Best action movie mistakes of 1972

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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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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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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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Fist of Fury picture

Audio problem: When Bruce Lee finishes fighting with the Japanese school using a nunchaku and is going to fight with the fat man, he folds the weapon and tosses it to the floor on his left. It lands without making a sound.

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All the Way Boys picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Spencer and Hill fly the second air plane, the studio headlights are mirrored in Hill's sunglasses. (00:20:35)

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Innocent Bystanders picture

Factual error: When Craig is being tortured in "New York," a spy operative threatens to plug in the electric shock machine in a European socket/outlet, rather than an American-type socket.

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Shaft's Big Score! picture

Plot hole: Shaft's friend has been killed at the beginning of the movie. Bad guys show up at his sister's door for a fake flower delivery, and Shaft kills them. He asks the dying baddie "Who put a contract out on me?", but how does he know? We as audience know there is indeed a contract on Shaft since we've seen the conversation with the mobster, but as far as Shaft knows, all evidence points at Arna being the target, and he even explained the money-related motive a mere minute before.

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril picture

Revealing mistake: When O-Yuki is having a flashback to the duel she had with her trainer, at one point he "magically" sets his sword on fire. However, if you watch the scene carefully you can see a cord that runs from the sword into his robes, probably some kind of fuel line. You can see it twice: once in a wide shot showing the trainer and O-Yuki when he laughs and slowly raises the sword and a second time when he blocks O-Yuki's attack and punches her in the stomach. (00:45:58)

Jack Vaughan

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance picture

Revealing mistake: When Itto puts the cover on the baby carriage it's obvious that the sudden downpour of rain is just a sprinkler placed in front of the camera. Pay attention to the cover, Itto's clothing and the puddle behind the carriage, they remain completely dry/untouched. (00:11:00)

Jack Vaughan

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Aguirre, The Wrath of God picture

Revealing mistake: At one point when the soldiers are walking through the jungle, one of them steps into a trap and is pulled up into the trees to be killed by Indians. However, if you watch this scene carefully, when the soldier (who steps into the trap) walks into frame you can see a wire already attached to his foot leading up into the trees. He doesn't step into a trap. (00:22:26)

Jack Vaughan

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx picture

Revealing mistake: When Itto is bathing, near the beginning of the film, he hears the clanking sound and then there is a close-up shot of his face. The start of his wig, the hairline, is visible. (00:08:48)

Jack Vaughan

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The Way of the Dragon picture

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, Bruce Lee enters a restaurant in the Rome airport and, because he can't read the menu nor speak the language, he accidentally orders five bowls of Campbell's Soup. When the waitress first delivers the five bowls, the soups are very different colors than they are in subsequent close-ups. Disappointed but hungry, Bruce plows into the soup. Ten sequential close-up shots show him dipping his spoon into bright red, tomato-based soups; but, by the time the spoon reaches his mouth, the spoon is dripping creamy white soup, every time.

Charles Austin Miller

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades picture

Other mistake: It makes no sense that the pimp would die from having the tip of his tongue bitten off. (00:23:35)

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The Deathless Devil picture

Revealing mistake: The protagonist jumps from a bridge and boards the train to try to save the Professor. When he is walking on the top of the carriages, look at the treetops in the background; the train is stationary. (00:12:00)

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Kaijû daifunsen: Daigorou tai Goriasu picture

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Kumagoro visits the Uncle at the hospital, he drops a package on him; the niece looks at him startled, her arms crossed in a different position between shots.

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