Episode 3 Great Movie Mistakes


Episode 3

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. And welcome to Great Movie Mistakes.

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This is the show that brings you the howlers the Hollywood A-list

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prayed they'd got away with.

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In the next action-packed hour,

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we're going to be showing you more blunders and gaffs than you can shake a stick at.

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And if you don't believe me, I suggest you start shaking that stick

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because once these blunders start coming, they ain't going to stop...

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for an hour!

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On tonight's show, mistakes from -

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Continuity errors are unforgivable.

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I've never understood why film-makers fail to spot them.

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All you have to do is remember to keep the same details in every shot. It's not rocket science.

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It's not even GCSE science. It's easy. So let's all laugh at the farcical errors in these films.

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Errors that, in all honesty, only an idiot would make.

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Braveheart, and here's some angry Scots

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indulging in their traditional national sport...slaughter.

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Mel can't make up his mind what weapon to use, though.

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Here, he's got a small pickaxe.

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Now it's disappeared.

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Beg your pardon, it's a large sword. Sword.

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No, it's a pickaxe again.

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My mistake. It's a sword.

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God only knows what he's going to use by the time he gets there.

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Here's Mel again, frolicking through woodland like what people did then.

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Then all of a sudden, whoa!

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There's a sword in his hand.

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No. You're not drunk. Well, Mel might be.

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It just magically appears. Watch.

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Weird. Still, at least he's got something he can cut his hair with now.

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And she was a wonderful person.

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-It's a terrible loss.

-This is King Kong.

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The brother of Donkey and Hong.

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In this scene, the cowardly movie-star is trying to talk them into giving up like a big wuss.

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See how he has a rope slung around his yellow belly

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and notice that he never takes it off.

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But when he scuttles off - yes, off you go - he no longer has it.

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Adrian Brody's holding it.

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-Anyone else?

-Pathetic.

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-Thank you, Colonel.

-This is Valkyrie.

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In which Tom Cruise tries to boost

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his flagging popularity by playing a German. Hmm.

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Cruise's character Stauffenberg hands Herr Hitler the revised version of Operation Valkyrie.

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See how Hitler grabs the folder with his right hand and in the next shot,

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he's holding it with his left hand.

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Come on, Hitler. Ah!

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Rewind.

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See? A sloppy error from one of the most reviled men in history.

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And just to be clear, I'm talking about Hitler. Not Tom Cruise.

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Tom Cruise again underneath some beautifully conditioned hair

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in Mission Impossible 2.

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Look at those tyres. They look pretty standard to me.

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But moments later when Tom goes off road...they're knobbly.

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I don't know about the mission, but that's impossible.

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This is Hairspray, and the tubby girl you can see is John Travolta,

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dressing like he does whenever his wife goes out.

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Keep your eye on the road outside Mr Pinky's.

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There's no sign of a car, and then wallop!

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There's a pink one right next to them.

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Then it's gone again. Now it's back. Then it's gone.

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Like John, I'm deeply confused.

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This is Click,

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and a scene starring trained coastguard David Hasselhoff.

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Here he is looking fetching in spectacles.

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While he shovels in food, making less mess than he does

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on that drunken YouTube video, you keep an eye on those glasses.

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They're there.

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Then faster than you can say "sober up", they've gone.

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I spent money I don't have.

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Now, John Tucker Must Die. Poor fella.

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Ignore his impending death and keep an eye on the extras by the pillar.

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They keep disappearing.

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And reappearing.

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-Oh, sorry.

-That, my friends, is quite, quite baffling.

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A very glorified position where you have your cars and your houses...

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Factory Girl. Hayden Christensen chucks his beer bottle away...

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..here he goes, woo, tough guy! It smashes.

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But when he drives his motorbike into the lake like an idiot...

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The decking shows no sign of any broken glass.

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You could eat your dinner off that. But don't.

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Batman now.

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Yeah, we can't get enough of the Caped Crusader.

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There have now been six Batman movies and every one has been littered with mistakes.

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The star of the last two was Christian Bale, and he just loves movie mistakes.

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Whereas most of us just titter or raise a smile, he expresses

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his mirth by ranting at a lighting technician for nine long minutes.

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Thank goodness he didn't spot these errors, or some poor crew member

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would have been picking his face off the floor with broken fingers.

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-I'm just ahead of the curve.

-This is The Dark Knight.

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The Joker, who clearly takes make-up tips from Jodie Marsh,

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has got Batman in a right old tizz.

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As Batman slams The Joker against the wall,

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you can make out the reflection of the cameraman. There, easy, Chris.

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Here's the character Two-Face in the same film.

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A man who seems to have been a tad over enthusiastic

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when exfoliating the left side of his face.

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Still, at least he shifted them blackheads.

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Keep your peepers on the clip thing on Two-Face's finger.

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It's on in this shot, then gone in the next. And it keeps happening.

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A continuity error or some kind of black magic? Let's toss for it.

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It's a continuity error.

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Oh-oof!

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Before Batman was played by international man of anger

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Christian Bale, the Caped Crusader was a very different short of chap.

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Yet, as these clips show, he was no less likely to drop big fat clangers.

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This is a scene from the first Batman movie.

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A henchman defaces a priceless Rembrandt

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and who can blame him?

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But a second later, the handprints have somehow...gone.

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He should've used a good quality emulsion.

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Same film, different clip.

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Now, the Joker is merrily blasting bullets

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into this gentle pensioner.

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The elderly actor now just has to slump in his chair and play dead.

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Can he manage it?

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What do you reckon?

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D'oh.

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You'll need to watch closely for this one.

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The Caped Crusader kicks the mugger so hard, he flies through a door.

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But watch it again and you'll see it wasn't the force of the kick that did it.

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It was this wire.

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This is Batman Returns in which Batman, er, returns.

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See if you can spot this next mistake all on your own. I won't give you any clues.

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I won't even mention that Pfieffer's not screaming, her gob's just a wide open.

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Did you spot the mistake?

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In this scene, Michelle Pfeiffer is in a right old mard.

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Better not tell her that her scissors go from blue here

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to pink here.

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Let's see that again.

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Blue, blue, blue. Pink! Pink!

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I shan't mention it, she probably just needs some chocolate and a nice sit down.

