While movies aren’t really meant to be realistic, we still expect movie makers to at least try and make it seem real. However, even some of the best movies ever made like Gladiator, Star Wars, and Titanic have huge mistakes we can never unsee. Despite the fact that making mistakes in films is relatively common, knowing the reasons behind them isn’t. Here we have some of Hollywood’s worst as well as the stories behind them.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
At the end of the movie, as Captain Jack Sparrow is back onboard on his beloved Black Pearl, a different sort of pirate, in the case a crewman wearing a cowboy uniform, just unceremoniously entered the shot only to take a look at the scenery. “On deck, you scabrous dogs!” Johnny Depp as the (in)famous pirate Jack Sparrow ordered his lackeys right almost at the end of Disney’s first installment of the well-known pirate franchise. As for the strange ranger who somehow blended into the untrained eye, experts believed that it was an error attributed to the fact that there were so many people on set in the creation of the movie! And it seems the wild landlubber, who just wanted a nice view of the sea, seems to have shivered some people’s timbers.
The Hunger Games
In the first moments of the movie, Katniss Everdeen picks up her first bow and arrow, and her form shows; she’s not gripping the bowstring even properly, and it’s too close to her face that her nose would get chopped off! Jennifer Lawrence has made some pretty impressive shots with the bow in The Hunger Games, yet despite training with five-time Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig, the actress’ form leaves much to be desired. “Let’s face it, it’s for the movie, and she needed to look good for the camera.” Lorig comments. And Lawrence really did look good with it.
In Braveheart’s first great battle shot on the fields of Stirling, as English cavalry charged towards William Wallace and his Scottish contingent, a random van became the movie’s photobomber! Mel Gibson’s inspiring speech as William Wallace has roused the Scots to battle (and show off the Englishmen their birthday suits) and was about to demolish the oncoming charge when a random minivan drove by a clueless person nearly appeared and ruined the moment. Aside from the tiny errors ranging from sponge weapons to out-of-sequence shots, this peculiar minivan has to be the worst offender of the bunch. With this knowledge, would you be able to spot it the next time you tune in?
Making the adjustment back into home life, the distressed Chris Kyle picks up… a baby doll holds it close, then moved its hand to give it the impression that the doll is an actual baby! “I couldn’t believe it, like, I couldn’t believe that we were working with a plastic baby, I was like, ‘this is nuts!’” Bradley Cooper comments on how he didn’t exactly like working with the fake baby. Producer Jason Hall made a tweet in an attempt to clarify the situation: “Hate to ruin the fun but real baby No. 1 showed up with a fever. Real baby No. 2 was no-show.” That wasn’t enough to convince the sharp-eyed fans, however.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
If drinking a bottle of whiskey with a monkey is weird, then you haven’t had a random stagehand wearing street clothes just crossing in the left of Indiana Jones. Steven Spielberg’s idea of Harrison Ford’s character, famous adventurer Indiana Jones, included him to be quite a drunkard. And in Raiders of the Lost Ark, much drinking was had before it slowly fades the longer the movie went. But it seems that the background man wearing the jeans and a t-shirt didn’t catch the drift, which made him look out of place like the drunkest man who just wandered in a completely different land!
Hitmen Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson respectively, stared on the bullet holes in the wall. Except no one has riddled the wall with bullet holes yet! In a previous scene, Vincent and Jules have taken out two men – one of which who was dispatched in a vindictively theological way. But there was actually the third man, waiting in the bathroom to put some holes in them! You know what happened next, but before the third man ambushes the pair, the bullet holes were already in the wall, which wasn’t there when Vincent and Jules entered the apartment! Tarantino tomfoolery, or odd continuity error? You’ll be the judge of that.
