With that goes with making a movie, especially one for the big cinema screen, it’s not surprising when mistakes occur or edits are need. That’s what the editing room is for to go through the draft film and tighten up all the problems or loose spots in the film as well as to get it within the acceptable viewing time allowed. However, once in a while even the best of movies, including Oscar-winning films, have bloopers in them that just can’t be forgiven. They are such clear violations of quality film-making, people wonder how the blooper got through to the public viewing, and yet it does anyways. Here are 25 examples of film bloopers that never should have been allowed or the detail missed, but in the fictional world of movies they occur regardless.
The iconic hero tragedy film of Braveheart and its depiction of Scottish rebel leader Wallace, portrayed by Mel Gibson, was a huge hit and win with audiences. And while everyone walked away from the film amazed by the script and detail, and absolutely hating the British monarchy just a bit more, historians were grumbling how the film was allowed to happen at all without someone speaking up. As it turned out, Gibson’s character and many others were obvious in kilts. The problem was the movie time setting was the 1300s, and kilts didn’t become commonplace until the 1600s. Someone in costumes missed this detail bigtime.
So, who’s got a problem with chocolate chip cookies? They’re about a American as apple pie. In fact, it made sense to have them as a snack in the Aviator when Leonardo DiCaprio’s role needed to pick up some munchies in one scene. Unfortunately, again, someone forgot to talk to the historians. It turns out that chocolate chip cookies didn’t come about in consumer product form until 1930. The movie’s storyline was set in 1928. Yet again, the mysterious time machine was exposed accidentally.
A third one for the history side, but even regular folks should have seen this blooper the minute it appeared, at least anyone who took American history that is. Django Unchained was set in the mid 1800s in the Civil War era where the main character is an escaped slave. Yet here is in the film sauntering around with sunglasses. While regular eyepieces did exist, no one had figured out yet how to polarize lenses much less shade them for the sunglasses effect. Maybe he took them from a Southern inventor he came across.
Geography is important. Don’t just think maps are useful only for National Geographic magazine or for pilots. In the movie Titanic, the script editors missed a big goof when Jack, the intrepid character chasing after the girl outside of his class, states he used to fish in Lake Wissota with his dad. Jack apparently took a ride in the time machine as well before dying in the frigid Atlantic waters with the Titanic’s sinking. Lake Wissota didn’t exist until 1917 but the Titanic sank in 1912. This is where the movie director excuses it all with fictional license.
If anyone tells you details don’t matter in a movie, they’ve never worked on a set. Movie sets spend hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to get time pieces correct. And that means buying a lot of vintage stuff to match the date and period when the storyline occurs correctly. When Forrest Gump gets a letter from the company Apple in 1975, it includes a corporate logo with a rainbow. Interestingly, however, the rainbow logo didn’t appear until 1976 and Apple wasn’t a corporation until 1981.
Rich people go to a lot of extents to protect themselves, and home panic rooms to protect themselves from home invasions are more common than thought. However, when the movie Panic Room was made, someone had the great idea that of Jodie Foster’s character dropped to the floor after lighting off a propane canister she would be safe. This person apparently didn’t take chemistry or physical classes. Otherwise, he or she would have known propane is heavier than normal air and the canister would have fallen to the floor as well, roasting Foster to a crisp.
Most people who saw it loved the gladiator. It was attributed as one of the more realistic stories of what life was like in ancient Rome as well as on the frontier of the Empire. The script writers, however, missed the fact that calling Russell Crowe with a nickname, “the Spaniard,” was entirely inaccurate by more than 1,000 years. The term “Spaniard” was invented by the French much later in the 1300s. Crowe’s character was hopping around in gladiator amphitheaters in 180 A.D.
This next blooper was a big one that never should have occurred. During the chariot races, which of course get ugly as they overturn and go flying in crashes, one of the victim chariots clearly has a gas canister hitched to it, probably to help boost the chariot into the air in the first place. However, it’s as plain as daylight and obvious in the film. This is the kind of thing that should have been removed in editing.
Back to the Future
Historians really need to talk to film agents and get themselves work in the movies because there’s a lot of demand; they’re just not marketing their services well enough. In Back to the Future, Marty McFly hits the stages and shows off his guitar skills, shocking everyone in 1955 to his rock riffs. Unfortunately, the guitar he plays, a Gibson ES, doesn’t show up until 1958. This kind of detail is really objectionable when the premise of the movie is time travel.
