20 Disastrous Crew Visible Mistakes in Movies

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Actors usually receive the most praise for an exceptionally good movie as they are the ones that we see up on the big screen.

Directors, sound engineers and lighting specialist are often overlooked by the majority of movie fans, and we rarely learn who they are until awards season.

The most unappreciated people on every movie are undoubtedly the crew members who often have the most difficult jobs.

The following 10 movies feature examples of crew members attempting to get their 15 minutes of fame by making their Hollywood debut in major movies.

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Crew Among the Orcs

During the scene in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” where Sauron’s army is heading towards Aragorn, there are close-ups of Pippin as he draws his sword and Merry as he takes a breath.

Then the scene cuts to the Orcs on the right of the screen as they are running. In their midst, there are two crew members in full view. A few seconds later a crew member wearing a hat, along with a couple of friends, is plainly visible.

Shooting a movie on a scale as large as “The Lord of the Rings” franchise requires a huge amount of coordination from hundreds of different actors, extras and crew members.

The movies feature some of the most thrilling battle scenes ever captured on film, so we can forgive Peter Jackson for allowing the odd crew member to sneak past the editing team and make into the final cut.

Converting the legendary tale into a series of blockbuster movies was one of the most difficult and ambitious tasks ever attempted in the history of cinema. With a budget of $280 million, Peter Jackson managed to create a masterpiece spread out over three different movies that won a total of 17 Academy Awards.

  • A.L. Hern

    Not “Orbs,” ORCS.

  • AndrewX

    Three big misses –

    Gladiator – Just after the moment early on when Commmodus is practicing his swordplay as Maximus grabs a horse’s bridle, directly under the horses neck, spang in the middle of the shot, is a guy in blue jeans wearing a headset. Once you see it, you can’t miss it.

    Mission Impossible II – Again early on, as Ethan wears the sunglasses that contain the mission orders, in the reflected glasses you can see, clear as a bell, the the camera, with it’s big square lens frame and an operator sitting behind it.

    Titanic – As Thomas Andrews confronts the end in the sitting room, and adjusts the clock as his final act as shipbuilder, a cocktail glass slides off the mantle before him as the ship tips. Look at Andrews clothing, and you can clearly see the string (fishing line?) attached to the glass that is pulling it down. Another can’t miss once you notice it.

    And I have one more very surprising one for a second post…..

    • Chip Cayer

      The blunder that bothers me in “Gladiator” is during one of the Roman battles, when the African grab a sword and throws it to Maximus, and he shouts “Maximus!” as he throws it. This is the scene BEFORE he reveals who he is…

      • AndrewX

        AND….. in that very same moment, that sword is bloody when it is thrown, and then gleaming clean silver when Maximus holds it up. A twofer!

        (I hate picking on Gladiator because it is such a great movie.)

        • correctingandrewx

          Ummm…not the same moment, it is about a minute later he just cut two people’s heads off and then they show it all bloody, but then he turns his horse around, it switches shots, and it is magically all clean and sparkly!

          • Lorenzo Llama

            Gore reduction policy to maintain PG levels

          • groundedGeek

            Gladiator was rated R.

          • Steven

            Gladiator ripped off Disneys Beauty And The Beast.

      • Joe V

        I remember being in 6th Grade watching that movie in the theater and noticing that. Although it’s a neat little moment before the fight when one of his men (offscreen) not only admits he recognizes and knows Maximus but he also served with him. This is in the “Whatever comes out of these gates” moment, right after Maximus asks if any of the troupe had been in the army. Maximus replied with “You can help me.”

      • tps

        Gladiator: Love the movie. But the mistake the kills me is at the beginning, when they show the Germans screaming and dozens of arrows are sticking out of the trees. HOWEVER, the Romans have not fired yet . . .

        • http://marcelbrown.com/ Marcel Brown

          I saw that and I assumed they had previous battles there.

          • Steven

            That’s what I calculated, too.

        • Sully

          Battles back then lasted weeks/months. This was just one skirmish. Did you miss the part where the forest and field were already burned and the landscape torn to shreds. This was obviously the last battle in a long campaign, hence the “People should know when they’re conquered.” line.

      • Achilles

        The African knew his real name because they had become friends before that battle. I think we are to assume that he told the African his name since they were talking about Maximus’ dead family before they went to Rome.

    • Sean

      That’s nothing. In one of the colosseum battle scenes, when one of the chariots flip over, you can see all the pipes and hydraulics that caused it to flip right there in the back. Clear as day.

      • Terry Reed

        I’m going to have to watch Gladitor again … you and some of the others are eagle-eyed! Now, I will be looookinnngg! Thanks!

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Also, in Saving Private Ryan, there are many uniform inaccuracies. Black jump boots weren’t produced until after WWII. The brown ones are accurate.

      • Denny

        I saw that movie with my father-in-law, who was there. He listed about 50 mistakes or incidents that just wouldn’t happen. He was a tank commander for Patton, and he said the German “tanks” weren’t even close to being the real thing. He also said that the carnage, although certainly horrifying in reality, was grossly overplayed in the combat as the allies hit the beach. One thing I know for certain being an avid shooter, is that the men under water would not have been killed by rifle or machine gun bullets. Only 18 inches of water stops a 30-06 bullet, and the German 8mm is less powerful, and 24 inches of water stops a 50 caliber machine gun bullet, and again, German machine guns were less powerful than the US versions.

        • daciang

          So a .50 cal bullet wouldn’t go through a two-foot long fish tank? Oooh-kaaaaaay….

          • Noremacam

            the shockwave would destroy the tank, but yes, the 50 cal bullet would fly apart on impact with the water within 24 inches easily.

          • Denny

            Precisely and correctly stated.

          • 50 cal disintegrates

            Check out Mythbusters. They did a show on this topic and it depends on the angle of the bullet. The tests included a .50 cal bullet that shattered when hitting the water.

          • rtrack

            daciang-
            No, it doesn’t. I saw an episode of Mythbusters where they tried multiple guns/calibers in such a situation. Maybe if you held the muzzle of the gun to the surface of an aquarium, I don’t know about that. They tried it by shooting from boats. That’s actually a lot closer to the ‘victim’ than the enemies shooting from shore.

          • Denny

            That is an excellent point. Bullets lose velocity and energy at a very rapid rate. Assuming that German soldiers were 100 yards away from the landing craft, the 8mm bullet, and the Germans used a bullet with a very high ballistic coefficient, would have lost about a third of its speed and a corresponding degree of energy. From that distance, under 24″ of water, the bullet would remain intact, and you could catch the bullet with your bare hand, and it certainly would not penetrate an American helmet and kill the soldier. Military bullets hitting a target at point blank range remain relatively intact due to the rules in the Geneva Convention that govern the kind of bullet that is legal in warfare. Non-expanding bullets are steel jacketed and make pretty much the same size hole exiting a body as entering a body. Modern hunting bullets are constructed to expand at a very specific rate to make them more lethal and assure a clean kill. That kind of bullet fired at point blank range at a relatively hard target just disintegrates. I remember as kids we used to fire bullets into the ground and then try to dig them up to see what they looked like. Needless to say, we never found one because it had gone about six inches down and blew into a million tiny pieces. We also tried shooting carp in the Eastern WA canals, and never hit one, and being kids and not knowing everything I know now about bullet structure and ballistics, I could never understand why we never hit a single carp. The study of bullets, their structure, ballistic coefficients, etc., is extremely complex and fascinating for those of us who are interested in that sort of thing. One example which I have never been able to get through to my hunting partner, is that the distance that your rangefinder tells you the deer is away from you may or may not be accurate. It would be accurate only if you and the deer were on the exact same plane in relation to the surface of the earth. Say you were sitting on the edge of the canyon and steeply below you was a nice buck. An old style rangefinder would tell you how far the back was away from you, and you would “holdover” the buck to compensate for the distance your rifle is sighted in for, usually a hundred yards, and you would shoot according to your rangefinders info. You would miss the deer because the bullet would be about two feet too high. Whether shooting uphill or downhill, it makes no difference; the animal is only as far from you as it is related to both of your positions relative to the surface of the earth. Modern rangefinders do the math for you and tell you how much you need to compensate to hit your target. They show a picture of the angle the animal is away from you along with a degree number. They also give you the “measured” distance to the target, and the actual distance to the target in relation to the earth’s surface. The second number is the one you use. So the deer may be 500 yards away, but at a steep angle, resulting in an actual distance of 200 yards (These numbers are just off the top of my head and are just meant to be an illustration, not a reality). Really good rangefinders can be programmed for the specific load you shoot from your rifle, essentially giving you a “can’t miss” firing solution.Some high end scopes now have all of this built into them so you do not have to consult your rangefinder; just look through the scope, it tells you where to shoot, and the rest is just meat in the freezer. Sorry this is so long, but as you can see, I am into this stuff. Have a good day, and be nice.

          • Terry Reed

            NO worries! I enjoyed reading it, long or not. The part about when you were a boy out with his buddies .. and digging up bullets was funny. Make a great movie scene! Anyone tell ya’ll the bullets were in China? lolol Cute post. But I still do NOT get the thing about where to shoot. I’m not a hunter, so it doesn’t matter to me right now, but hey.. it MIGHT one day! I like being prepared, but I am NOT a “prepper” … first heard that word, I seriously thought it meant prep kids who’d become adults, still acting/dressing/Being the same, so “preppers” was their new slang label. lolol doooh me!

          • A rottie’s human

            You should have at least googled this before replying. Denny is right. Chalk it up to learning something new and call it a good day.

        • JenM

          They proved the underwater/bullet thing on Mythbusters. Now every time I see someone get shot underwater, I always know how inaccurate it is.

        • Kirk Bolas

          Denny,

          My father was a Navy combat medic in WWII. He told me that the opening scene carnage was portrayed accurately, i.e., it was really that bloody. I believe him because on 6 June, 1944 he was there on that beach as part of that landing.

          • A rottie’s human

            As I’m sure he believes his father-in-law. How bloody a situation is can be subjective as to what one calls bloody another may not think so. It could also depend on your vantage point. Seeing the buddy next to you killed has to be more bloody than seeing it from a tank – even if the tank is right there. As a law enforcement officer I can tell you eye witnesses are not the most reliable proof to use. I can also say that veteran officers have seen more gore than a rookie, the rookie will most likely be more bothered by the amount of violence at a scene than the veteran in “most” instances. I have a feeling both men were right about what they experienced and how they remember a very scary time for our young soldiers and the world. Give him my heart-felt thanks. ~The very proud daughter of a ‘Nam Veteran w/ the USMC~

          • Denny

            We have to remember that the invasion was in a number of places along the coast. I am sure that the carnage varied from site to site depending on how well the Germans were defending any particular area. You could probably ask a dozen soldiers who were there what it was like and get a dozen different descriptions.

        • Gary Ferguson

          OK, so the “carnage was overplayed”, but, think about it, the movie is depicting MANY different perspectives of the, (miles long), beach attack! A single soldier’s perspective would be totally different. But still very horrifying!

          • Chazz

            In IndianaJones…Skull…the picture is clearly shot on flat ground. Did you not notice the trees and wires on the poles be hind the “rapelling” Shot???

          • Denny

            We will never really know the correct perspective of D-Day from the Allies point of view. The Allies had cameras everywhere to record the invasion for a number of reasons. Once the invasion was “complete”, a private was sent around to gather up all the film and take it to a waiting ship. As he attempted to hand it up, he dropped it all into the ocean, and the only film we have is about a ten second scene where an allied soldier is killed as he advanced up the beach. I am sure you have all seen it a dozen times. Any other scenes of the beaches is from the Axis point of view.

          • Gary Ferguson

            Denny! DENNY!! Wake UP!!!… WOW Dude! You were dreaming… apparently you were dreaming that you knew what the hell you were talking about!!

