Movies can transport you to another world, but they have their imperfections too. Sit back, relax, and enjoy reading about the biggest bloopers in Hollywood history.
In Braveheart, the 13th-century Scottish soldiers fight for their independence. They don Highland dress, including plaid kilts that symbolize which clan they come from. In one scene, however, a man who looks like he is straight out of 21st century New York City is seen. The man has a baseball cap on and clearly is not a medieval warrior.
Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg is highly successful; he is the highest grossing film director of all time (all his movies combined have made a whopping $9.36 billion). He is usually very keen on details, so it is surprising when he makes a mistake. It is a subtle one. In one scene, Captain Miller is wounded and is looking for something to lean on so he can rest. Tom Hanks’ character finally leans on a motorcycle, an Ural M-63. This model was actually not released until 18 years after 1944.
Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets
Being as the actors were kids when the movie series started, Harry Potter has loads of bloopers, errors, and gags. One of the most glaring errors, that even amateur films do not contain, was a camera man caught on film. In a scene where Malfoy is on the ground, surrounded by other Hogwarts students looking on, out of the crowd you can see a cameraman, focused and on a knee. The error is inexcusable for a movie with a budget of $100 million.
Back To The Future
Back To The Future was stunningly accurate in the sense that the 1985 film they predicted technology around today. The movie had flat screen displays, drones, and video chatting. Self-tying sneaker and time machines, however, still don’t exist. They made another error, this one a blooper. The film shows Marty McFly playing a guitar that comes out three years after the movie is set. It didn’t affect the plot much, and for a movie about time travel, we can give them some leeway.
The Book Of Eli
The Book Of Eli stars Denzel Washington as a nomadic warrior in a post-apocalyptic world, trying to deliver the last bible in existence to a safe location in the West Coast. The bible in the movie is written in a special language: braille. The embossed paper that braille is written on doesn’t fit as many words as English could, and definitely couldn’t be handheld, like in the movie. It would actually be closer to almost 40 separate books- a bit too much for Denzel to realistically carry.
Lord Of The Rings
Apparently, Gandalf’s wizardry skills got him some unexpected accessories. Beyond his sword, Glamdring, and his robe, he has a watch on his wrist in this battle scene. Apparently, J.R.R. Tolkien focused more on rings than watches. The blooper wasn’t noticed by many, and even if audiences were quick enough to see it, it didn’t stop them from watching all the movies in the series. The trilogy made almost $3 billion! Also, the movie series in total won a staggering 17 Oscars.
In Panic Room, Jodie Foster and an adolescent Kristen Stewart fight off intruder Jared Leto. Jodie’s character is cornered at some point, but sees a dramatic chance to escape by lighting propane on fire. She and her daughter cover themselves in fire blankets, and blow up a tank of propane, thwarting the robbers. The protagonists are only safe because the propane rises to the ceiling. Scientifically, though, the propane would actually have sunken to the floor, as it’s heavier than air.
The Spartans were vastly outnumbered by soldiers of the Persian Empire of Xerxes I during the Battle of Thermopylae. It is said that 300 Spartans fought valiantly against an army of thousands. In the film 300, we see a fictionalized version of this battle, based on the comic of Frank Miller. The battle in the film took place in 480 B.C. Some of the weapons in 300, like bombs, were not actually available at that time, as gunpowder was discovered in the 9th century.
Independence Day was a film that famously showed aliens destroying some of the main landmarks of Earth, including a famous scene where the Empire State Building is destroyed. A huge alien craft opens a portal in its hull, revealing a blue-green magma, which coalesces into a lightning-like laser, blowing the whole building to bits. It’s scary, but geographically suspect. Any New Yorker can tell you that the Empire State Building does not sit at the end of a long Avenue, as shown in the film.
Leonardo DiCaprio does an amazing job portraying the obsessive compulsive disorder-plagued genius Howard Hughes. His tics, obsessions, and rituals are exactly what sufferers of this debilitating disorder do, and his performance has been praised for its accuracy. There’s a scene where Howard is reviewing some reels of film, he asks an assistant to bring him exactly 10 chocolate chip cookies. That would have been impossible, as chocolate chip cookie had not been invented in 1928. It was conceived by two chefs in 1938.
