Goofs from Operation Finale
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- In the opening credits, a hand (presumably Eichmann's) is shown pushing pins into a map indicating the names/locations of concentration camps and major European cities where Jews were captured. One of the pins is marked "Vienna". However, since this is a German map they should have used the German name for Vienna, which is "Wien".
- When Peter talks to Hanna in her office, we see her stethoscope is broken on her shoulder when she is talking. The camera then cuts to Peter, then cuts back to Hanna, her stethoscope is whole again.
- In the beginning of the movie, a Hebrew book is being read. The person is scanning the pages left to right. However, unlike English, Hebrew is read right to left.
- In an early scene at a beach-side cafe, the song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" is heard being sung in Hebrew translation by the Gesher haYarkon Trio. The group wasn't formed until 1964.
- When the telephone rings in Peter Malkin's mother's apartment it has the US cadence (ring-quiet-ring) instead the of UK cadence (ring-ring-quiet) used in Israel.
- The station wagon used was a Willys Overland mid 50's model but the black outside mirrors were marketed in the late 70's early 80's as replacement mirrors for Ford, Chevy, Dodge trucks and vans. Normally these Jeep wagons would only have a little round spot mirror and only on the drivers side.
- During the opening scene when the family is around the Christmas tree, and there is a knock at the door, the father goes to the bookshelf, and removes two books. They have German writing, and swastikas the spines. The swastika is, however, not the inverted symbol that represents Nazism, but the original symbol that represents spirituality.
- The Israeli soldier sitting in the cafe, prior to Peter meeting his mother, is wearing bright khaki colored uniform that has been phased out during the 50's in favor of olive colored uniform (excluding Air Force and Navy). Considering he is a Private ca. 1959, he would not have had the older style uniform. In addition, the unit tag on the soldier's left shoulder, while it might not even have existed in the 50's, is of a style that was only in use since the 70's (synthetic rather than cloth).
- When Graciela is being tortured by the Argentinean police, one of the officers puts out a cigarette on her arm while she is hanging from the ceiling. A few seconds later, when Klaus leans unto her, there are no visible marks on her.
- In the opening scene in the vehicle when Malkin puts on his military cap the cap emblem is considerably cock-eyed.
- In the first 15 minutes, there is a gathering of Nazi fans in Buenos Aires. One of them claims to be on the 150th anniversary year of Argentina independence. However, 1960, the year the movie is set, it was the anniversary of the Revolution of 1810, and not the Independence anniversary (1816).
- During the montage of passports and travel documents being prepared, the German passport that is shown twice contains so many spelling errors, missing or incorrect features, and wrong type of handwriting. Obviously, the prop department didn't use German language spell checker and check the original passport when designing it. Frankfurt is spelt incorrectly as Frankfort on the passport and doesn't contain 'am Main' as mandatory due to two cities having same name (Frankfurt am Main in West Germany and Frankfurt an der Oder in East Germany). 'rufnamen' is incorrect: it should be capitalised and in singular tense (Rufname instead of rufnamen). The call name (Rufname) should be underlined, which the passport doesn't show. Kennzeichen is spelt incorrectly as Kennxelchen. 'und' is missing its 'd'. Bescheinigt is shown with English spelling for gh as 'bescheinight'. Underneath the signature of passport bearer is the city, München, and doesn't show the date in the space after 'den' as required. German passports prior to the late 1970s use metal rivets to attach the photo to the passport as to prevent the counterfeit and tampering. They are difficult to remove without causing some damages to the paper. Every attached photo is always stamped half on the side with other half on the passport paper as to prevent tampering. The handwriting is definitely American with G, H, and M along with r, 2, 4, and 9 being so different from what German handwriting is. On the right-hand page, the information is always written in block rather than cursive handwriting if a special typewriter isn't available at the government office.
- At the beginning of the movie, the son of Eichmann attends a meeting where Jews are insulted and the infamous "Heil Hitler!" is shout by a large group of Argentinians in 1961. There are no historic records of public or private meetings praising Hitler nor Nazi Germany after 1945, let alone meetings including priests (as depicted in the movie). It is true, though, that some high members of the Nazionalsocialist Party from Germany flew to South America after WWII. However, they had to hide from public view.
- During the opening credits, a bottle is shown with the label "Shemen Pishtan" (Hebrew for "Linseed oil". The Hebrew letters are displayed from left to right. Hebrew, however, is written from right to left.
- In the opening credits, two cuts show a typewriter on a desk--once overhead, showing the keyboard, and once with hands typing on it. This is a 1930s-era L.C. Smith & Co. "Corona 3" folding portable typewriter. The overhead shot clearly shows a U.S. QWERTY keyboard, rather than the QWERTZ keyboard used in Germany. In addition, the typewriter shown has only three rows of keys, a design used for highly portable typewriters that would never have been used inside an equipped office.
- The Mossad team's escape from Argentina is delayed because El Al demands a signed statement from Eichmann swearing that he is travelling voluntarily. The obvious solution--forge the statement--is shot down because Mossad doesn't have any samples of Eichmann's signature. If Mossad has no samples of his signature, El Al certainly don't and can't challenge the veracity of the forgery.
- During the credit titles you see lists of names. These have clearly bee typed with an electric typewriter, highly unlikely at that time and place. The letters and numbers are too crisp.
- The Braniff International logo shown during the travel montage on the ticket jacket, was not introduced until 1965 though the film takes place 5 years earlier.