The Da Vinci CodeGoofs
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(at around 55 mins) When Fache visits Andre Vernet in the hospital, he calls him Vernet Andre at the beginning of his interrogation - putting his last name first. Then he doesn't speak his name again. The English subtitles has Fache start into his interrogation using Andre Vernet's name (used correctly this time) later on in the discussion - not at the beginning.
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(at around 1h 4 mins) Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper is referred to as a fresco. Leonardo painted The Last Supper on DRY and not wet plaster, so it is not a true fresco. Because a fresco cannot be modified as the artist works, Leonardo instead chose to seal the stone wall with a layer of pitch, gesso and mastic, then paint onto it with tempera. Because it is not a true fresco, it cannot be moved easily, and this fact has caused it much deterioration and damages over the years. Furthermore, as it has received so much restoration, it is impossible to read as much into the detail of the painting as the narrative implies, as the level of detail concerned is more restoration than Da Vinci's original.
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(at around 50 mins) As Robert and Sophie travel in the back of the armored van to Leigh Teabing's residence, they hold hands in an attempt to calm Robert due to his claustrophobia. As they hold hands, an intermittent yellow light from an external source (supposedly street lamps) is seen. It would be impossible to see any such light from within the back of an armored van. It has also been revealed that they are traveling along a secluded country track with no street lighting.
Errors in geography
Sophie presses the tracking device he's found in his pocket into a (white) bar of soap he's taken from the toilets and throws it out of the window into the back of a truck. The Louvre toilets are supplied with large lemon-shaped (and lemon-scented... and lemon-colored) soaps fixed to metal rods over the sinks. The Louvre toilets do not have windows at all.
Vinegar or scientifically known as acetic acid is a weak acid and thus unable to dissolve a sturdy material such as papyrus. Even a strong acid, like hydrochloride acid, will takes hours to dissolve papyrus. So actually they can just force open the cryptex and the vinegar-soaked papyrus would still be intact and readable.
At the beginning of the movie Robert is on a conference about symbols. The first pictures he shows to the audience is a hood that the audience interprets as "racism", "hatred" or "Ku Klux Klan" but Robert says they would disagree in Spain where there are robes worn by priests. No priests dress that way in Spain, those are called "nazarenos" (nazarenes) and are laypersons who dress like that in the street processions.
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(at around 49 mins) The cryptex was said to be made by Leonardo Da Vinci, and the clue to open it refers to Isaac Newton's grave. Da Vinci (1452-1519) died 124 years before Newton (1643-1727) was even born. However, Sophie says that the cryptex was only designed by Da Vinci, not made by him. In the novel, Sophie states that this cryptex was built by her grandfather.
(at around 4 mins) In Langdon's opening presentation on symbology, he shows a series of slides of modern symbols and their ancient origins. The CND "peace sign" logo is shown followed by an inverted crucifix. In fact the CND logo was created in the 1950s in Britain, by superimposing the two semaphore symbols for "N" and "D", to stand for "nuclear disarmament". The false "broken cross" history of the symbol was invented in the 1970s in the United States - suggesting Langdon didn't do his research properly. However, Langdon's presentation doesn't just speak of the intended meaning of symbols, but also of the (often presumptuous) interpretation of them, making the CND slide particularly relevant.
(at around 1h 1 min) Teabing says that Constantine converted to Christianity on his deathbed. While it is true that Constantine became a follower of Christianity much earlier, it wasn't until he knew he was dying that he was baptized by the Arian priest Usebius. This was in accordance with the custom that a person was not baptized until old age in order to absolve them from as many sins as possible. Constantine died a few days after his baptism. This would technically make Teabing's remark true by today's standards, which call for converts to be baptized into the church. In today's world, Constantine was not a true Christian until he was baptized.
The cut of the initial sequence of the movie (intercuts between the Louvre murder and Langdon's lecture), as well as the fact that the police officers come for Langdon during his post-lecture signing of books, create a major continuity lapse in the police' reasoning that Langdon is suspect. How could he commit a murder in Louvre (which can be easily timed due to the victim activating the alarm) while giving a lecture to thousand people? (In the book, he is visited by police several hours after the lecture, which would then allow him enough time to possibly commit the crime, as he is suspected.)
If Sophie's grandfather Jacques knew that the holy grail is safely kept at Louvre and no one except Sophie's grandmother (who even Sophie or the Teacher didn't know about, the Teacher even didn't know Sophie was Jacques' granddaughter) knew about it, why did he ask Sophie to find Langdon? If he wanted Sophie to know about her lineage and/or holy grail, her grandmother who herself is a Priory of Sion member could explain it better than Langdon. There is no danger either to Sophie or Sophie's grandmother or to the holy grail. Silas could never get the holy grail with the information Jacques gave and it was just a red herring. If he wanted Sophie to find her family or her grandmother, all he had to do was do nothing. Her grandmother who knew about Sophie would find her anyway after things calmed down.