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Character error 

President Asher says the UK is America's "oldest and strongest ally". It may be the strongest, but it's not the oldest. The first treaty signed by the USA was a friendship treaty with Morocco who is the US's oldest ally. The Netherlands has one of the longest-standing diplomatic relationships with the United States, and was the first country to recognise the US after it declared independence in 1776. In Addition, France became America's ally almost immediately after America declared independence from Great Britain. The alliance was formalized by a treaty signed in early 1778. Once the US won independence from the Great Britain, the two countries clashed again in 1812, then had various territorial and trade disputes throughout the 19th century. The United States and the United Kingdom became true allies during World War I.
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An English reporter announcing the death of the Prime Minister would typically say Post Mortem rather than Autopsy, and he would use the English, not American, pronunciation of the word Scheduled.
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The Scottish SAS leader introduces himself to Banning as a captain. Later, Banning refers to him as a lieutenant.
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The so-called terrorists were said to be Pakistani, but the accents were wrong and many of the cultural details were incorrect. For instance, women and men wouldn't be dancing together at the wedding wearing saris. That's an Indian thing, not Pakistani.
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Gerard Butler's native Scottish accent comes out on occasion.
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In the final scene, Mike Banning moves the cursor of his MacBook over the delete button but instead of clicking he hits the enter key. On screen we see the delete button being clicked but in actual fact hitting enter on MacOS will always invoke the primary action of a dialog box, in this case, sending the e-mail.
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When Banning shows his position with his hands for the Vice President and the other members inside the Pentagon, with help of the drone and showing that they going to the MI6 safe-house, Alan refers to Mike as Manning, and not Banning.
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When Banning shows his position with his hands for the Vice President and the other members inside the Pentagon, with help of the drone and showing that they going to the MI6 safe-house, VP Alan refers to Mike as Manning, and not Banning.
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Continuity 

When Banning drives Asher to Marine One in London, the car is shot up, and the entire passenger side of the car is covered in bullet holes. In the next scene, as they arrive at Marine One, most of the bullet holes have disappeared.
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The President' call sign is 'Southpaw' (a baseball term for a left handed thrower) and several times it is pointed out that the President is left handed. When Eckhart/President shoots a terrorist for the first time, the pistol is in his right hand. Later in the movie, as Eckhart/Asher continue to use weapons, it is in the right handed mode.
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When Banning and Jacobs brief the president, Banning's face has considerable stubble. When he exits the Oval Office a few moments later, he's clean-shaven.
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When Mike is fighting 3 terrorists after the lights come back on, the 3rd terrorist is holding and firing an assault rifle, but in the next cut when the terrorist is gunned down he's holding a sub-machine gun.
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When Banning fights three terrorists when the lights come back on, the 3rd gunman's gun changes from a rifle to a sub.
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When the helicopter has crashed and the President and Agent Banning are standing outside, Agent Banning removes his radio and earpiece and throws them to the ground. Magically, the earpiece is back in the next scene.
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Thirteen minutes into the movie, Mike says to President Asher, "It's a clusterfuck, sir", and Asher looks up at Mike. In the next shot he looks down at the paper on his desk.
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When Mike and the SAS team leader first meet, the team leader introduces himself as Will Davis, Captain. However at the near end when they say goodbye to each other, Mike addresses him as Lieutenant.
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When the US President gets to London and gets out from the chopper, the sun changes between shots.
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Errors in geography 