          • Denny

            Sorry, but facts are facts. I have seen that story on multiple documentaries. I watch everything that comes on the tube about WWII, and I have never seen any Ally footage of the invasion. All the footage is from the top of the cliffs where the Axis cameras were. The only American footage is about a ten second clip of a soldier running up the beach and is killd halfway up. That is the sum total of film from the Allie’s cameras. If you have a source of footage from Allied cameras, I would appreciate knowing where I could see it

          • Denny

            Gary, cool off. Here is another one you will probably not like hearing. Independent sources carefully and extensively researched the behavior of American soldiers in combat, and discovered that only 15% of all American GI’s would fire their weapons at an enemy soldier, even if the enemy soldier was about to kill them. 85% of American troops were not psychologically capable of shooting at another human being. They would fire their weapons as films clearly show, but not aimed at another soldier. Our military refused to acknowledge the results of this research until the mid-fifties, when they finally publicly admitted that their research showed the same results. The military, prior to the Viet Nam conflict, changed their training tactics. Rather than have recruits fire at bullseye targets, they trained by walking through fields where human shaped targets would pop up and the recruits would shoot at them. This one simple change in training increased the number of soldiers who would fire at any enemy soldier from 15% to 95%. This solved one problem but created another giant one. The 15% from WWII were psychologically equipped to kill another human being. Thus the incidence of PTSS was very low. The additional 80% who would fire at and kill an enemy soldier in VN were not psychologically equipped to kill another human being despite their training, and the incidence of PTSS skyrocketed as soldiers came home trying to cope with the fact that they had killed another human. Many have never recovered. And Gary, no need for the vociferous responses. We are just exchanging ideas here, not tossing insults back and forth. And just so you know, I do know what I am talking about do to thousands of hours of viewing film and reading countless books about the war. As I said, if you know of film from the Allied point of view of the actual invasion, tell me where to find it, and if it is genuine, I will happily retract my post because I would have learned something about D-Day that 50 years of careful study has not unearthed.

          • Jim

            “Independent sources (who?) carefully and extensively researched the behavior of American soldiers in combat (how is this accomplished without having actual “researchers” out there in actual combat situations where they would actually be in the way and be actually dying), and discovered that only 15% of all American GI’s would fire their weapons at an enemy soldier, even if the enemy soldier was about to kill them (where can I read these “research reports” for myself). 85% of American troops were not psychologically capable of shooting at another human being. They would fire their weapons as films clearly show (the films you just said got dropped in the English Channel?), but not aimed at another soldier (U.S. Army research has shown that AT LEAST 30% of the ammo expended in ANY combat situation is fired AT NO SPECIFIC TARGET for the sole purpose of forcing the enemy to stop firing & take cover ..”

          • Steven

            I was thrown off by your quote(s) ” ” and/or lack of any semi quotes ‘ ‘. Is your whole comment a quote? If so, who said it. Moving on, do you not think that as human beings, many soldiers feel guilty of such bloodshed, being somewhat forced (by their leading politicians) and so they try to find some sort of relief, justifying their killings, by first forcing themselves to think “I didn’t really shoot at that many enemies” and then years later start believing it, and many, many years later, they may actually really believe it? The brain and/or mind is the most complicated computer in the world, and by no means will researchers understand the great majority of its vast complications. Just because someone says “I was there” doesn’t mean they are going to be 100% honest or accurate. Many who are okay with their governments are likely to be more honest (but likely not totally since they may still hold some bias and human inclinations to self than their country) than those who have never served and have always disliked their government and tell lies about someone they ‘know’, and also those who have served but now hate their government.

            Part of what I do for a living is done online (on articles involving just about every issue). Example on what I said on my above paragraph. I will bring up 2 names that most know, and many don’t like. Justin Bieber. The kid is talented yet, he gets a LOT of hate from (mostly) adults. Why? His music is not bad. He has more talent than J. Timberlake but no one cares. And, this hate started before he became the (seemingly) jerk he has now become. So why the hate prior to his now media events? Another one is Selena Gomez. The girl gets more “hate” (from mostly tweens to young adults) than any other artist. Why? While she is not a power-house singer, she sings beautifully acoustically, plays the harmonica, and the piano (tho for whatever reasons she hasn’t done so in years). She has talent. S. Gomez has failed on some shows, like TCA, PCA, JingleBall, etc., because she and her people KNOW that there are so many people watching, wanting her to fail, and that has gotten under her skin, and it shows in some of her performances. She has developed Insomnia, Stress, and Depression from this “hate.” So why are some targeted with hate but not others? Why? The mind. The brain. People selectively target some once its been established that they are easy prey, vulnerable. I quote “hate” on . Gomez because such hate MUST be unnatural. In the USA, most Black and Whites DON’T like Hispanics but namely Mexicans, and guess what? Its not fair.

            These Selective views or thoughts we have, derive from an inclination that may serve us, suit us, benefit us (and/or those we love), more so than it will others. Its selfishness. Arrogance. Prejudice. A justification which MAY be utter denial. An escape for our feelings. An escape from guilt. But we don’t really know because the brain is too complicated, and so those under its function.

          • Steven

            This argument on D Day battle has spin doctors written all over it. FOOTAGE would be the only empirical evidence: everything else is someones exaggerated (tho possibly not intended) version, for or against being [so] bloody. Plus, it was a friggin MOVIE, you know, the MAGIC of movie making, which is no wonder why so many people died in recent tsunami’s, since movies don’t tell it like it really is, so many people think of giant tidal waves as evidence of a tsunami. This is not really directed you, just making a statement.

          • Denny

            Sorry Gary, but despite your simian response, that is well documented fact known by anyone who has read the numerous histories of WWII. But, just a wild guess from your “statement” the ability to read possibly escaped you.

          • Denny

            History is history, facts are facts. This is a fact well documented.

        • Gil

          I dunno, dude… the .50 has an effective range of 3 MILES… 24″ of water?

          • tony

            Bullet moves so fast that when it hits water it explodes. Moving through water is may times harder than air, and the faster you move the harder it is. Think about a belly flop off the edge of a pool compared to one from the high board.

          • A rottie’s human

            The best comparison I have seen used yet!! I love it and plan on borrowing it on the firing range…..Thanks.

          • invadurxzim

            mythbusters

          • rtrack

            The differences between the friction caused by air and water are very large. Friction is one of the reasons things ‘slow down’ and why there will never be perpetual motion because of it.

          • Terry Reed

            Never?? Hmm … my grandmother said to beware of people who used words like ‘never’ and ‘always’ and “trust me.” lolol I was hoping someone eventually would make a perpetual motion machine.

          • A rottie’s human

            3 miles of open air, not water….

          • rocket

            Water is an in-compressible fluid while air is compressible. This affects the governing laws/equations of motion resulting in different travel & velocity of an object thru each medium. At higher speeds, think of water acting more like a solid.

          • Bob Bigellow

            3 miles in air

        • janinec

          My dad was a tank commander too. He also served under Patton at one time. I wonder if they were the same time?

        • MarkIra613

          Some D-Day vets would disagree. (From http://articles.philly.com/1998-08-06/news/25724660_1_omaha-beach-va-center-nearest-va-facility)

          As Frank L. Davis watched the movie Saving Private Ryan, he felt the pain of 54 years being peeled from his life.

          Suddenly he was 21 again, a sergeant in the 101st Airborne dodging bullets near Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The first time around, he had been too busy fighting to absorb the horrors of battle or to let terror grip him.

          The reliving was, in its way, worse.

          Virtually from the film’s start, the bloody panorama of the Normandy invasion produced “one hell of a tightening in my chest, and I couldn’t breathe and I shed a lot of tears,” said a shaken Davis, of Stanton, Del. “It felt like I was right there again. . . . It was so damned real.”

        • Guiesticus

          Yes, the bullets in the water aren’t going to be lethal for very long. They tested that repeatedly on Myth Busters and the higher powered weapons were often more prone to splintering into tiny pieces and slowing down faster.

          Unfortunately the bigger problem for those guys may have been being pulled under and not coming back up.

      • irememberallthelies

        From what I understand the mistakes in uniform are intentional because they are not actually in the military. My dad is retired navy so I looked into that long ago.

      • madamoiselle

        Also, in “The Longest Day” with John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Eddie Albert, Trini Lopez etc. about D Day, as the Americans are running up the beach you can see the shadow of the camera man on the dolly against the smoke as it billows up around the beach. Cool.

    • P_Ang

      One small one, always been one of my favorites. In the movie “Ravenous”, as the Fort Spencer party is approaching the campsite, there are small, realistic looking piles of snow scattered around the forest. Colonel Hart steps in one, which becomes stuck to his boot and is plainly obvious that the “snow piles” are large piles of cotton.
      The bigger one which has been mentioned several times before…the scene in Star Wars where the storm trooper extra smacks his head on the door.

      • Gil

        I was in the Army, we had guys smack their heads into doorjabs, HMMWV roofs, and the 1stSgt’s open palm all the time.

    • McCleod

      Star Wars A New Hope is full of clumsy film making. But it was released in a different age when people didn’t freeze-frame their way through movies.

      • Jake

        I saw “A New Hope” (then simply Star Wars) in its first theatrical run in 1977. Even in the theater, watching the film for the first time, I noticed a pretty glaring mistake. When R2D2 suddenly “comes awake” in the sand crawler after being captured by the Jawas, his head rotates around as he scans the room. At one point, light shines into the robot through a round glass port, and Kenny Baker’s forehead, bridge of nose, and eye are clearly visible. Didn’t spoil the movie for me, but it was clearly visible. It’s been digitally corrected in later releases, but its still visible on the original VHS release.

      • Josh Truax

        Some of those errors didn’t need freeze-framing to see, especially ones involving lightsabers. My favorite is still Obi-Wan’s lightsaber appearing to start fizzling out during his duel with Vader. (Maybe that’s why he just gave up and let Vader cut him down.) Then after killing Obi-Wan, Vader walks toward the closing blast doors and his saber appears to have turned white. That was probably just the uncolored stick prop actor David Prowse was holding.

      • Steven

        Clumsy? It was unlike any other film ever made up to its release, even til today. Those errors are petty in comparison. I know they are there, but Lucas had ordeals (outside his control) in making it, and had a time limit. It still the best space movie ever made, tho haters will be haters.

    • Terry Reed

      Thank you, AndrewX! I will be watching now for sure! I hope you posted the 4th big’un somewhere on here!

  • AndrewX

    So here’s a big one I have never seen mentioned, about an absolute classic moment in cinema history. The mistake is not technical, but situational…

    Remember the immortal Joe Pesci (Tommy), “what, am I a clown to you?” scene in Goodfellas? Immortal. A powerhouse moment for Pesci, as he introduces his character as basically a goofy psychopath, who loves to joke around with you and might put a bullet in your head at any given moment. One of film’s epic moments.

    Here’s the problem – the guy being terrorized here, wondering what land mine he has stepped on and if he will survive it… is Henry Hill! Excuse me, but Henry Hill is childhood friends with Tommy. He knows Tommy’s schtick by now, he’s not gonna fall for that. But the whole scene acts as though Henry met Tommy maybe last week, and still doesn’t really know him. No way. Of course, Tommy is not being introduced to Henry, he is being introduced to us, and as such it’s a hell of an introduction. But in the timeline of the film, it makes no sense.

    I saw the scene fifty times before that ever occurred to me. Now I can’t forget it.

