1941

1941 (1979)

53 mistakes

Continuity mistake: As the two look-outs get on the big wheel the thin guy with the ventriloquist's dummy sits on the right. But later in the film he is on the left.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene when Wally gets hit by the soldier in the cafe, and Wally bumps into another soldier, causing him to go into a cake, take notice of how much cake is on him throughout the different camera shots. Also Pops (the owner) starts to wipe the cake off of the soldier's face. The amount of cake changes between shots.

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Revealing mistake: When the Ferris Wheel at the theme park has broken from its mounting and is rolling down the pier, it appears to be rolling forward but rotating anti-clockwise when if it is rolling forward it should be rotating clockwise.

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Plot hole: When Ward's son hits the switch marked "Do Not Touch This Switch", every light in the amusement park comes on, music starts playing, and the rides all start moving. It's a funny gag, but it seems unlikely that one switch would power every single thing in the amusement park, and that everything in the park has been left on "full speed." If that's the case, when Angelo first sent the two lookouts to the top of the ferris wheel, everything else in the park should have come on then too.

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Mark Bernhard

Factual error: When John Belushi, Wendy-Jo Sperber and Treat Williams are on the stolen motorcycle, Belushi gets mad, pulls a pin, and disconnects the sidecar from the motorcycle. This is not how sidecars are actually attached or they wouldn't go the same direction as the bike.

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Mark Bernhard

Continuity mistake: When the Army knocks a hole into the front door of the Douglas home with the anti-aircraft gun barrel, notice that the position of the hole changes between shots. And when the soldiers pick the door off of Mrs. Douglas you do not see the hole. Also notice that the door is standing back up and intact, in the background, as the soldier explains to the Douglas family about the gun.

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Revealing mistake: The Douglas' house which falls off the cliff at the end of the film was built to do just that. It was only used for exterior shots, and the interiors were filmed on a sound stage. If you watch carefully as the house crashes, you can see that it has no interior.

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Mark Bernhard

Factual error: In the beginning, a submarine surfaces. The area is supposed to be off the coast of California. A large rock is seen which is obviously Haystack Rock, a tourist destination off the coast of Pacific City, Oregon.

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Revealing mistake: The actor who played "Wally" did all of his own dancing during the big dance scene, except the part where he tap-dances down the long table of food. We see Wally jump up onto one end of the table, then the shot cuts to a close-up of his feet as he tap dances among the plates and glasses. When he reaches the end, he jumps up into the air and drops into frame, showing that it's really him. Since the actor couldn't tap dance, the film's choreographer did the tap dancing part. At the end of the table they hung a trapeze bar and the actor hung from it with his feet pulled up. When the choreographer reached the end of the table, he jumped up into the air and grabbed the bar just as the actor let go, so it looks like the same person. But if you look very carefully, you can see the actor's shoes dangling above the edge of the table just before the choreographer jumps.

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Mark Bernhard

Visible crew/equipment: When Wild Bill crash lands his P-40 Tomahawk in the street, then dazedly tries to "bail out", watch his parachute. A nearby explosion is supposed to catch the parachute and pull him backwards, but the 'chute doesn't react to the explosion. Instead, a line attached to the end of it pulls Wild Bill backwards.

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Mark Bernhard

Revealing mistake: When the tank runs over a car during the riot scene, you can see that the car has no engine.

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Mark Bernhard

Revealing mistake: During the riot scene, "Stretch" drags Betty under a truck so he can rape her. Wally drives the tank across the street and bumps the truck, knocking it over (so he can save Betty). If you watch, the tank bumps the truck, there's a pause, and then the truck flips over. It is obviously pulled over by something off-screen and not by the tank.

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Deliberate mistake: Though the loose ferris wheel keeps rolling for over a mile, the guys seated on it remain in the same position all the time instead of rolling down and getting crushed by it. Furthermore, they disappear in the wide shots and the wheel appears empty.

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Continuity mistake: When Ward's tank rampages through his home's front door, strangely enough there are two exact angles of it, one right after the other. On the first, the door falls down, but the next time it's dragged several meters ahead.

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Factual error: When Frank Mcrae and John Candy are arguing in the tank, Candy gets covered in soot when the exhaust manifold blows. This couldn't have happened as the engine in the tank is in the rear of the vehicle and it's separated from the crew.

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Continuity mistake: After Ward enters the barn in reverse gear, his right hand swaps between raised or lowered, depending on the shot.

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Continuity mistake: Before Ward puts the ammo in the cannon, when Wood greets Mrs. Douglas the string to pull the blind changes length back and forth depending on the angle.

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Continuity mistake: After Sitarski hands Donna her doughnut there's a close-up of both his hands over the counter, yet a frame later, from a different angle, his right arm is on Donna's back.

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Deliberate mistake: When Betty falls in the traphole, Maxine is right behind her, yet when the angle changes she's not only in front, but has turned 180º. This allows for a funnier gag, but is still a mistake.

