Star Wars

Revealing mistake: When they are diving into the trash compactor on the Death Star, one can see the metal bars of the grid, that had previously been cut through, wobble like rubber when one of the team brushes against them. (01:18:20)


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Revealing mistake: After Han Solo runs into the room full of stormtroopers, you can see rubber soles under Chewbacca's feet as he follows him. (01:24:15)

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Continuity mistake: During the battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader, there's a scorched slash mark on the wall to Obi-Wan's right before either saber makes contact with it. A few seconds later Darth slashes his saber in exactly that spot (we can see the scorch mark again before he hits it). (01:26:50)

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Revealing mistake: During the final battle at the Death Star, nearly every time Darth Vader is shown in his ship's cockpit, David Prowse's eyes are visible through his helmet's lenses, because the combination of the red lenses in the helmet and the red lighting causes a transparent effect. (01:54:40)

Other mistake: Subtitling and translation can also lead to weird mistakes. Han Solo says (twice in the special edition) that he dumped his cargo because "Even I get boarded sometimes", and in Dutch cinemas the subtitles read as if he said "Even I get bored sometimes." (00:50:35 - 00:53:25)

Other mistake: Widescreen version only: When the stormtroopers are searching for hiding Rebels in the blockade runner, Leia pokes her head out from her hiding place. In the next shot, in the lower left hand corner, something white sticks out behind the foremost "pillar" and then disappears out of view.

Other mistake: When the Rebel ships are heading towards the Death Star, there is a shot of the squadrons flying towards the camera. Several of the X-Wings seem to be the same model as the lead craft for they sport identical dirt and battle scars. (01:41:00)

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Continuity mistake: When R2D2 and C3PO land on Tatooine, the escape pod is on the flank of a dune. When the stormtroopers are doing their investigation, the pod is suddenly on more or less flat sand.

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Other mistake: There is a scene where two sandpeople are running to intercept Luke Skywalker after spotting his landspeeder. One of the actors is holding on to his mask in a desperate attempt to keep it on. (1997 version).

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Continuity mistake: When C-3PO and R2-D2 are standing next to each other in Luke's garage, the position of R2's head changes between several shots.

Continuity mistake: Several times during the Death Star battle when the Rebel ships are flying down the trench, their position in relation to the chasing TIE Fighters change. For example, sometimes the Imperials are just behind and then nowhere in sight when, next shot, they are back in close firing range.

Continuity mistake: On the journey from the Cantina to the Millennium Falcon the camera pans left to right to follow the actors as they walk first towards and then away from the camera, towards the hangar. At the beginning of the shot R2-D2 is heading in one direction, the droid leaves the frame momentarily and at the end of the pan, trundles into the shot from an impossible angle.

Continuity mistake: When Luke is in Obi-Wan's home, C-3PO tells him "Sir, if you'll not be needing me, I'll close down for a while." and Luke nods. However, when R2-D2 projects Leia's recording, C-3PO turns his head to look at it. (This is only just visible). (00:35:06)

Continuity mistake: During the scenes in the trash compactor, after Han fires his blaster, the burn marks on the door keep changing shape, size and position. In some of the wideshots, they disappear completely.


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Continuity mistake: Viewed from outside, the Millennium Falcon has 4 windows around a round one, but view from inside, there are only three. (00:52:25 - 00:53:55)

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Revealing mistake: As Luke prepares the line and grappler to swing across the shaft, Leia provides cover fire. In one close-up, you can see a cartridge case being ejected from the 'blaster gun'.

Continuity mistake: Moff Tarkin has fourteen little blocks of color that perhaps indicate rank, seven in two rows. The ones on the top are consistently blue, but at least once the ones on the bottom alternate from orange and red to just orange.

Luke: How did my father die?
Obi-Wan: A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi knights. He betrayed and murdered your father.

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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.


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