Robert Webb exposes the cinematic blunders and gaffes that the film studios hoped they had got away with, from sweaty cameramen getting caught in shot to wobbling scenery.
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Hello, everybody. And welcome along to Great Movie Mistakes.
This is the show that shines a light at the immaculately dressed Hollywood film industry
and reveals that it is actually flying low with its tackle rudely exposed.
Because our team of continuity error identification specialists
or "geeks", as you may call them,
have watched and re-watched hundreds of the greatest films ever made
to bring you the cock-ups that the studios hoped you would never see.
So, here are those mistakes -
the ones that have made all that hard work ALMOST worthwhile.
On tonight's show, mistakes from -
The Star Wars franchise really is a minor masterpiece.
How do you make a minor masterpiece?
Well, start with a major masterpiece and then ruin it 20 years later
with three rubbish prequels.
Apart from that cataclysmic movie mistake,
there are several little 'uns in the movies themselves.
And I'm not talking about the actors playing Ewoks!
We start at the very beginning, with the seminal Star Wars,
and one of the most famous cock-ups of all time.
A cosmic moment for movie mistake spotters.
Watch the stormtrooper on the right bang his head. Smashing, isn't it?
On to the follow up, Empire Strikes Back.
Look carefully and you can see the soles of Chewie's trainers.
By the way, just a small thing, but given Chewbacca has no clothes on,
why can't we see his sex organs?
This man has just been murdered by the fearsome Darth Vader.
A man so scary, people even obey him when they're dead.
Apology accepted, Captain Needa.
There he is, doing the murder.
But when Darthy-Baby asks for the victim to be removed, like so,
watch how helpful the corpse is.
"Let me, lads, you'll do your backs in!"
Oh, my head!
the Ewoks, where would Star Wars have been without midgets prepared to dress up?
But check this out. You can see the wee fella's eyes through his costume.
20 years after the Star Wars films came out,
George Lucas decided to hit us with another three.
Why he took this decision, nobody knows.
Yet, if there is a reason to be happy, it's that the new films are as littered with clangers
as the old ones.
I think Jar Jar Binks is an utter git
and so does Anakin's mum.
In this clip she pours water for the humans,
but look closely, because when she pours for the alien,
she makes sure nothing comes out.
In anyone's book that must be racism.
And if not racism, a great movie mistake.
The Phantom Menace is a swashbuckling tale in which
the Republic has an overly bureaucratic infrastructure,
and levies a taxation on galactic trade routes.
-Any other choice...
-My God, it's boring!
So boring, the film-makers had to amuse themselves by inserting wardrobe mistakes.
Watch as Senator Palpatine's collar changes from dark blue to dark green.
A sensational scene here from the final prequel, Revenge Of The Sith.
Anakin is about to join the Dark Side, and become evil Darth Vader.
But this magical moment is ruined by an unforgivable gaffe.
So, look, there's nothing round his neck and chin.
But in this shot, a bloomin' great neck brace is there.
Vader, you're a disgrace.
is essential in the world of storytelling.
Without it, the whole facade comes crashing down.
However, the mistakes you're about to see trounce our disbelief
as soundly as Tinky Winky from the Teletubbies
taking the head of his suit off and announcing,
"I'm just an actor in a felt suit, we all are, and we hate children."
This is Mamma Mia.
And mamma mia, this is a cowardly stuntman.
You can see the cable holding him to the building, there.
Honestly, mate. Does your mother know?
Now, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Curse Of The Black Pearl.
That well-known Western.
At least, that's what this guy thinks it is.
He's wearing a white shirt and a Stetson.
Same film now. And...
Ooh, steady, Keira.
But what's this? It's a cameraman's watch.
And, embarrassingly for him, it's not even digital.
Troy, a film that was panned by the critics.
Although, while they were concerned with the acting and the script,
my beef is with the treads on this man's sandals.
Yes, not the kind of modern design you'd expect in ancient Greece.
That's why I only gave the film two stars.
X-Men Origins. Feast your eyes on all these meaty mutton chops.
But don't let these scene-stealers distract you from this great movie mistake.
Now, you may ask, what's a blue light doing in the middle of a jungle?
Well, let me tell you.
It's for the mock lightning, of course.
Transporter 3. That's right, they made three of them.
Here goes Jason Statham, pelting after an ambulance.
Ah! Think we're going to need an ambulance.
But what's this?
Either Jason has forgotten to remove one of his flesh-coloured earplugs,
or that is a flesh-coloured piece of...flesh
from one of the people in that ambulance.
Oh, please, God, let it be the first.
Independence Day now, and Jeff Goldblum is throwing a tantrum.
