Best action movie mistakes of 1981

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Raiders of the Lost Ark picture

Revealing mistake: While Indy and Marion are in the Well of Souls, and they encounter the snakes, Indy falls to the ground only to be confronted by a hissing Cobra rearing its head. Look carefully and you'll see the snake's reflection on the safety glass between it and Indy. Briefly you can also see the torch's reflection while he's waving it around. You can also see Marion's reflection when she falls in later on and is face to face with the cobra. [This has been corrected in the new DVD set. You can only see it if you have the original VHS. I think it's visible in the "making of" on the DVD as well.]

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Visible crew/equipment: When Wez rips the door off the tanker you can see a crouched crew member next to Max. This has been disputed but it is there, watch underneath the steering wheel just after Wez starts shouting "Go! Go! Go!". (01:19:05)

Jack Vaughan
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Visible crew/equipment: A stock car carrying Mel Tillis and Terry Bradshaw drove into a hotel swimming pool. If you watch the car as it drives into the pool, you'll see the jump ramp built at the end of the pool.

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Audio problem: During the climax of the film, the maiden takes the stone from Galen and attempts to smash the amulet. Galen pulls the stone away and says "NO! He said I'd know the time". However, his lips do not match the words. He appears to say "NO! It is not yet time!".

Jason Hoffman
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Escape From New York pictureEscape From New York mistake picture

Continuity mistake: When Snake kills the wrestler he falls forward shoulders forward, next minute his arms are over the ropes, next minute his arms are in a different position again - quite active for a dead man. (01:16:55 - 01:18:10)

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Outland picture

Continuity mistake: The name patch on O'Niel's uniform changes between "O'Neil" and "O'Niel".

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For Your Eyes Only picture

Visible crew/equipment: The shadow of the crew is visible on the captain of the St. George when he enters the boat.

Dr Wilson
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Death Hunt picture

Continuity mistake: When Albert Johnson jumps into the top of a tree, he first throws his backpack off the hill but leaves his rifle. After he gets to the base of the tree both his backpack and rifle are there.

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Love Story picture

Continuity mistake: When Jenny arrives at Oliver's parents' home, her hair is stringy and separated, but when she walks through the front door, it is brushed.

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Clash of the Titans picture

Continuity mistake: In the beginning scene, the ruler of Argos is condemning his daughter and son to the sea with a group of guards present at the shore. While he is giving his speech, there is a brief moment when the whole group can be seen getting drenched by a wave crashing ashore, but in the very next moment of his speech - even up to the daughter's cast off - no one is wet.

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Factual error: In the final football game scenes ( from about three-quarters of the way through the film or so) all the spectators are wearing 1970's clothes and have 1970's hairstyles.

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Diva picture

Continuity mistake: About half way through the movie, the three main characters are in a loft. When the Asian girl grabs the postal worker's jacket, a cassette tape falls out of his pocket. As the girl bends down to pick up the tape, the camera shows here reaching with one hand, and then the camera switches to a close-up of her picking up the tape with the opposite hand.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the opening sequence Cole does a backflip to get down from a tree and lands behind some tall grass, as he pushes the grass aside and steps through you can see the stuntman who did the backflip trying to hide behind him.

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Continuity mistake: When Chuck Norris is battling with the Triads at Mako's house, a oriental box is knocked off a table in the first shot when a Triad is slammed against the table it is on. In the next shot of the table, the box is back in its' position.

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Continuity mistake: When Stallone and Williams are on the back of the train, Stallone smashes the window. Cut to Hauer. After this, the window is shown again, and the hole in it is larger than it was when broken.

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The Last Chase picture

Other mistake: Towards the end, Capt Williams blows up some buildings (or caravans) to try and stop Hart from continuing, and flies off. When Hart later stops, the same buildings are blowing up again. One could argue that it's being seen from a different perspective, but in the wide shot after Williams flies off, the car cannot be seen.

Gavin Jackson
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Legend of the Lone Ranger picture

Revealing mistake: During the final battle one of the bad guys is blown through the air due to an explosion - but right behind him you see the springboard used to launch him.

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Race for the Yankee Zephyr picture

Factual error: There could never be an aircraft of World War 2 vintage with the call sign "Yankee Zephyr". If it was a US aircraft (it appears to be) it would have the call sign "Yankee Zulu". If it was an RAF aircraft it would be "Yoke Zephyr". This all changed when the phonetic alphabets were standardised by NATO in the Fifties, but the DC3 in this film is supposed to have crashed before the end of World War 2 in 1945.

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