Revealing mistake: When we see the space station from the cockpit of the approaching shuttle, the station does not appear to rotate because the shuttle is rotating at the same speed. OK...except that the station IS still rotating with respect to the sun, which means that the light source and shadows on the station should be moving.
Revealing mistake: After the accident with the German car crashing into the pile of snow in which the Germans were killed, Schaffer first hangs an MP40 on his shoulder and then somehow pulls up a body with only one hand. And with the changing of the grip, (from chest to legs) the 'body' stands on his own feet to give Schaffer the time and opportunity to do it properly. (00:50:10)
Revealing mistake: In the scene where Chitty is taking off from the castle, Caracticus looks down at the toymaker and Peter and says, "Bye bye". If you look closely, right in front of them, a boy runs across holding a stick he stole from one of the cavalrymen. He is waving it around and you can tell it's fake because it flops around like rubber. (02:16:50)
Revealing mistake: When Walther Matthau is making sandwiches for his poker pals (during the movie's first poker game), Matthau drops a slice of bread on the kitchen floor. If you look at his hand, you'll see that he flicks his thumb to make the slice of bread fall.
Revealing mistake: Whenever Dr. Nemur is smoking, you can tell the cigarette's not lit, because you can't see any smoke. When Mrs. Kinnian smokes in the movie, plenty of smoke is visible.
Revealing mistake: Just after the scene where the doctor asks Columbo to switch off the light before leaving, the detective does so, but it can be seen that both light switches are down before he does this, and that they are still both in the down position after he "switches off" the light.
Revealing mistake: When Bullitt is in the Coffee Contata restaurant, he called Delgetti at the grungy hotel. Bullitt didn't look at a note for the supposedly unfamiliar phone number, but it seems as if the number wouldn't take much to remember, either. The number Bullitt dials on the rotary phone sounds as if it is made up of only the digits 1, 2 and maybe a 3, to not slow down the sequence.
Revealing mistake: Except for the one that crashes, every single helicopter in this film is 100% factory fresh, brand new - no mud spatters, no scratched paint, not a dent or a blemish anywhere. They look like they just rolled off the production line. Strange that, on the front line in a war zone and all.
Revealing mistake: Early in the opening scene, Barbara and her brother Johnny are going to put flowers on their father's grave. As the two of them approach the gravesite, with Barbara leading the way around a low cut bush (centre screen), the camera angle changes and suddenly their positions in their walk have unrealistically changed. After Barbara says, "There it is," the camera angle changes and we now see Johnny walking behind the bush in a spot he had already walked (so he walks a small patch of lawn twice). Barbara instantaneously changes from walking full stride with her hands in her coat pocket to a momentary standing position with legs apart and the beginning of an initial step. Her hands are now no longer in her pockets but swinging at her side.