This Online Group Shares Mistakes That Moviemakers Left On The Big Screen, And Here Are 50 Of Them
Ah, movies — the action, the drama, the romance, the chaos — these complex beasts always guarantee a good time. The sheer amount of moving parts and details capture our attention and compel us to closely watch the storyline unfold, from start to finish. Something that, on rare occasions, inevitably leads to noticing errors that have slipped through the cracks.
While our beloved movies and TV shows pass by dozens of pairs of eyes before reaching daylight, even the most talented directors, editors, and producers slip up every once in a while. And here’s where the 'Movie Mistakes' subreddit comes in. Home to 144k eagle-eyed fans, it’s dedicated to pointing out unintentional yet interesting mistakes that made it into the final cut of a film or TV show.
From wandering extras to objects that belong in a completely different era, devoted cinema enthusiasts have set out to uncover numerous flaws that made their way into our devices and screens. Bored Panda has scoured the community and wrapped up an entertaining collection of some of their best posts below. So sit back, grab a bucket of popcorn, and enjoy scrolling through this list. Upvote your favorite entries and let us know what you think in the comments!
Psst! Check out our previous piece filled with movie blunders right over here.
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In The Last Airbender, The Movie Starts
I'm Watching Doctor Strange And I Caught A Crew Member Literally In Plain Sight 😂
In The Movie "Leap" (2017), Taking Place In 19th Century France, You Catch Views Of The Statue Of Liberty Being Built. The Film Depicts The Color Being What You'd See Today But The Original Color Was In Fact Bronze
Making a movie or a TV show is no easy feat. In fact, it’s a huge undertaking that takes time, money, cooperation, meticulous planning, and a careful knack for detail. From the screenwriter who molds the initial idea to the actors who bring the message to life, countless people are involved in the process. But as you can see in this list, even the most detailed preparations sometimes can't spare motion pictures from a fair share of cinematic blunders and gaffes.
To learn more about movie mistakes, the reasons behind them, and how studios try to get away with them, we reached out to Michael W. Boyce, Ph.D., a host of a podcast called Geek 4 that’s all about fans, fandom, and fan cultures. Being a Professor of English and Film Studies at Booth University College in Winnipeg, Canada, he explained that filmmakers leave these goof-ups in their work mainly due to financial reasons.
"Movies are incredibly expensive to make, and are sometimes shot in ways to suit actors’ schedules so making sure every detail is consistent is really hard," Boyce told Bored Panda.
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), There Is A Shot Where You Can See The Actor's Mouth Inside Of The Suit
In The Lion King (2019), Baby Pumbaa Looks Nothing Like A Warthog Piglet
Live Action 101 Dalmatians, Pongo Who Is About To Father 15 Puppies Is Played By A Neutered Dog
"At times, shots in the same scene are filmed months apart. While there are people whose job it is to ensure continuity, mistakes happen: a child wears a digital watch in a crowd scene (Glory), an extra’s broom doesn’t touch the ground (Casino Royale), or, and one that became worked into cannon, a stormtrooper bumps his head (Star Wars: A New Hope)," the professor added.
Ad Astra (2019) Brad Pitt Is Speaking To His Father In Zero Gravity, And A Tear Rolls Down His Cheek As If He Was In A Gravity Environment
Rewatching Stargate. Noticed An Entire Crew And An 8x Silk In Kurt Russell's Glasses
Show (9-1-1 S3-Ep3) This Guy Got His Arm Amputated But They Forgot To Edit It Out Of This Shot
It looks like movies and TV shows are absolutely rife with these mishaps, otherwise known as "continuity errors" — something that breaks the audience’s attention by shattering the illusion that the movie picture is seamless. Like this example where Julia Roberts eats a pancake in one scene, and a croissant in the next. When viewers take notice of these mistakes, they may feel confused and get distracted from the story itself.
"The editor’s job is to make sure that any breaks in continuity are invisible enough that they do not disturb the audience’s involvement in the story," Norman Hollyn, a professor of cinematic arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, told Inside Science. "We use many different techniques to disguise these mismatches and distractions and we use the fact that, like magic, audiences tend to be distracted by differences in size, color and movement."
About 50 Minutes In To Hereditary, All I Could See Was Toni Collette’s Wig’s Lace
I Can't Believe I Never Noticed This, But In "Independence Day" (1996) When David Has A Drunken Fit About Using Nukes, He Turns Over A Garbage Can Belonging To The Art Department
That is hysterical. Who is to say Area 51 doesn't HAVE an art department.
In Forest Gump (1994) Forest Says That Jenny Died On A Saturday Morning But Her Tombstone Says She Died On March 22, 1982 Which Was A Monday
So when observant cinema detectives note and expose the slip-ups that creators hoped would go unnoticed, it brings them a sense of pleasure. "I think it’s a matter of rewarding people for spotting something that other people don’t notice," Boyce told us.