Mike Banning's wife watches the events in London from her home in the U.S.. The power outlets in their home are European, not the blade type used in the U.S.
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The beginning of the movie mentions a terrorist attack on a hotel in the Philippines, but the footage shown is from the 2002 Bali Bombings. The Indonesian flag is clearly visible.
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Mike says they need to get underground, then walks the president well over a mile above ground to get to Charing Cross Station. Marble Arch, Bond Street, Green Park and Picadilly stations were significantly closer to the crash site in the northeast corner of Hyde Park. Walking to Charing Cross took them close to the U.S. Embassy, which Mike said they should avoid, and towards the area where the initial attacks occurred.
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President Asher and Banning enter a Tube station to escape pursuers. It's labeled Charing Cross Station, but it's actually Moorgate.
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Each member of the President's cabinet gets on-screen text in the movie, identifying them and their position. Melissa Leo is identified as "Secretary of Defence", with the British spelling of the word. The American spelling is "Defense."
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When President Asher and Banning run through the streets of London, they run on Regent Street (near Air St), then across Moorgate. The streets are 3 miles apart, and even at a good walking pace the trip would take at least 15 minutes.
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Stansted Airport isn't in the countryside, and isn't near any lakes or hills.
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In the opening scene when Mike and the President are going for a run, they are actually running in Battersea Park in London where you can see the roofs of Cyril Mansions and the Castlemaine tower block in the background. However, when Mike gets home still in his running gear, later scenes show that they are still in Washington and haven't gone to London yet.
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After landing by helicopter, when the President's car leaves Somerset House courtyard, they turn left onto the Strand, and carry on across the next junction, across the A301. This is heading West. In fact St Paul's is East, and no logical route would start by setting off west along the Strand.
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Factual errors 

In the movie, the two helicopters accompanying Marine One are called Marine Two and Three. In real life, Marine One is the call sign of any US Marine Corps aircraft the President is traveling in. Marine Two is the call sign of any US Marine Corps aircraft carrying the Vice President. Marine Three is not used.
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The chief of the Metropolitan Police is introduced as "Chief Inspector," and introduces himself with that rank. Chief Inspector is the the fourth-lowest rank in the police force; seven ranks are above that level. The chief's title should be "Commissioner". The uniform depicts the correct insignia on its epaulets.
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During the short scene that shows all the security preparations around London for the funeral, F/A-18 Hornets fly overhead. The UK does not have those planes. Currently the Royal Air Force uses: Typhoon FGR4, Tornado GR4, and soon the Lightning II (F-35 in the US). Foreign aircraft would not provide such air cover for that kind of event.
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When the Prime Minister died the Presidents would not have been the one to go to the funeral, there would not have been enough time for the Secret Service to plan for his protection. Some one else like the Secretary Of State or Vice President would attend in his place.
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MI6 is frequently referred to, however the roles depicted in the film would be covered by MI5, who are responsible for domestic intelligence.
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The Stansted tarmac shows runway markings 12/30. Stansted's only runway is 04/22.
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When Marine One lands in England, the president is shown exiting the aircraft while the helicopter's blades are still spinning. The president and his entourage are not permitted to enter or exit the aircraft with the blades in motion, not under any circumstances.