Don't worry, he's probably just seen the reviews.
But, no, come on. Let's immerse ourselves in the story.
Forget it's a film, go with it.
So, he's not Jeff Goldblum, he's David Levinson,
confined in a top-secret underground military bunker.
The aliens are trying to take over the world
and, what does that say?
So, is this all taking place on a movie set,
and none of it's true? Oh, boo!
Walt Disney once said it's kind of fun to do the impossible.
Walt is sadly no longer with us. Clearly he didn't find resurrecting himself much fun.
But his sentiment still holds true in Hollywood today.
Films often contain little moments that could never happen.
If these impossible events are such fun, presumably the big film studios won't mind me pointing them out
over the course of the next few minutes, and rubbing their nose in our nerdy genius.
Take that, Hollywood!
War Of The Worlds, starring pocket-sized Tom Cruise.
Cruise may be one of the most powerful men in Hollywood,
but that doesn't make him immune to daft boo-boos.
As he throws the ball to his son, there's a clanger to be spotted.
Cruise throws the ball that smashes the window, except he can't,
because his hand's empty.
Little Tom again, but this time in Minority Report.
Here, he kicks out the window of his car which
is not a bright thing to do, bearing in mind that the car flies off the side of a building.
But, look! The window is miraculously back.
Then again, maybe self-repairing glazing will be the norm in the future.
I really hope so!
Next up, The Incredible Hulk and incredible is right.
Bruce Banner is ringing his bell to announce that he's coming through.
But look - there's no bell on the bike.
It's not hairspray Tracy Turnblad deserves for this error,
-it's pepper spray. Right in the eyes.
-Take the whole lot in.
Here, we see her evade the police and emerge from the angry mob.
Yet, when we see her again, she's still in the midst of the crowd.
Pepper spray Turnblad now!
As the tomb raiders raid a tomb in a scene from Tomb Raider,
Daniel Craig is in two places at once.
He was pulling on the rope a second ago.
But look at him now.
He's standing by the tomb entrance, the little tinker.
I don't mean the dinosaurs - if they were any good, they wouldn't have snuffed it, would they?
No. I mean this mistake.
See Ellie stood in front of the sat-down Alan?
But now watch. She walks forwards,
and comes up behind him. Boo!
Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen.
This scene is part teen movie, part Benny Hill sketch.
As Lindsay Lohan knocks these tapes on the floor, we've got issues.
She knocks them all behind her, but then she slips on one in front of her.
Take another look.
Just as well she did. That ladder could have taken her face off.
Out and out violence now, and He's Just Not That Into You.
Janine has just found Ben's cigarettes in his pocket.
And she's not best pleased.
But wait for this boo-boo.
When she grabs the mirror, the glass is facing her.
But in the next shot, it's magically flipped over.
You know what will make everything better? A nice cup of tea.
Run along now, love, and get the kettle on.
Now, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Something which anyone who's seen the film might want to do!
Judging by the mistakes, I can only think the director was taking
a leaf out of Russell Brand's book, and dreaming about girls instead of keeping his mind on the job. Tut!
It's no problem, honestly.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall was, of course,
Russell Brand's cinematic debut.
But they should have called it forgetting Sarah Marshall is 5'1".
In this shot, Sarah is way above his shoulder.
But cut to the reverse, and she's much closer to groin height.
Just as Russell likes it.
-So this is...
-In this shot, she is stood on steps.
How do I know? Because you're about to see her walk down them.
Yes, got it.
Wondering why these guys are looking so awkward?
Perhaps it's because they know
a continuity error is about to stink the scene out.
Watch as Sarah drains her glass of Ribena. Mmm!
Well, this is awkward.
But a second later, it's half full again.
There we go. We've just witnessed a modern-day miracle.
High School Musical now.
As well as being strewn with errors, these films are also full
of those annoying performers who dress up in Lycra, and frolic around as if to say,
"Oh, look at me, look how good I am at dancing!
"Look at me dancing, I'm cool!"
It was different when I did it for Comic Relief. That was for charity.
Which makes it different, OK?
Anyway, cast your peepers across these schoolboy and schoolgirl errors.
You watch High School Musical
dozens and dozens of times in your bedroom, and think,
"How come all those girls are so mouth-wateringly slender?"
Well, here's how. They're not eating their dinners.
The lovely Gabriella gazes listlessly at her grub.
And switches her attentions to Troy, and look - it's gone!
Here's Troy again. And he's realised that he's late
for a much-needed music lesson with Gabriella.
Troy, of course, is a schoolboy. And he's about to make an error.
It's quite literally a massive cock-up.
