Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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Continuity mistake: Truly crashes into the pond three times: first when the kids are playing in the road and she takes them home, second on the day of the picnic when she says she has nothing else to do and will go on the picnic too, and third at the end of the film when Potts finds out he is rich. In the second of these three, when Mr. Potts carries Truly from her car in the pond, the end of the ribbons on the back of her dress gets soaked in mud, but when you see her again at the beach there is no sign of the dirt.

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Continuity mistake: Dick Van Dyke is trying to show his new whistle sweet to Mr Scrumptious, the sweet factory owner. His dog is tied up to a bicycle outside. When his dog hears the whistle he knocks over the bicycle whilst trying to get free and runs up the steps. In the immediate shot following the bicycle is standing up again.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where Chitty is taking off from the castle, Caracticus looks down at the toymaker and Peter and says, "Bye bye". If you look closely, right in front of them, a boy runs across holding a stick he stole from one of the cavalrymen. He is waving it around and you can tell it's fake because it flops around like rubber.

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Continuity mistake: During the "My little choochy face" song, the Baron's wife is seen dancing in shoes with a one inch heel. Prior to being dropped down a hatch she can be clearly seen wearing flat shoes. She subsequently appears through a side door wearing the heeled shoes.

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Visible crew/equipment: As the Baroness is falling into the lake, there is a shot of her about 10m above it. The surface water looks like it is being blown by a helicopter. As soon as she is in the water, the lake is calm again.

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Factual error: When Chitty Chitty Bang Bang arrives at the Potts' house, Grandpa Potts is sitting in a deckchair reading a very modern colour edition of National Geographic magazine.

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Revealing mistake: When Caractacus smashes the tower of cups, the last one is obviously glued onto the saucer.

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Revealing mistake: During the "Toot Sweets" number in the factory, the cart with the candy trays move freely, however later on when they start spinning on them in circles (right after Jeremy gives Mr. Scrumptious another sweet) you can see each one is spinning due to a pole holding it. You can see it just under the bottom trays.

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Continuity mistake: When they are driving down the road the man driving isn't turning the wheel, but the background shows a winding road.

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Factual error: In the scene where the spies are hanging the false backdrop off the bridge, you can see that the railway lines they cross have concrete sleepers, which is out of period (railway lines at this time would have had wooden sleepers).

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Revealing mistake: When Chitty crashes at the car race, it jumps over a small berm and a line of fire blows up in front of it before the car hits it's mark.

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Lynette Carrington

Visible crew/equipment: Right when the doors open, you can see the pulley that's pulling the far door open.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Chitty Chitty Bang Bang comes into the castle to rescue the family, the shot shows the car turning, but a pivot wheel under the car can be seen, and the actual tire while turning, does not match the radius of the turn nor the speed at which it should be rolling.

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Factual error: After they pick up Truly Scrumptious in the newly refurbished Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, look at the road surface as they run alongside the GWR train. There is a broken white line running down the centre of the road. These types of markings weren't introduced in England until the blackouts of WW2.

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Other mistake: When Professor Potts bought Chitty from the Junkman and brings the car into the garage, the body of the car is charred or damaged somehow from the crash and fire. But the leather seats, dashboard and wooden steering wheel are completely unharmed.

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Revealing mistake: In most of the shots where they are flying over Vulgaria, if you look closely you can see their shadows on the screen behind them.

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Continuity mistake: Chitty's front wheels are badly damaged in the crash, but are near perfect when Caractacus brings the car home.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the Baroness is shot from the back seat of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, she is shown drifting through the air with her skirt serving as a parachute. In one view of her, there is a short white crinoline under her dress, in all other views there is none.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Caractacus is being dragged across the ground by the rockets, the wire he is holding onto is visible.

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Other mistake: When Chitty Chitty Bang Bang passes the train on the first drive out there is no smoke coming from the train's smoke stack, meaning the train isn't running. Yet it is definitely moving.

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Other mistake: When the Bulgarian soldiers storm the village to find the children, one soldier pushes open a door and the soldier next to him butts the already-open door with the end of his gun, making him fall forward slightly.

