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(2006)

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Jump to: Anachronisms (7) | Audio/visual unsynchronised (5) | Character error (2) | Continuity (11) | Errors in geography (6) | Factual errors (2) | Miscellaneous (1) | Plot holes (3) | Revealing mistakes (1) | Spoilers (5)

Anachronisms 

An arrival scene at Cape Town International Airport shows yellow posters in the background advertising 3G video cellphones. Such technology was definitely not on the market when the story was set.
In the G-8 Conference on Diamonds,Belgium shown in the beginning, most of the participants are seen using modern day laptops. Also shown are modern day LCD monitors which were not in market during the late 1990s when the film is supposed to take place.
In the scene in Kono, one of the child soldiers is seen with a Game Boy Advance SP, which was released in 2003.
Danny Archer wears Magnum Desert Operations Series boots, which were introduced by Hi-Tec Sports USA Inc. in 2003.
The GPS unit that Archer has in his hand while calling for the air strike is from the Garmin GPSMAP 60 series, which was first introduced in mid-2004.
The plane seen early in the movie, a Gippsland GA8 Airvan, was not available for export sale during the late 1990s when the film is supposed to take place.
When Danny arrives to do business with Commander Zero, he encounters Rambo, who wears a Snoop Dogg Afroskull Tee under his military green shirt. This piece was fabricated by Alstyle Apparel & Activewear in 2004.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Solomon enters the rebel camp to find Dia, Archer, armed with a Kalashnikov taken from a sentry, moves into position to cover him. Once in a position with cover, his rifle is heard cocking, yet his hands do not move.
Maddy uses a Leica 35mm M6 rangefinder camera with a 35mm f1.4 lens. When she shoots, the soundtrack clearly uses a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) noise. The distinctive sound is because a mirror is tripped when an SLR takes a picture. The Leica M6 is a focal plane leaf shutter and makes a very different and quieter noise. She also takes a picture of Danny Arhcer at about 2 feet away, yet this lens and camera can not focus below 5 feet.
During the attack by the Sierra Leone government troops on the mining camp, a rebel is seen firing a Kalashnikov rifle, but the sound is clearly that of an M16.
As Archer draws his pistol, the sound of the hammer cocking is heard, yet when shown from the side, the hammer is at rest.
A Mil-8 helicopter flies over Danny and Solomon. The sound is definitely not one of the Mil-8.

Character error 

In the Freetown prison, there is a tattoo on Danny Archer's right shoulder of the SADF 32 Battalion's badge. While it has the Cape Buffalo and two crossed arrows, the two scrolls with the battalion's motto - "Proelio Procusi" - are missing. The arrows are also misplaced. In the tattoo, the arrowheads are directly underneath the tips of the buffalo's ears, while the actual badge had the heads directly under the bases of the ears, where the ears met the animal's head. The arrows were placed where the scrolls should have been.
In the scene where Archer is talking to Maddy about what the word is the Shona people had for him, he says they called him "Mukiwa", which is Ndebele - the Shona word would be "Murungu".

Continuity 

When Danny is talking to Maddy at night and drinking out of the plastic jug he hands it to her with the cap off, yet when he hands it to Maddy, the red lid is screwed on.
When Solomon is carrying the child back to the van, in the scene where the journalist jump out of the van to report on a roadside attack, the child's arm position changes a few times, from around Solomon's neck to his side, and back again.
At the orphanage, Danny and the caretaker are sitting on the porch, drinking beer. First Danny is drinking from the bottle but suddenly he appears with the bottle in his hand on his knee.
When Archer is talking to Maddy before leaving with the group of journalists, he puts his hand on her right shoulder and she shakes his hand off of her left shoulder in the next shot.
When Solomon goes to hide the diamond for the first time, he is seen bending down to take the diamond from his toes. When he opens his toes up, there is nothing there before it cuts to him pulling the diamond from his toes.
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When Archer gives Solomon Maddy's business card it is tattered enough to fold in half. In the shot showing Solomon receiving the card from Archer it isn't folded anymore.
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When Maddy and Danny dance on the beach bar, on one scene she holds her hand around Danny's neck and on the next she does not.
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When RUF raids Solomon Vandy's village, RUF soldiers start chopping people's hands. At this scene, the RUF commander shoots a person who tries to run. After that, he explains their motive to the second person. At this time he has a sword in his right hand and a book in his left. From the back camera, the sword is in the left hand, and the book is absent. Also from this point, the book goes in and out of the commander's pocket every now and then till the next scene.
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When Solomon meets up with his family in London, Dia stops and stands several feet away from Solomon, but in the next shot, Dia is close enough that Solomon can put his arm out to reach him.
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When Danny is talking to Maddy at the bar, he puts a cigarette in his mouth to light. In the next shot the cigarette is back in his hand.
When Solomon and Archer are fighting, as Solomon picks up Archer, Archer's pistol is not loaded with a magazine. Yet when Archer breaks Solomon's hold, and draws his pistol, it apparently is loaded.

