Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Bank Job

  • Anachronisms: Although the film is set in 1971, signs on various shop doors seen in the film advertise that credit cards "Visa" and "Mastercard" are accepted. The name "Visa" was not used for the charge card before 1977 (replacing Barclaycard in the UK); "Mastercard" was "Master Charge" until 1979.

  • Anachronisms: The white police car (jaguar) has orange stripes down the side. These were not introduced until the late 1970s.

  • Anachronisms: Paddington station is shown as restored with new British Rail signs. In 1971, the station would have been rather dirty from the steam days and many of the main signs would have still been original. Also, the train carriage is of 1973 vintage.
  • Anachronisms: The underground train used in the film would have only been used on the newly opened Victoria Line and would have looked brand new in 1971. In 1971, Both the Northern Line and Bakerloo linewould have had red underground trains possibly dating from the 1930s to the 1950s.
  • Factual errors: On the end credits, the characters are grouped into categories. The category "VILLAINS" is misspelled as "VILLIANS".

  • Anachronisms: The Revox tape recorder used by the ham radio operator is too new. It appears to be a series IV Revox A77. In 1971, he would have had a series I or II.

  • Anachronisms: During the scene where Terry is talking to his wife after robbing the bank, there is a lamp in the background that has an energy saving light bulb in it. This would be impossible as they were not introduced until the late 90's.


Factual errors: The movie takes place in 2008, as seen when the killer types the death dates of his victims. However, early in the film, after an Internet thief is captured, Jennifer Marsh says "Sunday is his father's birthday". She is referring to January 10, which was a Thursday in 2008.

  • Factual errors: One of the victim's lifespan is seen to have been June 14, 1955 to January 15, 2008. It is said that he is 55 years old, although in reality he would have been 52.

  • Revealing mistakes: When Jennifer walks in on her daughter playing the horse computer game, you can see that it is been played via a PC, then in a quick shot of the computer screen, you can see that the game is in fact a Play Station game because of the types of buttons which appear on the screen.

Factual errors: SPOILER: At the end of the movie when they show the website, the posts on the website are entered as being posted >1 minute, when they should be <1 minute since they were just posted seconds ago.