Best movie mistakes of 1972

The Godfather picture

Factual error: In the scene when Michael visits his father in the hospital in 1945 there's a NYC Fire Dept. Sign on the wall with the name of the Commissioner, Robert O. Lowery, who was commissioner from 1966 to 1973.

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The Valachi Papers picture

Factual error: When Charles Bronson is making a telephone call on a pay phone, a 1971 or like vintage Mustang is parked within view...out of place for the time the film is supposed to take place. There are other similar auto related mistakes, mixing thirties cars with late models in traffic scenes.

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Last Tango in Paris picture

Revealing mistake: At her wake, Rose blinks when Paul leans in to clean her face.

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Jeremiah Johnson picture

Revealing mistake: Although the film is set during the aftermath of the Mexican War (1848-50), the mountain vistas display some lovely radio towers and fire ranger stations.

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Continuity mistake: After the opening sequence, Hylda Baker goes into her house carrying a natural straw shopping bag. When she appears inside the house, the bag has turned into a bright red patterned one.

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Carry on Abroad picture

Continuity mistake: At the start of the film, Joan Sims argues with Sid James over his trip with Barbara Windsor to Elsbels. When Joan finishes shouting at Sid, she has moved from one side to the bar to the other between shots.

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What's Up, Doc? picture

Revealing mistake: In the early part of the chase scene, when the person hanging the banner swings into the pane of glass, you can actually see it start to shatter before he touches it.

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Sleuth picture

Continuity mistake: When Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine are playing snooker, Olivier pots the black. There is then a wide shot, with the black visible again on its spot. The next shot is a close up of Olivier picking the black ball from the pocket and replacing it on the table.

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The Poseidon Adventure picture

Audio problem: Just before midnight when the band is playing "Morning After" the camera pans out for a wide shot of the dance floor - the dancers are dancing MUCH too fast for such a slow song - and you do still hear the song.

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1776 (1972)

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Continuity mistake: Near the end of "The Lees of Old Virginia," Richard Henry Lee is seated on a water fountain, and then stands up. In the following shot from behind, he is back on the fountain and stands up again.

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The Last House on the Left picture

Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the chainsaw sequence, a crewmember's hand is visible on Krug's back.

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Cosa Nostra picture

Visible crew/equipment: At the very beginning, just after the flowers are delivered, a boom mike drops in from the top of the screen.

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes picture

Revealing mistake: When McDonald is in the tunnels and is called to pick up the phone, he picks up a red phone. It is a standard Bell TouchTone desk phone. To make the phone look more futuristic, there was no cord and it was disguised as a cordless phone. The port that the cord would plug into is covered by a piece of colored tape. This also can be seen in the operations center of Ape Control when the worker picks up the phone.

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Carry On Matron picture

Continuity mistake: When Mr Bernard pulls Miss Banks' dress he throws it behind her. When she runs to her office she is holding the dress in her hand.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex picture

Visible crew/equipment: A boom mike is visible at the very end of the "What's My Perversion" segment.

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Deliverance picture

Revealing mistake: When the mountain man is grinning at Jon Voight tied to the tree, you can see that his "missing" front tooth is actually painted black.

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Mutiny on the Buses picture

Revealing mistake: When Stan is in the safari park driving the bus with the monkey on the steering wheel the scene outside the bus is obviously background projection and at times it runs backwards giving the impression that the bus is in reverse when all the time it is going forwards.

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Frenzy (1972)

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Continuity mistake: Watch the bar scene about ten minutes from the start of the film. The barmaid is holding 2 pints, but note how the froth disappears when the shot changes as they are placed on the bar.

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Dracula A.D. 1972 picture

Other mistake: Near the end, as Van Helsing parts the wooden fence and enters St Botulph's churchyard, the camera tilts up and catches two builders on top of a construction sight watching the filming.

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Cabaret picture

Factual error: When Sally and Bryan are in the street, we can see, at their back, election posters. These posters appeared in 1932, one year after the movie is supposed to take place.

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Superfly picture

Continuity mistake: The protagonist is weilding his karate skills against the crooked cops in the final fight scene. One of his foes is wearing a white fishing cap. Superfly belts him and knocks of the cap, there is a cut and then the cap is on again. The cap is on and then off again twice more in the same fight scene.

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Bless This House picture

Continuity mistake: During the food fight in the cafe, the cream on the cafe owner's face keeps disappearing and re-appearing between shots.

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Nybyggarna picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Robert and Arvid are in the desert and Robert falls into the pit, you can see the shadow of director Jan Troell holding the camera.

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Play It Again, Sam picture

Continuity mistake: As Allen is preparing for his blind date, he knocks almost everything off the second shelf of the medicine cabinet, while trying to control the hair dryer. When the camera changes position, however, it's all back on the shelf.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland picture

Revealing mistake: After Alice falls down the hole, into the leaves, she gets up and runs down a stone to follow the White Rabbit. As she runs down the stone, it quite visibly squashes down under he feet, revealing that it is foam.

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Tintin and the Lake of Sharks picture

Continuity mistake: When Tintin and the two kids are escaping from the submarine lair, the water level keeps changing. It's supposed to be more and more high, but it's lower in some shots.

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Dr Wilson
Joe Kidd picture

Other mistake: When Joe Kidd (Clint Eastwood) is shooting his 1896 Muster Machine pistol, with the long barrel, even though he fires numerous shots the hammer remains fully cocked and does not move.

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Return of the Dragon picture

Continuity mistake: After Bruce Lee kills Chuck Norris, he walks back and picks up Chucks Gi and Obi (karate shirt and karate belt). The belt is hanging and dragging on the floor but as Bruce walks from behind a column, the Obi appears to be folded properly.

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Sitting Target picture

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film when Oliver Reed is in the Range Rover and ramming the Hillman Avenger, watch the number plate of the Avenger. It switches repeatedly between a 'K' suffix and a 'J'.

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The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid picture

Other mistake: In the shot where the men are playing a game of baseball, if you look carefully in the background you will see that cars are driving down the highway. Considering that this movie was supposed to take place in the 1800's...

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