Bet You Never Noticed These Huge Movie Mistakes!
It’s funny. So much money goes into the production of major motion films and I’m talking about millions of dollars yet, mistakes were still made. Sure, not everything can be perfect, but the errors these films made could have easily been avoidable! They should have taken some of that money and invested in a fact checker! Or, at least, I don’t know, use the magic of Google!
Most of these mistakes aren’t caught by the public, unless you are a walking encyclopedia but, once you learn them, you won’t be able to see the movie the same way! Go impress your friends next time you watch one of these films with the complete list of ridiculous mistakes in major films!
Mel Gibson starred in and directed the 1995 historical war drama epic about the First War of Scottish Independence. With a movie like that, you’d expect everything to be historically accurate right? Well, this movie has actually be dubbed by many critics as very inaccurate.
Someone really didn’t do their research right or if they did, maybe they decided it was just better to do it anyway! One of the most notable mistakes is some of the characters, including Gibson’s William Wallace, were wearing kilts. Fun fact, kilts didn’t become a thing in Scotland until the 16th century, much later than the film’s period (1300). Oops!
2. The Aviator
Maybe this is why Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t win an Oscar in 2005. Although, I guess it isn’t his fault he followed the inaccurate script! The 2004 biographical drama movie about the real-life aviator, Howard Hughes.
The film became a box office hit and received a lot of positive reviews. Yet, there was one error that most people probably didn’t catch on and I’m guessing neither did the directors! In one scene, set in 1928, Leo’s character buys a box of chocolate chip cookies. The error? Chocolate chip cookies weren’t even invented until the 1930’s!
3. Django Unchained
I guess the director, Quentin Tarantino, decided appearances were more important than accuracy! As cool as Jamie Foxx looked playing Django, his accessories were pretty outdated.
The movie was set in the 1850’s, in the Old West but if you actually traveled back in time to that time period, no one would be wearing sunglasses like these. Back then, sunglasses were only worn by people with bad eyes and were basically prescribed by doctors. People didn’t use them for style until much later!
Apparently, some people’s heart won’t go on because they can’t get over this error in this classic film. To be fair, though, Titanic (1997) is actually a very accurate film, as a lot of research was put into it! Some mistakes were even fixed in the 2012 re-release!
One error that wasn’t fixed, though, was a line spoken by Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio). In the scene, Jack is talking to Rose and mentions that he used to go ice-fishing with his dad in lake Wissota. That lake wasn’t actually formed until 1917, 5 years after the Titanic sunk, and we all know that Jack didn’t go anywhere after that.
5. Forrest Gump
This 1994 book to film drama starring Tom Hanks is one of America’s favorite movies and people are still quoting the movie. It had so much influence, that the Library of Congress chose Forrest Gump in 2011 to be a part of the United States National Film Registry.
As wonderful as the movie is, it isn’t without fault. As you know (because everyone should have watched this movie!), Forrest and Lieutenant Dan become rich after they buy a fleet of shrimping boat. Dan uses the money to invest in Apple and later, Forrest receives a letter from the corporation in 1978. The Apple trademark wasn’t a thing, though, until 1981…
The next factual error takes place in ancient Rome!
Gladiator is an epic historical drama film about the Roman empire in the late 2nd century AD and the director, Ridley Scott, hired many historians to make sure his film was accurate. Yet, he made some decisions to change some of the facts to make the film more appealing to viewers.
That didn’t sit well with some of the historians as they believed being historically accurate wouldn’t make the public like the film less. Russel Crowe played the main character, the Roman General Maximus and was often referred to as the Spaniard. That word wasn’t actually coined until the 14th century, as it comes from the Old French word, Espaignart!
Now technically this film is a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae during the war between the Persian Empire of Xerxes I and Sparta, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get some facts straight.
While fighting the Spartans, Xerxes’ army were equipped with bombs and used them against the Spartans. In the actual Persian war, no bombs would have been used considering black powder wasn’t invented until the 9th century!
8. Back to the Future
Did you know that Michael J. Fox, who played Marty McFly, was never actually playing the guitar in all those scenes? The guitar coach and musician Paul Hanson taught Fox how to accurately fake play the cords because I guess it was too much to actually teach him to play!
That’s not all though! If you are a guitar enthusiast, you probably noticed that the instrument McFly plays was invented in 1958, whereas the movie was set in 1955. Maybe they should have had him buy this guitar when he traveled to the future!