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Lynette Carrington

Audio problem: In the scene where Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is passing the train you can see a continuous trail of smoke issuing from the train. It is exiting from the train's whistle, meaning that there should be a continuous high pitched whistling noise, yet there is no such thing.

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Revealing mistake: During the "Grow the Roses" number, there are several shots of the wheels of the Baronial car, looking normal. In the final shot of the scene (when the car falls apart) square supports disappearing into the floor have suddenly appeared on the axles, as part of the mechanism to support the car when the wheels fall off.

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Revealing mistake: When the Vulgarian boat is chasing Chitty in the sea, Truly, Jeremy and Jemima are obviously dummies in the far shots because you can see them flopping about in the car.

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Revealing mistake: In the baron's birthday party scene Mr. Potts is dressed in a rag doll costume. In some shots the wire that holds him up when he jumps.

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Other mistake: In the scene where everyone is going to get away from Vulgaria in the car, Grandpa scrambles in after them. You can distinctly see a Vulgarian soldier give him a shove to get him in the car, then do his "Run away." thing.

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Continuity mistake: When the car which becomes Chitty crashes in the beginning, the vent and the front left wheel become totally loose, but in the next scene where the children are playing in it, the vent and the wheel are attached.

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Continuity mistake: When Baron Bomburst's spies come out of the water, they are evidently sopping. When they take off their "tube" disguises, they are completely dry. One of them even has a piece of crud stuck to his sleeve.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene on the beach between Truly and the children, waves are seen lapping against the sand castle but not washing it away - it's made from something more substantial than compacted sand.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where all 4 characters are first riding in Chitty (waving at the train and just after), the two children riding in the back seat alternate between wearing hats and not wearing hats. This may have been done to conceal actor's doubles.

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Continuity mistake: In the "Chitty on the water" scene, when Chitty has deployed a float her wheels become horizontal. In the far way shots, the wheels aren't moving. In the close up shots done in the studio, the horizontal wheels are spinning and there is no visible raft beneath the boat.

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Continuity mistake: When the two spies try to capture Chitty by parking their open van under the railway bridge, then dropping a canvas screen down over the top so it looks like the road under the bridge is clear, as Lord Scrumptious's car hits the screen and tears through it, you can see that there is nothing parked on the other side. The van is gone. Yet the following shot establishes the fact that the trap has worked successfully; the car has gone through the screen and ended up in the back of the van.

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Revealing mistake: In the "Truly Scrumptious" song, the children draw a smiley face in the sand. When they run across to make the smiley face, you can see that it has been created beforehand.

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Continuity mistake: When they are almost done singing "You Two" there is a big ripple in the tablecloth. After they finish singing and the plates are rolling down, the ripple is gone.

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Continuity mistake: During Mr Potts's solo dance as the rag doll, Truly as the doll, the music box and the surrounding mirrors completely disappear, and then reappear again ready for Mr Potts's and Truly's duet.

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Continuity mistake: When the child-catcher captures the children in the cage, the circus decorations fall off as the wagon quickly pulls away. Two shots later, the wagon is shown passing the fallen circus decorations on the street.

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Lynette Carrington

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mr Potts is putting the children to bed they offer him the objects from their treasure chest: a ivory tusk, "jewels" and a "crown". Near the end of the song he puts the objects back into the box but not the crown.

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Plot hole: Near the end of the movie, when Mr Potts finds out that he's going to be rich (Mr Scrumptious wants to buy his invention) and he rushes out to his car to go see Truly, he meets her en route and she's got her hair in an really elaborate style and has changed. But there is no way she could have possibly got to her house, found out that her father had gone to see Mr Potts to buy his invention, changed her outfit, done her hair like that and gone out to see Mr Potts in the short amount of time between Mr Potts and his children dropping her off, and Mr Potts and her meeting at the pond.

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Heather Benton

Character mistake: Before the junk man drives away he calls Mr Coggins "Bill." The correct first name is George.

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Continuity mistake: When Truly accompanies Mr. Potts and the children to the beach, her hair is first in a bun, and then later is worn down around her shoulders when they reach the beach. Also, the tightness or her curls vary from scene to scene while at the beach.

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