Episode 2 Great Movie Mistakes


Episode 2

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, you. And welcome to Great Movie Mistakes,

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the show that uncovers the blunders that the world's top directors hoped you would never see.

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Over the next 60 minutes, we're going to be bringing you

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the cinematic howlers from some of the best movies ever made,

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plus, a few from The Fast And The Furious(!)

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So, all you highly-paid directors, cover your eyes.

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And the rest of you, don't!

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On tonight's show, mistakes from...

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Hollywood movie star - 20 million.

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Special effects - 15 million.

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Marketing and promotion - 9 million.

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Finding out that you've spent your entire budget on all that

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and haven't got any money left over for props - priceless.

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But as this set of clips show, the Blue Peter school of prop-making is alive and well in Tinsel Town.

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Gangs of New York.

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Life wasn't the same in the 1860s. Cars hadn't been invented,

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people spoke differently and rocks were made of sponge.

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Don't believe me?

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Then watch as the rocks bounce off these cheery bobbies.

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Boing! Boing! Boing! Doesn't look too painful to me.

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Here's The Matrix Reloaded, and a scene that looks like

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Hull town centre at kicking-out time.

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But look at Neo's bendy pole.

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Neo, if you're going to single-handedly take on

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these bad guys, I'd recommend something with a bit less give.

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Here's an error from 2007 smash, I Am Legend.

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Its main error, other than the fact that

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they actually bothered to make it, is coming up right here.

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Call this a taxi? You might.

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I don't. The underside is quite clearly a flat, painted surface.

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The underside of taxis don't look like that,

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as anyone who has been wedged underneath one while waiting for an ambulance will know full well.

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Now comic book caper, Spider-Man,

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in which these two Lycra-clad men have a fight to decide who's the campest guy in town.

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Spidey shoves Goblin against a solid brick wall and, look, it wobbles.

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It's not the Goblin you should be punching, it's your set designer.

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Ghost Town now, and Ricky Gervais' first big Hollywood film.

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He plays Bertram Pincus,

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a man who has the annoying ability to see ghosts.

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But what annoys me is the puerile errors like this.

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The medicine bottle here says one tablet a day, but what's this?

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There's quite clearly liquid in the bottle. The fools!

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For those of you who've never shot a dog with a gun,

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take it from someone who knows.

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This prop of a dead dog from Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men isn't the most realistic.

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I've made better ones from an old pillowcase, crayons and gravel.

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In the film Spider-Man, Peter Parker gains his powers because he's bitten by a spider,

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which apparently is a realistic way of conferring abilities. A similar thing happened to me.

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I was also recently bitten by a spider, but all it gave me were the powers of a 37-year-old man.

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And not a very good one. As well as the onset of nasal hair and a faint midlife crisis,

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it's given me the powers to pick out continuity errors in films.

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Like so.

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In this scene, Peter Parker shoots a web and smashes his lamp up

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like some arachnid vandal.

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< Peter?

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-His busybody aunt comes to check. on him.

-What's going on in there?

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And embarrassed by the state of his teenage bedroom, he refuses to let her in.

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-You're acting so strangely, Peter.

-OK, thanks.

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But when she leaves, the lamp is back where it started.

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That mars an otherwise perfectly believable film.

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If you're deeply unpopular at school,

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like Peter Parker, something you should probably avoid doing

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is throwing food all over the school bully.

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Whoops!

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But that school dinner clearly splatters over Flash's left shoulder.

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-Yet when we see him again, it's on his right shoulder.

-Parker?

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Amazing.

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Harry! >

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We're about to see an extra that loves Peter Parker so much,

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it's disturbing. Look how much she's hanging around.

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She walks past there...

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Harry says you're a science whizz. I'm something of a scientist myself.

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I read all your research on nanotechnology.

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..and there...

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-Yes, I wrote a paper on it.

-Impressive.

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..and there...and there.

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Thank God she's gone. I was beginning to worry for Peter's safety.

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No, there she is! Deeply sinister extra.

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She belongs in a secure ward for stalking behaviour.

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Here's Peter Parker and MJ,

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the two thinnest-lipped individuals on the planet.

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Look at their mouths - like two pairs of fleshy razor blades.

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Thankfully, they don't attempt to kiss. It would be a bloodbath.

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But here's an error nearly as horrendous.

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The same car goes past with the same driver on two occasions. Once there.

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And, wait for it... Once more.

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Coincidence? Or are the skinny-lipped stars

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chatting in the middle of a tiny roundabout? You decide.

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Here's Peter Parker confronting Uncle Ben's killer in a warehouse.

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If by confronting you mean kicking seven bells out of.

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After he's thrown back, he drops the gun and grabs a knife.

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See, no gun. But when Peter kicks him up against the wall, he's holding it again.

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A mistake, or a visual metaphor for the hopelessness of ending gun crime?

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Food for thought, certainly.

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Here's Spidey and MJ swinging through New York

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like some sort of urban Tarzan and Jane.

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No wonder MJ loves him. But hang on...

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..that's clearly a lifeless mannequin.

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Look, OK, maybe mannequins dressed in Lycra are her thing. Kinky.

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We all know that newspapers never make mistakes.

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So how do we explain this?

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In the left column, there's a quote from police spokesman John Young,

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"We've heard of Good Samaritans,

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"but in 20 years, I've never seen anything like this."

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And then, on the right, he says it again.

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"We've heard of Good Samaritans,

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"but in 20 years, I've never seen anything like this."

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I don't know what to say about that, I really don't.

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Although I have a fair idea of what John Young would say.

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Here's a tip. Never play cards

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with James Jameson, the editor of the Daily Bugle.

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Check out his sleight of hand.

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Watch the third picture. Got it?

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Now see what happens when he puts it down.

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It's a different picture. Who's the real superhero in this film?

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As we enjoy Spidey having a tear up with these bad guys -

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ooh, take that!

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And that! - keep your eyes on the windows behind MJ,

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which get smashed as these baddies go through them.