Star Wars: A New Hope
In the scene of stormtroopers charging to the sabotaged control room, one might notice that the rightmost trooper is taller than the rest of his comrades. During the filming of the first Star Wars movie in 1976, actor Laurie Goode is having a not so good stomach. He’d already made four jumps into the restroom and was gunning for the fifth when the shoot began. Goode’s condition was so awful that he didn’t notice where he was walking! Surprisingly enough, it made into the final cut in the end.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Nothing in the vast spells of wizardry could ever hide or remove the leftmost cameraman bombing the shot, making one of the most ridiculous filming errors in recent history! You can spot it in the duel scene between Harry and Malfoy, just when Snape was helping off the former of the floor. It takes a precise eye to spot the error, which happens in just a moment. According to sources, this blunder is just one of 20 similar incidents where a stagehand (or parts of their body) is spotted on screen! Not even the greatest magics can wipe their presence away!
In the first battle in the Colosseum, a chariot was toppled over, unceremoniously revealing its culprit; a gas tank? During the Roman Empire era? According to sources, this futuristic-looking (at least on the setting) device was attached to an arm, and if it was activated, it would cause it to extend and create the motion of the chariot running over something. If fully activated, it is powerful enough to flip the vehicle over! The set coordinators used it well, but then admitted, “I guess I screwed up on how I was going to keep it covered when it flipped over on its side.”
Saving Private Ryan
Despite what you’ve thought, it is highly improbable for Tom Hanks to destroy a German Tiger tank with only a Colt .45, but for some reason, it’s enough to make it disappear. Captain Miller’s iconic moment of shooting what amounts to spitballs at the 50-ton behemoth was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Private Ryan. Thankfully, the cavalry arrived in the form of a P-51 dropping a bomb to blow the Panzer to bits! The only problem was, soon after, the smoldering carcass of the tank is nowhere to be found! It made quite a confusing scene that seems to be inevitable with such a big project.
Not being picky with the list having quite a number of Tom Hanks movies in it, but in Forrest Gump, as the titular character becomes a ‘real shrimp boat captain’, Gump and Lieutenant Dan made a haul after a ferocious hurricane… of dead shrimp? Not only the color was suspect, nor the fact that the shrimp themselves aren’t moving to begin with. What was the most outstanding culprit was that every single shrimp already had their heads chopped off! Even if we’re accustomed to seeing shrimp in our plates, one would expect fresh shrimp harvested from the sea would be a little more vibrant. No one can blame Gump with that predicament since Bubba didn’t tell him what to look out for.
Wizard of Oz
One would think of the Wizard of Oz when they hear or see a pair of ruby red slippers. Which begs the question in one particular scene: Where oh where did Dorothy’s iconic slippers go? It happens during the scene where the trees began chucking a barrage of apples at the Scarecrow and Dorothy. Sure, the black slippers happened to be more comfortable, and there weren’t many editing tools in 1939. However, in August 2005, the ruby red slippers were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum! Thankfully, the FBI clicked their heels and retrieved the shoes thirteen years later in July 2018.
If one would resist Julia Robert’s gaze for a good moment, they would notice that one moment she’s eating a croissant, and in the next, a pancake? Make up your minds! In the first meeting and walk between Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis, they made a detour containing a smorgasbord of scrumptious breakfast food. Despite its varied menu, inquisitive fans noticed a ton of continuity errors in the scene: Roberts ate a bagel, ate a pancake, took two bites, and yet when the pancake reappeared it only had one bite taken out of it! Then again, no one did pay much attention because Julia Roberts is wearing a robe. Quite an eye-catcher, no?
The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects is a blockbuster thriller and mystery film aired in 1995. Despite the well-constructed plot, it seems like there are some mistakes that could be seen in the movie. Let us look at the first mistake. There was a scene where the airframe of a 747 and 767 could be seen. At first glance, 747 was visible, but when it was captured in a smaller vision, it became 767. Nothing could explain that but a faulty edit. Did you know that some scenes were shot twice and in different places? Just like the scene where we heard the captain saying “Mayday!”, but the line “We’ve lost two engines” was also audible. That was because the whole scene was shot in two separate planes.