Errors in geography 

Throughout the movie, the vehicles are driven on the left side of the road. Sierra Leone drives on the right, while filming locations South Africa and Mozambique drive on the left.
The GPS coordinates of the rebel camp that Danny Archer gave when he called in the air strike puts the camp somewhere in the southeastern Sudan, near the Ethiopian border - on the other side of the African continent from Sierra Leone.
When the sun is seen rising over Freetown, it rises over the ocean. Freetown is in Western Africa, where the sun rises over the continent to the east.
Despite the location filming in Africa, several North American birdsongs can be recognized in the soundtrack, including Downy Woodpecker, Black-throated Green Warbler and Eastern Wood Pewee.
Cheetahs aren't native to Sierra Leone nor any of its neighboring countries.
When Solomon and Archer are fighting overhead power lines can be seen. However, there are no power lines or utility poles on the road they follow through the jungle. These power lines appear twice during the fight.
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Factual errors 

The mercenary intervention in the Sierra Leone civil war (Executives Outcomes PMC) began in May, 1995 and ended in January, 1997. They were long since gone by the time of the RUF invasion of Freetown in January 1999 when the movie is set. It was actually a combination of British and UN troops who brought the war to an end in 2001. Possibly made deliberately to avoid associating EO with the fictional mercenaries, whose activities were much more sinister.
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When Danny tells Maddy the "story", he, among other things, says: "By the time they get to India... they become like any other diamonds". Two goofs in one. First - diamonds cannot "become like any other diamonds". Crystal structure, color, shape - any diamondeer can tell where the diamonds come from. And second - India and Indonesia specialize on the smallest diamonds only, while the diamonds shown in the film are way beyond their "preferred" size - each diamond shown is at least 10 carats.

Miscellaneous 

On the subtitles of the film they refer to "Foday Sankoh" as "Poppy Sankoh".
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Plot holes 

In the beginning of the film, Danny Archer gets arrested by Liberian border guards while crossing the border from Sierra Leone to Liberia. He would therefore end up in a prison in Liberia and not in Sierra Leone where he meets Solomon.
The Colonel states that he has been given diamond mine concessions as payment for his mercenary services, therefore there is no reason for him to chase one diamond, albeit a large one.
It is very unlikely that a huge multinational corporation big enough to be invited to G8 meeting, will want to bother over one diamond, even a big one. They make most of their produce from mêlée - medium sized diamonds between 0.5 and 2 carats.

Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where the mercenaries take away the child in their truck, as the boy reaches outward for his mother you can see his arm knock the magazine from the left soldiers AK-47 assault rifle, which subsequently flies off-screen.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

Although set in 1999, when Solomon and Maddie are in London towards the end of the film, we see a single deck red "bendy" (articulated) bus showing route 453. Neither this bus type nor this route existed in London until 2003. A 2005 Volkswagen Passat also drives by.

Character error 

At the hotel that Solomon Vandy works at, we see him bringing 2 pieces of luggage and resting them near the back of the vehicle. He only puts one of them in the trunk, closes it and opens the car door for passenger.
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie when the pink diamond, now cleaned and mounted, is being placed into a vault drawer, the diamond shown appears to be almost twice as large as the same diamond depicted in previous scenes.

Revealing mistakes 

Solomon carries Danny on his back with his bullet-wound side down, yet has no blood stains on his shirt when he drops him.

Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where Solomon first meets Michael Sheen's character, when Solomon gets out of the car, it drives off, but then stops only ten meters away, still in clear shot.
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