Best action movie mistakes of 1988

Die Hard picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the first scene of the Christmas party when Takagi steps out of one the offices and greets a couple of his guests, the camera pans left to show the orchestra and other guests. A huge shadow of the camera and its operator is being shown on the back wall, then the stage light gets moved to light a different area and the shadow is gone.

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Willow picture

Revealing mistake: When they are at the Nutmar camp in the mountains, Val Kilmer tells Willow "Get on that shield!" but when they go over a 6, 7, 8 foot drop when they are sledding down the snow, you can clearly see runners on the shield.

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Space Mutiny picture

Continuity mistake: While this movie is so bad and full of mistakes, its barely worth finding them all, one stands out in the history of movie mistakes. One of the officers on board the ship, Lt. Lamont, is killed by the villain. A few scenes later she shows up on the bridge as an extra.

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Above the Law picture

Continuity mistake: During the chase scene, Steven Seagal has his tyre shot as he's fleeing from the bad guys. In the next shot, the tires are totally gone from the rims, then they're back again, then they're gone again.

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The Rescue picture

Continuity mistake: There is a scene where the kids are being chased in a speedboat, while mortars are being launched at them from behind. One shot is of the young boy looking at an incoming mortar over his right shoulder, yelling "Look Out!", and then seeing the mortar hit on the left side of the boat.

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Midnight Run picture

Continuity mistake: When Jack and the Duke are in the restaurant car of the first train, Jack is eating a chicken leg in one shot. In the middle of a sentence he changes to eating jelly and ice cream, which he finishes. In the very next shot his bowl is full of jelly and ice cream again.

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License to Drive picture

Continuity mistake: When mom finds the failed test in Les's pocket, it is folded into eighths. Later, when dad shows the failed test to Les, it has only been folded into thirds.

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Bloodsport picture

Continuity mistake: In the final final fight scene, Jean Claude's hair is dry and combed, then wet and sweaty, then back to dry so on and so forth.

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Young Guns picture

Revealing mistake: In the final scene as Doc tell Billy good-bye if you look up to the top right hand corner of the screen you can clearly see a jet trail in the blue sky. Certainly not possible in those days.

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Child's Play picture

Continuity mistake: Opening scene where Chris Sarandon is chasing Brad Dourif into the toy store. During the gunfight, Sarandon has gloves on. As he enters the store he is wearing gloves. The next shot, the gloves are off. The next scene, the gloves are back on and he takes them off by biting the fingertips and pulling them off.

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The Presidio picture

Continuity mistake: When Mark Harmon's character arrives at Sean Connery's house, as he gets out of the car he slams the door, but the sound of the door comes a few seconds later.

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The Naked Gun picture
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Continuity mistake: When Frank is fishing the pen out of the fish tank and the fish gets attached to his nose, there is visible blood. When the camera cuts back to Frank, the blood is gone.

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II picture

Revealing mistake: Any time when the two girls are in hell's corridors and running around, you see these corridors as stone walls, yet whenever they back up against one of these walls, you can clearly see they are merely rubber sheeting overlayed on a framework as the rubber sheeting bends and contracts very clearly.

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Iron Eagle II picture

Revealing mistake: Near the end of the film, a B-52 seen flying across the screen. The bracket holding up the model is visible.

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They Live picture
They Live mistake picture

Revealing mistake: During the big fight scene, you can tell easily that Frank is wearing knee pads (try looking when his pant leg is wet). Construction workers will often wear knee pads for work but most often they wear them on the outside of the pants to save the knees of their pants.

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Moonwalker picture

Continuity mistake: At the end when Michael Jackson is singing come together, at the end of the song his shirt is undone, but when the camera shoots back on him his shirt isn't ripped.

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Rambo III picture

Factual error: The soviet military equipment isn't all that Soviet ... e.g. the helicopter is supposed to be a "Mil-Mi 24 Hind" (Pilot and system operator sitting behind each other), in fact it's just a French "aerospatiale puma" with additional mock turrets and so on (crew sits side by side).

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Akira (1988)

Akira picture

Continuity mistake: When Kaneda shoots Tetsuo with his laser gun, it makes a hole on his shirt. In the next scenes, the hole is gone.

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Phantasm II picture

Revealing mistake: As Reg fights with one of the baddies with the chainsaws, as the baddie take a swing with the chainsaw he misses and cuts into the wooden door. You can clearly see that a vertical cut has already been made in the wood though, to help the chainsaw get in and cut.

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Action Jackson picture

Audio problem: In one scene where Jackson is caught by some bad guys you can see (and hear) that a couple of times when Jackson laughs it is badly dubbed over.

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Frantic picture

Other mistake: When Walker and Michelle fall down the steps at Dede's apartment, Walker lights a match to show Michelle the matchbook. The light from the match flickers on their faces but if you watch closely you can see the match go out as soon as Walker strikes it.

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Poltergeist III picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Carol-Anne is running away from Kane's voice in the garage, she ends up standing in a puddle, only to have hands pull her in seconds later. But when the camera moves down Carol-Anne's body to the puddle, you can see the platform the actress is standing on.

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Dragons Forever picture

Continuity mistake: When Jackie, Tim and Luke are at the bar, the bartender places a glass of milk beside Jackie's right hand. When it cuts, it's between his hands.

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Red Heat picture

Factual error: Ivan Danko's police uniform is a combination of at least six different uniforms. His hat is a Moscow Commander's Special and he also wears a Parade Band Musician axelbant.

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The Blob picture

Revealing mistake: We know that the blob dissolves flesh and hair and that it can also burn wood (since fluid coming from the blob burns a small spot on the desk in the hospital) and that it can dissolve bullets, but despite this obvious acidic state, the blob doesn't dissolve plants, walls, glass, concrete, metal, nor sticks and twigs.

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Shoot to Kill picture

Other mistake: As the murderer spots a police car coming towards him he turns to his right onto a dirt road, there is a huge boulder at the point where he turns, marked "No trespassing, Bishop Falls camping". As he turns he sideswipes it, rocking the boulder, however the sideswipe has no effect on his vehicle.

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The Dead Pool picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the radio control car chase scenes over the humpy streets, camera equipment is visible in the rear seat area of the lead car.

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Return of the Killer Tomatoes! picture

Continuity mistake: When Igor grabs Tara and pulls her inside the truck, Tara drops the tomato twice between the shots.

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Tequila Sunrise picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Mel Gibson is getting his red boat ready to put in the water, his friend comes out of his house to talk to him. You can see the camera crew reflected in his friend's sunglasses.

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Bulletproof picture

Plot hole: When Gary Busey infiltrates the Mexican terrorists' compounds, he first throws a stick to distract some guards and kills them. A few minutes later a terrorist officer reports to his boss that Gary Busey has killed three of his best men. Are we to believe that the three best terrorists were tricked by a stick thrown into some bushes, and then easily killed by an unarmed assailant (they had submachine guns)?

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