No matter how easy the internet makes it for us to watch the latest films, for many, going to the movies is still a favourite pastime activity. It is an unparalleled delight watching a story unfold on the big screen. Whether it is a summer blockbuster action-thriller, or an honest story of human struggles that make you cry, a visit to the movies brings the dedicated moviegoer along on an exciting and wonderful journey to another world.
While sitting in the dark theatre, submerged in the action, we often forget that what we see is not real. Every scene is, in fact, meticulously set and directed, so that the viewer could get totally lost in the magic of the cinema. In most cases, the movie-makers successfully trick us into believing our eyes. And yet, there are people who are always on alert. These are the authenticity treasurers; their attention is never fixated solely on the superficial aspects of the film. To them, the background, even of the greatest movies, is the place where the movie screw-ups live and thrive. Each screw-up is like a well hidden Easter egg that the obnoxious troll living in each of us just loves to uncover. So, for all you authenticity treasurers, here come 15 flaws from movies we’ve all seen but never really noticed weren’t perfect.
15. Harry Potter’s Mom Doesn’t Have The Green Eyes She’s Said To Have
The most zealous Harry Potter fans are, of course, acquainted in details with the family history of their beloved fictional character. Harry’s father, James Potter, marries the witch Lily Evans, in whose veins runs Muggle blood. Both James and Lily rebel against Voldemort and fight in the First Wizarding War. In 1981, Voldemort murders them as they try to protect their infant son. Harry, of course, survives, and we know the rest of the story, which unfolds on 1,426 pages and has made its author, J.K. Rowling, world famous and filthy rich. Throughout the book series, Harry Potter has been constantly told he has his mom’s GREEN eyes. However, in the final film, the actress who plays Lily Potter has BROWN eyes. Has Harry been receiving false information all his life, or has there been a mysterious mix-up of genes? Maybe we should ask the casting director…
14. The Handcuffs Change Position In Reservoir Dogs
Twenty-five years have passed since the release of Tarantino’s legendary movie, and yet, it never gets old. But the movie is full of mistakes. They are literally in every second scene. A good one is where Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) cuts the ear off a cop. At the beginning of the scene there is blood all over the poor guy, as it’s supposed to be when you are losing a body part in such a violent way. However, in the next moment, the shirt and the ear (!) of the cop are perfectly clean.
In another scene, Marvin Nash (Kirk Baltz) is being tortured. First, we see his hands being cuffed behind his back. He is thrown on the floor and they start kicking him, and somehow the handcuffs have moved to the front. Then they are behind his back again. We bet even Houdini couldn’t do the trick.
13. The Letter Forrest Gump Receives From Apple Doesn’t Match The Company’s History
In the movie from 1994, Forrest Gump, although intellectually disadvantaged, leads an extraordinary life. He seems to always be at the right place at the right time. He talks with U.S. presidents, shows Elvis how to do the pelvis dance and happens to be the inspiration behind John Lennon’s famous song “Imagine”. But while he is coincidentally present for multiple historic moments in the course of 30 years, one particular detail has escaped the makers of the movie. The letter Forrest receives from Apple is dated September 23, 1975. It wasn’t until December 12, 1980 that the company went public. Too unfortunate for our hero, whose $100,000 investment back then would have been worth $7 billion today.
12. The Turbo Chariot In Gladiator
Ridley Scott’s Gladiator (2000) is a $100 million budget epic historical drama, which made Russell Crowe a major star. The muscle and blood filled movie transports us nearly 2000 years back in time, when Ancient Rome is still thriving. Crowe plays a Roman general who is betrayed by the emperor’s son and is forced to become a gladiator. The movie is quite a graphic and free interpretation of what was happening under the reign of the tyrannical Emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). We see people being tortured, crucified, sliced up, decapitated, burned– blood is spilled literally everywhere. It’s very possible you get so distracted by the bloodbaths that you fail to notice an out-of-place (and time!) element which appears in the battle of Carthage scene in the Colosseum. As one of the chariots is turned over, you can see a gas cylinder in the back of it.
