People make mistakes all the time. I’m sure I have within the many posts of this blog, careful though I am to research each topic before and during the writing, sometimes even after I’ve already published the day’s post. So it stands to reason that movies will be filled with all sorts of mistakes. It’s just that some of these errors can be avoided with attention to detail, and many of them are so stupid as to defy explanation. I have listed only movies that I like and not those I hate, that would defeat the purpose.
Forrest Gump: In the scene where Forrest’s platoon is crouched down along the side of the road, and the narration is introducing some of the soldiers, you can see a pack of Marlboro cigarettes in one of the men’s helmets. On the side of the pack is, “Marlboro Miles.” These weren’t available until the 1990’s.
During the 1972 New Year’s Eve celebration, Forrest drinks a Dr. Pepper with a logo that wasn’t devised until around the mid 80s.
When Forrest finally catches shrimp on the boat, the net drops shrimp on the deck which are not only already dead, they’re headless and very obviously processed for shipment to market.
The Shawshank Redemption: When Red is sitting under the oak tree in 1967 and pulls the money out of the envelope, the top bill is signed by Nicholas F. Brady, who was Secretary of the Treasury September 1988 – January 1993.
In the scene where Red is working in the Food-Way shortly after his release in 1967, there are cartons of “More” and “Newport” brand cigarettes visible on the shelf to his right. “More” was not released until 1975.
Near the end of the movie, in the shot where the marked patrol cars are racing towards the prison to arrest the warden, you hear them using electronic sirens. Those sirens were not in law enforcement use until the mid to late seventies.
The Shining: At the end of the movie there is the chase scene through the hedge maze in the dead of winter in Colorado. While Jack Nicholson runs after his son in a winter setting you cannot see their breath in what would be the cold night air.
When Jack and his family arrive at the Overlook, the hotel manager Mr. Ullman asks Jack, “has your luggage been brought in?” and the camera shot shows a large pile of suitcases and belongings, which would definitely not have fitted in their VW Beetle.
Wendy has a baseball bat in her hand and Jack is trying to get the baseball bat. When Wendy hits him over the head, the baseball bat bends.
The Ring: The license plate on Rachel’s car is not a valid Washington State license plate, while similar to the very outdated original issue plates, which would have never been issued on such a new car, they are missing tabs on the front which were mandatory on those plates and all Washington plates in 2002 when the movie was filmed.
When Rachel and Noah end up back at Shelter Mountain Inn, Noah rips up the floor with an ax. When he tosses the circle cutout of wood planks, there are no floor joist remnants still attached underneath them. Floor joists are necessary for support, otherwise the floor would not have even held up under the weight of a person walking under them. Also, there would be no point in nailing through the planks if there was nothing to nail into.
The well in the video is situated on level ground. The cabin under which it is now supposed to be has been constructed on inclined ground.
Hannibal: In the scene where Hannibal calls Clarice and gives her 3 seconds to change the battery on the phone, it is possible to change the battery in 3 seconds but you would have to turn the phone back on and let it initialize which would make the whole process take longer then 3 seconds.
In the scene where the top of Paul’s skull and scalp are removed, the scalp looks normal. In order to remove the skull and scalp in such a manner, the blood supply to the scalp would’ve been completely severed. Without a blood supply, the scalp would’ve quickly discolored, and certainly wouldn’t look nice and normal.
Clarice shoots the guys in the barn, then handcuffs the fat one, but as she is walking away his arms are spread too far apart to be cuffed. When the pigs come in, we see him dragging his buddy using only one arm with the other at his side, again impossible when cuffed.
Summer of Sam: Set in the summer of 1977, serial killer David Berkowitz is seen throughout the film wearing a US Army woodland camouflage pattern field jacket. The Army did not start using these jackets nor were any ever made until the early 1980’s. They were all solid green until then.
There is a scene where Vinny is holding a pack of Marlboro Red cigarettes in a box. On the side of the box you see Marlboro Miles. The film is based in the 70s and Marlboro Miles weren’t introduced until many years later.
28 Days Later: After Jim escapes the house and makes his way back to the blockade there is a shot of him operating the siren. In the background is a sign saying that the M55 junction for Blackpool is in 1/3 mile. The M55 is nowhere near the M602, where the blockade is supposed to be.
In the scenes driving to Manchester the motorway is completely clear of traffic, no abandoned vehicles of any sort. With an outbreak like this happening the motorway would be gridlocked.
After they leave Jim’s parents’ house Jim and Selena are seen walking through Canary Wharf, but they’re coming from the wrong direction. The Docklands Light Railway tracks that they use to cross the river are in front of them and their base (in Canary Wharf Tube station) is even further in front of them. Why did they cross back over the river and then walk away from the safety of their base?
Dawn of The Dead: When the survivors are first in the mall, you can see a store called Roots with a Canadian beaver logo. While the movie was filmed in Canada, it is supposed to take place in the USA where Roots has a different logo.
When they are eating, there’s a box of chicken labelled PFK (Poulet Frit a la Kentucky), the French equivalent of KFC. This film takes place in the USA, but was filmed in Canada where most products are labelled in English and French.
When they use a gas cylinder and shoot it with a shotgun to wipe out a load of zombies, the resulting explosion as seen from above the trucks is way too big to have come from that small cylinder.
These movie mistakes are courtesy of the best website for such information, moviemistakes.com.