Best movie mistakes of 1974

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The 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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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.

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The Man with the Golden Gun picture

Revealing mistake: During the fight scene in the belly dancer's room, Bond spins the bald guy around to avoid being hit by a chair. When the bald guy gets hit in the back with the chair, you can see a large rectangle of padding under his jacket.

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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.

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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. (01:21:25)

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Dirty Mary Crazy Larry pictureDirty 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. (01:09:40)

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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.

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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.

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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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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. (01:12:05)

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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. (00:13:40)

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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.

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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.

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The Year Without a Santa Claus picture

Continuity mistake: When Jingle, Jangle, and Mrs. Claus pay a visit to Mother Nature, Mother Nature calls her sons beside her - Snow Miser and Heat Miser. She then turns to Snow Miser and asks him to allow a little snow fall in the South, and then turns to his brother, Heat Miser, and asks to allow just "one Spring day at the North Pole." The words are correct dialog, but she should have said each of those lines to the OTHER brother. (00:39:40)

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Dark Star picture

Factual error: In the scene right after pinback shoots the beach-ball alien, we see the Dark Star space craft cruising past a planet with a sun in the background. You can see a reflection on the planet which is coming from the space craft. I'm sorry, but usually ships in space are not large enough to reflect off a planet, especially to the degree this one does. (00:48:20)

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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.

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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. (01:53:20)

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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.

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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.

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