    • musicbuyer

      1, you said it introduces Tommy as a “basically a goofy psychopath, who loves to joke around with you and might put a bullet in your head at any given moment”

      2. “but Henry Hill is childhood friends with Tommy. He knows Tommy’s schtick by now,”

      I think the point was to show that Tommy is such a lunatic that even his childhood friends can be scared shitless by stuff like that. I’m sure Tommy boy might have “whacked” a few friends over jokes and things. Henry Hill being a childhood friend has probably witnessed Tommy snap on people over the smallest things, explaining why he looked so petrified.

      • doyourresearchman

        Also that is much more of a plot hole than a goof, not really the same conversation.

      • Matt Huff

        Try reading the book that “Goodfellas” was based on, “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi. You’ll get a more in-depth background of Tommy and the way the mafia works. In the mafia your enemies are everyone. People that come to kill you can be perfect strangers but more often than not are guys you grew up with and knew all your life and in some cases, even your own family. Even the real Henry Hill stated that Tommy was a scary person to deal with… he could be laughing and joking one moment and cold and deadly the next.

        One person that was introduced by Henry in the bar scene but never seen much again in the movie was Pete “The Killer”. Who as Henry said was a very nice and gentle kind of man. But had absolutely no remorse in blowing your head off if told to do so. It’s pretty black and white as to how they operate. Keep your head down, show respect and be a good earner and you’ll have no problems. Say the wrong thing, cross a line or step on too many toes and you get found in the weeds on the roadside with a hole in your head.

    • mp1139

      Interesting take on the situation, I never thought about it that way. I would say that the scene is consistent with both characters however. As you observed, Tommy is a sociopath. Sociopaths are by nature manipulative. It seems consistent to me that even people in close relationships with violent sociopaths would never know when they were going to go off. It’s probably very similar to being in a relationship with an active alcoholic who you’re never quite sure when their mood is going to swing or some trivial thing will set them off.

      Henry is no doubt aware that Tommy is easily insulted and can go off at any time- and he’s probably seen Tommy become violent in the past with people who did stumble into slighting him.

      Ray Liotta does a great job in the scene of showing Henry processing the turn of events and eventually gambling on the idea that Tommy is just kidding around when he finally says “get the @#$* outta here…” and everyone explodes in relieved laughter. I think the scene is brilliant too because we never actually know if Tommy is kidding or not. Henry gives him a face-saving out by concluding Tommy “got him” with a joke and Tommy realizes he can let it go and still look like a big man. But he then immediately turns around and responds to another perceived humiliation- the restaurant owner asking him to pay his tab in front of all his friends – with great violence and rage.

  • avlisk

    How about in Arlington Road, when The Dude is driving 2 different red Ford Contours at the same time in the frenetic car chase scene. How about Saving Pvt. Ryan, when the wide shot after one of the heroes is killed shows one too many soldiers when their number should be reduced by one. I’ve never heard anyone mention either of these. Anybody?

  • LapDog

    In My Fair Lady, Hepburn comes into Higgin’s parlor after some crowd scene and a shadow approaches her as she sits on the sofa, I thought it was Higgins approaching her for a little chat, but it was only the SHADOW of a camera moving in, landing on Hepburn’s skirt. Lady was a highly touted movie, and I’m amazed that nobody has ever mentioned this scene. Then again, Gone With The Wind had so many ERRORS…shadows of cameras on Leigh’s gowns, and the idea of a forty plus year old man Lesley Howard, playing a nineteen year old. The whole movie was blooper-beach and completely amateurish by today’s standards.

    • Pugington

      Don’t knock Leslie Howard. He played Ashley from about age 24 (he’s supposed to have been out of college a couple years at that point, so he was never 19) to 43 — so if he was the wrong age for the early scenes, he was the right age for the later ones. Also, some of the DVDs have extras that include the other auditions for Ashley, and they were all TERRIBLE. it’s a more difficult role to play than it first appears. Leslie Howard understood how to play the part, which is more important than anything else.

  • STAN

    Also, in Grease….there is a sign in the diner that is blotted/fuzzed out. It is like that in all copies, so I assume it was in the original. Wonder what sign they are covering.

    • “The Wine”

      The one that didnt pay to advertise in the movie. Coke was the theme, Pepsi was the sign.

  • Lord of the Sword

    Implying the Lord of the Rings movies are good. He just took Tolkien’s personal life’s work and twisted it into something that could barely be called “Lord of the Rings”.

    • crash2parties

      Bah, humbug. He also induced *several* new generations to read Tolkien’s tomes which would have otherwise only been known to a very select group of geeks. They watch the movies and then start reading. And inevitably, discover that the books are far better.

      • docmoore

        Here, here! The same can be said of the Harry Potter series. Perhaps not the literary equivalent, but seeing the movies got millions of kids to read!

        • msquared3

          It’s a trade off, some kids might pick up the book after watching the film (though many kids will be just satisfied with the movie); and those kids (and adults) who read the books first, feel betrayed by the film and spend all their time pointing out the differences between the two mediums and railing against it. I read the Tolkien books long before the films, and though I enjoyed much of the dramatic action sequences…putting faces to the written words, I still find it incredibly annoying to watch scenes that were complete divergences from the book. I saw the LotR films, but the bad taste in my mouth made it impossible for me to watch the Hobbit films. Given a choice…I’d rather watch the 1977 animated movie.

          • DecoyOctorok

            I’m a huge fan of the books and I agree that the changes for the films do bother me, but I’m able to look past them because they seem to have been made with such good will and enthusiasm from everyone involved. The Hobbit movies on the other hand come across as a very cynical, big budget cash-in.

    • Gerald Jensen

      I have read LOTR in its entirety at LEAST a dozen times, so I can hardly be considered just a casual fan of this work that I consider the finest of its genre ever written in the English language, and one of the truly great books of all time in Western Literature. I have my complaints about the movies–the actor who played Denethor was badly miscast and they did too much to make him a villain–and I think the omission of the Scouring of the Shire was a mistake. And why initially have Treebeard and the Ents refuse to help in the attack against Isengard, and why no Huorns? But that being said, Jackson took on a project that might have daunted Hercules, taking this gargantuan and incredibly complex epic and making it come magically alive on the big screen. To his credit, millions of people who were unacquainted with this heartbreakingly beautiful, almost HOLY book would never have come to know it but for his movies. I wonder how many went out, bought or borrowed the book and read it because of the movies? No–I’m not going to fault Jackson. Anyone who undertook making a movie out of this book was going to fall far short of portraying the “beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron. Here is a book which will break your heart.” (C. S. Lewis on THE LORD OF THE RINGS) found in the book, but even falling short as he did, I think he did far better than I thought would ever be possible. I basically considered the book unfilmable, and he proved me wrong.

    • Rick

      Some of the scenes in the LOTR book were just nonsensical nonsense, PJ did the world a favour by removing them.

      Whats more, you can’t have a major climatic ending then move onto another movie altogether with the battle at hobbiton.

      No, movies > that the books x10

      • Lord of the Sword

        I accept your opinion, but let me explain my point. The Scouring of the Shire was not enough for an entirely different movie. It’s called denouement, and is the winding down of a story. There is a reason it is called the “climax”. It is the peak, the turning point of the whatever it is. Saying “climatic ending” is pretty much the same as, perhaps, “Voldemort kills Harry and then the movie ends”. There is no real sense of closure or a feeling that everything is (or should be) over. The Scouring of the Shire is that closure.
        And, by your phrase “nonsensical nonsense”, I assume you mean Tom Bombadil. But the part with Tom Bombadil is an important point. The little hobbits get serious, they went in there in the first place to throw off the Black Riders, and at the end, is the point where they all get their swords.
        I will not deny the fact that you believe the movies are “better”, but I am trying to speak from an objective point of view. Not whether the book or movie is better, but just a counter-argument.

    • Mike

      To me, one of the major discrepancies in Lord of the Rings takes place during the battle of Helm’s Deep. When ordering the archers to loose their arrows, both Aragorn and one of the commanders on the battlement order the archers to “fire!!” It would take a lot of time and energy to invent a tinderbox or matches so that they may “fire”. We aren’t talking firearms here folks.

      • Jim

        Yeah, that really should have been a “Release”, or “Loose” command..

  • castorag

    My favorite of all time: The last scene in Papillon, where the Steve McQueen character floats away from Devil’s Island prison on a raft of coconut shells. Shot from a helicopter and clearly shows the SCUBA swimmer, with huge fins, underneath the raft, guiding iit along in the calm, brilliant, clear blue water. The first time I saw it I was sure I was seeing things. I have no idea why they didn’t just let him float alone for the several minutes the shot took.

    • jimofolym

      I remember a western from long ago where the stagecoach is being followed by bandits. In the distance, a Greyhound bus passes on the highway. Can’t remember the name of the movie, but the scene is still in my mind. Probably filmed in Redrock Canyon in California.

      • Mike Dugan

        Shane.

        • Denny

          I don’t think “Shane” has a stagecoach scene. May be wrong.

          • KM

            No but if you can get an early copy of Shane (like a used VHS
            on e-bay) you will see a white car going across the background when Shane first rides up to Van Heflin’s homestead. Photoshopped out on DVD.

          • doctorBones

            Hey. But the wheels visible under the giant tomatoes in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was funny (and deliberate). BTW, just saw the second Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (believe it or not) and guess who played a large part? George Clooney. Bet he wants to forget THAT one!

      • SunKing

        LMAO

      • A rottie’s human

        Too funny….wish you knew the name!

    • bstrong2

      Thanks for that observation. I will check that out on the DVD. I was taken to that exact spot on Maui (where it was at least partly filmed) by a local who watched them shoot the jump.

    • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

      I always thought they meant for us think that was a shark.

      • A rottie’s human

        Love your name!

    • Denny

      You don’t take chances with your 5 million dollar star! I have to admit that I did not notice that diver until about the third time I saw the movie. I was a literature teacher for 31 years and taught that film every year. I never had a student notice the diver until I replayed it and pointed him out.

  • joe kunnat

    You also missed Wall Street – almost every scene in the movie where they’re wearing a tie, you see the lav mic pinned right behind the tie and a “tie bump”

  • Geoclac

    A note to the author “fatigues” have not been worn by our military in decades. They are wearing BDUs.

  • Jacko Madigan

    The camera and crew can be clearly seen in Superman: The Movie. As Clark and Lois leave the Daily Planet Building through the revolving door, their reflection can be seen as Clark gets caught.

    Also, in Chasing Amy, the entire crew, including Kevin Smith, can be seen in the store front windows as Ben Affleck, er, chases Amy in the rain.

  • Meg

    In the movie Twister: When Bill and Melissa head in to meet Jo you can see the helicopter reflection in the truck. And another when Bill and Jo are intercepting a tornado while the rest hung back. Bill is putting on her headset. In the scene= the headset is on then off then on again.

  • Dogfather

    In “Trouble with the Curve” scene at motel when Eastwood is smoking a cigar, the cigar keeps changing lengths. It gets longer as the scene progresses and then short and long again. Curious.

    • Harold Miller

      I caught that one the first time I saw the movie.

  • Kctandmore

    I love Anaconda where, as the boat backs away from a waterfall, the waterfall flows UPWARD.

    • Kristopher Vincent

      Same thing in GoldenEye when the water “drains” out of the Aricebo antenna. At the very end, you can tell they reversed a shot of water blowing up out of the middle.

  • e2u

    In the 1959 movie Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston I was told that a little red car appears briefly in the chariot race. I never found it. Did anyone?

    • Stewart

      I don’t know about that one, but in The Ten Commandments, Moses (Charlton Heston) was wearing a wristwatch when he split the Red Sea.

  • feadshipman

    In the car chase in the Steve McQueen movie Bullit, the engine falls out of the Mustang he is driving when it hits the ground after it flies in the air after going over a hill. The car then makes a left turn after hitting the ground, but you can see the engine skidding across the road plain as day. Of course he continues driving it for quite a bit longer and of course his “engine” is still moving the car and making noise.

