The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors (1988)

4 revealing mistakes

Revealing mistake: When John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, and the two boys are fishing, you can tell they are on a studio lot, with a backdrop of a forest behind them. The reflection in the water from the "shoreline" is about 2 feet (at the most) away from their boat. If they were actually in the middle of a lake, the reflection wouldn't be that close, or for that matter, that clear.

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Revealing mistake: When the family pulls into the lodge parking lot and they all open their doors into trees, the tree John Candy hits with his door wobbles noticeably in the overhead shot. From the regular view you can see it's a smallish size tree, but not small enough to move as much as it does, regardless of how hard he opened the door into it.

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Revealing mistake: At the beginning of the movie they park between the trees. When they get out and the doors hit the trees, all the trees shake like they are going to fall over. Real trees will never shake like that even when pushed hard by people.

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Revealing mistake: When the bear gets shot in the hind quarters, you can see that the "bare skin" is nothing more than an overlaid prop based on how it shakes and moves independent of the bear as the bear runs away.

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Mistakes

During the bear in the cabin scene, after Chet puts the door back up, shortly after, you'll see the door is on the floor while Roman is fighting the bear with the oar from the steps. (Also, note in that same shot, you'll see the bookshelf was destroyed to pieces with its books all over the floor. That scene was never shown and must have been cut from the movie).

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Trivia

When Roman is proposing his investment deal to Chet there's "instant wood fire starter" on the mantle behind Chet. The scene before this, where they had the blowout, Chet was trying and failing to make a fire using wrinkled up newspaper.

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