Best drama movie mistakes of 1983

Blue Thunder picture

Other mistake: This is similar to the error in 'Back To the Future III' - Murphy lands the helicopter on a railway line so an oncoming train will destroy it completely, and this happens exactly on cue with huge, dramatic explosions and flying debris. Apparently the train driver doesn't think this is important enough to interrupt his busy schedule - he doesn't stop the train. We do not hear brakes being applied - the wheels would make a noise like the sky coming down - and the train doesn't slow down at all - it just keeps on going.

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Continuity mistake: When Dally falls off of his chair in the drive-in movie theater, you can hear Ponyboy's laughter above them all. When the shot changes to Cherry, you can see Ponyboy with a serious face on in the background but you can still hear him laughing.

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High Road to China picture

Continuity mistake: When Tom Selleck rolls his plane upside down to dump the Afghan at several thousand feet altitude, you plainly see stationary tree tops at the bottom of the frame.

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Eddie and the Cruisers picture

Continuity mistake: Eddie drives a 1957 Chevy convertible off the bridge. A scene showing the car being fished out of the water clearly has an older vehicle dangling from the line.

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Bad Boys picture
Bad Boys mistake picture

Visible crew/equipment: About one hour and fifty minutes in, the two stars get into a fight and are rolling around the floor. In at least one scene, a cameraman, with a handheld Panavision camera, is quite visible in the middle of the shot.

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All the Right Moves picture

Other mistake: During the scene with the guys dancing in the locker room, when the coach comes in, you see the same shot of Stefen taking off his jacket twice.

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Scarface picture

Visible crew/equipment: When the first deal goes wrong and the man with the chainsaw jumps out the window you can clearly see him land on a grey crash mat because it lifts up at the corners.

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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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WarGames picture

Factual error: When they launch the F-16's to intercept the Soviet "Backfire" Bomber, the picture shown is of two F-15's. In addition, no F-16's were stationed in Alaska to handle air defense duties, this was handled exclusively by F-15A/C's.

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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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Sudden Impact picture
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Visible crew/equipment: At one point Clint Eastwood is out in the woods practising his shooting with his new .44 auto-mag pistol. While he's doing this, a car pulls up and a black male begins to get out with a shotgun. (We later learn that this is his partner). As the man with the shotgun is opening his door, if you look at the reflection in the car window, you can clearly see the reflection of a man with a camera and another man standing next to him.

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Christine picture

Continuity mistake: When Christine is fixing herself after the guys smashed her up, her front end is shown to be perfectly straight for its entire width and the hood is missing. Near the end of the scene, the front end is shown crushed and unfolds again, and the hood appears from nowhere.

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Gorky Park picture

Continuity mistake: In the morgue, the trays containing medical tools change positions between shots. They are strategically moved further up the bodies for the closeup to conceal the genital area, whereas before they only covered the legs.

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10 to Midnight picture
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Continuity mistake: At the end, when the naked killer is kicking the door, there is blood on the door from his feet. Several shots later, the blood on the door changes even though he has stopped kicking it.

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William Bergquist
Flashdance picture
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Continuity mistake: When Alex sits down to watch the news, the various items around the TV, magazines on the table, the cushions, cups, items on the couch etc. differ in position during the scene.

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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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Silkwood picture

Continuity mistake: One of the last scenes of the movie, when Karen Silkwood is driving away from Dru they show her sitting in the car waving at him and the rearview mirror is clearly visible. Then she starts driving away, and the rearview mirror is gone. Then as she drives off, you can see the mirror has been replaced.

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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 Thorn Birds picture

Continuity mistake: When Mary Carson is touching Father Ralph when he is shirtless her hands keep changing position between shots.

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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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The Dead Zone picture

Continuity mistake: Henrietta Dodd shoots Johnny holding the gun in her right hand. Sheriff Bannermann emerges from the bathroom and shoots Henrietta. The film switches to slow motion as she is shot and stretches both of her arms out to the sides as she falls. When she lands, her left hand is resting next to the railing of the stairs and is covered in blood. At no time did her hand come in contact with her wound or get any blood splattered onto it.

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The Star Chamber picture

Visible crew/equipment: In one of the first scenes, two plain-clothes cops are chasing a suspect. The suspect runs through a house and down some stairs. Look under the stairs. You can see a person trying to hide in the dark under the stairs, presumably a stage hand.

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The Right Stuff picture

Deliberate mistake: Chuck Yeager's sidekick, Jack Ridley, appears in many key events which occurred after 1957, including the climactic 1963 test flight of the NF-104 plane that Yeager ejects from and is picked up by Ridley. Jack Ridley actually died in 1957, when the aircraft he was co-piloting crashed into a mountain in Japan.

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Breathless picture

Other mistake: In the scene where Jesse enters Monica's apartment, he consults her calendar to see in which class she is in school that day. There's nothing unusual about this until you look closely at the calendar and see that time time is early/mid August. Did her school's academic year run differently from other schools' years, or was she taking summer classes? The latter doesn't seem likely.

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Sleepaway Camp picture

Continuity mistake: When Meg comes up to Angela, taunting her, Angela's head position and the look on her face changes in each shot.

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Duel to the Death picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the final fight scene on the cliff when they begin to battle in the air, you can see the wire pulleys on the right corner of the screen.

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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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Yentl (1983)

Yentl picture

Audio problem: When Anschel and Avigdor are arguing, Avigdor says, "Aww, what's the matter with you?" But his lips are saying something different.

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