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But a few seconds later, they've repaired themselves.

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Let's look again.

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Smashed here.

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Fixed here.

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It's a miracle.

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If you think they were bad, check out this next set of goof ups

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from the second and third Spider-man films.

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I was going to make some joke about there being more information

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about these clips on "the Web", but that would be rubbish!

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Here's Peter being rescued by an infant.

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But what's this under her jim-jams?

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Looks like kneepads to me - the only sure fire way to stop anyone

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kneecapping you as you sleep. Clever girl.

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# They say that falling in love is wonderful... #

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In this one from Spidey 3, I defy you not to be annoyed by the way Peter Parker sings along.

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That aside, notice how you can hear applause, but you can't see anyone clapping.

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-APPLAUSE

-That's my girlfriend.

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How does that work?

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Hollywood film makers are often high school drop outs. And it shows.

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The names of the Batman sequels - Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin -

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weren't chosen for sounding good, but because the director didn't know how to count to four.

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Similarly, Tarantino's title, Inglourious Basterds,

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was a genuine spelling mistake that Quentin now has to pretend was clever and intentional.

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These people are imbeciles, or imbreciles, as Tarantino would probably say.

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Just check out these schoolboy errors.

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How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. First scene and there's a mistake.

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Look how they've spelt lose.

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What makes this especially galling is that the same word appears in the title of the film. Divs.

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More problems with spelling now in Blades Of Glory.

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The guy doing the talking is the commissioner.

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Yet his name badge has commissioner spelt with only one S.

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Yet another movie brought to its knees by the power of words.

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They said I was a valued customer. Now they send me hate mail.

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The boffins behind Confessions Of A Shopaholic

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are so clever, they've given us a number we didn't know existed.

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How are you going to pay off 16,000,1262 dollars and 70 cents?

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Er... 16,000,1200?

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I like this clip so much, I've watched it 800,6000 times.

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There again, we Brits are no better.

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Look at the side of this bus - the word Cheltenham is missing an N.

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And when people miss out Ns, it makes me very, very angry.

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Thanks.

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This clip is of John Nash winning a Nobel prize

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in the film A Beautiful Mind.

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But look, they can't even spell Nobel properly.

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Oh, boy.

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Not good, ladies and gentlemen. Not good.

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And check this spelling mistake from the film Cadillac Records.

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At number four is Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.

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But they've missed out the L from the word "splendored".

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Proof, as if it were needed, that things weren't better in the old days.

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Although, teenage pregnancy rates were lower.

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As well as being highly entertaining,

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this programme aims to be educational.

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The Terminator now, and look as he scans this doorman.

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The Terminator must have been programmed by an imbecile,

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because look how he spells the word "briefs".

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I before E, big guy.

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Remember this simple rule and you won't go far wrong.

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All right, the singing is nothing.

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A way to keep my nerves down. It means nothing to me.

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But it's not I before E if they follow a C.

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Then it's the other way round.

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Look how "receiving" is spelt in this clip from High School Musical.

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I can't help thinking that if American school kids spent less time singing

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and more time on basic literacy, there might be a lot less gun crime.

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The Die Hard films give hope to men everywhere.

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The fourth instalment in the all-action franchise

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came out in 2007,

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when Bruce Willis was a geriatric 52 years of age.

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Just goes to show, age is just a number.

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Sadly, that age was a number Demi Moore didn't like,

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which is why she's now holed up with a guy 21 years his junior.

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And if that wasn't enough, here are some mistakes

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that might make her see Bruce's films in a new light, too.

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Sorry, Bruce.

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Oh, no.

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Here's John McClane sporting a nice white vest,

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and very nice he looks, too.

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But just a few moments later, as he exits the air vent, it's green.

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Every square millimetre of it.

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Even the bits that can't possibly have touched the sides.

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But as all fashionistas agree, green's the new white. Yeah(!)

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Another error here.

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Bruce jumps off the roof down on to a lower ledge.

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He's got no shoes on, so that must hurt.

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But maybe not. They've kindly given him false feet to soften the blow

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on his delicate little footy pegs.

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Big baby.

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You're about annoying to see reporter Thornburg

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on a sky phone to WZDC News,

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claiming to be putting his life and talent on the line

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for humanity and country. Except he's not, is he?

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The phone is upside down and you can see the antenna

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poking through his fingers. The fraud.

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Double your money in this clip.

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Oh, dear.

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First, McClane gets snared up in traffic,

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but now he's cruising along.

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Second, he spins the wheel to his left,

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but hello, sailor the car swings around to the right.

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You've been caught bang to rights, McClane.

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Some people are suckers for punishment.

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In the case of our next clips, these people were the film lovers

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who paid good money to watch 52 year-old Bruce Willis in yet another Die Hard film.

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Here's McClane in Live Free or Die Hard, ripping the airbag from a car,

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barely caring that it would invalidate the insurance.

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Throws it on the road.

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Moments later, and no sign of the airbag.

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Maybe it's been stolen by mice and turned into a marquee.

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John McClane is an all-American guy

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who likes nothing better than fighting women.

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But he meets his match with assassin Mai Linh.

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Like many women, she likes to change her appearance.

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First her hair is all messy and she's bleeding as she roundhouses him through the window.

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Nice move.

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But now the blood has gone and it's a nice, neat ponytail.

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I prefer that look.

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Now the hair is messy again and the blood's back.

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Oh, make up your mind, you beautiful assassin.

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Suspension of disbelief...

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..is essential in the world of storytelling.

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Without it, the whole facade comes crashing down.

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However, the mistakes you're about to see trounce our disbelief as soundly as Tinky Winky from

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the Teletubbies taking the head of his suit off and announcing, "I'm just an actor in a felt suit.

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"We all are, and we hate children."

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Watch these.

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Charlie's Angels.

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This scene features a hair-sniffing pervert

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and delicious Angels, Natalie, Dylan and Alex.

