25 Historical Movie Mistakes

Posted by , Updated on April 25, 2018

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When it comes to movie mistakes, historical movies are held to a higher standard. We want historical movies to be highly accurate on the events and the time period. And why shouldn’t we? If it’s going to reenact history, it might as well get the facts right. However, too often, movies make a ton of mistakes, errors, and just get the events wrong. Sometimes, these are simple mistakes that most people easily miss; other times, it’s a glaring problem, ruining the entire movie. So, get comfortable film fans and history buffs, here are 25 Historical Movie Mistakes!

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Troy

troySource: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332452/goofs

This movie is full of mistakes, from coins being placed on the corpse’s eyes, even though coins weren’t around at that time period, to the umbrella with metal spokes above Paris and Helen’s head. Also, most of the equipment the soldiers use is from the Classical Period between the 5th and 4th century BCE rather than at the earlier time period during the Trojan War.

24

300

300Source: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416449/goofs/?tab=gf&ref_=tt_trv_gf

The Persian ruler Xerxes would have never claimed to be a god. He was a Zoroastrian who believed in a monotheistic and supreme creator god. Also, there were way more than 300 Greek forces at the battle of Thermopylae. Try 4,000. Likewise, the Persian numbers were exaggerated. Historians believe they were likely more around 70,000 to 300,000 rather than 1,000,000.

23

Lincoln

lincolnSource: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/goofs/?tab=gf&ref_=tt_trv_gf

In the scene where Congress votes on the 13th Amendment, all the seats in the chamber were full. Except, in reality, eighteen of those seats should have been empty because, of course, they seceded. Also, in the movie, two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th Amendment. In reality, all four Connecticut congressmen voted in favor of it.

22

Argo

argoSource: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/goofs/?tab=gf&ref_=tt_trv_gf

In this movie, they said that British and New Zealand embassies didn’t help the staff of the American Embassy. In actuality, they both helped the Americans and passed them along to the Canadians. Arthur Wyatt from Britain was even awarded a medal for the risk he took to help them.

21

Gladiator

gladiatorSource: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172495/goofs/?tab=gf&ref_=tt_trv_gf

While the opening battle in this movie sure looked spectacular, it wasn’t accurate at all. Roman Legions were trained to stay in formation during battle rather than break off. Had they broke off, they would have instantly lost. Also, Marcus Aurelius doesn’t actually die by the hand of his son Commodus.



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