Making a movie is an extremely difficult task, and directors have to keep tabs on a variety of things in order to keep the ship running smoothly. They’re so concerned with the bigger picture at hand, that sometimes the smallest details go unnoticed and slide through the cracks during the process.
Even when there are hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, it isn’t uncommon for films to feature continuity errors, crew members in scenes, or some real-world inaccuracies throughout its running time. Nobody – even the most famed filmmakers – are perfect. Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Movie Mistakes That Made The Final Cut.
The tank crew in David Ayer’s Fury rank among the most brave and courageous members of the U.S. military, but they’re also apparently time travelers. Early on in the film, there’s a sweeping shot of the interior of the tank, and the famous cowgirl pinup poster “Come and Get It” by Gil Elvgren is visible in the frame. It seems like a period-appropriate piece of artwork, but some research proves otherwise.
In reality, the “Come and Get It” poster was not produced until 1959, which is well after Fury‘s story takes place (the film was set during the final days of World War II). Ayer painstakingly recreated the look and feel of war torn Europe that it’s a wonder that dedication did not extend to the on-set props. It doesn’t hurt the hard-hitting nature of the movie’s narrative, but any history buffs in the audience were probably thrown off for a second.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
James Cameron’s iconic sequel revolutionized Hollywood visual effects, pioneering CGI as a useful tool for blockbuster filmmakers. One of the movie’s greatest creations is the villainous T-1000 (Robert Patrick), whose liquid metal made him a devastating foe for the reprogrammed T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as he looked to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong). The T-1000’s abilities wowed moviegoers, but T2‘s animators weren’t completely sure what he was capable of.
In the sequence where the T-800 and John help Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) escape from the hospital, they take an elevator to get out. In an attempt to corner them, the T-1000 pries the doors open, only to be greeted by a bullet to the face from the T-800’s gun. The impact renders the T-1000 useless for a moment as it recovers. When viewing the scene closely, eagle-eyed viewers can see that the T-1000’s head begins to split before the T-800 pulls the trigger. Maybe the T-1000 was just having issues adjusting to time travel.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), and the rest of Marvel’s Avengers are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but they’re no experts on seaport regulations. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the team heads to the African nation of Wakanda to track down Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis), who has access to vibranium. In the establishing shot, director Joss Whedon shows a salvage yard with a number of vessels in it. One of them is called “Churchill,” with “Great Britain” listed as the registry port.
However, this is inaccurate when compared to normal practices. In the real-world, the registry ports are defined by a city, not a country or larger empire. For example, it would have been factually correct to have Liverpool be on the ship. It’s true that Joss Whedon was dealing with a lot mentally and physically while making Age of Ultron, so it’s understandable why he would overlook this detail, but you’d think someone would point it out so the crew could avoid the wrath of the boat aficionados.
When piecing together a grand, 3-hour epic, it isn’t surprising that director James Cameron would miss a few things here and there, but this error was almost comical. As the ship starts its fateful descent into the Atlantic Ocean, Rose (Kate Winslet) is looking for a way to help Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) escape from his bonds. She approaches a man for help, but the gentleman misunderstands and begins to guide Rose off the ship by holding on to her arm.
As Rose tries to fling herself free, she punches the man in the face. One would think that could cause a bloody nose, but it did not immediately. As the camera cuts to the reaction of the man who was just punched, his face appears clean… until the actor playing him smears fake blood on himself as he covers his nose. Cameron was dealing with a lot making Titanic, but this should have inspired him to use a different take so the effect looked more realistic than it did in the final film.
Return of the Jedi
Each Star Wars movie adds character and creatures to the vast universe, and Return of the Jedi famously (or infamously, depending on your point of view) introduced fans to the Ewoks. Unassuming due to their cuddly teddy bear like appearance, they end up becoming some of the greatest friends the Rebel Alliance ever had – taking down the Imperials in the Battle of Endor. But when our heroes first meet them, the Ewoks’ intentions are unclear, as they curiously examine what they’ve captured in their traps.