11. Julia Roberts’ Breakfast In Pretty Woman
When seeing a stunningly beautiful woman, we sometimes wonder if this extraordinary creature even consumes earthly food. And if they do, they (almost) never seem to have problems with carbohydrates. Especially in the movies! This is the case with the cult romantic comedy Pretty Woman (1990). Originally intended to be a dark instructive story about class division and sex work in modern LA, the film turned into a comedy with a large budget. The tale about the modern Cinderella instantly became a box office hit and made Julia Roberts the A-list star she is today.
In one of the scenes, Vivian, a fresh-faced prostitute, enjoys a lavish breakfast in the hotel suite rented by an attractive-looking mighty financier (Richard Gere). We first see her munching on a croissant, which, however, turns into a pancake only seconds later. She must be either a really fast eater, or somebody on the set forgot to supply more croissants for the next retake.
10. Mixing Up Cities In Spider-Man 3
Peter (Tobey Maguire) and M.J. (Kirsten Dunst) seem to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of their complicated relationship. But trouble finds the lovers whatever they do. This time two super villains, portrayed by Thomas Haden Church and Topher Grace, come into the picture with the vicious plan to destroy Spider-Man and the ones who are dear to him. The third movie from the series is shot in New York; some of the major scenes are shot in Times Square, on West 55th and 6th Avenue, Bow Bridge in Central Park, and other memorable locations in Manhattan. However, during the fight scene between Spider-Man and one of his nemeses, Sandman, in the armor car, we see the Terminal Tower in the background. This categorically points at the fact that the scene was shot in Cleveland, Ohio and not in NYC as the Tower is one of Cleveland’s landmarks.
9. The Impossible Execution In The Green Mile
In the 1999 fantasy crime drama The Green Mile, Michael Clarke Duncan plays John Coffey – an African-American man of giant proportions. Coffee is convicted of raping and killing two white girls and sentenced to death. John Coffey shows the characteristics of a developmentally challenged person, who is easily moved to tears and fears darkness. Which, of course, makes it impossible for us not to sympathize with the character! Soon, John reveals extraordinary powers by healing one of the guards’ urinary tract infection and breathing life into a dead mouse. With the moment of his execution approaching, it becomes even harder for the viewers to tolerate the injustice done to the poor prisoner. But no worries! Since the year is 1935, and the state is Louisiana, if you do some research, you’ll find out that in this particular state they won’t start using the electric chair (on which John Coffey dies) for another FIVE years.
8. Pirates Of The Caribbean Script Writers Need A History Lesson
Probably you have already got a bit bored of counting the sequels of this one, but the producer Jerry Bruckheimer seems to never get tired of Disney’s ride of the same name. Of course, we have come to love the story, and especially the character of Captain Jack Sparrow (supremely portrayed by Johnny Depp) since the series started in 2003 with Curse of the Black Pearl. But at moments we can’t help but question the authenticity of all that swashbuckler fantasy world. Some locations in the series are real, others are fictional. Singapore appears in At World’s End when Hector Barbossa and Elizabeth Swan visit Sao Feng to steal navigational charts and recruit a crew for their next journey. Nothing strange so far. The thing is that the plot is set in the 1700s. Singapore was founded in 1819. You do the math.
7. The Protective Glass In Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
Remember when we watched all the great movies on VHS? Well, the tape cassettes are already historical relics, and many secrets and mistakes are gone forever with them. Or… not quite! The mistake we are about to reveal here can be seen only if you have the original VHS of Raiders of the Lost Ark because it has been corrected in the new DVD version.
In the scene in question, Indiana (Harrison Ford) and his female associate Marion (Karen Allen) are in the Well of Souls, which, judging only by its name, is quite an unpleasant place. They are about to face a dreadful ordeal – the well is full of venomous snakes. Indie falls to the ground and is confronted by a threatening hissing Cobra. The oblivious spectator following the progress of the scene with bated breath. But! If they look carefully, they will see the snake’s reflection on the safety glass that protects our hero from being bitten by it. Indie lives and finds the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. Enter happy ending.
