Find a comfortable seat and grab yourself a popcorn and an oversized soda, because we're going on a trip to the movies! Only instead of a tour of the best movie moments of all time, we're going to show you the bits that the producers wished nobody had ever noticed.
Movie writers and directors are as human as you and me, and that means from time to time they make a mistake. They employ continuity errors to pick up on these mistakes, but unfortunately those people are human, too. So, some of them get missed, and eagle-eyed viewers are there to pick up on them.
Here are some bloopers from big films that you might not have noticed when you first saw them. We're not trying to ruin the fun of the films for you, but we do wonder how they made it through to the final cut. Even some of the greatest movies of all time have shocking mistakes in them!
We're starting off like we mean business. Braveheart was a box office sensation, making huge amounts of money and receiving five Oscars. It's a tale of the Scottish nation's heroic fight for independence, led by a face-painted Mel Gibson on horseback as William Wallace. This was a time of feudalism and fire, when men did battle with swords and shields. A time before guns, or tanks, or planes. And definitely a time before motor vehicles.
There are a few historical inaccuracies that people have enjoyed pointing out in this film. The flag Gibson paints on his face hadn't been created at the time of Wallace's life. His clothing isn't accurate. Some of his achievements have been exaggerated. And, if we're being cruel, the accent isn't fantastic either. But did you notice the car driving past in the background of a battle scene? You'd think that on the set of a historical epic they might at least have closed the roads!
Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King
We're a little more understanding of this one. When you shoot three epic movies pretty much back to back, and they're as long as the "Lord of the Rings" movies are, the odd mistake is bound to creep past tired eyes in the editing room. We're going to blame this one on the usually impeccable Sir Ian McKellan, who forgot one tiny detail when he went to put his costume on.
Here's Gandalf, ready to pitch in on the battlefield for all that is good and holy. And there, underneath the wizard's sleeve, is McKellan's wristwatch for all to see. Maybe there's a way around this one - Gandalf is a wizard after all, so maybe he magically created himself a way of telling the time years before anybody else thought of the idea. But if he could do that, why didn't he create himself a gun to fight with instead of a sword?
The Wizard Of Oz
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow... basic continuity from scene to scene, because if you don't, somebody's going to notice. Everyone's favorite childhood movie was a nightmare shoot for the actors. Filming went on for sixteen hours a day, six days a week, for an entire six months. It was exhausting and didn't give the performers time to do much else with their lives. Get a haircut, for example.
Judy Garland's star turn as Dorothy made her megastar and endeared her to the hearts of millions, but there was something very strange going on with her hair. It changes dramatically in length from scene to scene. Would it really have been too much to arrange a haircut for her so things could stay consistent? In fact, isn't there literally an entire hair and makeup department on a movie set for this exact reason?
It's judgment day for bad continuity editors. Perhaps the director said, "I'll be back... to re-shoot this later on, because it isn't right", but just never had the time. Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to need your clothes, your boots, and a second take at this scene. The legendary film was light years ahead of its time in terms of special effects, and audiences were amazed by the shape-shifting abilities of Robert Patrick as the T1000.
Shooting the T1000 was a waste of time, because it just absorbed bullets and morphed itself back together again. Perhaps it also had a way of knowing danger was coming and getting out of the way, though, because in this scene it manages to split its own head open before Arnie even pulls the trigger. It's no use spending all that money on the latest CGI technology if you can't get the physical things right!
The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan's take on the world of "Batman" is a very dark one indeed. Far removed from the campy interpretations of the 60s TV show and the Val Kilmer and George Clooney movies with their comic book style, Nolan's "Batman" depicts a very real feeling Gotham City on its knees. Society is breaking down. The police are stretched to their limits. Criminal gangs roam around every corner. And standards of journalism have gone through the floor.
Like "Superman", identifying "Batman" shouldn't be a major job for a determined journalist with a little investigative skill. He may be wearing a mask, but he's still very visibly Bruce Wayne, and how hard can it be to track something as massive as the Batmobile back to Wayne Manor? Unfortunately for Gotham, the writers of "The Gotham Times" aren't even capable of spelling the word "heist" correctly on the main headline of their front page.
