Best movie mistakes of 1971

Diamonds are Forever picture

Continuity mistake: When Bond escapes from the Willard Whyte facility in the desert in the moon buggy, a car that is chasing him goes over a ridge and turns on its side as the buggy speeds by. A wheel rolls back into the shot, all on its own. It doesn't belong to the car, or the three three wheelers also chasing, but looks like it belongs to the buggy, which has its full compliment of wheels all through the scene.

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Dirty Harry picture

Continuity mistake: In the early scene when Harry walks across the street to confront the wounded robber on the street ("Did he fire six shots or only five?"), the shotgun used by the robber is lying several feet from the robber's hand, but when he reaches the robber, the camera shot shows the shotgun just a few inches from the robber's left hand.

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory picture

Revealing mistake: When Charlie and Grandpa Joe drink the fizzy lifting drink and are floating in the air you can see the hook that is connected to the wire that Charlie is being held up by.

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Billy Jack picture

Continuity mistake: The scene where the two guys have Delores (Jean) tied down and are about to rape her you can see the microphone at their feet as they sit on the ground talking about it.

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The French Connection picture

Continuity mistake: When the drug tester gets done with testing the heroin, he blows out the lit candle on the bottom. But when there is a far shot of him talking, the candle is still burning.

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On the Buses picture

Continuity mistake: Vera gets onto her bus just after Stan and Jack have put spiders in the cab. She is wearing boots when she discovers the spiders, causing her to run into the back of the lorry. As she does so, it is evident that she is wearing shoes.

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Duel (1971)

Duel picture

Visible crew/equipment: When David's car gets stuck on the bus bumper, the next shot is of the bus' black bumper and the side of the car. At the top of the black bumper there are two people seen in the reflection. The person on the left turns and takes a step to the right.

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Vanishing Point picture
Vanishing Point mistake picture

Factual error: At the end of the movie the 1970 Challenger R/T that is shown crashing into the bulldozers is actually a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of impact. It's visible for just a few frames, from behind at impact (before exploding) and later as it stands on its nose, after the fire is put out. Note the plain steel wheels, painted silver in the latter shot.

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A Clockwork Orange picture

Continuity mistake: When Alex and his droogs come in on Billy Boy making ready to rape the young girl, the first shot shows the lacing of a shoe or sandal on the girl's left calf, but afterward it jumps to her right.

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Bedknobs And Broomsticks picture

Revealing mistake: After Lansbury makes her clothes start to move, her nightgown attacks someone and you can notice the strings that make the gown move.

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Le Mans picture

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the race, the cars are clean and dirty in the same race lap.

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The Omega Man picture

Visible crew/equipment: Very early on in the movie, Neville is happily driving around the deserted streets. Half way through this scene the camera shows us Neville's view out the front windscreen of the car. Ahead, moving cars can be seen crossing the intersection, obviously where the streets hadn't been blocked off for the filming of the movie.

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The Boy Friend picture

Continuity mistake: Polly Browne is in her dressing room with a picture of Tony Brockhurst on her mirror. She starts to sing and picks the picture off the mirror. As we see a close-up in her hands it is a totally different picture of Tony. As she puts it back, the photo has reverted back to the original.

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Nicholas and Alexandra picture

Factual error: Prime Minister Peter Stolypin is shown at the Romanov Tercentery, which marked 300 years of Romanov rule. Stolypin died in 1911, yet the Tercentenary was held in 1913. Also, Alexei's Spala incident happened in 1912, and was also shown after the Tercentenary.

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes picture

Revealing mistake: When the bats invade Dr. Dunwoody's bedroom, you can see the strings on one of them.

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Fiddler on the Roof picture

Continuity mistake: When Tevye goes into town before the Sabbath to make his deliveries, a bunch of men and women run up to him complaining about how late he is. Yet as soon as he starts filling the orders and talking there are only men around him. Where did the women go?

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Death In Venice picture

Continuity mistake: When Von Aschenbach is dressing for dinner on his first night in the hotel, he makes a great show of placing a red, silk handkerchief in the breast pocket of his white dinner jacket. When he goes down to the dining room, the handkerchief is no longer showing.

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Straw Dogs picture

Continuity mistake: When Dustin Hoffman drives into town at great speed, he swerves around a tractor going in the opposite direction. He parks the car and exactly one minute later the same tractor drives towards him from the middle of town and heads off up the same road it had already travelled. To accomplish this, it must have turned around and driven back to town at about 90 mph - about 5 times its normal top speed.

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Carry On at Your Convenience picture

Visible crew/equipment: At the end of the film when the women have broken up the strike, after everyone has gone back in Sid James and Hattie Jacques are standing talking in front of Sid's car you can see the boom mike reflecting in the window of Sid's car.

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Big Jake picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where John Wayne picks up the red box of money he lifts it onto his back and walks to an open door. As he goes out the door the camera moves to outside and we see John Wayne come out of the building. Now the red box is completely on his shoulder, rather than his back.

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Get Carter picture

Continuity mistake: When Carter is shot at the very end of the film, his shot gun falls clear of his body. In the following shot as the sea washes around his body, his hand is resting on the gun.

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Bananas picture

Audio problem: When Woody Allen is driving in his car, he is talking to himself. In the next shot, when the car is shown farther away, you can still hear his voice talking, but his mouth isn't moving.

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Carnal Knowledge picture

Continuity mistake: When Sandy takes out a condom in bed with Susan, her hair changes between shots.

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The Andromeda Strain picture

Continuity mistake: On Day 2, when the two officers go into the town's doctor's office, they leave the van with the driver's door way open, beyond 90 degrees, almost 180. The door didn't move to indicate it corrected itself as they went in. When they come out, the door is almost closed. And there has been no indication of a wind other than the helicopter, and that is supposed to be 1000 feet up and not even close to the office.

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Scorpious
Man in the Wilderness picture

Factual error: When the trappers first encounter the Rickarees, the bow cannon is discharged, creating an explosion near the Indians, who promptly turn and ride away. Immediately after, a second shell explodes near them. It would be impossible for a single gunner to sponge out and reload with cartridge and ball in the space of 10 seconds.

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Support Your Local Gunfighter picture

Revealing mistake: A 'bald wig' is visible on Harry Morgan when he first arrives in Purgatory.

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Dad's Army picture

Revealing mistake: When the platoon hear the church bells, they mistake it for the invasion signal and construct a barricade across the high street. If you look behind them you can see cars parked on the road in the distance that date from well after the 1940s.

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Harold and Maude picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Maude pulls the banjo out of a cabinet, you see the reflection of crew and lights.

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Animal Treasure Island picture

Continuity mistake: When Gran first dangles down from the ventilation shaft, the slaver's key ring is too wide to fit through the opening. But when Jim loses his balance and Gran is jerked back into the cell, the key ring is suddenly much smaller than before.

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Shaft (1971)

Shaft picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Bumpy comes to visit Shaft at the beginning, you can see a microphone under Shaft's shirt.

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