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Small Details Fans Noticed In Historical Action Movies

June 4, 2021 188 votes 29 voters15 items

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Historical action movies check a lot of boxes for cinephiles. They bring long past time periods to life. They showcase costumes, weapons, and dialects we've never seen or heard before. Many of them are even big time award winners, like Gladiator and Braveheart. While there's a lot to love about these movies, the small details are what really make them special, and fans online have taken notice. In National Treasure, for example, the Eye of Providence on the back of the dollar bill makes an appearance during Ben's grandfather's monologue. Way further back, in Braveheart, the opening scene reveals young William Wallace's destiny. He's given a thistle-- Scotland's national emblem-- symbolizing how he'll eventually take his country back. Some of these details even contain historically accurate geography. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, a map that tracks Indy's flight path doesn't include Israel. That's not a mistake. The movie takes place in 1936, years before Israel was founded.

Check out this list of small details from our favorite historical action movies, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!

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    Israel Doesn't Exist Yet In 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark'

    From Redditor u/HannibalGoddamnit:

    In Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the map shows Palestine in the place of Israel. This is because the movie is set in 1936, and Israel was not declared as a state until 1948.

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    The Eye Of Providence Fades Into Place In 'National Treasure'

    From Redditor u/gungroutgary:

    In National Treasure (2004), when the grandfather tells of the treasure, there is a flashback to Egypt. During the scene transition, the grandfather's eye stays for a second longer than the rest of his face, creating the pyramid and eye on the US dollar bill.

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    Vestal Virgins Have Special Seats In 'Gladiator'

    From Redditor u/mayayahee:

    In Gladiator (2000), you can see Vestal Virgins in the crowd. Special boxes were provided at the north and south ends respectively of the podium for the Emperor and the Vestal Virgins. These seats provided the best views of the arena.

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    William Wallace Is "Given Scotland" Early On In 'Braveheart'

    From Redditor u/blue_raptor55:

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

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