Best action movie continuity mistakes of 1972

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The Poseidon Adventure picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where they start going through the pipe and end up in the funnel thing Gene Hackman takes off the pipe cover and leans it against the wall. After everybody gets into the funnel it shows the water lapping at the pipe. In the background you see the cover is leaning against the pipe, not the wall.

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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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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes picture

Continuity mistake: When the apes are breaking into the command post, just as Breck says "Shoot them! Shoot them all!", the door is about half sliced down. A few shots later, the door is almost entirely sliced down with no time to do so.

Casual Person
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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 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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