He's doing a scene where he has to check the time so what's the one prop you don't want to forget?
Yeah, go on. Run off.
This performance suggests that the music lesson
was a pathetic waste of everyone's time.
Gabriella's bottled it beyond belief, missing her cue and then just standing there looking stupid.
-I can't do it, Troy. Not with all these people staring at me.
-Look at me.
-Quick pep talk from Troy who puts her at her ease by showing her his ridiculous haircut.
And she's ready to go again.
Here's the intro from Charlie Chaplin on piano.
# We're soaring... #
But now it turns out that it wasn't even her cue, it was Troy's.
HE was the one who was supposed to start.
# It's the trying... #
Would you trust Gabriella with your life?
But here she is in Baywatch mode.
Watch carefully because when she's called into action, a stunt double
with a different build, age and ethnicity, is used for her dive.
Why that even needs a stunt double, I do not know.
Check her out, she's nothing like Gabriella.
I got you, I got you, it's OK.
Actually, no, Gabriella, it's NOT OK.
Good old Kelsi, she's so kooky.
She wears glasses and everything.
And she manages to DJ and be on the dance floor at the same time.
So there she is on the decks,
and yet now she's throwing shapes on the dance floor
that suggest she's been getting stuck into the White Lightning.
SCHOOL BELL RINGS
Yo, yo, yo, it's lunchtime.
It's lunchtime at East High
and everyone's heading to the canteen to stuff their faces.
Everyone that is, except for Chad, he's clutching his basketball ready to "shoot some hoops".
But rewind again and there's no sign of him on the wide shot. Explain that.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie seem to be the perfect couple
and I for one am very happy for these beautiful multi-millionaire superstars.
Yet even these paragons of utter perfection
have been known to let errors slip through into their movies.
In this section, Angelina in particular
makes some of her silliest errors since picking Brad instead of me.
I can only assume she never received my letters.
This is the film Mr And Mrs Smith,
in which Brad and Angelina play your typical bored, married couple
who spice their lives up by killing people for money.
When the door's opened, Angelina is on Brad's right.
-Nice. You guys are...
-But now, she's on his left.
Same film and here, as we admire Angelina's dancing
without having to position ourselves at the end of her driveway with a telephoto lens,
we can see that she clearly has no tattoos.
She does here, though. Or is that an ornate bruise?
This one looks painful, but can you see the boo-boo?
Angie's car hit Brad's so hard, his jacket comes off.
I once had a similar crash but rather than losing my jacket, I lost the use of my right arm for a year.
This time, the gorgeous couple are in a lift, sorry, "elevator",
both packing machine guns.
The doors open and they let rip.
And if you absolutely had to take a dozen bullets in the chest,
who better to riddle your torso with lead than the lovely Angelina?
Ah. Anyway, when the doors open a second time, she's holding a pistol.
They've swapped sides and the elevator light's gone off.
Is this shot even from the same film?
In this clip, Brad dumps this body in the back of a van.
He's struggling to shut the van doors,
but don't worry, this van comes with a sweaty man as an optional extra.
Let's take another look.
Brad shuts the doors of the van
but, oh, look, there's the hired muscle
keeping the doors closed. What a vehicle!
-I want everybody out of here right now.
Sticking with Brad, this is one of the many, many fights in Fight Club.
I suppose the name's a bit of a giveaway. As well as Brad's face, rhyme and reason also get a pasting.
No, I didn't quite catch that, Lou.
Because there's no sense in Brad's mouth bleeding after this first punch,
-Still not getting it.
But then not bleeding after the second punch.
Ah, go on, hit him again.
This is Angelina in Changeling.
In the film, Angelina plays your normal, 1950s run-of-the-mill mum.
In real life, she's a 21st-century style icon with tattoos.
How will they hide them in the shower scene? Answer - they don't.
Wanted now, and here's one not to do.
Don't make a basic continuity error like this,
changing your hair from down...
into a ponytail.
Oh, and don't go jumping onto moving trains.
So, two things not to do. In fact, concentrate more on the second one.
As we all know, the phrase "chick flicks" refers to films or "flicks" aimed primarily at women.
In no way does it refer to movies that were written and directed by baby chickens.
Although given how stupid some of these mistakes are, I wouldn't be so sure.
These clips truly are bird-brained!
This is Confessions Of A Shopaholic,
which stars Isla Fisher
and which I've genuinely never heard of before today.
Now, you know those middle-aged women with ponytails that disappear when you say the word "Miami"?
-Oh, Luke. I think I should definitely be there.
Let's watch that again.
-(Biggest magazine event of the year.)
-And the woman's gone.
