10 Movie Mistakes That Were Obvious

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No matter how many millions of dollars the studios spend on a movie, mistakes or bloopers are inevitable. Most of these mistakes are continuity errors or something may be visible that shouldn’t be visible. Some pedantic moviegoers watch out for them like hawks and pounce. To be honest, most of us don’t even notice until it’s pointed out to us. Here are some of the more, shall we say…obvious ones…that slipped through the net.

10. Reservoir Dogs

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi

The cult movie about a heist gone wrong produced an unforgettable scene in which a police officer named Marvin Nash is tortured by three of the gang to the sound of the Stealer’s Wheel song, ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’. Nash’s hands are handcuffed and they keep switching from being cuffed in front of him and being cuffed behind his back throughout the scene.

9. Full Metal Jacket

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio

Kubrick filmed his anti-war movie in England, skillfully using locations to create the story. The attention to detail slipped up however, in the scene where the Marines are jogging in the ‘training camp’. The road they are jogging on shows British road markings, which would not be seen in the US.

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by Peter Jackson
Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood

Fake wounds are common in action scenes and it’s good to remember where they are on the body, so continuity between takes is maintained. Frodo has a scar on his face for part of the film. It keeps changing position and size. It must be the work of wizards (or the make up department).

7. Jurassic Park

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

In the youtube movie clip you can see the “live” movie feed (2:38 mark) which is actually a Quicktime movie being played. Maybe the movie makers thought since this was an Apple Macintosh application most people wouldn’t recognize that it was obviously a pre-recorded movie. The storm effects are pretty good, though.

6. Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

Gladiator brought back the Roman epic, aided by modern CGI special effects and impressive fight scenes. During the Battle of Carthage, a chariot is knocked on to its side and hits a wall, whereupon a blanket lifts up to reveal a gas cylinder in the back. What did the Romans ever do for us? They didn’t introduce a gas supply, that’s for sure.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Directed by Gore Verbinsky
Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightly

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise revived swashbuckling for a modern audience. In the scene when Captain Jack Sparrow says, ‘on deck, you scabrous dogs’, a crew member is clearly visible looking out to sea, dressed in a tee shirt and cowboy hat, and sporting a pair of sunglasses.


4. Teen Wolf

Starring Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti

Everyone is aware of Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, but the first wardrobe mishap actually occurred during another Championship Game – between the Beavers and the Dragons. In the final victory scene you see Scott’s dad coming out of the crowd to congratulate him. There is a fan behind him who exposes himself to the camera. While Janet’s exposure made the headlines, this exposure may be what started it all.

3. Commando

Directed by Mark Lester
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong

After chasing down the unscrupulous Sully, the yellow Porsche is wrecked on the left side. When Arnold commandeers the Porsche and drives it away, and it’s fine. Of course this may have been the first Transformers movie and we didn’t know it.

2. Star Wars

Directed by George Lucas
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

Someone should have widened the doorways on the Death Star. As stormtroopers burst into the room, one of them hits his head on the door frame. Ouch! At least he had his helmet on. The re-mastered version of the film is in on the joke and has incorporated a ‘thud’ sound effect. Noel Coward famously said, ‘learn the lines and don’t bump into the furniture’.

1. North by Northwest

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint

Instructing extras on how to behave in a scene is all-important. In a scene in a café at the Mount Rushmore memorial, a young boy in the background puts his fingers in his ears before the sound of gunfire is heard.  He’d read the script and knew what was coming!

Thanks to Movie Mistakes, they were instrumental in making this list.


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83 Comments

  1. I always thought it was funny to see the cobra's reflection in the Raiders of the Lost Ark and you could see the pole under the truck when it flipped and exploded when Indy was trying to save Marion.

    These little quirks give movies more personality, I think.

  2. The storm effect were good in Jurassic Park because the footage is real. A hurrican hit Kauai (one of the movie locations) while they were filming.

  3. Similar to the road markings FMJ entry – in the Wolverine movie the bit where he is living as a lumberjack is set in Canada but filmed in NZ. there is an aerial shot as he drives his car across a bridge and road marking can clearly be seen – it is a white arrow pointing the opposite direction to the way he is driving as in NZ they drive on the other side of the road.

    Note to guys in post treatment – Whoops! you forgot to block something out!

