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Old 03-31-2014, 01:49 PM
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Film Bloopers most people missed.


I'm not very good at spotting film bloopers. I prefer to concentrate on the story and action in the film. It's fun seeing stills of bloopers that I had never noticed before.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...skip-them.html

My favorite is the crew member in the cowboy hat. It strikes me funny that Johnny Depp is earnestly saying the corny line 'On deck, you scabrous dogs,' and the crew is milling around in t-shirts and sunglasses. The silliness of the situation can't be lost on the actor. A middle aged guy playing pirates with plastic swords and funny hats. Great way to make a living if you're lucky enough to get hired.

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I've found quite a few, but all of them were contributed to IMDb so I can't prove any claim to being the spotter. I might go riffle through my user log for the choice ones.
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I've found quite a few, but all of them were contributed to IMDb so I can't prove any claim to being the spotter. I might go riffle through my user log for the choice ones.
Ooh, I found one!

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

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One I noticed when I first saw it:

In Victor/Victoria, Julie Andrews says to James Garner, "Can you relate to that?"

The phrase is an anachronism. The movie is set in 1934; the first cite in the OED is from 1947, and the usage only became common in the 1960s.
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In The Hurt Locker a US soldier sees an Iraqi recording him with a video camera and says something like, "He's getting ready to put me on YouTube."
The movie is set in 2004 but YouTube wasn't launched until 2005.
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In the TV show The Wild Wild West a jet contrail is visible in a few outdoor shots.
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One I noticed when I first saw it:

In Victor/Victoria, Julie Andrews says to James Garner, "Can you relate to that?"

The phrase is an anachronism. The movie is set in 1934; the first cite in the OED is from 1947, and the usage only became common in the 1960s.
In the truly awful Dirty Dozen TV series (1988), one of the GIs shouted "Man, you were awesome up there on that horse!" after a mounted encounter with a German patrol.

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In the TV show The Wild Wild West a jet contrail is visible in a few outdoor shots.
This happened all the time in the old Daniel Boone series, and probably every TV Western ever filmed, too.
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The one that comes to mind right away is the movie (can't recall the name) about the guy who is running naked from some savages who are chasing him. In various scenes you can see vehicles passing by on a road in the near distance, and in one scene you can see a crew member standing in some bushes.
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This one is fairly well known, but in Silence of the Lambs (which has quite a few errors) the Officer Pembry, is introduced as Office Petrie.
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The one that comes to mind right away is the movie (can't recall the name) about the guy who is running naked from some savages who are chasing him. In various scenes you can see vehicles passing by on a road in the near distance, and in one scene you can see a crew member standing in some bushes.
The Naked Prey?
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From my IMDb record:

In Vertigo, if Carlotta had committed suicide, she could not have been buried in consecrated ground at Mission Dolores.

In Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More, she knocks the alarm clock to the floor. Later, without anyone having moved out of bed, the clock is back on the nightstand.

In Flyboys, the bottle on the table is a squat white one in long shots, and a tapered cognac bottle in close-ups. Also: the Fokker DR.1 entered service well after the time shown in the movie, and most were painted standard colors, not the bright colors of Richtofen's Flying Circus.

In Kindergarten Cop, "John Kimble" is a very odd name for an Austrian immigrant. Kimble is Irish or Welsh, a variant of Campbell. (The character is established as Austrian, quite a stretch for Arnie.)

In the original Andromeda Strain, the bug eats both human flesh and a plastic with similar qualities. The same mutation in the lab eats only the plastic seals, with no effect on humans.
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In the original Andromeda Strain, the bug eats both human flesh and a plastic with similar qualities. The same mutation in the lab eats only the plastic seals, with no effect on humans.
Sorry to pick nits, but the bug was mutating so rapidly in the different locations that anything was possible at any time.

Gotta love that bell.

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One that I noticed instantly, seeing the film in the theater at age 10:

Indy and Sallah take the headpiece of the Staff of Ra to the old man in Cairo, in order to have him read the inscriptions to them. After the old man reads them the stern warning not to disturb the Ark, Indy prompts him to find how long the staff needs to be.

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Old Man: Here, it says six kadam.
Indy: That's about 72 inches. (Note that a kadam is apparently just a foot.)
Old Man: But! (flips over the headpiece) Take back one kadam to honor the Hebrew god whose Ark this is.
Indy: Wait, Sallah, did you say Belloch's headpiece only had markings on one side?
Sallah: Yes, the headpiece was the same, except for around the edges, which was rougher, and had markings only on one side.
Indy: Belloch's staff is too long...
Indy and Sallah: They're digging in the wrong place!
(Sallah starts to sing Gilbert & Sullivan.)

