Best movie mistakes of 1978

Superman picture

Revealing mistake: Superman has fillings in his teeth.

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Grease picture

Revealing mistake: In the soda shop, the waitress turns off the lights with her elbow because her hands are full, but she misses the light switch by 6 inches.

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Animal House picture

Factual error: At Professor Jennings' place, the stoned Boon and Katy sing "Hey Paula." The song was only pressed in November 1962 and didn't break into the charts nationally until late December of that year, whereas the scene depicted takes place sometime in the autumn of the same year, before the song would've even been recorded.

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Halloween picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Michael is carrying Annie's body into the house her head is on the left side of his body. After they show Tommy looking out the window they cut back to Michael and suddenly Annie's head is on the right side of his body.

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Continuity mistake: The yellow getaway car crashes on the waste land then rolls over. After it has come to rest, the mounds of earth used to roll the car have disappeared. Also, the car's windscreen disappears. Just before the crash, on an inside shot, it is there, but on the outside shots it has disappeared.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers picture

Visible crew/equipment: There's a scene in which someone goes into a phone booth to make a call. As the phone booth door closes you can see a reflection of the cameraman.

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Dawn of the Dead picture

Continuity mistake: When the old car blows up both of the dead zombies are gone.

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Midnight Express picture

Visible crew/equipment: Towards the end of the film when Billy runs at the top of the screen towards the exit of the jail, you can see the film crew at the bottom of the screen.

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene in the Beatles hotel room where Nancy Allen comes out from under the cart with the cokes on it, when she first sees the Beatles' guitars, notice that in the very first scene, the Hofner bass is left handed (the pick guard is on the left as you're looking at it), then it cuts to her, then when it cuts back to her rolling on the floor with the bass, it's suddenly right handed, then when in the last scene with her handling it, it's left handed again.

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Convoy (1978)

Convoy picture

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film when Spider Mike is rescued from a town. The Rubber Duck's truck is damaged. It looses the bullbars on the front, and the windbreaker on the roof is flattened against the roof of the cab. Yet after leaving the town, in a series of shots showing the Rubber Duck's truck. The damage disappears or varies. The windbreaker appears fixed and so do the bars, yet in the next shot just the windbreaker is fixed and the bars aren't. It continues like this through a montage and then in the next scene when it cuts back to a close up of the truck both are damaged again.

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Jaws 2 (1978)

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Brody approaches the group of teenagers on their smashed boats, the angle cuts to show Brody approaching seen as if from Cable Junction. At this point, there is a huge mistake. The teenagers' boats are clearly visible in the foreground, the kids have all completely vanished, and you can spot the cameraman standing on the boats quite clearly.

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Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke picture

Continuity mistake: When Cheech stops to pick up Chong, the driver's window is down. A moment later, it's up.

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The Deer Hunter picture

Factual error: The boys go deer hunting somewhere in the Appalachians, but the geology is all wrong. That scene is in North Cascades National Park in Washington State. In addition, the "deer" they are hunting is a Red Stag. Not typically found in the Appalachians.

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Force 10 from Navarone picture

Revealing mistake: In one of the river flooding scenes after the dam bursts, you can see a modern day vehicle (most likely a pickup truck) for a few seconds on a highway next to the river.

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Death on the Nile picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bette Davis has lost her shawl there is a shot of her and Maggie Smith from far away. They talk about the time and in the background Angela Lansbury is drinking. She puts down her glass and leans her head on her hand. Then the shot changes to a close-up of Bette Davis and Maggie Smith and you can see Angela Lansbury in the background, with the glass in her hand, just about to take a drink.

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Hooper (1978)

Hooper picture

Continuity mistake: There is one scene in the final earthquake as Ski and Sonny are driving around the city that's being destroyed - the Trans Am gets hit from the right side, hard enough to throw the car into a small skid, but seconds later there is no damage to the car, and nothing like that was discussed during the planning of the stunt. One has to wonder if that hit was unintentional and not scripted.

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Heaven Can Wait picture

Continuity mistake: As Max is carrying a birthday cake out of the kitchen, the candle blows out as he walks. But the candle is suddenly lit again when the camera angle changes, as he walks into the living room.

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I Spit On Your Grave picture

Continuity mistake: After the second rape, on the rock, as Jennifer lays on the rock, her hair changes position between shots.

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Watership Down picture

Continuity mistake: The rabbits have a close encounter with some rats in a shed on the cemetery. A spade falls over. In the next shot the spade lays in a wheelbarrow.

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The Eyes of Laura Mars picture

Continuity mistake: Spoiler: At the end of the film, Faye Dunaway shoots Tommy Lee Jones. He falls to the floor dead. The positions of his coat and tie change between shots.

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Piranha picture

Continuity mistake: The dressing that is on the evil Dr Leticia Baines's forehead keeps changing. When she is first placed on Grogan's raft, the dressing is soaked with blood. In the next few scenes it just has a small patch of blood in the centre. After she swims to rescue the boy from his canoe, she gets on the raft and the dressing is dry. In the next two close-up shots the dressing is wet (with water) and then it is dry again.

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Game of Death picture

Continuity mistake: When Billy Lo is fighting the huge guy, he gets a footprint stamped onto his jumpsuit, the print changes size throughout the fight.

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The Driver picture

Continuity mistake: When Ryan is proving his skills with the orange Mercedes, the driver's door mirror is missing before it strikes the water valve, yet is back moments later.

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Thank God It's Friday picture

Audio problem: Near the end of the film, when the Commodores finally go on stage with their equipment, Bobby Speed announces them from inside the control booth. But the movement of his mouth does not match the audio (you have to look at his reflection in the glass wall).

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Revenge of the Pink Panther picture

Continuity mistake: When Clouseau and Cato are trying to get into "Le Club Foot" they go crashing through the window of a bakery. A little later on, they go through the same hole again, yet this time there is a large undamaged wedding cake sitting there for Cato to land in. The cake couldn't have survived the first accident.

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California Suite picture

Continuity mistake: When we first see Hannah, her room number at the Beverly Hills Hotel is 305. Later, when she and Bill return from a day at the beach, the room number is 306.

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Damien: Omen II picture

Factual error: The movie takes place in Chicago, except for one scene that is supposed to be in New York City (when Damien's uncle visits the priest). Two problems. First, as the cab pulls up to the church where the priest is, it goes past a housing project. Anyone who knows public housing construction in New York and Chicago knows that building is in Chicago. Second, when they go out to a trainyard, you can clearly see the Hancock Tower in the background. Of course, that building is in Chicago, not New York.

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Corvette Summer picture

Continuity mistake: As Kenny is riding the bike, to try and grab on to the ladder at the back of the camper, the rear side-marker light on the camper is missing its red lens cover. In subsequent shots the red cover is there, and then vanishes again.

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The Buddy Holly Story picture

Factual error: In the final concert scene, Buddy is shown playing a 1965 Fender Stratocaster, a CBS model with the large headstock. Needless to say, it didn't exist in 1959.

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Every Which Way But Loose picture

Revealing mistake: When the police officer falls down at the lake and lands face to face with the rattle snake, you can see the glass separating the actor and snake.

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