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Continuity mistake: Inside the plane, when Donna tells Loomis that she can't have sex, he backs out, yet a frame later he's on top of her again.

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Continuity mistake: Before the dance contest Donna paints her lips next to a Dumbo sign. The white paper coming out of her bag disappears in the side shot.

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Continuity mistake: When the security bar is placed on the guys sitting on the ferris wheel, the rifle appears on the back shots, but disappears on the front ones.

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Continuity mistake: When Betty and Sitarski are in the garage, the dirt on the car and the trail of hand prints on it keep changing all the time.

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Continuity mistake: In the barn with Ward, who is covered in dust, Wood presses the gas pedal and Ward's head bends backwards for a brief second. In that angle, his head is spotless, only to return back to dusty in the following shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Ward is about to nail the crown on the front door, his hand is facing right. A frame later it faces upwards.

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Continuity mistake: When the Douglas' home is sliding down the cliff, it has moved a long distance seen from sea level view, but very short from Ward's POV.

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Continuity mistake: After Ward enters the barn in reverse gear and comes to a stop, he is spotless, yet from a front shot, a frame later, he is covered in white dust.

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Continuity mistake: When Ward's tank drives in reverse and destroys the barn, the mess on the door and wall differs between the outside and inside shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Ward turns the cannon and destroys the stuff in his home, the mess differs between shots, with stuff fixing itself and relocating somewhere else.

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Continuity mistake: When the Douglas kids's bedroom plummets, the kid on the left is facing left, yet in the close-up he is facing the right.

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Continuity mistake: After Kelso releases the sidecar's screw he makes a quick right turn, yet a frame later, from the wide angle, the handlebar and the bike are both facing straight.

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Continuity mistake: When Kelso drives Sitarski in his sidecar, his white scarf swaps from over his chest to over his shoulder, back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: When Kelso faints on the street a plastic Santa Claus falls on him, feet over Kelso's head. However, in the close-up, the Santa has turned 180º. Two seconds later, when the soldiers come to rescue him, Kelso and Santa have turned 45º to the right.

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Continuity mistake: Kelso's plane has flames all around which suddenly disappear when the plane arrives downtown (and, most probably, different plane models and sets are used).

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Continuity mistake: Kelso's plane crashes against a streetlight which hangs next to the cockpit, but it disappears in further shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Kelso's plane crashes downtown the cockpit is covered in smoke, yet a frame later it's clear and opened with Kelso perfectly visible.

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Continuity mistake: When Sitarski hands Betty the washed-up doughnut her hand is lowered resting on the bar. A frame later it's raised at chest level.

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Continuity mistake: Sitarski is served one doughnut, grabs it and leaves an empty plate. A frame later, when the doughnut falls, a second one appears.

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Continuity mistake: At the bar with Betty, Sitarski is offered a salad. The waitress' arms change positions between the wide and close-up shot.

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Continuity mistake: While Wally watches the dance club from the window outside, a dog sitting on its hind legs by the edge of the curb, swaps to standing on all four legs by the middle of the curb.

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Continuity mistake: When Kelso's plane leaves, the loose petrol hose's position and movement differs between the wide and close-up shots.

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Continuity mistake: After Wally picks up the picture in the sink, the amount of foam on the skimmer decreases between frames.

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Deliberate mistake: A piece of food lands on a soldier's soap and splashes on him. When the angle rises his glasses are covered in soup. The lenses are very obviously painted, for the splash was way to small to produce such mess.

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Continuity mistake: At the Douglas' yard, the arms of the woman Sitarkis holds keep changing positions all the time.

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Continuity mistake: When Kelso runs after his plane and stands in between the petrol leak, the position of his legs differs between the wide and close-up angles.

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Continuity mistake: After the cake incident, when the soldiers leave, the one covered in cream raises his arm to wipe it off his face. A frame later the arm is down and he starts repeating all movements.

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Continuity mistake: At the Douglas' home, when Sitarski holds the woman in his arms, the clothes on the line swap from moving to being still, back and forth, depending on the angle.

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Continuity mistake: When Hollis drives his truck, the shovel's position changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie starts, a woman leans towards the window, but a frame later from the angle behind she is sitting straight and leaning again.

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Continuity mistake: During the dance contest, Maxine slides along the floor crying "Ecstasy!". The position she faces and the way her legs are bent, differs between the first and second shot.

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Continuity mistake: When the two guys are messing up the kitchen doing pancakes, the food and mess on the stove keeps changing from messy to clean back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: When a soldier sinks his face in the cake, a lady next to him wipes off the cream with a napkin, but a frame later her hands are away and she is grabbing a napkin again.

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Revealing mistake: When the swimmer is lifted by the periscope she is wearing skin coloured underwear around her thighs, despite she is supposed to be naked.

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