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North West Frontier (1959) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Most of the rifles carried by both the British/Indians, and the rebels, are the Lee-Enfield SMLE, which was only just being introduced at the time and so unlikely to be in such wide use. However, when Capt Scott cleans one with a pull-through on the train (just after handing one to Peters), with the bolt removed a bridge charger guide is visible, which identifies it as a Mark III, introduced in 1907. There are also a couple of No. 4 rifles visible used by rebels, much later versions (late 1930s) of the Enfield.
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The movie takes place in India in the early 20th century, but 1950s British trains can be seen in the background through the locomotive cab windows at various times. (Some cab-interior shots were done on a studio set with stock background footage.)
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The British breech loading cannon with a retracting barrel appears to be a Vickers QF 2.95-inch Mountain Gun. According to another source, these were used in Africa but never employed in India.
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Continuity 

In the opening narration voiced by actor Kenneth More (playing Captain Scott), we're told the young prince is six years old, but later, at the Governor's palace, Sir John says that the boy is five.
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Just before the old train departs, Capt. Scott is leaving the compartment, but sticks his head around the door to give safety instructions. After the cut, the long shot shows him exiting the compartment again.
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Despite the assaults, the gunshots, the train's wagon never shows damages outside or inside, afterwards. During one of the last scenes, the one with Van Leyden and the Gatling gun, the car's front door is damaged. The scene immediately after shows the same door intact.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In one shot near the end of the film, whilst the insurgents are attacking the train, the shadow of the camera helicopter is clearly visible on the ground.
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Factual errors 

Early steam engines without a water tender could only travel 10-15 miles between water stops. Incorrectly regarded as a goof: The Empress of India is a tank engine which has water tanks on both sides of the boiler. Tank engines do not require tenders.
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Miscellaneous 

At the end of the movie the captain is wearing a wristwatch in 1905.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Captain Scott and Van Leyden talk beside the trainload of massacred refugees, one of the dead men, wearing a yellow turban and hanging out a train window behind Van Leyden, visibly raises his head, turns his face away in the opposite direction, then resettles his head in a more comfortable position, all the while Scott and Van Leyden are talking.
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(at around 1h 24 mins) During the conversation on the train, the background scenery is moving giving the impression the train is going backward, i.e. the engine was pushing the carriage from the back. In other scenes it was shown the engine was pulling the train from the front.
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