Pretty woman, walking down the street. Pretty woman, guess she needs to eat? Something is going on with Julia Roberts' character in "Pretty Woman". Either she's very hungry, and she eats a lot faster than any human being we've ever seen, or a director has made a cringe-worthy and embarrassing mistake between two almost identical shots.
Here she is in her luxury apartment, enjoying breakfast with Richard Gere. In the first picture, she's got a croissant in her hand. The camera cuts away so we see Gere's character for just a couple of seconds, and when we come back she's already half her way through a pancake. We know that someone in the same line of work as her character might not get to live this sort of lifestyle very often, but there's no reason to force food down that fast. She'll get indigestion!
Pirates of the Caribbean
There are a few basic jobs you need to get right when you're a stagehand working on a movie. Make sure you get the lighting rigs in the right place. Make sure the sound equipment is set up and working properly. Make sure the area you're filming in is locked off from the public. And do not, in any circumstances, walk across the set when filming is going on. Here's a guy who couldn't handle the basics.
In the very first movie in the franchise, when Jack Sparrow shouts out "On deck, you scabrous dogs!", Johnny Depp must have been really convincing in his performance. So much so that this guy jumped on deck right behind him, wearing his aviator sunglasses and his stetson. Either his sense of style was even more unique than Sparrow's, or he's blundered into a scene he had no business being in, and nobody noticed.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
We advise whoever was responsible for this foul up to stay out of whip and gun range of Indiana Jones. The action movies are all also historical dramas, with the scenery designed to go with the story. That means close attention has to be paid to how buildings look, what technology is on display, and what everyone is wearing - even the extras. Somebody on the set of this epic was sleeping on the job.
In the background of this scene, where we see Harrison Ford in his iconic role drowning his sorrows at the bar, there's a guy walking down the street without a care in the world, dressed in a t-shirt and jeans. It doesn't look like one of the production staff, so presumably someone saw an extra dressed like this and thought it was fine to wave him onto the set, figuring nobody would notice. Wrong!
A lot of people think "Shawshank Redemption" is the perfect film. It's definitely one of the best ever film adaptations of Stephen King's work, and many people don't even realize the famous horror writer is the author of the original text. Whilst it is an incredible movie, it's not quite perfect. There's a tiny little mistake, hidden away.
The Governor of the jail looks like the sort of man who has impressive attention to detail, but even with a magician's sleight of hand, he couldn't have achieved this trick so quickly. He unloads a gun, and the bullets fall out of it, scattering all over his desk. Mere second later, they're neatly lined up next to each other in front of his pen. It seems unlikely that a man would simultaneously have such a fixation on keeping his desk so clean, and yet not notice that someone was spending years digging a tunnel out of their prison cell, so we're saying it's a blooper.
Our mother always said that making movies is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get. In the case of this Tom Hanks classic, it's a timing mistake that's out by more than a decade.
Forrest and Jenny have a fine old time in the film celebrating the 4th of July at Forrest's house, but were you keeping an eye on what was on television? His TV could apparently receive transmissions from the far future, because we can see a firework display at the Statue of Liberty... after it had been restored. Lady Liberty is looking her best in a way that wouldn't have been possible way back in 1976 because restoration work was only completed a full ten years later. Given that he was apparently getting news and pictures from days yet to come, it's no wonder that Forrest was a little confused about a few things!
We all love a tale of bravery and heroism, especially when it's based on a true story. Very few films tick those boxes in the same way that "American Sniper" does, and Bradley Cooper's performance as former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is just phenomenal. This is a tale of real grit, real determination, real courage...and a fake baby.
The baby in this scene is, very obviously, a doll. There's not even been any attempt made to hide it. Apparently, the real life baby that was due to be in the scene was taken ill, and there was no time to find a replacement, so they had to improvise. We're not convinced. Surely in the time it takes to go to a shop and buy a toy doll, you could phone a few people and find a baby to borrow for a few minutes?
The first "Best Picture" Oscar winner of the 21st century can't possibly have a big, glaring mistake in it, right? Wrong. He is Maximus Decimus Meridius, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And he will have his revenge for this blooper in this life or the next.