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Batman is the one superhero who doesn't have any superpowers.

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Unless you count billions of dollars

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and people who help him to the ground when he falls over.

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You don't know about that? Watch.

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You can see the crew member's hand there.

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Not so tough now, are you?

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In this scene, a penguin, sorry, The Penguin,

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has taken control of the Batmobile.

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Not to worry, Wayne Enterprises didn't get where it is today with poor craftsmanship.

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So it's disappointing to see the dashboard of the Batmobile wobble like it's made of rubber.

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It's almost as if it's just a fake car made for the purposes of a movie.

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I love the way billionaire Bruce Wayne makes

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a decrepit pensioner run around after him. But good old Alfred

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is always so accommodating, even when he's unconscious.

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He moves the tray out of the way, so The Riddler can open the door.

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Let's see that again and look carefully at Alfred's hand.

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Will that be all, sir? Only my brain is haemorrhaging.

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This one from Batman Forever is cool, too.

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Watch how the diamond pulled out of the case by The Riddler

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shrinks in the blink of an eye. See?

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He pulls out a bloomin' biggun' and then when he examines it,

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it's pea-sized. Either that or his hands went massive.

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Batman And Robin now, and if there's one thing about Uma Thurman,

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it's that she can take her gloves off quicker than anyone in the business.

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-Gotham Observatory...

-See? No gloves.

-..and step on it.

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Napoleon Dynamite follows the school days of a socially inept nerd who sits on his own in the canteen,

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has no friends and spends his time drawing pictures of fictional animals.

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As such, I am unable to relate to it.

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Fictional animals weren't my thing. I was more of a "spending hours pouring over films,

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"trying to pick petty holes in a movie to make myself feel important" kind of a guy.

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As I shall now demonstrate.

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Here's our big-haired hero now,

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stood on his Jack Jones watching a farmer slaughter cattle.

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Nothing works!

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GUNSHOT, CHILDREN SCREAM

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Except, hang on. He's not alone, is he?

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Look, there's a reflection of the film crew.

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-GUNSHOT, CHILDREN SCREAM

-Oh, I'm so glad.

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Rather than eat fruit, those unhealthy Americans

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prefer to lob it at their uncle's van.

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But the film-makers have boobed. See how the fruit bounces off, leaving just a bit of juice?

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But when he stops here, the windscreen's caked in fruit.

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Mmm...cake.

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What better way to spend a sunny afternoon

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than using a van to test the durability of Tupperware?

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Shame they've marred that lovely thought with a mistake.

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Here, the bowl's green.

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But here, it's blue.

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And thanks to that error, I've gone from a pasty hue of pink to bright red which rage.

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Clothes.

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You might not think it, but clothes are probably the most important thing in the Hollywood machine.

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If actors don't look the part, the magic is lost, so these clips...

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Actually, hang on, I suppose cameras are quite important, too.

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And actors, I mean, they're kind of crucial. But anyway, clothes are,

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if not THE most important bit of the Hollywood machine, certainly right up there.

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So these clips... Wait a minute. What about funding?

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Then there's post-production and editing, marketing and the script.

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Let's just say these next blunders are all to do with clothes.

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Clothes.

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First up, the haunting majesty of Mamma Mia.

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In Lay All Your Love On Me, Sophie looks

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to be wearing a very pretty swimsuit.

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But in this shot, she's ruined the look

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with a pair of black trousers. See?

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I don't know what these guys are up to.

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This is Vanilla Sky and no-one's suggesting that

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Tom's religious beliefs give him magical powers.

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However, he starts with naked legs, then...

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Look, he's got his jim-jams on.

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I am at a loss to explain that.

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Fight Club now. Watch here as Meatloaf's trousers fall down. Oops!

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That's worth another look.

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Not only do they fall down,

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but also reveal him to be wearing a fat suit.

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First rule of Fight Club - get Meatloaf to buy a ruddy belt.

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button now.

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Or the curious case of the unbuttoned body warmer.

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Nobody seems to know whether to stay or leave.

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See her how Caroline carefully removes her top and throws it down for all to see?

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Then it's back on.

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Weird.

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In this scene from King Kong, Anne is trying to escape from a T Rex.

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Well, you would, wouldn't you? She slides on her butt and gets a muddy stain all over it.

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Oh, look, it's covered!

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But in the next shot, check out her backside. It's laundry fresh.

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Now stop staring at it.

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This is Nacho Libre.

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Watch what the boys at home are wearing.

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Coloured T-shirts and shirts.

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But a split second later, they're all in vests.

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Poor little fellas.

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John Tucker Must Die, if only cos he makes silly continuity errors.

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Look at his headband, it's black as the night.

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Or is it?

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Because that looks distinctly red to me.

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And how it's black again. He really must die.

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More than two decades after its first movie, the Indiana Jones franchise just keeps on going,

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which is more than you can say for Harrison Ford's gammy hip.

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Bless him, he's getting on. I think it's time he gave it a rest.

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The only time Indiana should be searching for ancient manuscripts

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is when he ventures into the attic to find his birth certificate.

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And I can only think it's his advancing years

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that have allowed all these mistakes to make the final cut.

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If my mom doesn't find it, they'll kill them both.

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Apart from the first three, this is definitely my favourite Indy film.

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But keep your eyes on the sauce bottles after Mutt -

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- yes, that's really what he's called, Mutt - knocks them over.

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They go from lying down to standing up.

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You don't have to get sore all the time...

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And, you've guessed it, kiddo.

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They're lying down again.

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I can only pray to God that none of it was spilled.

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You know those times when you tie your shoelaces and end up thinking,

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"Blimey, I'm glad I did that, otherwise I would have been shot."

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He knows what I'm talking about. But did you spot the gaffe?

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The two Russians on the right have run out of ammo but keep firing.

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We're going to go back to the first three Indy films, but be warned,

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Dr Jones was as gaffe-prone then as he is now.

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In this scene from Raiders Of The Lost Ark,

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as Indy gets seven bells leathered out of him by a chunky Nazi,

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Marion tries to help out by taxiing a light aircraft towards them.

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Lord knows why.

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But look carefully and you can see the crew

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reflected in the windscreen of the plane. There we are.

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And they just stand there while Indy takes a beating. Spineless.