And after all this deduction, apparently indicating a five foot staff, we see Indy in the map room with...a staff that's at least a foot taller than Harrison Ford himself.
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Sorry to pick nits, but the bug was mutating so rapidly in the different locations that anything was possible at any time.
True and maybe the valid explanation. OTOH, even Crichton avoided the question when it was raised - I think it's just one of his logic/scripting flubs.

It seems very unlikely that two mutations would arise in the same short time, one of which would eat Plast-O-Flesh and long pig, and one of which would only dissolve the same rubber compound.
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This one is fairly well known, but in Silence of the Lambs (which has quite a few errors) the Officer Pembry, is introduced as Office Petrie.
All of those "errors" seem more like someone just wasn't paying attention to the film. And the officer introduced is Sergent Patrick, not Pembry. Pembry is a different character.
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:39 AM
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In The Hurt Locker a US soldier sees an Iraqi recording him with a video camera and says something like, "He's getting ready to put me on YouTube."
The movie is set in 2004 but YouTube wasn't launched until 2005.
Many people thought that movie was a documentary. This scene alone proves it wasn't.

There's a movie-long blooper in "127 Hours". Anyone else notice that the actor's facial hair never changes throughout the movie? Don't think Aron Ralston brought a razor with him.
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And after all this deduction, apparently indicating a five foot staff, we see Indy in the map room with...a staff that's at least a foot taller than Harrison Ford himself.
Indy was anticipating the grail adventure and making himself humble before G-d by going into the tomb a small man... only 4"1'.

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There are so many that it could take a lifetime to go over them. I'm an aficionado of Westerns so here are a few of the ones which I have caught and always catch:
  1. Pane glass instead of wave glass - Pane glas wasn't invented until the late 19th century and wasn't commonly used until the 20th. Any Western which doesn't have wave glass windows is historically inaccurate.
  2. Shirts with a full set of buttons/Pants with zippers/Pants with belt loops all the way around - All were fashion designs from the 20th, not the 19th, century.
  3. Roads which are clearly created by modern construction equipment - Horse trails are not pan flat and roads in the Old West would be wagon-rutted. If they are not, then it's clear that a grader has been used and that's a 20th century invention.
  4. Bat wing doors on saloons - While these did exist, they were rarely used as most towns were dusty and that type of door would do nothing to keep the dust out of the bar. Also, they are used in Westerns when it's clear that it's cold outside. Not going to happen as it would make the patrons very uncomfortable to drink in that cold. Bars had regular doors.
  5. The Searchers - John Wayne goes looking for his niece in what is obviously Monument Valley. The Comanche were a tribe whose range was from Northern Mexico into Southern Kansas, with their primary home being what is now West Texas. While a few might have wandered the almost 400 miles to Monument Valley, the Navajo and Hopi residents of that area would have had strenuous objections to their presence. Probably murderous objections.
  6. Straight and even teeth (with none missing) - Sorry, but dentistry didn't catch on among the masses until the latter part of the 20th century (after WWII). Straight and even teeth were uncommon before then and especially so in the Old West.
  7. Lever action rifles prior to the Civil War - While a single manufacturer (Volcano) did make a lever action weapon prior to the Civil War, it was expensive and commonly thought to be of poor quality. Winchesters and lever action Henry repeating rifles were not common until the mid 1870s
  8. Bras on female characters - Sorry, they weren't commonly worn until the 20th century.
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By the looks of the little round scar on Brad Pitt's shoulder in Troy, it seems there was a polio-vaccinating fish in the river his mother dipped him in.
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By the looks of the little round scar on Brad Pitt's shoulder in Troy, it seems there was a polio-vaccinating fish in the river his mother dipped him in.
Did you perhaps mean "smallpox?"
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One that I never see discussed online is in the original Footloose. When they first show the kids at the prom standing around bored (before Kevin Bacon gets them dancing), one prom goer is obviously a guy wearing a prom dress. I guess they had a shortage of female extras that day.
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I noticed when I saw Die Hard 2 in the theaters that the pay phones in the Washington, DC airport were labeled "Pac Bell" (the west coast phone company at the time). This was later fixed in the video release.
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One of my favorites was Bruce Willis' ear pierced ear in Unbreakable.

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In a few of the aerial scenes in Pearl Harbor, a few of the ships below hadn't been built yet.

There's a Newport class LST (Landing Ship, Tank) down there, and they weren't built until the 70's (I served on one for over 5 years - they're pretty unique in design)
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Microphone boom visible at top for frame in Annie Hall. I believe it was the lobster cooking scene.
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In Stripes when Winger goes AWOL in the motor pool and Ziskey (Harlod Ramis) is on top of Murray banging his head on the concrete. But when the two MP's pull up Murray has his head on a duffel bag.
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In a few of the aerial scenes in Pearl Harbor, a few of the ships below hadn't been built yet.

