Movie Mistakes

People have been making movies longer than you or I were born. You’d think with that amount of experience to draw upon they’d make better films, wouldn’t you? Sadly, no. The vast majority of the vast majority of films are utter dross and even those films that rise up and float on the sea of crud are not without their flaws.

Let’s take a look at some of the movie mistakes and bloopers in a few of my favourite films.

The Outlaw Josey Wales
Continuity errors are the bane of any film’s editor. Sometimes a simple error can go more-or-less unnoticed but at other times the mistake is there for everyone to see and anyone watching the film will wonder out loud: how did they not spot that before they released it? A prime example is shown below from The Outlaw Josey Wales where one of the two bounty hunters waiting in Santa Rio suddenly changes headwear after his pal is shot in the saloon.

The Outlaw Josey Wales

The Man Who Would Be King
Sean Connery had developed an allergy to horses during his filming of Zardoz the year before which made 1975’s The Man Who Would Be King a real problem for the entire production. Stunt doubles were used extensively as were, unfortunately, pantomime horses, one of which accidentally ended up in the final cut of the film.

The Man Who Would Be King

12 Angry Men
The 1957 movie is a masterpiece of atmospheric action as twelve jurors decide the fate of a kid accused of murdering his father. For most of the movie John Fielder sports a rather nondescript tie, however, as shown below, this changes in the middle of one scene to a novelty Pacman variation. A few seconds later and it reverts back.

12 Angry Men

WarGames
The script to WarGames was rewritten numerous times during the actual production of the film to accommodate Dabney Coleman’s increasingly problematic addiction to moustaches. One of the effects of these rewrites was the removal of David’s (Matthew Broderick) imaginary leprechaun, the catalyst for all of his computer shenanigans. However, during the early scenes in the games arcade you can still see the phantasm present in the machine’s reflection.

WarGames

Krull
It’s very difficult to help fund a fantasy movie by including product placement and it became clear that 1983’s Krull would have to save costs by using a large number of British actors and actresses instead (by the way, good call with Lysette Anthony, hubba hubba). The set for the Black Fortress, though, was not completely cleared of strategically-located Coca Cola vending machines and one of these can be clearly seen during the heroes’ assault towards the end of the film.

Krull

Author: Mark

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  1. I’ve seen some of those movies and I don’t remember those scenes. Hmmmm. 🙂

    But seriously, if I can be for a moment, which I’ll try, I do love The Outlaw Josey Wales. I think it’s my favorite Clint Eastwood movie, which is saying a lot when you consider all the great movies in which he has been.

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  2. I just spat drink when I saw Sean Connery on that horse I’ll have you know.

    Also I want to say Krull Krull Krull Krull Krull Krull Krull. Forgot how much I love that movie. Might have to dig it out now.

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  3. This is several shades of excellence.

    Thank heavens for you and your eagle eyes, sir!

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  4. I can’t believe you omitted Citizen Kane from your list. Although Orson Wells did a fantastic job editing the film, I wish he stuck with his original script. In particular is the closing scene:

    EXT. XANADU – NIGHT – 1940

    No lights are to be seen. Smoke is coming from a chimney. Camera reverses the path it took at the beginning of the picture, perhaps omitting some of the stages. It moves finally through the gates, which close behind it. As camera pauses for a moment, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is prominent in the moonlight.

    Just before we fade out, there comes again into the picture the pattern of barbed wire and cyclone fencing. On the fence is a picture of Bob Dobbs, along with a sign which reads, "Holy Shit! Internets!"

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  5. Reminds me of all those bloopers in movies like Wizard of Oz and Fievel, you know the one with the naked lady in the window. Check it out on snopes.

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  6. I’ve watched The Man Who Would Be King over and over as something didn’t seem quite right – I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

    Thanks for spotting that!

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  7. Product placement my ass. That’s just good marketing. Give whoever decided the Black Fortress should have a Coke machine a raise. Do you remember how far they had to go to get to that freakin thing? They trekked through a swamp, a forest, some plains, got some magical reindeer style horses and flamed some heavy duty number of miles. They went a long way. A dudes gonna be thirsty after that and want a Sprite.

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  8. Albeit supposedly entertaining – whatever the problem is with the continuity person/ dpt: – so what.. After all this is only make believe we watch. Why spoil the pleasure by viewing a cynic, or apparent one earning money with a program that destroys the normal Joe Bloggs vision of any of his/her heros because their gloves or scissors have changed colour. Do you not think we have already sussed that and don’t actually mind. This is our don’t have to think time after a days work or whatever. Just a thought.

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  9. This is the best piece of subtle satire I’ve seen in a long time! I can’t believe nobody (or perhaps one person) spotted that…the fez really ought to have given it away…. Sheesh! Nicely done! Oh, and if you’re ever planning on selling poster sized versions of Sean Connery on the horse, do email me: I’ll be needing one for my wall. 🙂

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