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Indiana Jones, who claims to be an archaeologist, bashes his way

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out of an ancient Egyptian temple without a second thought.

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Criminal.

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This building was built more than 2,000 years ago.

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You'd think it was made out of stone or something but, no,

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these blocks seem to be made out of a rubbery polystyrene substance that bounces.

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Boing, boing.

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Cairo, 1936.

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As Indiana Jones sits around getting spannered - well, he is on holiday -

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those in the background act as you would in 1930s Egypt,

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walking like Egyptians and that,

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while dressing in traditional costume.

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Apart from this spoilsport in T-shirt and jeans, who ruins

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the entire Indiana Jones franchise for every single one of us.

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Even the monkey's disgusted.

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Some clangers in this one, too. We're looking at the backgrounds

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as they inexplicably change from trees to rocks.

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Trees. Rocks.

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It's a journey about as realistic as an animatronic rhino.

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Oh, look, now we're back to trees.

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What's this? A guest appearance from some fields, too.

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Backdrops later in that scene

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include swamp, ocean, space, Arctic tundra and Warrington.

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This is The Last Crusade.

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Watch the length of Connery's beard

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after Indiana has apparently plunged to his death.

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Oh, God,

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I've lost him.

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A few moments later, and ding!

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The grief has caused much of the hair to retreat back into his face.

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It can do that, apparently.

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An anachronism is a chronological error, a detail in a story that is

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at odds with the time in which that story is set.

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One example would be a dinosaur driving a Fiat Punto, another would be Boris Johnson's hairdo.

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Here are some movie anachronisms I found on a DVD a friend gave to me 20 years ago.

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Ha! Yes, you spotted it. I didn't have any friends 20 years ago.

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This Gangs Of New York clip is a personal favourite.

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As the fight kicks off, you can see a couple of bananas on the floor.

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And yet, bananas were not traded in pre-Civil War USA at all.

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But, heck, you don't need me to tell you that basic fruit fact.

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I'm talking about an alliance between our two great organisations.

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Same movie here, and another kick in the nuts

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for our old friend historical accuracy. Sorry, pal.

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We're about to see a paperclip in a scene set in the 1860s,

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even though they weren't invented until 1899.

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There it is. Don't worry, historical accuracy,

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your balls will stop aching soon.

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Just dunk them in a bowl of warm water.

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In American Gangster, set in the 1970s, remember,

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we can see a poster in the background

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with a blooming great web address on it.

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Yeah, you might as well hang up, Denzel. It's ruined now.

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Walk The Line now, and we can see a 1960s VW Beetle in the background.

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What's a 1960s VW Beetle doing in Germany in 1952?

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Making me very angry indeed, that's what.

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Rousseau says, if we assume man has been corrupted

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by an artificial civilisation...

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Period flick Marie Antoinette here, and as these ladies chill out

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in some sort of meadow, keep your eyes on the skies.

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Ah. The vapour or contrail of an aeroplane.

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That's right, one of them jet planes they used to have in the late 18th century.

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Here's a cheery little scene from The Other Boleyn Girl.

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Mary's coming along to see her sister Anne get beheaded.

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But it's not the horrific sight of her sister's head leaving her body that just made Mary wince.

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She's just spotted the unforgivable gaffe.

0:23:370:23:39

Let's look again.

0:23:390:23:41

This film is set in 1536, but look on the wall behind the executioner.

0:23:420:23:48

That's a modern metal drainpipe.

0:23:480:23:50

Heads rolled for this one.

0:23:500:23:52

Ah, Britain. Britain, Britain, Britain. Home to some of the greatest movies of all time.

0:23:560:24:03

So it seems unbelievable that a country that gave the world Lawrence Of Arabia, Brief Encounter,

0:24:030:24:08

Chariots Of Fire and Magicians could produce a film with a single sub-standard moment in it.

0:24:080:24:13

Fans of the film Confetti might have spotted that

0:24:130:24:16

I made the basic error of spending the whole film with my penis out.

0:24:160:24:20

Ruddy costume department!

0:24:200:24:22

Yes, prepare to have your patriotism smashed into a million pieces,

0:24:220:24:26

because, if you're anything like me,

0:24:260:24:29

these shameful movie mistakes will have you curling up

0:24:290:24:32

in your Union Flag duvet and crying yourself to sleep.

0:24:320:24:35

Ah, St Trinian's,

0:24:390:24:41

a movie loved by teenage girls and middle-aged men alike.

0:24:410:24:45

In this one, Colin Firth dips his forefinger into the beaker of vodka,

0:24:450:24:49

but then licks his middle finger.

0:24:490:24:52

The dirty beggar.

0:24:520:24:53

And now he's staggering around

0:24:590:25:01

like a teenage binge drinker at kicking-out time.

0:25:010:25:05

What a lightweight.

0:25:050:25:07

Sticking with St Trinian's, and the cable the girls are crawling along

0:25:100:25:13

goes from above the audience, here,

0:25:130:25:15

to behind Stephen Fry on stage, here.

0:25:150:25:18

Look, from above, national treasure Stephen

0:25:220:25:24

is clearly out of the drop zone.

0:25:240:25:26

If they fell here, they would kill one of the nation's best-loved celebrities.

0:25:260:25:30

Whereas, if they fell over the audience,

0:25:300:25:32

it would just be six or seven extras.

0:25:320:25:34

The brilliant Shaun Of The Dead.

0:25:370:25:40

Quentin Tarantino's favourite British film of all time.

0:25:400:25:45

A judgment Quentin might reconsider when I point this baby out.

0:25:450:25:49

Look, Simon Pegg's name tag is fully visible here.

0:25:490:25:53

Moments later, after shooting the breeze with Jessica Stevenson,

0:25:530:25:58

it's covered up by his jacket.

0:25:580:25:59

Are you having that, Quentin?

0:25:590:26:01

Three years ago last week, actually.

0:26:010:26:04

I like this one.

0:26:070:26:09

Can you see anything funny? Have another look.

0:26:100:26:13

Nick Frost doesn't actually pick up the ashtray.

0:26:150:26:19

His hand is empty.

0:26:190:26:20

Apologies, Nick, but you've just been comprehensively outmanoeuvred

0:26:200:26:24

by the BBC's slow-motion technology.

