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(I) (2008)

Goofs

Factual errors 

Zus Bielski was, in fact, four years YOUNGER than his brother Asael.

Anachronisms 

Zus and some others go to the police station to get Ampicillin to treat the pneumonia that is common in the camp. Ampicillin did not come into clinical use until 1961. Even "simple" penicillin would not have been available in Belorussia in the early 1940s.
After the air raid, when the people in the camp get ready to fight off the German infantry, one of the women is shown holding a rifle. This rifle is an M1 Garand, an American rifle which was only made the standard service rifle of the US Armed Forces in 1936. Winchester also only started delivering the rifles to Europe in 1943, at least a year after the story takes place.
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The shotgun shells that Zus uses appear to be plastic hulled, from the 1960s.
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The muzzle brake on the German tank was actually from a modern Soviet-era tank such as a T-55 or later.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the last battle scene, where the exodus Jews are met by the German tank, Tuvia replies to Asael, "No, we stay and fight." His lips clearly do not mouth the word fight.
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When Tuvia sees Isaac preparing the grenade to attack the tank, he's clearly saying something before he say's "no", but there is no dialogue heard.
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During the ambush scene, Zus runs up to the German tank to throw a grenade underneath it. The grenade he is holding is shown as a German stick grenade. However when he pulls the bottom out, the sound heard is obviously that of the pin being pulled on an Allied pineapple style grenade.
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Character error 

When Tuvia visits Koscik to get a gun they drink vodka. Koscik says the toast "To the dead" and they clink glasses. In Eastern Europe people never clink glasses when they drink to the dead.
During the wedding scene, the rabbi says this line in Hebrew: "Haray at mekudeshet lee beh-taba'at zo keh-dat Moshe veh-Yisrael," which translates as "Behold, you are consecrated to me with this ring according to the laws of Moses and Israel." A rabbi would have said this line minus the word "lee", meaning "to me", and then the groom would repeat the line adding in the word "lee". Otherwise it is if the rabbi was the one that got married to the bride.
During the wedding, the groom is standing under the chuppah on the bride's right, whereas in a Jewish wedding, the groom always stands on the left.
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Continuity 

At the start when it shows the van and bike driving away, they are close together. Camera cuts and they're about 15m apart instantly.
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When the traitor in the camp is shot in front of everyone, Tuvia is holding a Walther P38 in his hand, and when the scene cuts to the other camera the pistol has instantly returned into its holster.
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When the German tank aims at Tuvia and Isaac, the first clip shows it turning the turret. In the following clip, the turret is in the same position it had before it started turning.
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When Tuvia is holding the crying Zus, Tuvia's head changes positions during the scene from very close (and touching) to away from Zus's head.
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After Zus and Tuvia fight each other, Zus gets up and the bottom of his jacket is flipped up. Cut to another angle, it is down. As Zus leaves past him, it is up again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the last scene, immediately after Tuvia Bielski says "The forest. It's beautiful, isn't it?", there is a audible beep from a piece of equipment.
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In the shot, after Zus scolds Tuvia for not killing the Milkman which led to the attack, when the group is coming down the forest a reflection of some movement can be seen towards the bottom right half of the frame for almost 15 seconds.
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Errors in geography 

Near the funeral scene, a North American mourning dove's distinctive call is heard.
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Factual errors 

In the scene with captured German SS-man brought to the camp, Tuvia asks for translation of his papers as well is provided with the translation of soldier's words. In reality Tuvia spoke German, which he'd learned from German soldiers during WW1.
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Tuvia Bielski did not meet his wife, Lilka, in the forest. Rather, she was the step-niece of his 2nd wife. She was also practically half his age.
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When the German planes are bombing the camp, one plane releases a bomb over the camp. The bomb appears to explode directly under where it was released. This is incorrect as the bomb would not fall straight down. The bomb would fall at a slant.
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Starting scenes shows German soldier filming the activities of others using a Bell and Howell Eyemo turret camera, used by the American military, he should have been using a Arriflex 35 II that came out in 1937 and was in wide use by German Army.
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There is a scene where a young boy is playing a violin. In the credits, this boy's name is listed as Pinchas Zukerman, the now famous Israeli violinist. But, this could not be that actual Pinchas Zukerman, since he was born in 1948, three years after the war ended.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The movie talks about Israel several times, but even though the modern nation of Israel wasn't officially founded until 1948, the Jews have always referred to themselves collectively as Israel in reference to the ancient Israelite kingdom and their ancestry.

Revealing mistakes 

Half the movie takes place in the winter, oftentimes snowing, yet not in one scene do the actors show their breath, nor do the hot soups show any steam.
At one point in the movie, a title indicates "October 1941" yet the trees are as green as in summer-time. At this time of the year in that climate they would be half-bare and with mostly yellow leaves. Likewise, in April trees wouldn't be fully dressed with leaves yet, but rather just start to bloom.
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While Tuvia Bielski is talking to the people near the campfire towards the beginning of the movie, the smoke is rising. When the camera switches, the smoke is falling down, showing that the video segment was reversed when added into the final cut.
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