Episode 9 Great Movie Mistakes


Episode 9

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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Welcome along to Great Movie Mistakes.

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This show blows a hole in the carefully constructed veneer of Hollywood perfection.

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Our team of continuity experts or geeks, have locked themselves away

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in the archives to track down the best howlers on the silver screen.

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So here are those mistakes - the ones that have made all that hard work very nearly worthwhile...

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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.

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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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The first rule of Fight Club - get Meat Loaf to buy a ruddy belt.

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This is How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.

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Something you can do in ten minutes

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just by leaving him to browse in Dixons.

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Oh, this is a good day.

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-Guys...

-See how these three disturbed women openly ogle

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Matthew McConaughey, like he's some kind of piece of meat.

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Urgh.

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Stripes.

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And allow...

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Just have to watch a bit of Matthew McConaughey acting.

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I basically represent the entire industry.

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Now the women walk back to their desks.

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There's the one in the black top, there she is. Yep, she's gone.

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And they magically reappear where they were. They just can't get enough, can they?

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This is Confessions Of A Shopaholic,

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which stars Isla Fisher and which I've genuinely never

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-heard of before today.

-Absolutely.

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Now, you know those middle-aged women with ponytails that disappear when you say the word "Miami"?

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-In Miami?

-Oh, Luke. I think I should definitely be there.

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Let's watch that again.

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-(Biggest magazine event of the year.)

-In Miami?

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-And the woman's gone.

-I think I should definitely be there.

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I can only assume I must have said "Miami" to my girlfriend last year.

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Oh, well.

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The Mummy films starring Brendan Fraser are about the lost civilisation of Ancient Egypt,

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although they existed around 3,000BC the Egyptians invented

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astronomy, were the fathers of modern medicine and were able to design and build the pyramids.

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Fast-forward 5,000 years, and we can't even make a two-hour movie that isn't jam-packed with cock-ups.

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Progress? More like penis!

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Here is Brendan in the third instalment having a scrap

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with people made out of pottery.

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Weird. But not as weird as his magic gun.

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Watch how it changes from a machine gun...to a pistol.

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There!

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Here is dreamboat Brendan again in The Mummy Returns.

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And bear in mind that he's 6'4".

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Wait until he comes face to face with this child.

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Ah! Terrifying.

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-That kid has to be six foot. I mean, he has to be.

-Alex?

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What were you thinking? The Mummy had come back to life?

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But when he stands up again, he's titchy.

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And there's nothing he could have been standing on. What a boo-boo.

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The Mummy returns again, and proof that film stars use stuntmen

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and women for absolutely anything.

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They're about to get slightly wet. Oh, dear!

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And apparently that requires trained experts.

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Even though they look nothing like Brendan or Rachel.

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Big babies!

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Here is a tip for anyone who wants to get rid of soap suds.

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John Hannah will demonstrate.

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Here he is, covered in suds. Thanks, John.

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All you do is find a nearby window or pane of glass and hurl yourself through it, like so.

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Cheers, John.

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And bingo! No suds.

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That really is simple.

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Thanks again, John.

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Another clanger from The Mummy Returns.

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Here is the delectable Evie,

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and it seems I'm not the only one who enjoys peeping at her.

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There's someone else doing that in this scene.

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Eagle-eyed viewers, that is, people with good eyesight or actual eagles,

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might have spotted this. Did you see him?

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Rewind.

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Hoop-la! Hands off, pervert, she's mine!

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Children have always been by some distance the dimmest idiots in society.

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The littler ones can't even walk or talk.

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And yet we put them in films and expect them not to make childish errors like these.

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Who are the real fools, them or us?

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It's them.

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This is School Of Rock in which Jack Black plays Dewey Finn,

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a loser who pretends to be a teacher.

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You really do get swept along in Dewey's touching journey of self-discovery

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and forget that it's just Jack Black acting.

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That is, until the girl breaks the illusion by calling him Jack.

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-Listen.

-Jack?

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Love it. That's worth hearing again.

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Ears at the ready.

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Jack?

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If you want to know what the Scottish town of Falkirk

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looked like 800 years ago,

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either watch this film, Braveheart, or just go there now.

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What, you found that funny, did you?

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Robert the Bruce is looking over a rotting corpse and two kids have lost their father

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and you're laughing?

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No? Well, she is.

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Look, she's laughing at the death of her own dad.

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Probably drunk.

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For God's sake, man. There are women and children down here.

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The sinking of the Titanic, heart-in-mouth stuff.

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Get back.

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As someone whose pedalo once capsized in a boating lake in Devon,

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I can tell it must have been a truly terrifying ordeal.

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But this cool customer doesn't think so.

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While everyone else is panicking, he's looking right down the lens and not giving a tinker's cuss.

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-Jack!

-Fabrizio!

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Mmm, that ruined the film for me. That and everything else about it.

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All-time classic North By Northwest now, in which

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director Alfred Hitchcock proves that he's a master of suspense.

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He always kept audiences guessing,

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you never knew what was going to happen next.

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Except here, where the boy putting his fingers in his ears

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suggests there's probably going to be a loud bang.

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GUNSHOT RINGS OUT

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Sure enough, how good is that?

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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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