This is the first Django mistake on this list. It’s not so much a mistake as much as it’s an unplanned surprise. During a passionate, evil monologue, where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character gets increasingly agitated, he slams his hand down on the table in anger. The blood that comes out of his hand is real. However, Quentin Tarantino never yelled ‘cut’, so Leo kept saying his lines. This mishap ended up being featured in the final version of the film.
American Sniper chronicles the war and post-war trauma of Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper. In one scene, back stateside, he is cradling his baby. The baby, however, is very limp and lifeless- and that’s because the baby is not a baby, it’s a doll. If you look closely, you can see Cooper moving the baby’s hand with his thumb. Because babies cannot be directed well, Clint Eastwood opted for the logistically easier doll. It takes from the realism of the movie, and it’s hard to unsee.
Rumble In The Bronx
Jackie Chan plays a fish out of water, coming from China to the big city, to work in his uncle’s store in the Bronx. He is a skilled martial artist who defends his uncle’s shop from the local gang, and they seek revenge. Jackie is highly skilled in acrobatics and did his own stunts for the movie. Unfortunately, he got hurt during a jumping stunt and had to wear a cast and a big sock that looked like jeans and a sneaker for the second half of the movie.
Halle Berry plays a psychiatrist who ends up being a patient in a mental institution. The horror film co-starred Robert Downey Jr. as her doctor. In one scene, there is a physical struggle between the two, and Downey Jr. accidentally got too caught up in the scene and broke Halle’s arm. The filming of the movie had to be put on hold for almost 2 and a half months for the arm to heal. Downey Jr. apologized, saying, “it was an accident, I’m sorry if she’s still upset.”
The Lion King
There is a well-known conspiracy theory about Disney animators trying to sneak adult themes into their films. That was apparently on purpose. But it’d be tough to have any bloopers in a cartoon movie, as every detail is fully in the control of the animator. Even still, The Lion King has a surprisingly careless mistake. Nala, Simba’s companion, goes from having green eyes to blue depending on the scene. For some, their eye color looks different depending on the sunlight, and it seems Nala is among that crowd.
There were some issues with the wardrobe in Braveheart that were a bit more subtle than the baseball-hat-wearing extra in the background of a scene. First of all, the soldiers in the English army are wearing uniforms, which wasn’t common. Soldiers were so poor back then, they just wore the clothes they had. Only aristocrats had shining suits of armor. Also, Mel Gibson is seen wearing a kilt, which did not become a popular part of Scottish wardrobe until the mid 17th century.
The 2004 film Troy is based on Homer’s Iliad, in a condensed, loose fashion. Brad Pitt plays the main character Achilles, and the movie almost made $500 million. The director, Wolfgang Petersen, is a veteran of making action/adventure movies like Air Force One. The internet noticed that, in a stroke of bad luck, during an outdoor scene, you can see an airplane flying above Achilles. It turns out this blooper was, in fact, a hoax- photoshopped as part of a contest.
One of the toughest types of shot to capture during a movie filming involves mirrors and other reflective surfaces like glass. The complexity of the filming doesn’t allow for much error, and sometimes there’s nothing that can be done. In The Matrix, there is a shot of a reflective doorknob, that shows Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fishburne in a carnival-mirror-like distortion of themselves. However, you can also see a camera, badly camouflaged with a painted-on tie meant to look like part of the wardrobe.
Pirates Of The Caribbean
In Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow would wear a captains three pointed hat over a shawl that covered his dreadlocked, beaded hair. His braided goatee and outfit made him one stylish pirate. This image shows the label of his head covering sticking out, advertising unintentionally the brand with the three stripes, Adidas. This is not exactly historically accurate, but his performance triumphed either way. His performance in Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl earned him an Oscar nomination.
Spy Kids is a classic kids movie from 2001 where a brother and sister learn their parents are spies after they are captured. They are called to action to help rescue them, becoming junior spies themselves. This scene in the movie shows Carla Gugino, the mother of the soon-to-be-heroes is at the vanity mirror. As we’ve seen earlier, filming near reflective surfaces is ripe ground for mistakes. You can clearly see a cameraman with a pale purple shirt in the right-hand vanity mirror.