"When we notice that someone’s tie changes color, or someone’s drinking glass magically refills between shots, we’ve caught something we’re not meant to notice and which most people aren’t aware of," he added. "I think some people enjoy that kind of secret knowledge, whether to feel like they’re a better audience member than for noticing the minutia of a scene or that they’re a more avid fan of a film."
Fake Bookshelf In The Last Crusade
Lady Bird, Set In 2002 But On The Wall You Can See Flags Of Serbia, And Montenegro ( In 2002, Serbia And Montenegro Were One Country, Federal Republic Of Yugoslavia Until 2003). Also You Can See Flag Of South Sudan( Declared Independence In 2011) Fun Fact: I Am From Serbia
In S4 E17 Of The TV Show Criminal Minds, Agent Prentis Drives Up Next To A Bar And The Reflection “Bar” Is Shown When It Should Be Written Inverted Due To Being A Reflection. Unless, Of Course, The Name Of The Bar Is Яaᙠ Which I Don’t Believe Is Feasible
Interestingly, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Tokyo, Japan, found that synchronized blinking stops viewers from missing the action. It turns out that we subconsciously time our blinks while watching films to ensure we won’t miss anything important. Because of that, moviegoers even tend to blink in unison.
Tamani Nakano, the co-author of the study, told NewScientist that the flow of visual information to the brain is halted by up to 450 milliseconds with every blink, and we lose up to 6 seconds of information every minute. In their experiment, volunteers either watched a silent comedy with a strong narrative, a movie with no narrative, or listened to an audiobook. Then they measured whether the volunteers’ eye blinks happened at the same time. They found that in some cases, individuals will blink simultaneously while watching the same film.
"We all commonly find implicit breaks for blinking while viewing a video story," Nakano said. "The blinks may form one external manifestation of that, which may provide a window into understanding what people are thinking when they watch a movie."
In The Last Of The Mohicans (1992) You Can See The Crew's Baseball Caps And Megaphone
In The Movie The Wizard Of Oz (1939) In One Shot You Can See That Dorthey Isn't Wearing Her Ruby Red Slippers When She And The Scarecrow Are Trying To Get Apples
In Pulp Fiction You Can See The Bullet Holes On The Wall Even Before The Guy Comes Out From The Bathroom,shooting!
However, even if we try our best to pick up every detail on the screen, mistakes sometimes slip through our eyes. Sometimes because our attention is focused on making sense of the things we are watching at the moment. But other times, it’s because of the way a movie or a TV show is shot and cut. When asked whether filmmakers try to distract us from these flaws, Boyce said, "I am sure that there are some mistakes left in because filmmakers assume the action of the scene will distract the audience from the mistake."
"In Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, a child extra covers his ears before a gun goes off in a busy restaurant. Everything happens so quickly, only the most eagle-eyed viewers would have caught it on a first screening."
In The Final Scene Of The Movie Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003) A Crew Member With A Cowboy Hat Can Be Seen On The Ship
Helicopter Shadow Visible In The Opening Aerial Shot Of The Shining
In "The Last Of The Mohicans" When General Monro Surrenders Fort William Henry To The French, Buses Are Visible Parked In The Background
Looking for blunders in your favorite movies or shows can even become an entertaining activity to do with friends or family. So if you are interested in trying to spot these types of errors, Professor Boyce was kind enough to share a few suggestions: "Watch for drinking glasses and food. The volume of liquid in a glass and the amount of food on a plate are really hard to match perfectly shot to shot. Clothing is also a common source of errors – ties change color, sweaters appear and disappear."
"But mostly, watch extras and background actors. They’re not supposed to be the focus of a particular scene and their mistakes are often left in films because they’re not the focus and it’s too expensive to reshoot a crowd because one person did something wrong," Boyce concluded.
In Passenger 57 (1992), The FBI Agent In The Back Already Has Makeup For The Gunshot Before Being Shot
Never Been Kissed- The Math Group Has The Wrong Number For Pi (Pi Is 3.14159265...)
Curb Your Enthusiasm S10 E02: An Extra Looks At The Camera, Then A Voice Off-Screen Is Heard Saying "That Lady Just Looked At The Camera."
Superman Has Fillings. In The 1978 Superman Movie In The Scene Where Superman Finds Lois Lane Dead From The Earthquake, Superman Screams And You Can See He Has Fillings. He's Apparently Not Impervious To Plaque
Jurassic Park, When John Hammond Is Cleaning A Glass Before Pouring Champagne, The Towel He Is Using To Dry The Glass Magically Switches From White To Pink In The Next Shot
Hunger Games, More Like Mistake Games
Come on if you’re gonna be an archer and that’s gonna be your whole gimmick then hold the freaking bow properly
Modern Family S6 E13. Haley’a Phone Is Upside Down
A Massive Mistake Can Be Seen Throughout ‘The Titanic’. In The Movie The Ships 4 Tunnels Emit Steam From Its Engines. In Reality The Fourth Funnel Was Mainly For Show To Improve Its Look And Make It Look Bigger
Live Streaming Video In Oceans 8 Has Jpeg As Extension
For those who didnt understand. it's not a video, just a photo.
