Star Wars

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.)

Dr Wilson

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)

Dr Wilson

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)

Revealing mistake: When Luke opens up a light sabre for the very first time, you never once see the light reflecting from the metal of C-3PO's head (and he was swinging it quite close to the droid's head).

Larry Koehn
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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.

Dr Wilson

Deliberate mistake: While Luke hears Ben's voice telling him to let go, Vader says, "The Force is strong with this one," and in the following wide shot as they say Luke's computer is turned off, the dent on C-3PO's head is on his right side instead of his left, revealing a flipped shot. (01:55:50)

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Deliberate mistake: During the scenes of the Star Destroyer attacking Tantive IV, and also when the stormtroopers board the ship, the Alderaanian consular security force are wearing helmets with an attached communications device at their left, but in a few flipped shots the devices are at their right side of the helmets. (00:02:35)

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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)

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Other mistake: After they have escaped from the Death Star, Darth Vader says to an officer that they jumped into hyperspace but when you see Han and Leia speaking in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, you can't see that blue colour of the sky distinctive to hyperspace.

Dr Wilson

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]

Dr Wilson

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.

Continuity mistake: When the walls of the trash compactor start moving, Han is holding the pole, and leans it against the wall to his left (we hear it hit the wall). In the next shot, the pole leaning on the wall to his right instead., and the right side of the pole moves up and down between the next few shots.

Continuity mistake: Widescreen version: In the trash compactor, before the scene where the droids leave the control room, both ends of the pole used to stop the compactor are coming into contact with the walls. After the droids leave the room, the right end of the pole is not coming into contact with the wall. (01:18:50 - 01:19:45)

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Continuity mistake: When Luke sees Red Leader hit the Death Star surface, an explosion appears out of nowhere and the X-Wing is not seen at all. Furthermore, the plummeting ship would have spread debris over a much wider area considering it was falling at such a shallow angle. (01:48:30)

Visible crew/equipment: When the Blockade Runner is being attacked, just before C-3PO says something like: 'Do you hear that?' to R2-D2, he turns his head and the camera crew is visible on his temple.

Dr Wilson
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Continuity mistake: When they are leaving Mos Eisley Han wears gloves, but when he pulls the lever to jump into hyperspace, they disappear. (00:54:15)

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: In the garbage crushing facility, when the walls are coming in, you see them with about 15 feet space, then it zooms to the actors, they talk for about 5 seconds, and then it zooms out again with still 15 feet of space. The walls are coming in for about a minute. At the rate they were moving, they should have been crushed in around 20 seconds.

Continuity mistake: Just after the creature lets Luke go, Leia says, "It could be worse." In the next shot (after the compactor makes its first sound), Luke can clearly be seen saying, "What's that?", but his question has been edited out.

Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

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Trivia: The Imperial officer's uniforms were patterned after the uniforms of Nazi officers to add to their "villainous" image.

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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.

Myridon
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