0:26:240:26:26

Sexy Beast, in which Ray Winstone plays radically against type,

0:26:300:26:34

by portraying a Cockney geezer.

0:26:340:26:37

Watch this boulder.

0:26:370:26:39

It comes rolling down the hill and leaps over his right shoulder,

0:26:390:26:43

but then lands over his left shoulder.

0:26:430:26:45

Fans of celluloid geological faux pas can enjoy this again.

0:26:470:26:52

Over his right there...

0:26:530:26:55

and there...

0:26:550:26:57

but now over his left.

0:26:570:26:58

In your face, Winstone.

0:27:000:27:02

With Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant on the scene, it's easy

0:27:050:27:08

to be fooled into thinking we Brits are the masters of making rom-coms.

0:27:080:27:13

But as these errors demonstrate, we're not!

0:27:130:27:16

This is rom-com classic Notting Hill, which, as you're about to see,

0:27:190:27:23

features a kid crying for an entire year.

0:27:230:27:26

At the start of the film, Hugh Grant walks towards his bookshop

0:27:270:27:30

and there's a mother consoling her weeping child in the alley.

0:27:300:27:33

20 minutes into the film, Hugh's met Julia Roberts, fallen in love and is watching her films.

0:27:350:27:41

Fairly...fabulous.

0:27:410:27:43

And cut to his bookshop.

0:27:430:27:45

Who's this? It's the same woman and child

0:27:450:27:48

and she's still crying. Boo-hoo.

0:27:480:27:51

Then another hour into the movie, and he's met Julia,

0:27:510:27:55

they've got together, they split up, as couples often do.

0:27:550:27:57

A whole year has passed.

0:27:570:28:01

But, as we once more cut to the shop, that child is still sobbing.

0:28:010:28:06

The mother is a patient woman, but could have nipped the whole thing

0:28:060:28:09

in the bud, with a quick 'shut up'.

0:28:090:28:11

This is Wimbledon, the film, not the area.

0:28:150:28:18

Watch as Peter throws a cushion at his brother, which lands in his lap.

0:28:200:28:24

But now it's gone.

0:28:240:28:26

I can only think it dissolved into his groin. Urgh!

0:28:260:28:29

This film really hasn't covered itself in glory.

0:28:330:28:35

Here's another boob.

0:28:350:28:37

When Peter and Lizzie start to kiss, there's a bus miles behind them.

0:28:410:28:46

But what's this? As Lizzie's randy disregard for road safety

0:28:460:28:50

makes him swerve about, the bus is suddenly right up their backside.

0:28:500:28:54

For those of you who have not seen the film, Iron Man

0:28:560:28:59

is the heart-warming story of a Morphy Richards steam iron that turns into a real little boy.

0:28:590:29:04

And if it's not, hands off, because that's my idea!

0:29:040:29:07

The film also stars Robert Downey Jr as a military engineer who builds himself a protective iron suit.

0:29:070:29:13

I only hope it's thick enough to protect his feelings as well,

0:29:130:29:16

because Robert, we have found some errors in your movie film.

0:29:160:29:20

Look how Tony Stark's personal secretary Pepper

0:29:240:29:27

shoves in the arc reactor chest piece.

0:29:270:29:30

Or for my money, the distributor cap on a Ford Mondeo.

0:29:300:29:34

Here, and again here.

0:29:340:29:37

Nice.

0:29:400:29:42

No, not nice at all, Iron Man.

0:29:420:29:44

In this scene, Pepper might look like a technological whiz,

0:29:450:29:50

but she's not.

0:29:500:29:52

See her hands-free earpiece?

0:29:520:29:54

When she takes a call from Tony and really needs it, it's gone.

0:29:540:29:59

For a personal secretary, she's got a shocking understanding

0:29:590:30:04

of hands-free telecommunications.

0:30:040:30:06

I tell you what I hate about Iron Man's Tony Stark,

0:30:080:30:12

he drives around without a front registration plate.

0:30:120:30:15

Because not only is it illegal and stupid, it's also downright...

0:30:170:30:21

Oh, there it is.

0:30:210:30:22

Tell you what I love about Iron Man's Tony Stark...

0:30:240:30:28

Look at this one.

0:30:320:30:34

There are two Humvees in convoy, one in the front gets blown up.

0:30:370:30:42

The next shot shows the one behind exploding.

0:30:420:30:47

-What's going on?

-Yes, what is going on?

0:30:470:30:51

The most obvious error in the film Twilight is that it involves teenagers sucking each other's necks

0:30:530:30:58

and yet it doesn't feature a single love bite.

0:30:580:31:01

Not exactly realistic.

0:31:010:31:03

In this film, they actually pierce the skin and suck the blood out,

0:31:030:31:06

which I always found was a sure-fire way of souring a first date.

0:31:060:31:10

Here are some other errors that sour this film. Hoho!

0:31:100:31:14

This is Bella, and she has been beaten up by a vampire.

0:31:160:31:21

If that nasal cannula keeps changing position,

0:31:210:31:23

she won't make a speedy recovery.

0:31:230:31:26

Here, the tubes are right by her eyes.

0:31:260:31:29

Then suddenly, they are halfway down her cheeks.

0:31:290:31:34

Then they're back again and how much does Edward care?

0:31:340:31:38

Not much.

0:31:380:31:39

I've killed people before.

0:31:410:31:44

In this one, Edward's mouth moves but no words come out.

0:31:440:31:47

Let's see that again.

0:31:520:31:56

Is he chewing the air or is he performing a short lip dance? Hard to say.

0:31:560:32:01

More lip dancing issues

0:32:040:32:06

as our two lovers smooch under the stars.

0:32:060:32:09

Edward's mouth moves, and no words come out again.

0:32:090:32:12

Spit it out, mate.

0:32:150:32:17

-I'm not going...

-At last.

0:32:190:32:22

In the olden days, before the dawn of internet piracy, movie fans

0:32:240:32:27

would gather in big rooms - they were called cinemas - and tried to watch the movie while a fat kid

0:32:270:32:33

rustled his bag of sweets all the way through.

0:32:330:32:35

This noisy distraction made it impossible to pay any real attention,

0:32:350:32:39

meaning film-makers could leave in as many errors as they liked.