    • Matty J.

      Plus, that chase scene was filmed in about five geographically separate locations that make no sense whatsoever, unless that chase actually happened (in the movie) over the course of 2-3 hours.

      • Denny

        Have you noticed how many times the little green Volkswagon shows up?

    • msquared3

      not to mention how many hubcaps flew off the car in the chase, every other corner or big jump, it seemed like they were losing another one.

    • Denny

      I watched “Bullitt” twice the other day, and going back over it frame by frame, I could not see any engines falling out. There was one scene where the Mustang landed so hard that the oil pan hit the pavement, perhaps that is what you saw. There are a lot of myths about that whole scene. According to McQueen’s favored stuntman, McQueen did virtually none of the driving in that film. They told him that they were going to film at 9:00 A.M., then filmed at 5:00 a.m. and were finished when McQueen arrived and he was livid and threatened to quit the picture. According to the stuntman, McQueen also did not do the motorcycle jump in “The Great Escape,” but I have my doubts about that. The jump was not that difficult, McQueen was an ace motorcycle rider, and in the film, it sure looks like him. The cars in “Bullitt” were highly modified. The stock 302 was taken out of the Mustang and replaced with a 428, and the Dodge was fitted with a 440. For me, the whole scene is ruined by the constant double clutching by whomever is driving the Mustang. Very poor sound effects. That would never happen, plus that transmission must have been about a ten speed. I have also wondered why they did so much modification on the Mustang and did not bother to put positraction in it. And what was that little green Volkswagon all about? Watch the movie and see how many times it appears.

  • jackejack

    Commando-Arnold and Rae Dawn Chong are chasing Sully in his little yellow sports car. They crash into a pole and Sully’s car flips onto it’s side. Arnold drops him off the cliff and puts Sully’s car back on it’s wheels. The side is all banged up. They hop in and drive away,like magic,the car is mint.

    • Kristopher Vincent

      You can also see the wire support “Sully” as Ahnuld holds him over the cliff.

      • Sully

        I see that wire every time I’ve ever watched that movie. Still a great moment though.

    • Gary Ferguson

      Only saw “Commando” once, and noticed the “miraculous car repair”. :p

  • Данијел

    In Gene Kelly’s Three Musketeers there is a scene where Porthos is describing an injury he got. He is eating chicken with a knife and laying on his stomach. He has the knife in his hand like a sword with nothing on it. Then he jabs the knife towards his backside to demonstrate where the sword caught him, and when he pulls it back around there is a monstrous huge chunk of meat dangling from the tip. Best. Blunder. Ever.

  • The Spectre

    yeah.. these are disastrous

  • scubydoo

    Oldie but goody! In Ben Hur, when Hur is watching the white Egyptian horses racing around the track for the first time in the desert, you can see jet trails in the sky.

    • MichaelZWilliamson

      Also a wristwatch and a red sports car.

  • gder18734

    The one that I never hear anyone call out is in Terminator 2. Arnold is putting a new starter in the Bronco, but he is holding the socket vertically, but the bolts go in horizontally

    • gregge

      I caught that too. He’s also on the wrong side for a Ford V8 rear drive starter. Either the scene was shot under a Chevy, or someone #@%@#ed a Chevy engine in the Bronco.

  • Don

    Buses are visible in the background when the British leave the fort in Michael Mann’s version of ‘Last of the Mohicans.” There is also the famous scene of a spaceship crashing in “Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone.” In some older versions (VHS/European versions) you can see the parking lot in the background.

  • j238

    None of these are truly “disastrous”

    When I was a kid, I saw a movie which clearly showed the shadows of guys working some controls being projected onto a cave wall.

    I didn’t know what a movie mistake was, so I was expecting those guys to figure in the plot.

  • j238

    There was one movie (not well-known. Can’t remember the title) set in the 50′s NYC, filmed in the 80′s. Plenty of outdoor shots.

    Through out the film, everything looked true to the setting. Well done.

    Just before the credits, there was a shot of the World Trade Center. I thought it was a deliberate FU to people looking for mistakes.

  • Subash Chandra

    in gladiator, when the chariot topples over in the arena, a compressed air canister is clearly visible.

    • AJ75

      That’s in Ben Hurr.

      • zac

        It may be, but it is also in gladiator.

  • pismobreak

    Disastrous? Hardly. I can barely make out the mistakes in most of the purportedly horrendous offenders, even with the super-imposed circles. I’ll bet they are next to impossible to see while watching the movie.

    • toolkien

      But you clicked, didn’t you?

    • Squid

      And these Horrendous mistakes are often only in one or two frames and blink by in less than a second.

      • Patrick Dukemajian

        You can’t even call the Matrix one a mistake. They clearly knew the camera was going to be visible so the went as far as draping a green tie over it to hide as best as possible. They said to themselves, “No one will notice it in real time.” And they were right.

        • MEEfO

          I noticed it in real time. As well as a thousand other embarrassing errors in that stain of a film.

          • MarkIra613

            Spoken like someone possessing an adolescent arrogance that makes him believe what he dislikes is no good, because he dislikes it.

            Such people are entertainment of another sort, but not likely a sort of their choosing..

            For the record, I do not like the Matrix movies either. But I lack the sense of self-importance to presume that my taste in movies defines them.

            I’d also LOVE to learn of the “…thousand other embarrassing errors in that stain of a film” that would render this poster’s stain [sic] of a comment something other than totally useless.

          • MEEfO

            No, spoken like someone who has an opinion on a film. I’m sorry you want to live in a world where only agreeable opinions are expressed in a given forum and all disagreeable opinions are quashed, but that sounds like a terrible place to live.
            What I find entertaining in turn is that you lack the self-awareness to realize that, while I merely critiqued a film, you are attacking a person–and how the term “adolescent arrogance” you like to toss around actually self-applies.

          • Fred

            I see you accidentally replied as Guest instead of as MEEfo. What a disastrous mistake! I no longer admire you for your adolescent arrogance and ability to feel better about yourself by criticizing minuscule errors in Hollywood blockbusters.

          • Steven

            Criticizing is not the same as obvious mindless and childish hate to the overall film. I found quite a few major errors in TLOTR and I can’t stand Peter for his arrogance, and I can’t stand the hype his fans give him, but I still loved the movies.

          • Steven

            First, while you were exaggerating 1,000, please enlighten us with at least 250 ‘noticeable’ “embarrassing errors” in The Matrix. When I first watched it as a little kid, something happened in the movie and some dude behind me smirked at the film. Now I know why. But I will enlighten you as to his why when and if you respond. The matrix, besides the first three Star Wars, is the boldest and most beautiful story and production ever CREATED for the big screen. I know where you are coming from, and I can’t wait to belittle your attempts and your brain.

          • Karl Hand

            @ MarkIra613: Without getting into the merits of your reply, or the comment you were replying to, I wish I had your way with words. I wouldn’t want to cross you in a debate. WOW!

          • meBob

            woh look out we got us a hollywood director in hiding whos pride’s been hurt : ) lol just kidding.

          • bob

            I’ve watched the Matrix probably 30 times and never noticed!
            I never needed to be that judgmental over something so minuscule!

          • name

            I know this is bring up old news. In all fairness though, I see this type of arguement on almost every site I go to that deals with the distribution of fact, or opinions. Both are in the wrong as I see it, probably even myself, but instead of trying to prove who’s arguement is better than whos, why not trying to avoid getting stuck in this blackhole of a comment thread and move on. Next time, let people say what they want to say. No need to prove your point. As no one cares

          • RoadShow

            Stain of a film? Please the only problem with Matrix is that they didn’t stop with the first one.

          • Steven

            Please tell which fantasy or scifi movies are your favorites, and we’ll compare which movies are ACTUALLY better. I know what kind of people hate The Matrix and for what reasons. The Matrix is the best fantasy – scifi since the first three Star Wars (and I know those who also hate Star Wars and their reasons), ever created and produced.

          • GantMick

            In your universe, you are awesome.

        • Curt

          There is no camera…

          • Laughed

            Why this doesn’t have more likes boggles my mind. Here’s one more for you sir.

    • Steve

      I was thinking the same thing. The word disasterous is hardly appropriate here.

    • Lori Farrell

      my eyes aren’t the best at age 53 but I can’t even see the error, after scouring the first photo,.so , yes, I agree.

    • Vilkus

      You read my mind. What was this writer thinking?

    • dawnmomofreed

      you need glasses if you cant see a man in a cowboy hat , behind jack Sparrow…

      • Steven

        Which movie and when about in the movie?

    • wb7ptr

      I’m a Netflix subscriber. Think I’m going to rent some of these and see if I can spot the goofs. I suspect they are visible just for a second or so which is why they weren’t edited out. Most viewers unless they’re filmmakers themselves probably would not notice the mistakes.

  • Albert

    In Cujo, you see a person’s hand pull the dog down while he was looking inside the house. That was a huge, hilarious, blunder, but not a big-budget movie.

  • Danno

    In Pearl Harbor, when the harbors getting attacked, Cuban Gooding, Jr is running midship to check on the captain and almost runs over a couple crew members, one’s holding a RC stick in his hand, clearly out of place.

  • RLB

    The whole Twilight Saga was a mistake.

    • CoolStuff

      in one scene when bella and edward are talk an extra with a hat disappers and then reapes with out the hat

    • Steven

      Na ah! I loved the sparking vampires and whole soap opera feel.

  • andacar

    This reminds me of the old TV series “Dark Shadows” from way back in the 60s. To be fair, it was shot live and on a budget of about a dollar and forty nine cents. But once in a while you’d see Barnabas Collins tip over a cardboard gravestone or knock something over. In one memorable scene the camera panned over to reveal a sound guy standing there, who looked surprised and ran off the set.

    • andacar

      As I say Victor, it was all live TV back then, with no retakes.

  • gregge

    Crystal Skull also gave us “magnetic” gunpowder and lead shot., among other absurdities.

  • msquared3

    If we’re going to point out every continuity error on film, there will be hundreds, if not thousands of similar posts.

    • je

      Great! And your point is…?

  • alice

    OMG-in the movie Camelot when King Arthur/Richard Harris goes to the woods for the night (after he suspects Gwen of cheating on him) he talks to Merlin and he has a round bandaid on his neck! LOL!

  • DONALD VICKNAIR

    In the classic “E.T. The Extraterrestrial”, after Elliot throws a baseball into the shed and it is tossed back out, he runs into the house and warns his brothers friends “Nobody go out there.” As he is delivering his line, you can see one of the other actors mouthing Elliot’s line. Also… HUGE blunder in Pretty Woman… big scene where Julia Roberts undoes Gere’s tie and pulls open his shirt, it magically reties and closes several times.

  • imadman

    In the movie Speed (1994), at about 1:28 into it, one can clearly see the reflection of the camera man and camera in the open door of the moving bus.

    • Drone Hammer

      What about the reflection of the trail car and the same camera guy in the corner of the bumper.

  • tevra

    Crystal Skull was such a crappy movie that watching a camera filming the “action” of Even Stevens would have been a relief from sitting through that groaner.

  • EdG1955

    What I didn’t like about the endings of both Twilight and Harry Potter was the neutering of the hero/heroine in the final scenes. In Twilight books, the whole series builds toward Bella, who is a nobody weakling human, becoming the newborn vampire who prevents the Volturi from slaughtering her clan. In the movie, Alice saves the day and Bella reverts to being a nobody weakling vampire.

    In the Harry Potter book, Harry overcomes both death and his own fears to battle Voldemort in front of the entire school, ultimately killing him, whereupon Voldemort’s crumpled little body is thrown in a corner like so much garbage. In the movie, Harry runs and hides from Voldermort before being cornered, outside the school with no witnesses, where Harry kills Voldemort and Voldemort ascends to heaven (or wherever), leaving behind no body and no witnesses to prove he is now gone for real this time.

