Best drama movie mistakes of 1970

Tora! Tora! Tora! picture

Other mistake: When the Japanese planes take off for Pearl Harbor, some of the 3 man torpedo planes only have a pilot.

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Patton picture

Factual error: When Patton orders his driver to drive to the Carthaginian battlefield he addresses him as "sergeant". He is, however, wearing corporal's chevrons. A famous stickler for discipline and ceremonial, Patton is not likely to have made a mistake like this.

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Revealing mistake: Near the end of the film, there is a football game played between the rival MASH units. Although the game is supposed to be taking place in a remote location of Korea in 1951, late model 1960's automobiles can be seen driving on a nearby highway as the game progresses. This gave away the fact that the football scenes were shot at a university in Southern California.

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Cromwell picture

Factual error: In the scene where the king attempts to seize the five members from Parliament, Cromwell makes a dramatic refusal to leave and proposes various "Laws" to prevent his arrest. Cromwell was not one of the five members whom the King tried to arrest and no law can come into force until it had been signed by the reigning Monarch anyway.

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Continuity mistake: About 3/4 through the film, which is supposedly set in the 1900s, there's an exterior shot of Jenny Agutter (as Roberta) talking to William Mervyn (as "the old gentleman"). Over Mervyn's shoulder can be seen a white delivery van driving rather fast along a road on the other side of the valley from where the filming took place (this is very obvious in the wide-screen version but less noticeable in the pan-and-scan TV version).

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes picture

Deliberate mistake: There are absolutely no lights ever to be found in the underground world and the ceiling is literally the surface's ground, but there is still a perfect level of lighting in the underground world regardless.

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Count Yorga, Vampire picture

Continuity mistake: When Erica eats the cat the telephone is on its side, then the right way up.

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Waterloo picture

Factual error: The Prussians are shown as wearing black with the Death's Head logo. In fact they wore dark blue. The uniforms shown were worn by Brunswickers who fought with Wellington.

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Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, James Caan is jogging west across the Penn St. bridge in Reading, PA. He is then immediately seen jogging north on 11th St., several miles and in the opposite direction of where he was just running.

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Revealing mistake: At the very end, a bat flying out of the mist toward the camera was intended to imply that Barnabas had taken bat form and could thus be around for a sequel. But through the haze, Barnabas can still be seen lying on the floor when the bat flies past.

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Scrooge picture

Revealing mistake: The wires holding up Jacob Marley's floating lock box and chains are visible.

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Little Big Man picture

Revealing mistake: During the Little Bighorn massacre one of Custer's lieutenants turns to address Custer and is struck in the back with an arrow, and the thick pad or board is visible under the actor's shirt.

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Darling Lili picture

Continuity mistake: In one scene when Hudson and Andrews enter the vestibule of her house, Rock can clearly be seen to have "mutton chop" sideburns. However, once inside the house, they're gone. When he goes back outside, they're back.

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Airport picture

Continuity mistake: Burt Lancaster is sitting in his car at the end, and he asks the tower if he can listen to the radio traffic for the incoming plane that's landing. The tower replies "Sure, it's on frequency 117.1". Burt then tunes the dial on his receiver to 171, not 117. 170 is blatantly written under the dial in bold type.

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Husbands picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the final scene (shot outside), one can clearly see the boom mic enter the top of the frame when Cassavetes's character is talking.

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I Walk the Line picture

Continuity mistake: When Tawes goes upstairs into the room where Alma is sitting on the bed, they hug then sit on the bed, and kiss. As they kiss, Tawes places his hand on her left shoulder. Then when it cuts to a closeup, his hand is missing.

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R.P.M. (1970)

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Luke has stolen the Jaguar from the old rich guy, there is a part where Luke drives the Jag up the wall of the tunnel and lands it on top of a truck. It is obvious that the car that goes up the wall isn't even real, it looks more like a Matchbox or Hotwheels car....

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jack Nicholson finds the piano on the back of the moving truck, he uncovers it and tosses the tarp on the side of the truck. Over the next few shots, the tarp disappears and then reappears draped over the side of the truck. As well, the shots of Billy Green Bush taken from outside the vehicle show his hands gesticulating wildly, while the shots from inside the vehicle, from over his right shoulder, show his right hand calmly positioned on the upper right part of the wheel. This scene also contains a magically appearing chair. When Jack first finds the piano, he has to lean over to play, but a few shots later, he is seated comfortably on a straight-backed kitchen chair.

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Plot hole: At the end of the movie, the sheriff is going home and gives his deputy and the mayor a ride home. They pass over a bridge with a sign that says 'Leaving Colusa County'. Surely they don't live outside the county?

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Love Story picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene at the hockey game where Oliver talks to Jenny while he's in the penalty box, he wears number 7. When the shot cuts to the action on the ice during this conversation, number 7 is in the game sliding on his stomach, and then back in the penalty box talking to Jenny.

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Flap (1970)

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Other mistake: A little more than halfway through the movie, they are robbing the train cars by uncoupling and switching the switch direction back and forth to direct the unwanted engine and caboose to the left branch. He switches the switch to go right for the wanted cars and forgets to switch it for the caboose. If you look at the tracks of the switch, it is already set for the train to go left. He then remembers to change the switch and the caboose goes left where it would have already gone.

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