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But as they make mincemeat out of the weirdo,

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Drew Barrymore can clearly be heard shouting "Lucy",

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the name of her co-star, Lucy Liu.

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Lucy!

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-Lugholes at the ready.

-Lucy!

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How many times did I have to watch the film to get that?

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Less than 20. Get in!

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It may have been one of the biggest budget films ever when it was made,

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but they didn't have much of a budget for replacement cameras.

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That must be why a crew member put his hands out to stop this fella falling into the lens.

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Let's have another look. Here comes the fall.

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And then a pair of hands come out to break the fall.

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The camera was unharmed. The actor broke his neck.

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A right royal balls-up now, because in this clip from The Queen,

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we can see a man's reflection in the window.

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Either it's a member of the production team

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or she's been followed and is in mortal danger.

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But don't worry, because if anyone tried anything,

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her corgis would rip their face off and eat it for their tea.

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300, and bear in mind that this film is set around 480 BC.

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Now, I want to assure you that it wasn't me who spotted this one.

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If you look hard enough, you can see that this woman has a bra on.

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What a boob - I mean, mistake.

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Bruce Almighty now. Supposedly, Bruce and his dog are all alone,

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but after a quick Hitler impression, the dog pees on the floor.

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But look, you can clearly see the dog handler's hand.

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If I was him I'd be keeping my hand well out of the way.

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The Other Boleyn Girl now. Henry is about to make sweet love to Mary

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for the first time,

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but as things get steamy and he whips off his shirt...

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Hang about! What's that wire dangling by his armpit?

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It's a microphone wire, and I spotted it.

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That should mean that I get to make love to her, not him. Surely?

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Pineapple Express now, and as all hell breaks loose in this diner,

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coffee gets splashed onto the camera.

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See, it's smeared the lens. This may be good for movie mistake fans, but not for the cameraman.

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He suffered third degree burns to the face.

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Thankfully, he wasn't good-looking to start with.

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The Fast And The Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious,

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The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift,

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and now, Fast And Furious.

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Yes, the Fast And Furious franchise is a triumph of imaginative titling and envelope-pushing creativity.

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No, it's not!

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The first features young people driving cars fast.

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The second features young people driving cars fast,

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while the third features young people driving cars fast.

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In Tokyo.

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The final film features young people driving cars.

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Fast. Good to see the movie-makers wasting their creative juices

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on the important things, instead of correcting these simple errors.

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You'll FAST become FURIOUS when you see them...

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-HE CHUCKLES

-I shouldn't wonder.

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I never learned to drive, but my mates tell me

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that some cars are so cool

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they make your black T-shirt turn into a black vest.

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Just watch this.

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Dreamboat Vin Diesel driving fast and furious in a white T-shirt.

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I would. But now it's turned into a brown shirt. Gone off him now.

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And check out this blunder.

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As Brian hangs off the side of the lorry,

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you can see that he's wearing a safety cable. What a chicken.

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But the other guy is also a big girl's blouse, cos he's also wearing a wire.

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Guys, you've gone right down in my estimations.

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Crashing your car isn't the most pleasant experience,

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but it helps if you're Vin Diesel, because when he crashes and flies through the air,

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his head becomes miraculously encased in a safety helmet.

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Watch again.

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Yes, his bald bonce has turned into a helmet. Nifty trick, Mr Diesel.

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In this clip from The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift,

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the gap between the cars starts small.

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Then after we're distracted by these loons and lots of pretty young girls in short skirts -

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uh, yeah, aye, aye,

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and legs, lot of them, where was I?

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Oh, yeah, the gap's now huge, isn't it?

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Remember your Highway Code, boys.

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Spot any problems with this clip from 2 Fast 2 Furious?

0:22:050:22:08

It's the notepad.

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It's already full.

0:22:120:22:14

If we go closer, you see the cop's pen isn't even touching the paper.

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By the way, a special thanks to our zoom team for that close-up.

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You're a credit to your families.

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Sex And The City was that funny old time in the TV schedules, when men everywhere would mysteriously find

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themselves stood in the kitchen, gazing listlessly into the fridge.

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But for their better halves it was a chance to dip into the lives of four women who were spunky, kooky, sassy

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and other words that don't really mean anything.

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The characters think nothing of spending thousands on clothes and shoes

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to look their glamorous bests.

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Shame the makers of the film didn't bother to do the same.

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Watch these errors. Tssk.

0:22:530:22:56

You have to eat a little breakfast.

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Sex And The City, the movie.

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I've loved SJP's long, long face ever since her movie debut

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in the Godfather, when she played that horse's head left in the bed.

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In this scene we've got teapot problems.

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It's Art Deco,

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then the next second it's normal.

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Then we go back to Art Deco, and you've guessed it,

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there's just time for it to go back to normal.

0:23:230:23:25

The irony is that Carrie doesn't even like tea.

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Her preference would be for Tizer.

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SHE SCREAMS

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Similar balls up here with the napkin in Charlotte's hand.

0:23:390:23:42

It's not there.

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Then it is.

0:23:430:23:46

..She just got engaged. And she has been going out with the man...

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Then it's not.

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APPLAUSE

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And it's back again. Stop applauding her error, you dimwits.

0:23:530:23:57

In this dressing-up scene,

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Carrie's kind but ageing friends are out on the lash.

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But when she emerges in her iconic ballet outfit, watch the door behind her.

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Is it open or is it closed?

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Because it can't be both, as that would be then clopen, and that's not even a word.

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The 1980s was the decade of big, big hair,

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and it wasn't just the actors of the '80s who had big barnets,

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it was every human living in that entire decade.

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Directors, crew, writers, even the key grip.

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At the time we thought big hair was just fashionable.

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Little did we realise that the heat building up in that huge nest of matted hair was baking our brains,

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causing us to litter our films with thick errors like these.

0:24:460:24:51

Val Kilmer and tiny Tom Cruise in Top Gun.