Deadpool was a 2016 hit for Marvel Comics, and it made so much money (more than 10 times the budget), that Deadpool 2 is already set for release in summer 2018. For all its success, it made one of the most basic mistakes in filmmaking: a continuity error. First, Deadpool winds up defeated in a dumpster, and he is without his swords. When he pulls himself together and exits the dumpster, the swords, seemingly magically, appear on his back. Then, as he walks, the swords disappear again.
Although the Jungle Book is set in, well, the jungle, the 2016 version of the film was mostly filmed on a sound stage in Los Angeles. To fill in the rest of the details, the producers used computer animation. With all the things computers can do, we still can’t replicate real life 100%. There are some heavy rains in the movie, but you never see drops bouncing off of Mowgli or the jungle creatures. This didn’t stop the movie from making almost $1 billion!
The stormtroopers from Star Wars were famous for being somewhat bumbling; they are always made fun of for never once hitting their target with their blasters. One stormtrooper in particular in A New Hope was especially uncoordinated. The droids are helping Luke is trying to escape from the trash compactor, and the stormtroopers rush in to stop the droids. One goes too quickly and bumps his head on the doorway. In Episode II, a similar gag occurred, this time in tribute to the original blooper.
There is a famous chariot race scene in the Colosseum in from the 2000 hit Gladiator. This dusty, exciting scene contains one of the biggest movie bloopers in recent history. One of the chariots turned out to be powered by something other than horsepower. If you know where to look, you can see in full view a gas canister, which actually made the chariots move. This blatant look under the hood didn’t stop Russell Crowe from being awarded the Oscar for best actor.
The Princess And The Frog
Most cartoon characters wear the same outfit for their whole lives. That’s one of the main advantages of animated movies- you can’t really fall prey to continuity errors. Even still, in the 2009 Disney animated movie The Princess and the Frog, Tiana experienced just that. First, we see her wearing exclamation point-shaped gold earrings. Just moments later, although her head covering remains, the earrings are gone! The first thought is that they might have fallen off. But perhaps the animator forgot their morning coffee that day.
Fast And The Furious 7
In Furious 7, Brian, played by the late Paul Walker, is nearby a house that blows up, causing a massive fireball and thundering sound. It’s so powerful, it makes a shockwave which throws him flying into a nearby van. However, anyone familiar with demolitions would raise an eyebrow at the fact that the shockwave didn’t break any of the windows of the nearby houses. This is a major mistake in the film along with many continuity errors, with the Independent counting 41(!) bloopers overall.
This one is not exactly a blooper, but more of a faux pas. It happened during the movie Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. It was filmed in 1988, when cell phones were barely available. So, the duo had to step into a pay phone box during one scene. Dustin Hoffman allegedly made Cruise uncomfortable when he passed gas in the box.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
The movies are never as good as the books. This is especially true in the case of the Harry Potter series. The reason is that the director never has the same imagery in mind as the reader. This mistake though, was easily avoidable. J.K. Rowling wrote that Harry had the same color eyes as his mother. In the book, they are described as green, and they are portrayed as blue in the films. That’s fine, but in a film flashback, his mother’s eyes are shown as brown.
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey meet as a dance instructor and partner in the Catskills, and fall into a forbidden love. It cost a paltry $6 million to film, and made an unbelievable $214 million at the box office! When the lovers are together in the car, you may notice a small blooper, if you’ve got a keen eye for motor vehicles. The movie shows Patrick’s character driving the car, but in actuality, the car is in the parking gear.
Dallas Buyers Club
Another blooper that only car lovers would notice is in the 2013 biographical film Dallas Buyers Club. Matthew McConaughey’s character, Ron Woodroof, has an unfortunate problem. He is suffering from HIV/AIDS in 1985, when the disease had very little publicity and even less research done. There were some medicines, which he smuggled and sold. In his provisional office, you can see his tan cowboy hat hanging on the cinder block wall, along with a poster of a red Lamborghini Aventadors, which only came out in 2011!
Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit
Characters from movie to movie in the same series usually stay the same. Sometimes, at the very most, they’ll have a hair style change, to keep up with the times, depending on how long the gap is between each movie. However, this gag goes beyond a haircut. Legolas, the elven archer in the Lord Of The Rings films, is portrayed with brown eyes. However, in The Hobbit movie series, by an act of wizardry, perhaps, his eye color changes to blue.
“Say ‘what’ again!” Samuel L. Jackson yells in his characteristic voice to the shaking, terrified, resident of the apartment he and John Travolta are in, guns blazing. He terrifyingly points the guns at them and tells them about burgers in France and the bible. At the climax of the scene, a hidden roommate pops out of the bathroom and shoots at the pair of hitmen. He missed- all the bullets hit the wall. But, if you look closely, the holes are there prior to the shots.
Tom Hanks played one of his hardest roles in 2000’s Cast Away. It was filmed in two phases: first, his everyday life, and then after he’d been stranded on an island for years. He first had to gain lots of weight, and then paused production to lose the weight and grow a beard. Then they continued shooting. His character is able to survive by using items he finds in FedEx boxes that wash ashore. In real life, the cardboard would have melted, as the boxes portrayed were not waterproof.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
One of the film techniques that has become a trademark of the Indiana Jones franchise is the overlay done during travel scenes. Whenever Indie and the gang have to go on an overseas adventure, they get into a propeller plane. The image of the plane half-fades to show a map of the world, and a red line traces their route. On their way to Nepal in Raiders, the plane flies over “Thailand.” However, in 1936, when this film was set, this name didn’t exist. It was called Siam.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film garnered critical acclaim for the imaginative portrayal of androids called Mechas. Haley Joel Osment plays a mecha called David, who is programmed to love his owners. Although he was human-like enough to display those emotions and to trick a crowd at a “flesh fair,” David is still a more machine than man; he ends up living for more than two thousand years. Spielberg goofed during the swimming pool scene, where you can see a scab on Osment’s knee- a mortals-only sort of injury.
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In Charlie’s Angels, Crispin Glover played the “thin man,” a creepy, slick-haired bad-guy. The Angels chase him down an alleyway, dodging the bullets from his Luger pistol. When he runs out of ammo, the thin man uses a sword cane to fight the trio. At one point during the fight, Drew Barrymore lifts Lucy Liu, spins her around, thereby kicking the thin man with gusto. In the heat of the moment, Drew calls Lucy by her real name, rather than her character’s name, Alex.
10 Things I Hate About You
The teen drama 10 Things I Hate About You borrows a plot from Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, where the younger daughter cannot date until the older, rebellious daughter, that no guy could imagine himself with, has a boyfriend. In the film adaptation, there is an archery scene, and in an accident, the coach gets hit by an arrow. A girl is sent rushing to call 911. However, moments later, looking at the background, you can see that she never left the premises.
The Matrix Reloaded
In the second installment of the Wachowski brother series, agents chase Morpheus’ followers on a highway. The dark-suited, sunglass-wearing agents jump from car to car, smashing hoods of cars, and leading to epic flip overs. During one of these leap-frogging moments, a sedan is flipped over, and you can see that the transmission and gas tank are absent. Perhaps the drivers had a deep understanding of the Matrix, and believed “there is no” gas tank, but most likely it was just a production error.
North By Northwest
Alfred Hitchcock, the “master of suspense” is a legendary director, but with this mistake, you can see he also has his flaws. In North By Northwest, there is a scene in the cafeteria of Mount Rushmore’s visitors center where Cary Grant’s character and Eva Marie Saint’s character fight. It escalates to the point where Eva’s character pulls a small handgun on Cary’s character. In the background, you can see a young boy covering his ears, anticipating the coming gunshot, before he should know it happens.