Aliens visiting Earth and blowing up landmarks to show their technological dominance over Terran ants like us need to do it in style. So, they tend to destroy the biggest monuments they can find. It’s supposed to be dramatic when the Empire State Building gets squashed like a pancake by an alien laser cannon, except real New Yorkers aren’t fooled so easily. Having spent years figuring out street vendor shell games in Manhattan, these audiences figured out real quick the building destroyed is on 53rd street. New Yorkers: 1, bad aliens: 0
Unless someone is really going out of there way to transplant palm trees all the way to Illinois, the movie Halloween fouled up their landscape views trying to pass off a California suburban street as somewhere in the Midwest. Even though the guilty trees were off in the distance, it was still pretty clear they were, in fact, darn palm trees. Hollywood must have been on a serious budget cut at the time of filming.
The Dark Knight
It’s not a good thing when someone obviously makes a spelling error in a public communication. Shop signs, street signs and billboards are common examples. However, when a movie shows a typo in a newspaper, it’s really bad. With all the editors and proof-checkers newspapers employ regularly, a misspelling in the byline would never happen, but it did in the movie. Look for the misspelled word, “heist,” in the Gotham Times.
Testosterone types loved 300 with all the visible Spartan philosophy and sword-hacking Greek style. No matter how many Persian were flung at the Spartans, they held out to the end. However, unless Persian King Xerxes had contracted out to Chinese mercenaries, he never would have had access to gunpowder, yet here the crazy king was busy catapulting gunpowder bombs on the Spartans. Now that’s just outright cheating in a fair fight.
The Hurt Locker
Video gamers united over this movie’s blooper. The characters pass a few minutes on an Xbox 360, specifically playing Gears of War. However, those who remember know Gears didn’t show up until 2006 when it was released. The movie story is set in 2004.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Book burning was a notorious act of cultural crime performed by the Nazis in Germany and other European countries in the lead up to World War II. However, the Last Crusade’s timeline was placed in 1933. The Nazis really didn’t get their steam going until five years later. The image works well in the movie storyline but the historians quickly cried foul. Nobody listened, however.
When Malcolm X gets personally attack with a home fire, he tries to recruit nearby help from others. One of the key lines in the scene is him yelling for someone to call for help. Unfortunately, the exact phrase used involves calling 9-1-1. That service didn’t exist until three years later, however. Again, the scriptwriters didn’t check their details carefully enough.
Mel Gibson made his career playing hero characters fighting against all odds for the right position or side. In the Patriot, however, Gibson’s character has lots of kids. The Revolutionary War didn’t just take a quick summer to finish; it lasted a good four or five years. Even his littlest kids would have grown, but on Gibson’s return to his family, everything is the same again.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Apples were treated as a luxury and treasure in the pirate movie. However, the time setting of Pirates figured somewhere in the 1600s and 1700s. The Granny Smith apple didn’t show up until at least 100 years later. Maybe Barbarossa hitchhiked on the time travel machine as well. It makes sense since everything else in the movie defied physics as well.
When you’re a gangster, you need to wipe out the competition before they wipe out you. In reality, the Feds are more likely to get in the way first. The movie had Dillinger killing off Pretty Boy Floyd as well as Babyface Nelson. In reality, federal agents surround and turned Dillinger into Swiss cheese long before either of those men died.
Saving Private Ryan
Tom Hanks character gets injured in the war movie and eventually killed, but folks zeroed on the details instead. Lying injured, he was propped against a motorcycle. Unfortunately, that particular vehicle was a Ural M-63, which didn’t exist until almost 20 years after the end of World War II, the setting of the movie. They must have gotten the bike off a misleading eBay auction.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates are able to travel all over the world if they have a ship and aren’t being sunk by the authorities. So it seemed plausible they would be hanging out in Singapore to fight the East India Trading Company. However, Singapore didn’t exist yet in the 1700s. East Asian geography and history are poorly studied in American schools, however, so Disney likely thought no one would notice.
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music shows the Von Trapp family in the end sneaking out of Austria to Switzerland via the Alps. It wasn’t quite so easy. They actually would have had to migrate through parts of Germany to get to Switzerland, but they did indeed escape the Nazis. That part was true.
The Shawshank Redemption
Raquel Welch fans are very diligent about their heroine’s movies, particularly the dates and the movie posters. After all, she was a big pinup model in the 1970s. However, when the hero of the Shawshank Redemption covers up the escape hole with her poster, no one but the fans noticed the year of the movie’s story was incorrect with the poster of Welch, namely the movie poster for One Million Years B.C.