0:24:540:24:58

Not a lot of people know this, but when Cruise gets really happy,

0:24:580:25:01

sunglasses appear on his face. Like so.

0:25:010:25:04

You can be my wing man any time, Maverick.

0:25:080:25:11

The word "commando" means going without your underpants on.

0:25:120:25:16

It's also the name of a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Here, as he keys in the secret code for the door, we can see that it's already slightly ajar.

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I'm afraid we've got you bang to rights on that one, Governor Schwarzenegger.

0:25:250:25:30

The first time I saw this I kept thinking

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that the yellow Porsche was getting damaged.

0:25:350:25:38

There was just something inside me that was sure of it.

0:25:390:25:42

What did you with Sully?

0:25:440:25:46

I let him go.

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But as you can see, I was wrong.

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In the '80s, it wasn't just the action movie stars littering the films with their mistakes

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like some baby with hiccups made of wrong.

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As these next clips show, everyone was at it.

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Ghost now, and keep your eyes on those filthy clay-covered hands.

0:26:110:26:15

As this scene goes from pot-making to love-making, watch.

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They're suddenly...

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..completely clean.

0:26:250:26:27

As I learned in sex education, cleanliness is next to godliness.

0:26:270:26:32

Teen Wolf now, and hands up

0:26:360:26:38

who wants to see an extra caught with their bits out?

0:26:380:26:42

Aw. I love the panic as she covers herself up.

0:26:420:26:46

Don't worry, love, we've all been there.

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This is Back To The Future, and watch the politician's car.

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Two speakers and a sign facing forwards.

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There's Marty McFly.

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And now one speaker and a sign that's facing sideways.

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He's just lost my vote.

0:27:110:27:13

Smoking isn't big or clever, and neither are movie mistakes.

0:27:170:27:21

Stand By Me, and here's a young River Phoenix

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with a fag packet in his sleeve.

0:27:230:27:24

Still there.

0:27:250:27:28

Still there.

0:27:280:27:29

And wham, they've gone!

0:27:290:27:30

Piss up a rope!

0:27:300:27:32

THEY LAUGH

0:27:320:27:34

Gordie's out. Gordie just bit the bag and stepped out the door!

0:27:340:27:38

And now they're back again.

0:27:400:27:42

As a punishment I suggest the boy's locked in a cupboard until he's smoked the whole packet.

0:27:420:27:47

It's not real anyway, it's just a film. How do I know?

0:27:510:27:55

Well, because you can see

0:27:550:27:57

Vern's radio mic fall down his trouser leg.

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Thanks for that, Vern.

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Thanks for killing the magic.

0:28:040:28:07

Brokeback Mountain was a controversial film about a couple of gay lovers in the American outback,

0:28:090:28:14

where homosexuality is frowned upon and, according to its inhabitants,

0:28:140:28:18

has never taken place between any men.

0:28:180:28:21

To those who think such love is morally wrong, ask yourself this -

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is it as morally wrong as minor continuity errors hidden in the background of a Hollywood film?

0:28:240:28:29

Well, is it?

0:28:290:28:31

No, clearly, neither is morally wrong.

0:28:310:28:34

Can we all just calm down?

0:28:340:28:35

It's just a joke!

0:28:350:28:37

God!

0:28:370:28:38

In this clip, watch how Jake Gyllenhaal

0:28:430:28:45

puts a bit of wood on the block.

0:28:450:28:47

So at that point we know Jake has wood.

0:28:480:28:51

But a few seconds later, as he glances over to his cowboy lover,

0:28:520:28:58

and look,

0:28:580:28:59

Jake no longer has wood.

0:28:590:29:02

Ah.

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Missed.

0:29:030:29:05

Look at the young boy in the back of shot wearing a stripy T-shirt.

0:29:070:29:11

He just loves to run and run, so much so that he's back again.

0:29:110:29:16

Could we get this kid sedated, please?

0:29:160:29:18

They say never work with children.

0:29:250:29:27

I say, never work with jars.

0:29:270:29:30

I'll clean this up just as soon as I call my sister to come get the girls.

0:29:320:29:35

Unless they have the power to A) self heal and B) self stack.

0:29:350:29:40

Like these ones.

0:29:400:29:42

Whoa.

0:29:420:29:45

In my day, I was told that children should be seen and not heard.

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See you Sunday.

0:29:530:29:55

But judging from this microphone wire,

0:29:590:30:01

it seems modern children shouldn't just be heard,

0:30:010:30:03

they should be amplified with a state of the art digimic, too.

0:30:030:30:06

With their bright colours, cute characters and Happy Meal style merchandise,

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animated movies are aimed squarely at children.

0:30:150:30:18

You might not care, but I want what's best for our children,

0:30:180:30:22

so I don't want to see Hollywood producers filling their witless little heads

0:30:220:30:26

with nonsensical errors, sloppy mistakes and unforgivably bad habits.

0:30:260:30:29

So if you're like me, you'll be disgusted when you see

0:30:290:30:32

this list of mistakes polluting the minds of our nation's future.

0:30:320:30:35

They're just children, for crying out loud.

0:30:350:30:38

This is Shrek 2. Ignore Ann Widdecombe in the foreground

0:30:410:30:44

and look at the hallway behind her.

0:30:440:30:46

Completely empty.

0:30:460:30:48

Yet just moments later, she leaves the room, reaches down

0:30:480:30:52

and picks her suitcase up in the hallway.

0:30:520:30:54

That wasn't there before. Unbelievable.

0:30:560:30:58

What is this, some kind of fairy story?

0:30:580:31:01

With fewer than 2,000 pandas surviving in the wild today,

0:31:080:31:11

I can only imagine what convinced DreamWorks to strap one with explosives.

0:31:110:31:15

But keep your eye on the soot and smoke on his fur.

0:31:160:31:19

It's gone.

0:31:230:31:25

So while it's sad that he's endangered,

0:31:250:31:28

it's great that he's clean.

