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Top10 British Movie Mistakes You Probably Missed

VO: Richard Bush WRITTEN BY: Kimberley Payne
How did they miss these? Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 British Movie Mistakes You Probably Missed. For this list we’re looking at mistakes in British films. From incorrect facts and continuity errors to extras that mucked up, we’ve considered them all. You’ll never look at these scenes the same again. Special thanks to our user RichardFB for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top10 British Movie Mistakes You Probably Missed

How did they miss these? Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 British Movie Mistakes You Probably Missed.

For this list we’re looking at mistakes in British films. From incorrect facts and continuity errors to extras that mucked up, we’ve considered them all. You’ll never look at these scenes the same again.

#10: The Misplaced Weapon
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005)

Given that you can’t have people actually hitting each other, or in this case, stabbing each other, fight scenes in films are carefully choreographed. Thankfully, filmmakers and stunt professionals have really mastered the art of stage fighting over the years, so when a punch goes past their face, or a sword slides under their arm, the average viewer is none the wiser. Sadly... mistakes still happen. In this scene from the first “Chronicles of Narnia” film, the sword is clearly stuck in the ground above Peter’s arm. So… why does he scream in pain? Maybe he was just yelling in frustration.

#9: The Changing Tie
“Love Actually” (2003)

Hugh Grant in any film is a sure sign that it’s going to wind up being a classic British Rom-Com, and “Love Actually” does not disappoint. Grant’s role as the British Prime Minister made us all wish for a PM as cool and laid back as this guy obviously is. But, if this scene is anything to go by, there’s a chance he’s a magician, too. As he enters Downing Street, his tie is black with white dots, but as the shots change during his conversation with Martine McCutcheon’s character, Natalie, his tie is suddenly blue and the pattern has changed! Impressive work Mr. Prime Minister… Very impressive!

#8: Wrong Toilet
“Full Metal Jacket” (1987)

Private Pyle has a hard time here, to say the least, which leads to his life coming to a sad, gruesome and tragic end. You know the scene and, for most, it’s not an easy one to watch. Pyle ultimately ends up taking his Sergeant’s life and then his own. But, if you can look past the absolute horror that’s unfolding here, there’s a mistake that you might have missed. Pyle sits down on a toilet to take his life and a couple of seconds later, his body is on the next toilet along.

#7: Yellow Nose Cones
“Dunkirk” (2017)

You’d be surprised at how many historical films get some (or sometimes all)of their facts wrong, even high-profile Oscar-winners like this one. Throughout the film, you might have noticed the Nazi planes having yellow nose cones. In real life, the Germans didn’t paint them yellow until after the events of Dunkirk had already taken place. According to Nolan, it was around a month after Dunkirk and he included it in the film as a way of recognising the planes, which, unlike so many movie mistakes, actually makes a fair bit of sense!

#6: Distance Trouble
“Sherlock Holmes” (2009)

Set in Victorian London, Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” tries hard to be as accurate as possible, but there are a few small mistakes that the exceptionally eagle-eyed might’ve noticed, especially if you’re familiar with London. The most glaring one is towards the end of the film when Irene Adler escapes the Houses of Parliament with the poison. Mere seconds after escaping, she finds herself on Tower Bridge. Problem is, Tower Bridge is over two and a half miles away from Parliament, and it would take far longer to get there on foot. Then again, we guess that a lengthy stroll would have hurt the dramatic momentum of the film.

#5: The Reigniting Fire
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975)

Even against steep competition, the Black Knight scene remains a hilarious stand-out moment in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, if not all of British film comedy. But, while you were busy laughing at this mysterious character who just will not back down from a fight, even after losing his limbs, you likely missed the mistake in the background of the shot. The camp fire behind them repeatedly goes out and then reignites itself. It’s clearly not that big of a deal and, honestly, it might’ve been deliberate tomfoolery from the Pythons, but it still makes zero sense.

#4: Kane’s Headwear
“Alien” (1979)

Even the highest-regarded, most iconic and detail-oriented sci-fi films aren’t without their slip ups. When Kane is attacked by the infamous facehugger, if you weren’t too busy being grossed out, you might’ve noticed these minor continuity errors. Kane is wearing a tight hood around his head, with a larger space helmet over that. Not only does the facehugger manage to break through the glass in his helmet off-screen, but later, when you see Kane in medical, the tight hood that the facehugger should be on top of, is suddenly gone. Maybe the alien has an eye for fashion?

#3: Sweeping the Air
“Quantum of Solace” (2008)

Most directors aim to avoid as many environmental complications as possible. The less variables in a shot, the better. So, in this scene in “Quantum of Solace”, an extra with a broom must have been told to avoid making dust clouds while he was sweeping. The only problem is, in a bid to solve that potential problem, he ends up ‘sweeping’ about a foot off the ground – and it’s very noticeable over Bond’s shoulder. All in all, he prevents one problem, but winds up causing another, much sillier one. This is one of those that once you’ve seen it, you can’t miss it.

#2: Fight or Flight
“The Dark Knight Rises” (2012)

In films like Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, where the aim is gritty realism, one mistake in a combat scene can make all the difference. In a rooftop brawl between Batman, Catwoman and some henchmen, one extra notably dives to the floor a little too early. Considering Batman was nowhere near him and was fighting a different henchman at the time, this mystery collapse is pretty noticeable. Seriously… is that guy okay? Then again, the average henchman would probably rather take a dive than a punch from the caped crusader. It’s just common sense!

#1: Cameraman at Hogwarts
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)

Another series that’s known for its attention to detail, but not here. You have to wonder how this particular mistake was missed – first while filming and again in the editing room. During Harry and Draco’s duel – a famous scene from the franchise – there’s someone in the crowd who really shouldn’t be there. While everyone’s watching the wizardry unfold, did you notice a member of the film crew popping up on the left-hand side of the screen? Eagle-eyed viewers definitely spotted the random adult muggle hiding amidst the students – and there’s no amount of magic that can explain away how he got there!

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