The story remake of Holmes chasing his catch ran from the sewers underneath the British Parliament all the way to the Tower Bridge. In reality, Holmes and his pursuit would have needed to be marathon runners. The actual distances more than two miles at length, and no one would have been able to run that far that fast in reality.
Audiences loved the supersonic jet acrobatics of fighter jets flying next to each, one being upside down and the other right side up. However, the pure physics of air displacement by the planes was already making this idea doubtful. What really put it over the edge was how close they got. Their tailfins would have contacted being that close.
The Green Mile
The big gentle giant, Coffee, was executed in the electric chair in the movie timeline of 1940. However, Louisiana were the movie is set didn’t institute that method of execution until 1945. No one cared; everyone was crying watching Coffee pass away.
Things get hot in the Middle East, and in ancient Turkey, where the movie Troy is set, a good amount of shade is a plus, especially during a hot battle in the middle of the day. Paris, the instigator of the Trojan Wars, rides around in a chariot with an umbrella attached. However, the parasol wasn’t invented until eight centuries later. Darn that time machine again.
North by Northwest
A classic Hitchcock movie, it’s surprising that the production details missed this one, but when a kid reacts to a gunshot we can only chalk it up to psychic ability. The gunshot goes off after the kid reacts.
The Passion of the Christ
The problem with religion when it’s depicted by the West is that the deity characters are always portrayed as Euro-centric Caucasian. However, Jesus was born and raised in ancient Israel so He definitely would have looked very Arabic in features, color and physical details. Portraying him with a clearly Caucasian character in modern movie-making just doesn’t make any sense. Chalk it up to Hollywood ethnocentrism again.
Ace Ventura, Pet Detective
Yes, dolphins can communicate with chirps and quirks. Yes, they do make noise. But even when a silly movie like Ace Ventura has them talking in regular language out of water, a viewer has to just stop and refuse to accept it. Then again, the movie really was dedicated to be in the dumb side of entertainment.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
New Yorkers should be furious how many times their town gets portrayed using a Los Angeles set, but they are probably numb to the insult. The Smiths are so blatant about using L.A. surroundings, the movie set folks didn’t even bother to avoid using low level buildings, a rarity in New York City.
With the topic about a hero helping Jews escape the Holocaust, few were likely to speak out about how the movie had mistakes for fear of being misinterpreted as being against the story. However, mundane office items like plastic stamp pads didn’t exist in World War II Germany, but they were used in the movie.
Remember, this movie is based on a comic book hero where everything is made up. That said, he’s supposed to be in New York City during all the storyline and major fights. So when the big Webslinger is having a bash-fest with the Sandman, it’s pretty obvious the Terminal Tower from Cleveland is really out of place.
Gone With the Wind
Even the Classics had big goofs. The gas lamp seen in the movie had a visible electrical wire hanging from it. The South was a lot less developed than the North, and despite Alexander Bell’s inventions the plantation world would not have been wired for electricity when the movie was set.
Uma Thurman’s character needs some serious medical attention to get her heart to beat again in one scene. However, as she recovers, she seems to have no mark or sign of where the adrenaline shot was shoved into her chest. She must be vampire healing that fast. It goes with the black hair dye job.
FedEx loved this movie with all the product placement it enjoyed for two hours long. Despite the fact that all their packages were floating in the ocean in paper cardboard boxes, the contents were safe and dry as Tom Hanks opens them up. The customers must have paid for the premium service.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The first of the Indiana Jones franchise, all the characters were placed in 1930s costumes. However, one character decided a cowboy hat would be just fitting smack in the middle of the Egyptian desert with locals and Nazis running around. After all, who would have noticed a Texan in a big hat and blue jeans out there?
Ever seen someone contort to move hands handcuffed in the back to suddenly being in the front? The did it in the movie, and the job was so good, nobody noticed the contortionist do his act. In reality, the character played by Marvin Nash was handcuffed twice in the filming and someone forgot the original position.
Terminator 2 Judgment Day
Just like the kid reacting to a shot before it happens, futuristic robots are psychic too. In this one, the killer T-1000 splits apart before being shot. It must have anticipated Arnie’s move with a super-prediction software code from the future.
Father Decides to Set Up Cameras After His Daughter Wakes Up With Strange Marks
What happened inside the house of an Ohio couple couldn’t have been predicted. Troublesome commotions could be heard in the wee hours while everyone slept. No one thought much of it until something strange occurred.
