The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Revealing mistake: When the riders break out of Helm's Deep, you can see the hooves on some of the horses pass straight through the Uruk-hai corpses on the bridge.

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Revealing mistake: Shadowfax, the horse that only Gandalf is supposed to be able to ride, will not take a saddle and bridle, so throughout the majority of the film, they try very hard to hide the saddle that Gandalf is obviously sitting on, even though you can see him holding the front of it underneath his robes, and sometimes, you can see him holding a very thin bridle. But right at the end of the film, when you have the shot of Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, etc. on horseback, you see Gandalf's feet in stirrups.

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Revealing mistake: When the women and children are evacuated to the Glittering Caves under/behind Helm's Deep, in the first shot, a hooded person leans on a stalactite making it sway back and forth.

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Revealing mistake: Frodo, Sam, Faramir and Gollum are at the sewer in Osgiliath when Faramir asks, "Cirith Ungol?" and then grabs Gollum's neck. Frodo and Sam watch as Gollum is grabbed, but their eyes do not follow Gollum as Faramir grabs him, their eyes remain focused on the ground to their left. The shot of Faramir and the shot of Frodo and Sam were edited together, with Gollum added later.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: At the Dead Marshes, Frodo tosses to the ground a piece of Lembas bread, for Gollum to eat. However, Gollum doesn't reach for the 'tasty' food in the same place that Frodo tossed it. Extended DVD.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: Right at the beginning when Frodo and Sam are climbing up a hill, look at Frodo's left foot: One time he makes a step and his Hobbit-foot vibrates when it touches the ground. Both his feet vibrate as he walks, when he has his cloak wrapped around him.

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Revealing mistake: At the Battle of Helm's Deep, just after Aragorn slices the leg off the Uruk and just before Gimli slides down between the legs of another Uruk and smashes his axe into his chest, look carefully at the Elf on the left side of the screen. He arches his bow and fires, followed by a specific shooting bow sound effect, but there is no arrow.

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Revealing mistake: At the battle of Helm's Deep, Theoden, Aragorn, Legolas and the rest ride out of the Keep to meet the enemy, watch as the first men out of the gate kill all the Uruks on the bridge, yet the men riding behind them continue to hack and slash away at thin air.

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Revealing mistake: In Osgiliath, when Sam and Frodo are falling down the stone steps, both of their knee pads are revealed because their knickers ride up at the knees during their fall.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: At Helm's Deep, in the 1st close-up, Gimli says, "You could have picked a better spot," and two particular Elves stand at his left. In the next wide shot as Aragorn approaches, the Elves to the left of Gimli are different Elves than in the previous shot. One of those Elves from the 2nd shot is seen close-up when Aragorn walks away. Also, the second row of Elves is much closer to the first row of Elves in the 1st shot.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When Theoden, Aragorn, Legolas and the Rohirrim soldiers ride out to meet the enemy just before Gandalf's return, they charge down the ramp into the stampeding Uruk-hai. If you watch the Uruk-hai very carefully you can see that some are running in slow motion.

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Revealing mistake: When the Ents are releasing the river, on the bottom left hand side, you can see an Orc chopping at an Ent. However, when the Ent moves, the Orc is still chopping the same place.

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Revealing mistake: There are quite a few times where the Uruk-hai fitted skin wrinkles, creases or bubbles up where they shouldn't. Some examples are, at Helm's Deep, while they fight on the Deeping Wall, as the Uruks climb the ladders and when Gandalf charges with the Rohirrim.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: Right after Gandalf gave warning that they would not be welcome at Rohan and jumped forward with his horse, next after him Legolas moved forward before Aragorn, you can see Gimli that rode with Legolas was a fake Gimli, the color of his skin was not normal, and he was too stiff.

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Revealing mistake: Just as Theoden yells, "They have broken through, the castle is breached." Legolas is first seen on the exterior wall pulling the string of his bow with NO arrow in his hand twice, but the other times he pulls the string on the bow we do see the arrow before reaching the bridge. Also, after he crosses the bridge, before he gets to the stairs, when he reaches behind him for an arrow the arrow is on his back, not in the quiver, it's just simply on his back. (Do slo-mo or frame by frame if necessary).