During the epic fight scene in the coliseum, a chariot is knocked over and spills out onto the floor, clearly exposing a gas canister which is being used to propel it (they didn't really use the horses for that whilst making the movie. Sorry to spoil the magic). We're pretty sure we don't need to point out that this kind of technology was several centuries out from the era they movie was set in. Maybe we've all misunderstood "Gladiator" for all these years, and it's actually the greatest steam-punk movie ever made?
Saving Private Ryan
The battle for the title of "Greatest World War II movie of all time" is almost as fiercely fought as the war itself. "Dambusters" has got to be in the conversation, as has "Schindler's List". The more recent "Dunkirk" has made its way into the argument now too, but a lot of people will point to "Saving Private Ryan" and say it's never been topped.
They may have a point, but that doesn't mean it gets a free pass in terms of historical accuracy. Remember when Captain Miller gets heroically wounded in battle, and needs a little chill out time? He takes a pause to rest up against a motorcycle. The problem is that the bike is a Ural M-63, a model that wasn't invented until almost 20 years after the war ended. We're happy to give producers a little leeway, but that's not even close!
Dallas Buyer's Club
Matthew McConaughey put himself through Hell in preparation for his role in "Dallas Buyer's Club". He basically lived the part, forcing himself through a punishing schedule to lose weight to the point where he looks physically ill, and completely committing himself to the part. The least he should have been able to expect from the people making the movie is a little attention to detail when designing the scenery, but alas, no.
Here's Ron Woodruff hard at work in his office, surrounded by the things that motivate him and make him happy. That stetson on the wall, for example, that no proud Texan should ever be seen without. And then that poster of his dream car behind him, too. Woodruff must have been dreaming really big, because way back in 1985 he was capable of imagining, designing and then picturing a Lamborghini Aventador that wouldn't become a reality until 2011.
Remember everything we said about "Django Unchained", and all the things we've come to expect from Tarantino movies? Maybe we should add "unforgivable continuity errors" to the list. Don't tell the man himself that we've noticed this, we've heard he gets a little angry.
Marvin Nash is a heck of a guy. He can take a licking and keep ticking, and he can also apparently perform contortionist tricks that would have Houdini up out of his seat and applauding. Here he is in one scene with his hands cuffed behind his back. Once the assault is over, they're cuffed in front of him. Either he's been hit so hard that his entire spine flipped inside out, or the director wasn't paying attention to detail when they went to finish the scene. We'll let you make your own minds up.
Perhaps, if you make a movie with a name like "Titanic", it's only right that you make an absolutely massive error with the time-line. Everybody remembers the iconic scene in the water where Jack is talking to Rose and they say their goodbyes. Fewer people remember a conversation earlier in the film where they're getting to know each other, and Jack casually mentions that his father used to take him fishing at Lake Wassota.
Jack is a man of unusual charm and appeal, and perhaps part of that charm comes from the fact that he's a time traveler. He'd have to be. Lake Wassota was created by a man-made dam in 1917 - some five years after the Titanic sank. We realize there was no Google in 1998 when the film was made, but this sort of information surely had to be in an encyclopedia?
We've got chills, they're multiplying, and we're losing control. Because the bloopers this film's supplying - they're electrifying! And we mean that quite literally in this case, because we're talking about electric lighting. Everybody's seen "Grease", and we mean everybody. We think it's required by law, or something. But how many of you have spotted this mistake?
The actor playing this waitress had pretty much one job, and she managed to get it wrong. Walk into the room, turn the light on, and carry on going - only she missed the light completely. It didn't seem to matter though, because the light came on anyway. Maybe the place was kitted out with Amazon Home? They do say the movie was years ahead of its time, after all. We hope she didn't make the same mistake with the oven, or that food's going to be stone cold.
10 Things I Hate About You
Does anyone actually remember the 10 things Julia Stiles' character hates about Health Ledger's in this classic romantic comedy? Here's a reminder. One is that she hates the way he talks to her, and the way he cuts his hair. That's two things actually, but we'll let her off. She also hates the way he drives her car, so she should probably stop letting him do it. She fails to mention hating the way that the film allows blatant mistakes to stay in the final edit.
When Bianca shoots her gym teacher with an arrow - accidentally, or so she says - another student runs off to get help. Unfortunately, the actor visibly pulls up and stops running before getting out of shot. She must have thought that she was safely out of view. Either that or she really hated that teacher.
