Top Ten Historical Facts Movie Got Wrong [VIDEO]

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Historical movies can be a great display of action and education. But sometimes they make mistakes. Some of them are big, like the costumes on Scottish highlander. Other times, its mixing up British and American navies on a major World War II. Here are the top ten of those screw ups.

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Braveheart

10. Braveheart (1995)

Mel Gibson’s ‘Braveheart’ sees the Scots wear tartan kilts. In fact, they wore saffron-colored tunics to war., since kilts weren’t introduced for another three hundred years.

Pochahontas

9. Pocahontas (1995)

Pocahontas didn’t have a romance with British settle John Smith, as she was eleven year old. She was later kidnapped, converted to Christianity, and married a tobacco exporter.

Battle of the Bulge

8. Battle of the Bulge (1965)

Filmmakers substituted wintry Belgium for a temperate Spain and used modern tanks. President Eisenhower gave a press conference criticizing the film.

BonnieClyde

7. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Ranger Frank Hamer set up the ambush and killing of the outlaw duo. In the film he is captured and humiliated with his widow sued for defamation eventually getting an out-of-court settlement.

BirdmanofAlcatraz

6. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

People called for Robert Stroud’s release due to the film’s touching portrayal. It didn’t mention he stabbed a fellow inmate to death and was fond of child pornography.

ABeutifulMind

5. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

John Nash’s hallucinations were purely auditory, rather than visual. Also, the film ommitted the fact that he had a neglected son and his dramatic Noble speech never happened.

U571

4.U-571 (2000)

Prime Minister Tony Blair called the film ‘an affront’ to British sailors. U-571 shows the U.S. rather than British Navy capture the Enigma code machine in World War II.

SocialNetwork

3. The Social Network (2010)

In the film, Mark Zuckerberg is given the motivation to start Facebook when he is dumped over dinner. In reality, he was dating his now-wife before the advent of the site.

The Patriot

2. The Patriot (2000)

This War of Independence film sees the British burn a church down with U.S. civilians inside. Historically this only happened when Nazis torched a French church full of women and children.

BirthofNation

1.Birth Of A Nation (1915)

This epic showed African-Americans as sexually aggressive and unintelligent. Its depiction of the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic force resulted in it being used as a recruiting tool.