthquake" starts.
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When Pontius Pilate talks to Jesus alone, he moves to the right of Jesus. In the next shot, Pilate appears on Jesus' left.
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During the sequence when Jesus carries his cross, he often falls down. His hand placement on the cross changes several time between shots.
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A shawl appears on Mary Magdalene's head between shots after Jesus, on the cross, says, "Son behold your mother...".
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The lead Roman soldier's teeth are yellow during the flogging scenes, white and perfect along the route to Golgotha as Jesus is carries the cross, and yellow again during the crucifixion scene.
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The loin cloth dripping in blood Jesus was wearing before he started carrying the cross changed back to a clean loin cloth as soon as he started his journey.
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During the sequence when Jesus carries his cross, the Blood of Christ on the cross disappears and reappears.
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Factual errors 

Just after Jesus' appearance in front of Herod, Pontius Pilate claims he had put down rebellions in Judea for eleven years. Pilate was prefect (not procurator) of Judea from 26 CE to 36 or 37 CE, 10 or 11 years. If Jesus was put to death in 33 CE, Pilate had been in Judea for seven years.
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When Jesus encounters the woman caught in adultery, she has wounds from being struck with stones. However, she was never stoned in the Bible. Jesus confronts her accusers and says, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone", and her accusers walk away.
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Portrayed by a white actor, while Jesus who lived in the Middle East couldn't be white.
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When Mary cleans the tiles of her son's blood splatters, the blood is still liquid. It would have coagulated, then dried in the heat.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Silk road traders from Mongolia and China used domestic Bactrian (two-humped) camels. It's unlikely, but not impossible, that they would turn up in the Middle East, the Silk Road's western terminus.
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Differences with the written source material, especially relating to artistic decisions, are not counted as goofs. Historical inaccuracies are similarly exempt, especially when caused by reliance on sectarian traditions or Renaissance/Baroque art.
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Revealing mistakes 

Satan is seen moving through the crowd while Jesus is being beaten. Jesus is the only one who is supposed to be able to see Satan, however, one man in the crowd follows Satan with his eyes as Satan moves past him.
Jesus' arm is dislocated in order to make his hand reach the nail hole, meaning that his arms should be fully extended and straight at all times. However on almost all shots of him on the cross, his body sags forward with his arms bent at an almost 90 degree angle.
Jesus' computer-generated brown eyes sometimes fade into Jim Caviezel's blue ones. This happens when Jesus is taken at Gethsemane, and again after Jesus has first taken the cross on his shoulders (before the shot with the donkeys and palm leaves in the background).
Before Judas commits suicide he puts his hands to his face. The makeup on his right hand is peeling away.
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Flipped shot: Jesus stumbles and falls to the ground while carrying the cross, his injuries are to his left eye for one shot. By the next shot the injuries have returned to his right eye.
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No matter what Judas does, he cannot hurt or stop Satan's demon children, who begin to harass him. Yet, as they chase Judas along a sandy stretch on a small hill, he scoops up a fistful of dirt and throws it back at the children. The dirt hits a child actor on the head, and he nearly stops dead.
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When Jesus falls down the steps while carrying the cross, the back of his left leg has no scourge marks.
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Flipped shot: when Jesus is whipped, before the Centurion says, "Pick him up," the swollen eye changes from right eye to left eye, then back in the next shot.
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When Pontius Pilate first enters the court and rests his arm on his stone chair, the chair wobbles.
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