Well, I wasn't called for jury duty last week, so I don't
have much to tell on that. It was a good thing that I didn't
have a trial though, because this is the weekend that Mark's play
started, so last week we were busy every night getting him to
rehearsals. And this time of year is the big time for movies,
too. So it got me thinking about how to do a Funnies on the
movies and acting.
Movies are not shot in the same order that we see them on
the screen, they are shot in a way to make things cheaper for the
producers. So all of the scenes on one set will be shot
together. Say if some office workers are shown in scenes at
their office, then leaving the building for the day, then the
next day back at the office. The two scenes in the office may be
cut together with a scene outside that was shot months earlier in
another city. Everything looks fine, unless someone wore the
wrong clothes... Then it may look like they changed on the
elevator on the way down!
I've included some of my favorites from newer and older
movies. One thing - I have no way to find out what name changes
may have taken place when these movies were shown in Japan,
Germany, Malaysia, etc. I hope that you are able to figure it
out, anyway and sorry in advance if this confuses anyone. This
is a pretty long one, so I'd better get off here right away.
Thanks go out this week to Peter Adler and Bob Martens. As
always, I appreciate the help in putting these things together.
Now, on to the movie madness...
Have a great week,
APOLLO 13 (1995) -
- In the scene where Lovell's daughter is upset over the
break up of the Beatles, she is seen putting away the album
"Let It Be." Apollo 13 takes place in the three or four days
just after April 13, 1970. "Let It Be" was not released
until May 9, 1970.
BATMAN (1989) -
- When Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is told about the Wayne
Family tragedy, she rushes to see Bruce Wayne. But not too
fast; she arrives in a different dress and hairstyle, so she
must have stopped to change first.
BRAVEHEART (1995) -
- In the first battle, one of the extras can be seen playing
around with a sword as if he thought the camera's weren't
- During the last fight scene a guy falls over and he is
wearing white boxer shorts under his kilt.
CASABLANCA (1942) -
- In the scenes where Rick is describing the times they had
in Paris, he mentions that she was wearing blue that day.
She says, "Yes! I put that dress away to wear again when the
Germans march out of Paris." But when we see her in the
Paris scenes of the last day there, she's wearing a skirt
and blouse. No woman would describe that as a dress.
- In the Paris Railway Station scene, it is raining very
hard and both Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Sam (Dooley Wilson)
are clearly soaked while they are standing on the open
platform, yet a moment later when they board the train, they
THE COLOR PURPLE (1985) -
- When Oprah Winfrey is knocked out by robbers and left
laying in the street, she modestly pushes down her skirt to
cover her underwear, even though she is supposed to be
FLOWER DRUM SONG (1961) -
- Watch carefully during the 'Grant Avenue' dance and you'll
see one of the dancers fall on her backside when she kicks
her feet forward.
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) -
- Scarlet is seen walking on the main street on the way to
the hospital. You can clearly see a light bulb in one of the
- When Mammy is dressing Scarlett for the Wilkes barbecue,
you can see a wedding ring on Scarlett's finger, yet she is
still single at this point of the film.
- If you time Melanie's pregnancy with the American Civil
War battles mentioned, she was pregnant for at least 21
INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996) -
- When President Whitmore is looking at the July 2nd or 3rd
USA Today in the Oval Office, the weather map clearly shows
the continental US in mostly blue, which are low temps like
the 40's. Strangely cold for summer, isn't it?
- The plaque that was left by the Apollo XI astronauts was
left on the base of the lunar lander, not on the moon's
surface as shown in the film's opening shot.
JURASSIC PARK (1993) -
- When the children are being attacked by the Tyrannosaur in
the car, the T-Rex attacks from above and the only thing
between its mouth and the kids is the glass sunroof. That
sunroof breaks, but then changes between being broken and
whole with almost every camera angle change.
- If the car they are riding in is electrically powered and
on tracks, as the movie says at the start, why does the car
have a steering wheel and gear shift lever. Also, why does
an electric car need the exhaust system that shows so
clearly when the T. Rex tips the car on its side?
- In Jurassic Park when the baby raptor is hatching, there
is a robotic arm stabilizing it. Later in the same scene
from a different angle the arm disappears!
- When the main characters are sitting at the lunch table,
one of the waiters is not quite out of the shot and can be
seen standing around waiting for his cue.
MAVERICK (1994) -
- In the scene where Mel Gibson is talking to his Indian
friend, there is a large field in the background. In the
distance of this field is a car driving by which is not
supposed to be there.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996) -
- After retrieving the NOC list from Langley, and escaping
to London, Krieger pulls the disc from his pocket and
tries to blackmail Ethan. Ethan responds by making another
disc vanish with a magic trick. Krieger, angry, storms from
the room and throws the disc he had into the wastepaper
basket. It clearly breaks into several pieces. You can even
see a piece fly up out of the basket, yet when Ethan pulls
it out of the basket a moment later, it's perfectly intact.
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) -
- When Eva Marie Saint is about to 'shoot' Cary Grant in the
lodge at Mt. Rushmore, watch the little boy in the
background plugging his ears long before she is going to
shoot. (He must have been there during rehearsal.)