9. Independence Day
Remember that time when Will Smith saved us all from an Alien invasion? You should, considering everyone makes that same joke every 4th of July. Well, as awesome as this 1996 movie is, every New Yorker has noticed one major error in Independence Day.
In that scene when the Alien ship blows up the Empire State Building and it explodes from inside out, the camera pans over to the street below. If you have ever been to NYC, you should know that the majority of the city is in a grid system, meaning you would never see the iconic building like this!
10. The Goonies
Now this well loved comedy has one of our favorite adventure gangs from the 80’s and the city of Astoria, where the film took place, has thousands of visitors every year to celebrate the Goonies! As beloved as this movie is, there is one mistake that baseball fans catch every time they watch this scene!
When the gang is in the tunnels, they found a skeleton that ends up being Chester Copperpot, the man who disappeared after he went looking for One Eyed Willy’s treasure in the 1930’s. In his wallet, Mickey finds a Lou Gehrig baseball card and while the famed Yankees first baseman was playing during this time, the card itself doesn’t match the time period. The card itself is actually a 1974 Topps All-American baseball card, meaning Copperpot was long dead before they came out!
The next factual error takes place in a recent, critically acclaimed war movie!
11. The Hurt Locker
Youtube has been a major part of our lives for so long, it is hard to imagine a time when we lived without it! Well, apparently whoever wrote the script for the 2008 war film, The Hurt Locker couldn’t either!
In one scene, Geraghty’s character sees someone video taping him with a camera and says the line “He’s getting ready to put me on YouTube.” The movie takes place during 2004, which was a year before Youtube was even invented. I guess the man won’t be putting that video on Youtube!
12. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
This movie was the third in the Indiana Jones series and supposedly takes place in 1938, when Indiana Jones’ father gets kidnapped by Nazis. Because of the very important time period, aka right before World War II broke out, there are some things that should probably be fact-checked.
I guess George Lucas and Steven Spielberg didn’t do so well in history class. After Indy finds out that his companions Elsa and Donovan are actually working for the Nazis, he goes to a Nazi book burning rally in Berlin to get his father’s diary back from Elsa. Those infamous book burnings didn’t happen in 1938, but rather 5 years earlier. I guess the archaeologist didn’t realize that historical inaccuracy!
13. Pirates of the Carribean
I have some trivia for you to impress your friends with next time you watch Pirates of the Carribean! Granny Smith apples were developed from Australia in 1868 and named after its cultivator, Maria Ann Smith.
That said, the first film took place in the early 18th Century and the rest of the films don’t reach the 19th century. How then, did Captain Barbossa acquire so many Granny Smith apples? Seems a bit fishy if you ask me!
14. Saving Private Ryan
Another war film with a time period error, but the directors mainly got away with it because not many people know so much about motorcycles. Saving Private Ryan takes place during World War II, more specifically during the Battle of Normandy.
In the scene right before, Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) dies after being shot by a German soldier, we see him propped up against an old motorcycle. The motorcycle isn’t actually old, though, but rather so new, it hasn’t been invented yet. It is a Ural M-63 model, which would hit the markets 18 years after this scene!
15. Sherlock Holmes
I’m guessing the director Guy Ritchie has never actually been to London, which is kind of funny considering Sherlock Holmes (2009) was actually filmed there, and that Ritchie himself is English. Anyone who knows about London’s blueprint saw that the film had a major technical error.
In the last chase scene of the movie, the two characters run from the sewers under the UK Parliament to the top of the Tower Bridge. This chase makes no sense because, in real life, the sewers and the Tower Bridge are more than 2 miles apart
16. The Sound of Music
I hope you know that the Sound of Music play and film is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers! Like any historical film, some of the facts have deviated from the truth for whatever reason the director sees best and not everything about the von Trapp family in the movie was correct.
The movie ends with the von Trappe family escaping Austria by foot to Switzerland through the Alps in order to escape the Nazis. You could never do this in real life because Salzburg, where the film takes place, is over 200 miles away from Switzerland and the family certainly didn’t have any GPS to guide them. So really, they would walk right into Germany, which is kind of a place they are running from. The actual Von Trappe family took a train to Italy, where Georg was a citizen!
The next error is the third one on this list that involves Tom Hanks!