  • Bweez

    Altho, it is fun to see mistakes… like a guy with a bandage on one side of his head and the next time you see him it’s on the other side. Those are funny! Seeing a stage crew guy is… well… ho-hum… I think that this article is just another way to advertise the movies… to get people to watch them… perhaps even buy them. The word “Disastrous” is the title is over-kill. Disaster implies that it ruined the movie. Obviously… it didn’t. I like the title AndrewX used… “big misses.” ;-)

  • john smalberis

    If you look for mistakes……. you need a life. Most of them can’t be seen by the people just watching a movie and not picking it apart.

    • Bill

      Brilliant commentary on quality control. No doubt you hold yourself to a very high standard. Eh, good enough.

  • patrickmcswain

    Soylent Green – When Edgar G. Robinson is in the death chamber, and Charlton Heston is hitting the Audio button to communicate the wires keep moving every time the light is on or off. Apparently they only had one shot of the light on, but it didn’t match the light off panel, so they just switched back and forth in the editing room.

  • saijanai

    My favorite is during the credits at the end of a Dark Shadows TV episode where a crew member wanders into the next room of the Collins mansion and starts cleaning up on camera for practically the entire time the credits are rolling.

  • Notcher

    I wouldn’t call these disastrous. Not sure they know what that word means.

    • A rottie’s human

      Using that word was a blunder in itself…..Totally agree with you!

  • MichaelZWilliamson

    You’d think crew on scene would be required to wear something that blends in with the cast. Though I wouldn’t call any of these “Disastrous.” Not like the wristwatch and sports car in Ben Hur.

    • AJ75

      And the gas tank visible in one of the chariots as it crashes.

  • MichaelZWilliamson

    In most sitcoms, you can hear laughter throughout, even though there’s no actual humor.

    • Timothy Turnstone

      You should be awarded an Emmy for that comment!

    • txtone04

      the louder the laughter, the less humor there is

    • Kenny_Bunkport

      I have on occasion, been so distracted by the laugh track, that it was all I could focus on. Needless to say I quit watching those shows.

    • tpwatch

      Some trivia, do you know who invented the laugh track?
      Lucille Ball.
      that is how long it has been around and we tolerate it. I refuse to watch sitcoms with canned laughter. That just means that it is not funny enough for the viewer to know when to laugh.

      • ratsass

        Not really. It makes it more like the movie theater experience where you hear the reactions of other people. It makes the entertainment more communal. I know I laughed out loud and harder at the comedies I have seen in the theater than I did at something I saw at home. If I start to think about it, it annoys me, so I tune it out.

      • Big E

        Or wasn’t filmed in front of a live studio audience. If you ever watch an old sitcom with no canned laughter it just seems awkward.

      • dawnmomofreed

        I think its more so they can control the timing.. but hey what do i know i actually saw some of the mistakes, in a Knights tale, WHICH I LOVED AND WHEN MY SON HAD COLIC WE HAD TO WATCH IT EVERYDAY SO HE’D CALM DOWN, HEATH HAS A GOLD AND RED NECKLACE ON THEN HE DOESN’T THEN ITS BACK ON ALL IN THE SAME SLOW MOTION JOUSTING SCENE..LOL

      • mattack

        It wasn’t “canned” laughter back then, they paid people to be in the audience to laugh.

        Also, many of the shows people today *claim* use laugh tracks (e.g. Big Bang Theory) don’t.

        • A rottie’s human

          It’s called a laff box and it was invented in the 1950s. The Hank McCune show on NBC.

        • Crystal Lemke

          If you watch reruns of ‘I Love Lucy’ often enough, you can tell that they reused some of the laughter. In almost every episode you can here a woman say ‘uh-oh’ and then start to giggle. You can’t even say that this woman was just in the audience all the time because it is always exactly the same.

          ‘The Cosby Show’ announces that it is filmed win front of a ‘live studio audience’ but if they add more laughter in later during editing then it is known as canned laughter.

      • Euphy Mism

        Well, that’s possibly true in many instances, but some comedy shows simply couldn’t have been done before a live audience and are/were truly funny despite the use of a laugh track. I would nominate M*A*S*H as an example as I believe it had canned laughter. It was, nevertheless, a very good show.

  • Na Cl

    Interesting yes but disastrous? Overstate much?

  • Seamus Filipowicz

    You missedsome, crew in Omen hiding in bushes, during dogs attack, was clearly visibale for few seconds, camera reflected in Cloonys helmet in Gravity, and my favorite from childehood, snakes in Riders of Lost Ark, you can see theirs or Indys (depends on camera angle ) reflection in glass, i gues they were separated by glass walls during shooting, cos Ford realy hate them snakes ;)

    • Myherofails

      All the helmets in gravity are cgi – or so they said.

  • YITZHAK OBAMA

    These movie actors are cowards, when I was a kid we did our own real life stunts, no suits, mats, wires, harnesses or helmets!

    • http://rins-world.com/ Rin Sanada (真田 りん)

      Yeah, they have to film these scenes at least 30 times and if they get hurt badly even one time that messes up the shooting schedule of the ENTIRE movie.

  • elhigh

    In Star Trek: Generations you can see a corner of the fall cushion poof up into view during a fight scene when a bad guy is tossed off a roof.
    In one of the dreadful Cannonball Run movies – the one with Tony Danza and, I think, Frank Sinatra – Frank’s car goes from a Corvette, to a Dodge Daytona, and back to a ‘Vette. At least the colors matched.

  • Biff Sarin

    Somehow I just don’t imagine that Pirates of the Caribbean would have turned out to be the mega blockbuster franchise that it is if de Niro had taken the lead role. I love de Niro as an actor, but this role was made for an eccentric actor like Depp. Someone with the ability to be physically and verbally funny at the same time. Not to mention, somehow I can’t envision the 71 year old de Niro having a sword fight while dancing through the rafters in a blacksmith shop or running on an over-sized hamster wheel rolling through the jungle etc.

    • mewmew34

      Agreed. I kind of hate when things like this talk about what a huge mistake it was that some actor passed up a role after the movie made tons of money. If the actor who passed it up had taken the role, who could say that the movie would have been nearly as successful as it was?

  • Roger Dowd

    Ah, yes… whenever you create something you always run the risk of making a mistake. “Disastrous”? These gaffes are so peripheral on a wide screen and so momentary they only mean something to someone like what’s-his-name here.

  • pommefritte

    I always liked the North By Notrhwest blunder where the little boy in the cafeteria, with his back to the action, plugs his ears just before Eva Marie Saint shoots Cary Grant. From previous takes, he knows the shot is coming.

  • Friedrich

    I like the guys in USC shirts in a fight scene in Sparticus

  • ReggieA

    When the TV show “Roswell” was on, it was an online sport to be the first to find these “chads” (Couldn’t Happen As Described).
    We had over 650 of them, before the third and final season ended. Yikes!

  • Jeff Saunders

    I was watching one of the old sailing ship movies set in the 1800′s, and you could see the shadow of a helicopter on one shot…

  • lildebrarae

    I watched for the crew members amongst the orcs. I couldn’t find them. Yet in the “Return of the King” … when the conflict resolved and the King’s about to get his elven maid; in the background there’s a guy with sunglasses on.

  • Lissanie

    The biggest blunder of all time is the remake of the Stepford Wives. And they weren’t even hidden blunders. The entire movie was a blunder.

  • Ben Gardner

    As a kid who loved the movie Jaws, it always surprised me how obvious it was, yet never talked about, that the boat was towing the barrels in the scene where the shark was chasing the boat.

    in the shot with Quint driving the boat from the flying bridge with the yellow barrels in pursuit, you can plainly see the cables appearing and reappearing just off the stern in the boat’s wake. look right over his sholder.

  • Frf Rere

    In Less Than Zero, when they’re at the club looking for Julian and confront Rip, you can see the guy with the boom mic clearly recording the argument.

  • Keysbum

    Joe Kidd- toward the end of the movie, when Joe and the others are riding into town, you can clearly see a car driving along a road in the distance.

  • Porphyry

    I agree with the author’s son: Jackson messed it up.

  • HornDork

    In Commando, when Arnold is holding that guy over the cliff with one hand, you can see the cable coming out his pant leg

  • AJ75

    Just about every scene Ed Wood ever put to film.

  • Ilya Taytslin

    “Several crew members and a boom mic also make an appearance in Morpheus’ glasses as he introduces Neo to the ‘Real World’”

    Obviously, Morpheus had a deeper meaning of “Real World” in mind!

  • Yujin Ito

    This stuff happens all the time. I wouldn’t call it disastrous. If you even knew how many problems we fixed. You might cut us some slack. I found that some of the best work I ever did in the FX industry was stuff nobody ever noticed. What nobody sees here is all the stuff they got right. Sometimes it’s surprising what gets through after weeks of frame fuc*ing. (Although it may sound vulgar, that is a common term used in the VFX industry)

  • gaydude

    If no one notices unless you freeze frame it and put a giant circle around it, I wouldn’t call it “disastrous”.

    • A rottie’s human

      Just fun to find, but I agree not disastrous in the least. I never find them until someone else points it out- lol.

    • Bob Bigellow

      Worse that disastrous. How can you possibly hope to make something believable if it can be proven fake with a simple pause button?

  • Christina

    Disastrous? Melodramatic much?

  • Das Dweeb

    You missed one of my all-time favorites – the boom mic poking out in the pew during the heart-to-heart in the church in “Rudy.”

  • MisterManReturns

    On TV, probably “The Dick Van Dyke Show” had the most visible camera shadows – almost every episode.

    • George

      “The Dick Van Dyke Show” also had misplaced furniture. There is one case where the lead actor tripped over an ottoman.

  • TV Guy

    If you want the ultimate “goof” experience watch the “HD” version of the King of Queens TV show. It was shot on film so the aspect ratio is 16:9. Because TV was 4:3 at the time they could care less what was on the “wings” and just blocked the shots for 4:3. You can see cleg lights, cameras flying in for the next shot, sets just stop and show bare wood and ladders propped against the wall and a bunch more.

  • WriterGuy10

    Movies aren’t filmed with single-frame viewing in mind. There are probably thousands of mistakes like these, in films with budgets both big and small, but because they only last a moment or two — or in some cases, only a frame or two — they were left as they were to avoid spending to reshoot or reedit a scene.

    To expect absolute perfection is ridiculous. Most of these are completely trivial — and in the case of a crash mat, unavoidable.

  • jackenglish

    OK

  • LysolMotorola

    There is a 1960′s Science Fiction movie set on a desert planet and in one scene you can clearly see cars going by on a highway.
    My favorite is a Jacki Chan movie Rumble in the Bronx. In one scene, across the Hudson you can see the mountains of British Columbia, where it was shot.
    Ain’t no mountains in New Jersey.

  • Slinksugar

    This one’s cool… 5th element, if you watch the scene where Mila J. breaks the glass after being reconstructed and revived, in slow motion frame by frame, you will see the jagged outline of the breakout glass prior to Mila punching through it…

  • Terry

    In the western SHANE, we all know that one, my dad spotted something at the beginning of the movie, if you look all the way to the background you can see an 18 wheeler passing on an interstate…Was pretty funny to see :)

  • Kenneth Edward Polley

    In Titanic, the part where Leonardo (Jack) is handcuffed to those pipes, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Rose) swings that ax, you can see where Hoffman misses the cuffs and actually hits Leonardo in the wrist! True Story!

    • Myherofails

      I laughed so hard at this.

  • Don

    Disastrous: I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

  • sfwmson

    yes yes…safety harnesses. I don’t know why these high paid stars can’t float and fly and jump from one building to the next by themselves. I mean why did they get the parts f they need safety equipment? really.