0:31:280:31:29

More from the world of animation now.

0:31:320:31:35

In fact, we found so many blunders in animated movies that if we'd used them all

0:31:350:31:39

you literally wouldn't believe how much longer this would have been.

0:31:390:31:43

It would have been three minutes longer.

0:31:440:31:46

In this scene from Ratatouille, keep your eye on the wooden spoon.

0:31:500:31:53

Here it's sat quite happily in the thick, creamy soup.

0:31:530:31:56

But only seconds later, after this aggressive little man enters the scene,

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it's gone.

0:32:070:32:10

I was going to write a book about movie mistakes featuring cooking utensils, but in the end I didn't.

0:32:100:32:16

The soup!

0:32:180:32:19

Here's Ratatouille again.

0:32:190:32:20

Look, Chef Skinner is pelting through the doors...

0:32:200:32:23

Nothing on either side of him, not a single thing.

0:32:260:32:29

Now he re-enters the kitchen, and what's this?

0:32:320:32:36

A little step ladder has appeared out of nowhere.

0:32:360:32:39

I smell a rat.

0:32:390:32:40

Finding Nemo now and a fight between a dentist and a bird

0:32:440:32:47

with a fish in its mouth, as often happens in Australia.

0:32:470:32:50

But keep your eyes on this crocodile poster.

0:32:500:32:54

Nemo's not dead, by the way, so don't worry about that.

0:32:570:33:01

Oh, it's shifted a couple of feet away from the window.

0:33:060:33:09

And would you believe it?

0:33:120:33:14

It's back again. There's something fishy going on here.

0:33:140:33:17

It's not easy being a movie extra.

0:33:200:33:23

You get paid, you get fed, you get to meet world famous...

0:33:230:33:26

Oh, hang on. It is easy. It's incredibly easy.

0:33:260:33:29

Yet our supporting artist friends,

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who might as well wear a badge saying, "I wanted to be an actor, but got told that wouldn't happen,"

0:33:310:33:36

still seem experts in ruining things for everyone else.

0:33:360:33:39

Watch these pillocks!

0:33:390:33:40

This one is superb.

0:33:440:33:46

It's from the gangster movie Once Upon a Time in America.

0:33:460:33:49

As a gunman wreaks havoc, watch how rubbish this woman's fall is.

0:33:490:33:52

Here we go, on the pavement, on the left.

0:33:520:33:55

HORN BEEPS

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Actually, let's watch that again.

0:33:580:34:00

For most people it's the bullets that caused them to hit the deck,

0:34:030:34:06

but our old lady couldn't care less about a bit of lead.

0:34:060:34:09

No, what she fears more than anything else is...the car horn.

0:34:090:34:12

HORN BEEPS

0:34:120:34:13

You mean besides nothing?

0:34:190:34:21

Role Models now, and as these two leave the lift,

0:34:210:34:23

watch the extra in the background.

0:34:230:34:25

He calls the lift, but did you spot the gaffe?

0:34:250:34:28

Yep, there's no button. He's just pretending.

0:34:300:34:34

The extra was later destroyed.

0:34:340:34:36

This is a belter from Jaws.

0:34:380:34:40

Everyone's terrified, there's a shark in the water, people's lives are at risk.

0:34:450:34:49

Except...

0:34:500:34:51

Look at this guy. He's having a lovely time.

0:34:540:34:56

There's nothing he likes more than seeing a holidaymaker killed by a shark

0:34:560:35:00

and then wading into lovely, bloody waters.

0:35:000:35:03

For someone so suave and sophisticated,

0:35:050:35:07

the James Bond series is jam-packed with errors.

0:35:070:35:10

With plots as full of holes

0:35:100:35:11

as the KGB agents Bond merrily wastes with machine guns,

0:35:110:35:14

there are plenty of errors for movie-mistake aficionados to enjoy.

0:35:140:35:18

I spotted one of my own.

0:35:180:35:19

If you watch all of the Bond films back-to-back,

0:35:190:35:22

keep your eyes on Bond himself.

0:35:220:35:23

You can see his face changes slightly every five films or so.

0:35:230:35:27

And so does his hair colour and his accent. Watch out for it.

0:35:270:35:30

You can have that one. Yeah.

0:35:300:35:32

Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig,

0:35:350:35:37

a man who doesn't discriminate against our ginger community.

0:35:370:35:41

How do I know?

0:35:410:35:42

Because he's hired one as his stunt double.

0:35:420:35:45

Unless he hopes he gets seriously injured.

0:35:450:35:47

OK, now I'm worried.

0:35:470:35:50

As James Bond totals yet another high-spec sports car,

0:35:530:35:56

keep your eyes on the windscreen.

0:35:560:35:58

It's definitely on the car.

0:36:030:36:06

Yet, when it finally comes to rest, it's suddenly gone.

0:36:080:36:11

James isn't looking too clever either.

0:36:110:36:13

I'd love to stay and help, but...

0:36:130:36:14

When you're an actor and you've got to do a dangerous stunt

0:36:180:36:21

like falling a few inches onto gravel,

0:36:210:36:23

how do you ensure you don't hurt your knees?

0:36:230:36:26

Who is this?

0:36:260:36:27

The answer, my friends, is BMX knee pads.

0:36:310:36:34

You can clearly see them under Mr White's trousers.

0:36:340:36:39

Mr White may have just been kneecapped, but at least he didn't graze them when he hit the floor.

0:36:400:36:45

Now we're going to spool back in time to see some old Bonds.

0:36:470:36:51

For many people, Connery takes the honours as the best 007,

0:36:510:36:54

and while that debate rumbles on, one thing is for certain.

0:36:540:36:57

He is a master at getting himself involved in some right ROYALE cock-ups.

0:36:570:37:02

Dr No now.

0:37:050:37:07

This is Bond, James Bond.

0:37:070:37:10

And here's a mistake, a movie mistake.

0:37:100:37:13

Check out this nifty bit of fisticuffs.