0:32:390:32:43

And they jolly well did!

0:32:430:32:45

This is a brilliant one from early classic King Kong.

0:32:480:32:52

Watch this guy jump out of his hut,

0:32:550:32:57

lose his balance and fall into a chicken coop.

0:32:570:33:00

His wig even comes off and get caught in the fence.

0:33:000:33:04

This is the Invisible Man, wearing a white shirt

0:33:050:33:09

and getting chased round and round some furniture by the rozzers.

0:33:090:33:15

Later on in the film, he's taken off all his clothes so he can't be seen at all. Genius.

0:33:150:33:19

But hang on, when his footprints appear in the snow, they are

0:33:190:33:23

in the shape of shoes, so presumably we should be seeing these shoes?

0:33:230:33:28

You don't fool me, Mr Invisible Man, I can see right through you,

0:33:280:33:31

and unfortunately, so did the police.

0:33:310:33:34

Casablanca, and here comes a character who claims

0:33:360:33:40

to be a major, but his uniform

0:33:400:33:44

can't make its mind up.

0:33:440:33:46

Look at his shoulders, no major's epaulettes there.

0:33:460:33:50

There they are. And now they've gone.

0:33:530:33:57

And then he gets on the blower and they're back.

0:34:010:34:06

-GUNSHOTS

-Congratulations, you are a major.

0:34:060:34:09

Oh, you're dead.

0:34:090:34:10

Some Like It Hot, a classic movie

0:34:160:34:19

and a pretty good serving suggestion for porridge.

0:34:190:34:22

In this, the opening chase scene, police pursue a band of bootleggers.

0:34:220:34:26

When the whisky-filled coffin is hit by bullets,

0:34:260:34:29

whisky flows out of the holes,

0:34:290:34:31

but it flows out of the lid, which is above the level of the liquid.

0:34:310:34:36

Some Like It Hot, some like it scientifically accurate, too.

0:34:360:34:40

Today, it takes nine months for a baby to be born.

0:34:430:34:47

Back in the days of Gone With The Wind,

0:34:470:34:49

it was all over in a split second.

0:34:490:34:52

In this scene, Melanie is standing on the stairs with empty hands.

0:34:520:34:55

But keep watching.

0:34:550:34:58

He's surrendered.

0:34:580:35:00

She is now carrying a bouncing baby.

0:35:020:35:05

Quick, towels and hot water.

0:35:050:35:07

Here, Ashley is brought back wounded, with a ruptured haircut.

0:35:110:35:14

Melanie grabs a lamp to follow them to the bedroom,

0:35:140:35:20

but can you see an electrical cord hanging down? In 1860?

0:35:200:35:25

Classic horror flick The Wizard of Oz,

0:35:270:35:31

and it's hair problems for Dorothy.

0:35:310:35:35

-I didn't scare ya?

-In one shot,

0:35:350:35:38

her pigtails are quite short...

0:35:380:35:41

I didn't think so!

0:35:410:35:44

But in the other, her hair cascades right down to her bosom area.

0:35:440:35:48

It's not the scarecrow who needs a brain!

0:35:480:35:51

This one's a belter, too.

0:35:540:35:55

It's Carey Grant in Hitchcock's North By Northwest.

0:35:550:35:59

The policeman in the back forgets to lean as they simulate a turn.

0:35:590:36:03

Carey gives him a prod and a dirty look.

0:36:030:36:06

-Where are we going?

-Airport.

0:36:060:36:08

-For what?

-Orders.

0:36:080:36:09

Yeah, that's definitely worth another watch.

0:36:090:36:11

-Where are we going?

-Airport.

0:36:150:36:17

They say the old ones are the best, and this is one

0:36:170:36:19

of the very rare occasions where that's actually true.

0:36:190:36:22

I don't want to be taken to an airport. I want police headquarters!

0:36:220:36:25

This is EastEnders spin-off Breakfast At Tiffany's.

0:36:300:36:33

And watch George Peppard's hair.

0:36:330:36:35

When we first see him, it's combed to the side.

0:36:380:36:40

He stands there in the pouring rain, watching Audrey Hepburn desperately

0:36:420:36:46

trying to keep her pussy dry, and thinking how much he loves it when a plan comes together.

0:36:460:36:50

And then we cut back to him, and it's slicked back.

0:36:590:37:03

Now it's to the side again.

0:37:060:37:08

Crazy fool!

0:37:080:37:11

Now, as if you already weren't, let's have a look at Hepburn's ears.

0:37:140:37:18

She has a tasselled earplug in one, but not in the other.

0:37:200:37:24

All right, keep your misbehaving hair on!

0:37:240:37:28

But when she goes to open the door to Hannibal Smith, she inexplicably has plugs in both ears.

0:37:300:37:35

Maybe she can't abide Hannibal's incessant talking.

0:37:410:37:44

I am sorry to bother you...

0:37:440:37:47

Gladiator now.

0:37:470:37:49

An epic about a man who wins the hearts and minds of the fickle

0:37:490:37:52

public by bravely fighting humans and wild animals with his top off.

0:37:520:37:56

Do that in a Hollywood film and you are a hero.

0:37:560:37:59

Try doing it in a pub car park after closing time, and see who's on your side then.

0:37:590:38:03

Those galling double standards aside, this film is a Mistakeus Maximus.

0:38:030:38:08

Errors everywhere, as we shall now demonstrate.

0:38:080:38:11

It's the morning after the big battle, when the film-makers

0:38:150:38:17

have gone to great lengths to ensure the scene looks realistic.

0:38:170:38:20

Oh, there's a man in jeans trying to creep unnoticed out of shot.

0:38:220:38:28

That's definitely worth another look.

0:38:280:38:30

Thanks for stinking the scene out, mate.

0:38:300:38:33

Here's Maximus taking the unusual step

0:38:360:38:38

of demanding a review in the middle of the film.

0:38:380:38:41

-Are you not entertained?

-'Yes, Maximus.'

-Are you not entertained?

0:38:410:38:45

We're entertained.

0:38:450:38:48

Is this not why you are here?

0:38:480:38:51

Are you not entertained?

0:38:510:38:53

Or we were, before this bloke in jeans wandered into the shot.