  • guest

    The sky is falling. Oh my God…how do we live with these mistakes?? My life is ruined!

  • Alwuhush

    The main mistakes I look for are in films where they use horses. For some odd reason directors too often mess up with equines and don’t realize the fact that different horses look different, or that horses with very original markings stand out and are notable to people.

    Case in point – Ben Hur. At the start of the movie Masala rides into Jerusalem on a flashy chestnut horse with lots of white markings. Problem is, at the mid-point of the movie Sheik Ilderim rides the same chestnut horse while he runs down his chariot team and thrashes the charioteer. And to make matters even more amusing, when the chariot teams are being lead out for the big race, yep, one of the track team is mounted on the very same chestnut horse, leading the teams around the track.

    One of the racing teams of grays also doubled as the team pulling Quintus Arias down the streets of Rome in the victory parade scene.

    Get a clue, directors: If you want horses to do double and triple duty in movies, they need to all be solid bay geldings.

  • gladtoberetired

    i didnt see any of these movies…

  • MPH

    In one of the Canonball Run movies, there’s a scene where they’re looking down into a car (the Countach, I think), and the smiling sound guy with the boom mic is clearly visible in the reflection on the roof.

  • MimiB

    In Gladiator there’s a scene where General Maximus is feeding a apple to a horse after battle and you can see a guy in blue jeans behind him.

  • Nexx

    How are these disastrous when no one even notices them??

  • Don

    Jackie Earle Haley… not Earl

  • SkippyFlipjack

    There’s no way Keanu “gave away $100 million to the special effects team and those in charge of wardrobe”. That’s just silly.

  • whom ever

    One of my favorite movies is Good Fellas.
    In one see where Henry hill is grown up , year is supposed to be 1963.
    the car he is leaning on is a 65 impala.
    Things like that make me thing the people that set up the sets don’t research
    every detail.
    But then again how many hub caps did that charger loose in Bullit?
    I guess most would not notice.
    It is just a movie..

  • Jen Schellings

    I’m too stuck on gazing at Viggo as Aragorn to even bother checking out the other ‘blunders’. :)

  • Lyric Thompson

    Non of these were clearly seen or disastrous.. good god.

  • trinhbot

    cmon, no gas tank from the chariot in Gladiator?

  • Andrew

    Saturday Night Fever: microphone clearly seen and moving in the ceiling above John Travolata.

    The Matrix: the scene downstairs where the shooting starts in a effort to rescue Morpheus and the pillars explode from bullets. One of the the exploding pillars has a lizard slithering out.

    One of Dirty Harry movies shows a reflection of the camera crew as the car window goes up.

  • Andrew

    Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indiana Jones is in the pit full of snakes and a cobra rears up next to him. You can plainly see the glass reflection from the snake.

    Harrison Ford was never in danger. But it was a very good movie nonetheless.

  • JLZ

    Well, for tv series devotees, there an episode of the old “Wild, Wild West” involves what we might call “steampunk” scuba. Yet the shots reveal a backup diver in a modern wetsuit nearby. It’s just part of the the magic of film!

  • MissTee

    These are hardly the worst. Most are hardly noticeable. But what about the scene in Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy is first meeting the scarecrow? Her hair changes length between cuts two or three times.

  • MissTee

    And actually, Wizard of Oz is fairly full of mistakes.

  • Anon

    The first one from lord of the rings doesn’t even have the right still, they say the mistake is when they show the orcs, the picture with the article is showing the human side.

  • Penny Dog

    Arnold in Commando is chasing the bad guy in a yellow Porsche and wrecks it. Arnold flips it over to drive off and it’s brand new again.

    • A rottie’s human

      Beautiful pup. My grandma was sitting with me and thought it was a pic of hers. LOL. Personally, I like big dogs but hers has a BIG personality.

  • Robin Wright

    In the movie Without a Paddle you can clearly see a crew member on the ground crawling when they are in the Marijuana field. I noticed it the first time I watched it.

  • William Forbes

    Only an oldster will remember probably the biggest gaff of all times. A rather mundane “J.C.Penney” advertisement in the Sunday papers showed a man modeling boxer shorts; and it’s quite obvious the shorts did not cover all the “stuff”.

  • Eric

    I bad for the people who sit and watch BluRay movies frame by tedious frame looking for this stuff.

    • A rottie’s human

      If they are enjoying themselves then why should it bother us? Life’s short- have fun!

  • rwbenjamin

    I have watched some of these films many times and I have never seen any of these so called “Disastrous Crew Visible Mistakes”, lol…. they cannot be that Disastrous!

  • Jester1137

    Nearly all of these are editing mistakes, not crew mistakes.

  • DC Mykl

    Continuity Clerks and/or Story Editors are paid very good money to ensure that these “disasters” don’t happen too often. I don’t know if they still do, but as recently as 10-years ago the major studios sent small checks as tokens of appreciation to anyone who first reported an undiscovered blooper in an already released film.

  • an_observer

    Why has no one noticed that the real disaster in the Indiana Jones clip is the obviously fake “decent down a cliff” trick gone wrong , whereby you can clearly see the vegetation behind her hands is growing at 90 degrees to the shot… that is, “up” is to the right……

  • zep1

    Two of my favorites:

    King Kong (the original with Faye Ray).

    During the scene when Kong enters the village, one of the natives jumps from a porch on one of the huts and his wig gets caught on a hand cart and goes flying off his head.

    Carrie (the original with Sissy Spacek).

    As Carrie is walking down the road after frying the gymnasium, John Travolta and his girlfriend look to mow her down with their car. It’s filmed from several different angles. The car goes from being a 70 Chevelle to a 69 Firebird (from behind) and then, when it bursts into flames, it’s a 68 Impala.

  • disqus_HRjz1syKi8

    My favorite is the cafeteria scene at Mt. Rushmore in “North by Northwest” when just before Cary Grant is supposedly shot, you clearly see a young boy in the background covering his ears. I assume they must have had a lot of takes and he was tired of the noise!

  • dumb

    JUST DISASTROUS!
    OH MY

  • Tom

    Disastrous? Not a horrific as the hyperbolic title of this article. Come on now: some are interesting to see, especially for those of us who like learning about how movies are made. But a disaster causes huge losses of life, natural destruction on a grand scale, or horrific financial losses. These little things don’t even carry as much weight as bloopers.

  • steve

    There’s a boom mic very obvious in Saturday Night Fever
    Noticed it when we were at the movies

    Volkswagon Beetle is visible in chariot race in Ben Hur

    Both of those are way bigger fo-pa’s than a mic cable under someones jeans

  • AC Tesla

    These mistakes go back throughout cinema and can be found in probably most movies. I like the mistakes where one of the gladiators in Spartacus was wearing a wrist watch, or in the cowboy movies where you can see cars on the highway on the horizon or in the movie Pretty Woman where the plates and glasses appear and disappear after cuts. Finding a microphone or a boom or a camera in a shot or two is actually quite common.

  • J. Frank Parnell

    No, the real disastrous crew mistake in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is that they actually finished the movie.

  • wwasion

    They also missed “Stripes,” where in the scene when they’re sitting on the floor leaning against the SUV, you can clearly see the boom mic go back and forth over their heads.

  • A rottie’s human

    I would guess you have no hobbies….For some it’s a cheap brain teaser. I would bet they enjoy the movie as much as you do, if not more. Why do other people feel the need to judge someone else’s life value. If they pay to watch that movie and give it 2 hours of their life that they can’t get back, I would say pick away. Life is too short to take it so serious all the time. Lighten up and just enjoy the laughs from the blunders!

  • Hal Slusher

    Lol that was not a big thing at all.

  • Jamal Anderson Devonish

    i assume “Disastrous” means the only ones they could find

  • Stephan Kirsch

    Those of us with lives didn’t event notice Marty McFly’s infamous shirt pockets, much less these split-second gaffes. Enjoy the movie!

  • dgroover

    One of the most obvious crew mistakes was in “Promised Land” when Meg Ryan’s character drove the car off the road at the construction site and spun it around to reveal a camera mounted on the right door. Later the headlight that was broken when she crashed the car through the fence changed from the left side to the right.
    - dgroover

  • Brandi

    there are lots of movies with mistakes…..who cares…..everyone still watches them and loves them

  • Brandi

    Twister has way more noticeable mistakes than any of these movies listed and it didn’t make the list…wow

  • wsanders

    Oh, Phhft, These are not disasters. Having your star DIE during production (Vic Morrow, Paul Walker, Heath Ledger, John Candy, et al, may they RIP), maybe, but not these.

  • trooper4truth

    The camera man in HP is the most apparent one.

  • mbmarquis69

    A better one for Gravity: during the continuous one shot that opens the movie, a reflection of the camera crew can be seen in Clooney’s helmet cover… with one clever distinction: they are also floating in space wearing space suits.

  • URKiddinMee

    Next they’ll be telling me that “Debbie Does Dallas” was shot in L.A.

  • Cy

    Movies are entertainment. Not documentaries. Who cares if they are not perfect or factual or historically or scientifically accurate. They are made as a form of entertainment. People who spend time dissecting every frame of every movie, are people who have too much time on their hands and need to get a life.

  • Samuel Otto

    Why would you even list these and not have pictures for all of them??

  • Homebrew58 .

    Nobody in any movie or stage play wears a mic wire down the leg of their pants. Ever. A body mic is used with a transmitter pack generally placed in the small of the back with the wire running up to the back of the actors neck and then the mic hidden in a collar or clothing.

  • miketbuck

    I always remember the scene in Three Men and a Baby where a child is standing next to a window watching the scene when he was not in the movie. Some people made references that he was a ghost, but just a kid standing on the side of the screen.

  • Mungo

    they must not have been very “disastrous” if the films all made money and most of them are considered classics. Hmm.

  • Jaques ‘Amer

    I work for a special effects company, and I’ve taken clips and showed kids at school, when my kids were in school, just what the movies can get away with! I know of some real doozies!

  • RufusFirefly

    Off Limits

    Great balls of fire!

    A A A Comments (0) Thursday, Jun 27 2002

    In his Saturday, June 22, column, Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/ president John Temple pronounced, “The front page is our newspaper’s face” — an unfortunately timed metaphor, given that just two days later, a News cover photo of a fire victim appeared to put a testicle right in readers’ faces.

    The shot, taken on June 23 by News staffer Barry Gutierrez, featured Durango-area resident Fred Finlay, who was shown sitting near structures scorched in a subdivision called Tween Lakes — not ‘Tween Legs, sorry to say. Finlay was wearing only hiking boots, socks and cutoff shorts in the photo, and he was holding a pussycat identified in the cutline as “Twitchy.” (This item practically writes itself, doesn’t it?) Beneath Twitchy, meanwhile, was what appeared to be a healthy gonad hiding in plain sight, apparently putting the lie to the banner description of the image: “In The Ashes, Down But Not Out.”

  • vincenzo

    Cant believe that Cujo wasnt listed. When the dog is barkinghrough the window you can clearly see a hand reach up and pull him out of the window

  • MadMan Mark

    In Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, when Pee Wee is driving the car, you can see the road signs on a small dolly and track as they roll towards the screen

  • Bernie

    The biggest mistake in movies is not even in this list. The 10 commandments when the Hebrews are fleeing the Pharoah’s army. there is a little red corvette with the sound mics following in the bottom of the screen. It is hysterical….

  • Bamm

    Disastrous is reading this article.
    Nothing in these clips prevented these box office hits to be anything less than enjoyable.

  • Odis Lee

    If Robert de Niro had taken the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, it wouldn’t have done near as well. He is a good actor, but his character is wrong for that role. I think it turned out best for everyone that he turned it down. However, he probably could have carried the Captain Barbosa role.