  4. what about three men and a baby when the director's son appeared behind the curtains ….. well probably wans't a mistake but a paranormal thing.

    • That’s stupid. It was neither a child nor was it a ghost. It was a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson. I’m sick of this stupid myth.

      • waaawaaa boo hoo. i’m sick of your insinuating that a ghost can and indeed does look like Ted Danson. Thats what the world is sick of….it’s you.

  5. Regarding Reservoir Dogs, I think there is another more important mistake about the film.

    In the blastoff scene, where everyone is being gun pointed and then shot, NOBODY is aiming his gun towards Nice Guy Eddie, but when the shooting begins, he receives a gunshot and dies.

    so…..Who shot nice guy eddie?

    • Keitel shoots twice, once while standing, once while going down. I had to do a frame by frame myself.

  6. Great list. I saw Brothers today, and in one scene a man is being walked down a hall, and we see from behind the character's head and the head of a man with long grey hair. The shot cuts to the front of him and the man had short black hair. I don't watch for bloopers, but it was way too obvious.

  7. goonies has a lot as well, when sean ashtin was yellin at the guy who played hes brother he called him by hes real name

  8. Wawan_Indonesia on

    there is two more movie I've seen before that has a mistakes too. .

    1. Transformer 1 : when the people talking in the dam, the clock on the wall is "spin faster" than the time.. I don't know, why short talking spend about 15 minutes. ( showed by the clock in the dam's wall).

    2. Mission Imposible III : When Tom Cruise fight in the factory ( I think ) and he want to safe his wife, after the fight until the enemy down and unconfuse, he throw something in front of his enemy face, but the unconfiuse enemy blink his eyes..

    I found it my self.. and i never read it in any blog or website before..

    • In regards to Transformer 1 – in the scene where he scrambles out of his jeans when fighting the little guy (megan fox took a saw to it), he jumps into the car in just his boxers and takes off. Next scene they are in the tunnel and get “kicked out” by Bumblebee. And he has on his jeans that he left at the last battle. Where did he get them?

      • Okay, forgive if I’m wrong because I haven’t seen that movie in awhile, but I do remember when they go to get Megan Fox’s (was her name Mikayla or something in the movie?) phone, (which was actually that transformer) Sam quickly grabs his pants…Or she grabbed them, I can’t remember. But they did get his pants 😛

  9. I don’t know if the person who wrote this actually watched these movies, at least #3 Comando, the porche scene he is talking about is actually false, yes the porche gets wrecked onto it’s side , however it doesn’t just jump to a scene where he drives it away, unless it’s a tv version with scenes cut short, because he pushes it back over onto it’s wheels before doing so. I know this and i haven’t watched that film since the late 80’s ealry 90’s.

    • It doesn’t matter what scenes happened between the two, unless one of the scenes involved them getting some serious body work done on that car.

      And, granted, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen Commando, but I don’t think you’re right. You’re saying there’s a scene where Arnold flips the car over onto it’s wheels before they drive off by AFTER they get in? Logic not detected [a]bort, [r]etry, [f]ail.

      • Tell you what, go rent the movie and watch just that part then. He runs the guy off the road where the yellow porche goes up on its side, after he hangs the guy by his ankle over the guardrail and drops him, he walks over and pushes the car over from its side onto its wheels and drives off.

        • JJ, I think you are completely missing the point. It has nothing to do with what happens between, the fact of the matter is still that the car recieves damage to the side, and later on, the damage has dissappeared. Unless you can tell me that there is another scene inbetween missing where he takes the car to a mechanic to have some body work done to fix the dents on the side?

        • Also, Matrim’s comment is correct… In the first part of the clip, you can see them sliding themselves into the car, this happens after he has pushed it back onto it’s wheels, so really, where is the problem? The big problem is the side of the car, as you should be able to see if you watched the video posted and watched the placements of the rings and what happens inside them :/

  10. Well I don’t know what she was doing but that was not a man exposing himself in the teen wolf clip. That was definitely a girl…you can see breasts.

    • I always figured she ate too much at craft services and popped the jeans to get a little relief, but forgot to reclose them before filming 🙂

  11. Number 3 was a mistake in the movie “The Italian Job” as well. In one of the last scenes where all three mini coopers are being chased by the helicopters, “Handsome Rob” tells “Left Ear” to open the passenger door and stop the guy on his motorcycle. The door comes off but in the next camera shot, the car doesn’t have a scratch on it and looks brand new.