School Of Rock (2003) In The Beginning Of The Movie, During The Performance Of Deweys Band We See One Of The Audience Members Text Their Friends Saying The Band Sucks. However We Can Clearly See That The Audience Member Is Actually Texting No One And Is Just Typing Into A Text Document
Cameraman Caught On Harry Potter
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky’s Biography States He Was Born In 1916, But The Bottom Of His Bio Says He Was Born In 1917
Season 3 Of Stranger Things When Billy Knocks Out Mike You Can See His Stunt Doubles Hairy Legs
Am I the only one wondering wht happend to the dude in the back 🤣
[forrest Gump] Forrest Nets A Can Of Mello Yello, A Drink That Wouldn't Exist Until 1979, With A Can Design That Didn't Exist Until 1988
In Fast And Furious 6(2013) Dwayne Johnson’s Goatee Appears, Disappears, Then Reappears
In Barry (2016), A Netflix Movie About A Young Barack Obama's Life At Columbia University In 1981, When Obama Went Into A Harlem Projects The Newspaper On The Window Says In Chinese, "Trump Wins Big In New York Primary"
In The Pilot Episode Of Breaking Bad You Can See What I Think Is Bryan Cranston’s Mic Pack On His Back When He Bends Over To Vomit. 54:27
In The Film "The Road To El Dorado", The Spanish Galleons Have On Their Sails The Order Of Christ Cross, A Portuguese Symbol Not Spanish
That’s a surprising mistake given the ships were probably drawn based on contemporary depictions of Spanish galleons.
In Spiderman Homecoming (2017), The Staten Island Ferry Is Shown With Cars And Motorcycles On It's Bottom Deck. However, Vehicles Have Not Been Allowed On The Ferry Since September 11th, 2001 Out Of Fear Of Terrorism And Have Not Been Allowed Since Due To The Cost Of Security That Would Be Required
Now I'm wondering if Peter Parker can really shoot spiderwebs or if this was all some sort of Hollywood trickery.
Back To The Future II (1989), You Can See Delorean Flying Car Rolling On Small Wheels
In I.t Chapter 2(2019) Richie's Car Is A 2019 Model Mustang, Which Is Odd As The Movie Is Based In 2016, Dunno If This Was Posted Yet Or Not
With How Many Changes That Have Been Made To Remastered Versions Of The Original Star Wars Trilogy I’m Surprised They’ve Never Fixed The Star Field Not Being Out Of Focus With The Rest Of The Background In Return Of The Jedi
In ‘A Christmas Story’ When Mrs. Shields Opens Her Drawer There Is A Pair Of Chattering Teeth. The Movie Is Set In 1939, And Chattering Teeth Were Invented In 1949
In Dallas Buyers Club(2013), There's A Poster Of Lamborghini Aventador In Ron Woodroof's Office. Ron Died In 1992, The Aventador Was Launched In 2011
Yea, you know that no One would ever recognize an obscure Lambo like the Countach....
This One Is Especially Bad Seeing As It's In The Middle Of A Trailer For The Summer's Most Anticipated Film... (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - Set In 1969)
In Rick And Morty S04e06: When Rick Closes The Door On Goomby, The Hinges Stay On The Outside Of The Door
If You Watch Fight Club With Brad Pitt And Ed Norton Giving Commentary They Laugh At Meat Loafs Wardrobe Malfunction. His Trousers Fall Down In The Background Of This Scene
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) – Operator Typing On Commodore Vic-20 (Or 64) That Is Missing Power Cable, Also LED Power Indicator Is Off. At Least, Power Button Is On
They Weigh In A 200lbs A Container. Yet Jesse Effortlessly Lifts And Stacks Them Alone As If They Were 10lbs
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So long as we're mentioning mistakes, I would like to point out that not one instance of Hollywood CPR is accurate... if your arms aren't straight and you're not coming down like an out-of-breath-freight-train, nobody's actually "coming back to life". Also, you don't "shock" a "flat line" to "bring them back to life" either. Sure hope nobody's replicating tv form and hoping it will work...
Well, if you did "real" CPR on your fellow actor, you'd likely break a rib or two. Frowned upon.
Definitely not disputing that! 🤣 ...they could at least try to make it emulate the real thing a little better though! I'm sure that there are some uncertified people out there who have only seen "CPR" on TV. I really hope that - if I should ever need CPR - I'm not "saved" by some tv-educated, noodle-armed hero "compressing" at a rate of 30 per minute! TV can teach people so many useful things... CPR is apparently not one of them.
People are repeatedly taught, instructed, and warned not to do CPR unless certified. If someone decides to play pretend that's not on anyone else.
Leonardo DiCaprio did not actually die in the final minutes of the film Titanic. He was an actor in a movie set.
You've just ruined my evening Dan 😘