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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) Poster

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Anachronisms 

At the beginning of the movie, the Dragon Emperor is shown planning his campaign on a model of China which has the Great Wall portrayed on it, even though the Dragon Emperor himself built the wall AFTER the campaign.
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The drum set in the nightclub is not from the 1930s. Some of the hardware (ex. cymbal stands) was not available until the 1980s.
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A tan 1949 Austin passes in front of a bookstore in 1947.
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During the 1947 Chinese New Year celebrations, a black Dodge four-door sedan has hubcaps from the late 1970s.
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The dancing girls in the nightclub have plastic straps on their bras.
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Character error 

On the mountain, Rick says he had more experience with mummies. Alex says that he only killed one. Rick then says it was the same mummy twice. Both are wrong. First, Rick killed many mummies in the previous movies--Imhotep and many of his priests. Second, Rick only killed Imhotep The Mummy, the underworld spirits killed Imhotep in The Mummy Returns.
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The Terracotta Army are called "mummies" throughout. Yet not one character in this movie goes through the mummification process. The only mummy we see is the fake Emperor that Lin stabs.
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In The Mummy Returns young Alex has an English accent like his mother however in this movie an older Alex as an American accent like his father.
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The orchestral chimes behind the drummer are turned around backwards, facing the curtain behind the band.
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Before the Himalayan fight scene, when Rick and Alex are comparing weapons, Rick pulls out a Colt 1873 Single Action Army. He refers to this gun as "The Peacekeeper." The correct term is "The Peacemaker."
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Continuity 

In the museum scene, Choi grabs Evie and wraps her arm around Evie's neck. Evie gets away. In the next shot, Choi's arm is around Evie's neck again.
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When Alex and Lin are under the Emperor's wagon during the chase, Alex turns himself around, and is dragged in the street for a fair distance while Lin tries to reach him to pull him up. When she succeeds, the back of Alex's shirt is shredded, and a protective pad is visible through the tears. In the next shot, his shirt is intact.
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Just before the battle at the temple bridge, Rick has a Thompson Sub-Machine Gun loaded with a 50-round drum. When the battle begins, the Thompson has a 30-round stick magazine.
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When Zi Yuan cursed the emperor and his soldiers, as the curse processed at the beginning, we see his sword. When asked what she did to him, moments later after Zi Yuan manages to escape and told him that she cursed him and his soldiers. His sword vanished.
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Errors in geography 

When we first see Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) he is apparently fly-fishing in a river in Oxfordshire. However, the visible geology of the river is not found in Oxfordshire (exposed tilted rock beds, pebbled river beds). This is more likely either elsewhere in the UK, or more likely, a location in the US.
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Factual errors 

In ancient China, oracle bones were turtle shells that were heated during divination, the cracks that appeared across Chinese characters written on the shells were then interpreted to foretell the future.
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Regardless of the power of any firearm, bullets only penetrate a few inches into water. So finding bullets in the fish would be impossible.
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The Bristol Beaufighter shown being flown by Cunningham, has two seats side-by-side in the cockpit. No variant of the Beaufighter had this seating. They were all single pilot seat only.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the Emperor is first turned to stone, both arms are raised up and he is slightly hunched down. When he is unearthed, he is encased in a different Terra Cota warrior who is standing straight, one hand straight out, grasping the chariot's reins. However, when he breaks out, his hands are shown straight up and it is clear he is trapped inside another statue in his original position.
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When Evelyn discovers the bullet in the trout, she pulls it out of her mouth. In the next shot of the left side of her face, she pulls the bullet out again. However, given Rick's personality, it is quite possible that he shot it twice.
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The bullet Evelyn pulls from her mouth is compressed, as though it had struck a solid object. A close-range shot would have passed straight through a trout, unless it first went through water on the way to the trout.
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In the beginning of the movie, General Ming was ripped to pieces by horses after having been chained by both arms and legs (the scene cuts away before any actual dismemberment). While it may seem that he would have lost a minimum of three limbs in the process, he is shown later with only one arm missing. However, if one looks at historical accounts of similar executions, horses alone were often insufficient to complete the dismemberment. For examples, see Robert-François Damiens or Túpac Amaru II.
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Revealing mistakes 

Evelyn Carnehan-O'Connell is supposed to be as British as John Bull, but in many scenes her voice sounds like an American actress attempting, with some difficulty, to affect a British accent.
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In the Himalayas, a shot of a running soldier's foot clearly shows sand, not snow.
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