Journey to the Center of the Earth

Factual error: Iceland sure looks a lot like the California desert.

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Revealing mistake: A boulder tumbles towards James Mason and his party though a cave. With all the smashing against the walls and floor of the cave, the boulder stays entirely intact. However, just before the boulder hits a wall with two tunnels while flying through the air, the boulder now shows two majors fractures that were unseen earlier. The fractures were added to the boulder to give it a more dramatic impact by it breaking up with one piece nearly striking James Mason.

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Larry Koehn
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Factual error: The Sun was shining quite brightly on the shores of the underground ocean (near the center of the Earth) as can be seen by the shadows of the actors.

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Larry Koehn
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Visible crew/equipment: A giant lizard grabs hold of Mason with its very long tongue. Cables can be seen around the fake tongue which are both wrapped around Mason's left leg.

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Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: After the villain (Thayer David) kills a duck, a boulder begins to move and brushes the side of his right leg as seen in a close-up and both legs can squarely be seen as he is standing beside the rock. The scene changes to a stunt-man who has his left-side towards the camera and this time his right leg is closer to the boulder which pushes him over a ledge.

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Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: In the beginning Professor Lindenbrook places his mountain goat horned ink well out of the way behind some scales, any other scene after that, they are missing.

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Continuity mistake: James Mason meets the villain (Thayer David) who holds a gun on Mason and the rest. Mason outwits him by throwing salt into his face to blind him. When the salt hits his face, he closes his eyes (too early) before impact. The salt impact hits the right side of his face. An angle change occurs and we see a close-up of him (or a stunt double - his hair is different) and the salt hits the actor squarely in his face with his eyes open to the last microsecond. The scene changes back to show Mason and the villain with the salt on the right-side of the villain's face again with him in agony.

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Larry Koehn

Revealing mistake: Pat Boone falls out of a tree naked. But he is wearing skin-colored foot thongs on his feet so he won't cut himself while walking away from the fallen tree branches that were holding him.

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Larry Koehn
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Revealing mistake: A giant lizard is stepped on by Boone. The lizard's skin turns red after being stepped on. It becomes so red that a nearby rock begins reflecting the red light.

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Larry Koehn

Revealing mistake: When the first dimitridon (the sail-finned dinosaurs) shows up, the dimitridon's face changes color from the wide shot and the closeup of it and the Professor and the Count because of bad matting effects.

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Revealing mistake: The actors get somewhat ragged as they spend months traveling towards the center of the Earth. But all of them are quite well shaven and their hair seems to never grow. Arlene Dahl's hair does have one curl out of place as they approach the center of the Earth. All of their hair gets wet and shaggy near the end of the movie.

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Larry Koehn

Revealing mistake: Right before Alec nails the spike into the giant lizard's tongue, the blood bag he punctures is visible in the tongue.

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Revealing mistake: When the group brings their raft out of the cave to the seashore, a dimitridon (the sail-finned dinosaur) attacks the group. Hans throws a spear into its mouth, and it dies, allowing the group to run the raft out to sea. We see several other dimitridons feasting on the dead one on one side of the screen, and the group sliding the raft to the sea on the other side. The sand on one side of the screen is a drastically different color than the other, one color ending abruptly and the other starting just as abruptly. That's 50's matting effects for you.

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Plot hole: They all drop their backpacks and bags 3/4 mile down into the hole before climbing by rope into the caverns to begin their journey. Later in the movie, they are all sitting deep in the caverns complaining about the lack of water supply. Suddenly the long-haired guy pulls out a large glass bottle of gin, completely intact and they all drink from it. There is no way his pack could have fallen 3/4 mile onto a hard surface without that bottle breaking.

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Revealing mistake: When evacuating the flood through the broken stalactite hole, Madam and Mason are standing on some sort of platform to get through the hole.

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jACKAROOBEAR

Revealing mistake: Arlene Dahl hangs on to a stalactite as the water rises in a cave. At the ceiling you can see it swaying and breaking apart but the portion the woman holds doesn't move at all.

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Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: After the professor makes his speech at the end, he is talking to Carla. He puts his hand to his chin then puts it down. It cuts and his hand is up again.

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Revealing mistake: When the group is rescued in the Mediterranean, you can see waves smacking against the matte background.

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Continuity mistake: When Professor Lindenbrook is on the ladder in his study there appears to be a mirror reflecting a fire above the fire place. When the rectors come in there is a picture above the fireplace.

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jACKAROOBEAR

Continuity mistake: At the explosion in the lab, Jenny is blown on top of a desk with straight lines down the side. Nowhere prior or after shots is there any such desk. The next shot, Alec is picking her up from the floor.

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jACKAROOBEAR

Continuity mistake: When they are in the sunken city, the haversack is put down on a rock with a hammer on top of it. In a later scene, the hammer handle is pointing in a different direction.

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Plot hole: Pat Boone falls from one cave level to another with salt pouring all around him. He never once is in agony (as compared to the villain) with all the salt hitting his face and eyes. (However he is in pain from falling.)

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Larry Koehn

Visible crew/equipment: A diary flies out of Mason's hand while they are on a raft because of Earth's magnetic field. You can see a wire attached to the left corner of the book.

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Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: When they are climbing up out of the hole to avoid the rising water in the cave, as they show the hole from below the water is about two feet below the hole, however when shown from the top the water looks to be about six inches below the hole, this keeps shifting back and forth during that scene.

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Continuity mistake: Pat Boone was shot in the right arm by the villain. After a few scenes, his wound is gone - no evidence of an injury.

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Larry Koehn

Revealing mistake: When the four travelers are riding up the volcano in the asbestos basin, they are obviously dummies.

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Revealing mistake: Pat Boone gets lost. He walks over to a rock bridge, over a phosphorescent lake, which breaks up just before he steps on it. The larger chunk begins to fall but stops and bounces back up a bit because it hits a stage.

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Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: Arlene Dahl trips while running away from a dinosaur by stepping into a loop in a rope attached to a raft. Her foot snags it below the ankle near her toes. A few seconds later, you see a close-up of her and the dinosaur and now the rope is above her ankle. A few scenes later it's below her ankle again as the men come to her rescue.

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Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: Before the explosion in the lab, James Mason has his gloves, after the explosion he has to crawl around the desk only to find his gloves laying on the floor. Extra set?

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jACKAROOBEAR

Revealing mistake: As Mason's party rides a giant offering bowl (on magma) up a volcanic vent, you can see a straight seam joining the tubular vent on the bottom portion of the screen.

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Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: When madam breaks the stalactite during the flood, there is a small hole which grows wider and smoother as the team evacuates.

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jACKAROOBEAR

Other mistake: The Count and the Professor jump into the water to save themselves from the dinosaurs (which can't swim). In the long shots, it appears they are out very far, in at least six foot deep water, but close up, the water they are in couldn't be higher than four feet. What's to keep the dinosaurs from grabbing the two if they're in water that wouldn' come up to the dinosaurs' kneecaps?

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Other mistake: While they're waiting for sunrise on the volcano the professor is carrying a rifle. Later on underground it's never seen.

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