0:38:530:38:56

-Are you not entertained?

-That sort of ruined it for me.

0:38:560:38:59

I don't care how seriously it takes itself,

0:39:020:39:04

I'm pointing this mistake out.

0:39:040:39:05

It's supposed to be 2,000 years ago,

0:39:090:39:11

so why has this chariot got a gas canister strapped on the back?

0:39:110:39:15

That's what I call a Mistakeus Maximus.

0:39:150:39:18

As well as inventing viaducts, roads and a modern legal system,

0:39:220:39:25

the Romans apparently invented rubber-soled boots.

0:39:250:39:27

If not, why is this soldier wearing them?

0:39:270:39:30

Hm? Ah? Why? Hm? Yeah?

0:39:300:39:32

Those of you who spent the entire film worrying that

0:39:340:39:37

these spiked helmets will have someone's eye out, fear not.

0:39:370:39:42

As this clip shows, the spike's just made of floppy rubber.

0:39:420:39:45

A bit like a Teletubby, I suppose.

0:39:450:39:47

Here, Maximus is being pestered by an over-amorous tiger.

0:39:520:39:55

Well, we have all been there. He manages to roll the beast off him.

0:39:550:39:58

See?

0:39:580:40:00

But, er, it's still on him.

0:40:020:40:07

He probably clambered back under it when he realised how cuddly it was.

0:40:070:40:11

This is the big finale,

0:40:160:40:18

and the fight to the death between Maximus and Commodus.

0:40:180:40:22

But I have got a funny feeling they are both going to be OK,

0:40:220:40:25

because it's a bendy knife.

0:40:250:40:27

Look, it's rubber.

0:40:270:40:30

The Simpsons now.

0:40:320:40:33

From its humble beginnings

0:40:330:40:34

as a five-minute slot on The Tracey Ullman Show,

0:40:340:40:37

its custard-coloured stars have become showbiz royalty.

0:40:370:40:40

Their success is not only a credit to the show's wonderful writing,

0:40:400:40:43

but also one in the eye for anyone who believes that a town suffering

0:40:430:40:47

from an endemic jaundice problem cannot prosper and thrive.

0:40:470:40:50

Sadly, though, when it came to finally make The Simpsons Movie,

0:40:500:40:53

the continuity checking was as duff as the beer that Homer

0:40:530:40:57

swallows down into his fat, yellow tummy each and every day.

0:40:570:41:00

You know, it's the law.

0:41:020:41:03

When rumours emerged that The Simpsons Movie was going to

0:41:030:41:06

feature shots of Bart Simpson naked,

0:41:060:41:08

weird animation perverts flocked to the cinemas in their thousands.

0:41:080:41:12

Imagine their disappointment when this blade of grass appeared

0:41:120:41:15

out of nowhere to spoil their sick enjoyment.

0:41:150:41:17

Ha, ha! Ha, ha!

0:41:170:41:19

No sign of it there.

0:41:210:41:23

Lunchtime!

0:41:260:41:28

You can't just leave me out here.

0:41:280:41:31

And then, bam.

0:41:310:41:32

I'm glad somebody finds it funny.

0:41:320:41:34

Ha, ha! Ha, ha! Ha, ha!

0:41:340:41:36

Who could forget the character of Jeff Albertson? Oh, all of you.

0:41:390:41:43

He's better-known as Comic Book Guy.

0:41:430:41:46

Or should that be Comic Book Guys?

0:41:460:41:48

See how he's standing next to Homer here?

0:41:480:41:51

Now Homer zooms off down the road to collect Marge,

0:41:540:41:57

and he's standing next to her, too!

0:41:570:41:59

A rare animated doppelganger.

0:41:590:42:02

One of the reasons films these days feature less fags and booze

0:42:040:42:08

is because they do not want to encourage young people

0:42:080:42:10

to take up such nasty habits.

0:42:100:42:12

That's not the main reason, though.

0:42:120:42:14

The main reason is if you crack open any booze on set,

0:42:140:42:18

the whole crew gets absolutely rat-brained

0:42:180:42:20

and starts making basic, basic errors, like these.

0:42:200:42:24

Your maid of honour!

0:42:260:42:27

It's going to be great.

0:42:270:42:29

This is classic, classic movie Bride Wars.

0:42:290:42:31

Look what Deb is holding.

0:42:310:42:33

A wine glass

0:42:330:42:35

and a bottle with a white label.

0:42:350:42:37

Hey, can I make a suggestion?

0:42:370:42:40

But now it appears to be a champagne flute of wine,

0:42:400:42:43

and a bottle with a yellow label.

0:42:430:42:45

This is really nice white wine.

0:42:450:42:46

This is making me feel drunk.

0:42:460:42:48

This is a thinly disguised tourism advert for Australia.

0:42:500:42:55

Watch the bottle go from plump and full to thin and empty.

0:42:570:43:01

And back again.

0:43:010:43:02

Let's have a look at that again.

0:43:040:43:06

Full.

0:43:070:43:09

Empty.

0:43:120:43:14

This film is Superbad.

0:43:210:43:22

See how the dancing, grinding, sexy lady girl

0:43:220:43:25

is holding a bottle of alcopop.

0:43:250:43:27

And now look closely...

0:43:270:43:30

She's not holding it.

0:43:300:43:32

Hey! You dance hot!

0:43:320:43:36

Thank you.

0:43:380:43:39

And now she is.

0:43:390:43:41

She can try distracting me with her lascivious dancing all she wants,

0:43:410:43:44

but... Oh, crumbs, she is quite nice.

0:43:440:43:46

Something they don't tell you in the church...

0:43:480:43:51

This is The Departed with Jack Nicholson.

0:43:510:43:53

Ever seen a man eat a cigarette in less than a tenth of a second?

0:43:530:43:57

..What I'm saying to you is this...

0:43:570:43:59

Well, you have now.

0:43:590:44:01

School?

0:44:040:44:05

This is Leo DiCaprio in the same film.

0:44:050:44:07

Ever seen a man inhale then start blowing smoke rings

0:44:070:44:11

in less than a tenth of a second?

0:44:110:44:13

You have now.

0:44:140:44:16

And this is Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.

0:44:190:44:22

Ever seen a woman swap which hand she's smoking with?