PRESUMED INNOCENT (1990) -
- After Rusty Savage (Harrison Ford) is acquitted, reporters
surround him. One reporter holds a small cassette recorder
in his face and asks a question. Unfortunately, the
recorder (which shows clearly in the close-up), isn't
running and doesn't have a tape in it.
PRINCE OF TIDES -
- In this movie set in New York, Barbra Streisand and Nick
Nolte take several cab rides. On each of them, they take
the same cab - Number 6X24. Considering that there are
almost 12,000 licensed cabs in New York City, isn't that a
little bit of a coincidence?
ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991) -
- There are some strange references to things not yet
invented during the time this movie is supposed to take
place, which would have to be before King Richard dies in
- The Sheriff asks his maids to see him that night, one
at 10:00, the other at 10:15. Wonder how they kept the
appointment, since there where no clocks in 12th
- How did they print the 'wanted' posters for Robin
Hood... It would be another 200 years before Gutenberg
got around to inventing the printing press.
- Robin Hood has tan lines on his bottom. Did they
have elastic swim suits in the 12th century?
- Azeem (Morgan Freeman) knows about gunpowder, which
wouldn't be known outside of China until Marco Polo
brought it back. Polo wasn't even born until 1564.
- Azeem also is using the telescope 400 years before
SPEED (1985) -
- When Dennis Hopper is telling Jack to be back on the bus
as soon as possible, watch for the really bad audio dubbing
when he says "...but you better be back real fast..."
- As the bus is getting to the freeway. it gets splashed
with water. Yet amazingly enough, it's completely dry in the
next shot. Then about 20 seconds later, it's wet again.
- As the camera shows the wide shot of the uncompleted
highway bridge, you can see the shadow of a complete bridge
on the ground.
- If you watch the bus when it jumps of the highway, you'll
see there's no one in it.
- After the final battle as Luke is getting out of his
fighter, everyone rushes in to celebrate. Luke yells out to
Princess Leia...except he yells, "Carrie!"
- When R2D2 is in the Jawa Land Cruiser, you can see the
face of his 'driver' in the 'glass eye' on R2D2's head.
- When the Rebels are getting ready to go on their mission,
a crewman wearing a cut-off T-shirt can be seen wandering
around in the background.
- When Jor-El puts Superman in his capsule, you can see
Marlon Brando's Rolex wrist watch.
- When the Terminator first tries to find Sarah Connors in
the phone book, he finds three listing for that name, with
addresses beginning with 1823, 2816 and 309. But when he
arrives at the home of the first one, the address is
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY -
- Arnold Swartzenegger's 'computer screen' readout shows all
kinds of interesting information. At one point, he looks at
a car and the display says 'VISUAL: MODEL 453GT PLYMOUTH
SEDAN'. But the car is a Ford.
- During the helicopter chase scene, when the T1000 is using
both hands reloading his gun, a third hand reaches around
him to fly the helicopter.
TOTAL RECALL (1990) -
- A psychiatrist is sent to convince Arnold Schwartzenegger
that it's really all just a dream. Arnie shoots the doctor.
But later, when Schwartzenegger is being strapped down for
reprogramming, the 'dead' doctor is perfectly healthy in the
background in the group of doctors.
TWISTER (1996) -
- During the big falling debris scene, Paxton and Helen Hunt
are in a red truck. The truck hits a tractor. The impact
damages the windshield, but a second later the windshield
- The movie says that they are in Oklahoma, yet all
the road signs say Texas!
- When they are all in the oil shelter, they are all looking
for something to tie themselves down with. It shows Helen
Hunt strapped to the bar and then the actor straps her with
a belt. But you can see that she was already strapped in.
THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987) -
- In one of the warehouse raids, the liquor cases are large
wooden boxes with the Canadian red Maple Leaf on the side.
One problem - the movie is set in the late 1920's and the
maple leaf emblem didn't come into common use until the
- The shootout in the Chicago train station has a baby
carriage that travels through time. At least, that's how it
looks, because the big clock on the wall shows 5:00 as the
scene begins. But when the scene ends about three minutes
later, the clock shows 6:00PM.
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) -
- While still in Kansas, Auntie Em is taking some of the
chickens out of the broken incubator. She counts "sixty-
seven, sixty-eight, sixty-nine." She then puts three more
in her apron and takes one from Dorothy, counting,
"seventy." Should have been seventy-three, shouldn't it?
- During the "Yellow Brick Road" sequence where Dorothy
meets the Scarecrow, Dorothy's pigtails were first short
(above her shoulders) and as the song progresses her hair
gets longer (below her shoulders), then short, and then long
again. Hello, Etsuko!
- When Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man are dancing by
the house just before they meet the Cowardly Lion, you can
see a dark figure standing in the background. A crewman who
got caught standing there when filming started. Hard to
see, but he's just between and above the heads of Dorothy
and the Tin Man in the three shot.
- When the Scarecrow gets his new brain, he says, "The sum
of the squares of the sides of an isosceles triangle are
equal to the square of the other side." Wrong - that's for
a RIGHT triangle /| . An isosceles triangle is /_\ . The
Wizard must have given him a defective brain!
© 1996 by Bill Becwar. All Rights Reserved.