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Continuity mistake: In the beginning during the Indiana Jones parody one of the men pulls a gun on Weird Al with his left hand. Then Al lashes his whip, slicing his arm clean off. Then we see a RIGHT arm fall to the ground, gripping the gun in its hand. [Explanation: The live scene was shot one morning, and the actor who had his arm whipped off was cleared and went home. After lunch the prosthetic arm was delivered, and it was the wrong arm. They were on such a tight budget that they couldn't delay the shot, and flipping the negative (so right becomes left and vice versa) wasn't an option because the scene with the small pond had already been shot, and couldn't now be shown in reverse. This is from Weird Al's website, www.weirdal.com.] (00:01:40)

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Suggested correction: As with many "mistakes" posted for this film, this takes place during one of George's silly fantasy daydreams. Anything can happen - if a left leg had landed on the ground, it still would not be a mistake.

I think this is a very weak correction. When it comes to things like dream sequences, an Occam's razor approach is probably best: the simplest explanation is probably true. As in, unless it's blatantly done for effect, a mistake is probably just that... a mistake.


Four other "mistakes" in this film have been corrected, on the grounds that they occur during silly, fantasy daydreams by George. Check the corrections page on this site. Why should this "mistake" be any different?

If you check the timestamps, those corrections were from nearly twenty years ago. The system was different at that point in time. Basically, anyone could submit a correction, and there was a good chance it'd be accepted, even if the correction was incorrect. The current system, which was implemented a few years ago, is better in a way because it allows voting and debate. The fact is, as was pointed out, even Weird Al has admitted it was a mistake. Suggesting that dream/vision/fantasy sequences are completely exempt from mistakes is just plain silly, and a slippery slope in a way.


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Visible crew/equipment: Just after our two heroes have been fired from Big Edna's, a black Porsche crosses the screen treating us to a perfect reflection of the sound man, complete with boom and Sennheiser microphone. Really, it's that clear. (00:07:55)

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Continuity mistake: As Philo sets up his camera in Fletcher's office, he has a pencil in his mouth. In a subsequent shot, the pencil is gone. He did not remove the pencil as he was working on the camera the entire time. (This is even mentioned in the DVD commentary.). (01:00:15)

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Continuity mistake: While Uncle Harvey is in the pool, there are several items lined up behind him. Notice that the sandals are on the extreme left. After Harvey falls in the pool, the sandals hop over to the extreme right, next to the radio. (00:56:00)

Plot hole: Throughout the telethon we see volunteers taking pledges over the telephone. As with all telethons the vast majority of pledges will be paid by cheque. Instant bank transfers were unknown in the days the film was set and the telethon ends at midnight, at which time American banks are most certainly shut! How does George manage to have $75,000 in CASH for Big Louie on site that very night? Not every single pledge would (or could) go out to the remote site to pay in cash - not at that time of the night, anyway - and he couldn't raise more than the required sum as this was a share offer and an oversell would reduce the value of individual shareholder's equity.

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Suggested correction: They were selling stock at the telethon to those in the crowd. At $10 a share, they only needed to sell 7500 shares, and who is to say people didn't buy multiple?

Because they had $75,000 in CASH that night, if they sold 7500 $10 shares to the crowd at the station in order to raise that cash, then the people who pledged their money over the phone and who could not or did not go to the site at the end of the telethon have been cheated out of their money. Lawsuits are coming up.

Not necessarily. Nowhere does it say that they were selling ONLY 7500 shares. That was what they needed to raise the $75,000, but it doesn't mean that was the hard limit. Those pledging over the phone would still get their shares.

If they didn't give anyone any money, they couldn't be cheated out of their money.


Suggested correction: There's nothing to suggest the people on the phone were paying by cheque over the phone. They made their pledge over the phone but came in person to pay in cash and to pick up the stock. That's why there was such a big crowd of people in attendance with cash in hand.


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Earl Ramsey: Gun control is for wimps and commies. Listen, let's get one thing straight. Guns don't kill people. I do.

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Trivia: The "Spatula City" sign was placed on a real billboard in Tulsa, OK, for the film, and was left there for several months after shooting was over. According to the DVD commentary, many tourists would exit the freeway like the billboard said, and would drive for long periods of time looking for Spatula City, thinking that it was real.

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Chosen answer: It's making fun of "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" which is an often referenced 'quote' from "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (Actually, the real line is "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!", but that's the way people say it.)


Mel Brooks borrowed the line in "Blazing Saddles." In that film, the line actually was "We don't need no stinkin' badges."


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