Star Wars

Continuity mistake: After the escape from the Death Star, when C3PO is stuck in electric wires, there's a shot of R2D2 with the black and red computer panels of the control room in the Death Star behind him.

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Continuity mistake: After the droids land in the desert C3-PO has a streak of oil running down his left shoulder. A couple of scenes later when he is walking after he splits up from R2-D2 there is a long shot of him and he still has the streak on his left shoulder. There is an immediate close up and the streak switches to the right shoulder.

Continuity mistake: In the trash compactor, as Han says, "I've got a bad feeling about this", Leia's arm is held straight, but in the next shot, it is bent. (01:18:15)

Continuity mistake: Every storm trooper has 2 pipes with slots besides their masks, but the one that shoots Leia with the stunt gun doesn't have those slots.

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Continuity mistake: When Luke and his uncle buy C3-P0 and a white-and-red R5-D4 robot from the Jawas, the R5 unit blows up after travelling a few feet. There's a quick shot of R2-D2 back at the Jawa's transport, and behind R2 you can see the same white-and-red R5-D4 unit being worked on by the Jawas. In the next shot it is back over with Luke. (00:19:15)

Continuity mistake: When Luke returns after dinner, he comes back and finds C-3PO hiding. When Luke finds out that R2-D2 is gone, he runs out of the room and outside. But you see the stairs he runs up to get outside. When you see Luke arrive and takes out the micro-binoculars C-3PO is right behind him. There is no way that C-3PO is that quick to keep up with a younger Luke. What did he do run?

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Continuity mistake: When the rebel leaders are studying the tactical illustration of the Death Star, the superlaser's dish is positioned on the battle station's equator. The Death Star's dish is actually offset from its equator, in the station's northern hemisphere. This was because the early CGI used to create the tactical readout of the plans took so long to make that by the time it was finished, the Death Star's design had been changed to offset the superlaser dish, and due to 1970s technology, there was no time left before the movie's release to change the plans, which were accurate to an earlier design of the station.

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Continuity mistake: Just after the scene where R2-D2 is riding shotgun on Luke's X-Wing fighter and is hit by a shot from Darth Vader, there's a shot of C3-PO standing beside Leia in the rebel HQ, and the dent on C3-PO's head is on the right side (it's on the left side throughout the rest of the movie). (01:56:20)

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Continuity mistake: After C-3PO is separated from R2-D2 on Tatooine, when he's walking among the sand dunes, the sky alternates between being clear and cloudy. (00:10:15)

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Continuity mistake: When Leia's holo-message is being played in Luke's garage, and C-3PO explains about R2-D2's restraining bolt, the background behind the hologram has been flipped.

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Continuity mistake: The microphone on Red Leader's helmet switches from one side of his face to the other, then back again as he pulls out of the Death Star trench (just before he crashes). (Actually the entire shot is mirrored. Check out the scuff marks on the centre of his helmet, they change direction as well.) Other shots and pilots' mics switch too: Red Leader when he says, "All wings, report in", Wedge after a shot of Leia and C-3PO monitoring the battle, Luke when Red Leader says, "There's a lot of fire coming from the right side of that deflection tower" and when Luke says, "I'm hit, but not bad".

Continuity mistake: In the final battle, the leader of the fighters (not the group that was to blow up the Death Star, but the leader of Luke's group), got killed. Then it goes back to the home base where Leia, C3PO, etc are watching the action and you hear a transmission from that leader.

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Continuity mistake: When Luke, Han and Chewbacca attack the prison of the Death Star, in one shot the end of the corridor is in a slope while it is supposed to be horizontal. (It looks to me like it's actually a flat panel painted to look like the corridor. The angle looks perfect for the opening shot of them entering the prison floor, it just looks "off" for any other angle.)

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Continuity mistake: When Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca are going into the Millennium Falcon to escape from the Death Star, a storm trooper is shot and falls twice into the pit. (01:32:30 - 01:32:36)

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Continuity mistake: Right before Luke yells at Han after he fires his blaster in the trash compactor, there's a wideshot where Han is sitting among some garbage and holding his blaster with one hand. In the next shot, he has turned the other way and is standing, holding the blaster with two hands. (01:16:15)

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Continuity mistake: In the cantina, the alien who eventually gets his arm cut off is hassling Luke. In one shot he puts his hand on Luke's shoulder, but in the next his hand's nowhere in sight. (00:44:40)

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Continuity mistake: When they are searching for the monster in the garbage compactor, the garbage is shaking, except in one shot.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie, aboard Blockade runner, a big smudge of dirt appears on top of R2-D2, close to his square-framed lens 'eye'. This was not present a minute earlier and when the droids have landed on the desert, the smudge is gone again. (00:02:40 - 00:09:50)

Continuity mistake: When the garbage compactor is going to crush them, Chewbacca takes his weapon to retain the walls. He takes it again in the next shot. [Duplicated mistake]

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Continuity mistake: During the medal ceremony, there is a close-up of Han followed by a shot of Leia with a big smile. She turns to the right to get a medal, then there is a wider shot of her and she's not smiling.

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Other mistake: When the stormtroopers break into the control room, the stormtrooper on the right of the screen hits his head on the door frame. On the DVD release they've added a thump when he hits it. (01:18:55)

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[Princess Leia gets her first look at the Millenium Falcon.]
Princess Leia: You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought.

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Trivia: Carrie Fisher has stated that her scenes as Princess Leia with Grand Moff Tarkin - Peter Cushing - were not easy to play. During filming, Peter, as Tarkin, would speak demeaningly to her. When the cameras stopped, he would converse with her in such a gentlemanly fashion that she found it hard to play her part against him when filming commenced again.

Allister Cooper, 2011

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Question: During the trash compacter scene, Luke gets sucked under by the one-eyed monster thing, which leads to Han and Leia trying to find him. But if the water's only about knee deep, why is it so hard for him to be found?

Answer: Presumably because the monster has pulled him through the lair of whatever they are standing on into whatever space the rest of the body of the monster lives in. Obviously, the monster doesn't live in the part of the part of the compactor that does the compacting or it would be already compacted.


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