Impressive Prop & Wardrobe Details From Historical Movies We Learned In 2022

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Vote up the prop and wardrobe details from these historically-set movies that make them even better.

Movies about history - whether they are set in ancient civilizations, during wartime conflicts, or at the precipice of great discoveries - almost always impress with their attention to detail. However, as many times as we've seen classics like Gladiator and Saving Private Ryan, we're still learning new things about them in 2022, especially when it comes to props and wardrobe. In subtle ways that reveal character backstories and symbolic meanings, these details make the films we already loved even more enjoyable. As you read ahead, make sure to vote up the examples that give you a new appreciation for these movies set in historically important moments.


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    Lucilla Wears An Authentic Ring In 'Gladiator'

    From Redditor u/Invictusology:

    The signet ring Connie Nielsen wears in Gladiator (2000) is 2,000 years old, found by Nielsen in a pawn shop.

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    Aldo Raine Wears The Insignias Of An Elite WWII Unit In 'Inglourious Basterds'

    From a former Redditor:

    In Inglourious Basterds (2009), Lt. Aldo Raine wears the First Special Service Force's insignia of crossed arrows on his collar and a red arrowhead shoulder patch. This was an elite US-Canadian commando unit in WWII and the precursor to the modern special forces for both nations.

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    A Classic Painting About Redemption Appears In 'The Last Samurai'

    From Redditor u/Tyerson:

    In The Last Samurai (2003), The Conversion of St. Paul by Caravaggio appears on the wall in the diplomat's room. The painting depicts a Roman soldier who converts to Christianity after prosecuting other Christians and realizing the error of his ways.

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    The Old Veteran's Pin Reveals His Identity In 'Saving Private Ryan'

    From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    In Saving Private Ryan (1998), the old veteran in the opening scene is wearing a 101st Airborne Division pin, hinting at his identity as Private Ryan.

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    Hawkeye Bluffs With An Empty Rifle In 'The Last of the Mohicans'

    From Redditor u/JoshuaCalledMe:

    In The Last of the Mohicans (1992), as Chingachgook confronts Magua, Hawkeye stops Magua's remaining warriors from interfering by holding them at the end of an empty rifle.

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    Young William Receives A Symbolic Thistle In 'Braveheart'

    From Redditor u/blue_raptor55:

    At the beginning of Braveheart (1995), William is handed a flower. This hints not only at his future with Murron, but also, the flower is a thistle, Scotland's national emblem. She is "giving" Scotland to the boy who will one day become its liberator.

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    The Basterds Wear Bloodstained German Uniforms In 'Inglourious Basterds'

    From Redditor u/thatErraticguy:

    Inglourious Basterds (2009): Colonel Hans Landa says that the Basterds often wear German uniforms to ambush unsuspecting German soldiers. The next scene shows bloodstains on the uniforms the Basterds are wearing when they conduct such an ambush, implying they were taken from previous victims.