Oh no. It's happened again. Quentin Tarantino, we are so sorry. If you're still using the same team that you were when you were making all these classics, consider firing somebody and hiring someone new to look after the continuity. Any of the people on the internet who've pointed this one out will probably be fine for the job!
Pulp Fiction is a legendary movie, and some would say it's even Tarantino's first major success. Almost every line in the film is quotable, and that includes the "English, do you speak it?" conversation before the famous shootout that miraculously misses John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. Their assailant may have been an even worse shot than they thought, though, because the bullet holes he apparently caused were already in the wall before the shooting started. He must have missed by miles!
North by Northwest
Inexplicable errors in films are nothing new - they've been around for as long as the movie business has. Case in point - "North by Northwest", released in 1959. Who could forget that climactic shooting scene at Mount Rushmore, where Kendall shoots Thornhill with a gun loaded with blanks? The plan wasn't as top secret as they both thought it was - there's a child in the restaurant who knows all about it.
Watch the scene again, and as the blank-bearing gun is pulled, there's a boy in a blue sweater in the background who's covering his ears before the shot is even fired. He knew it was coming! If their scheme was so lax that even children knew about it, it's no wonder they got rumbled. It's a wonder that they ever made it through to the end to take that suggestive trip into a train tunnel.
No, not the one you're thinking of. Say "Bad Boys" to any avid movie watcher and they'll probably think of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence immediately, but that wasn't the first film to bear the name. Another "Bad Boys" with Sean Penn in the lead role was made a full twelve years earlier than the famous one, way back in 1983. Perhaps it's not as fondly remembered because it was made with no attention to detail whatsoever.
There is a fairly climactic fight scene in the movie - the sort of all out brawl that "Fight Club" would be proud of, with both men reaching for a screwdriver to finish the other off - and the cameraman is in shot. We don't mean that he's just a little bit in shot, just stood off to the right or left, or that he's visible for a second and then he disappears. We mean he's literally right there, with his camera, front and center.
The Matrix is one of the biggest and most influential films of all time, spawning a massive franchise and giving fuel to conspiracy theories that we all really are just living in an advanced computer situation, which would mean that right now you're inside a computer, reading words off a computer screen. Terrifying, isn't it?
One of the plot devices used in the film is the idea of 'glitches' - little tell-tale errors that give us the clue that not everything we're seeing is real. That doesn't excuse this mistake, though. During an epic fight seen between Neo and Agent Smith, a wall gets punched clean through. Before the punch even lands, we can clearly see that there's a breakaway section of the wall that's all lined up and ready to fall out when someone touches it. That's not a glitch, that's a mistake!
Dirty Dancing is a film that was supposed to be a chick flick but ended up having universal appeal. With a soundtrack that spawned karaoke classics, it made the most of Patrick Swayze's talents and achieved huge box office success. "Nobody puts Baby in the corner", as he said in the film. As it turns out, nobody makes Swayze drive, either.
Check out this scene, where Swayze is driving through a rain storm. It makes sense to take extra care when you're driving in wet weather, but we wouldn't recommend going as far as leaving the handbrake on. In any scene where Swayze is driving, the gear shift is a dead giveaway that the car isn't actually going anywhere. But then maybe going on a trip wasn't really what he had in mind when he got her into the car.
Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit
"Lord Of The Rings" has already appeared in our list once, and this is an error that covers not only all three of films in that movie series, but all three in companion trilogy "The Hobbit", too. It's all to do with Orlando Bloom in the role of Legolas.
In the "Lord of the Rings" films, Legolas has piercing blue eyes. You can't help but notice them, they're one of the character's signature traits. In "The Hobbit", he's playing the same role, but his eyes are brown. The same director, Peter Jackson, made both films, so this is the sort of thing he should have realized. Maybe, at some point between the two sets of stories, Legolas had some kind of accident that permanently changed his eye color. Or maybe Bloom just really hated the contact lenses.
When we think of Westerns, we usually think of a movie shot out in the desert, with baking heat on all sides, sand beneath the feet of the cast, and a few wooden buildings making up the town everybody lives in. "Tombstone" decided to break with that tradition and give us something a little darker, including rainstorms. They probably wish they hadn't bothered.