  12. You missed the most epic one, docs kid pointing at his “flux Capacitor” in the ending of Back to the future 3 :

  13. Another pretty large mistake… in Twister, when they are driving the red truck and avoiding all the flying debre, the windshield is smashed, but changes side when they go to a view from outside.

  14. In the movie “Stop Loss” there is a scene where SSG King has just gone AWOL. He drives to his parents house and is about to hop over the barbed wire fence. He starts to jump and they cut to him just getting over it. When the cut to him, it is now a chain link fence.

  15. Kubrick was trying to show what Parris Island was like.

    Having gone through Marine Boot Camp several years ago, I remember the British Road Markings. We were planning on attacking England. There wasn’t any reason for it. We were just tired of having to take over really crappy places and England would be a nice change of pace.

    In reality, I can tell you that no other movie in history comes as close for me, as showing what the Marines and especially what Parris Island Boot Camp was like, than this film.

  16. NxNW=best film evar thx 4 pointing out that kid

    It seems more likely than reading the script that was a second take or they had rehearsed it and that ‘s how the kid learned when the noise would erupt. must’ve used a very loud on set sound effect.

    AQUADUCT!

  17. Bryan Agoncillo on

    Well the best part it isn’t as noticeable as it may seem as I never noticed them before.. Until Now!! Haha

  18. gerard Haughey on

    The movie flannel pajamas was playing.. it was about 1am my wife and I were watching it when at this one point of the movie.. one of the actors said to another “what’s his phone number” or something like that.. so he gives out this phone number complete with “212” area code and not a “555” number.. So I call it. At 1am. And a man picks up the phone- and says ‘hello’ guess who it was?

    The Director Jeff Lipsky-

    He didn’t even say that much.. I thought it was a pretty cool easter egg that I found.

  19. For the commando one you don’t actually see the side that he’s on when he drives away. According to the clip there is no error.

    • Sure there is. Granted, when he backs up, you see the opposit side, but when you see the rearshot of the car driving away, you also see the dirvers side (granted from a very tight angle, but you see the entire side). In the clip given, you can freeze frame it right before it changes to 0:18 seconds to get the side fully lit too.

    • The editing of Commando was the biggest blooper – how many times did we see the blue stunt bags at the bottom of the shot whenever a bloke fell of the roof?

  20. Someone said before about Step Up 2.
    It’s at the end, Moose is talking to the girl and his hat changes direction numerous times.
    it amused me and my friend for a while:D

  21. how about the matrix redux the cars flipping didn’t have an exhaust or muffler. in Reservoir Dogs the door opens and Harvey Keitel walks over and closes it and you can see the sound truck. Reservoir Dogs cost 1.2 million and is a great movie. but to continue pulp fiction the bullet holes are always in the wall behind Jules and Vincent along with a bad cut when Butch raises the sword to zed. but what does it matter those people make quality work ant it’s appreciated

    to Anne Iredale put up or _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ !

    you can fill in that blank

  22. How is Boyz In the Hood not on this list? The raking of all those leaves with no tree is classic. They even made fun of it in “Don’t be a menace to South Central while drinking your juice in the hood.”

  23. The Departed – great movie and I have watched it at least 100 times. Towards the end, when DiCaprio arrests Damon, he handcuffs him on the roof to bring down the elevator. When in the elevator, he slams Damon against the wall and he puts his arm out to brace himself, clearly not handcuffed. At the very end, when Wahlberg shoots Damon, the dead guy on the floor is not Damon. He has a 5 o’clock shadow, black hair, and different clothes.

  24. Y’all forgot another classic. In the first Star Wars movie there was that pack of cigarettes left on the floor of the hangerbay floor. I caught it once years ago when it was first mentioned, but lost that copy of the tape over the years. watch any newer copy and you cannot find it, or at least i haven’t.

  25. Coyote Ugly. One moment the girls dancing on the bar are soaked, the next they are completely dry ;D

  26. Great! By the way, as a Czechs/foreigners we have a lot of fun with movie´s translators/translations. Everybody here, in Prague, loves “The Rock” (movie) cause of legendary soldier called gen. Attorney (probably John?:-)

  27. No one has mentioned the continuity era in Casablanca. Wet trench coat in rain while reading letter, dry trench coat when boarding train.