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.
Man Gives Girlfriend Timeless Gift, Two Years Later She Finds the Secret Inside!
Terry held the piece of polished wood in his hands for a moment, thumb gracing the secret seam. The gift had been carefully selected and patiently chosen. After all, what Terry was looking at was far more than a simple piece of polished wood. Inside of the gleaming wooden prism was a second gift, a secret one, for the love of Terry’s life, Anna.
The gift itself was not meant to be found right away and so Terry let Anna hold onto it, knowing one day he’d help reveal the gift inside to her. What was inside? What was Anna’s reaction? Let’s dig in!
Cat Named A Hero After Saving Infant
Dogs often get top-billing as man’s best friend, but cats have proven themselves to be capable of winning the title as well. That was the case with one very tuned-in tuxedo cat that picked up right away there was something wrong with a babysitter. As if smelling the issue on the person, the cat was not only able to sense the problem, but the feline was also able to warn its owners to the issue effectively enough that a bigger tragedy was averted.
She Wasn’t Prepared For The Scribblings Inside Her Husband’s Journal
Grab your phone and overnight bag Claire screamed into her daughters room, as she frantically starting packing her toddler son’s things. It was nearing midnight and they had been sound asleep, but Claire needed to get herself and the kids out of the house quickly.
Elderly Man Found Hanging On To His Capsized Vessel For Survival
Family members, friends, fellow mariners are all thankful that a senior who went missing off the coast of Florida has been found and is receiving medical attention.
62-year-old Stuart Bee was rescued by the crew from a cargo ship en route to Denmark even as the US Coastguards and others searched diligently for him for two consecutive days.
Mr. Bee was hanging on for dear life to the bow of his boat and waving his shirt desperately to draw the attention of anyone in the approaching vessel. Little did he know that they were headed to retrieve him from the salty water and overall weather he had been exposed to for the three days.
The crew on the vessel known as Angeles had been on the lookout for the stranded man as they had received an enhanced call from the United States Coast Guard to stay alert for a missing sailor and his vessel. The critical message from the Coastguards reached every large boat within a certain mile radius to help with the mission.
How did Mr. Bee end up in this horrific situation?
About 4:00 Friday after Mr. Bee went for what was deemed as a typical ride out to sea, which would only be for a few hours. He was onboard a recreational Sea Ray boat named Sting Ray; a 32-foot vessel left to sea from Cape Marina at Port Canaveral.
Mr. Bee, who would typically return to the Marina, had not done so up to Saturday morning, which drew the concern of another marina member. The fellow seaman decided to report him missing just before midday on Saturday, less than 18-hours after the Sting Ray had left the docks.
He emphasized to Coast Guard officials that it was highly unusual for the small boat to be out at night and, even more so, such a long time.
All this time, the sailor was stranded at sea due to mechanical difficulties on his boat while more than eighty miles away from the coast. This rendered the boat immovable, and Mr. Bee had to call it a night. It’s, however, a night he won’t soon forget. On his second night stuck at sea, he noticed around midnight that the vessel was rapidly taking on water. This could not have been worse timing since everything around the mariner was pitch black.
The boat eventually capsized, and he clung to it with all he had, hoping for someone, anyone, to pass by and see him.
The Angeles crew members aboard their 225-foot cargo ship had been vigilant from the moment they got the Coast Guard message, and it reaped success. According to US Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class David Micallefto, about 11:00 Sunday morning, the Angeles crew sighted Mr. Bee and rescued him. To think he could summon the strength to wave after being exposed to the elements all weekend was indeed an inspiration to his rescuers.
Earlier that morning, a US Coast Guard team from Clearwater, with the assistance of an Aircraft hovering, made futile attempts to find the missing mariner. It was a sense of relief when they got the call from the Angeles crew that they had spotted Mr. Bee and rescued him.
Mr. Micallefto emphasized that everything about the rescue is so “amazing.” He said the Coast Guard is grateful to the Angeles team for responding so positively to the broadcast about the missing man. He says, more importantly, Mr. Bee can spend Christmas with his loved ones.
An important point to note is the unity among mariners. Everyone heeded the call for assistance, from the US Customs and Border Patrol to passing vessels. It proved to be profitable with the man’s rescue.
A Incredibly Speedy Kidney Delivery
A Lamborghini is supposed to be used as a race car. It is the ultimate design in vehicular mechanics and road-racing performance. That said, it’s not everyday one goes about driving 300 miles in just under two hours and it’s allowed.
The Italian police picked up their own copy of the Lamborghini Huracan in 2017. Italy is quite famous for some of its characters, and the police decided it made sense to have at least one vehicle that could keep up with an over-powered criminal in a very hot car. That said, that wasn’t the only purpose justifying the acquisition. When delivery of items or materials had to be done quickly, far faster than normal transport could provide, the Huracan was brought out. And that included transporting critical life-saving shipments as well. The vehicle was even fitted for refrigeration as a result.
Physically, the Italian police Lamborghini is by all respects a bona fide police vehicle. It is fitted with a light bar system, a full paint job and logo, and the inside is decked out with a police computer and radar tools for traffic enforcement.
In the latest major use of the vehicle, the Huracan was assigned for a fast delivery of a kidney. The distance was a long stretch, running from Rome all the way to Padua. The engine was more than up to the job. A V10 assembly easily capable of running at 145 mph without straining, the Huracan’s only major issue was the driver’s ability to control the car and other traffic being in the way. The second part was generally resolved with some flashing of the police lights and a bit of siren noise to wake up the sleepy truck driver or two.
Once arrived, the entire trip made for a very handy marketing event that the Italian police were quick to post online via Twitter, showcasing the entire affair and the vehicle as well. Driving from Rome to Padua basically totaled 489 kilometers (a smidge over 300 miles). Time wise, the police made the run in two hours with their Lamborghini, a trip that typically would take over five hours, even with a respectable vehicle at normal speeds.
There were other alternatives for the kidney transfer; Italy has plenty of its own helicopters, including the police agencies. However, the Huracan did prove its worth, and it gave the officers a chance to really put a 602 horsepower engine through its paces with full authorization.
The whole affair was quite operational and had no resemblance to a road rally. There were no crowds waiting at every turn or a track completely flagged with blaring horns and track lights. But as far as the doctors were concerned, there might as well have been because the kidney arrived in ample time, suffered no degeneration, and was implanted into the surgical patient successfully, likely saving another life. And that, ultimately meant everything that all the effort and resources could arguably be justified after all. But there’s no argument, the whole affair made for a good marketing for the Italian police as well.
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