Best movie revealing mistakes of 1974

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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 Godfather: Part II picture

Revealing mistake: In scene at the brothel, with the senator and the dead prostitute, the (dead) prostitute is breathing in the last shot of her, covered in a bloody sheet. (01:15:30)

michaelwbaldwin
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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 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.

Deadman63
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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)

Mortug
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Dirty Mary Crazy Larry picture

Revealing mistake: When the Charger hits the red truck, the truck turns over with the assistance of a 'pipe cannon' (note the sudden eruption of white smoke from under the truck). This device is like a large gun, pointed down that fires a cylindrical wooden 'bullet' at the ground, and the pressure behind it forces one side of the truck upward, causing the flip. Evidence of its use is seen when the passing cop drives away and in the street is a perfectly circular 'dent' in the asphalt with a burn mark surrounding it. (01:12:50 - 01:16:20)

johnrosa
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Suggested correction: A cannon roll uses a large device, usually a metal pipe that is pointed down, but it does not fire a "bullet" wooden or otherwise. It is just the force of the explosive charge focused downwards that causes the cars to roll over.

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Young Frankenstein picture

Revealing mistake: When Helga is sent flying into her room, the support cable that is attached to her is visible.

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Blazing Saddles picture

Revealing mistake: When Mongo wakes up and breaks free of the chains, in the shot where he breaks free, the chains suddenly shift position and some even disappear. This is because the camera was stopped and the chains were replaced with fake break always before the camera was restarted. Another way to see this is because the water that dripping down Mongo's face suddenly stops. (01:02:15)

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Earthquake pictureEarthquake mistake picture

Revealing mistake: In the office tower after the quake there is a panic and workers rush down the stairs only to find them fallen away. After two women fall to their death a man is left hanging on a girder, but falls onto a giant piece of glass. Look at the top of the frame and you will see the airbag shooting our from under it.

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Dark Star picture

Revealing mistake: When Pinback is hanging from the lift, just before he decides to undo the bolts, you can see a piece of wood supporting his back. (00:43:00)

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Airport 1975 picture

Revealing mistake: When the co-pilot gets sucked out of the plane, it's obviously a dummy.

William Bergquist
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Foxy Brown picture

Revealing mistake: When Jackie shoots her brother's left ear, there is a hole punched into the wall, behind him. We should be able to see into the hole, but we can't because the angle of the hole into the wallboard is wrong. From where Jackie took her shot, the bullet should be angled similarly to the (extra bright) light and the camera angle (our POV), but, instead, it goes perpendicularly into the wallboard. (00:35:20)

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Chinatown pictureChinatown mistake picture

Revealing mistake: When Gittes visits the orange grove and crashes into the tree, you can see that a steel plate has been placed around the tree to protect it.

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Zardoz picture

Revealing mistake: In the very early scene in which Zed points his revolver directly toward the viewing audience and shoots, it's visible that there is no ammunition in the gun's chambers.

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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot picture

Revealing mistake: When Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges are being chased by George Kennedy and his partner, Bridges is driving off the dirt road down and embankment and you can clearly see that in the passenger seat is a faceless dummy instead of Eastwood or another stunt man.

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three picture

Revealing mistake: When Mr. Green pulls out of 28th Street, we see him disengage the "Dead Man's Feature" (by pressing down on the throttle with his hand). However, he does not actually move the control lever to make the train move. In that position, the train is at "idle" and will not accelerate.

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Herbie Rides Again picture

Revealing mistake: When Herbie dives into the ocean, water can be seen coming out of the open back window, even though the next shot shows the inside completely dry and the window closed.

AJ Aneres
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Stardust picture

Revealing mistake: In most scenes where you see the group's van, it has the year letter on the number plate covered up. But when they park outside their manager's office, you can see that it has an F registration dating from 1967/8, meaning it would be too modern for the early part of the film.

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TNT Jackson picture

Revealing mistake: During the chase that opens the movie, the guy trying to escape shuts the door labeled "Back Stage" behind him. The various goons try to push it open, but only the badass villain with the charismatic afro can do it using his palm strikes. Sort of though, because just before he shows up in front of the door, you can see the door was unlocked and opened under the push of the normal minions, with the light fully showing between door and frame. (00:03:10)

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Ten Little Indians picture

Revealing mistake: It's supposed to be the middle of the night when Elsa disappears, but the day for night effect is lacking to the say the least; the sun glow can be seen around the building, and the perfectly white clouds when Elsa is walking through the ruins. (00:33:00)

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