0:44:220:44:25

Yeah, you probably have, actually.

0:44:250:44:29

This is good, though. It keeps swapping hands.

0:44:290:44:33

She will burn herself if she's not careful.

0:44:330:44:38

You're going down in the fourth.

0:44:400:44:42

Snatch now. Watch what is or is not in Brad's mouth.

0:44:420:44:45

So give it up for the bone crunching, one-punch machine gun of Mickey!

0:44:450:44:51

I wish we could see a bit more of this scene, because God knows

0:44:510:44:54

how Brad thinks he's going to smoke while wearing boxing gloves.

0:44:540:44:58

Despite having a name that makes him sound like a gay Italian spider,

0:45:000:45:04

Quentin Tarantino is a mighty fine film director,

0:45:040:45:07

but he is prone to silly mistakes, from using the same shot twice

0:45:070:45:11

or fluffing lines to forgetting to tell Michael Madsen not to cut that guy's actual ear off.

0:45:110:45:16

Here are some of the man's biggest boobs.

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First up, Kill Bill, and this is Daryl Hannah getting dunked.

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Daryl once played a mermaid,

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and yet here she is making a right old fuss about a bit of water.

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No pleasing some people.

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But take it back and watch again.

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You can see the Plexiglas between her and the bog.

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Observe how her sweet breath steams it up.

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A silly giveaway.

0:45:450:45:47

You know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup?

0:45:490:45:52

This is Pulp Fiction,

0:45:520:45:54

and these two cool cats might look comfortable on the road.

0:45:540:45:56

That's because they are not even driving.

0:45:560:45:59

If you watch the reflection in the shop window,

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you can clearly see the car on the back of a trailer.

0:46:030:46:06

Royale with cheese? Royale with cheats, you mean!

0:46:060:46:10

Reservoir Dogs now, and the cops are chasing Mr Pink.

0:46:140:46:18

They run past this grey building here...

0:46:180:46:21

A few seconds later, as he flees from one of those pistol whippings American police like to dish out,

0:46:250:46:31

Mr Pink run past it.

0:46:310:46:33

Sorry, who's chasing who?

0:46:330:46:35

And if we keep watching, as Mr Pink shatters his spine...

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and does a bit of car jacking,

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the police run past the same grey building again.

0:46:500:46:54

Is this Scooby Doo?

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A character's costume is essential to making an audience believe as the acting.

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Superman's cape and tights,

0:47:030:47:05

Harry Potter's school uniform, Chewbacca's...belt.

0:47:050:47:09

And as for those Sex And The City girls,

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each one of them has more costume changes than Kim Cattrall's

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character Samantha has had lovers, and that's a disgusting total.

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The point is, for any self-respecting director,

0:47:180:47:21

wardrobe malfunctions are deeply embarrassing,

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which makes it all the sweeter that we have spotted these bad boys.

0:47:230:47:27

45-years-old, no living family...

0:47:290:47:31

This is a scene from Quantum Of Solace and M, played by Judi Dench,

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must have asked Q

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to knock up some high-tech shoes.

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Because she's wearing flat shoes at the top of the stairs,

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but at the bottom, they appear to have morphed into heels.

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Have another look. Flat there.

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-..through every bill in his wallet and house.

-How much did he have?

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Less than £100.

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Heels there. Astounding.

0:47:540:47:57

This is Slumdog Millionaire,

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and these guys really will be millionaires

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if they can harness the incredible powers of their magic jewellery.

0:48:030:48:07

See Latika is wearing a nose ring here

0:48:080:48:11

and then, piff paff puff...

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..it's gone.

0:48:150:48:17

Now it's back again.

0:48:180:48:19

Oh, get your act together, love!

0:48:210:48:23

And now Zoolander.

0:48:260:48:29

When Derek and Matilda arrive at Hansel's, watch how Hansel

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plays hokey cokey with his turquoise necklace.

0:48:320:48:35

It's dangling outside his T-shirt.

0:48:350:48:37

Excuse me, Hansel...

0:48:370:48:39

But here, it's in.

0:48:390:48:40

..I am just going to lay it out.

0:48:400:48:43

-Out.

-Derek has been brainwashed

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to kill the prime minister of Malaysia.

0:48:470:48:49

-In.

-And?

0:48:490:48:51

And we need a place to hide until we...

0:48:510:48:56

An error, or a satire on the fickle nature of fashion?

0:48:560:48:58

I suppose we will never know.

0:48:580:49:00

Oh, it's out again!

0:49:000:49:01

Yeah, you're cool to hide here.

0:49:010:49:04

Luckily, Owen Wilson has the strangest hooter in history,

0:49:040:49:07

-which acts as a handy distraction.

-Fine.

0:49:070:49:09

Good job, nose!

0:49:090:49:11

..been acting messed-up towards me?

0:49:110:49:13

Weird fantasy movie Stardust now,

0:49:150:49:17

in which Michelle Pfeiffer has really let herself go.

0:49:170:49:20

Look at her teeth.

0:49:240:49:25

They've only been darkened at the front.

0:49:260:49:28

At the back they're white. In fact, I'd go further.

0:49:280:49:31

They're some of the most elegant molars I've seen in the last decade.

0:49:310:49:34

This is Goldmember and we're watching out for

0:49:360:49:39

the cartwheeling woman as she flips.

0:49:390:49:41

The wig comes off.

0:49:430:49:44

See?

0:49:490:49:50

Bizarrely, though, the hair under the wig looks just the same as the wig.

0:49:500:49:54

I mean, what was the wig for?

0:49:540:49:57

-Bratz!

-Yeah!

0:49:590:50:01

This is Bratz,

0:50:010:50:02

and as these girls risk serious injury

0:50:020:50:04

by launching into dance rehearsals without a warm-up,

0:50:040:50:07

they're wearing vest-tops.

0:50:070:50:09

When it comes to the wide shot, they're wearing T-shirts.

0:50:090:50:12

Vest-tops.

0:50:120:50:13

T-shirts.

0:50:140:50:15

Vest-tops. T-shirts.

0:50:150:50:18

Oh, give it a rest, girls.