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: After Haldir dies, Aragorn jumps onto the only ladder resting against the steps 'inside' the Deeping Wall. Hanging onto the ladder, he then falls on top of the Uruk-hai down below. The ladder is now lying on the ground perpendicular to the steps of the wall. However, when Aragorn runs up the stone steps on the side of the Keep, in the aerial CG shot of the wall below, the ladder is not lying on the ground where it should be, under the scurrying feet of the Uruk-hai.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: As the Uruk-hai are slamming into the chamber door, with the battering ram, Gimli and Legolas are standing at the door. Across the room, Aragorn says, "Ride out with me," then in the next three shots of Theoden, he's standing in front of the same wall, with particular markings. In the very next shot, Gimli says, "The sun is rising," and he's standing right in front of the very same wall that Theoden is standing right in front of. Then, in the next shot, still standing at that wall, Theoden says, "Yes. Yes. The Horn of Helm Hammerhand..." Both Theoden and Gimli, can not be in front of the same wall at the same time. In the next shot of Gimli, still standing at that same wall, responds, "Yes." He then starts to go off to blow the Horn. The next shot, is a close-up of the door - all the men in front of it and some wood are knocked away, due to the force of the battering ram. In the next shot, as Theoden says, "Let this be the hour when we draw swords..." between Aragorn and Theoden, the men are seen huddled together at the door again, and Legolas and Gimli are there too. Yet, in the next shot, Gimli is hurriedly running up the steps of the tower to the Horn.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: In the final shot of Gandalf and the Balrog's plunge into the underground lake, a seemingly solid rock in the top-right hand corner disappears for a moment, leaving a black void.

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Revealing mistake: When Gandalf, Aragorn, Theoden, Legolas and Gimli all ride up the hill on horses towards the end, there is a man on a horse on the left of the screen. Who is he and why is he there? He's Éomer's body double (Karl Urban was unavailable) and at some stage they were going to put Éomer's head on him digitally, but they never got around to it. Director's commentary, extended DVD.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When the Uruk-hai are running through the rock canyon while carrying the Hobbits, the Uruk with the painted white hand on his face holds up his right fist. In the theatrical release and regular DVD, a second Uruk then asks of the painted one, "What is it, what do you smell?" and he answers, "Manflesh." The very next shot is of Pippin saying, "Aragorn," followed immediately by the second Uruk saying, "They've picked up our trail." The Uruk who should have the painted hand on his face no longer does. He gives a low growl, then all the Uruk-hai run again. However, in the extended DVD, same scene, when the painted Uruk holds his fist up, it cuts to the Orcs hiding behind the rock, and the very next shot is of those two Uruks, and just like in the regular DVD, the Uruk who is supposed to have the painted hand on his face, does not. It is that Uruk who later in the scene says, "Manflesh," and unlike the regular DVD, without the painted hand on his face. Side note: It may be a different Uruk standing next to the 'second Uruk', in the questionable shots and that's why he doesn't have a painted face, but either way, it's still a mistake between shots.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When Sam and Frodo are talking after Sam called Gollum "Stinker," you can see, in some of the shots, Sean Astin's brown hair under the golden wig.

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Revealing mistake: During the Warg fighting scene, if watched in slow motion, when Aragorn is picking up the spear, some of the Wargs and horses 'behind' Aragorn, seem to be pass in front of the spear or the spear disappears in those areas.

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Revealing mistake: When the camera moves into the "Seeing Stone" and pans up to reveal "the great eye," the entire tower was a miniature. It's not that noticeable, but what really makes it a mistake is the cotton balls used to make smoke on the smaller towers leading up to the big one. (It sticks out so obviously that one must ask, why did they CG the orcs at the bottom of the miniature, but use cotton balls for the smoke instead of CGing it?)

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Revealing mistake: When Sam is running up the steps to stop Frodo from putting on the Ring in Osgiliath, you can see when he puts his right foot on the stair the "fake foot" toes slam into the stair and bend to a point which is impossible to achieve with a real foot.

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Revealing mistake: The scene at the top of Saruman's tower when he is looking down watching the Ents is shown backwards. His hair is the telling object, moving unnaturally. After cutting away to the Ents once more, they have reversed the film again, he is walking backwards.

