Top 10 Biggest Continuity Errors in Movies

Script written by Ian Astraquillo Hey, uh, did you guys catch that? Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Biggest Continuity Errors in Movies. For this list, we're focusing on inconsistencies in either the content or the narrative that are featured in the final cut of a film – regardless of whether it's major or minor. Special thanks to our user Bairdogg for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Ian Astraquillo

Top 10 Biggest Continuity Errors in Movies


Hey, uh, did you guys catch that? Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Biggest Continuity Errors in Movies.

For this list, we’re focusing on inconsistencies in either the content or the narrative that are featured in the final cut of a film – regardless of whether it’s major or minor. Also, to be clear, we’re not passing any form of negative judgment on these films based on these mistakes, as many of them are great; we’re just saying some script supervisors or editors could’ve done their jobs just a teeny bit better.

#10: Rocky Waters
“The Return of Jafar” (1994)

A kidnapping raid led by Jafar’s new patsy, Abis Mal, catches Aladdin and his pals off-guard. One of Abis Mal’s henchmen produces some twisted magic, sucking them into a hydraulic vortex and sending Aladdin down a stormy stream. Going for a grab at one of the river’s boulders, it’s clear here that Prince Ali narrowly missed his target, yet somehow emerges right behind it not a moment later. Sure, you could argue that Aladdin just has some mad swimming skills, but by the look of those wild waters, yeah, we’re not buying it.

#9: Window Wreckage
“Spider-Man” (2002)

Yeah, we probably could’ve found something from the less appreciated “Spider-Man 3,” but the win for biggest continuity error goes to this iconic scene from the first film. Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” was ahead of its time in terms of storytelling, performances, and visual effects. How ahead of its time? Well, in the scene that made kissing upside-down in the rain hot, you can easily spot a couple of windows that repair themselves after getting totally shattered. Okay, just kidding - about the self-repairing windows that is, not the upside-down kissing thing.

#8: Time Heals All Wounds
“Die Another Day” (2002)

The conclusion of this 007 adventure includes a, shall we say, clear cut continuity error. While trying to regain control of a damaged plane, NSA agent Jinx is lethally confronted by double-agent Miranda Frost. What ensues is a sultry swordfight, with Frost managing to deal a single slice onto Jinx’s belly before the backstabber herself is ultimately, uh...front-stabbed. However, in the next and final scene of the film, we see James getting his Bond on with Berry’s belly – and somehow that wound has simply vanished into thin air.

#7: My Hands Are Tied
“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002)

When you film a project as ambitious and epic as “The Lord of The Rings,” you’re bound to have a snafu or two after calling it a wrap. In this scene, halflings Merry and Pippin have been snatched and bound by some of Saruman’s Uruk-Hai. When the orcs halt for a breather, they begin a darkly comical argument over what’s for dinner. Shortly thereafter, they’re ambushed by the horse lords of Rohan. Taking advantage of the chaos, Merry and Pippin crawl for the nearby woods, and somehow the latter’s binding ropes have suddenly not only come undone, but have also disappeared. Best explanation? A wizard did it.

#6: Porsche Patch-Up
“Commando” (1985)

Hey, you guys ever watched that movie “Taken” with Liam Neeson? Well here’s that exact same film on steroids, no double-entendre jab at Arnie intended. After successfully catching up to, interrogating, and lying to his enemy, retired Delta Force Colonel John Matrix decides to commandeer his fallen foe’s extravagant, albeit busted, ride. Pushing the tipped Porsche back onto its wheels, any passerby could see from its vivid dents that the import has seen brighter days. Or has it? In the next shot, it looks as though the car had just been rolled out fresh from the factory. You get what you pay for, we guess.

#5: Self-Repairing Choppa
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)

Visionary director James Cameron’s “T2” is unquestionably one of Hollywood’s greatest sequels. Still, when you have so much testosterone-driven insanity in your film, chances are not everything will go off without a hitch. Case in point: after the film’s most bullet-riddling scene, the T-100 is pursuing the fleeing heroes, but is looking for a much faster way to do it. So he decides to hijack a helicopter, head-butt style. Predictable damage ensues. But seconds later, that same windshield is seen in perfect condition, a handy convenience that the liquid-cyborg will hopefully appreciate during his chase.

#4: Divine Intervention
“Pulp Fiction” (1994)

In this memorable scene, witty gangsters Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield have just finished dispatching the burger-eating Brett when they’re met with an ambush of hand-cannon shots that should’ve sent them to join the choir-invisible. With not a single bullet so much as glancing the duo, Jules begins a rant-like preach about the miraculous moment. However, had he been more observant, he might’ve noticed that the wall was already full of bullet holes before a single shot was fired. Divine intervention? Sure, if by that Jules means: God came down from Heaven and pranked a thug by replacing his bullets with blanks.

#3: Demonic Door
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

Hello Disney fans. Sick of the Internet draining magic from your childhood? If yes, skip this entry. In “Snow White,” you’ll remember that after the titular Dwarfs cautiously tread into their cottage, Dopey clearly and loudly slams the front door shut. Later, when the dwarfs rush out in panic, the door has somehow reopened itself for their convenience. Poor Dopey then gets trapped inside and can only escape by breaking off the doorknob. Prancing out covered in pans and pots, he doesn’t notice that the knob he just broke has fixed itself back onto the door in mint condish. Duh, duh, duh!

#2: Carbonite Clothes
“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)

Another great sci-fi sequel; another continuity error. Our silver medal goes to the half-witted, scruffy-looking, Nerf-herder himself, Captain Han Solo. In one of the most heartbreaking moments in the “Star Wars” saga, we’re forced to watch as the charismatic smuggler is lowered into what was intended to be his final resting place. Caught up in the moment, some of us may’ve missed Han’s quick outfit change, with his vest suddenly appearing in one close-up only to disappear a moment later. This wardrobe mishap was fixed in the HD remaster via the long arm of Lucas' special effects magic. So there's more reason to stick to the classics. And while we’re on the subject of Han’s attire, it’s true what “Family Guy” says about it in their parody of the film. Seriously, check this out:

Before we unveil our favorite inconsistency, here are a few honorable mentions:
- How Deep IS That Tyrannosaur Paddock, Anyway?
“Jurassic Park” (1993)
- The Magic, Self-Healing Windshield
“The Godfather” (1972)
- Hair Must Grow Quickly in Oz…
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

#1: Christmas Magic
“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a wonderful film with a wonderful story, wonderful characters, and this not-so wonderful mistake. Have you ever found yourself wondering where you put that darn thing you could’ve sworn you left right in front of you, only to discover it’s on you? Well, that’s what happened here with happy camper George Bailey, who in this scene tosses a Christmas wreath that he’s carrying around his arm onto a nearby desk before taking a call from his brother and finding the wreath back on his arm. Or did he?

Do you agree with our list? Which continuity errors from your favorite films did we miss? For more consistent Top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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