Darren’s suspicions were initially directed at his fiancé, who suspected of playing a practical joke on him. They staged a camera to sort things out after she denied it ultimately. The unsettling footage, on the other hand, would rock their world.
Father Takes Action After Daughter was Expelled for Appearance
Enough Is Enough
This father’s jaws fell open as he listened to the scathing remarks from his daughter’s school administrator, stating the reason for his daughter being booted from a prom event. He was at boiling point and had enough.
He thought enough was enough after only a few seconds and was ready to address the situation head-on.
Homeless Man Who Helped a Woman Turned Out to be a Hoax
The story of the homeless man who helped out a woman needing gas for her car by donating his few dollars went viral on the Internet and had hundreds of people wanting to reach out and help. They did so through a GoFundMe site that ended up generating a sizable amount of charity and gifts. For those who gave money, it made them feel better instantly. There was only one problem. The story was made up. The man was not homeless, and the woman had never run out of gas.
Instead, the two were involved in an online scam that ended up defrauding folks out of approximately $400,000 in online money gifts. It was not only enough to trigger a serious crime, the pair got themselves charged with a federal conspiracy case and ultimately pled guilty in a New Jersey federal court. Johnny Bobbitt and Katelyn McClure both separately admitted their crime of wire fraud. Given their involvement and degree of actions, Bobbitt is looking at a potential 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines. McClure for her part faces a bigger sentence of 20 years and a similar financial penalty. Both will find out for sure when they are sentenced. In addition to the federal charges, the pair also have a second round of trials to go through with state charges as well. It was a blunt, cold ending to a story and scam that started in 2017 and took off like wildfire, far better than Hobbitt and McClure thought it would.
The story was plausible and reasonable enough. A couple told their story online about how they wanted to help a homeless man who helped them. McClure and her partner posted that Bobbitt realized McClure was in trouble, stuck in Philadelphia without gas. She needed to get home, and Bobbitt, who was nearby, realized the problem. He then gave her his only $20 to buy gas so she could travel again. To show their gratitude, McClure and her boyfriend were trying to raise $10,000 to help Bobbitt out as a thank you. The story took off.
Unfortunately, the media got involved. Loving a story out of the norm with a good newsworthy ending, they showcased the story on TV, and it got big attention. All of a sudden, what was supposed to be a little scam turned into a big one, raising some $402,706 with the added attention in a short three weeks. While Bobbitt did get $25,000 set aside by McClure and her partner, the rest of it was burned like kerosene on fire via clothing, trips, a car, vacations, gambling and more. However, Bobbitt didn’t appreciate the small share, and sued the pair for more, arguing he should have gotten $75,000 at least. GoFundMe got involved by trying to avoid bad press and making sure Bobbitt, the alleged homeless person, got his fair shake.
All of the financial attention caught the eye of the Feds who started investigating McClure. They seized well over 60,000 digital messages between the couple, which included admissions that the whole story was made up – a smoking gun text in the fraud conspiracy. Interestingly, McClure’s partner, although he enjoyed the spending of the money with McClure, was not charged or seen as involved in the conspiracy. The Feds went after McClure and the alleged homeless partner, Bobbitt, for the fraud. And GoFundMe yet again found itself in the middle of a crazy criminal scheme gone public and bad, stealing money from people who wanted to help others online. It turned out to be an odd, miserable ending to what many had hoped would have been a story of human charity done right.
Drones, COVID-19, and Girl Scout Cookies: How One Virginia Troop Made It All Work
Nestled in the heart of Montgomery County is Christiansburg, VA. A small town with just over 20,000 within its city limits, Christiansburg was first founded in 1671. Hundreds of years later, the city continues to thrive despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has been wrecking so much of our day-to-day life.
One particular group of Christiansburg locals made it their goal to deliver Girl Scout Cookies no matter what during the pandemic and Google’s parental company, Alphabet Inc., decided to help them out.
Cookies From the Sky
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed unlikely that there would ever be a time when the pandemic would end. As economies shuttered and businesses quarantined, people had to get creative to continue working their trade. A team of Girl Scouts in Virginia was determined to deliver their famous cookies this past year, but due to COVID restrictions, they knew that this would bed difficult.
Lia Reich is a global communications lead at Wing, a subsidiary of the company Alphabet Inc.. Wing develops drones for Google, and it was through their futuristic work that Thin Mints would rain down from the sky. Lia says of COVID restrictions impacting the Scouts, “Selling cookies outside (grocery stores or shops) is difficult this year.”
