Best movie plot holes of 1986

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The Fly picture

Plot hole: The whole problem with the teleporter occurs when fly DNA is mixed in with Seth Brundle's DNA, starting his transformation into the Brundlefly. Brundle is on a hiding to nothing from the word go, and the fly is irrelevant. Humans are a walking talking mass of foreign DNA - we are host to one trillion bacteria all of which has a complete compliment of DNA, as do various tiny mites that live in our hair follicles and all sorts of single cell organisms in our gut. If the transporter serves to mix the DNA of all living creatures which are in the transporter pod at the time Brundle would turn into a half-man, half-bacteria. Incidentally, DNA from a bacteria, an amoeba or a hair follicle mite would be just as 'compatible' with human DNA as that from an insect. It's quite a simple chemical, really.

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Suggested correction: Being as how the bacteria and mites and such were IN or ON Seth, the machine was able to organize those symbiotic relationships accordingly as teleporting one would teleport all. The fly was separate, not touching. The machine was not programmed to anticipate two separated entities and so combined them into one on the other side.

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Plot hole: When Terry gets back to her computer, after escaping from the spies and cops, the time is after 3pm New York time. If Jack actually is in Russia or Eastern Europe, wouldn't he have already gone to, and been killed at, that 5pm meeting?

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Plot hole: Sarah breaks a mirror in frustration by throwing something against it. Then she buries her face in her arms and sobs. It remains a mystery how she managed to cut her hand so bad that it needed to be fixed with five stitches, as she isn't even seen picking up the pieces. (00:59:15)

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Iron Eagle picture

Plot hole: Doug begins to land on the air strip after his father has been moved. But note, the Hades bomb had not yet been dropped. If his dad had not been shot at that moment, one can assume that he would have finished his landing and been a complete sitting duck when he has to get out of the plane. What was he saving the Hades for at that point? It is only later when he actually drops the Hades that he barely has enough time to rescue his wounded dad.

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Plot hole: After Leo and the clerk finish looking up the fingerprints on the computer, the other cop says that the dead girl was dating Roland. When asked about Roland's address, the other cop says that he can probably find it somewhere and leaves the room. Leo is sitting directly in front of the computer that just gave them someone else's address. (00:47:10)

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Plot hole: Throughout the film Sarah's clothes stay very clean, although she frequently falls into dirty places, such as the oubliette and the chute. (00:19:20 - 01:32:00)

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Plot hole: At the end of the movie, snails collect on the apparatus on which Oliver and Oswald have set up a time-lapse camera to photograph their decaying bodies, eventually short-circuiting the camera and wrecking their experiment. As they had previously (01:34:18) set up similar apparatuses in the same area (Alba's country estate) photographing other decaying organisms, why didn't the snails collect on them? (Pleasant film, huh?) (01:52:45 - 01:53:50)

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Plot hole: Where did Bob find a knife to skin and clean the rabbit? And why did he leave the ears and front paws? (01:19:45)

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Plot hole: In the debrief in Viper's office following Maverick and Goose's first flight at Top Gun (in which they defeat Jester), Viper states that "Commander Heatherly lost sight of you and called no joy." However, during the actual flight scene, you never hear Jester call "no joy." I've always assumed that this part of the scene was accidentally left in the editing room.

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Plot hole: Throughout the film, Mitchell's main reason for not contacting police is that his affair and his mistress' murder would become public, derailing his wife's election and thus destroying "the one thing she built for herself". Seems odd that part of his plan is to rig his own car with explosives (from his own company), give it to the lead bad guy, then blow him and the car up on a public bridge. Certainly not a 'character mistake' as the tone of the film's ending is that, somehow, he has won, when he's failed in spectacular fashion to keep it all quiet- and his wife's been drugged, beaten, raped, and her career is over, while he's going to jail for murder.

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Plot hole: How did Tommy get Jason's mask? I don't think the police would let him keep it as a souvenir.

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Plot hole: When Spock analyzes the call of the probe and compares it in a phylum search, he's presumably interfacing with the Federation memory bank as mentioned in Sulu's pre-launch status. However, the alien probe was disrupting all power and communications in the vicinity of Earth. It's extremely unlikely the ship could've interfaced with the Federation memory bank at the time of that search. (00:24:55)

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Plot hole: In 1986 the only Space Camp was in Huntsville, Alabama. There's no way Kevin and Kathrine drove from Alabama to Florida to see the shuttle on the pad. They couldn't have made the drive in a single night in Kevin's Jeep and be back to Space Camp in the same night.

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Plot hole: All the vehicles and machines that came alive had some electrical component to them. Even though the little ATV with the machine gun on it would obey that rule, the machine gun isn't electrically connected. It shouldn't have been able to operate it.

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Plot hole: The house has no pool, even though Walter tells the homeowner she has the best kept pool he's ever seen.

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Plot hole: Duke gives the girl he met at the bar a 5 dollar bill with a corner torn off. She gets killed while in the phone booth. The next morning Norman is cleaning the phone booth. Duke goes in the office and the 5 dollar bill is back in the cash register. Since he knows about Norman's past, he should find it odd! Or at least be wondering how it got back in the register.

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Plot hole: When the bullies take revenge on Marty, they doctor the chemicals he is preparing so that they explode. The bullies were punished some time in the afternoon, judging by the sun in the very first shot. Their detention is at 4:30 in the afternoon. Somehow, they manage to acquire the necessary chemicals for the explosion within a couple of hours, even though they are stuck at school. In addition to this, they have no way of knowing what chemicals Marty is preparing, so even if they were able to get chemicals, they would not know which ones to get to destroy his experiment.

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New this month Plot hole: Chelsea says that when her father gave her one of his paintings (now missing), he wrote an inscription to her on the back. She says she cannot prove that he actually did this other than he noted it in his journal and she does not know where the journal is. However, when Chelsea's father presented the painting to her on her 8th birthday, there were at least 100 adults present at her party who witnessed him giving her the painting, writing the inscription, and signing his name on the back of the canvas which was displayed to the guests. Any number of these people could be contacted and corroborate her claim.

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Chopping Mall picture

Plot hole: In the introductory scene, the scientists are telling the shop owners that the robots are equipped with tazers and sleep darts to tackle intruders. However, when the robots begin to kill people, they are now armed with pincer "arms" and with C4 explosives.

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Plot hole: When Jeannie encounters Mr. Rooney at her house, she attacks him and calls the police. Later, the police pick her up for filing a false report. Why? Surely they would've seen signs of an intruder such as a dropped wallet on the floor and footprints in the mud right next to the house.

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