There's a Newport class LST (Landing Ship, Tank) down there, and they weren't built until the 70's (I served on one for over 5 years - they're pretty unique in design)
I'd swear they did a shot of some Spruance class destroyers moored line abreast somewhere in the actual Pearl Harbor battle.
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It always annoys me when people put the Stormtrooper bumping his head on lists like that. Yeah they probably would have reshot it if they had noticed. But someone in a full face helmet with shitty peripheral vision, while entering a potential hostile situation,on a door that was jimmied and didn't open right, fits perfectly well in the scene.
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It always annoys me when people put the Stormtrooper bumping his head on lists like that. Yeah they probably would have reshot it if they had noticed. But someone in a full face helmet with shitty peripheral vision, while entering a potential hostile situation,on a door that was jimmied and didn't open right, fits perfectly well in the scene.
Especially with the sound effect added in the 23rd final collector's director's fanboy's cut.
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One of my favorites was Bruce Willis' ear pierced ear in Unbreakable.
Why is that a goof? It's perfectly reasonable for a 40yo man in 1995 to have a pierced ear and not necessarily wear an earring any more.
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Birdemic.
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Why is that a goof? It's perfectly reasonable for a 40yo man in 1995 to have a pierced ear and not necessarily wear an earring any more.
Because he either has a freakish healing factor that woulda shoulda closed the piercing, or should not have been pierceable in the first place. Either way, the guy who walked away from the horrific train and car wrecks without a scratch shouldn't have been in danger from a piercing gun.
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In I Love Trouble, there are multiple instances where you can see the boom mic hanging from the top of the scene.
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. . . Roads which are clearly created by modern construction equipment - Horse trails are not pan flat and roads in the Old West would be wagon-rutted. If they are not, then it's clear that a grader has been used and that's a 20th century invention. . . .
What about just dragging a post or iron frame behind a horse to scrape a road smooth? Was that in practice in that time?

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The "travel across country" scenes early in "Silverado" are funny in this way. If you know your great American South-West, you can see that they wander across immense expanses of land, far more than the premise of the film suggests. It isn't a "blooper" exactly, just a rather substantial indulgence of artistic license.

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In a few of the aerial scenes in Pearl Harbor, a few of the ships below hadn't been built yet.

There's a Newport class LST (Landing Ship, Tank) down there, and they weren't built until the 70's (I served on one for over 5 years - they're pretty unique in design)
Shit that's nothing. In the scenes over Hickham Airfield the CGI attacking planes are carrying torpedoes!
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Not necessarily a film blooper, but the ABC show GCB took place in Dallas. It was a guilty pleasure for some of us, because IIRC, the pilot was shot in the city. We initially watched it, if only to spot various landmarks or familiar locales. It was so cheesy, it got us hooked.

Well, eventually, I guess they moved production to California, because one episode centered around a barbecue. In the background, you could see some mountains. Mountains in the DFW area. Pretty much all of my friends caught that and had a good laugh.

(Cheaters also filmed a great deal of their episodes in Dallas, and so we'll watch that for the same reason. I saw a "confrontation" once, and at one point, a friend was hired to play "the other man" for an episode. He took the role and has some good stories from the experience.)
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In a few of the aerial scenes in Pearl Harbor, a few of the ships below hadn't been built yet.
Pearl Harbor may have been bad, but the Mother of All Such Films has to be Midway:

http://www.moviemistakes.com/film831

The end of the movie, with the angled-deck carrier, the crowd of obviously-not-1942-people gathered on the dock in the background, and Henry Fonda's "Maybe-we-really-aren't-better-than-the-Japs" speech, never fails to leave me laughing!
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Why is that a goof? It's perfectly reasonable for a 40yo man in 1995 to have a pierced ear and not necessarily wear an earring any more.
I think the point was that if he was really unbreakable, then his ear would be un-pierceable as well. That's really a nit though. He also had a shaved face and trimmed hair and nails.
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Birdemic.
The whole thing.

What did most people miss?
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What about just dragging a post or iron frame behind a horse to scrape a road smooth? Was that in practice in that time?
I take it that you have never used heavy equipment.
It takes a great deal of force to grade a road and a steel, not iron,blade to do so.
It would also be unnecessary if you don't drive vehicles with wooden wheels or if you simply ride horses over them.

The roads in almost every Western is clearly created for use by the cast and crew vehicles filming the project and it's not a replica of what would have existed at the time. It's the difference between a cobblestone lane and an asphalt paved road.