Making it rain in a movie isn't the easiest thing in the world if the weather doesn't help you out. You need a rigged-up sprinkler system to keep the water flowing. You also need to make sure it covers the whole scene you're recording, which is where the producers of "Tombstone" fell down. You can clearly see in long shots that only the areas closer to the camera are getting rained on, and the road ahead is bone dry.
The Book of Eli
Denzel Washington has a flair for memorable action films, and "The Book of Eli" is no different. A man in a post apocalyptic world is trying to protect something precious from Gary Oldman, and he'll go to any lengths to keep it safe. We have to wonder why, because at the end of the movie we find out it's no use to him at all.
The precious cargo turns out to be a Bible, which is fine, until the film reveals to us that Eli is blind. We see Eli seeming to read the Bible at several points during the movie, but he can't be. We're told it's Braille, but a standard Bible in Braille would run to at least 38 volumes and be way, way thicker than what Eli's carrying. At best, he might have the introduction and a few pages of Genesis. Was it worth all the fighting?
She's All That
"She's All That" is one of the great romantic comedies of the late 1990s, grossing more than ten times its budget at the box office. It was a great vehicle for Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook, and had clearly been written by someone with a great eye for how relationships work when you're at high school. What either the writer or the director was less clear on was how tattoos work.
Early on in the movie, we see Cook, playing Taylor, getting a heart tattoo on her shoulder - something which was quite edgy at the time. By the time we reach the climax of the movie and she gets to the prom, the tattoo has disappeared. Either Taylor has the kind of makeup that a professional makeup artist would be proud of and she's managed to cover it up completely, or whoever filmed that scene hadn't been paying attention to the first half of their own movie.
Sticking with the theme of romantic comedies, let's talk about "Clueless". Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd positively light up the screen with Stacey Dash and the late Brittany Murphy, and the script is vaguely based on Jane Austen's "Emma". The film is also credited with popularizing the phrase "as if" to express disbelief, which we take for granted now. It should also have been credited with creating magic, self-healing cars.
Remember when Cher took her driving test? She wasn't exactly brilliant, was she? In fact, she managed to smash one of the wing mirrors off her car when she hits another vehicle. Not to worry, though, because in the next scene it's right back there like nothing ever happened to it. Maybe she had a spare one in the glove box and she was able to get it stuck back on very quickly. Or maybe this is just poor attention to detail.
Before Brendan Fraser was a big box office name, he was a caveman who'd been frozen in a block of ice and suspended in time in "Encino Man". Two geeky teenagers find him and thaw him out, and hilarity ensues. It's also another film that has magic cars. Ever seen a circus show where more clowns come out of a car than could ever have been in it to begin with? We think that's what's going on here.
Fraser's character is taking a driving test - badly - when Sean Astin takes a running jump and enters the car through the back window, diving headlong onto the seats. When we cut to a reaction shot from inside the car, the man behind Fraser clearly isn't Astin. Is Astin's character Dave on the floor of the car now? If so, who's the second guy who's jumped in through the window?
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
If we're allowed to pick holes in "Lord of the Rings", "The Hobbit" and "Indiana Jones", then we can't let the "Harry Potter" series get away with anything. We're sorry. In our defense, they only have themselves to blame. Harry is forever being told, all the way through all the films, that he has his mother's eyes. They're particularly memorable eyes, too, being a vivid shade of green. So this mistake makes no sense.
When we eventually see Harry's mother Lilly, in flashback scenes in the final film, guess what's wrong? The actor playing the part doesn't have green eyes, but brown. Lots of girls have green eyes. That requirement should have been front and center on the list of what was needed at the casting stage. How did they manage to get this so wrong? And why did nobody realize?
This cult classic gross-out stoner film wasn't a box office smash, but it's broadly appreciated by its intended audience, who loved it. The premise sees a weed smoking video game tester forced to move back in with his Grandma. It's also notable for an appearance by Jonah Hill in the days just before he became truly famous.
