Being John Malkovich

Corrected entry: Near the end, as Cameron Diaz approaches pregnant Maxin with a gun on the 7.5 floor, she accidentally knocks her head really hard on the door frame.

Correction: Why is this a mistake? The whole point about the 7.5 floor is that it's got a low ceiling, tiny doors and so forth. Of course people bash their heads occasionally.


Corrected entry: After having been inside John Malkovich Craig gets dropped at the New Jersey Turnpike. When he sends Lotte off through the portal next, he says he'd pick her at the same place where he was dropped. Not only that he knew, after this completely novel and one-time experience, that the portal would lead into JM again, but that he also knew where it would end is more than one would expect from someone who hasn't read the screenplay till the end. (00:34:05)


Correction: He simply guesses that she will come out at the same point. It's a logical assumption.

Corrected entry: Craig locks Lotte and the chimpanzee in a cage. The monkey unties her hands, but it remains a mystery how the two of them got out of the cage. (01:12:30)


Correction: Her fingers are much thinner then the chimpanzee's, so she would just have to stick her fingers through the cage and pop open the lock. It's not like it's locked with a padlock, it's simply a pole you must lift up, that the monkey was never able to figure out. Anyone with a cage for something like a puppy would know its not that hard to get open from the inside.

Corrected entry: What are the chances of John Malkovich having the correct CD by his bedside table that has 'Bartórk's Allegro' on it and also the track starting in the middle of the song (where Craig uses from)?

Correction: It is not unlikely at all that John Malkovich has the CD; he seems like the type that would listen to it. While in Malkovich's body, Craig could have looked through his CD collection, found it, and got it ready all on the chance that Maxine wanted to see his performance (he is obsessed with it). And, it is possible that the CD is actually Craig's, he just brought it to Malkovich's house.

Correction: Arguably the film isn't about the real John Gavin Malkovich, but 'John Horatio Malkovich' (who happens to look rather similar).

Corrected entry: At the begining of the movie while John Cusack is talking to Cameron Diaz in the apt. John is in front of their couch and in the background behind the couch you can see a hand reach up and take something off of the table. (00:03:40)

Correction: You can see from the way it moves that it's not a hand. It's obviously part of one of Lotte's many animals, either a furry tail or a bird's long neck.


Corrected entry: When Lotte chases Maxine through JM's subconscious she shoots at her while she escapes through a door. The bullet hole in the door frame appears a second later. (01:34:05)


Correction: The laws of real-world physics don't necessarily apply to a chase taking place inside a person's subconscious.


Continuity mistake: Towards the end after Malkovich gets off the phone with Lester, who threatens him, he has hair over his eyes. In the shot through his eyes however there is no hair seen. When it shows his face again there is still hair.

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Question: When I originally saw the film at the Midway Theater in Forest Hills, New York there were so many errors, I thought they were part of the movie. There was shaky cameras, boom mics shown in the frame, extras walking around, and lighting devices in frame. I’m not talking once or twice, it was throughout. I ended up leaving. Has anyone ever heard of this?

Rich Scheibel

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