Best action movie mistakes of 1968

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Planet of the Apes picture

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.

Hans Deutsch

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Green Berets picture

Factual error: The final scene of the movie has Col. Kirby and the little Vietnamese boy supposedly on the beach at Da Nang, Vietnam. Kirby is saying, "The future of 'nam is you, kid", and the camera pans out to the sea and the sun is going down. The sun's sinking in the east...

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Suggested correction: Nowhere in the film are we told where in Vietnam the Green Beret base is, just that it is in South Vietnam (of course). South Vietnam has a Western coast, along the Gulf of Thailand, along which anyone can watch the sun set over the sea.

Around the 18:00 - 18:30 mark a character welcomes John Wayne to Da Nang. This base is returned to throughout the film, including the infamous sun setting in the east scene. Da Nang's beaches face to the Northeast. Only when you get south of Nha Trang does the Vietnamese coast begin to offer a south to southwest horizon on the ocean.

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Where Eagles Dare picture

Continuity mistake: When the team are about to jump from the cable car into the river, the view from ground level shows a bare road with no snow on it on the right and a line of trees on the left with German trucks parked next to them, but the view from the cable car shows a snow-covered road and no trucks beside the trees. (02:06:00)

Greg McCreanor

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Bullitt picture

Continuity mistake: Steve McQueen passes the same green Volkswagen at least three times while chasing the black Dodge Charger R/T. This is due to the same downhill portion being shown to us from multiple angles to artificially extend the length of the scene.

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Hellfighters picture

Other mistake: The crew goes up to Calgary in January to extinguish an oil fire, yet there's no snow on the ground, the grass is green, and all the deciduous trees have leaves.

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Once Upon a Time in the West picture

Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie when Cheyenne is shaving, while Harmonica and Frank are having their shoot-out, he cuts himself at the sound of the gunshots. When Jill tells him that he is a handsome man the cut is gone. (02:22:25)

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Coogan's Bluff picture

Continuity mistake: When Coogan first meets Julie in the New York police station and puts her coat on for her you can see his cigarette in his hand, then his mouth, then his hand again as the camera angle changes.

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The Devil's Brigade picture

Factual error: The German tanks are American M47s, post WW2. They had the same hulls as the M46s (also post-WW2), but a better slope and greater effective armor on the turrets.

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The Wrecking Crew picture

Continuity mistake: When Matt and Freya are in the car chase, the driver's side of Matt's car is badly damaged. After escaping their pursuers, they drive off (in the same car) and return to Copenhagen. When Matt pulls into town, the side of the car is intact again.

Mark Bernhard

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