Bullet Holes Before Gunshots? That’s Just the Beginning in This List of Movie Gaffes
Movie fandom in the age of pause buttons has given us so much: the ability to repeat snippets of scenes, to enjoy unlimited bathroom breaks, and most especially, to discover tiny editing gaffes and other moviemaking mistakes that you usually don’t catch the first time around. Here are 10 film flubs that only add to our enjoyment of our favorite flicks.
They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our transportation! In a blink-and-you’ll-miss it moment, a white van can be seen in the middle of what’s supposed to be a medieval funeral.
Ridley Scott’s epic drama may be loosely based on actual historical events, but it didn’t get every period detail just right. For example, in the movie’s re-enactment of the Battle of Carthage, a chariot flips over and a gas canister can be seen inside the vehicle. Are you not entertained?
3. North by Northwest
Although known as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most tension-riddled flicks, North by Northwest offers a moment of unintentional comic relief at its climax, when a boy in the background tightens his shoulders and puts his hands over his ears moments before a gun goes off. Guess that’s what happens when you’re a perfectionist filmmaker who insists on doing a million takes.
4. Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Someone Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) probably didn’t expect to sign on as a member of his crew? A cowboy. In the final scene of the movie as Jack is sailing away and shouting, “On deck, you scabrous dogs,” a man in a tan cowboy hat, white t-shirt and sunglasses can be seen over his left shoulder.
5. Pretty Woman
More like pretty hungry woman: After spending the night for the first time with suave businessman Edward (Richard Gere), Vivian (Julia Roberts) chows down on a hearty hotel breakfast. What’s clearly a croissant in her hands one moment inexplicably becomes a pancake in the next shot. Compared to other editing gaffes, though, this is not (as Vivian would say) a “big mistake, big, huge.”
6. Pulp Fiction
Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) remain amazingly unharmed when an unnamed small-time crook (Robert Arquette) unexpectedly busts through a bathroom door and unloads his gun at them at point-blank range. Even more amazing? The bullet holes in the wall behind Vincent and Jules are clearly visible in the moments before the ambush.
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
Why was Harrison Ford able to get so close to a cobra while filming the movie’s tense scene in the Well of Souls? Because there was a sheet of safety glass between actor and snake, which you’ll notice because the cobra’s reflection in the glass is visible in the shot.
8. Star Wars
“He is as clumsy as he is stupid.” That’s what Darth Vader probably would’ve said about the unnamed Stormtrooper who clunks his white helmet while marching through a doorway on board the Death Star. The gaffe has become so legendary that George Lucas added a comical sound effect highlighting the stormtrooper’s klutziness when the original Star Wars trilogy was re-released on DVD in 2004. Lucas also paid homage to the moment by having Jango Fett knock his noggin on a door in Attack of the Clones.
9. The Godfather
Sonny Corleone (James Caan) is killed in a hail of gunfire after pulling up to a toll booth—yet his car’s windshield survives the ambush with nary a scratch. So does that mean bullets are an offer this windshield can refuse?
10. The Goonies
The movie’s titular group of misfits see tons of adventure after discovering an old map that leads them to the long-lost fortune of a 17th-century pirate—but one thing they definitely don’t see is an octopus. So why does Data (Ke Huy Quan) say at the end that the scariest part was battling a mammoth cephalopod? It’s because the octopus scene was cut from the theatrical version—although it was edited back into the movie in later TV and DVD versions.
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