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Some of the top Movie mistakes

Posted by on Aug 14, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Here some collections of the top movie mistakes are given. The “mistakes” are only found when viewers see sharply. There will be more likelihood to grab mistakes, slip-up, anachronism and flawed edits as long as there are movies. At time of watching movie we miss to note the mistakes.

Mostly, directors usually work under tight budget and time limits, and re-shooting scenes can be a logistical nightmare. Some movie mistakes are caused by the standard practice of shooting out of sequence. Few movies are filmed in a linear progression according to the script. The producers may only have access to a particular location for a short amount of time, so the director and actors must shoot all of the scenes based at that location at one time, in spite of where the scenes fit in the overall description. This directs continuity errors like having a dirty costume suddenly appear clean again.

During the producing the movie, the script supervisor has responsibility to confirm that the character wearing a pink ball cap turned to the left and standing in opposite side of a tall fichus tree in one scene looks exactly the same after the camera cuts away and then back to the actor. If the camera comes back and the guy is wearing a blue hat turned backwards standing in front of a banana tree, then that would be a “whoops” on their part and constancy is broken.

At the duration of a dinner scene, the actors may first perform the “master shot,” a wide shot of the entire dinner table with all actors eating and speaking. For close-ups of actors or smaller groupings, the whole set may be totally re-arranged and re-lit. Some movie mistakes are being the factual errors or anachronisms.

Sometimes the cast or crew members also create movie mistakes by stepping into the shot or allowing a piece of equipment to appear. Boom microphones are particularly difficult to dispute without dropping them into the frame; so numerous modern cameras have built-in safety zones which avoid such accidental intrusions from microphones or crew members. This type basic mistake is made by Steven Spielberg during the shooting of Duel, stepping past the established safety zone while filming a climactic scene between actor Dennis Weaver and an unseen truck driver. Databases like IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) include movie goofs and continuity problems, mainly contributed by observant movie buffs.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Director: David Yates.
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes

There are two scenes during which Harry is shown having visions of the Dept of Mysteries while he is asleep. The first scene occurs after Harry’s confrontation with Seamus in the Gryffindor common room. There are shots of Harry lying in bed wearing a short sleeve, crew neck tee shirt, but when he is startled awake by the vision of Voldemort, he sits up wearing a buttoned henley tee. The next day is the first day of DADA class with Umbridge. That last shot of Harry in the henley tee shirt was cut from a later scene. Later in the film, when Harry has the vision of Arthur Weasley’s attack, he is wearing the henley tee shirt.

American Pie (1999)

Directors: Chris Weitz , Paul Weitz
Cast: Jason Biggs, Jennifer Coolidge, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan

In the bedroom scene the girl is holding a clear cup full of beer. The camera goes off her and when it comes back she is holding a blue cup. The camera goes back off her then on her and the cup is clear again.

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)

Directer: Gore Verbinsky
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightly

Just as Jack says: “On deck, you scabrous dogs,” to the very left edge of the screen over Jack’s shoulder is a grip crew member with a tan cowboy hat, white short sleeve tee shirt and sunglasses, just standing there looking out to sea.

Commando (1985)

Directer: Mark Lester
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong

After chasing down Sully, the yellow Porsche is totally wrecked on the left side, until Arnie drives it away, and it’s fine.

P.S. I Love You (2007)

Director: Richard LaGravenese
Cast: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

After Gerry gets smacked in the face by the ‘broken’ suspender clasp, we see the silver clasp land under the dresser. Yet, when he’s moaning and lifting his leg to get onto the bed, we can actually see the clasp still intact on the front suspender that came loose, which is dangling right behind him (just look between his legs). Of course, in the next shot, that clasp is gone. Since the silver clasp is one of the plot points, this is bizarre to say the least.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Director: Jim Sharman
Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quin

When Eddie escapes the deep freeze, he wears three rings on his left hand (his middle and ring fingers and his pinky). Bizarrely, the pinky ring actually disappears in quite a few shots, including when Eddie plays the sax and when he lifts Columbia, just before they mess around on the floor.

Spider-Man (2007)

Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

When Mary Jane is being mugged by four men, Spider-Man throws two of the men into two windows behind Mary Jane. The shot switches to Spider-Man beating up the other two guys. When it cuts back to Mary Jane the two windows are intact.

Star Wars (1977)

Directer: George Lucas
Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

In the scene where Luke and Leia are about to swing across the canyon inside the Death Star, Leia shoots one last time. She hits the bulkhead behind the storm trooper on the right and he falls forward. The trooper on the left continues firing (as seen in the screencap).

Gladiator (2000)

Directer: Ridley Scott
Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

In the “Battle of Carthage” in the Colosseum, one of the chariots is turned over. Once the dust settles you can see a gas cylinder in the back of the chariot.

The Matrix (1999)

Directors: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano

When Agent Smith is interrogating Neo, after Smith has sealed Neo’s mouth shut and he is backed into the corner, when the camera cuts back to Smith you can clearly see a reflection in his glasses of Neo still sitting down in the chair.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac

Linus and Rusty are standing in the Botanical Garden at the Bellagio going over Linus’ observations. Rusty has a cocktail glass of shrimp in hand. When they change angles he has a plate in his hand, then change back, it’s a glass.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, Viggo Mortensen, Ian Mckellen, Dominic , onaghan, Billy Boyd

In the second half of the film, Frodo has a scar on his lower right cheek, close to his chin. Many times throughout the rest of the film the scar changes position and size on his right cheek. It also appears on his left cheek in flipped shots (most obviously on the slopes of Mount Doom when Sam is cradling his head).

X-Men 2 (2003)

Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry

In the end, when the President is visited by the X-Men, he receives a blue binder, which is laid in front of him on the table. When they have left, you see a shot including the President’s desk, and you can see that the only thing he has on the table are some sheets of paper, stapled in the upper left corner, opened up. Then the shot changes to a close-up of the President, and then back again, and you see the blue binder in front of him, closed, and the papers have disappeared.

Men in Black II (2002)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville

When MIB agents exit the lift to get into the main hall of the MIB Office, the lift opens halfway up the wall and they need to go down a little platform. But when K and J return during the lockdown and face the trashcan with guns, the lift opens at floor level, so it can be conveniently peppered with bullets.

Die Another Day (2002)

Directer: Pierce Brosnan
Cast: Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rick Yune, Rosamund Pike

In the final fight scene on the plane between Jinx and Agent Frost, Jinx is slashed across her stomach, drawing blood. In a later scene, when Jinx and 007 are pouring diamonds over one another in the hut on the cliff her stomach is unblemished.


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