Top 10 Shocking Mistakes You Never Noticed In Blockbuster Movies

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Written by Adam Honigman No movie is perfect, but these famous movies had some glaring mistakes that went completely unnoticed for years! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Mistakes In Blockbuster Movies That'll Blow Your Mind! But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be the T-Rex paddock in Jurassic Park, the wonky layout of New York City in Independence Day, or the kid covering his ears in North by Northwest? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Big thanks to Strider Xanthos for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Shocking+Mistakes+You+Never+Noticed+In+Blockbuster+Movies
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Top 10 Shocking Mistakes You Never Noticed in Blockbuster Movies

Everybody makes mistakes, even massive multi-million dollar productions. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Shocking Mistakes You Never Noticed in Blockbuster Movies.

For this list, we’re looking at the biggest goofs, mistakes, or continuity errors present in major Hollywood films.


#10: Han Solo’s Disappearing Jacket
“Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)


Han Solo may be known as the one who shot first, but did you also know that he was quick enough to take off his jacket without anyone noticing? In Episode V’s iconic carbonite freezing scene, take a close look at Han’s clothing. As the camera punches in while he delivers his famous “I know” line, Han Solo’s blue jacket miraculously appears then subsequently disappears from his body. As was the case with the infamous Stormtrooper head bump from the original Star Wars, later HD remasters of the film attempted to fix this error by color correcting the jacket to match his white shirt, but the leathery shine is unmistakable.


#9: Pre-prepared Shrimp
“Forrest Gump” (1994)


Mama always said “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get”. But when making a movie, sometimes you know exactly what to expect. As the titular Forrest Gump and his friend Lieutenant Dan do some crustacean fishing aboard their boat, they’re fortunate enough to catch a whole plethora of shrimp. But as they marvel over their massive haul, the shrimp are clearly pre-prepared with their heads already removed in such a way that no wild crustacean would be. It sure saves a heck of a lot of time though.


#8: The Cowboy Pirate
“Pirate of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)


Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship the Black Pearl has been home to some incredibly diverse beings over the Pirates franchise’s lifespan – from undead pirates, to immortal octopus men, to even monkeys. But in the original 2003 film, a very peculiar man seems to have slipped aboard nearly unnoticed. During the final scene as Captain Jack is rallying his crew to journey onward for new adventure, eagle-eyed viewers can spot a very modern looking man donning a cowboy hat looking out at the open sea in the background. Oops. Maybe this was just careful foreshadowing for Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski’s later collaboration on “The Lone Ranger”?


#7: Modern Transportation
“Braveheart” (1995)


Mel Gibson directs and stars in this sprawling Scottish war story about William Wallace leading his army in the fight for freedom. But in almost three hours of movie, it’s inevitable that a flub or two would slip through the cracks. As the opposing armies charge towards one another during a rousing battle scene, a conspicuous white van can be seen peeking out from behind the charging horses. It goes quick, but if you know where to look then it’s very hard to miss. Wonder how much extra horsepower that vehicle could lend to the battle?


#6: Misplaced Red Slippers
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939)


Dorothy Gale’s jovial journey with her newfound friends through the Land of Oz is well-regarded as the first major motion picture to use color. But one little oversight makes things turn black and white once again. As Dorothy and the Scarecrow are attacked by sentient apple-chucking trees on their way down the Yellow Brick Road, Scarecrow is struck by an apple and tumbles to the ground. For a brief moment we can see that Dorothy’s magical ruby red slippers have been replaced by much more comfortable looking black shoes. Odds are she probably didn’t snag these plain looking loafers from a crushed witch’s feet.



#5: Floating Broom
“Quantum of Solace” (2008)


James Bond might be the world’s greatest secret agent, but even he managed to miss this goof. As Daniel Craig’s Bond sits aboard his bike by the waterfront awaiting a call on his phone, the hustle and bustle of the dock takes place behind him. But one extra is noticeable due to the fact that his so called “sweeping” is actually just pantomiming the broom motions mere inches above the ground, most likely to avoid kicking up dust in the scene. Who can blame him? Nobody likes doing their chores if they can avoid it.


#4: Gas-Powered Chariot Race
“Gladiator” (2000)


Ridley Scott’s sword-and-sandals epic won the Academy Award for Best Picture upon the year of its release. But that isn’t to say the movie is without its faults. During one of the film’s many thrilling Colosseum battles, a horse-pulled chariot clips the wall and topples over, sending its passengers scattered onto the floor. However, a sheet at the back of the chariot falls away to reveal that a modern gas cylinder was actually the cause of this flashy accident. A little bit of medieval trickery perhaps? Thumbs down to that!


#3: Rearranged NYC
“Independence Day” (1996)


Roland Emmerich’s 1996 disaster film about humanity’s battle against alien invaders has about as many mistakes as it does explosions, but this one is especially egregious. As an alien ship positions itself over the Empire State Building in New York City ready to blow it sky high, we see plenty of passerby’s standing on a road leading directly up to the building. When it finally goes boom, flames and debris engulf the road and the people on it. The problem is this road doesn’t exist: in reality, there would be another building here instead of a conveniently positioned road. Cool shot? Sure. Realistic? Not a chance.


#2: Preemptive Ear Protection
“North by Northwest” (1959)


Alfred Hitchcock might be the master of shock and suspense, but even he couldn’t prevent this little extra from jumping the gun. Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill and Eva Marie Saint’s Eve Kendall arrive at the Mount Rushmore visitor center with a plan to stage a fatal shooting using a gun loaded with blanks. A quick glance at the background of the scene reveals a young boy seated at the table shielding his ears from the sound of the gunshot about to go off. Maybe he was in on the plan too? Probably not, but this kid’s fear of loud bangs cemented himself in history as one of filmmaking’s all-time greatest flubs.


Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Marty McFly’s Anachronistic Electric Guitar
“Back to the Future” (1985)


The Candy Man Can (Smack You in the Chin)
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971)


Points Up, Zipper Down
“Teen Wolf” (1985)


#1: Misleading T-Rex Paddock

“Jurassic Park” (1993)


Steven Spielberg’s 1993 masterpiece might be one of the greatest films ever made, but it also has one of the biggest headscratchers in cinematic history. As the electric fence is broken down, the dinosaur’s paddock is clearly flush with the rest of the ground. But as the T-Rex bashes Dr. Grant and his jeep into the enclosure, suddenly there is a massive drop leading down to the ground below. So how exactly did the T-Rex simply step from one side of the paddock to the other? The movie already takes a heavy suspension of disbelief but this might be taking it just a jurrassic-ly large step too far.
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