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The Beginning or the End (1947) Poster

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Continuity 

The view from the cockpit of the Enola Gay about to take off shows the plane "The Great Artiste" in the background, even though it had already taken off just moments before.
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The B-29 shown as the Enola Gay taxiing before takeoff has, incorrectly, it's defensive armament of machine guns. The B-29 as the Enola Gay shown taking off and flying the rest of the mission correctly does not.
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Factual errors 

The three bombers of the Hiroshima strike group are shown taking off in broad daylight when they actually took off in the middle of the night - around 03:00 local time.
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In the movie the character Matt Cochran (played by Tom Drake) has an accident in the laboratory on Tinian that eventually kills him from radiation poison, but he is credited with saving 40,000 lives because of his self-sacrifice of bare-handedly separating the radioactive materials. This incident did not happen on Tinian. Rather, it reflects a similar accident that killed Canadian scientist Louis Slotin at Los Alamos NM in May 1946.
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A "Little Boy" type uranium bomb, the type used at Hiroshima is shown being loaded onto the tower for the first A bomb test. Actually, a "Fat Man" type bomb (utilizing plutonium) was used in this test, this type later being used in the bombing of Nagasaki. (A "Little Boy" type bomb is correctly shown being carried by the Enola Gay in the bombing of Hiroshima.)
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The "Little Boy" bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima was not aerodynamically-shaped like the one in the movie. Instead, it was cylindrical with a rounded blunt end and a box-like fins. Additionally, it was not loaded in Enola Gay as depicted in the movie; actually, the bomb was placed in a pit and the plane was moved over it for uploading.
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The original Trinity Site bomb (called "the gadget" by the scientists) detonated in New Mexico in July 1945 was not the sleek, traditional bomb shape shown in the movie. Actually, "the gadget" was spherical and covered externally with wires.
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The planes on the Hiroshima mission did not encounter any anti-aircraft fire as depicted in the film.
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Miscellaneous 

In all the close-ups of the B-29's where the crew is shown looking out. There is no glass in any of the windows.
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