0:50:180:50:20

With the notable exception of Kindergarten Cop,

0:50:220:50:25

Arnold Schwarzenegger's career has been one long movie mistake,

0:50:250:50:28

culminating in the amusing boo-boo

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in which the people of California put him in charge of the world's eighth-largest economy.

0:50:300:50:35

Twice.

0:50:350:50:36

To minimise the errors in their films,

0:50:360:50:38

the makers of Terminator came up with an ingenious idea -

0:50:380:50:41

get Arnold to say and do as little as possible and, as you'll see, that didn't work.

0:50:410:50:47

A numerical slip-up here.

0:50:500:50:51

The Terminator looks up Sarah Connor's address

0:50:510:50:54

in the phone book...

0:50:540:50:56

It's a three- or four-digit number.

0:50:560:50:58

He pulls up at her house and what does that say?

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Number 14239.

0:51:040:51:07

My advice, find the location manager and terminate her.

0:51:070:51:11

Her contract of employment, that is. I'm not advocating butchery.

0:51:110:51:14

-Sarah Connor?

-Yes.

0:51:140:51:17

I was told not to say.

0:51:210:51:22

I'd hate you to think I was obsessed with spelling and numeracy,

0:51:220:51:26

even though I am, but here's another silly error.

0:51:260:51:28

'You won't tell me what's going on?'

0:51:280:51:30

Sarah Connor, in urgent need of a haircut.

0:51:300:51:32

She thinks she's talking to her mum

0:51:320:51:34

and she gives the number of the Tiki Motel as blah blah blah blah blah 1439.

0:51:340:51:39

Have a listen.

0:51:390:51:40

'408-555-1439. Room nine.'

0:51:400:51:45

IN MOTHER'S VOICE: I love you too, sweetheart.

0:51:450:51:47

Armed with this info, the Terminator hangs up

0:51:470:51:50

and begins to dial the number with his powerful gloved fingers.

0:51:500:51:53

But keep watching that keypad because what does he dial?

0:51:530:51:57

Not 1439, but 1639.

0:52:000:52:04

He won't get through with that!

0:52:060:52:09

'Tiki Motel.'

0:52:090:52:10

Oh, he does!

0:52:100:52:11

You know when people have an accident,

0:52:130:52:15

they stay rooted to the spot and the colour drains out of their cheeks?

0:52:150:52:19

Well, this copper certainly does.

0:52:220:52:24

Could it have been a dummy(?)

0:52:250:52:27

Hmm.

0:52:350:52:36

Similar error on a larger scale.

0:52:410:52:43

We're supposed to believe that Arnie is driving this truck. Yeah?

0:52:450:52:49

Then why can we see a towrope there?

0:52:490:52:52

On to Terminator 3, now.

0:52:560:52:57

Look at the number of this plane.

0:52:570:53:00

N3035C.

0:53:000:53:03

Then, in mid-air, it seems to have changed to N3973F.

0:53:050:53:11

Fast-forward to landing and, oh look,

0:53:130:53:15

we're back to N3035C.

0:53:150:53:19

I don't miss a thing, me.

0:53:190:53:20

Apart from the friends I used to have before taking up spotting movie mistakes.

0:53:200:53:24

The Terminator franchise asks us to swallow

0:53:270:53:29

plenty of unlikely happenings.

0:53:290:53:32

A robot that can take any shape it wants to? OK.

0:53:320:53:35

A war in which both sides travel through time and space? Yeah, whatever.

0:53:350:53:38

A Terminatrix making a mobile-phone call

0:53:380:53:41

when she doesn't even have a signal?

0:53:410:53:43

I don't think so.

0:53:430:53:46

There are bars on the display, but they're for the battery.

0:53:480:53:53

There's zero signal. That, my friends, is a movie mistake.

0:53:530:53:57

This next section brings us more problems with the space-time continuum.

0:53:590:54:03

It's packed full of anachronistic things that didn't exist at the time the films are supposed to be set.

0:54:030:54:08

Take the film The Quick And The Dead, starring Sharon Stone, for example.

0:54:080:54:12

The movie is set in 1840,

0:54:120:54:14

even though that's three years before Sharon was even born.

0:54:140:54:17

And there's more where that came from.

0:54:170:54:20

In The Queen, Blair uses a Nokia 6210.

0:54:220:54:24

This is silly, because that model wasn't sold

0:54:240:54:27

until at least two years

0:54:270:54:28

after the film was set.

0:54:280:54:30

Excellent performance by Michael Sheen, of course.

0:54:300:54:33

Although I am wary of his nose. It's very nostrilly.

0:54:330:54:36

In this clip from Almost Famous,

0:54:390:54:40

it's 1969 and William Miller is looking through some classic vinyl.

0:54:400:54:45

And while I'm sure none of us like the way that he's stroking them,

0:54:450:54:49

that's not my beef. This is.

0:54:490:54:51

Joni Mitchell's Blue.

0:54:510:54:53

Not released for another two years.

0:54:530:54:56

And I hate to say that, because I know he's only a kid,

0:54:560:54:59

but, you know, there's no mercy in this dojo.

0:54:590:55:02

17 Again and one for you rock fans.

0:55:060:55:09

No, not the camp dancing on the basketball court

0:55:090:55:12

but the fact that even though this scene is set in '89,

0:55:120:55:15

this fella has a Paramore T-shirt on, a band that only formed in 2004.

0:55:150:55:20

He's what our American chums would call a total douchebag.

0:55:200:55:24

Sure, we all love to see American men dance. I'm not disputing that.

0:55:290:55:32

But what I do have an issue with is this little glimpse

0:55:320:55:36

of the NBC Tower in Dreamgirls.

0:55:360:55:39

The scene is set in the '70s

0:55:390:55:41

but the tower was not built until the late '80s.

0:55:410:55:45

No amount of world-class dancing will ever change that.

0:55:450:55:48

And finally, The Last King Of Scotland, a film about Idi Amin.

0:55:540:56:00

Many of us think of Africa as being behind the times, but we're wrong.

0:56:000:56:03

This scene is set in Uganda in the '70s,

0:56:060:56:09

yet they already had flat-screen TVs.

0:56:090:56:11

Amazing. Not least because at this point in time,

0:56:110:56:14

us lot hadn't even come up with Betamax.

0:56:140:56:17

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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.


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