Continuity mistake: When the woman is on Mariner's boat, you can see that her dress strap is on her arm, but when the camera goes back to him and then back to her it is on her shoulder.

Continuity mistake: During the attack on the Atoll, a smoker on water skis falls over while going up the ramp. The next shot shows him hitting the wall of the Atoll, but he is now upright again. (00:29:20)

Jason Sieberg

Continuity mistake: In the beginning when Mariner goes diving off his boat for sunken treasure, he fills a timer with a handful of small stones which steadily drop to bring up the diving equipment when exhausted. After the camera shows some scenes to imply time going by, you can clearly see the amount of stones fallen is equal to about ten handfuls of stones.

Continuity mistake: After the mariner escapes the atoll and begins turning the gunboat towards the deacon, we see the firing path pass the end of the atoll wall. A couple shots later, it shows four smokers on jet skis getting shot as they exit the main gate, which is in the center of the wall facing the attack and had already been passed by the firing path. (00:38:00)

Jason Sieberg

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Suggested correction: Watch the movie again and look at where the boat is firing from.

Continuity mistake: When Mariner is knocked into the mud pit while in the cage we see that it does indeed sink. However as the woman and the girl are crossing the bridge to get to the windmill, the camera cuts to Mariner in the cage. The cage has sunk so that he only has room for his head and shoulders. Then as the woman and girl run past him there is another shot in which the cage is now further out of the mud and Mariner has room for the majority of his upper body.


Continuity mistake: After the Smoker gunner on the Sky Boat starts to fire, the strip of red cloth flapping on the top of the barrel disappears then reappears between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After the Mariner rescued Enola, the Deacon and his goons collide. As the fireball of their collision comes up, their wakes are still visible. A second later, the fireball is still growing but the wakes have totally subsided. Not possible given the explosion is only several seconds old.

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Continuity mistake: When the Paper trader dies, he falls on the netting, with his hand on the tri-hull support. When the Mariner kicks the body overboard, it is lying completely on the support.

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Continuity mistake: After Deacon is done showing the crowd the girl's tattoo, he turns to face the crowd and puts his bottle in his left hand, which is also holding his cigarette. When the camera angle changes, the bottle is now in his right hand.


Continuity mistake: Near the end one of the balloon's ropes is shot, causing the girl to fall in the water. Yet, seconds later as they float off all 6 ropes are holding the basket up, uncut.

Continuity mistake: After the Smokers go for the Mariner's bag of dirt, there is a shot of the Mariner's boat going by. In this shot, the boom is over the starboard side, however, in the following shot, the boom is over the port side. (00:08:05)


Continuity mistake: When the Deacon begins his speech near the end of the movie, he is holding a bottle of liquor that is almost empty. Half way through the speech, the bottle is half full. Then when the girl is brought out, the bottle is now almost completely full.

Continuity mistake: As the Mariner readies to shoot the line off the Sky Boat, he has his knife in his mouth. After he falls in the water, it's suddenly back in its scabbard.

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Continuity mistake: After the plane starts circling the boat, Helen prepares the harpoon gun. The barb on it is about four inches long, and is tilted about 45 degrees to the left (from the Helen's view). When the shot cuts to the circling plane, the barb is now straight up.

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Continuity mistake: When nearing the trading post, the Mariner spots some globs of oil. When he goes to put his hand down to catch some, there isn't anything in the water, but his hand comes up oily.

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Continuity mistake: When the Mariner escapes the Smokers for the first time, we get a wide shot of him at the helm. During the first shot, the boom is nearly straight over the boat and the outhaul is tensioned. In the shot afterwards, the boom is much further outward, and the outhaul now has lots of slack.


Continuity mistake: When Helen first pulls the Mariner up in the cage, his face is covered by the recycling goo, with lumps all over his face. After the cut to Helen for her line, his face is wet, but clean.

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Continuity mistake: As the first skiers are being towed by the Sky Boat, two head for the left ramp, two go to the right. When the angle reverses to see them going up, all four appear to be going up the same ramp.

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Helen: You've been there, haven't you? Dryland? You know where it is.
Mariner: Yeah, I know where it is.
Helen: And uh, and we're going?
Mariner: You and I are. The kid we gotta pitch over the side.
Helen: What?
Mariner: My boat's tore up. I'm taking on water. [Points to filtration system.] I'd be lucky to get half a hydro ration out of that.
Helen: You know, I said I won't drink.
Mariner: For twelve days? [Helen nods.] No. It's better that one of you dies now, than both of you die slow.
Helen: Wait. Wait. We saved your life. We got you out.
Mariner: No. You got me out so you could get out. We're even.

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Trivia: Prior to "Titantic" (1997), "Waterworld" was the most expensive movie (at $175 million) ever produced.

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Question: How much water would actually be needed to cover the entire earth?

Answer: About 71% of the Earth's surface is covered with water. The website How Stuff Works suggests that the oceans hold approximately 326 million trillion gallons of water, or about 96.5% of the liquid. By extrapolation, one could estimate that 100% of the earth would require about 459 million trillion gallons of water. However, there simply isn't sufficient water in the ice caps and other water bodies to float Noah's Ark. The water over the land masses would not be as deep as the waters of the oceans, which would suggest a lower number is possible. However, if there is truly NO land on which to set anchor for the denizens of Waterworld, then there would have to be sufficient water to cover the mountains of the world. That amount would be astronomical.

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