The Wizard Of Oz
Famously, Dorothy wears ruby slippers, which the Wicked Witch Of The West tries to steal, but cannot, as they are magic. However, this movie mistake shows that perhaps it would not be as hard to take them as previously thought. On the yellow brick road, Dorothy and the Scarecrow get into a fight with the trees, right before they meet the tin man. After the scarecrow is hit by some apples, you can see that Dorothy has switched her trademark high heels for some comfortable black flats.
In Commando, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Matrix, an elite soldier whose daughter has been kidnapped. At one point, he boards a plane to South America under duress. As the plane is taking off, Matrix gets loose, and eventually, makes his way to the rolling wheel of the plane as it’s taking off. As the nose of the plane lifts from the ground, Matrix jumps off into a nearby marsh and is soaked. However, when he gets out of the water, his shirt is somehow completely dry.
The Usual Suspects
The neo-noir mystery movie The Usual Suspects is known for its ensemble cast and jarring plot twists. In one of the scenes, the characters are about to rob a police car near the airport. To establish the location, you can see the plane landing, first from the front, and then from the back. From the front, you can see a 747 with four engines. However, a moment later, the plane from the back is a 767 with only two engines. This is one mystery they never solved.
In Django Unchained, Jamie Foxx plays a slave who becomes “unchained” and takes revenge on those who have captured his wife. In his free state, he got a new cowboy getup which included a pair of sunglasses. When Django shows up to Candyland ranch, his glasses are glinting in the sun. However, the wardrobe was unrealistic for the time. Sunglasses were not commonly available in the 1850s, and would have been only used by people who got them from a doctor for medical purposes.
History buffs and etymologists alike were probably up in arms about another issue with Gladiator. Again, the Academy did not seem to mind, awarding the film their biggest accolades. After all, this mistake was a bit more subtle- less than a gas canister showing. Russell Crowe’s character is known as “The Spaniard.” A cool name, for sure, but the term actually did not exist until the French invented it 1200 years after the movie was set! It comes from the French word “Espaignart.”
Many Spider-Man movies have been made. The one that started the superhero movie trend was 2002’s Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire. When he first discovers his ability to shoot webs from his wrists, he hides in his room experimenting. Whilst trying to grab a can of soda from the other side of the room using a web, he accidentally flings a lamp into the air and breaks it. Moments later, however, we see the lamp back on the shelf, like it never shattered.
Pretty Woman is a classic romantic comedy that bridges the two very different worlds of a businessman and a businesswoman of a very different sort. The movie was funny, endearing, and very successful at the box office, making over 10 times the amount of money it took to produce. The film did have an unintentionally funny moment when Julia Roberts was eating breakfast. There is a continuity break: first, she seems to be eating a croissant, and then after cutting back to her, she’s eating a pancake.
The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan is a veteran director who has received critical acclaim for many of his films. Most recently, he came out with Dunkirk, a 2017 film about World War II. He is known for his distinct attention to detail, even telling singer and actor Harry Styles during filming of the epic war drama to change the way he tied his shoes, to make it more authentic for the times. Strangely, Nolan missed a less subtle mistake in The Dark Knight where the local paper misspelled the word “heist.”
During the budding romance between Jack and Rose in Titanic, Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio tells Rose, played by Kate Winslet an impossible story. He says that he and his father would make the trek to Lake Wassota, in order to go ice fishing. He tells her about how he fell through thin ice, foreshadowing later scenes in the movie. Time-wise, this makes no sense, as the Titanic famously sank in 1912, while Lake Wassata was man-made, and dug five years later in 1917.
Forrest Gump is one of the most heartwarming movies ever, but that does not mean it doesn’t have any mistakes. At the end of the film, after Forrest is told the bus is not necessary to see Jenny, he runs right to her apartment. As they are talking, there is a surprisingly basic continuity error. In the background, there is an iron on an ironing board that is standing up, but a scene later, it is laying down, and then suddenly up again.
Many people have iPhones and know about Steve Jobs’ famous speeches and quotations. However, what you might not know is some of the deeper history of the company. It comes into importance during the film Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks’ character naively misunderstands that his Bubba Gump shrimping money was invested in some sort of fruit company, referring to Apple computers. The logo of the company is even shown in the film. However, Apple didn’t exist in 1975- it only became public in 1981.