17. Cast Away
Yet another Tom Hanks movie with an error. We all remember this movie as the one where Hanks becomes emotionally attached to a volleyball after he gets stranded on an island for four years. I understand that it is just a movie and not everything needs to be realistic, but this one has a major flaw that affects the whole movie.
The one thing that always bothered me about this movie was the fact that all the FedEx boxes were undamaged. I mean, his plane crashed into the ocean and all those packages eventually floated to the surface, yet everything inside was dry? Cardboard isn’t waterproof so in reality, everything would be wet and possibly ruined!
18. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Movies are not always filmed in the same location as the setting because it is easier to film on production sights or less touristy areas. Yet, if you are going to do this, make sure it isn’t obvious that the locations are different!
Mr. and Mrs. Smith takes place in NYC, where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s characters live but the director did the filming in Los Angeles. For the most part, it looks like the east coast city but if you pay close attention, you will notice an LA background. In one particular scene, Brad and Angelina are in a car chase, you can see a street sign announcing Los Angeles!
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The next error is also due to filming locations!
19. Spider-Man 3
Again, another filming error that reveals where the movie was actually shot. All the Spider-Man movies are set in NYC but some scenes in the third movie were done in Cleaveland because the Greater Cleveland Film Commission offered them production space.
That is fine and all, but the movie editors should probably have edited out one particular identifiable Cleaveland landmark. In the scene where Spiderman battles the Sandman, you can actually see the famous Terminal Tower. Woops!
20. Gone With the Wind
This 1939 movie is considered a classic but did you know that it had a really difficult production time? It took them 2 years to finalize the cast before they finally starting filming, the original director was fired and the screenplay went through way too many revision. Yet, I guess in all that time, no one noticed this mistake!
Gone With the Wind takes place during the Civil War time period and in the olden days, people used gas/oil lamps for light. Electric lamps weren’t invented around 1879, yet there seems to be a cord coming out of the gas lamp in this scene!
The next error takes place in another old Hollywood classic!
21. The Wizard of Oz
This is another one of Victor Flemings movies that has a funny mistake that should have been noticed! The Wizard of Oz was produced in 1939 and there have been many remakes of the classic since then, but without this wardrobe error!
The whole movie is basically a fight over a pair of red, sparkly shoes that Dorthy has on but there is one scene where she isn’t wearing them! When Dorthy and the Scarecrow are fighting with the trees and the latter gets hit with apples, there is a quick shot of Dorthy that shows her wearing black shoes! Wonder what happened there!
22. Pulp Fiction
We all have that one friend that will point out continuity mistakes in movies to the point that you wonder how the directors managed to mess this up so noticeably!
Uma Thurman’s character accidently overdoses on heroin, which she thought was cocaine, and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) rushes her to his drug dealer’s house. There, the two give her an adrenaline shot to save her, but first draw a big red dot on her chest with a red marker. When she sits up, the spot isn’t visible anymore! How on earth did she get that thing off while in a coma?
23. The Dark Knight Rises
I guess whoever created this fake newspaper article in the movie The Dark Knight Rises must have truly believed in that saying “I comes before E except after c.” This headline shows an example of how wrong that grammar tip actually is!
I guess The Gotham Times didn’t spell check their newspaper before publishing it! Heist is spelled like this! This is why paying attention is school is important folks.
24. The Avengers
This is not the first time movie characters messed up clothes magically become new again in the next scene, and the Avengers movie was so exception. I guess this is what happens when you shoot the same scene over the course of a couple of days yet, the movie editor didn’t notice this?
In the last scenes of the movie, after Tony flies the atomic bomb into space and then plummets back to earth, Captain America comes to his aid. Let me just remind you that he just fought off a bunch of aliens destroying NYC, yet in this scene, his suit is unscathed. Didn’t think we’d notice that Marvel, did ya?
25. The Panic Room
The Panic Room was a Thriller starring Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart, who played mother and daughter whose house gets invaded by burglars. If you have ever watched this movie with someone who knows a little something about science, then I’m sure they told you all about this mistake!
In one of the famous scenes, the burglars try to bring the mom and daughter out of the panic room by flooding it with propane gas through the air vents. Foster’s character Meg Altman decides to ignite the gas with a light while covering herself and her daughter with fireproof blankets. This scene logically doesn’t make sense because propane is heavier than air, so it would sink to the floor and the two characters would burn to death!
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