0:37:130:37:16

Pulls back with the right hand and then pops him with the left.

0:37:160:37:19

Here comes the right.

0:37:200:37:22

Bam! Eat my left fist!

0:37:220:37:25

Then along the Windward road until you get to the cement factory.

0:37:270:37:32

Here's the nympho spy getting directions to Miss Tarot's house

0:37:320:37:35

for what I believe they call "a booty call".

0:37:350:37:38

Listen, she gives the address as 239 Magenta Drive.

0:37:380:37:41

Magenta Drive, 239.

0:37:420:37:45

I'll be waiting for you.

0:37:470:37:49

May I use your phone?

0:37:490:37:50

But later on, after concluding his copulation,

0:37:500:37:52

he calls for a taxi and gives the address as 2171 Magenta Drive.

0:37:520:37:57

James Bond here. Can I have a car sent to 2171 Magenta Drive.

0:37:580:38:03

Good, she nods to confirm it.

0:38:030:38:05

Maybe her house is actually a caravan

0:38:050:38:07

and she has just been towed a couple of thousand houses down the road.

0:38:070:38:10

Thunderball now and James is fighting some baddie or other

0:38:130:38:16

and gets his diving mask ripped off. Ow! Wet eyes!

0:38:160:38:20

So he nicks the mask off this guy.

0:38:200:38:23

Clearly it's black.

0:38:230:38:26

But James pops it on, and oh, look, it's blue again. Brilliant.

0:38:260:38:30

It's a typical Friday night.

0:38:360:38:39

Bond has been having a fight with two women

0:38:390:38:41

and has ended up in a swimming pool.

0:38:410:38:43

He's soaking.

0:38:430:38:44

It must be a hot day, because seconds later he's completely dried off.

0:38:470:38:50

So, explain how this shirt is soaking wet again. What is it?

0:38:520:38:56

My guess is sweat. Dirty beggar.

0:38:560:38:58

Watch how very late Bond is for his cue here in Diamonds Are Forever.

0:39:020:39:06

The guy starts up his quad bike and is ready to pull away,

0:39:060:39:09

but Bond is miles away.

0:39:090:39:10

So the guy just helpfully sits there and waits to be kicked off.

0:39:100:39:13

If Bond spent more time learning his cues and less time making love to beautiful women

0:39:150:39:19

maybe this kind of thing wouldn't happen.

0:39:190:39:21

I hope my big end will stand up to this.

0:39:250:39:27

A huge error, this. See if you can spot it.

0:39:270:39:29

That's right, it was the casting of George Lazenby as Bond.

0:39:320:39:36

There's a smaller one here too.

0:39:400:39:43

Wait for Tracy to speak without moving her mouth.

0:39:430:39:46

James, how do we get out?

0:39:460:39:48

Ooh, that's clever.

0:39:480:39:50

There goes Bond showing off his one-footed skiing skills.

0:39:540:39:57

And there's the safety rope.

0:40:000:40:02

Lucky he was skiing at night, or it would have been more obvious.

0:40:020:40:06

One of the best things about Bond films is the gadgets.

0:40:080:40:12

Here's 007 showing off Q's latest invention -

0:40:120:40:14

tyres that screech on any surface, including sand.

0:40:140:40:18

Have a listen.

0:40:190:40:21

TYRES SCREECH

0:40:210:40:22

And once more.

0:40:240:40:25

TYRES SCREECH

0:40:270:40:29

I don't think so, Mr Bond.

0:40:290:40:31

Roger Moore, now we're talking.

0:40:340:40:35

Here's the best Bond there has ever been or ever will be

0:40:350:40:40

having a scrap in The Man With The Golden Gun.

0:40:400:40:42

They're making a right old mess and look what happens when they knock the mirror.

0:40:420:40:46

Hello, camera crew!

0:40:510:40:52

Hi!

0:40:520:40:54

-Life's not fair, is it?

-A water pistol?

0:41:000:41:03

Pass me that robe.

0:41:030:41:05

When James Bond walks in to a single woman's apartment and spies on her as she showers on her own,

0:41:050:41:10

nobody bats an eyelid.

0:41:100:41:12

Yet when I do it...

0:41:120:41:14

Actually, she's not alone, is she?

0:41:160:41:19

There's a man with a camera there.

0:41:190:41:20

So that's fine.

0:41:200:41:21

Actually, that's worse, isn't it?

0:41:210:41:23

Next, we have more continuity errors

0:41:250:41:28

and when we talk about movie mistakes,

0:41:280:41:30

these ones really are as basic as it gets -

0:41:300:41:33

the blunders you're taught about on day one of a film-making course,

0:41:330:41:36

along with "Make sure there's film in the camera"

0:41:360:41:39

and "Never make eye-contact with Christian Bale."

0:41:390:41:41

Actually, they are the sort of errors I first spotted

0:41:410:41:44

when I first started out on my movie-mistake-spotting career.

0:41:440:41:48

I remember back then as a kid they used to make me squeal with happiness,

0:41:480:41:51

whereas now they simply fill me with a rage so powerful and all-consuming

0:41:510:41:55

that I sometimes feel I could kill a guy.

0:41:550:41:58

Minority Report

0:42:010:42:02

and I've got something to report about door furniture in this scene.

0:42:020:42:06

Here the door handle is on the left, clear as day.

0:42:060:42:09

But after a hard stare from Tom...

0:42:090:42:11

Bam! It moved to the right.

0:42:110:42:14

Urgh, doors.

0:42:140:42:16

Remember, viable embryos.

0:42:210:42:24

We'll never know when dinosaurs became extinct,

0:42:240:42:27

but we can pinpoint the exact moment this brown bag ceases to exist.

0:42:270:42:30

It just disappears.

0:42:300:42:32

Here's Nedry, greedily clutching it like it's a packet of biscuits.

0:42:340:42:38

But, hang on, in the blink of an eye, it's gone.