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Revealing mistake: The braids over Legolas' ears on his scalp, change drastically in position, shape, amount of hair that's braided and how it is braided, as does the amount of his side hair that is swept up into the back braid, in consecutive shots! The hair differs considerably in the following shots. In the armory, when Legolas and Aragorn argue and when Legolas apologizes to Aragorn, for despairing. When Legolas watches Aragorn hugging Haldir. When Legolas stands with Aragorn and Gimli on the Deeping Wall, awaiting the Uruk-hai. As Legolas lets loose the arrows towards the Berserker Uruk-hai. In these two shots too. First, standing outside of Fangorn with Aragorn and Gimli (flipped shot). Then, in Fangorn, saying, "This forest is old..."(flipped shot).

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: Sam says "There's only one way to eat a brace of coneys" and in the next close-up, Sam stirs the stew. The rolled up blanket is behind the hanging pot, which means it's on Sam's right. In the next three shots, Sam's pack is behind the pot, not the rolled blanket, to Sam's right. Then, in the next close-up of the pot, it's the very same close-up shot as before, only it's been flipped, and the rolled blanket is there, near the pot again, this time to Sam's left.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: In the shot where the Rohan refugees are heading into Helm's Deep, the scale of the shot is wrong. On the right side of the screen, the refugees walk up the ramp into the gatehouse and on the left side of the screen, the Deeping Wall extends, with figures moving along the wall. The Deeping wall should be about even with ramp up to the Keep, if not a little bit forward, which means the figures along the wall should be at least the same size as the figures walking up the ramp. However, the figures along the wall, are much smaller, as if the Deeping Wall was pushed back further than the ramp. The right side shot was filmed as live action and the left side shot was filmed using the miniature of Helm's Deep and then the shots were merged together.

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Revealing mistake: When Treebeard throws Merry and Pippin they fall flat on the ground, at the feet of the White Wizard. In the shot when they both look up as they lie there, there are two circular bare earth mounds, right between each pair of their feet. These round areas of dark earth are surrounded by earth that is covered in leaves and bramble everywhere else. It is obviously where the actors' feet were positioned at the start of this shot, when they threw themselves to the ground.

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Revealing mistake: In the shot after Gimli shouts "Send them to me" at Helm's Deep, you see the elf closest to the camera fire an arrow. As he reloads, his right forearm passes though the bowstring.

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Revealing mistake: When speaking of Merry and Pippin, a certain Orc says, "What about them? They're fresh." This Orc's face has very distinctive marbled skin coloring. After Grishnak says, "What about their legs? They don't need those..." when that other Orc says, "Just a mouthful," before Uglúk cuts off his head, the skin coloring on his face is quite different. (These were shot at different times.)

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: Soon after the Uruk-hai breach the wall with the ladders, Aragorn uses his sword to slice the leg off of one of them. In the wide shot, the Uruk has leg guards on, but in the close-up of the leg being cut off at the knee, no guards are on that leg. Also, visible in the close-up, it is obvious that the 'leg' is prepped to be cut in half.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: During the destruction at Isengard, Treebeard says, "Break the dam. Release the river." While he says that, there is a close-up of the dam wall as the Ent pulls away the wood blockades. We see the water starting to spurt between certain stones. Then there is a wide shot of the area, and in this shot, the water does not start to spurt between the same stones or in the same manner as in the previous close-up.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: During the Warg battle, as Aragorn slices off the head of a Warg rider, in the background on the hill there are two Rohan riders on horseback, one on a brown horse, one on a white horse, riding down the hill chasing after Orcs on foot. There are many shots after, including Aragorn throwing the spear into the Warg saving Gimli, and Theoden stabbing the Warg in his mouth. The next shots of Aragorn are when he stabs a Warg rider. The background plate is the same hill and the same two Rohan riders on horseback are still riding down the hill chasing after the Orcs on foot. Obviously these two pieces of footage were shot consecutively and were cut and separated, and other various shots were inserted in between them.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: In the two scenes, when Frodo and Sam are both up on the rocks and later, down below, hiding out of view, the Black Gate is in front of them. Earlier, is the view inside the gate. The two Trolls are pulling and pushing the wood 'pulley', to open the gate, while walking on the tall ramp that curves around. When the gate is open, that ramp should be in full view, from the angle that Frodo and Sam are positioned, but it is not.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: In Emyn Muil, just after Frodo says, You will lead us to the Black Gate," Sam and Frodo are following after Gollum. You see Frodo, with Sam trailing, come around a large rock formation from the left of the screen, then Frodo passes a large round boulder on his right and starts to run down a slope towards the camera. As Sam passes the same large boulder on his right, you can see it shake from him brushing against it.