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Air Force One is usually a VC-25A, the military version of the civilian 747-200B, with has four engines, two on either side of the wings. The aircraft in this movie has two engines (one on either side) and two extra items on the far end of either wing. In addition, the President always exit the left side of the plane because the plane does not have a right-side door. Furthermore, the call-sign Air Force One does not refer to the plane itself. It is assigned to any Air Force aircraft carrying the President.
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The protection of the heads of state in London is portrayed as being the responsibility of the rank-and-file Metropolitan Police, however in reality this is handled by Counter Terrorism Command (formerly special branch).
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At the twenty minute mark when the German Chancellor is watching the squad of Guardsmen march past in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, the officer leading the squad is carrying an SA80 rifle. Officers in full dress do not carry SA80s and one doing so would arouse suspicion.
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London does not have air raid sirens. The national network of air raid sirens in Britain was dismantled in 1993.
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When President Asher arrives at Westminster Abbey in London, Agent Banning opens the rear door of The President's State motorcade vehicle which he later refers to as "The Beast". It's obvious that the door of the car is only a few inches thick like a typical limousine. In reality, "The Beast" has doors almost 8 inches thick and are made of heavy ballistic armor and bullet proof glass. The actual vehicle is built on a Cadillac Escalade chassis and weighs approximately 18,000 pounds.
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In real life, when Marine One lands, a Marine always gets off the helicopter first to open the doors for the president. In this movie, two Marines are seen saluting the president while a secret service agent opens the door in a well guarded environment.
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When Banning drives Asher to Marine One in London, the car is shot up but the bullets don't penetrate the bullet proof glass. Later a motorcyclist runs into the back of the car putting his head through the rear window.
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Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom are generally not given state funerals. A state funeral is usually reserved for the monarch. Even other senior members of the Royal Family do not receive state funerals.
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The agent infiltrates Barkawi's daughter's wedding and sends a message to the US military to bomb the place remotely. On the agent's phone he types "Barkawi on sight" and clicks send, but there is no phone number or contact.
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Stansted Airport only has one airstrip (04/22). The aircraft portraying the VC-25 is standing at an intersection of two airstrips meaning this scene isn't actually filmed at Stansted.
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The caption says Stansted is 20 miles north of London. It is actually 42 miles north east of London.
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Also, when Marine One lands, the president usually comes out after the Marine One crew chief(s) is/are on ground and are saluting. Here, the security details are seen coming down before the president.
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The BMW X5 used to escape the MI6 safe-house is portraying to have diplomatic number plates. However the format is incorrect as these are three numbers either side of the D, not 4 as depicted in the film.
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During the last scene where Banning is second-guessing sending an e-mail, it is shown that he hits the 'enter' key in order to delete the message, however, as the 'send' button is highlighted by default. This would have been the action that would have taken place regardless of where the cursor is placed thus sending the e-mail instead of deleting it.
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During the car chase through London the heroes escape in a black Land Rover Discovery registration plate HN09 HMV when in fact according to the UK MOT site the registration plate actually belongs to a silver BMW 520 and this vehicles MOT ran out in December 2016.
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Multiple times throughout the film, people are shown using satellite phones indoors. The only way this type of phone will work is outdoors with open sky above you.
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Miscellaneous 