0:42:380:42:42

Maybe that's what happened to the dinosaurs -

0:42:430:42:46

they were just manhandled by a fat bloke and vanished. Who knows?

0:42:460:42:49

Ramses is the one. He puts the people all on fire!

0:42:510:42:55

Wrestling-based chuckleshow Nacho Libre next.

0:42:550:42:58

Watch Stephen being pulled into the hole by the fat lady,

0:42:580:43:02

see how she knocks down the plant pot,

0:43:020:43:04

but wait, there it is standing up again.

0:43:040:43:08

Stephen!

0:43:080:43:10

And, lo and behold, there it is fallen over again.

0:43:100:43:13

This is for marring an otherwise perfect take.

0:43:130:43:16

If you're down with the kids, like me,

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you'll know Zac Efron's the shizzle,

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and here he is in 17 Again.

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See that lectern?

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OK, settle down, everybody, take your seats. Thank you.

0:43:320:43:36

Well, only moments later,

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it's gone as Zac tries to forcefully make love to this guy.

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At least get his consent, Zac.

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Last Chance Harvey now,

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and Emma Thompson's book is about to turn into a scarf.

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-Are you OK?

-Yes, I'm fine.

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Then, back into a book.

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A sure sign that these two people will soon make love.

0:43:570:44:00

Bad Boys II now, and as this jeep careers through a shanty town,

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see how the wing mirrors get smashed.

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But now they're miraculously fixed.

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If only the same could be said for the homes of these poor shanty dwellers.

0:44:190:44:23

Point Break now,

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one of the finest movies ever made about criminals who can surf.

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First, pervert Keanu cops an eyeful of Tyler as she gets undressed.

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Later, we can see on police records

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that Tyler has blue eyes and black hair.

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Personally, I was too busy trying to see what was under her towel.

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That is your surfing contact?

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Female, blue eyes, black hair, five foot six, 119 lbs.

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Not bad, Utah.

0:44:590:45:00

Tyler Ann Endicott, born 11/27/64.

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But when we next see the screen

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her eyes are on record as being green, and she's a blonde.

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So, that's clear then.

0:45:100:45:11

Keanu's informant has both green and blue eyes and black and blonde hair.

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The Harry Potter books have brought joy to children

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and very easily impressed adults everywhere.

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Now the subject of major motion pictures,

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they are riddled with errors.

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Interesting to note that Harry

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can cast spells to lock and unlock doors,

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summon fire and render himself invisible,

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but he can't make Hermione want to get off with him.

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Not so clever now, are you, Potter?

0:45:380:45:42

Fashions, eh? These days they seem to change in the blink of an eye.

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Just ask Ron, who goes from centre parting...

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..to side parting in just under a hundredth of a second.

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Wicked!

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An absolute beauty now from Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.

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When Snape pulls Malfoy back onto his feet,

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who's this in the far left of screen?

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It's either a film cameraman

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or some random guy walking around a school filming kids.

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The Goblet Of Fire now, and check out this sprinting slaphead.

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He runs past Ron twice.

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This is the first time.

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And, dear, oh, dear, there he goes again.

0:46:370:46:39

The harsh truth is, that if Ron wasn't ginger,

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we probably wouldn't have noticed. Think on.

0:46:420:46:45

In this clip from The Order Of The Phoenix,

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Harry has a nightmare so scary it makes his T-shirt change colour.

0:46:510:46:54

It goes from light blue with stripes...

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..to dark blue with buttons.

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It's also likely that he has weed the bed.

0:47:080:47:11

The premise of The Matrix is so simple that it's hard to see how they ever make a movie mistake.

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Keanu Reeves is contacted by Morpheus, a terrorist wanted by the government,

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who explains that the real world is a ravaged wasteland,

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where most of humanity have been captured by machines

0:47:260:47:29

which live off their body heat and imprison their minds

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with an artificial reality known as The Matrix.

0:47:310:47:34

Keanu must defeat the super-powerful computer programmes. It pretty much writes itself.

0:47:350:47:39

Yet they've littered it with mistakes. Weird!

0:47:390:47:42

Mind-blowing,

0:47:490:47:51

spectacular...beyond belief.

0:47:510:47:53

No, I'm not talking about the special effects.

0:47:540:47:57

I'm talking about Neo's gaffe.

0:47:570:47:58

So...he drops both guns by his feet.

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But now we get a 360 degree view of him and they've gone.

0:48:070:48:10

Now they're back.

0:48:180:48:19

Ah, too late.

0:48:220:48:24

Same film now and Larry Fishburne's shades go from black...

0:48:280:48:32

Right now we're inside a computer programme?

0:48:340:48:36

Is it really so hard to believe?

0:48:360:48:38

..to mirrored. I like his living room though. Minimalist.

0:48:380:48:43

-How much further?

-Here, just here.

0:48:450:48:47

Reflection problems again now in Matrix Reloaded.

0:48:470:48:50

I'm sorry, this is a dead end.

0:48:500:48:52

There should be three people reflected in Agent Smith's glasses -

0:48:520:48:56

Morpheus, Neo and whoever that other guy is.

0:48:560:48:58

There isn't. Or his glasses are designed to look at the reflection of an empty corridor.

0:48:580:49:03

Now for some errors that are only for the truly eagle-eyed.

0:49:050:49:08

Sure, some people might say it's nerdy or geeky or sad of the team even to have spotted them.

0:49:080:49:13

Is it sad? Is it sad to strive for perfection in movie-making?

0:49:130:49:17

Is it sad to want to enjoy that one true error-free film?

0:49:170:49:20

Is it sad to rewind and replay every scene of every film you ever watch in the hope of spotting any error

0:49:200:49:26

and then writing it down in your special book just to crow about it on BBC Three?

0:49:260:49:30

Oh, it is?

0:49:310:49:32

Right.