-I think I should definitely be there.
I can only assume I must have said "Miami" to my girlfriend last year.
Now, seven-inch tall Isla Fisher
is having sunglasses problems.
Here, her shades are white.
..consider taking your own advice? Mom, calm.
-What would the girl in the green scarf say about hiding Visa bills under your bed?
And then a woman dressed as a blancmange lands on top of her.
And they're a wonderful... chestnut brown.
-Maybe it rhymes with fluke.
-Note that the price tag is still on these brown ones
from whichever shop she lifted them from.
Yet, call the police and tell them this and they just don't want to know.
Next, The Devil Wears Prada.
And that's Anne Hathaway picking up her early morning bagel.
And as we now enjoy some shots of ladies in swish outfits, something very odd is happening to that bagel.
# She's got the power to be, the power to give, the power to see
# Yeah, yeah... #
Yes, it's turned into a pair of brown leather gloves.
Or was I dreaming that?
Because the bagel's back again.
The moral here, never fully trust a bagel.
This is How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.
Something you can do in ten minutes
just by leaving him to browse in Dixons.
Oh, this is a good day.
-See how these three disturbed women openly ogle
Matthew McConaughey, like he's some kind of piece of meat.
Stripes. And allow...
Just have to watch a bit of Matthew McConaughey acting.
I represent the entire industry.
Now the women walk back to their desks.
There's the one in the black top, there she is. Yep, she's gone.
And they magically reappear where they were. They just can't get enough.
The film also stars Kate Hudson, a woman whose beauty can make knees
go weak, heads turn and mugs change colour.
Keep an eye on Matt's black mug.
-It turns into a sort of beige-y colour.
Oh, good. This is the wildly popular American sport of netball.
Or is it gridiron?
Whatever. By the way, the timings are all over the shop.
At the start of the clip, the scoreboard says there's 1:09 to go.
-..I'll go up and get it.
-I'm really thirsty.
-I'll go get it.
But what's this? Now the scoreboard says there's seven minutes to go.
-And now five seconds.
And as the game ends, 2:45.
Oh, yes? Lucy has tennis forehead.
Here's the bumbling Hugh Grant in Two Weeks Notice.
And "bumbling" is the word
because he can't decide what's in his right hand.
First he's got a coffee pot, nothing unusual about that.
-What was it again?
-And then what? Oh, a plastic spoon.
For the New York Children's League...
Now his hand's empty. Oh, plastic spoon again.
What's it going to be next?
Oh, that's a new one, milk.
-See you later.
-Looks like he's settled on the milk.
Yeah. Oh, it's the coffee pot again.
Sloppy. Very, very sloppy.
Karaoke, you either love it or you hate it.
Or you're somewhere in between the two.
In this clip from PS I Love You, we're concerned with the shot glass in Gerard Butler's right hand.
-It's in his hand.
-Who wants a shot?
And it's gone.
There is no shot glass in his... And it's back, it's back again!
PS I Love You? PS Sack The Props Guy, more like.
Or at the very least, suspend him without pay pending a full investigation.
I love Holly, I do.
Same film for this, and as Gerard performs
a traditional American sex dance, see if you can spot the gaffe.
Well, check this out.
Clip falls under the table
but then it's miraculously reattached itself
to the end of his braces.
Now, some would say that we went to quite a lot of effort for what was a fairly minor movie mistake.
And for what it's worth, I'd agree.
Hello, my name is Joy's Bitch.
So this is What Happens In Vegas.
Watch what happens to the sticker that Cameron Diaz
has just stuck to the top of that dress.
I'd no idea you were so much fun. She's very serious at work.
Next time we see it, it's dropped several inches.
If you did, I'd have to kill you.
And now it's askew.
If that's What Happens In Vegas, I don't think I'll bother going.
Children have always been by some distance
the dimmest idiots in society.
The littler ones can't even walk or talk.
And yet we put them in films and expect them not to make childish errors like these.
Who are the real fools, them or us?
This is School Of Rock in which Jack Black plays Dewey Finn,
a loser who pretends to be a teacher.
You really do get swept along in Dewey's touching journey of self-discovery
and forget that it's just Jack Black acting.
That is, until a girl breaks the illusion by calling him Jack.
Love it. That's worth hearing again.
Ears at the ready.
If you want to know what the Scottish town of Falkirk
looked like 800 years ago,
either watch this film, Braveheart, or just go there now.
What, you found that funny, did you?
Robert the Bruce is looking over a rotting corpse and two kids have lost their father
and you're laughing?
No? Well, she is.
Look, she's laughing at the death of her own dad.
