15 Mistakes You Never Noticed in Great Movies

15 Mistakes You Never Noticed in Great Movies
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We all love the movies, don’t we? There are few things better in life that a bucket of Coke and an ever bigger bucket of popcorn under each arm as you trot eagerly towards your seat in the theater. The movie business is huge, raking in billions of dollars worldwide each year. But as much as we love our films, they’re not perfect. Far from it, indeed. You’ve only got to pay attention when watching your favorite flicks and you’ll soon notice that film makers mess up from time to time. Movie bloopers are more common than you might think. Even in great films. We’ve rounded up fifteen of the best for your viewing delight. Enjoy!

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Saving Private is Steven Spielberg’s epic World War Two movie, with an ensemble cast. They all gather round to help the effort to save, well – you guessed it – Private Ryan, played by Matt Damon. But it doesn’t go exactly to plan. In the film and on the set. Here we see some rather obvious and noticeable prosthetics that are visible on the chest of the actor Giovanni Ribisi. An unfortunate fail, this. You’d have thought Spielberg would know better, wouldn’t you?!

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We’re sure that in the real-life Titanic disaster, no one who perished that day was keen to die. In fact, we’re certain that they all tried their best to survive. And sadly failed. But in James Cameron’s movie version, the movie producers cheated. They weren’t allowing gravity to take its course of action, they cheated with the use of wires to drag people into the sea. Trouble is – it was all caught in the film. A serious blooper…

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Now, we can’t say with any real authority, but we’re guessing that – when you shoot someone in the face with a shotgun – the back of someone’s head doesn’t splatter everywhere after after the gun goes off. Again, we’re no experts on the matter, but simple physics (cause and effect) should prove this. Still, time travel’s possible in The Terminator movies, so who knows what kind of magic was employed here to achieve this pre-emptive head explosion…

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Anything Arnold Schwarzenegger can do, John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson can do better, as the old song doesn’t go. If The Terminator can blow the back of someone’s head out before squeezing trigger, then the two Pulp Fiction hitmen in Quentin Tarantino’s cult 1994 movie can put bullet holes in the wall before opening fire. Want to argue with them about it not being possible? We dare you. We double dare you!

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In the murky and depressed world of Se7en, the color of the detectives’ shirts really should be the last thing they worry about. With bodies piling up and the spectre of John Milton’s Paradise Lost informing the sickest movie serial killer since Dr. Hannibal Lector, wardrobes are a secondary thought. And that’s proved when Morgan Freeman’s detective character can be seen in a cab to the library in one color shirt and once inside the library? He’s wearing another color. That’s a deadly sin by the continuity man, surely.

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You know that old cliche about how if you time travel and change something in the past it can ‘drastically alter the future…’ The butterfly effect kind of thing? It’s a plot device in every time travel movie. Including Back To The Future. And Marty McFly or Doc must have fiddled with something because they ended up in a DeLorean that could miraculously swap over its speedometer in the blink of an eye. Either that or the crew made a big, big error… If only they could go back to the past to sort it out, eh?

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You remember Speed, don’t you? Jan de Bont’s high octane action thriller starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper. It was, as its name suggests, pretty fast paced. But the action didn’t roll along quick enough to mean that this cameraman went unnoticed. Unfortunately for him and everyone else (especially the movie’s editor). Look, we don’t expect invisible cameramen, but we also don’t need to see them…

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Look, we know they’re animated characters and as such don’t exist, but c’mon… The lack of relfections here is a huge movie mistake. The TV doesn’t technically exist, either – if you want to get into that argument. But before we get too existential and start having a breakdown of some sort, let’s reel things back in. This blooper’s from Toy Story and it should never have happened. It’s as simple as that. Never in a million Buzz Lightyears.

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“I don’t know, but I’ve been told. The United Kingdom’s mighty cold!” And it sure is. Things might have been slightly warmer for these US Army types training for deployment in Vietnam if Stanley Kubrick hadn’t insisted on shooting Full Metal Jacket in England, where he lived. You’d never know, either. So long as you didn’t know what UK road markings look like, that is.

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If you remember that classic scene in Ben Hur with Charlton Heston, with the chariots being pulled round the auditorium by horses, you know how majestic a sight these races must have been. If you remember the classic scene in Gladiator (and have a keen eye), you’ll know how fast they go and why. Gas canisters powered them on! Surely that’s cheating. It gets a serious thumbs down from us.

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Look, this technically does count as a movie mistake, okay? So we’re kind of duty bound to point it out. It’s from John McTiernan’s eighties classic, Die Hard. The movie that made Brice Willis and dirty vests forever cool. It’s a flick that’s all about guns and punching and grease and cops and high-rise buildings… It’s not about sub-editing and proof-reading and spelling tests… So let’s just move on, shall we?

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Commando is renowned for being the movie with the most amount of kills by a single person at the time. Sly Stallone’s most recent Rambo flick has since stolen that crown, but Arnie was once the big hitter, kill-wise. He was also able to fix cars and panel beat from the inside, while driving. Either that or the makers chuffed up and got the continuity wrong on the damage to this yellow getaway Porsche.

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John Hurt’s rather wisely opted for a helmet here. One – there’s a dangerous alien about the spaceship that he needs to protect his head and brain from. And two – well, he’s in a spaceship. And gravity’s notoriously tricky in space, so spacesuits are normally a decent idea. Hoods, though – they’re optional. As you can see. One minute there is one, the next it vanishes. Boo Alien.

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Inception now. And this movie mistake amuses us quite a bit. Imagine noticing these headphones disappearing. As if that’s the most jarring thing about Christopher Nolan’s headscratchfest. The fact that some headphones go walking from Joseph Gordon Levitt’s earholes pales into insignificance when you try look at it in the context of the scene. It’s layer nine of a whole heap of dreams or alternate realities or whatever the Hell it is Inception’s supposed to be about… *head explodes* *Headphones disappear*

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A lot of people are dubious about the police in this day and age and the seemingly constant stream of negative news stories followed by PR stunts designed to make us feel good about the cops leaves us in a bit of a daze. Are they the good guys? Or power hungry fascists with itchy trigger fingers? They need to stick to their original motto. Whatever that was. We forget. As did the people in the props department on The Terminator.