0:49:320:49:34

BELL CHIMES

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Now then. Big Ben would only chime like this on the hour,

0:49:400:49:43

but as all you sighted viewers will appreciate in this clip from sci-fi flick Jumper,

0:49:430:49:49

the clock reads half past,

0:49:490:49:50

which is as far from on the hour as you can get.

0:49:500:49:53

I know all that because I learnt it at school!

0:49:530:49:56

Sorry about him. He doesn't understand what it's like.

0:50:010:50:04

A pre-pubescent Harry Potter here making idle chat with a snake.

0:50:040:50:08

Like you do!

0:50:080:50:10

But, hold on. What was that?

0:50:100:50:13

The snake just winked at him.

0:50:150:50:16

And that, my friends, is impossible because snakes don't have eyelids.

0:50:160:50:22

Forrest Gump.

0:50:240:50:26

Listen to the day he says she died.

0:50:260:50:28

'You died on a Saturday morning.'

0:50:280:50:31

Saturday.

0:50:310:50:33

Now look at the gravestone.

0:50:330:50:35

It says March 22nd, 1982...

0:50:350:50:37

which as any diary fans will know was a Monday!

0:50:370:50:41

Jenny's dying is very sad, Forrest,

0:50:410:50:43

but lying about it won't bring her back, and believe me, I've tried.

0:50:430:50:48

Another one for all you diary fans. Blades Of Glory.

0:50:510:50:55

Listen to this date.

0:50:550:50:56

'Until March 14th, 1987...'

0:50:560:50:58

OK. The newspaper says that March 14th, 1987 was a Sunday.

0:50:580:51:03

Yet, as we all know, it was a Saturday.

0:51:030:51:08

I faxed the director about this.

0:51:080:51:09

Worryingly, some two years later, he's yet to respond.

0:51:090:51:13

The Shawshank Redemption now.

0:51:170:51:19

One of the all-time great movies about redemption

0:51:190:51:22

and about Shawshanks, probably.

0:51:220:51:23

But if this is the hole that Andy Dufresne escaped through, how can he have reattached the poster?

0:51:280:51:33

If he was inside the tunnel, it would be impossible to stick the poster to the wall.

0:51:330:51:38

Unless he broke back in, stuck it back up again and jumped over the wall to escape a second time.

0:51:410:51:46

Yes, yes, that's probably what he did. Yeah.

0:51:460:51:49

Any historians watching, prepare to get ruddy angry.

0:51:520:51:56

This is The Mummy, set in Ancient Egypt.

0:51:560:51:58

There's the pyramids. Now, the most famous pyramids are in Giza.

0:51:580:52:02

The Sphinx, which is definitely in Giza. So, we're in Giza. No doubt about it.

0:52:030:52:08

But a few moments later, when the voiceover kicks in...

0:52:120:52:14

Thebes, City of the Living...

0:52:140:52:18

Thebes! No, mate!

0:52:180:52:20

Historians of the world, attack!

0:52:200:52:22

Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.

0:52:260:52:28

Set in 1957, this movie somehow shows us a country, Belize,

0:52:280:52:33

which didn't exist until 16 years later.

0:52:330:52:35

It should be called British Honduras.

0:52:350:52:38

It feels wrong to have a go at Hollywood for this, though. When it comes to showbiz archaeology,

0:52:400:52:45

they gave the world Indiana Jones, and we gave it Time Team. Boo.

0:52:450:52:49

The same Indy film here. Set, you'll remember, in 1957.

0:52:520:52:56

But had they invented digital readouts in 1957?

0:52:560:52:59

Our survey says...

0:53:010:53:02

UH-UH!

0:53:020:53:03

The Damned United now - excuse my swearing -

0:53:070:53:10

and although it's a very sad scene, I do feel duty-bound

0:53:100:53:13

to point out the 21st-century pay-and-display machine, despite the scene being set in the 1970s.

0:53:130:53:19

Sometimes even I think I need to get a life.

0:53:210:53:24

Revolutionary Road now, and it's the '50s.

0:53:290:53:31

As DiCaprio and Winslet snog,

0:53:310:53:33

We go to a globe that shows Slovakia and the Czech Republic -

0:53:330:53:37

two countries that didn't become independent for four more decades.

0:53:370:53:41

Global geopolitics, eh?

0:53:410:53:43

You can't whack it.

0:53:430:53:45

And this clanger is from Cadillac Records, set in the '40s and '50s.

0:53:480:53:52

Once the duo finish their dirty business in the bath,

0:53:520:53:54

check this out - a Star Wars album.

0:53:540:53:57

That film wasn't out until 1977.

0:53:570:54:00

Someone find the director and let him be attacked by a frenzied gang of Ewoks.

0:54:000:54:06

-So you're gay now?

-No, I'm not gay, I'm just celibate.

0:54:090:54:12

The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and here's one for super-nerds.

0:54:120:54:18

As Cal and Dave play video games and cast aspersions

0:54:180:54:20

on each other's sexuality, there's a clanger to be spotted.

0:54:200:54:25

...I kind of want to get back out there, but I think I like guys...

0:54:250:54:28

That's right. They're playing Mortal Kombat Deception

0:54:280:54:32

and Cal's using a Nintendo 64 controller.

0:54:320:54:34

But that game was only ever released on PlayStation 2,

0:54:340:54:37

Game Cube and X Box! Oh!

0:54:370:54:41

And finally, Austrian fashionista Bruno.

0:54:440:54:46

Here he is with the latest celebrity must-have.

0:54:460:54:49

TRANSLATION FROM GERMAN:

0:54:490:54:52

When Bruno takes baby OJ out of the box, the subtitle reads...

0:54:540:54:59

But as anyone who took GCSE German will have noticed,

0:55:040:55:07

there's been a translation gaffe.

0:55:070:55:09

Listen, Bruno says "vierzehn".

0:55:140:55:16

Which means 14, not 13.

0:55:180:55:20

Call the fashion police now.

0:55:220:55:23

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0:55:450:55:48

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0:55:480:55:51

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.


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