For God's sake, man. There are women and children down here.
The sinking of the Titanic, heart-in-mouth stuff.
As someone whose pedalo once capsized in a boating lake in Devon,
I can tell it must have been a truly terrifying ordeal.
But this cool customer doesn't think so.
While everyone else is panicking, he's looking right down the lens and not giving a tinker's cuss.
Mmm, that ruined the film for me. That and everything else about it.
All-time classic North By Northwest now, in which
director Alfred Hitchcock proves that he's a master of suspense.
He always kept audiences guessing,
you never knew what was going to happen next.
Except here, where the boy putting his fingers in his ears
suggests there's probably going to be a loud bang.
GUNSHOT RINGS OUT
Sure enough, how good is that?
Film directors employ people to work on continuity.
These highly-paid specialists are on set with Hollywood A-listers
to make sure there are no obvious flaws between scenes.
That's their job, to hang out with the most famous people on the planet and spot the odd mistake.
And yet they can't even get that right.
Yes, these imbeciles have left mistakes
smeared all over these movies like it's some kind of celluloid dirty protest. Urgh.
Don't remember me, do you?
Have a look at this scene from Gangs Of New York.
One word - bag.
Two words - watch it.
When the natives took you.
-Eight words - because it keeps changing position throughout the scene.
-That was you?
-I thought you was killed.
Mmm. Ah. Yeah.
They just locked me up, you know that?
And that's not the only glaring continuity error
that Leo makes. Bless him.
Keep an eye on this bit of paper.
Watch how he hands it over unfolded, and cut to this shot of it folded.
I love origami.
And for those that can't get enough of Leo,
the film-makers here have littered him all over this scene.
-He's here with his buddies.
But he's also here in front of the crowd.
I wonder where we'll see him next.
Oh, here he is 150 years later in The Departed.
Getting violently assaulted by Jack Nicholson.
But who needs injurylawyers4u,
because Jack also provides on-the-spot compensation.
And did you see the error?
The money's swapped from his left to right hand.
There, he's firm but fair enough.
And if I'm honest, I wish Jack Nicholson was my dad.
I'm going to get you.
Same film, same lack of continuity checking. It's appalling.
See how this line of angels walk behind the woman in the colourful dress,
but from this angle there's no sign of them.
Maybe they went up to heaven.
No, there they are.
Saving Private Ryan now, the story of a haunted helmet.
And also the small matter of the Second World War.
But let's focus on the helmets.
He knocks them off the shelf.
Can I bring my typewriter, sir?
But in a rare example of wartime poltergeist activity,
one of them's popped itself back up there again. Spooky.
Here's another continuity error, The Holiday,
and Cameron Diaz is going mental in someone else's house.
Ooh, don't spill that red wine on the carpet, it stains.
I think you should just put it down.
Well done. As you were.
# Open up my eager eyes... #
What do you love...?
Almost Famous now and watch how Stillwater lead guitarist
Russell Hammond chucks the clothes from his chair onto the floor.
But hang on, kiddo, they're back again. Nice tache, though.
Look at it, perched proudly on the top of Russell's lip.
Here, as the beautiful Penny Lane prepares to take a dump,
a shocked William Miller knocks his Post-its onto the floor.
But look - the Post-its are back again!
Get out of there, William, and shut the door behind you.
Sweat-stained comic book nerds won't want to hear it,
but there are even movie mistakes in the brilliant X-Men films.
That's X-Men, not any other film with X in the title because, believe me, adult interest videos
can sour a family's evening entertainment if you mistakenly leave one in the DVD player.
This is X-Men 3, and the character Magneto,
a cross between a magnet and a Cornetto.
Watch, as Magneto descends from the sky, it's daylight...
But he knows that if he can just lock this woman's car door,
that the world will be plunged into darkness.
Nice feature, isn't it? That model also comes with airbags and AVS brakes.
0% finance until spring 2011.
In this clip from X-Men 2,
Billy saves Wolverine from the evil Stryker by creating a wall of ice.
But watch how the ice on this wood panel suddenly disappears.
But we won't.
-And it's gone.
But is it a movie mistake, or has it defrosted?
I don't know. And to be honest, I don't care.
This is the start of X-Men, and a young Magneto and his father
are being herded into a concentration camp.
Not a chirpy start, but watch for the Star of David.
See how it goes from the left-hand side of his father's coat...
..to the right side!
But we should probably give the guy a break - he is in a concentration camp.
In this scene, cigar-chomping Wolverine has a window problem.
Watch closely, because the window next to him is shut.
But all of a sudden it's all the way down.
And now it's gone up a bit.