At approximately 00:10:10 into the movie, when the scene cuts to the black and yellow Metropolitan Police helicopter hovering over London, the footage is played in reverse. You can see all the vehicles on the bridge driving backwards, and steam from a rooftop vent flowing back into the building.
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At 42:22, a totally different helicopter is shown. The shape of the downed helicopter resembles the body and design of an SH-3 Sea King, not that of a VH-60 White Hawk.
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In the last shot, when vice president was talking on TV, there was a shot on Banning Macbook laptop and the email App wasn't enabled, then the shot had moved to delete the email via email App.
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The "air raid" sirens that sound in London are American single tone civil defense siren, not the two tone sirens used in Britain until the end of the Cold War.
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The text introducing the character and the end credits list Melissa Leo's character, Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan. as "Secretary of Defence Ruth MacMillan", which is incorrect.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Air Force One landed at Heathrow Airport until 2008. It caused such delay and inconvenience that the reception point was moved to Stansted.
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Plot holes 

When Banning tells the MI6 agent, Jacqueline "Jax" Marshall to leave the safe house to find out who the mole is, why didn't he send President Asher with her since she had no trouble getting to safety.
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Revealing mistakes 

Despite multiple major bombings close by, when the presidential motorcade attempts to get away, some shots show people walking around as if nothing had happened.
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The horizontal stabilizer on the UH-60 Blackhawk deflects down at low air speeds so the rotor downwash doesn't push down too much, pushing the tail down at low speeds. In all of the low speed and hover scenes, the three Marine One UH-60 helicopters have horizontal stabilizers fixed in the horizontal position, which means they are all CG helicopters.
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When the president steps off of Marine One as he lands in London, the Marine guard saluting him is standing with his feet slightly apart, not in the heels-together position of attention. No Marine assigned to a presidential detail would make a mistake like this.
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When the agent confirms Barkawi's location, he sends a message without entering a number or choosing a contact. "Type person's name or number" is visible on the top of the phone screen.
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When a bomb was planted underneath a car and it exploded, people ran off while the president was gently walking up a stairway. If secret service agents were split everywhere as shown in 18:55, they would have heard the sound and alerted the presidential detail within a second.
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As the president and others speed away from the initial attack, the motorcade strikes an abandoned vehicle sending an attackers flying from the impact. The man spins suspended in mid-air until out of frame, as if he was weightless.
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After the three helicopters have landed at Somerset House, Banning and Lynne exit Marine One. One of the wheels of the helicopter in the background hovers above the helicopter's shadow, never touching the ground. Marine One has an unnatural high-gloss sheen while landing.
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When the Scottish SAS soldier is describing the building layout on the monitor before Banning enters it, the voice over is clearly being done by Gerard Butler, using his native Scottish accent.
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In the Cabinet Office, during discussion of the British Prime Minister's funeral arrangements, the camera pans around the room while an aide discusses British involvement in international war. A laptop screen has Windows Image Viewer open, and an image of what appears to be two scanned documents. They would usually be read in a document reader, not as a picture/image.
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About 38 minutes, the 3 US Presidential helicopters are flying at an extremely low altitude, approximately 1000 feet. In a normal situation, the standard elevation is 4,000 feet, and this is anything but normal. They would be flying at probably twice that altitude (8,000 feet) to prevent any shoulder fired weapon to possibly damage them.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Big Ben's chimes are heard twice. The first time the bells strike the half-hour chimes when the clock shows quarter past the hour. The second time, when one of the towers at Westminster Abbey explodes, the clock strikes quarter past the hour when the time is completely different.
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Character error 

Marine One's pilot is inept at protecting the president during an unprecedented threat. Instead of making a beeline for the airport, he flies east, over St. Paul's Cathedral, where terrorists are known to be operating. After a few minutes in the air, Mike says they'll arrive at Air Force One in ten minutes. In an emergency, Marine One should have been flying at top speed at a high altitude, making the trip in about 7 minutes. When attacked by Stinger missiles, the pilot's evasive maneuvers take the copter back toward where the attacks occurred, instead of away from known enemies.
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At the end of the movie, Banning is about to submit his resignation. After a while he changes his mind, hovers the mouse button over "Cancel", thinks for a second, then and hits the "Return" key, which would send the letter.
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Continuity 

Toward the end of the film, when Mike is back home with Leah and their new baby, the shots alternate between closeups of Leah rubbing the baby's head and a wide shot of Leah. The closeups show a hand with long, painted fingernails, while the wide shots show her nails cut and unpainted.
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Errors in geography 

Just before the missile hits it, Marine One flies over Whitehall Place, and doesn't make any turns before it crashes in a park. St. James Park is just west of Whitehall Place. According to the satellite imagery in the White House bunker, the copter crashed in Hyde Park, about 1.5 miles to the northwest.
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Factual errors 

The President of France is shown sitting in his private boat by the River Thames. In real life, security protocols would not have allowed him to be so vulnerable.
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The Prime Minister of Japan is stuck in traffic on the Chelsea Bridge, ultimately causing him to get caught up in the explosions. As a head of government, he should have had a motorcade with police clearing the way, just like other world leaders depicted in the film.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The enemy hideout is discovered because of the power it took from the national grid when it was supposed to be deserted. When the soldiers arrive, the whole set-up is powered by generators; in fact their first objective is to knock out the main generator. Earlier in the movie, it was revealed that the terrorists cut power to all of London, explaining the need for a generator as well as a back-up.
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Plot holes 

It is unlikely that an MI6 'Safe House' would have a skylight through which entry could be made by an intruder.
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After the attack (about 35 minutes), Amir communicates with Sultan. Among other things he tells him, "Fate has smiled upon us. Go to Plan B". They do this over laptop computers. Not only that, Amir's is over a WiFi connection. There is no way they would communicate in such an easily traceable manner. This is a blatant mistake.
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This attack would take enormous planning. There is no way they could do this within such a short span of time (2 years), then implement it on a few days notice; especially with no one being the wiser. It is a ridiculous idea put into motion. This is a plot hole which the entire film is based upon.
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