Best drama movie mistakes of 1979

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Apocalypse Now mistake picture

Revealing mistake: In the major helicopter scene when Ride of the Valkyries is played, the actual tape isn't going over the playing heads.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the final scene before Phil Daniels rides the scooter off the cliff you can see a shadow of the helicopter filming the scene.

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All That Jazz picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Joe Gideon is helping his daughter with dance exercises and realises that it is time to put Michelle in a cab, he carries her out of the rehearsal studio with her facing forward and her legs wrapped around his back. They turn a corner to go outside and she magically is facing him arms around his neck and legs wrapped the other way around his waist. Also Michelle suddenly grows a yellow rain jacket. There is no time lapse in the dialog which would explain this turn.

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Continuity mistake: At the subway when Mercy and Fox were running down the stairs from the cops, they showed a back shot of Mercy and it was clearly another woman. Her hair was about shoulder length and straight. Mercy's hair is longer, and curly.

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Deliberate mistake: After having wrestled with Santini in his office, Col. Virgil Hedgepath tells Santini, "And no more assaulting corporals in the latrine." Marines use the naval term "head" in refering to the restroom, and would never call it "the latrine." However, since "latrine" is better known to civilians, this could be a deliberate mistake by the film makers.

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Continuity mistake: There is an error in the scene where Dave is drafting behind the Cinzano truck. In the second close up shot of his legs (cranks) pedaling the bike he is in a lower (easier) gear than the previous shot even though he is supposed to be riding significantly faster.

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Hair (1979)

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Continuity mistake: During "Easy To Be Hard" a redheaded woman disappears and reappears on a park bench.

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Scum (1979)

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Revealing mistake: When Mac Vicar is going crazy he knocks the food off the table along with this yellow cup, however this reappears on the table again.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the non-widescreen version, a hole in the ceiling and a microphone can be seen picking up the dialogue between Patrick McGoohan and Clint Eastwood in the warden's office.

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Factual error: Throughout the film the British infantry are armed with carbines. These were intended for issue to cavalry and are much shorter than the infantry issue Martini-Henry rifle.

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Continuity mistake: When the child serves the ice cream there is a difference in the size of the ice cream he serves and the spoonful he eats.

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The China Syndrome picture

Factual error: After the turbine trip, Godell says that the reactor water level was "almost up to the steam lines." The fictional Ventana nuclear plant is described as being a pressurized reactor plant and could not possibly have such a problem.

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Nicki
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Continuity mistake: When Halloran sets the barn on fire to distract the Germans he lights up some straw with a match. All of a sudden you see flames flickering up at various places which could not be caused by the fire he made.

01:32:45

NancyFelix
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Plot hole: When Jack The Ripper checks his watch before confronting H.G. Wells and demanding the key, the hands point to 8:50, the ensuing chase to the museum and demise of the Ripper may have used up a half hour or so, yet the time on the wall clock indicates that it is midnight.

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Suggested correction: Movie time and real time don't match, so 3 hours has passed without all 3 hours being shown. The fact that the clock now shows midnight is meant to explain this fact without the need for subtitles to reveal the time.

Bishop73
The Concorde: Airport '79 picture

Plot hole: In one scene saboteurs rig the Concorde's cargo door to automatically open suddenly in flight, on the principle that the rapid decompression will cripple the airplane & cause it to crash. At the critical time the door does start to open, but jams and only opens very slightly. Minutes go by, with the ajar hatch allowing air to freely pass through. Then, suddenly, the door unjams, and the compartment is shown losing air pressure dangerously fast. Problem is, that since the door had been cracked open for several minutes, the air pressure would surely have gotten to equilibrium by that time.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the two priests are driving to the Lutz house and the car goes out of control, they alternate between shots of Rod Steiger and Don Stroud. The car's windows switch between closed and open in various shots.

00:42:00

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht picture

Factual error: On the left-hand side of Lucy's front door, you can see a blue and white shield. This is the trademark of the Dutch Heritage organisation, which protects monuments such as old city buildings. These signs did not exist in the 19th Century.

00:48:00

Vince van Riet
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Visible crew/equipment: Young vampire Danny floats away from the window after being confronted with a crucifix. The effect is quickly ruined when the boom he is sitting on can be seen moving him for 8 seconds.

01:43:40

Being There picture

Continuity mistake: Whilst having dinner with the Rands, there is a brief shot where Chance's white wine glass is empty - it is full immediately before and afterwards. This is happens just before Mr. Rand launches into his "businessmen are just like gardeners" metaphor.

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The Champ picture

Visible crew/equipment: After 'She's A Lady' takes a spill on the track, TJ runs toward her and when Billy grabs him and picks him up TJ's t-shirt and hoodie go up and the microphone/wire/gear attached to him are visible on his back.

00:30:45

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The Rose picture

Continuity mistake: When Bette Midler is in the phone booth toward the end of the film, calling home and crying, she empties out her purse on the little shelf. A huge roll of money is prominently placed amongst the coins and other items. From shot to shot it can be seen sitting upright and then on its side.

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North Dallas Forty picture

Plot hole: Though there's supposed to be a championship football game taking place near the end of the movie, the stadium is strangely devoid of fans. A meager effort was made to fill some seats, but most of the shots show empty ones. It also looks as if the production crew tried to save money by using only half the stadium lights.

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Jesus (1979)

Jesus picture

Continuity mistake: Go to the scene where the crowd is going to Golgaltha, along with the soldiers and Jesus. After they have taken off Jesus' clothes, and have tied him to the cross, they show a close-up of one of Jesus' hands, with a nail on-top, held by a soldier. Look closely - it's his left hand. Then the camera zooms out, and you can see the whole body of Jesus, and the soldier drives the nail into his right hand. Look at his left, and no nail is in it.

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Continuity mistake: When the 2 wanderers are strolling, at the very beginning of the movie, a boom mike keeps getting reflected on all the cars.

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More American Graffiti picture

Factual error: John Milner's dragster sports Moroso valve covers at the meet held New Year's Eve, 1964, yet the Moroso website indicates that the company was founded in 1968.

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Roller Boogie picture

Continuity mistake: When Linda Blair deliberately knocks a plate of desserts into one of her suitor's lap, the tray hits him directly in the crotch and the camera shows this. Then there is a cut to Linda Blair's face and then a cut back to the boys clothing and the scene now shows the desserts all over his suit from the shoulders down.

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Alexandria... Why? picture

Continuity mistake: When the British officer is with the Pasha at the Pasha's house, he is holding his glass in his hand in one shot. In the next shot, the glass is suddenly on the piano.

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Tim (1979)

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Continuity mistake: When Tim goes to the pub to meet up with his father, he drinks his beer all the way down, emptying his glass. But when we see the glass next, it's half full.

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Meteor (1979)

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Factual error: When Mission Control talks with Challenger 2, the Spacecraft's camera feeds of the Crew are displayed up on two wall-sized TV screens. Between them is the familiar Mercator map of Earth with the ground track of a low-orbiting satellite superimposed. Challenger is nowhere near low orbit: it's out past Mars, in the Asteroid Belt. The middle screen would have a schematic of the ship's interplanetary path.

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Factual error: In 1947, when George is 14 years old his father takes him to the clinic for a physical examination. This is about 18 minutes into the movie. The nurse measures his blood pressure using a cuff that is held on with a "Velcro" hook-and-loop fastener. Velcro wasn't marketed until the early 1960's. [A new DVD was released in 2014. The sound track in this scene was edited and we can no longer hear the sound of the Velcro being unwrapped.]

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