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Anachronisms 

When the children run beside Idi Amin's car and wave to Garrigan, thinking the president is inside the car, a digital wristwatch is visible on one child's arm, especially in slow motion at the end of the film.
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Large, glass-fronted office buildings are visible in the background of some Kampala street scenes. They didn't exist in the 1970s, when the film was set.
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When the President and the Doctor travel to Entebbe airport in the soft-top Mercedes, two white Bedford trucks block their front and rear. The trucks are AWD Bedfords with a silver AWD logo mounted on the front. AWD took over Bedford trucks in 1989, ten years after Amin was removed from Uganda.
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Just before he deals with the Entebbe hostage situation in 1976, Amin sits beside an issue of Bullet comic from 1977.
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The airport Duty Free shop sells Amarula liquor bottles, first marketed in 1989.
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During the crowd scene in the village, set around 1972, a man wears a Canadian Scout Uniform that was first issued in 1994.
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In 1971 in Uganda number plates were letters and numbers.
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At the end of the movie, when Amin's men at the airport see that Garrigan has escaped, a flat screen TV is in the back of the lounge.
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The Southern Comfort bottle in the airport's Duty Free shop is the 21st century 70 proof blend. A 1970s bottle would have been 76 proof, with a different label.
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Errors in geography 

In the opening scene, when the students jump off the dock, the call of a Red-Winged Blackbird can be heard. Red-Winged Blackbirds don't live in Scotland.
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Factual errors 

Idi Amin held the rank of General until 1975, then promoted himself to Field Marshal. Throughout the movie, he wears insignia of both these ranks at differing times, making it appear that he continually switched between them. On the 'working' uniform, he always appears as a General (crossed swords, pip and coat of arms). In his 'dress' uniform he always appears as a Field Marshal (crossed sword and baton enclosed in oak leaves).
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Most shots of Entebbe Airport include a long line of African flags running alongside the terminal, between it and the runway. The line includes the flag of the rebel Republic of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), which neither Uganda, nor any other country, recognized.
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The chest X-ray Doctors Garrigan and Junju discuss early in the film is backward.
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Spoilers

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Factual errors 

According to the closing sequences, only one hostage was killed during the rescue operation at Entebbe Airport. In real life, three hostages were killed during the raid: Jean-Jacques Maimoni, Pasko Cohen, and Ida Borochovitch. A fourth hostage, Dora Bloch, was killed by Ugandan army officers at the Mulago Hospital in Kampala.
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