From cameramen standing around in the final cut of Harry Potter to head banging Stormtroopers, join us as we take a look at 15 HUGE mistakes in your favourite movies.
15. Malcolm X
During a scene where Malcolm X, played by Denzel Washington, has his home come under fire, he calls out for someone to call 911. Malcolm X was assassinated in February 1965. The emergency telephone number 911 wasn’t created till February 1968.
14. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
In Star Wars: Episode V A New Hope there’s a scene where several stormtroopers are entering a control room. As they enter, one hits hit noggin’ on the low doorway. While this isn’t really a mistake as such, it’s a pretty big gaffe to be left in the final cut of the film. In the 2004 DVD re-release, George Lucas had a novelty sound effect put in to highlight the incident. He even deliberately paid homage to the now famous head bump by having Jango Fett hit his head in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
13. The Dark Knight
The Gotham Times must have been having an off day when they let this edition hit the streets. The headline has a blatant spelling error!
12. Jurassic Park
During the T-Rex breakout scene in Jurassic Park, a goat leg mysteriously vanishes. After the kids watch the cups of water shaking, a goat leg is flung from the T-Rex enclosure and lands on the sun roof of the tour car. Then, just moments later, we see a shot looking up at the sun roof and the leg is missing, with no sign of blood what so ever.
Through out the 1995 epic war film, Braveheart, lead character William Wallace wears the iconic Scottish kilt. The problem is Braveheart is set in the 13th century; kilts can only be traced back as far as the late 16th century – putting old mate Wallace some 300 years ahead of the fashion trend.
10. Titanic – Protagonist Jack Dawson tells a story about going ice fishing on Lake Wissota when he was young. The lake, which is located in Wisconsin, is man-made. It formed when a hydro-electric dam was built on the Chippewa River in 1917 – five years after the Titanic sank.
9. Pretty Woman
During the breakfast scene of Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts is sitting there munching away on a croissant. After a quick shot of Richard Gere it cuts back to Julia Roberts eating a pancake. This is either a continuity error or her character is ravenously eating different bits of food, off shot, every three seconds.
8. Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club is set in 1985, yet behind Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew Mcconaughey, is a poster of a Lamborghini Aventador. This particular car didn’t launch until February 28, 2011. It’s bemusing why a set director would do that.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
In this shot here you can clearly see, to the left of screen, a guy dressed in a white cowboy hat, sunglasses, and a t-shirt. Obviously this is a wayward film crew member and not a futuristic pirate crew member. Either way, it’s bizarre this shot made it through the editing process.
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Sticking with crew members left in shot. During the dueling scene in Chamber of Secrets, Harry smashes Malfoy to the ground with a spell. As Snape picks him up, to the left of screen you can clearly see a cameraman intently watching the action. If only he was wearing Peverell’s Cloak of Invisibility.
5. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
In this scene there is a blatant change in planes. In the first shot we see on the side of the plan the alphanumeric code N3035C, then moments later when the aircraft takes off it displays the code N3973F. I’m sure basic continuity was the least of the director’s worries when working with such a poo-poo script.
4. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
This one is pretty famous now and it’s quite hard to show using a still image. But in the scene where Indie comes face-to-face with a cobra, there is actually a plate of glass separating the two. In the original VHS release it was easy to spot however it was removed in the DVD re-release. So thankfully Harrison Ford’s beautiful face was never at risk.
In the chariot chase scene in Gladiator, when one of the carts tips over you can clearly see a gas canister fastened to the bottom of the chariot. Perhaps the secret to the success of the Roman empire was the early discovery of pressurised, hydrocarbon gases?
2. North by Northwest
In the background of the famous restaurant scene in Hitchcock’s classic North by Northwest, you can see a small boy anticipating the loud bang the prop gun is about to make. He puts his fingers in his ears knowing full well what is about to happen.
When Elsa sings the now iconic ‘Let it go’, we see an interesting character revelation. Aside from her talent for manipulating ice, she demonstrates another bizarre ability. She shows us that she’s capable of morphing her pony tail through her shoulder! If you look closely as she let’s her hair down, it clearly slides right through her arm.