Best comedy movie mistakes of 1983

National Lampoon's Vacation picture

Revealing mistake: In the early part of the film, Beverly D'Angelo and Chevy Chase check into the hotel/motel. She goes in to take a shower but he barges in. If you look real closely, she is wearing underpants and is not nude although she is taking a shower.

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A Christmas Story picture

Continuity mistake: When Ralphie's father is sitting in the chair reading the funnies (before the dogs ruin the turkey), there is a small gold lampshade sitting on the table next to him. In the first shot, there is a Christmas bow on it. In the following shot, the bow has disappeared.

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Trading Places picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Jamie Lee Curtis brings Dan Aykroyd home, you can visibly see she is wearing pantyhose. However, just a few second later, inside the apartment, she takes off her dress and is only wearing panties.

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Risky Business picture

Continuity mistake: In the movie's final moments when Tom Cruise is buying back all his household items, the lady in the cargo bay says "that's everything," except for the crystal egg she throws out into the yard for Tom to catch. You can clearly see many more items left in the truck. But when the truck pulls away seconds later, nothing is left in the cargo bay except our villain sitting on a chair. Where did everything else go?

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The Meaning of Life picture

Continuity mistake: During The Miracle of Birth Part 1, when the guy goes into the operating room, the girl puts the gown on the first doctor. It's barely on, but, in the next, wider shot of him, it's completely on and she's tying the back together.

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Mr. Mom picture

Continuity mistake: When Jack kicks the TV it falls backwards, and the screen has snow on it. However, when the repair technician comes in, the screen is broken.

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Pam-I-am
Valley Girl picture
Valley Girl mistake picture

Continuity mistake: When the brunette is in the shower and that boy shows up he is wearing brown pants, but when you see the clothes lying on the carpet while they are in bed together, the pants are blue jeans.

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Porky's II: The Next Day picture

Continuity mistake: At the end of Porky's, you see Mickey Jarvis on crutches and covered in bandages after getting beaten up by Porky. In the beginning of Porky's 2: The Next Day, Mickey has miraculously healed. He jumps out of his truck to catch up with the other guys, no crutches or bandages and he is walking fine.

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The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew picture

Continuity mistake: Mention is made that Pamela owns the brewery because she has just turned 21. During the scene with the video game, she says her birthday was October 21, 1959. Later, the lawyer for Bob and Doug establishes the movie's timeframe by mentioning her kidnapping on October 10, 1983, which would make Pamela almost 24 years old instead.

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Superman III picture

Continuity mistake: In the junkyard, when Clark takes the iron lid and gets out of the hole, he leans on his right. In the following shot he is coming out again and repeating the movement.

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Still Smokin' picture

Continuity mistake: When Cheech gets off the stage in the beginning of the final show, you can see the spotlights on him when he is walking towards the curtains. When it cuts to a wide shot Cheech is gone and the spotlight is off.

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Never Say Never Again picture
Never Say Never Again mistake picture

Factual error: When we first see Fatima Blush she is waterskiing. She is doing several stunts which are only possible with one ski, the most notable being skiing backwards with one foot in the air. But when she releases the tow rope and skis up the ramp into James Bond's arms, she is on two skis.

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Terms of Endearment picture

Factual error: Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson both live in River Oaks (very ritzy neighborhood in Houston) and are traveling to Brennans restaurant in downtown Houston maybe 5-10 miles away - but they go by way of Galveston which is about 45 miles south of Houston - which needless to say is way way out of the way...

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Educating Rita picture

Continuity mistake: During the scene where Rita is riding a bus, between shots the view outside changes from south quays, dame street, and back to the docklands, even though these places are several minutes bus ride away from one another and in different order.

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The Survivors picture

Continuity mistake: In the diner, Walter Matthau has nearly finished his piece of toast, and then it gets bigger.

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The Big Chill picture

Visible crew/equipment: During the scene where Nick and Sam come upon Richard having a midnight snack in the kitchen you can see a small bright whitish reflection of some kind of equipment in the top left (our left) kitchen window, down in the lower right corner. There is no character movement or other scene related explanation for this reflection. It moves and fades during the scene, most dramatically at the end of the scene.

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Smokey and the Bandit III picture

Deliberate mistake: When Cletus is driving the Trans Am as the bandit, it shows him driving to the left and waving at a group of girls. The close up of him driving must be reversed because it looks like the Trans Am is now a right-hand drive.

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The Man with Two Brains picture

Factual error: Part of the movie takes place in Vienna, Austria. Although the number plates of the cars are like those in Austria at that time, neither the road markings nor the street car which can be seen when both Steve Martin and Kathleen Turner are "climbing" outside their hotel look like those in Vienna.

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Christoph Galuschka
Local Hero picture

Continuity mistake: Jenny Seagrove takes Peter Capaldi to see Grey seals only it's clearly stock footage of sealions, totally different animals not found in Scotland.

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Stroker Ace picture

Continuity mistake: Right before Stroker gets into his car to start the race at the beginning of the movie the grandstands behind him are empty, in the next shot as they are coming around to get the green flag they are full.

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StopNGo & Girls
Yellowbeard picture

Factual error: The caption says "twenty years later" before the main part of the movie starts. Now judging by the dates we've seen on-screen so far that would be in the reign of William and Mary, not Queen Anne.

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Project A picture

Other mistake: During the scene in which Jackie and his girlfriend are being chased on bikes they hide in a shop. When the men chasing them stop outside of the shop, the subtitles read 'This is a dead end, we'll spilt up'. Spilt up?

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Doctor Detroit picture

Revealing mistake: When Doctor Detroit and his girls make their escape from the automobile salvage yard, they drive a wrecker straight through a large sliding wooden gate, which punches a perfectly clean outline of the truck and Doctor Detroit through the gate. Problem is, the resulting (pre-cut) hole does not match the dimensions of the wrecker or Doctor Detroit at all. In fact, at the point of impact, the stuntman playing Doctor Detroit hugs in close to the wrecker for protection as it plows through the gate, and the outline of his body just magically opens up two feet away from him.

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Charles Austin Miller

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