In one of the scenes, our protagonist is suffering an extreme case of the munchies and shoves a whole tray of mostly unsuitable food into the oven. One of the items on the tray is a banana. When the tray comes back out, the banana has vanished! Did it evaporate? Do grandmas have magical ovens, which is why their cooking always tastes so good? Or did the people making this film get a little too far into character and miss this obvious error because they were high?
Raiders of The Lost Ark
Yes, we're here again. We have two bloopers from the Indiana Jones franchise, and they're both from the same film! One mistake is careless, two makes you wonder if anybody was really checking. We feel for them with this one. They really were trying hard to ramp up the danger. It would be easy to use a fake cobra for the scene where Indy comes face to face with his worst fear, but the producers used a real one. So now they had to deal with the question of how to keep the actor safe.
They decided to use polished glass to achieve the effect, with the idea being that its see through so if shot from the right angle it would look like Indy really was in mortal danger. Unfortunately, glass reflects light. For example, the light behind the snake that illuminates the scene, meaning we can see the reflection of the snake in the glass. Effect ruined!
It's one thing to make a mistake in a live action film, where people can walk across the back of shots, actors can miss their cue, or safety precautions have to be put in place that might end up caught on camera. In an animated film, where you have control of literally everything that happens in every scene, it's totally unforgivable.
There's a howler of a mistake in Disney's most recent mega-hit "Frozen", and we're sorry Elsa, but we just can't let it go. In the scene where she's singing the famous song which seemed to be everywhere you went for about a year after the movie's release, Elsa moves and her hair passes straight through her shoulder. It doesn't move across it, it doesn't pass over it, it goes straight through. Someone actually sat in front of their computer and animated that. What were they thinking?
"The X-Files" was an unexpected smash hit series, making household names out of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and it was no surprise when it was adapted into two successful movies. In the first of them, as usual we can find Mulder and Scully investigated tales of the unusual and unexpected. They should have started at the offices of whoever made this newspaper.
In one scene, Mulder can be seen taking in today's news. He'd have had a hard time finding anything out from it, because the pages are completely blank. This isn't as uncommon as you'd think in movie-making - they avoid using real newspapers because it dates the film - and often the actor's lines or stage directions will be printed inside the paper to help them out. It should never be seen on screen, because the director should always shoot around it. So, who made a mess out of this one? The truth is out there...
The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
When we first discussed mistakes in "The Lord of the Rings" earlier on in this list, we said we were prepared to cut them some slack because all three films were epic length and shot back to back. We'd probably draw the line at this many mistakes though. Another error in another battle scene. Here, we have an ax that's been used in battle, and has the scuffs and bloodstains to prove it. Or, at least, it did. Blink and look back, and it's all gone.
Now, it's possible he wiped a cloth on it, but that wouldn't explain the shine of the cleaned blade. We also accept that he may have wiped it on his beard, but that's a little disgusting and wouldn't have got it even close to being that clean so quickly. It looks like it's never seen action.
Brad Pitt's character is quite the smooth operator in "Ocean's Eleven". Good looking, sharply dressed, an eye for a great criminal scheme, and the ability to cope with Don Cheadle's awful attempt at a British accent. He's got a lot going on, but it seems he's also found the time to learn a little magic!
Watch this scene, where Danny Ocean is grabbing a quick glass of wine and a bite to eat in between dodging the authorities and planning heists. In one shot, he has a plate. In the next, it's a glass of wine, and in the next, we're back to the plate again! Either he learned the same trick Julia Roberts displayed earlier in "Pretty Woman", he's throwing crockery onto the floor when he's done with it, or neither he nor the director can remember which prop he had in his hand between takes.
Back To The Future
We're really sorry if we're damaging anybody's childhood by drawing attention to a mistake in an absolute 1980s classic. The whole point of the film is that time travel is going on, so there's bound to be a few things that don't look right when Marty comes to the 1950s. The problem is that the guitar shouldn't be one of them, because he borrows it from the band.
Marty wows the crowd at a high school prom with a rendition of "Johnny B. Goode", and it's a little too far ahead of its time for the party-goers. So is the instrument he's using to play it. That beautiful red Gibson ES-345 is a 1958 release, three years before the date the film is set in. Maybe someone in the band knew someone who worked at Gibson and got their hands on it early. Or maybe they were time travelers, too?