According to Lia, sales within the Girl Scouts have dropped more than 50%. Lia would go on to tell the team at USA TODAY during an interview, “It was a natural fit to partner with the Girl Scouts.”
Despite soaring vaccination rates and loosening COVID restrictions, the drone program would get launched through the Wing App and its corresponding website. According to Reich, the plan at Wing is to help deliver more than 3,000 total boxes of cookies via its drone delivery service, if not even more.
For the Girl Scouts, cookie season typically begins in January though flavor availability and onset will vary based upon the region. For the longest time, Girl Scouts have prioritized selling their goods in residential neighborhoods, outside of grocery stores, and even through company programs at local businesses.
Unfortunately for the Girl Scouts, the COVID-19 pandemic would put an end to convention. In March 2020, the Scouts would suspend all of their traditional cookie booths and door-to-door sales campaigns. To make up for this loss in action, the Girl Scouts of Virginia would prepare virtual cookie booths through their online social media campaigns to partner with their drone-delivery methods.
Considered one of the largest girl-led programs for entrepreneurs on the planet, the Girl Scout Cookie drive is immensely important for multiple reasons. Not just an important institution, the Girl Scouts are a defining one.
Take Flight With Wing
While the Girl Scouts of Virginia will enjoy drone flying assistance with their cookie deliveries, they won’t have to worry about running the controls themselves. As the first drone delivery company in the country to earn Air Operators Certification from the FAA in 2019, Wing has used the Scouts delivery service as a way to showcase just how far drone flights have come.
According to Reich, “COVID gave people who might not have a reason to try drone delivery, and we saw deliveries increase by more than 500% in 2020.”
Reich’s assertion was backed by a local survey released by Virginia Tech. The survey found that Christiansburg locals enjoyed the idea of a residential drone delivery company with support coming in at 87% in favor of the idea.
Are you ready to start ordering your Girl Scout Cookies through drone delivery services? How about your next grocery order? As it turns out, the sky might be the limit!
Shaq Goes On A Shopping Trip, Surprises Stranger By Paying For Engagement Ring!
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most famous sports figures in history. Known for his dominance inside of the paint for the Los Angeles Lakers and his undeniable charisma, Shaq would go on to enjoy a Hall of Fame career within the NBA while simultaneously developing his brand into one of the most encompassing in all of the major sports. Now happily retired and ready to sell his smile on television during the big games, Shaq seemingly likes to spend his free time giving fits to those in need and making people smile along the way.
One such experience happened inside of a Zales jewelry shop between Shaq and an unsuspecting (but very grateful!) stranger.
A Gift For a Stranger
Do you remember the day that you got engaged? Do you remember all of the thought you put into the big moment, the care that went into selecting your engagement ring, and the nerves that went into the experience? For this stranger in Zales, the story he would share in the future would blow away even the most imaginative of engagement ring purchases.
Shaq had been shopping at a local Zales earlier this year while looking for new earrings. During his search, Shaq would bump into a kind man who had been shopping for his engagement ring. The two men would share a few words and the sweet moment would end up captured on camera, culminating in Shaq offering to pay for the man’s engagement ring!
Appearing on an airing of NBA on TNT, Shaq would talk about the viral video that had caused so many kind words of support. Shaq described the stranger in the store as “shy” when he overheard the man ask the counter, “How much do I owe to pay off my ring?”
Upon hearing the request, Shaq would step in and ask the shopper how much he had left on the purchase. Shaq would say, “I’m not going to say the amount – but it’s not much for me.”
Man of the People
Shaq and the stranger would end up in a polite argument as the shopper continued to rebuff the offer saying, “I can’t do that sir” before describing the layaway plan he had put in place. Still, the Big Diesel was relentless with his kindness. Shaq told the shopper, “I’ll take care of it. Tell your girlfriend, I got it.”
O’Neal went on to describe how happy the man had been for the gift, admitting that he hadn’t intended for the moment to go viral. In fact, Shaq had hoped the video wouldn’t make it onto the internet. Shaq said on TNT, “I don’t do it for that — I try to do a good deed whenever I leave the house.”
While this moment of kindness may be unforgettable for the stranger at Zales, it is far from the only time that Shaq has stepped up to help an individual in need. Shaq has repeatedly made large and small donations to individuals and charities alike. Additionally, Shaq made headlines a year prior when he pulled over beside a car wreck to help folks who had crashed in Florida. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s office in Gainesville said of the event, “He didn’t stand around for any accolades, he got in his vehicle and left.”
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