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(2014)

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Anachronisms 

At the end, a man plays a banjo on a riverboat. The banjo has steel strings with frets and a design that first appeared around 1890. In the 1850s, banjos had gut strings and no frets.
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Mary's En field musket is a 1858 model. The film is set in 1854.
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As Briggs loads his wagon on the ferry over the Missouri River -- presumably the Lone Tree Ferry between Omaha, NB and Council Bluffs, IA -- you can see the modern-day river restraining berms along the bank.
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Character error 

In the opening scene Mary Bee plows in the wrong direction, throwing dirt onto the unplowed ground instead of towards the plowed ground.
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Gro Svendsen is allegedly Norwegian, but the song she is singing is Danish, written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1829. Also the conversations between Gro and Thor, is spoken in Danish.

The Svendsens are Danish. The joke is that the townsfolk can't tell the difference and call them Norwegian.
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Continuity 

Before coming to their final destination, the paint horse tied to the back of the wagon changes to the sorrel.
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After Briggs is rescued by Cuddy, she takes him home on her wagon. As she stops outside Briggs face is dirty at 26m 11s but he is still on the wagon but with a clean face at 26m 23s after a change of shot.
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When Mary Bee is at the grave of the little girl and stays behind to "repair it", her bonnet blows away. She doesn't pick it up when she gets on the horse and rides away. However, when we see her hanging, she is wearing her bonnet.
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Errors in geography 

During the Indian attack, every shot of the carriage has mountains in the background. The road from Nebraska to Iowa is nowhere near any mountains.
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Plot holes 

When Cuddy draws the black bean, which means she will transport the women, someone remarks that it is May 4, and she should be back by the 4th of July, which means, of course, that it is late spring. Yet in the first few days they run into snowfall, and Briggs constantly complains about the cold nights. The women show no apparent discomfort when they are bathed naked in a stream.
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Spoilers

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Crew or equipment visible 

When Briggs finds Cuddy after she has hanged herself, the noose is not tight and the safety harness is visible.
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