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.
Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold
Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.
Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.
Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.
Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.
The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.
Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt
Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.
However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.
Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.
Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.
The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.
Getting Bumped By a Stranger Usually Means Being Pickpocketed….. But Not In This Story!
If you get bumped by a stranger in public, it usually means you were pickpocketed. The rude distraction is an age-old technique to distract the victim from paying attention to their valuables. While everyone is recovering from the “accidental” impact, the thief is intentionally using the split second to pull a wallet or valuable from the victim without him or her knowing it. Once the thief is away, the job is done and the valuables are stolen. It’s a common problem in big cities and tourist spots.
However, for one California lady, getting bumped may have been the best thing that ever happened to her. While she was busy working on a lottery machine at a grocery store in Tarzana, she focused on spending her $40 dollars on lottery scratchers. Normally, LaQuedra Edwards buys a number of smaller value tickets with one purchase, hoping to increase her odds with more scratchers than just one big one. However, when she was bumped, it caused her to put her hand forward and hit the $30 scratcher option. Money spent, the accident committed Edwards to the higher value ticket. Upset at first, Edwards turned to see who bumped her, but the fellow was out the door without even apologizing.
Figuring there wasn’t much she could do about the situation, and the person was gone, Edwards re-focused on her tickets. Now she had a $30 single scratcher and $10 left for other tickets. She finished her purchase and then pulled her tickets out of the machine. Going through them, she realized one of them was a winner. It was the accidental $30 ticket. However, what Edwards one was a far better return on investment. She had just scored a $10 million winning ticket.
At first, she got on the highway and drove home. The whole time, Edwards kept looking back at the ticket and confirming in her mind that her life had just dramatically changed. It didn’t feel real. But, sure enough, the ticket was indeed a winner. Even the grocery store got a share of the winnings. $50,000 went to the store for hosting the machine. Unfortunately, it was a chain store, so the bonus simply went into a corporate bank account instead of a small business owner’s business. However, that’s how the system works for retailers.
For LaQuedra Edwards, however, her share is going into a home purchase and helping out start a non-profit organization to help her community. Both moves make a whole lot of sense as well as have long-term benefits.
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.
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