Whilst Val Kilmer and George Clooney weren't well received as Batman, their predecessor was. Tim Burton gave us a solid story with Michael Keaton in the lead role opposite Jack Nicholson in 1989, and the success of the movie led to the sequel "Batman Returns" in 1992. One person who apparently didn't return with them is the makeup artist - or if they did, they didn't stick around the finish the job.
The Batman mask doesn't completely obscure Bruce Wayne's identity, so he also applies thick black makeup underneath it to help him with the job, as we can see in the top picture. Either Batman was sweating a lot during this conversation, or Keaton didn't want to sit in the makeup chair again between takes, because somewhere in the middle of the two shots, the makeup completely vanishes. We'd like to get the Riddler's take on this.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Want to see a blooper from one of the greatest comedy movies of all time? Alrighty, then, here's one coming right up! Jim Carrey is a master of physical comedy. He can make any scene funny, and his seemingly elastic face and limbs can bend and stretch in any direction. Not only that, but it looks like they can also move the scenery without him touching it.
Here's Ace getting into a little predicament with a tutu and a cardboard box, which ends up on the floor with him inside it. There's some bubble wrap on the far side of the room, which apparently gets a little jealous of the box having all the fun, and flings itself across the room for no clear reason. Maybe the box falling down created a strong gust of wind and blew it there.
We're going to be as delicate as we can while we're talking about "American Pie", because it's one of the funniest films ever made, but there's some really gross moments in there and we shouldn't be talking about them in public. If you've seen the film, you remember this scene in Stifler's bedroom. You know what's in the cup, right? Good. Let's say no more about it.
Only we have to, because it's not the same cup anymore. When we first see it, it has a very clear blue rim. It gets put down, it gets picked back up, and now it's clear plastic. So, either there were two drinks in the room, and Stifler didn't actually drink what we all thought he drank, or somebody couldn't even be bothered to make sure they got a set of matching cups to shoot the movie with.
Leonardo di Caprio and his time traveling as Jack isn't the only strange thing that's going on in "Titanic", Kate Winslet as Rose has managed to pull a weird trick of her own. Rose has a beauty spot just above and wide of her top lip. But it can't seem to make up its mind which side it's on.
We don't know what's gone on here. We've looked at other pictures of Kate Winslet, and she does have a beauty spot on the left-hand side of her top lip, so how has it found its way across to the right? The obvious answer would be that the film has been flipped from left to right, but what was the point? It doesn't add anything to the scene, and it breaks the continuity. We'll never know the true story behind this. If only we had a mole in the camp.
Pirates of the Caribbean
A second entry in the list from this blockbuster. When members of the production crew weren't wandering across the back of shots and ending up on camera, the cast were apparently taking the time to sort their costumes out without thinking about how it would look in the end product. Take this scene, where Elizabeth is rescued from drowning.
Whilst she's in the water, her medallion floats away from her neck. The camera lingers on it, so we're supposed to notice. Back on dry land, it's safely stashed away under her corset. We know Keira Knightley likes to look good at all times, but would even she take the time to dress herself neatly and stash her valuables away when her life is in danger? We know there were dangerous pirates around, but this is a bit much.
What a great, great film Independence Day is. It was a sci fi feature that was fun for all the family, and it cemented Will Smith's status as a bankable movie star. Everything about the production was big league, and it featured some of the best special effects ever seen on the big screen at the time it was released. They were so convincing, some people didn't even notice that the Empire State Building had apparently been moved.
It was so shocking to see the famous building completely destroyed in the way it was that we all focused in on the explosion and didn't pay any attention to the scenery around it. If we had, we'd have noticed it was impossible. That vantage point just doesn't exist; there aren't streets like that around the Empire State Building. You can't look at it from ground level at the angle we see here. It all must have been done for dramatic effect.
Home Alone 3
"Home Alone 3" was probably a bit of a mistake. Macauley Culkin pretty much made the first two movies, and without him in the lead role it just didn't feel the same, however hard the studio tried. And they really did try - they even gave the lead character a house that actively gifted weapons for the resourceful starring character to use!
