Best western movie mistakes of all time

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Bad Day at Black Rock picture

Continuity mistake: During the desert chase sequence, when our hero is run off the road by Ernest B. his missing arm is momentarily transposed when he steps from the jeep.

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Jack Slade picture

Factual error: After they bury Jack's father, the stage driver hands Jack what he refers to as a "Navy" Colt. However, in 1841, the only colt handguns were a handful of Paterson revolvers, usually carried by Texas Rangers, and in fact, the revolver handed to the boy was a cartridge weapon.

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Giant picture

Continuity mistake: When Luz is talking to Jet on the phone for the first time, from the front she's fiddling with the phone cord with her left hand. When it cuts to the reverse, however, her hand is flat on the desk.

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The Harvey Girls picture

Continuity mistake: In the penultimate scene when Susan has just gotten off the train and is running to Ned Trent, you see her fall over flat on her face and then sit up. Cut to the close up where Ned has also fallen over, Susan is flat on her face again. (01:36:00)

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Deliberate mistake: At the beginning of the movie Mr. Coates tells his wife that he will be gone "all of three months, maybe four." The first time we see Bud and Elizabeth Searcy she tells Travis that her dog is pregnant and that Old Yeller is the father. We then see her dog that does not look very pregnant. The next time we see Elizabeth she presents Travis with one of the pups. The problem is that the pup that was supposedly just born is about 4 months old.

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There Was a Crooked Man... picture

Continuity mistake: When Paris has his private meeting with Woodward, he's smoking a cigar and you can see smoke rising all around him. The camera angle changes to a wide shot and all of the cigar smoke is gone.

MCKD

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Thunderheart picture

Continuity mistake: When Levoi and Crowhorse visit Grandpa for the first time note the white and black beaded belt on the table behind Grandpa. In the beginning it hangs at the edge just at the first black stripe. Just after Grandpa trades Levoi for his glasses and hands him the rock, the belt now hangs nearly to the second black stripe. After that cut the belt now hangs in its original position. (00:37:30 - 00:38:30)

OneHappyHusky

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The Professionals picture

Deliberate mistake: When Raza is chasing the "empty" train, as it goes over the trestle just before he stops it, you can see the engineer in the train's engine.

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The Legend of Zorro picture

Revealing mistake: During the shoot out with McGivens's gang at the Cortez ranch, the wife of Cortez sneaks out of the trap door with her baby and peers around the side of the building. You can notice that the baby is really a doll.

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All the Pretty Horses picture

Continuity mistake: In the trailer, there is a scene showing Matt Damon in a fight. The other person pulls out a knife and cuts Damon on the right side of his face, leaving a big scar. In the next scene of the same commercial the scar changes from the right side of his face to the left side and then back again.

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Cheyenne Autumn picture

Factual error: The narrator mentions that the Cheyenne tribe split in half in northern Nebraska. The scenery would suggest otherwise, as there are no mountains that high in Nebraska.

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Treasure of Silver Lake picture

Factual error: Somewhat late in this German made western, Lex Barker and company are led into an Indian village, somewhere in (I presume) the Rocky Mountains. You will notice that there are at least two totem poles in this village. The kind of Indians shown dress like Plains Indians, and not like Northwest Indians. Northwest tribes who are found in Washington state, USA, and British Columbia, Canada, are the only tribes with totem poles. Plains Indians did not have totem poles.

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The Young Country picture

Continuity mistake: The third time we see the stagecoach on its way to Denver, it's passing the exact same tree and hill that it passed at the start of its journey. It's also traveling on a paved road, which in 1860s frontier Colorado is extremely unlikely. (00:11:15)

Jean G

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Continuity mistake: Sacajawea (Donna Reed) dives into the water to retrieve some important maps, which have fallen in and been taken to the back of the boat. When she dives in, the maps are back to the original area they fell into, when they should have been quite a distance from where they landed in the water.

keiko

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The Undefeated picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the last scene, when they are riding alongside a river, shortly after the harmonica player changes songs, there's a closeup of John Wayne and appearing from the right on the other side of the river, a pickup truck appears, and then they quickly cut to different characters. (01:56:55)

fireguy173

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Five Guns West picture

Factual error: While the Confederate captain is explaining the mission, a couple of the "patriots" are inserting cartridges into their Colt Peacemakers. A neat trick, since the Civil War ended in 1865, and the Peacemaker wasn't introduced until 1873.

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Continuity mistake: When Abbott and Costello are on the train. Costello walks over to see the guys playing poker. In the background a man closes the back door of the train. As Costello passes you see the door is open again and the same guy closes it again. (00:17:10)

Greg Weisgerber

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The Alamo picture

Factual error: The song that Davy Crockett plays on the violin is 'The Mockingbird Quick-Step,' written in 1855, several decades after the events of this movie (and later used by the 'Three Stooges' as a theme song.).

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Continuity mistake: In the opening scene, when 'Joe' is helping himself from the well, the angle to the sun varies from the left side to almost vertically. (00:03:00)

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Moon Zero Two picture

Visible crew/equipment: In several scenes there are rectangular arrays of studio lamps visible, reflected in the actors' space helmets.

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