Earthquake
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Revealing mistake: In the office tower after the quake there is a panic and workers rush down the stairs only to find them fallen away. After two women fall to their death a man is left hanging on a girder, but falls onto a giant piece of glass. Look at the top of the frame and you will see the airbag shooting our from under it.

Revealing mistake: When the airplane is coming in for a landing, we see an exterior shot of the plane shaking violently well before it has touched down. Clearly the "earthquake" effect is achieved by merely shaking the camera.

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Revealing mistake: During the quake, a mother is seen having a plate glass window fall on her face while her daughter screams. Before the mother turns around to show us the gore, look close and you can see a shard of glass already "placed" in her face before the fake glass falls her. Additionally, while not a "mistake", it's clearly a "stuntman" portraying the mother. The face and yelping give it away.

Revealing mistake: When the elevator crashes, there's a really crappy splat of blood on screen that appears abruptly, which is a very obvious over-impression of a painting.

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Revealing mistake: After failing to spin the loop in the motorcycle the first time, Miles tries again. He starts driving towards the loop, and after he finishes the first half, if you look carefully, the bike then falls out of the loop. For the rest of the scene, he continues to ride the bike around the second half of the loop anyway. The shot of him riding towards the loop was probably a previous take.

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Revealing mistake: When the earthquake begins, a dam moves wildly, but the water underneath remains still, revealing it's a camera effect. (00:05:56)

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Revealing mistake: During the scene on the freeway during the earthquake, a truck carrying cattle drives off the road. When it does, the cattle it's carrying do not so much as move, let alone get ejected from the vehicle.

Revealing mistake: When the earthquake starts there are several shots of bell towers shaking. The first is the only one that moves, the rest are photos where neither the bells nor the trees around move, an obvious camera trick.

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Revealing mistake: When the earthquake starts there are several shots of churches shaking. None of the trees next to them are shaking, revealing the camera effect. (00:52:16)

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Revealing mistake: During the earthquake, when the window-shop bursts, the airbag that breaks the windows is very, very noticeable. (00:53:13)

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Revealing mistake: After Miles' track falls down, there's a shot of a wobbling black office building. It is a mere photograph being very obviously moved back and forth. (00:52:56)

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Revealing mistake: When Miles is doing his act, he is replaced by an obvious stunt with a different skin color and rounder face.

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Revealing mistake: When Corry's bridge wobbles, the trees and objects in the background don't, revealing that someone was shaking the bridge. (00:54:10)

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Revealing mistake: When the group is trying to escape the office building, a woman in pink falls into the void. Watch when she falls and you'll notice that the stuntman's wig flies off (it's to the left of his head).

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Revealing mistake: When the parking lot collapses, there's a brick pillar that not only does it not break into pieces, but it bounces around, revealing it's a hollow light-weight prop. (01:38:26)

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Revealing mistake: When the parking lot building collapses, check the right side where the cars are. All along the ground level there's a rectangular strip where the film of the miniature building was pasted on top of the film with the real-sized parked cars. Note how all the debris falls behind that strip, it never falls on top of the cars, as if there was a weird black hole of some sort. (01:37:54)

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Revealing mistake: When the California Seismological Institute collapses, the old boss is replaced by a much younger stunt. Also, his sleeves swap between rolled up or not and his tie disappears.

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Revealing mistake: When the cattle truck falls out of the collapsing highway, none of the cows move a single inch nor fall off, revealing the real truck was replaced with a miniature prop set.

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Revealing mistake: When Stewart climbs up the rope to save Sam, in the wide angles he is replaced by an obvious stunt: younger and with different haircut.

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Revealing mistake: When the car chase comes to an end, check the curb where the cars drive over: a small ramp has been placed to allow for the stunts.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene at the airport when the tower OK's the plane to land we can see it is a 707 with TWA-like colors of red and white. Then when there is the shot of the plane on the ground it turns into a DC-8 with orange markings. When the plane takes off into the air the camera shows the 707 again.

Tobin OReilly

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Sam Royce: Barbara, take off your pantyhose, damnit! You too, c'mon, take off your pantyhose.

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Trivia: Walter Matthau plays the drunk who sits at the bar wearing a loud shirt and pimp hat. However, for the end credits his name is listed as "Walter Matuschanskayasky"

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Question: What was the point of the crazy soldier who shoots the black thieves and later gets shot dead by George Kennedy? Why was he so nutty, and quite frankly what purpose did he even serve in the film?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Before he put the uniform on, he was a complete nobody, having the respect of no-one. Now that he's in uniform, he demands that people should respect him, and coupled with the powers of Martial Law (where looters can be shot on sight), takes the lack of respect too far and shoots them.

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