But however open or closed this window may be, Wolverine should
remember that even superheroes can get mouth cancer.
But then when you watch this clip,
the mouth cancer looks like it's the least of Wolverine's worries.
See what I mean?
But hang on, didn't he just fly through that windscreen?
It's miraculously repaired itself.
Maybe that's why she's looking so confused.
Sorry, just catching up on a bit of reading.
Notice anything odd there?
Of course you did - I can't read.
So what use would I have with a book?
But what you won't have spotted is that I took my glasses off twice,
which is the kind of blunder we'll be seeing a lot more of in this next section.
Yet, whereas I did it on purpose, stupider and worse actors than me frequently do it without realising.
And for that, my dear viewers, they have earned my eternal contempt.
Here's another scene from Gangs Of New York.
Here's one of the few errors more off-putting
than Cameron Diaz trying to pass herself off as a ginger.
..lying off the foot of Wall Street. They are ready to open fire...
Let's look at that once more.
See how she clambers up the side of this box?
On the following wide shot she's a good three yards away.
Fans of sand will already know that this is the film The Mummy.
And then there was light!
But don't let all that lovely, lovely sand distract you from this howler.
Oh, my God...
The guy in the braces here picks up the bag of tools.
And then, for reasons only known to himself, does it again.
What a tool!
This is The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor,
or Mummy 3 as it's better known.
Watch for the gaffe.
Did you spot it? Of course you did.
This unlucky bleeder falls into the gaping chasm, not once
but twice in the space of one second.
I probably don't even fall into a gaping chasm twice an hour.
-I wrote those e-mails.
-Now then, the devil may wear Prada,
but does Anne Hathaway's father wear spectacles?
Because he's not wearing any here.
But all of a sudden, he is!
Wait for it, because he's about to take them off twice.
Here, and here.
By the way, if you've never seen The Devil Wears Prada,
it's sort of halfway between a chick flick and an anti-Christ movie, essentially.
If... If you like Bond movies, you'll love the Jason Bourne films.
Because they're the same. No, I'm joking!
In fact, I've been legally instructed to point out that these
action-packed stories of maverick secret agents with the initials JB
are, in fact, entirely different.
Maybe Jason Bourne likes his Martinis stirred not shaken.
Anyway, like the Bond movies, the Bourne films have some silly errors in them.
This is The Bourne Identity, the first film in the series.
Note how a steel platform Bourne's hiding under has hardly any snow on it.
But 15 seconds later...
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine...
Are we really going to make them wait? Seriously?
Yes, 15 seconds later...
it's covered in the stuff!
That was worth the wait, wasn't it?
Now, can someone shut that door, you're letting a draught in. Cheers.
You need to pay me back...
In this scene a man actually dies,
and here I am about to take the mickey out of it. Oh, well!
So, where's the clanger?
See how the first two bullets clearly come through the bottom pane.
But on the external shot, those bullet holes are in the top pane.
It's the continuity man, or even lady, that deserves a bullet for this one.
'Jason Bourne is armed and extremely dangerous.'
The Bourne Supremacy now.
Listen to Landy's words here.
-I want you to secure that area.
-"I want YOU to secure that area."
Yet later in the film when Bourne plays back that recording...
The line has become...
-'I want that area secured.'
-"I want that area secured."
-'I want it done right now.'
I want you to secure that area. 'I want that area secured.'
How do you like them apples? They're nice, aren't they? Juicy and that.
Now The Bourne Ultimatum.
And I have a Bourne Ultimatum of my own.
Stop making silly errors in these films or I'll stop watching them.
I mean, just watch this clip.
Is Bourne's jacket done up, or undone?
It's done up.
Now it's undone.
What's it going to be next?
Come on, Bourne, what's it going to be? I reckon undone.
Yeah, it's definitely going to be undone.
I'm sure of it.
Oh, dammit, it's done up! What next?
I'm going with done up. Oh, undone!
He's just messing with me now.
OK, third time lucky.
I'm going to go for undone.
Oh, for crying out loud!
A scrap from the same film now.
Note that the sink is dislodged from the wall, now.
But after a second period of some of the quietest fighting I've ever seen...
the sink's back!
The irony of that, if you can call it irony, is that while this
sink was fixed in seconds, my toilet has now been blocked for eight days.
For poor Jason Bourne it's quite literally one thing after another.
A spot of hotwiring here, is followed by two head-on collisions.
Oh, ah! And a hit-and-run. Ooph!
But what's this? Somehow the front of his car is totally unmarked,
which you have to say is just...
Watch out, Jason, they've got guns!
Oh, poor lamb.