This movie made millions of people burst out in tears. Titanic is a 1997 romance and drama film inspired by a true to a life event – the sinking of RMS Titanic. If you think that the 3-hour movie was very splendid, I am very sorry, but you are wrong. There were some details that you could have missed because they were very minor, yet movie critics got a hold of them. First, did you notice the fancy 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville which was owned by Rose’s family? It was actually inspired by the car which was found sunken under the North Atlantic Ocean. This was not a mistake, but you should notice that! This part was a small mistake. There were flashlights used in the movie, but the setting happened in 1912, right? Yes, there were already flashlights in that year, but it was not like the ones they used in the movie. The lights should have been projected as a yellow beam instead of the bright white beam projected in the movie. Well, nobody is perfect – the movie is still a must-watch!
The casino is a blockbuster film featuring crime and drama which was created in 1995. It was directed by the great Martin Scorsese. He was a very good director because the movie’s effects were very effective and the editing was great because every transition was smooth, almost. Almost because there was a minor mistake that could be seen in the movie despite the great editing skills of the people behind the camera. We all know that doubles are used in films when something kind of dangerous is going to happen. For your information, doubles are people hired by producers who would dress up like a character who would eventually replace the original character in a scene when the character would face a dangerous situation, for example, jumping in a building – no celebrity would actually jump off a building unless he or she is already a stuntman. In this film, there was a scene where Robert De Niro was walking towards his car which was about to be blown into pieces, but the transition was very rough to the point that the double was very obvious – it was very evident that it was not Robert who was blown into pieces.
If you are looking for a movie featuring romance and comedy, then Legally Blonde is perfect for you! It is a movie created in 2001 and was directed by Robert Luketic. The main role which was successfully played by Reese Witherspoon had a scene where she had to drink some water from the fountain. This was another scene that required the help of doubles. A double who dressed up exactly like Elle (Reese Witherspoon) did very good acting in the scene and she really embodied the character. What went wrong was she forgot the task she really needed to do – drink the water from the fountain. That was a minor mistake I do not really know if the director and producer did not notice, but other than that, the movie was spectacular and until now, it is a must-watch!
Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace is a blockbuster film featuring action and adventure created in 2008. If you had already watched it, you might be confused right now questioning yourself, “What did go wrong in the movie?” trust me, there was some minor detail that went wrong and if you would watch the movie again, pay more attention to the surroundings and not just with the main characters. It was not the characters who made the mistake, it was the extra. For your information, extras are people hired by producers to make a scene more true to life. For example, if the setting of a scene was in a restaurant, all the other people eating there aside from the characters are called “extras”. In the movie, there was a scene where an extra could be seen showing air with his broom – it really looked funny.
The Fast and the Furious
The Fast and the Furious is a blockbuster film series loved by millions of fans. All of the movies were made with hard work of all the people working behind the cameras. However, there were still some mistakes that could be seen in the movies. In the first movie, it ended with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) engaging in a race. Everything was so fascinating, especially watching them driving their race cars until a random car came out of nowhere which hit Dominic Toretto’s car causing it to flip around. It was kind of cool, yet at the same time, it was weird because the car literally came out of nowhere. Disregarding the minor details which led to mistakes, all of The Fast and the Furious movies are great and a must-watch!
Tombstone is a blockbuster drama created in 1993. It had a very sad scene featuring the main character who had the worst scenario happen to him – his brothers being shot and facing death. What killed the drama in the scene was the rain. It was very obvious that the rain was just artificial because there was just one part of the street who received the rainfall and the other parts did not – it looked very funny, but some people did not really notice it may be because of the sad emotions they were feeling because of the scene. But if you would like to watch it again, pay more attention to that scene and there are high chances that you would already laugh instead of feeling dramatic for the scene.
The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises is a blockbuster action and thriller film which hit the charts in 2012. The movie featured tons of action scenes which all looked very smooth, respect for all the people behind the cameras who worked very hard for this movie. In fact, it cost the director and producers $250M to $300M to produce the movie. Despite all the expenses done in the movie, there were still evident mistakes that could be seen. One of the most obvious mistakes was in the scene where Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth) were scanning through Cat Woman’s files. The mistake was the word “heist” – it was incorrectly spelled. There were other mistakes evident in the movie, but this one’s the funniest.
