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    Default Michael Collins Film

    Trying to work out a list of innacuracies in the Michael Collins film, give me some help!

    So far I have

    - In the film Collins leads the treaty delegation - this was actually Griffith as far as I'm aware

    - Car bombs didn't exist back then!

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    :P Its more to point out all the bits for my girlfriends little sister who insists on using it instead of her text book!

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    i dont think he was at the GPO although i could be wrong.

    he is portayed as important then and he wasnt.

    the whole kitty story is pointless from a historical point of view.

    it is biased

    my old history teacher hates it!!!!
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    wiki has a few:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Collins_(film)#Inaccuracies_and_fictionalisations
    appearantly it's not linking properly but you can just copy and paste.
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    My history teacher hated it too! I could watch the whole thing and work them all out but im not bothered, wiki only gives half them, cos if i remeber, theres LOADS

    I do think he was in the GPO though

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnfás
    - Car bombs didn't exist back then!
    Incidentally, the first recorded car bomb was on Wall Street on September 16th 1920. Though it was technically a wagon, not a car, it killed 38 people. I think it was just a bomb in wagon though, as opposed to a bomb which would explode when a car was moved or the ignition switched on.

    As for other inaccuracies, the placing of an armoured car on the pitch at Croke Park which fired into the crowd is a pretty shocking one - that vehicle was in a laneway approaching the stadium, and fired over the heads of the stampeding crowd as they fled the stadium.

    Broy's death is another huge one.

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    Heres a few:

    During the Easter Rising scenes, Collins is shown wearing the uniform of a full Lieutenant in the Irish Volunteers. While there is a photo of him in his Volunteers uniform as a Lieutenant, by the Easter Rising he had been promoted to Captain, where he served as aide de camp to Joseph Plunkett, who is conspicuously absent.

    Eamonn De Valera is shown surrendering with the General Post Office garrison after the Easter Rising. However, he was actually Commandant of the garrison at Bolland's Mills, which surrendered after the GPO upon receiving orders to stand down. He was never at the GPO during the Rising.

    During the Easter Rising scenes, the Volunteers and Citizen Army are shown marching out of the General Post Office to surrender. However, the day before the surrender, they had retreated from the burning GPO to another building down the road, and surrendered from there.

    In the opening scene of the 1916 rising, the film shows a street in front of the G.P.O. There is no street in front of the G.P.O. It about 100 metres to the right of the building.
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    Off the top of my head- The Brits didnt drive a tank into Croker.

    Griffith was the leader of the delegation to London.
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    It potrayed him as a hero, when actually he was a bit of a boll**s

    (actually, no he was ok, just winding TH up , she's a bit of a Collins fetishist)
    1,197 people agree with me.. how many agree with you ?

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    A few bad ones here:

    One of the sailing vessels pictured in the background as Collins, Boland, and Kitty Kiernan walk along the pier in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour is a Dublin Bay Sailing Club Mermaid. This class of 3-man racing dinghy was designed in 1932, 9 years after Collins' death.

    Collins' personal car has the registration "15 D1" which is the format of registration adopted in the Republic of Ireland in 1987.

    During the raid on Four Courts, over the shoulder of the leftmost soldier a 1980s-vintage bus can be seen.

    During the "Croke Park" scene in Bray, the DART lines are visible in the background.
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