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Revealing mistake: The very first shot of the Uruk-hai running through the rock canyon is the exact same shot that is shown in the last shot of this scene, just after Pippin bites the Lorien brooch off his cloak. Even though in between those two shots, all the Uruk-hai have been running until they meet up with the Orcs. In between those two shots, the rock formation shown behind the Uruk who lifts his fist up is also quite different in the next successive shot, when the Orcs approach the Uruks.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: Éomer yells, "To the King!" at Helm's Deep and the Rohirrim begin to ride down, towards the Uruk-hai. In the very first wide shot of Gandalf, starting to lead them down, there is a clear reflection of three of the riders and their horses, shown on the ground.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: Legolas runs down the hill to kill the Orc scout. As he is slicing the Orc's throat, in the close-up of Legolas' blade, one frame shows the position of the sharp edge right up against the Orc's throat, but the next frame shows that the sharp edge of the blade was turned away from the Orc's neck, just before the slicing, so as not to harm the Orc actor. This can only be seen frame by frame.

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Revealing mistake: In some shots you can tell that they used children or small people, for Frodo and Sam. Mostly, you can tell when they're shown from behind, in the company of tall men. You can also tell, from the slightly different hairstyles.

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Revealing mistake: When Gollum brings the two rabbits, he drops them onto Frodo's lap, and Frodo is leaning up against one of the broken stone structures. After Frodo opens his eyes, the stone structure behind him vibrates when he moves a couple of times. This structure should be way too heavy to jiggle when Frodo moves.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When Aragorn tracks Merry and Pippin near the beginning of the movie, after meeting Eomer, the trio stops at the border of Fangorn forest and you can see in this closeup that it's the scale double Brett portraying Gimli, not John Rhys-Davies.

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Revealing mistake: When Aragorn saves Gimli from the warg, the spear he throws is CG. He barely tosses the thing with little more thrust than his forearm can allow, and it pierces straight through the warg's tough hide.

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Revealing mistake: When Faramir has his sword tip around the chain holding the ring, the blade Faramir is holding is a dead blade i.e. it has no sharp edge.

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Revealing mistake: In the aerial shot approaching the Horse Kings village the banners are flapping the wrong way and the chimney smoke is going into the chimney, instead of out, revealing that it was shown in reverse.

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Revealing mistake: Gollum is leading Frodo and Sam through the Dead Marshes, towards Mordor. When Gollum runs across the first bit of the swamp, he treads into water; but the water does not move, nor does Gollum act like he has tread in water.

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Revealing mistake: When Theoden says, "They will break upon this fortress like water on rock," the camera is in a crane shot which slowly creeps up, becoming a medium close-up of Aragorn. As the camera flies over the front wall of Helm's Deep in the shot where Theoden delivers his line, look down into the deepest level of the castle towards the left of the screen. Rohan citizens are bustling and moving. If you watch closely, you can see the lowest level of the castle jump and shake in the shot. This is because that lowest level wasn't there in reality and it was added in the computer. (Probably can be seen only in the Widescreen version).

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Sam: It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for.

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Gimli is lying with his face under the water, after jumping off the Deeping Wall and landing on the Uruk-hai. In the close-up, the right arm that grabs Gimli's shoulder to help him out of the water is Legolas' right arm. Yet, in the wide shot, suddenly it is Aragorn helping Gimli to his feet, not Legolas.

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John Rhys-Davies is missing the end of his middle finger on his left hand due to a farming accident as a child. The make-up artists made artificial, gelatin fingertips for him to wear in the movies. Davies one day, cut the tip in half, put 'blood' in it and closed it up. He went over to Peter Jackson (unaware of the gelatin tip) and said, "Boss, I've had an accident, look what happened". Jackson saw a small cut, but Davies bent the tip back and it split open, gushing. Nice.

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