Best movie plot holes of 1981
Please vote as you browse around to help the best rise to the top.
Plot hole: Considering the incredibly elaborate plans Maddy makes to have her husband murdered after having him sign a will she knows is invalid so he dies intestate and she - as his widow - gets his entire fortune, you'd think she would have worked out one little fact - Edmund Walker does not die intestate. It is established in the film that the dud will written by Ned Racine replaces a previous, valid will which bequeaths half his fortune to his niece Heather. When Racine's will is declared invalid under Florida law the previous will takes precedence and Heather and Maddy split the fortune. In no way will Maddy get the lot.
Plot hole: When Indy and Sallah visit the gentleman who translates the staff headpiece for them we hear the staff should be "six cadams high." Indy replies, "About 72 inches." Then, turning the headpiece over, "Wait - take back one cadam to honor the Hebrew God whose ark this is." It's definitely referring to the staff length - Indy says afterwards "Their staff is too long." So, about five feet now, right? But, when Indy goes to the map room the staff is much taller than him. If the staff is about five feet high, Indy would be around three feet tall. (00:48:25 - 00:53:05)
Plot hole: Bond makes a huge tactical error after diving to the St. Georges. He knows the Russians and their operatives are after the ATAC. The ATAC itself is expendable to Britain, since it has a self-destruct mechanism that under proper procedure would have been set off when the ship sank. So why is Bond trying to retrieve it? Because he disarms the self-destruct, he actually allows Kristatos to get his hands on it, forcing Bond to track it down again and, to stop the Russians from getting it, HE DESTROYS IT! So why doesn't Bond, instead of disarming the self destruct, set a timed charge or toss a grenade in the room to destroy the ATAC while its at the bottom of the sea? The answer is, of course, that if Bond destroys the ATAC before the bad guys can get at it, the movie's over. Even so, at the end, when Bond finally does destroy the ATAC, he tells Gogol it's "detente. You don't have it. I don't have it." Clever line, but it reinforces the fact that the British don't need it. They can build another one.Vader47000
Plot hole: When Jason is in Ginny's cabin, she's under the bed seeing where he's at. So how did Jason manage to get up on a chair and wait for her to come out without her seeing him do this? She had to see him do that, but when she pokes her head out, she's surprised to see him there.amycamille1975
Plot hole: In the scene where Colby is discussing tactics with the team, Pele interrupts and takes the chalk from Colby and says "Hatch gives me the ball here, I do this, this, this, this, goal" while drawing a line on the blackboard to indicate dribbling from one end of the pitch to the other. At that point in the film, Hatch was only the trainer, not the goalkeeper.
Plot hole: The first time David werewolfizes, he's reading a book in the brightly lit apartment. Exterior shots of the full moon show it's nighttime out, so the lights inside the apartment must be on. But when Dr. Hirsch calls to check on him, the shot is of the phone ringing, unanswered, in the completely darkened apartment. That's considerate, David. Even as a werewolf, he must have run around turning lights off before going on his rampage.
Plot hole: The man in the canoe starts out at the same time as Uniship and the Carina yet he is often seen being ahead of them as they pass him on numerous occasions. He even beats them to the finish line. How is a man in a canoe able to constantly beat two ships breaking the speed limits of the canal?
Plot hole: In the first scene Alice hears on the radio that three teenagers had been murdered in Haddonfield just down the street from where they live. Yet a few scenes later, the sheriff finds out from his deputy that 3 bodies have been found. Wouldn't the police department know that before it made its way onto the radio news?Jeanne Elizabeth Perrotta
Plot hole: Max drives from the hillside to the crashed car to save the occupants but the guy with the crossbow doing up his boots somehow doesn't hear Max's V8 engine approaching, or hear Max get out and sneak up on him, this area would be quiet and Max must have parked nearby to get the injured man to his car.
Plot hole: When Snake, Brain, Maggie, and the President get to the car at the WTC, Snake opens the hood when the car is dead, and somehow he is out in the open when the Duke is about to shoot. First, how would he get there with a crossbow trained on him, and second, how did Maggie pass the revolver to him, when he hands it to her to open the hood of the car? (01:21:05 - 01:21:50)
Plot hole: The movie is allegedly set about ten years after the death of the German soldiers, since the daughter of one soldier is in her early teens. But none of the items in the scenery look like they're out of the fifties.
Join the mailing list
Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.