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Planet of the Apes

Revealing mistake: Most of the posed, fake displays in the ape's Museum of Natural History contain real people who are slightly moving if one pays careful attention. Especially noticeable are those posing with objects held in - or above - their hands.

Continuity mistake: When the spaceship first springs a leak and begins to sink, the interior shots show it tilting to starboard; Taylor falls against the starboard bulkhead and the other two survivors need to brace themselves from slipping. All of the exterior shots of the ship show it level from port to starboard.


Continuity mistake: The first exterior shots of the spacecraft in the desert lake show the spaceship's hatch door already gone... before the astronauts blow it off with an explosive charge minutes later in the movie.

Continuity mistake: When Taylor and Landon discuss Stewart's death on the rocks, their hair goes from being blown in the wind to resting still between shots.

Revealing mistake: Toward the end of the film, in a long-shot, an ape hits another in the head with the butt of his rifle, knocking him over. You don't even have to look closely to see that the rifle's butt never even comes close to making contact with him.

Continuity mistake: When Taylor is in Zira's office, he has written on several notes. You can see the handwriting is completely different to the note he wrote "My name is Taylor" on earlier.

Continuity mistake: When Taylor, Landon and Dodge discover the humans, when Dodge says "Blessed are the vegetarians", both Taylor and Dodge are standing even with each other and Landon is standing about an inch or two behind Taylor and Dodge. In the next shot, Landon and Dodge are standing even with each other and Taylor is standing almost a foot away from Landon and Dodge.

Continuity mistake: Taylor, Landon and Dodge go for a dip in the river and they get wet. The humans then take their stuff, so they get out of the river and they are all mostly dry (still a bit damp, but less dry than they were before).

Continuity mistake: When the three are doing water check, the wide angles show Landon sitting in the sun, but the closer angles show Landon sitting in the shade.

Continuity mistake: After the ship has sunk, Taylor, Landon and Dodge make camp on some rocks. In the shot where Taylor says "Dodge, run your soil test. Got your sensors? Geiger counter?" in the background is the life raft used when they escaped the ship. The raft is resting on some rocks that are bright colored. In the next shot, in a shot of Landon the rocks the lift raft is resting on are all dark colored. The raft has also moved closer to the water.

Revealing mistake: Towards the end of the movie, at the cave, you can see that the rifle Charlton Heston has been firing has no magazine inserted.

Continuity mistake: After Taylor dismounts the second ape, he attacks the ape, and the whip/rope used is dropped and Taylor is a few feet from it. In the closeup, he suddenly has it in hand.

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Continuity mistake: When Taylor ties Doctor Zaius up to the log, shots from behind Zaius show the rope at the top of the log just above Zaius' head to be wrapped around the log only twice. Shots from in front of Zaius show the rope to be wrapped tightly a dozen times around the log.

Continuity mistake: When Cornelius arrives to escape Taylor from his cell, he gives the guard a note who has a cigar in his mouth. When Cornelius tackles the guard, the size of the cigar differs between shots.

Continuity mistake: After Dodge is killed, Taylor finds him in the field and holds him. Dodge's head changes position between shots.

Continuity mistake: After Zaius warns Taylor not to go to the Forbidden Zone, Taylor turns the horse to face Cornelius. In the closeup after Zaius tells Taylor "You may not like what you find", he turns the horse around again.

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Other mistake: After the rocket hits the water, the view of the landscape bobs up and down. But the movement at the top and bottom of the view are slightly jerky rather than the smooth stop and go that a real bobbing craft would have.

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Revealing mistake: As Lucius tackles the guard and yells "Grab him!" to Taylor, Lucius then strikes the guard over the head, knocking him unconscious. When Lucius begins pushing the guard over to Taylor's cell, you can see the guard is already unconscious before he gets struck.

Continuity mistake: When Taylor, Landon and Dodge do water check, during the shot where Landon says "Thunder and lightning, no rain", Landon is looking down on the ground. In the next shot, as Landon finishes the line with "If we could just get a fix", he is suddenly looking upwards.

Revealing mistake: If you look closely at the back of the head of both Zira and Dr. Zaius, you can see the actor's real hair.



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