Best western movie mistakes of all time

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The Badlanders picture

Factual error: As the stagecoach rolls into Prescott, Arizona, the road winds among hundreds of Saguaro cacti. Prescott is far beyond the northern limits of the Saguaro.

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The Proposition picture

Factual error: Captain Stanley says of Australia "What fresh Hell is this?" The scene takes place in the 1880s, yet the quote is attributed to Dorothy Parker, who would not have been born yet.

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Open Range picture

Factual error: In the final gunfight, we see a close-up of Charley fanning the hammer and rapid-firing his six shot Colt Single Action Army nine times in a row. [Kostner has stated in interviews that this occurs because a short scene of him switching revolvers (he had a second revolver in his belt) was left on the cutting room floor. Still a mistake, but there's the reason.]

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Paint Your Wagon picture

Continuity mistake: At the end of the town collapse, a sincerely drunk Ben dives head-on into a tub where a lady (in her underclothes?) is just enjoying a bath. Propelled by Ben's momentum the tub with both passengers slides down the slippery planks and splashes into the river, while Ben rearranges himself into a comfortable sitting position between shots. If I wasn't completely mistaken also the lady changes her outfit, since the embroidery is missing when they float along. (02:23:35)

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Return of the Magnificent Seven picture

Revealing mistake: In the last scene, when Chris is leaving, it shows several shots of the peaceful village. Each time they show the village, in the middle of the square is what looks like two boys fighting. One punches the other and he falls down and gets up and punches back and he falls down. They do that about three times.

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Son of Paleface picture

Other mistake: During the car chase an Indian shoots an arrow that bounces off the car's license plate and comes back and hits the Indian. But a second before the arrow hits the Indian you can see him sitting on his horse with his eyes closed and a look of pain on his face as though the arrow had already hit him.

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River of No Return picture

Continuity mistake: When Marilyn Monroe tries to untie the raft and Robert Mitchum can just catch the rope it the river flows from left to right. Later, when they take off again together, the river flows from right to left.

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The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid picture

Other mistake: In the shot where the men are playing a game of baseball, if you look carefully in the background you will see that cars are driving down the highway. Considering that this movie was supposed to take place in the 1800's...

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The Misfits picture

Other mistake: When they're roping the mustangs, the "stallion" doesn't have the genitals of a stallion.

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Zorro's Black Whip picture

Plot hole: Vic Gordon finds the Black Whip's clothes and puts them on. Then he goes to rescue Barbara Meredith (the real Black Whip). Strangely, her outfit fits him perfectly. In other scenes, he is taller and more muscular than she is. Did she keep several sets of clothes in various sizes, including boots?

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Gang of Roses picture

Continuity mistake: As the girls ride in to town to avenge Kim, there is a deputy in a faded red shirt on a second-floor balcony. The first time he gets shot, he does a flip onto the street. The second time he gets shot, he goes over backwards.

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How the West Was Won picture

Continuity mistake: Approximately 46 minutes into the film, Robert Preston is testing a new bullwhip. The whip is in his left hand as he brings his arm back and cracks the whip. He brings the left arm back for a second crack, and the shot changes to a closer angle just as he brings the whip down, only now it is suddenly in his right hand and not the left. The editing, the sound effect, the arm swing all seem perfectly coordinated, except that the whip changed hands between camera set-ups.

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Strategic Air Command picture

Factual error: When Jimmy Stewart is almost down to the runway during the bad weather, the aircraft exterior shots show the type of cloud tops found only at high altitude, not low to the ground.

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Winds of the Wasteland picture

Factual error: John Blair rides for the pony express, which operated until October, 1861. However, all of the handguns in the movie are cartridge Colts, which did not come into existence until 1871.

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The Outsider picture

Visible crew/equipment: Near the end, as the group is leaving the doctor's office, there's a shadow of a boom mike wavering above David Carradine's head for about 3-4 seconds. (01:04:45)

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Santa Fe Trail picture

Factual error: The movie "Santa Fe Trail" (1940) starring Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan and Raymond Massey, is the story of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859. The president is shown to be Abraham Lincoln, who wasn't inaugurated until February of 1861

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The Train Robbers picture

Other mistake: The objective of the band is a cache of gold hidden some years ago in the firebox of a wrecked locomotive in the wilds of Northern Mexico. When they finally dig the firebox door out and open it, the strongbox is sitting inside a completely clean firebox, with nary a cinder, ash, or chunk of burned wood in sight. If the loco and cars had been abandoned after the derailment, there would still have been residue in the firebox.

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Rambo: Last Blood picture

Revealing mistake: On the way to the border, after Gabrielle has died, when the camera pans it on her face, you can see her eyelids shift and blink.

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The Proud Ones picture

Continuity mistake: At the very end of the show when Marshall Cass Silver gets in the carriage with Sally, Sally enters first, sitting on the left and him on the right. When the next shot shows them riding off together in the carriage, they have switched sides.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs picture

Continuity mistake: When Buster is shot, his hat with the hole in it disappears.

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