Best movie mistakes of 1999

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Continuity mistake: When Ben Jordan and Stan are walking around the fountain, they walk past a long glass railing. The white sneakers of the cameraman can be seen in the reflection on the glass. You know it's him because he stops walking when they stop and continues walking when they do.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Sean Penn is playing with the big band fronted by the female singer, there is a microphone on a boom visible top center of the frame, when the camera does a pullback to show the whole band at the song's end. (VHS version.)

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Factual error: In one scene Alvin is driving over a bridge on the Mississippi. He is going in to Prarie Du Chine but the bridge is in a different town, and he is going from east to west not west to east. The town he is driving into is Lansing, Iowa.

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Audio problem: When Alex is appointed head of Netforce, he looks down for a moment and says, "I don't know what to say." And then looks back up. His mouth is in clear view the full shot, yet never moves once during this line and is completely shut. The audio was just dubbed over the footage in post. (00:23:25)

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Character mistake: When Amy goes to Virgil's house to apologize, Virgil tells Amy that the tree is exactly 14 steps away. However he then leads her there by taking 17 steps.

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Continuity mistake: When Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily are singing "Easy Street" outside in the street, Miss Hannigan beats her fur shawl on the ground, and a large piece of fur falls off it. In the next shot, this piece isn't lying on the ground anymore. (00:50:55)


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Factual error: The story takes place in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver) in November and December. Washington may be known as the "Evergreen State", but there are still numerous deciduous trees - and deciduous trees have leaves that change color in Autumn (yellow, orange, red) and then shed (fall off), not stay green through December or into the new year.


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Factual error: Hornblower's plan is to sail Le Reve south from Gibraltar to give him ample sea room before he heads for England. Generally, the prevailing wind through the Straits is westerly, unless there is a Levanter, yet Le Reve is shown on a port tack when it should be on a broad reach. The fog that comes up would not exist in a gale-force Levanter.

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Continuity mistake: When Indiana Jones and the five old men have rescued the other old man, the explosives destroy the final carriage which is right at the back of the train, but when the train crosses the metal bridge there are now more carriages behind the destroyed one.

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Other mistake: At the very end, Alec Baldwin drives away and other cars follow him. Problem is: two cars after Alec's car, the green traffic light turns orange, then red, and the cars keep coming. In all, 6 cars go through the red light.


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Continuity mistake: Jennifer manages to thwart the nefarious plan of the kids who want to cuff her in the subway. During the scene, Heidi Lenhart's left hand grips the bar in close-ups, does not in other shots. (00:27:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: When the housekeeper says goodbye to Shigeharu you can see the boom microphone on the right side of the screen. Next to the light hanging above the dinner table. (00:16:42)

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the opening credits, Crawford finishes doing the hair of a client and puts his hands on her shoulders. She says "Crawford, you're a genius"; in the wider angle, no hands on her shoulder, and they are back in the following closer view.

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Factual error: The way that Charlie makes the skeleton move is way too complex to be controlled merely by a basic remote controller (which looks like it was originally for an RC car of some sort), which can only control up, down, left and right.


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Plot hole: It is laughably implausible that a young child would be able to engineer a space walk on a space station, as Zenon does. Even with the friend getting his dad's access codes, something that like would be well under guard and key, and monitored heavily.


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Other mistake: Louella Parsons walks out of a screening of Citizen Kane before it ends, but later tells Hearst that Rosebud was Kane's sled. She shouldn't know that, because the identity of Rosebud is only revealed in the final scene of the movie. And if she disliked the movie enough to walk out on it, it's improbable she went to see it a second time.

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Factual error: While Nate and his business associates are driving around in downtown Baltimore, the Key Bridge (which spans Baltimore harbor) is visible in the background. The movie was set in 1954; the Key Bridge was built in 1972, 18 years later. (01:33:55)

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