6. The False Fashion Statement In Braveheart
The 1995 epic movie about the legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero (played by Mel Gibson) won five Oscars. The story is about William Wallace, a.k.a Braveheart, who brings the Scottish together against the English monarchy. The problem with the movie is not that Wallace gathers a modest group of amateur soldiers who happen to be stronger than any enemy army; as unrealistic as that is, there is another aspect of the movie that is false. The problem is that the clothes the guys are wearing haven’t come into fashion yet! In many scenes, Gibson is shown wearing a traditional Scottish kilt. That’s just fine. I mean, at least it’s a real part of the Scottish tradition and not something they made up. They got it right, except for one little thing… the kilt wasn’t created for another four centuries after the real Braveheart lived.
5. The Prince Of Thieves Steals A Gadget From The Future
The 1991 action romantic adventure film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves retells for a hundredth time the legendary English folk tale of the noble outlaw. Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) is imprisoned in Jerusalem, but he manages to escape, saving the life of a Moor named Azeem (Morgan Freeman) in the process. Azeem follows Robin to England, and soon, they both get involved in a series of adventures, which make the Sheriff of Nottingham infuriated and keeps us entertained. In one of the scenes, Azeem observes the advance of the enemies through his refracting telescope. Now, pay attention! Refractors were the earliest known types of optical telescopes. The first practical refracting telescope was invented in the Netherlands around year 1608. This fact, however, must have somehow escaped the makers of the movie, the action of which is set in … 1194.
4. A Time Traveler Appears In Pirates Of The Caribbean
We know what you are thinking: Is the film series really that f*cked up? Of course not, only we have become really attentive when it comes to detecting people’s goofs. And we strike back with vengeance. In The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), we encounter a serious crew malfunction. “On deck, you scabrous dogs!” Jack Sparrow cries out, and at that moment, a guy appears over his shoulder, on the left side of the screen. The guy definitely sticks out as his looks don’t quite fit the overall concept of the costume designers about the epoch – he is wearing a cowboy hat, a white t-shirt and sunglasses. A time traveller on a cruise in the Caribbean sea, or a disorientated crew member?
3. The Impossible Travel In Gravity
As we’ve seen so far, many big-budget movies are full of mistakes which went unnoticed by the research and editing teams. However, there are directors notorious for their attention to detail. Alfonso Cuarón is one of them. He did months of thorough research before starting work on Gravity (2003). He even had a scientific advisor on the set during the whole production. As a result, the movie comes closest to what real space travel is like. And yet, some people at NASA spotted one major mistake. The story focuses on two astronauts who are stranded in deep space and whose only chance of survival is to make their way from the destroyed Hubble Telescope to the International Space Station. This mission, however, is impossible as Hubble and ISS orbit with different trajectories and at different altitudes. This makes the travel between them doomed to fail.
2. The Never-Aging Children In The Patriot
Yet again, Mel Gibson starring in a movie where a giant mistake has been committed! The movie-makers totally disregarded one of the most fundamental laws of nature, to which all living creatures abide – the aging process. The Patriot (2000) follows the heroic life of the peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin, portrayed by Gibson, who is forced to join the Colonial Militia when a British officer kills his son. The movie begins sometime around the start of the American Revolutionary War, and finishes with its end. That means that the movie’s time span is around 7 years. However, none of Martin’s living children seem to have aged a day!
1. The Non-Sparkling Vampire In The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
We all know that old-school vampires are combustible when exposed to sunlight. However, beautiful Edward (Robert Pattinson) in the popular series doesn’t burn to a crisp in the sun and can survive on animal blood cocktails. Obviously, the author Stephany Meyer’s flair for success was sharp as a needle. She could foresee that giving Bella (Kristen Stewart) a boyfriend who risks to burn up would be disastrous for the romance in the story. Instead, she gave Edward the quality of sparkling when in sunlight. And she tried to explain why, “Their skin is like ours, only very fair. The cells that make their skin are hard and reflective like crystal.”
With this note taken, we can’t help but resent the fact that in the last scene of Eclipse, where Edward and Bella are sitting in a very sunny spot, Edward is NOT sparkling. Who, the heck, turned the guy off?!