  • fedupintx

    Headline writers: “Disastrous” You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means…..

  • joecool1

    The best ever, was an extra riding into a battle on horseback wearing sneakers! I forget which epic it was, but it was in the 60′s or 70′s.

  • Guest

    Many of these don’t seem that bad, and you can barely see many of them. I mean, I didn’t see the camera wire in the “Twilight” picture at first, even with a huge circle around it. Many others were described as being in fast moving shots where we couldn’t see them unless we paused a billion times. If it’s in the movie, it might not have been seen
    Some of these can be pretty funny though if they are obvious, even if they are not crew shots. I’m pretty sure everyone who watched “Thor” saw the cup that fell down in one shot and popped back up in the next.

  • James T. Strong

    Hyperbole, hyperbole, hyperbole…what passes for journalism, even in movie “mags.”

  • Andrea Pelletier

    well i spotted one but that hardly makes it disasterous lol

  • SkepticalQuery

    Ah, so it’s really not that hard to define “disasterous” after all. You’ve done a fine job with your list.

  • SkepticalQuery

    Yes. I expect something disasterous.

  • jqanderson1

    People who watch movies, sometimes frame for frame, for mistakes should all be blinded.

  • Hopefulspam

    I wouldn’t say “disastrous”.

  • DoctorFeelgoodMD

    I would request my money back!

  • Richard Cobos

    I mean, really. The Vikings? Why are we now into this crap. I wonder. The 300 movie. About how the Europeans kicked ass out of Persians. Wow! What a message-to say. What. God’s chosen, perhaps? Like everything else you want to say about the indestructible, invincible, heroic, infamous and every other words to describe the Europeans in power across the globe, maybe.. Put this sort of bullshit with Vikings being the first setting foot on the American soil some, as so called scholars of anthropology and historians that are going along with the bullshit, with the saying that the Indigenous people of Indian decent arrived 12 thousand years too late crossing out of the baring straits to fight off the land grabbing Viking here in the Americas’. What bullshit! Most ridiculous claim yet that’s loaded with absurdities. What anthropologist and historians don’t tell you is that there are sites in California, Montana, Illinois that places indigenous people back 300,000 years in time when they were establishing large cities. We got the facts to prove this. Like Elizebeth McEntire, an anthropologist an expert out of the University of Minnesota dated an ancient ruin in Mexico and hardly noticeable to the locals that lived there today discovered portions of stone walls and footings that were remnants and traces that held buildings of extraordinary dimensions and sizes, carbon dated at 250,000 years old. It baffled the scientific community when she made her report. Indigenous people have always been here for many a thousands of years. Tiahuanaco and Puma Punku is said to be more than 20,000 to 30,000 years,. And there are still other sites that are much older. Has anyone ever heard about the Mexican pyramid in Illinois covered by over growth of trees and shrubbery, replica of the one you see at Teaotehuacan in Mexico? It is reported to being very old. Check it out. Oh, but the institutions of European learning kids, don’t wish to tell you about that! Meanwhile, children. Let us marvel over the golden age blond blue eyed savages of your ancestry-the Vikings in the theaters. Shall we?

  • Ringo Lapua

    Funny, but I loved all those movies….. REGARDLESS

  • Pirinno

    These “disasters” are seen by those who have no life, and just make their life’s goal to find fault in others work.

  • Erik Baran

    So they can write articles about “disastrous” movie mistakes.

  • LightningBolt

    Weak sauce article.

  • http://www.infowars.com SteveQuaid

    lol good point.

  • Brian Rewis

    Not sure I consider seeing a mic line in Kristen Stewart’s pants to be anywhere near disastrous. Or the LOTR one, especially since they provided a pic that did not even have a mistake in it. Same with a few others on this list.

  • SolomonSanford

    These GEEKS need to get a life.

  • kikojones

    How could they miss the white pickup truck in Braveheart?

  • eyeforerrors

    “Heather Lagenkamp who played the role of Nancy Thompson had to beat off some stiff competition for her part.”…………i think this could have been worded better

  • Peter

    They missed the scene in “The Italian Job” when they drop the truck through the street and Spiderman is standing there.

  • http://cmit.com.jm KamronBennett

    Disastrous was Sir Richar Branson in Casiono Royale!

  • Harry Potter is RUINED!

    Well that’s it, the entire Harry Potter franchise is ruined for me. RUINED!

  • meBob

    (the humvee civvy) ITS A GHOST!!! :-O paranormal incident caught on film

  • Otowner

    I always thought the most obvious mistake in LotR was the van driving down the dirt road behind Sam and Frodo as they’re leaving the Shire (they’re near a cornfield, the furthest Sam has ever been from the Shire).

  • peatree

    I’ve always thought that Nicholas Cage in any movie was a terrible mistake.

    • Renellin

      Uhhh, yeah.

  • ThraceThrice

    A pathetic list; collected from modern and prosperous movies (which includes Rocky, since it’s still “in release”). A safety rope barely visible? The arm of a guy? What about the striped-shirt crewman standing in full view in “Kelly’s Heroes”? The cannon-log in “Raiders”? Truck-tire tracks in “Stage Coach”? The bright orange boom-mike in “Trancers”? (yes, Trancers. What’s it to you?) Work harder, author.

  • xknight

    It was edited out after the initial release but there is a scene in The Ten Commandments that shows two Egyptian MIGS in the far sky during a desert scene shot in the Sinai

  • Terry Reed

    Disasterous (adjective) : causing great damage; highly unsuccessful. Syn: catastrophic, calamitous, cataclysmic, tragic, devastating, ruinous, fated, ill-starred, inauspicious, grievous …etc, etc. etc. The rolling Toyota would’ve worked, but not the coffee cart – unless the pirate was Adam Sandler!

  • cheese101

    Disastrous? Really? Exaggerate much?

  • Jason Blankenship

    You don’t consider The Matrix to be a critical and financial success? It’s got an 87% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and has made a little shy of 500 million dollars (on a 63 million dollar budget) worldwide

    • AndrewX

      Check your irony detector, JB. Probably could use a tune-up.

  • Reagan Hobson

    I don’t care if you do or do not think this list is “disastrous.” I would just like everyone to go out and watch Stardust. Robert de Niro was great in that movie, and the movie was also a lot of fun. One of my favorites :)

  • dirtydog1776

    I think there are a lot of people with nothing better to do while living in their parent’s basement.

  • scott will

    Never seen any of these movies.never will.

  • tommyt1971

    “Disastrous”?? Isn’t that a bit sensationalistic? Oh, right, everything has to be sensationalistic these days.

  • Front Row King

    In Disturbia (theatrical version), you could clearly see boom mics in one of the scenes in his bedroom. It was so noticable, I was looking for it through the rest of the movie. Not sure if it made it on to the DVD version or not.

  • K4FLH

    The flub in Rocky Horror has been know by us fans for decades !

  • K4FLH

    In the Princess Bride during the sword fight between the Dread Pirate Roberts and Ignacio Montoya the fall mats are very noticeable, not one but twice.

  • Bobby D

    I don’t dwell on these things, they are gone in a blink of an eye and most of these were in great movies that catch you up in the scene. These things are not distractions to me. However, recently I have started noticing a lot of iphones on the home screen while an actor is supposed to be talking to someone. That can be a little distracting to me for some reason.

  • snv

    Should be retitled ’10 barely noticeable production errors’.

    If anything, these are editing mistakes, not crew mistakes.

  • RIRedinPA

    You got way too much time on your hands.

  • Andy

    I think it’s a stretch to call these “disastrous” given that it takes spot-shadowing and effects to point them out in still photos. 99% of people don’t see them when watching the films. Hardly a disaster.

  • Richard Face

    I watching a movie once and you could see the boom mike above the actors heads in one seen.

  • UberNerd

    @REnninga:disqus
    Agreed – sometimes it almost makes me wonder if it’s not the same person arguing with themselves just to draw the attention of others.

    Or, sadly, adolescent-minded grown-ups still living in their parent’s basement.

    Did I just say that?

  • David Redman

    I am one who, unfortunately, spots such things in tv shows and movies. Sometimes it gets in the way of enjoying it. I thoroughly love the “out takes” often played at the end of the movie or on the extra section of dvds. Of well, while we expect perfection, it is often an illusive part of life…and movies!

  • Tim Kern

    #7 — note that the bushes, etc., are growing sideways in the background. Perhaps “sideways” is the new “down.”

  • wb7ptr

    That’s hilarious with the hummvee and the crew member. Guess they were over budget not to shot it again, without the visible crew member in the shot!

  • wb7ptr

    Goof #6 looks like a nice shot of the Steadycam Operator there. Great work editors!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001019572831 Kalar Walters

    Most of its success was due to Johnny Depp. I doubt seriously if it would have had the same success with DeNiro.

  • hammerclaw

    There’s at least one or more of such bloopers in every film or TV show. We can all think of at least one we spotten personally. An unfinished control panel on the bridge if the Enterprise in a Star Trek movie, the hole in the wall next to a door in the The Outlaw Josie Wales where they took out a light switch, Patton Tanks in WW2 movies and flash suppressors on Thompson Sub Machine guns in the WW2 flicks. These kind of mistakes are always there if you look for them.

  • Pamala Vela

    I’m going to now throw all these movies away at once! How dare they have miniscule, err, horrific, mind-bending, disastrous errors in them! I’m so upset at these movie makers for not being perfect human beings…. Oh wait, maybe not.

  • beejay

    Who are these people and how do they have time to sit and scrutinize a movie that closely? And who cares anyway?

  • Steven

    Peter Jack is overrated. Because The Lord Of The Rings is on my top three book reading ever, I loved the movies overall. But that is no excuse to love Peter for ruining many important things. And saying only Peter could’ve directed it, is childish and bordering on stupidity. When people say “only Heath Ledger” could’ve done the Joker” or other such non-logical blabber, its simply dino -droppings. NO ONE KNOWS. But its likely that such roles would have been filled just fine/great by others. PLEASE DONT ALLOW PETER TO EVER BE PART OF THE SILMARILLION IF THEY EVER PRODUCE IT. NO PART.

  • Daniel William Cloud

    Disastrous? I remember Return of the King making bucket loads of money and winning best picture at the Academy Awards…

  • Cornelius Van Huff

    and the food they ate.
    “this is a single-celled protein complete with amino acids. its everything the body needs”
    which is just silly.

  • Renellin

    You know, I thought it only reasonable that if you’re going to have an article talking about bloopers in a movie, you should at least include the clip. Otherwise, this is nothing more than an advertisement to have people go watch the movie again.

  • Renellin

    And then some. Try not sleeping for like 50 hours beforehand too as an extra fall back in case the tequila just doesn’t do it.

  • Mark French

    My fave is the mirrored-wall shootout in Scarface where you can see the cameraman being pushed along the track in the mirror.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    The mic in The Fugitive was worse… not exactly crew scene, but scene killer no less

  • Calvin Hobbs

    ripping on the matrix at all is just weird.

  • Bill

    You aren’t grown up enough to just ignore it. No, of course not, you have to climb up on that high horse and sound off. You should take your own advice.

    • Dylan

      So should you. So should I.

  • razzmatazz1

    Yawwwnnnn … if you have to look that hard to find a flaw, maybe you’re looking too hard. Our eyes follow the main character, the action and not the crease in a pant leg of jeans or some peripheral appendage …. silly.

  • usanettom

    How were any of these disastrous? Exaggerate much?

  • Daddy Love

    It’s the nature of much of online discourse.

  • Fr. Brendan Pelphrey

    Well, I didn’t see the mistakes in Gladiator–because I was busy noticing that the riders were using stirrups, which hadn’t been invented yet in the West. The use of stirrups came from the horse cultures of the Parthians and Scythians, but didn’t reach the West until the Middle Ages.

