Over the years, cinema has improved because of technological advancements, computer graphics, and re-imaging. Some might say that the storylines and writing of today’s silver screen artistry is sub-par which up for debate but, there’s no arguing that movies look a lot better than the clay Gozillas and airplanes on fishing wire of the past. Unfortunately, cinema still makes some of the most obvious mistakes that tend to get looked over, even in post-production. Check out some of those movie mistakes for yourself below.
Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan is one of the best war films of all-time and has been recognized for its realistic imagery by war vets themselves. Unfortunately, Tom Hanks’ character, Captain Miller, was riding a motorcycle model by the name of the Ural M-63, a motorcycle that was released in 1963, two decades after the setting of the movie.
The Twilight Boom Mic
The Twilight series had every young girl flustered upon each film’s release but, what many didn’t notice from the first film is the reflection of the production team’s boom microphone in Bella’s [Kristen Stewart’s] truck. Seems like this would have gotten caught in post but, this one slipped through the cracks.
Captain Barbossa & The Apple
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most successful movie franchises of this generation but, they’ve made some mistakes along the way. Captain Barbossa was filmed eating a Granny Smith apple, a breed of apples that was introduced in 1868 in Australia. Pirates weren’t that great at navigation and most likely didn’t have access to these bad boys.
This one’s just plain hilarious, no pun intended once again, but the director should have held off of filming this scene until after the plane passed by. The movie Troy takes place in 1250 B.C. and the Wright Brothers didn’t begin their flight machine shenanigans until 1903.
Forrest Gump’s Apple Investment
In the film, Forrest Gump, there wasn’t anything that Forrest didn’t do which means that there were some historical inaccuracies within the film. For instance, Gump received a letter from Apple thanking him for his investment dated in 1975, unfortunately, Apple didn’t begin openly trading until 1981. Oops.
The Matrix was a film that changed cinema as we entered another generation of film and set the bar high for any movie team looking to follow its performance. Unfortunately, Neo himself couldn’t keep a camera lens from being seen in the doorknob of a door in this scene. Great movie though.
Independence Day Flub
Independence Day could potentially be Will Smith’s breakout silver screen performance but, there was one major flub in the film. For those of you that have ever been to the Empire State Building, you’d notice that the building is located on a corner and no street has a center view of the notorious building like the explosion scene in the film.
A Braveheart Baseball Cap
Braveheart is a personal favorite of ours and could be watched at least once a day but, the post-production team missed with this editing shot. You can clearly see a man in a baseball cap and jacket who wasn’t supposed to be in the shot behind Mel Gibson in one scene. Time travel much?
The Goonies Baseball Card
The Goonies is officially a cult classic in our book but they too have fallen victim to some flimsy writing as well. In the film, a kid finds a 1973 baseball card on another dead child who supposedly passed away in 1930. Yeah… that’s some pretty loose writing that should have gotten caught in post-production.
Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down is somewhat underappreciated in our book, the storyline is compelling, it’s based on a true story, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Yet they too made a mistake along the way. In one scene, a military vehicle is supposed to be transporting soldiers from point A to point B but, it looks like a civilian in a brand new white t-shirt also made the trip as well.
The Hurt Locker
Dates tend to be a reoccurring theme when it comes to movie mistakes and we understand seeing how time flies and the film, The Hurt Locker, is another example of that. In the film, it is revealed that Iraq had uploaded a video to YouTube in 2004, unfortunately, YouTube launched a year later in 2005.
The Story Of Harry Potter & Some Random Production Guy
This scene is taken directly from the film Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets and features what appears to be a balding production team member clearly in a shot that’s supposed to be on-site at Hogwarts. We’re pretty sure the producers wished magic was real in order to get this guy out of the shot.
Malcolm X is one of the most powerful films about the American legend who lost his life too soon but, the film directed by Spike Lee also is flawed as well. When Malcolm’s house was being firebombed, he yells for someone to call 911, sadly, the 911 emergency line wasn’t established until 1968, three years after the activist’s death.
Here Come The Men In Black
Is there a better family-friendly alien movie series better than the Men in Black franchise? We doubt it but, the production team too made a mistake this one. As you can clearly see in the shot, a wire from a safety harness can be seen on the leg of Tommy Lee Jones which should have been edited out of the shot.
The Dark Knight Rises Spelling Error
We’ve all fallen victim to spelling errors throughout multiple periods in our lives but, have you ever seen it happen on film? The notorious The Dark Knight Rises features a scene where a newspaper was seen in plain view and unfortunately no one caught the misspelled ‘heist’ in one of the headlines. Amazing film regardless. We all make mistakes, even movie makers.