Making movies is a tough job that takes months of work after shooting wraps. There’s the daunting task of editing, selecting the best takes and piecing everything together in hopes of making the perfect movie. Many directors and editors take pride in their work, enjoying the process of putting the film together to create their art and witnessing the final vision coming together. But what happens if a significant mistake is caught? The likelihood of being able to go back and reshoot scenes can be slim. Reshoots are not only a hassle but can be very expensive; between getting the equipment together and getting the actor back on the set - if they're not already working on another project - if a re-shoot can be avoided, it will be.
So if and when mistake makes it to the final movie, it's never clear whether the director or producers were aware of it and opted to leave it there for the sake of ease. Or if, despite a perfectionist crew, the glaring error somehow slipped through the cracks. Of course, there are some tiny movie mistakes of consistency that can be forgiven such as props switching sides by themselves or mysterious costume malfunctions. But there are some movie mistakes that are shocking in themselves, oversights that have viewers wondering how nobody managed to catch the mistake while the movie was still in the process of filming or even editing. Call it nitpicking, or call it over-analyzing, but these sorts of mistakes break the audience's suspension of disbelief and intrude on an otherwise perfectly-formed fantasy world.
In looking at 10 of the biggest movie mistakes around, we’re not talking little mistakes; we’re talking about those glaring “How did they not see that?!” mistakes. If you’re an avid movie watcher, chances are you have probably caught at least some of these mistakes on your cinematic journey. You could call these mistakes “shocking” or “surprising” or just plain oversights on the production team’s part but after seeing this list you'll likely be hitting up your movie collection to witness them for yourself.
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10 The Wizard of Oz (1934) - Ruby Shoes?
9 North by Northwest (1959) - Little Boy Covering Ears
8 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) - Storm Trooper Bangs Head
7 Back to the Future (1985) - Time Travel Confusion
6 Pulp Fiction (1994) - Preemptive Bullet Holes
5 Independence Day (1996) - Visible Set
4 Gladiator (2000) - Gas Cylinder...?!
3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) - Blinking snakes and a Disappearing Scar
2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - Visible Crew Member
1 The Devil Wears Prada (2006) - Costume Confusion
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