Best war movie continuity mistakes of all time

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Regeneration picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene with the electric shock treatment, Dr Yealland's shirt switches from army khaki to a purplish colour and back again several times.

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Iron Eagle II picture

Continuity mistake: When Doug's F-16 is destroyed near the start of the film, the exploding aircraft is in fact one of the 'MiG-23s' from later in the film (it's clear on a slow forward setting).

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Operation Dumbo Drop picture

Continuity mistake: When Po is killed by the NVA it is the middle of the night, Captains Cahill and Doyle are close enough to the village to hear the shots and rush back to the village but as they enter the village it is early dawn.

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All Quiet on the Western Front picture

Continuity mistake: In the fight sequence (just before Paul stabs the French soldier), supposedly a lump of rock strikes Paul's helmet, but doesn't dent it. When it cuts to the closeup, the helmet now sports a large dent.

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South Pacific picture

Continuity mistake: When Luther Billis is parachuting out of the plane, he is seen with a pistol in his hands. Once he is in the rubber boat and starts paddling, however, the pistol has become a rifle.

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Downfall picture

Continuity mistake: When the message from Göering arrives in the Führerbunker, the signature jumps from one side of the paper to the other. When we first see the machine printing the words "H. Goering, Reichsfeldmarschall", they are on the left side of the paper, as the officer removes the paper from the printer the signature is to the right.

Twotall

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The Pianist picture

Continuity mistake: There is a scene where the Nazis are executing some fighters after destroying their stronghold, and they line them up facing a brick wall. If you look one of them is kneeling down when they get shot, and the bullet line across the wall would not have hit her, especially as she seems to go down before she's even hit.

David Mercier

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Flying Leathernecks picture

Continuity mistake: During combat a pilot is shown to be wounded in his right leg. As he is coming in to land, two further shots of him in the cockpit now show him to be wounded in his left leg. Some blood stain patterns on his gear, also the position of his helmet chin strap, also change position from left to right.

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Mosquito Squadron picture

Continuity mistake: After crashing, the pilot jumps from his burning plane with the back of his jacket on fire. The flames are extinguished but after a short dialogue, the pilot is seen walking from the scene from behind with not even a scorch mark on his jacket.

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Flight of the Intruder picture

Continuity mistake: During the catapult launch for the SAM suppression mission, we can see two Shrike missiles on the right wing pylons. In the next shot, there is only one. At this point they still haven't reached the SAM site so they wouldn't need to fire one. A little later in another shot (right before they switch to active radar) we see two Shrikes again.

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Barry Lyndon picture

Continuity mistake: Barry is introduced to Gustavas Adolphis, the 13th Earl of Wendover, by Lord Hallam, to help him obtain a title. In the receiving line to meet Your Majesty, another man is introduced as Lord Neville, yet later when Barry is eating in a restaurant and runs into the 13th Earl of Wendover, he calls him Lord Neville. It seems his name should be either Lord Wendover, as he was called previously, or Lord Adolphis, as we learned that his real name was from Lord Hallam.

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Green Berets picture

Continuity mistake: When Sgt. Peterson is standing on top of the corrugated tin under the helicopter, his safety strap attached to the helicopter appears & disappears between shots.

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From Here To Eternity picture

Continuity mistake: After 1st Sgt. Milton Warden breaks the bottle to stop the fight between Pvt. Angelo Maggio and Sgt. James R. "Fatso" Judson, he throws the bottle in a corner. In the next shot, he's sitting down with the broken bottle on the table in front of him.

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison picture

Continuity mistake: When Allison arrives at the island in his raft, he sticks out his head to take a look. When his face is seen, his hair is completely dry, but when his back is seen as he prepares to go ashore, his hair is soaked.

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Saints and Soldiers picture

Continuity mistake: When they first get into the jeep with the German flag attached to the hood it does not have chains on the front right tire, later it does.

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Shadow Man picture

Continuity mistake: When Jack shoots the cop Urick, the slug perforates his suit coat, both front and back, as well as his right lung. However, when he rendezvous with the Russians atop the parking garage, his suit coat is pristine. Had he changed into another identical coat, would he have not changed his bloody shirt and tie at the same time?

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Dark Blue World picture

Continuity mistake: When Karel flies over Susan's house, there is no watermelon on the picnic table but just before Karel came along, there were slices of watermelon on the table when Susan was talking to Franta.

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Rob Roy picture

Continuity mistake: Towards the end, as Rob Roy is negotiating the duel, watch his hands - they switch from his sides to in front of him 2 or 3 times in different shots.

Jon Sandys Premium member

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Cleopatra picture

Continuity mistake: When Cleopatra and Caesar meet for the first time, Caesar takes a piece of fruit to his mouth. But in the next shot, his arm is by his side even though there was no time for him to put it down. (00:22:15)

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