Here we see him open a closet door, which contains nothing interesting other than quite a nice looking chair (and what's that doing in there anyway instead of being out in the open where somebody can sit in it?). When the shot changes, though, there's a nice thick black bar on the floor for him to pick up. It absolutely wasn't there when the door was opened, so the house must have conjured it up for him. Now, that's what we call a home defense system!
When Quentin Tarantino makes a movie, you know you're going to get a few things as part of the deal. One is an all-star cast. Two is a lot of very violent fight scenes. Third, you're going to get quality. Every Tarantino picture is a big deal, and it's usually in the running for major awards when ceremony season rolls around. What you don't expect is a mistake that leaves you scratching your head.
Jamie Foxx spends a lot of the movie looking like the coolest man on Earth, and his sunglasses are a major part of that factor. The only problem is that back then, nobody wore sunglasses at all unless they'd been prescribed them by a doctor. Even if he did have prescription sunglasses, the style he's wearing weren't around until the 1970s. This is a classic case of style over substance.
In the early 2010s, making a vampire movie or TV show of any kind was a license to print money, but it was the "Twilight" series of films and books that really made the genre cool again. We all know and love the attributes that vampires have, right? They drink blood. They're allergic to garlic. They burn in the sunlight. They can turn into bats. They can magically button their clothes without touching them.
If you're confused on that last point, it's definitely true. We saw it happen on screen. In this first picture, Robert Pattinson's epaulette is visibly undone. Seconds later, it's somehow manages to attach itself. Vampires are usually very stylish souls with an impeccable dress sense, it should be no surprise that they won't tolerate sartorial errors, but having self-fastening clothes is just next level.
300: Rise of an Empire
"300: Rise of an Empire" is a movie that pulls no punches, and we mean that quite literally. It's brutal, it's dark, it's mean, and it's a heck of a movie, managing to be a prequel and a sequel to the original film at the same time. And in this land of fantasy warfare and mythical battles, there are also magical chameleon apples. Or at least, we think there are.
Take a look at the green apple in this scene. It's out there on display - held at arm's reach as if we're supposed to be paying attention to it. And then we blink, and look back, and it's a half-eaten red apple. Maybe the color of apples is somehow significant in the world of "300". Maybe the fruit arrived on the same magic breakfast tray that Julia Roberts ate from in "Pretty Woman". Or maybe this is just an inexplicable error from the props department.
Lord of the Rings
We're really sorry, "Lord of the Rings" fans. We didn't set out to include the movies so many times, but then we didn't expect to find so many bloopers in them either. When you think about it, it's all the producer's fault. Ever been in a battle that's left you with scars so severe that they move all over your face? Frodo has.
In "The Return of the King", our favorite Hobbit doesn't have the best of times, forced to fight for his life and taking quite a beating in the process. He gets a nasty scar just to the right-hand side of his jawline. As he struggles to recover, the wound somehow moves across to the left of his jaw instead. Unlike Kate Winslet in "Titanic", Elijah Wood doesn't have a real-life epic war wound his face, so the buck stops with the makeup department for this blooper.
We just found enough time to fit another "Twilight" blooper in before our list comes to a close, but this one isn't the fault of the costuming department. We all know movies aren't real, so we agree to suspend our disbelief when we're watching and accept what we're seeing as self-contained world. Do you know what shatters that illusion? Film making equipment and production staff clearly appearing in the finished picture.
Someone in the props department has clearly taken their time to make this car look weathered and beaten so it suits the story that the film is trying to tell. They were probably furious when they found out that a careless boom mic engineer had managed to get both themselves and their equipment reflected in the window of the truck in a shot, plain as day. Somebody is supposed to be watching the live shot, so things like this get picked up. That somebody wasn't doing their job on this set.
"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It's continuing mission: to find a costume department who are up to the task of working on a major motion picture." Sorry guys, but your mission is going to carry on a while longer, because you haven't found them yet.
One of the tasks J.J.Abrams faced when he was put at the helm of the revived 'Star Trek' film series was bringing a much loved franchise into the 21st Century, taking much loved characters and telling stories with them in the modern age. One thing that he'd have hoped to leave in the 1960s was cheap costume mistakes, but he had no such luck. Check out the Starfleet insignia on this guy's uniform. It's there in one scene, and it's vanished in the next. Maybe Scotty beamed it clean off his chest?
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