Best movie mistakes of 1969

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The Italian Job picture

Factual error: While Bridger is watching the film of the Mafia boss following Beckerman he signals for the film to be stopped so he can look at the close up shot of the man. He is watching a 16mm film shown through a bog standard projector - stop a film like that for more than two seconds without closing down the projector shutter (this doesn't happen - if it did the screen would darken instantly) and it will melt and catch fire. This doesn't happen.

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Mackenna's Gold picture

Continuity mistake: Indians are on a hilltop and a jet vapour trail can be seen in the sky.

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Krakatoa, East of Java picture

Factual error: Krakatoa is west of Java.

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Easy Rider picture

Continuity mistake: In the early part when Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper are getting their choppers ready, the film clip was reversed. You can tell because the American flag on Fonda's jacket has the stars on the right shoulder, not the left like the rest of the movie. (00:06:10)

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Battle of Britain picture

Continuity mistake: It is 1940. Two pilots come out of a house - one of them has just lost his wife and family in the London Blitz, the other is an RAF Squadron Leader. The door they come out of has a modern electric bell push - a post 1965 version, white rectangular box with a round button.

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Continuity mistake: During the infamous scene where Barbara Windsor loses her bikini top, Hattie Jacques is shown several times, but her hat disappears in one shot, reappearing in the next, and so on.

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Oh! What a Lovely War picture

Factual error: At the end of the 'Goodbye' the men all board a train which leaves along a track on a seaside pier. The shot changes from this stylised vision to a shot of an Edwardian Lady alone on a railway platform. In the background is a 1970s, ie. modern, diesel train.

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service picture

Audio problem: In the opening scene, Bond sees Tracy in the ocean and drives his Aston Martin onto the beach to rescue her. When he stops, we hear screeching tyres, but he is driving on sand.

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Marooned picture

Revealing mistake: Early in the film Gene Hackman tests a rocket-powered backpack outside the space station. He slowly spins sideways through a complete circle, but instead of each side of his body being lit up in turn as it's pointed towards the sun, the light stays constant throughout the maneuver, showing that the makers just took a photo of Hackman and rotated it.

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Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid picture

Revealing mistake: In the opening sequence when Sundance shoots the gun belt off the card player, the film was cut to make the quick draw appear faster. You can see Butch's image jump across the screen in the background.

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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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Support Your Local Sheriff picture

Revealing mistake: When McCullough is discussing Prudy's oddities with the matronly lady out front of the mayor's house, it is obvious that the lady is standing on a dirt-covered concrete sidewalk.

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Take The Money And Run picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Woody Allen cuts out a piece of glass out of a shop window, the camera, dolly, some crew members and a crowd of spectators can be seen reflected in the glass.

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Carry On Again Doctor picture

Continuity mistake: Gladstone has a drink in Dr Nookey's office, but he doesn't pour it. It just appears in his hand.

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True Grit picture

Other mistake: Throughout most of the film, Mattie Ross' gun is correctly shown to be a Colt's Dragoon .44 caliber revolver. However, in the scene where Tom Chaney is looking down at her from the top of the well into which she had fallen, the gun in his hand is a Colt's Model 1860 Army. Presumably, when he, too falls into the well after being shot by Marshall Cogburn, the gun goes with him. When Cogburn retrieves the weapon before helping Mattie out of the pit, the gun is once more a Colt's Dragoon.

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My Side of the Mountain picture

Revealing mistake: Sam is supposedly far away from civilization, but throughout the movie you can see a ski slope in the background. (00:16:05)

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The Wild Bunch picture

Continuity mistake: Sykes is shot in the right leg, in the thigh area, by the bounty hunters. We see the blood clearly on it when he sits on a rock and holds his leg. Later, when he returns to Aquaverde where he meets Robert Ryan, we see as he sits on his horse that his left leg is bandaged.

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie picture

Factual error: As director Ronald Neame himself points out in his commentary to the DVD, immediately after Sandy has been heating a piece of bread in the fireplace, she grabs the end of the fork on which it is placed and does not burn herself. (00:19:00)

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed picture

Continuity mistake: Frankenstein buys a sprig of freesias as a buttonhole: two yellow flowers and a purple. The sprig immediately changes into two purple flowers and a yellow. When Frankenstein meets Mrs Brandt and they go into the drawing room, the flowers are two purples and a red with yellow centre. Once in the cellar to see Mr Brandt, the red goes, and a yellow is back with two purples. (00:57:45 - 01:03:55)

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Winning picture

Factual error: Lou Erding qualifies his car (42) in third, yet prior to engine startup, the famous "position pole" shows 42 as starting in 20th.

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