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The "travel across country" scenes early in "Silverado" are funny in this way. If you know your great American South-West, you can see that they wander across immense expanses of land, far more than the premise of the film suggests. It isn't a "blooper" exactly, just a rather substantial indulgence of artistic license.
Actually, in Silverado, they really don't go that far. They simply traveled around Northern New Mexico, mostly in the areas north,east and west of Santa Fe. That's where it was filmed and the terrain really doesn't look that different.

In The Searchers, the narrative makes it clear that the Comanches, a tribe native to what is now and was then. Texas, are the antagonists in the film. That means that one would expect to see them in hills and on the plans of West and Central Texas, not 400 miles away in a very distinctive portion of the country.

If one were to set a film in Milan and then film it along the Amalfi Coast, several hundreds miles to the south, the difference would be noticeable and it would throw one out their sense of disbelief.
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Not necessarily a film blooper, but the ABC show GCB took place in Dallas. It was a guilty pleasure for some of us, because IIRC, the pilot was shot in the city. We initially watched it, if only to spot various landmarks or familiar locales. It was so cheesy, it got us hooked.

Well, eventually, I guess they moved production to California, because one episode centered around a barbecue. In the background, you could see some mountains. Mountains in the DFW area. Pretty much all of my friends caught that and had a good laugh.

(Cheaters also filmed a great deal of their episodes in Dallas, and so we'll watch that for the same reason. I saw a "confrontation" once, and at one point, a friend was hired to play "the other man" for an episode. He took the role and has some good stories from the experience.)
CBS' Criminal Minds often has this problem, as it is clearly filmed around Southern California and yet it attempts to use locations in that the area to represent various parts of the US. They set one episode in Dallas and it was clear from the plant life and the occasional glimpse of a hill that they were nowhere near Dallas. Or Texas, for that matter.

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In The Two Towers, during the scene where Faramir and his men surround Aragorn et al., Faramir doesn't even notice that his sword drops out of its scabbard as he remounts his horse.
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In The Two Towers, during the scene where Faramir and his men surround Aragorn et al., Faramir doesn't even notice that his sword drops out of its scabbard as he remounts his horse.
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Because he either has a freakish healing factor that woulda shoulda closed the piercing
I have pierced ears and haven't worn earrings for about 25 years, but the holes are still there and I can pass a narrow wire through them if I'm careful.
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This one is fairly well known, but in Silence of the Lambs (which has quite a few errors) the Officer Pembry, is introduced as Office Petrie.
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All of those "errors" seem more like someone just wasn't paying attention to the film. And the officer introduced is Sergent Patrick, not Pembry. Pembry is a different character.
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Corrected entry: When Dr. Lecter was introduced to the police in Tenn., their names were Sgts. Boyle and Petrie. When he's escaped from his cell, he said, "Ready when you are Sgt. Pembry". That name is repeated later when Sgt. Tate says "It's Jim Pembry, now talk to him". Someone should zoom in on his name tag, to see what his name really is.

Correction: Sgt. Patrick (not "Petrie") and Sgt. Pembry are two entirely different persons. Pembry is much younger than Patrick. Further evidence can be found in the end credits, which lists the actors in order of appearance: Sgt. Boyle is listed way before than Sgt. Pembry.
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I have pierced ears and haven't worn earrings for about 25 years, but the holes are still there and I can pass a narrow wire through them if I'm careful.
Yeah, but you're not a superhero. Bruce Willis' character in Unbreakable is. Specifically, he's a superhero who is immune to physical damage. Either through super tough skin, or (as OneCentStamp suggested) some sort of near-instantaneous healing ability.

Either way, he shouldn't be able to wear an earring.

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Either way, he shouldn't be able to wear an earring.
Or, if he could wear one (Can he force a pointed object through his own flesh? Can he microwave a burrito so hot that he cannot eat it?), you'd think the hole would close as soon as he took the earring out.

Shaving and trimming his nails are not the same thing; an ear piercing is going through living tissue that hurts and, if not especially vascular, is loaded with capillaries. Pierced ears can bleed.

And holy crap, I'm actually trying to poke holes into a Shyamalan-built world. How did I get here?
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It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Sylvester (Dick Shawn) is dancing with his girlfriend. His red trunks are seriously short, and at one particular moment where he's leaning waaay back you may or may not notice the tip of his dinkus peeking out through the gap between thigh and trunks.
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CBS' Criminal Minds often has this problem, as it is clearly filmed around Southern California and yet it attempts to use locations in that the area to represent various parts of the US. They set one episode in Dallas and it was clear from the plant life and the occasional glimpse of a hill that they were nowhere near Dallas. Or Texas, for that matter.
The Unit did this and Agents of SHIELD has done this as well. Southern California becomes a stand in for Mexico, Afghanistan, or just about anywhere else that's foreign.
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