Things take a turn for the weird when the Ewoks stare in amazement at C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), believing that he is a deity they should worship. As they bow before the fussy protocol droid, a closeup of one of the Ewoks shows that the eyes in the mask are missing, revealing the actor’s real eyes in the scene. It’s true he’s one of several costumed Ewoks for the sequence, but it is rather obvious. And George Lucas has tinkered with his trilogy so many times (including giving the Ewoks blinking eyes for the Blu-ray) that it’s a wonder he never amended this.
Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genisys tries to reboot the famous sci-fi property by banking on the nostalgia fans have for the first two installments. A lot of time and effort was put into flat out recreating sequences from the 1984 original, with the crew going as far as to snag a pair of Kyle Reese’s (Jai Courtney) famous Nike sneakers. With reliving the past a major part of the film’s production, viewers would think the team would have paid very close attention to all aspects of the earlier movies. But that wasn’t the case.
At the start of Genisys, viewers see how Judgment Day took place in August 1997. The nuclear missiles that Skynet launch are shown flying in short trajectory from American soil, towards American soil and are even visible from a commercial airliner. This contradicts dialogue from Terminator 2, which states that Skynet launched the initial attack from Russia to provoke a counter strike from the Americans. Also, the warheads are functioning improperly. They should separate outside the Earth’s atmosphere instead of flying straight at low altitudes.
In order to set the tone for The Shining, director Stanley Kubrick uses a series of very wide establishing shots to illustrate the isolation of the Overlook Hotel. The building seems to be in the middle of nowhere, far removed from any semblance of civilization. It’s a haunting image that immediately conjures the proper mood for the film, but one of the hotel’s most notorious features is missing from these opening moments.
Shots at the beginning of The Shining clearly show the hotel facing a slope with cars parked outside. In the overhead shot, the iconic hedge maze that plays a key role in the film’s finale is nowhere to be seen. Kubrick was a director known for his extreme attention to detail, so one would think that a glaring oversight such as this would be beyond him. Guess all work and no play made Stanley a dull boy.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
All the events of the Hobbit trilogy built up to the climactic battle between several armies in the conclusion to Peter Jackson’s second Middle-earth trilogy. However, the dwarf army viewers had been following from the beginning were a little confused about how they were supposed to dress. As they gear up to defend Erebor, they put on suits of armor to protect themselves during the fighting. That makes sense. What happens next doesn’t.
In the film, there’s a moment where Thorin (Richard Armitage) has a change of heart and asks his kinsmen to follow him into a glorious battle. When Thorin’s epiphany happens, none of the dwarfs are wearing the armor they had on earlier. They even head into the battlefield without any gear on. Behind-the-scenes videos have shown that Jackson didn’t have a lot of time to prepare when making these films, but this is something he should have realized. The costumes are right there in front of him.
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan changed superhero cinema forever with his Dark Knight trilogy, but getting a proofreader wasn’t part of his master plan. After his first encounter with burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) does some research and pulls it up for Alfred to see on his computer. Bruce has found chronicles of Selina’s past exploits, including a jewel heist that she took part in.
That’s how one’s mind would read the headline, but in big bold print, it actually says “Jewel Hiest,” a glaring typo that’s very noticeable on screen. It’s true that mistakes happen from time to time (including at Screen Rant), and it honestly wouldn’t be surprising to see this happen with a real-world newspaper. That said, there were so many people looking over the footage for this major blockbuster, that it’s amazing nobody pointed it out. It even stayed in through the home media release, immortalizing the Gotham newspaper in a rather ignominious manner.
The Wizard of Oz
The family fantasy adventure The Wizard of Oz is chock full of famous iconography, and few images are as instantly recognizable as Dorothy’s (Judy Garland) ruby red slippers she wears on her journey through Oz. But as it turns out, she packed some extra footwear for her trip. As Dorothy and her companions take their trek down the Yellowbrick Road, the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) tries to show Dorothy how to get some apples. There’s a shot in the sequence that shows Dorothy wearing dark black shoes instead of her red slippers.
Minor continuity errors happen all the time in Hollywood, and most of the time they’re things that are difficult to spot even to the trained eye. This is something a little different though, since there’s such a stark contrast between the two colors of the shoes. This is probably an instance of splicing together multiple takes, but the director should have been paying more attention to what was in frame to spare viewers the confusion.
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