Darkman

Darkman (1990)

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Other mistake: At the carnival, you can see an African-American man staring at the camera for a while. I am unsure if he is a crew-member watching over the scene, or if he is just an extra trying to get onscreen.

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Suggested correction: While he may appear to be staring at the camera, to the audience, he was simply a carnival attendee staring at something off camera, in the film, that was in the direction of the camera.

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Other mistake: Near the end, when Julie is pushed off the building by the henchmen, her handcuffs get caught on some rods that where sticking out. But this is impossible, by the way she was falling (vertically) the rods would have made contact between her legs. No way her handcuffs could have been caught like that. And they were sticking out a good foot or two from where her body was.

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Deliberate mistake: There is just too much movement and detail in the synthetic skin masks. Peyton lost a large portion of his face in the explosion, and cannot make much expression with his own face, but somehow he can make the masks move perfectly just like a real face.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening battle at the warehouse, there is frantic gunfire and battling during the scene. However, after the second car crashed, all of Eddie Black's men are suddenly dead, despite almost all of them being alive just a few seconds earlier.

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Plot hole: Peyton had his face burned in the explosion. In fact, he basically lost his lips, so he should not be able to talk very easily. While he could probably learn to speak normally again through other movements with his mouth and tongue, he does so too quickly to make logical sense. And his uncanny ability to almost perfectly mimic his enemies could probably be learned over time, but again is too quick to make sense.

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Revealing mistake: When Strakk is firing the giant nail gun thing at Darkman during the climax, you can see that the gun firing does not always match the squibs going off on the beams behind Darkman.

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Continuity mistake: When the power goes out in Peyton's lab (when he figures out the secret of the synthetic skin), the entire lab is still filled with some light. If it was daytime, this would be believable, but it is night outside.

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Continuity mistake: At the climax of the movie, in the skyscraper construction site, there is a segment where the villains are swinging large wires with metal hooks to hit Peyton. However, the number of wires swinging through the area changes during the course of the shots, and in fact, they all disappear for a period of time.

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Factual error: During the scene where Peyton is hanging from the helicopter, Durant is firing at him with a grenade-launcher. He hits several cars, most of which end up in flaming wrecks. Despite this, traffic continues as normal... If you saw cars around you exploding, would you casually continue on, oblivious? This error is especially visible with the truck driver, whom reacts to Peyton landing on top of his truck, but seems oblivious to the chaos behind him.

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Continuity mistake: When Durant fires a grenade launcher at Darkman as they are flying through the city, Durant hits a truck with a clown face on it. A few seconds later Durant hits the exact same truck again.

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Continuity mistake: When Darkman's hand is pinned to the steel beam by the rivet there is no blood. When we see a close up of him trying to pull his hand free, there is now blood coming from the wound. When Strack calls Darkman a freak, Darkman gets angry and the blood from his hand is gone. The next shot of his hand shows blood, as he pulls it free from the rivet.

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Deliberate mistake: In the climax, the villain Strack fires a nail-gun at Peyton. There are two shots where the camera is basically inside the nail looking out. In both of these shots, the nail moves straight for Peyton and then curves away at the last second, instead of moving in a straight line just past him. This was obviously done for suspense but it still is a mistake.

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Revealing mistake: In the grave yard scene Liam Neeson quite obviously fumbles with his American accent.

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Suggested correction: Since we don't know enough about Dr. Peyton Westlake's upbringing, it's possible he wasn't born American and worked really hard to hide his natural accent to fit in (which many people do in real life). The fact that Westlake is portrayed by a South African born actor in the sequels further suggests the character isn't American born.

Bishop73

Revealing mistake: When Peyton looses his nerve and breaks the fingers of the game operator at the fair, you can see the fake hand that was used is a very cheap prop. It looks like hollow rubber the way the skin bends in and there is no sign of muscle/bone underneath.

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Revealing mistake: When Liam is in china town and holding the match under his hand, it is very obviously a prop hand used to create the effect.

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Rosco

Continuity mistake: When Darkman and Durant are battling on the helicopter, Darkman drops a large hook and line from the helicopter. A few shots later, during one wide shot, the hook and line have vanished, only for them to re-appear when Darkman falls from the helicopter and catches them.

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Continuity mistake: The villain fires with a nail-gun at Darkman and the nail flies for several seconds towards him. But Darkman is very close to the villain, the nail would have hit him in a tenth of a second.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: As Darkman attaches the hook and line (from the helicopter) to the front of the truck, in at least three different shots, the position of Darkman's entire body changes. For example in one wide shot he is crouched over, then in the next shot he is standing up, etc.

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Revealing mistake: When we see a shot of Peyton typing (after he makes a synthetic glove for one hand), you can see the sides of either hand fade as they move about the keyboard typing. This reveals a "split-screen" effect with a fade through the center was used to match the real hand with the animated fake hand.

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Continuity mistake: When Durant shows up at Darkman's hideout in a helicopter, he is holding a machine gun. In the next shot, he's holding a grenade launcher.

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Other mistake: When Durant uses his cigar cutter to cut off Eddie's fingers, no blood is shown squirting from his severed digits and no blood is seen on the cigar cutter.

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Continuity mistake: When Peyton returns to his lab after its destruction, a burnt picture of him and Julie is on the floor. The destroyed picture shows half of Peyton's face missing. After finding a new place to stay, when the picture is put into the scanner, more of Peyton's face is visible.

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Other mistake: Just before the Strack helicopter which Durant is in hits the bridge, the letter and numbers painted on the side just forward of the cockpit door are backwards, like a mirror image.

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Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: Halfway through the film, Frances and Colin are in Colin's office. Colin has a glass of brandy in his hand, but when the phone rings, the glass is gone.

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Revealing mistake: When Darkman is hanging from the helicopter above the street, dodging traffic, in one shot from the side, the camera pans to follow a car, and you can make out the shadow of a crane. This makes it very obvious that in this shot, Darkman is in fact not hanging from the copter, but rather from the crane. (This shot has been cropped to remove the shadow in some subsequent releases, but it is still visible in the original Universal DVD release).

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Continuity mistake: Look at the police officer in the helicopter towards the end of the movie. In one shot, the words "POLICE" across the helmet are reversed like a mirror image. In another shot the same police officer's helmet says "POLICE" in normal letters.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Darkman swings on the wire to save Julie, you can see a large wire coming out of his shirt to support his weight, and you can make out several large wires holding Julie in the shot of her being grabbed.

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Continuity mistake: Near the start, Julie sits on a sofa when discussing the bribe. In the wide shot, as she says "I wish it were that simple", she rests her left hand on her knee. It then cuts to a closeup for her next line, and her left arm is suddenly along the back of the sofa.

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Jon Sandys

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