Predator is a blockbuster film series directed by Shane Black, Nimród Antal, John McTiernan, Stephen Hopkins. It was a great movie, though there were some minor mistakes that could be seen. One of those mistakes was the tree branch. We all know that people behind the cameras work hard and use their creativity to make some props that could be used in movies. In Predator, there was a scene where Arnold Schwarzenegger (Dutch) was about to jump on a tree branch which was supposed to divide in half. He was able to jump however, the tree reacted differently by being straight again. Maybe the prop tree branch was already out of shape because of the multiple times the jump was already taken.
Home Alone is a blockbuster comedy and family film which was a hit worldwide. It was created in 1990. The movie was all about Kevin McCallister, who was played by Macaulay Culkin, who was left by his family home alone on holidays. However, he used that opportunity to turn their home into his big playground. There were multiple mistakes which were obvious because if you would come to think about it, most of what he did in that house was very far from the reality of what a kid could do. Well, it was a comedy film so fantasies could be accepted. Despite all of the mistakes, the movie was still a great one and until now, it is a must-watch!
Spiderman is an action and fantasy blockbuster film loved by millions of fans especially the youth. The movie revolved around the story of Peter Parker/Spiderman (Toby Maguire). It was noted in charts that it took the directors and producers $66,000,000 to produce such a great movie. However, there were some details that people missed. Did you know that it was not actually Toby Maguire (Spiderman) and Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson) who were falling down the building? Spiderman and MJ in that scene were mannequins! Respect for the editing directors of the movie who made that scene look very realistic despite using dolls for the shot.
North by Northwest
North by Northwest is a blockbuster film featuring thriller and romance. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was created in 1959. Maybe because of the lack of modified technology, the director and other staff did not have the chance to review all the details which led to some mistakes that could be easily seen in the movie. One of them was the scene where Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) was supposed to shot Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) but someone on the scene kind of ruined the moment. The kid on the right of the setting reacted violently right before Cary was shot – he covered his ears preparing himself for a loud sound. If you did not notice it before, try watching it again and pay more attention to the kid.
Halloween is a famous horror and thriller movie which was also a blockbuster film worldwide. It was directed by John Carpenter and was created in 1978. All of the effects were used efficiently in the movie because it really projected that creepy vibe. What threw critics off was the setting. The setting of the movie was said to be in Haddonfield, Illinois but there were palm trees. For the record, up until now, there are no existing palm trees in such a place due to its very cold weather. That information revealed that the movie was actually filmed in Southern California. Wherever it was filmed, the movie was a spectacular one and it is one of the best horror movies of all time!
Bad Boys (1983)
Bad Boys (1983) was not really a big hit however, it made a big name in the industry because of a very evident mistake that the audience would never forget. It had a scene where Mick O’Brien (Sean Penn) was about to have a fight with Paco Moreno (Esai Morales). The two acted really well to the point that the fight looked so realistic. What went wrong in the scene was the cameraman who was also captured in the shot! In one angle, the other cameraman was also captured – he was holding his Panavision camera while the two were fighting so hard. It would forever be a mystery why the creators did not notice this mistake or at least, try their best to edit the man out of the frame.
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park is a blockbuster adventure movie which also features the world of science fiction. Overall, it was a very great movie – it could be proven by good critics and positive comments from the audience worldwide. However, there were some small mistakes that people kind of missed. One minor mistake was evident in the scene where Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) was trying to steal the embryos of a dinosaur. The name of the dinosaur Stegosaurus was misspelled. This turned out to be more of evidence proving InGen Corporation’s lack of respect for the dinosaurs. For your information, InGen Corporation was a bioengineering start-up company founded by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough).
Aliens is a blockbuster horror film with a touch of science fiction. It was created in 1986 and was directed by James Francis Cameron. Well, nobody is perfect and the same motto applies to this movie. Despite its budget amounting to $18,000,000, there were still some flaws evident in the movie. One detail that the people never knew until the day the director spoke up about it was the scene where Bishop (Lance Henriksen) was cut in half by an alien, specifically the mother alien. It was revealed that the cyborg fluid used in that scene was milk. It is very normal for movies to do strange things just to make a scene successful. What went wrong in the Bishop’s scene was that the milk seemed spoiled and it made the actor suffer – it already had a bad odor, it was simply gross.