Best movie mistakes of 1974

Towering Inferno picture

Revealing mistake: Watch carefully as the statue falls on the bartender. It barely touches his chest and rests on his left thigh. As the bartender slumps dead you can see a wide open gap between his whole upper body and the statue. Even if it crushed his thigh it would not have killed him so quickly. When the bartender slumps down the statue rocks freely as he brushes against it; obviously a styrofoam replica.

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Dirty Mary Crazy Larry picture
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry mistake picture

Continuity mistake: During the chase where Larry's Charger knocks a police car in the river, the '69 Charger becomes a '68 Charger in one shot, as seen from the front. The '68 has a different grille than the '69 models.

Stardust picture

Factual error: While the band's clothes and hairstyles are right for the era the film was set in (the sixties), the hair fashions and clothes of the extras, especially the audience and security men, are from when this film was made - the mid seventies.

Blazing Saddles picture

Continuity mistake: When the crook kicks the door on a building in the fake town it falls over, but the same building falls over again when the dynamite goes off.

Carry On Dick picture

Continuity mistake: When Barbara Windsor is getting undressed to prove that she is not a man, there is a red garment which is crumpled up on the bed behind her. When she finishes undressing the red garment is spread fully across the bed.

The Night Porter picture

Continuity mistake: This film's set in the 50s, but the actors use 20 Austrian Schilling bank notes, which were only issued in the mid 1970s.

Young Frankenstein picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Inga, Fredrick and Igor throw the net over the monster, Inga sticks the syringe of the sedative in the monster's back but does not push down on the top, yet the monster still falls over. A few seconds later when she collapses on the monster, you can see all of the fluid inside spray out.

The Front Page picture

Factual error: Just before Walther Matthau meets Susan Sarandon for the first time in her dressing room in the movie theater, he passes a poster for "All Quiet On the Western Front" in the hall. "All Quiet On the Western Front" wasn't made until 1930 and this film is supposed to take place in 1928.

The Lords of Flatbush picture

Factual error: One of the main characters has a Harley Davidson. The movie is supposed to take place in the fifties. The Harley had an electric start primary cover which wasn't made by Harley until 1965.

The Man with the Golden Gun picture
The Man with the Golden Gun mistake picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Bond tries to get the golden bullet from the belly dancer named Saheeda, some angry gangsters enter her dressing room. As they start destroying the place, you can see the crew in the mirror on the dressing table very clearly after one of the bad guys is knocked into it, nudging it out of position.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre picture

Revealing mistake: After the crazy man cuts his own hand, he laughs and waves the knife. Watch carefully and you can see the hose behind the blade the blood came through.

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The Godfather: Part II picture

Other mistake: When young Vito Corleone shoots Fanucci in the chest at the doorway to his apartment, in a continuous shot, a wound/blood bursts from Fanucci's white vest. When Fanucci proceeds to tear his vest open seemingly in disbelief he has been shot, there is no entry-wound, blood or hole in his white shirt directly under where the wound appeared in his vest.

Dark Star picture

Revealing mistake: In the main control room / flight deck, the illuminated buttons are clearly top-down plastic ice trays.

The Year Without a Santa Claus picture

Continuity mistake: When Mrs. Claus first visits Snow Miser, he refers to Heat Miser as his "step-brother" but if they are both Mother Nature's sons, he would be his half-brother.

Chinatown picture

Continuity mistake: At 1972 Canyon Drive before Jake meets Katherine Cross, the dried flowers in the vase behind the sofa have been rearranged since we saw them at the beginning of the scene.

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The Longest Yard picture

Revealing mistake: When Crewe dumps the car in the river, you can see the wire attached to it that was used to pull it out of the water. Burt Reynolds mentions it on the DVD commentary.

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Earthquake picture

Revealing mistake: When the airplane is coming in for a landing, we see an exterior shot of the plane shaking violently well before it has touched down. Clearly the "earthquake" effect is achieved by merely shaking the camera.

Murder on the Orient Express picture

Continuity mistake: When Poirot and Mr. Ratchett first meet in the restaurant car, Poirot has to correct Ratchett's pronunciation of his name. Poirot then points with his right hand toward Ratchett, but when it cuts to a close-up of Poirot, both his hands are on the table. The angle changes back, and Poirot's hand is once again lifted.

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Gone in 60 Seconds picture

Continuity mistake: When Hadrian jumps the mustang over the upturned car, the film slows down to show the jump in slow motion. When the car lands, it hits so hard the car spins around and ends up facing the cars it jumped. The scene is then repeated at normal speed, but just as the car would be shown spinning out, a shot of the car driving away from the accident is shown.

Zardoz picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene in which Zed & his fellow exterminators chase down several brutals on the beach, tire tracks from the camera vehicle can be seen briefly imprinted in the wet sand.

Where the Lilies Bloom picture

Continuity mistake: When the girl is driving the truck, you can plainly see the front bumper get bent, but a few scenes later it is straight again.

Death Wish picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Stuart Margolin closes the car's door at the airport after putting the going-away present in Charles Bronson's suitcase, the camera's shadow is seen in the door.

Foxy Brown picture

Continuity mistake: There are a number of scenes (stable house, car, hotel) showing Claudia wearing a green harness dress. It is quite obvious that she is not wearing a brassiere in all of those scenes. In the hotel room, where Foxy and Claudia meet the judges, Claudia removes the green dress and is now wearing a bra. It would be highly unlikely that she would be putting one on, at the same time she is getting undressed. This was obviously done to cut down on nudity in the film.

Herbie Rides Again picture

Continuity mistake: When Nicole takes Whitfield for his first ride in Herbie, the car rears up onto its back wheels. But in the very next shot of Whitfield's startled reaction, the rear-screen projection of the street behind them is footage taken from a level view, not an elevated one.

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The Yakuza picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Herb Edelman is explaining to Richard Jordan exactly whom Robert Mitchum is going to see, a microphone can be seen at the bottom of the screen, just under the low coffee table.

Phantom of the Paradise picture

Other mistake: Swan visibly misses the Phantom's finger when he stabs it to draw blood for his contract.

Confessions of a Window Cleaner picture

Other mistake: When WPC Liz Radlett is taking Tim's details after he has broken the car window with his ladder, a woman wearing a tartan coat and a purple hat can be seen on the far side of the road by the telephone box. When the camera switches to the other side of the road the same woman walks behind Tim and Liz several times.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are in the car with the crazy driver. The car goes over the embankment and as it flips you can see a wheel break off. A short time later they both drive off in the same car, with the wheel attached again.

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Lenny (1974)

Lenny picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the apartment scene with Dustin Hoffman and Valerie Perrine, he prances in front of a vanity mirror, and a big boom mike is right over his head, hanging deep into the shot, reflected in the mirror. The boom mike is quickly retracted, so they knew they had made a mistake, but the shot remained in the finished film.

The Island at the Top of the World picture

Visible crew/equipment: There's a scene where the airship Hyperion is flying low among the icebergs and the Captain is bragging about his piloting prowess. In one shot the ship emerges from behind a pillar of ice, and the shadow of a large piece of overhead rigging falls over the top of the miniature berg.

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