Most movies, both great and terrible, have mistakes. However, most audiences don’t notice them in the slightest because they’re too focused on the scenes that are currently taking place. There are also some people who watch movies for the perverse reason of searching for mistakes that a lot of other people may have overlooked. Click through this gallery to find out the top movie mistakes of all time that might have escaped your attention the first time around:
1. Singles (1992)
Tim Burton makes a cameo appearance in this movie. In a particular scene, he is holding something in his left hand that resembles a TV remote control or something like that. The shot pans to Debbie (Sheila Kelley) and then back to Burton, but this time he doesn’t have it and instead holds something like a microphone. Then the shot moves back to Debbie again and then back to Tim, and he reaches his far right and picks the remote up (like he had never held it before when in fact he did).
2. Die Another Day (2002)
Many movie viewers take spotting mistakes as somewhat of a hobby. They seem to have a field day in doing this while watching the James Bond film Die Another Day which stars Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry. One of the most remarkable mistakes occurs in a final fight scene on the airplane between Jinx (Berry) and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike). Jinx is slashed across her belly, drawing blood. But in a later scene where Jinx and James Bond (Brosnan) are pouring diamonds over one another, her stomach appears flawless.
3. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
There are a lot of mistakes here in the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith which stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But the most prominent mistake there is the location. The movie is supposed to occur in and around New York City. But during a car chase where Jolie and Pitt’s characters are fighting off three armored BMW sedans, a wide shot clearly displays a street sign that says “Los Angeles.”
4. Commando (1985)
Commando may be one of the most commercially successful movies, but it also has the a lot of mistakes. In fact, they are way too many to count, so we could only mention one particular scene: a Porsche owned by John Matrix (Arnold Schwazenegger) is badly damaged, while he is chasing down sully (David Patrick Kelly). In the following scenes the Porsche miraculously fixes itself.
5. Braveheart (1995)
Keen-eyed viewers who have seen Mel Gibson’s epic historical movie are aware of its many blunders. But the most glaring error in this movie is shown during a big battle scene — a white car pops in! The scenes move really fast but if you get to pause the video, peel your eyes very hard for the scene’s bottom left-hand corner as the men make their charge. Is that a car in the very far background making a time travel or what?
6. Django Unchained (2012)
Whether the mistakes are a big deal for you or not, there’s no denying the evidence in Django Unchained, from historical errors to blunders in body movements. The titular character (Jamie Foxx) film wears a nice pair of sunglasses throughout a significant part of the film. Although sunglasses had already been existing since the 12th century (they were invented in China), they didn’t come to the American shores until the early 20th century. The movie is set during the antebellum era in the 19th century, where sunglasses were still unheard-of.
7. Jurassic Park (1993)
This Steven Spielberg blockbuster isn’t spared from the eagle-eyed viewers looking for errors. There’s a particular scene where a computer screen displays a video link to the docks. Look at the bar running along the bottom of the screen. Is this a real-time video being recorded or just a video playing in the computer? See it and you’ll be the judge!
8. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Director Quentin Tarantino (who would also helm Django Unchained many years later) may be a perfectionist; nevertheless, his films can’t still escape from the nitpicking of some very sharp-eyed viewers. In a certain scene which takes place in the apartment, Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (John Travolta) are able to escape from a hail of bullets that are fired from point-blank range. Look very closely behind Jules and Vincent and you’ll spot some bullet holes already in the wall before the shooting actually starts.
Gladiator also has its share of blunders (mostly in holding the sword by either left or right hand), but the error in the film’s re-enactment of the Battle of Carthage in the Colosseum is the most notorious. There, a chariot crashes on the wall and flips over, showing a gas tank at the back of the chariot. The Romans are responsible for many of the world’s greatest technological advancements, but as far as we know, a gas tank isn’t one of them.
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
In many period films, the chances of finding anachronistic errors are most likely, such as those in the Johnny Depp-starred Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. In a tea drinking scene, Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander) adds a sugar cube into his tea. Sugar cubes were invented in 1840, several decades after when the movie is set. Another blunder: Master Gibbs (Kevin MacNally) holds a teddy bear during the movie’s final scenes. However, teddy bears didn’t exist until 1902.
11. Spider-Man (2002)
In a particular scene, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) is being pursued by four men who are about to rape her. Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) arrives just in time to save Mary Jane. He proceeds to hurl two of the guys into the window behind her, therefore shattering the glass panes. The next shot turns to Spider-Man finishing off the two other guys. When the camera pans back to Mary Jane just after the fight, the two windows are intact.
12. American Pie (1999)
In the movie’s particular scene that takes place in the bedroom, a girl is drinking beer from a clear cup. The camera goes to another shot quickly and when it returns to the girl she is holding a blue cup this time. The camera goes off again and when it returns to the girl, she is holding the clear cup again. Seems magical, right?
13. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
One very noticeable mistakes in the movie is found in the airplane. When John Connor (Arnold Schwazenegger) and Kate (Claire Danes) are in the hangar at the runway, The Cessna’s tail number reads “N3035C.” When the plane is later shown flying in the air, the tail number changes to “N3973F.” But by the time the plane lands, the tail number goes back to “N3035C.” The plane’s identity changes when it’s flying? That’s a new concept to us.
14. P.S. I Love You (2007)
In one of the film’s scenes, Gerry (Gerard Butler) gets hit in the face by the “broken” suspender clasp. After that, we see the clasp land under the dresser. But when he’s groaning and trying to lift his leg to get himself onto the bed, you’d notice the clasp still in place on the front suspender that came loose and is now left hanging right behind him, and you can see that between his legs. But in the next scene, you don’t see the clasp on the suspender this time.
15. X-Men 2 (2003)
In film’s final scene, the X-Men give the President files from Stryker’s private offices, which are enclosed in a blue binder. After the X-Men have left, the camera goes to the President and his desk, and you notice that the blue binder isn’t there on the table, but just sheets of paper which are stapled in the upper left corner, opened up. Then the camera goes for close-up shot of the president, and then back to the shot again that includes the desk. This time, the sheets of paper are gone and the blue binder is back on the table and in front of him.