  • Brandon Short

    Was that also a mic wire on Sean Young in Ace Ventura (or could it have been the worst case of hemorrhoids ever)?

  • Justin Wall

    watched all of these movies at least a few times… some i liked some i didnt. I didn’t notice anything and I wasn’t looking to. Sounds like a bunch of people being over critical to me

  • HandOfGod

    How about when he is crouched down behind the cubical’s and opens a door fit for a midget? I mean that knob was like maybe 2ft off the ground.. Still bugs me to this day every time I see the movie.. That being said.. One of the best films of all time

  • http://www.neuro-sculpting.com/brain-fitness-blog T. Lavon Lawrence

    The only mistake related to Twilight Saga: New Moon was my being stupid enough to bother watching it.

  • Steven

    And your reply is why you would never win this argument. You know why? Logic and sound thinking are your strengths. If a court had to decide what films are better than others and you were leading the debate or case against The Matrix, you lose, and its that simple. T1 can not possibly be listed as better, in any way shape or form, than The Matrix: everyone knows this. T2 was amazing (and as I would have it [being responsible and not jumping on bandwagons]), T3 was also good. The Indiana movies, 1 (and 4 for me) were great, but simply, simply not on The matrix’ level. Your tone simply makes you appear as a thoughtless, radical, school playground Bully.

  • Nick

    Arguing on the internet is like competing in the special Olympics. Win or lose, you are still a retard, so don’t do it. I think that’s what you were trying to say :)

    • CAWL

      Really now?
      Shame on you Nick.
      Arguing on the internet is a study in foolishness… using the R word is the behavior of a heartless douche.

      • Russell

        really

  • ColorMePurple

    Some of these are no worse than in westerns or other movies involving horses. The guy rides up the side of the hill on a bay, only to top the hill & descend on a sorrel. Those errors appear in the movies longer than the ones on this list; however, only ‘horse’ people notice this difference.

  • moviefan65

    if you go back a little farther in movie history, there’s a boom microphone that is clearly visible when Woody Allen’s characters is describing some historical artifacts in the movie Sleeper.

  • https://www.facebook.com/chuck.raymond.982 Chuck Raymond

    What a joke, making this big deal over what you think is a major disaster. You post a still of the frames that blink by in half a second during the movie, that takes nothing away from the enjoyment of the film, and you get all smug over the minor infractions of the gifted and talented professionals that create these wonderful movies. Then you think you’re doing a service to mankind by revealing this pap. The makers of these films are the geniuses of the world, while you will always be on the same level as the numb nuts who produce those grocery store tabloids you see in the racks by the checkout lanes.

  • dougeducate

    They are not called “fatigues”.

  • MEEfO

    I neither said nor insinuated that I could make it better. You just made that up and reacted to it. Well done! I guess that’s one way to keep yourself entertained.

    • Mystical_Groove_American

      LoL ok you think you can say whatever you want, yet put your own spin on it.
      Doesnt work that way, bud. You DID imply that, by what you said. When you trash someone elses work, and belittle it, you are implying that you could do better. Youre either really stupid, or playing eveyone else like they are. I think its both.
      Funny how we all took it that way. What a coincidence!
      Way to lie to yourself repeatedly and everyone on here as well.
      Whatever keeps YOU entertained I guess…..

      • MEEfO

        If someone looks at a car and says “What a piece of junk!” are they _implying_ they can design, build, and engineer a better car? No, moron. Someone put something out for public consumption, and I have an opinion on it. Simple as that. I’m sorry it differs from yours, but you’re going to have to learn that in life sometimes people disagree. Ok, tiger? You’ll learn when you grow up.

    • Mystical_Groove_American

      You make a nasty comment that gets deleted. Again we see more of your intelligence.
      Grow up, move out of Mom n Dads.

  • Keith

    I really like knowing there’s somewhat spending their time noticing mistakes in movies. I can barely notice what’s wrong with these pictures. The only mistake i noticed was me reading this article.

  • inachu

    They speak about the mistakes but do not show them………..

  • PeterDarker

    This article should be called “How to tell I have no life”.

  • Blackstrikewolf

    What about the “The Bourne Identity”? There was a scene early in the movie when Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) leaves the fishing boat. At one point he’s crossing the street and car drives behind him and he “magically” vanishes! And of course, if you look better, you can see Matt running along the car and off the screen toward the right side. :)

  • Shamboner

    these are more easter eggs than disasters, bud…

  • bodfish

    An 11th blunder, I not seen commented on, is the last big scene in Papillon. High budget; big stars. The aged Steve McQueen makes a raft to escape Devil’s Island and dives off the cliff to it. As Dustin Hoffman and we viewers watch for quite a few seconds, a skin diver’s legs with swim fins can be seen through the clear water under the raft, holding it in the shot. Rent it and look. – Bodfish

  • applepiefaced

    Yeah they’re visible, IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THEM! SMH!

  • BlockTheTruth

    The real danger to America is not just gay Obama alone, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a filthy sodomite like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a gay Obama presidency than to restore the necessary,commonsense ,Godliness and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a creature for their president.

    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr.gay Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the gay fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. “The Republic can survive a gay Obama, who is, after all, merely a gay fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

  • BlockTheTruth

    THE LAST DAYS.

    Bible Prophecy

    “Evil Men (and Women) Will Wax Worse and Worse”

    Deceiving . . . (Lying)

    and BEING Deceived”

    Jesus (Yeshua) called Satan the “father of all lies.” The Bible warns “in the last days” evil men (and women) will be prevalent. Lying and deception (which are now called “spin”) will characterize the generation (and the leaders) who will pull the world down into the dark abyss and terrors of the coming “Apocalypse” . . .

    “But KNOW this,

    that in the last days

    perilous times will come . . .

    Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse,

    deceiving (lying) and being deceived.”

    (2 Timothy 3:1, 13)

    The Scriptures tell us God cannot lie and He h ates all lies. God says truth is non-negotiable and is fundamental to His law. In the past, liars and perjurers were held accountable and dealt with harshly and severely. Today we see lying casually accepted in the news, in the movies, and on television. Lying is now being presented as funny and harmless. This generation is unique in its reaction to liars and perjurers. This nation even lifted up and still glorifies a recent President whose most notable characteristics were flagrantly staring into a TV camera lying and deceiving … and then later being convicted of criminal perjury. This generation mocks our rules of law. This generation mocks God’s Law. As noted, telling the truth is fundamental to God’s law. In the Bible we find when a nation and its leader(s) defiantly mock, ignore, and turn their backs on God’s law, God will turn His back on that nation and will remove His protection and blessings from that people. God help us. The future of that nation and people is always very, very grim …

    A stark warning . . .

    “Knowing this:

    that the Law is not made for a righteous person,

    but for the lawless and insubordinate,

    for the ungodly and for sinners,

    for the unholy and profane,

    for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers,

    for manslayers,

    for $exually immoral (fornicators),

    for homosexuals (sodomites),

    for kidnappers,

    for liars,

    for perjurers,

    and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine”

    (1 Timothy 1:8-10)

    “But the cowardly, unbelieving,

    abominable, murderers,

    $exually immoral,

    sorcerers, (drugs … “pharmakeus”)

    idolaters,

    and all liars

    shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone,

    which is the second death .” (The darkness, aloneness, and torments of HeII

    (Revelation 21:8)

    Sorry if I’m not politcally correct but I don’t have to be.

  • Joshua Michael Hunsaker

    I will never watch any of these movies again. What a disaster!!

  • OC Guy

    For #3.. the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, that wasn’t a crew member. He is a pirate re-enactor/extra who though it be funny to wear the cowboy hat just to see if he could get away with it. I know this because I worked with him years back on a short film where he played….. a pirate and told me the story.

  • Michael Mayo

    Disastrous mistakes? I see 10 movies that were highly profitable. Some may even consider them award worthy. So I fail to seen how these very minor mistakes are disastrous.

  • Michael Rinella

    Lame. You’d have to watch frame by frame to even pick up half of these.

  • Adam

    Heather had to beat off stiff competition for her part? lol

  • Dave Raines

    Perhaps the writer should look up the term “disastrous.”

  • Icepux

    There was a Dirty Harry movie that I remember (Sudden Impact, I think) where the guy opens the door of a vehicle and the reflection in the glass is the camera crew.

  • h

    wouldn’t call them disastrous. Two movie mistakes that stick out for me are dirty dance…one part with a broken car window…the hole in the window is two different sizes. and american history x ..spoiler alert… in the end when the younger brother gets shot, paper falls out of hand, next shot, paper is in his hand…ruined the ending for me once i noticed that but thankfully did not notice it first time i saw it.

  • ArsOrientalis

    These are all amateur mistakes. In the “epic” mini-series, The Blue and the Gray (rated 4 out of 5 stars on IMDB) there is a HELICOPTER clearly visible, flying above one of the battle scenes (the one where granny was blown up in the corner bedroom of her farm house). I know the north had superior technology, but come on – this is evocative of the Twilight Zone episode where three members of the 1960′s national guard show up at the battle of the Little Big Horn. No wonder the North won.

  • fancypants

    im shocked they didn’t mention the spikes that came out of the james bond car tires on command in ” die another day ” when james was almost trapped in that ice cave.
    I didn’t know weather to laugh or ask for my ticket money back ?

  • dj

    A member of the crew can clearly been seen lying on the ground near the beginning of the buffalo chase seen in Dances With Wolves.

  • guest

    These are not “disastrous mistakes by crew members”, which implies that the hard-working professional technicians making these films screwed up somehow. Most if not all of these examples are nit-picked frames from dynamic sequences with a lot of camera movement that covers a lot of physical space. It frequently happens during the filming of such complex shots that the actors don’t always hit their expected and rehearsed marks (not their fault either), which makes the camera operator point the camera where it wasn’t expected/supposed to be pointed, seeing areas of the set that weren’t expected to be seen. These shots make the final picture because you’d have to be insane to redo a complicated huge expensive shot that was perfect in every way except for four frames where the camera whips by some anonymous guy with a hat in the background, which you wouldn’t spot unless you spend all night inching through it frame by frame.

  • Russell

    how many times do people watch these movies to see these little things??

  • Russell

    LOL

  • jay

    Apparently the mistakes werent THAT disastrous….pretty much all of these movies were box office hits…

  • moco25

    I never even noticed the crew popping up in the LOTR movies….I just know it’s a great movie(s).

  • curtis

    most of these mistakes happened so quickly no one will ever notice them… IT’S MAKE BELIEVE PEOPLE! Some folks have way too much time on their hands..lol

  • Andrew Tucker

    Robert DeNiro’s decision to pass on POTC was a mistake? The film was a success precisely because of of Johnny Depp’s portrayal. Robert DeNiro would have made Jack Sparrow an entirely different character and that might have made the film fail.

    • Mary Kaye

      I love DeNiro, but he’s no Cap’n Jack Sparrow. Had he taken the part, the movie WOULD have failed.

  • Mike

    Who gives a damn.

  • John Smith

    Water World was kind of good. Show Girls and Lost Highway were much worse.

  • wait! what?

    In “Prometheus” after the landing party finds the cave with the rain in it there are several frames of a white folding chair on the right hand side of the screen; it disappears after being shot from a different angle…

  • Cheese

    Cheese

  • Bryon Rogers

    In the 1951 “A Christmas Carol” starring Alistar Sim there is a nice little mess up… Scrooge has had his visitation from the 3 spirits an has woken up… He is looking into his mirror and low and behold and crew member is clearly see… lol

  • David

    Really? “Nancy Thompson had to beat off some stiff competition for her part.” The $#!7$ and giggles department get’s it’s rim shot so to speak for the day I guess.