Many of you won't have been around in the 1970s, so let me give you the headlines.
It was the decade when fashion, music and politics stood still.
Pretty much every area of life went into a sort of coma.
My birth, in 1972, perked things up for the world quite a bit,
but generally it was the worst decade since decades were invented.
But there was one exception.
For movie mistakes, it was a bumper time.
This is The Godfather -
amazing cinematography, world class acting, sensational script,
Just watch how far away the punches are going from making contact.
They're still making a noise.
Maybe it's some elaborate form of street theatre. It's certainly drawn a crowd.
This is a terrific one from the very end of Stephen King's Carrie.
A lot of people who saw this
commented on what an eerie walk this girl does.
Well, to get this effect they're actually just playing the film in reverse.
So, when it was recorded, she was walking backwards.
What they forgot about was the traffic.
If you watch again, you'll see a red VW Beetle that looks like it's reversing up the road.
Then, there's another car that appears to be reversing right across the junction.
See it? That's a classic.
This is Jaws, and special credit has to go to the film's incredibly
talented shark trainer, Buddy McGhee.
Or Buddy "No Arms" McGhee, as he's now called for some reason.
Watch this poor guy. His right foot clearly has no shoe on.
Yet when the shark, let's call him Jaws, takes a bite out of him,
his right leg falls into the sea bed with a trainer on.
This is The Boys From Brazil,
and proof that even the dead don't like dust in their eye.
It stars Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, and in a moment you'll see young Steve Guttenberg
during his finest work outside of Police Academy 6.
Watch as the freshly-murdered Guttenberg slides down the wall.
And then his eyes slightly give him away.
Ah, he's not dead, he's only acting.
The little winker.
The Oscar-winning Rocky, a silver screen classic
written by Stallone, who cast himself
as the heavyweight champion of the world.
The film is to believability what Stallone is to clear enunciation.
I sometimes think he's not even trying to suspend our disbelief.
When the corner man goes to cut Rocky's eye, he's not even holding a knife,
it's just a squirty tube of blood, right there in front of us.
Movie stars adore their food.
There's nothing these Hollywood A-listers love more than wolfing down a posh three-course meal,
before excusing themselves and spattering it all over
the back of the restaurant's porcelain toilet bowl.
That desperation to keep themselves thin might explain why they go
to pieces whenever a scene asks them to interact with grub.
Just look at these baffling attempts.
This is Kazakhstan's answer to Phillip Schofield,
a dashing TV presenter called Borat.
The error here concerns the tray of food you're about to see.
The old guy brings it up the stairs, and the blue cups are quite clearly on his left. There we are.
I wonder what might happen?
Oh, look, now they're on his right.
Now his left again.
-How are you?
Getting settled in?
And now they're on his right.
Is nice! No, it's not, it's deceitful.
The Sweeney was a '70s cop show
in which civilians were routinely given a good slap.
Sweeney Todd is completely different.
But the boy here clearly needs a good wallop too, for this glaring continuity error.
One minute he's wolfed down half his pie. There.
The next, it's almost untouched.
What, is he spitting out mouthfuls of food and packing the mush back into the side of the pie?
Oh, he is? Oh, right. Well, in that case, do him no harm.
Who likes watching films? Yeah!
Who likes reading books?
Boo! As we all know, reading books is rubbish.
So, three cheers for Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
He saved us all the bother by putting every last bit of the books
into three butt-numbingly long films.
He really didn't leave anything out.
Needless to say, the movies, which back-to-back are almost 7 billion hours long,
do contain the odd mistake.
Here, big-eared idiots Merry and Pippin
set off an enormous firework indoors
in the first film, Fellowship Of The Ring.
But setting off a firework indoors wasn't the biggest gaffe in this scene.
Notice that the tent is full of bread rolls, candles, barrels and all manner of things. But watch.
When the firework launches, taking the tent with it, you can see all of the things inside the tent,
with the exception of Merry and Pippin, have disappeared. See?
Now that's magic!
This is from the next film, The Two Towers. And more hobbit horrors.
Look at the hobbit on Gandalf's lap.
He's a fully-grown adult who happens to be short.
I believe they're called midgets.
But keep your eyes peeled.
Look, suddenly he's not a midget, it is a child.
Your helmet doesn't fool me, short stuff.
Same in this one. The hobbits charge at the enemy.
It's always the little ones, isn't it? Watch them run.
They're children, clear as day.
Looks like they've spotted an ice-cream van.
Children are rubbish in battle, this could get messy.
The Mummy films, starring Brendan Fraser, are about the lost civilisation of ancient Egypt.
