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The Land That Time Forgot (1974) Poster

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Anachronisms 

When Olson and Bowen fight off the water dinosaur, Olson is firing an MP-18 submachine gun. As its name implies, it was not in service until 1918, two years after the film is set. Although technically incorrect, it's still a plausible weapon to use.
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In the title sequence, a trawler is seen entering port. The trawler clearly has a radar array up-top, bearing in mind the movie is set in a First World War time-frame.
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Continuity 

When the 'plesiosaurus' is attacking the submarine crew on top of the boat, and even kills and eats one, and it is trying to get Tyler, it has a huge head, but when it's killed and flops down onto the submarine deck, it's head and neck are much smaller.
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When Dietz is fighting Olson with the burning log, in one shot the log is not burning and in the next it has re-ignited itself.
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In the opening scene with the U-boat, Captain Von Schoenvorts uses the designation SS in describing the ship he sees through the periscope. If it is a British passenger liner, the designation should be RMS; if it's supposed to be a British military ship, the designation should be HMS. The same SS designation appears on the lifeboats from the sunken ship.
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During the opening credits a sealed cylinder is shown floating in the ocean and eventually washed ashore. A sailor finds and opens it, retrieving some scrolls from inside. As he reads it, the cap changes between on and off the cylinder between shots.
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The same cargo ship model is used for both the British ship and the German supply ship. The same film sequence is used to show the torpedoing and sinking of "both" vessels only the first time we see it as though through the periscope and then later from the perspective of standing on the surfaced submarine's sail.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the pterodactyl appears late in the movie and ultimately carries away one of the natives multiple cables supporting it are visible.
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(at around 45 mins) A group is walking on a hill behind a glass shot that has very little clearance. One crew member throws a duffel bag over his shoulder. As he does so, the upper portion is cut off by the glass painting.
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During the fight between the Ceratosaurus and the Triceratops, as the dinosaurs clash together, a crew-member in a black shirt is visible behind the Ceratosaur, probably pushing the puppet forward.
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Factual errors 

Bowen puts his written account of Caprona into a German gas mask container and throws it into the sea - for it to be discovered years, if not decades, later. These containers were not designed to be water tight, and the pages would've been destroyed within days.
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The German crewmen all carry the "Artillery Model" P-08 Luger pistol with a tangent rear sight mounted on a 200 mm (7.9 in) barrel. This model was used by Army troops and not Navy sailors, who should be carrying the Navy P-04 with a 150 mm (5.9 in) barrel and a two-position rear sight on the toggle.

The producers may have been forced to use incorrect pistols because the Navy P-04 is considerably more rare, ironically because many were sent to the bottom of the ocean together with the U-boat crewmen carrying them.
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When describing this new "continent" of Caprona upon its first sighting, Capt. Von Schoenvorts says that it was discovered by an Italian navigator named Caproni, who "followed Cook about 1721."

Capt. James Cook is obviously meant. However Capt. Cook wasn't born until 1728 and didn't begin making his voyages of discovery until the late 1760s.
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