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The Night of the Generals Goofs/Mistakes

  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The ranks given for the Waffen SS are totally incorrect as they are Wehrmacht ranks, not SS.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): General Tanz is portrayed as having commanded the Nibelungen division of the Waffen SS and later attends a reunion with banners/shields saying it was founded in 1940. However, the Nibelungen was formed barely one month before the end of the war in 1945.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The apparent fullness of Von Stauffenberg's briefcase changes from when he arrives to when he is inside; it is much thicker, fuller, and obviously heavier.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The action of this movie is taking place in year 1942, and Warsaw is being devastated. But Warsaw was destroyed by Nazis in 1944.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Inspector Morand confronts General Tanz at the divisional reunion, the name of his Warsaw victim is poorly overdubbed in a glaringly different tone.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The car headlights shift from covered to uncovered randomly during film. They should have been covered only in Paris, due to air strike risk and curfew policies.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Tanz says "naturally, I'm General" while holding the gun on Corporal Hartmann, his mouth movements are significantly out of sync.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): A Nazi general would never own an English car with a right-hand drive seat.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): In the near beginning of the movie, Grau passes a swastika banner. The swastika is backwards.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): Some of the background images in the car tour through Paris are in black & white.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): Many of the Nazi flags in the movie depict the swastika's pointing in the wrong direction (backward). The swastika is always displayed going clock-wise.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): In the middle of the film, General Tanz's entire Panzer Division transfers from the Regular Army to the Waffen-SS. This would never have happened in the real German military, since SS units were independently formed, trained, and never augmented with units from the Regular Army.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): During the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, a correspondent is seen recording his broadcast into a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Mylar recording tape had not been invented yet.


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