Although they existed around 3,000 years BC, the Egyptians
invented astronomy, were the fathers of modern medicine and were able to design and build the pyramids.
Fast-forward 5,000 years, and we can't even make a two-hour movie that isn't jam-packed with cock-ups.
Here's Brendan in the third instalment having a scrap
with people made out of pottery.
Weird. But not as weird as his magic gun.
Watch how it changes from a machine gun...to a pistol.
Here is dreamboat Brendan again in The Mummy Returns.
And bear in mind that he's 6'4".
Wait until he comes face to face with this child.
-That kid has to be six foot. I mean, he has to be.
What were you thinking? The Mummy had come back to life?
But when he stands up again, he's titchy.
And there's nothing he could have been standing on. What a boo-boo.
The Mummy returns again, and proof that film stars use stuntmen
and women for absolutely anything.
They're about to get slightly wet. Oh, dear!
And apparently that requires trained experts.
Even though they look nothing like Brendan or Rachel.
Here is a tip for anyone who wants to get rid of soap suds.
John Hannah will demonstrate.
Here he is, covered in suds. Thanks, John.
All you do is find a nearby window or pane of glass and hurl yourself through it, like so.
And bingo! No suds.
That really is simple.
Thanks again, John.
Another clanger from The Mummy Returns.
Here is the delectable Evie,
and it seems I'm not the only one who enjoys peeping at her.
There's someone else doing that in this scene.
Eagle-eyed viewers, that is, people with good eyesight or actual eagles,
might have spotted this. Did you see him?
Hoop-la! Hands off, pervert, she's mine!
This is a clip from the first film, The Mummy.
As well as almost breaking her neck here - easy girl! -
Evie drops the book on the floor.
But where has it gone? Probably rubbish, anyway.
Hollywood likes to think of itself as the dream factory,
a place where they can make anything possible,
a maverick home of rule breakers and fantasy makers
who create pieces of work that will transport you away from reality.
Tosh! Really, it's just a cover for their woeful misunderstanding of basic science!
They're not coming up with imaginative, fantastical stories because they dare to dream.
They're doing it, because they're so cack-handedly thick, they don't know any better.
Allow us to demonstrate. Allow us. Allow this. Allow it.
Tango and Cash, Dempsey and Makepeace,
Dalziel and Pascoe, Cagney and Lacey,
Turner and Hooch and Starsky and Hutch.
Yes, we love detective shows with two surnames in the title.
But you don't have to work in CID to have spotted the error in this movie.
See, when Starsky trips on the beach and his headphones fall off,
the batteries pop out onto the sand.
But when he puts them back on, the music's still playing.
Stiller, you're a disgrace.
When you first watch this clip from Harrison Ford in Presumed Innocent,
you think they've made a mistake.
That there's no tape in that tape recorder,
and it's not even switched on. Ah.
In fact, it's not a mistake.
His wife just loves the smell of Dictaphones.
Here's one from The Fugitive.
Tommy Lee Jones makes an absolute hash of pretending to drive.
Turns the steering wheel one way and the car goes the other.
This is Bruce Almighty, one of the worst sequels of all time.
Look at the name of the cafe
behind this tramp. It's clearly called Frankie's.
But when the tramp morphs into Morgan Freeman,
as they sometimes do, the shop is called...
Er, what? N-K-I-N-K-I-E's? What is that?
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Tim Burton loves a bit of fantasy.
Except what he calls fantasy, others call lies.
Watch here. They should get thrown backwards, not forwards.
Yeah, let's see that again.
Get your actors to dress up in funny clothes and make-up by all means,
Mr Burton, but please don't tinker with the basic laws of inertia.
A clip from feel-good movie, Coyote Ugly, in which
light as we know it is monkeyed around with.
Of course, you and I think of light as just ungovernable photons of electromagnetic radiation.
The makers of this film think they know better.
See what happens when this light's turned out.
Room gets slightly darker. But when this tiny candle is extinguished,
the room is plunged into darkness.
Let's see that again. Candle defeats light bulb
and movies defeat logic, again.
And finally, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe,
or TLTWATW as I like to call it.
Here's Mr Tumnus, famous for having hooves where his feet should be.
But look, those hooves are leaving great big man-shaped footprints in the snow.
Just look at 'em.
Tumnus' footprints are even more dodgy than him
inviting a defenceless young girl into his home for dinner.
Honestly, Mr Tumnus.
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Robert Webb exposes the cinematic blunders and gaffes that the film studios hoped they had got away with. From sweaty cameramen getting caught in shot to wobbling scenery, and from props that look like they have been made by the Blue Peter team to childlike spelling mistakes, this show has Hollywood bang to rights.