Hook (1991)

29 corrected entries

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Correction: How is this a mistake? He had a sword hidden up his sleeve, and it was briefly visible. If there had been a shot inside the sleeve without the sword, that would be a mistake.

The length of the sword would have prevented him from bending his arm without revealing it. It was not meant to be seen at all.

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Corrected entry: Tinkerbell tries to warn Peter his medicine is poisoned, but can't get him to understand her. How is it, that in all the time they've spent together, they've never established ANY kind of communication system? Especially for emergencies like this? It was actually done because the original playwright had had a lot of failures, and he wanted to know ASAP whether the audience liked and cared about this play.


Correction: There is no scene in the film Hook in which Peter Pan, a full-grown adult, takes any kind of medicine and is unable to understand the warnings of Tinkerbell, who speaks fluent English and is therefore perfectly comprehensible at all times.


Corrected entry: After the nursery room windows open themselves, the bedcovers fly up off Jack and Maggie. As the covers pass offscreen we hear both Jack and then Maggie scream, but in the shot of Maggie as we hear her screaming her mouth does not move in any kind of sync with the scream. (00:22:25)


Correction: Maggie's is more of a gasp, and her mouth reflects this.


Corrected entry: At about 2 hours in, right before Peter Pan flies out of the burnt clubhouse, he's wearing a white shirt and black pants. However, as he exits into the sky, he is wearing the typical green shirt and tights outfit.


Correction: There's clearly a time-lapse here, wherein he put on his Pan clothes. But that would absolutely KILL the excitement and pacing of this sequence, so they skipped right over that and just cut to the next time he flies.


Corrected entry: When Rufio is training Peter, he swings at Peter and Peter's pants fall down. When Rufio swings, you can see that he is too far from Peter to have hit his belt.

Correction: Peter's pants do not fall down because Rufio swung his sword - they fall down because, in the first bout of the sword fight, Rufio had cut Peter's red suspenders. Therefore when Peter stood up and tried to charge Rufio, they fell down as they were no longer supported by the suspenders.

Corrected entry: When Peter is being "inspected" by some of the lost boys, a little lost boy with brown curly hair says "welcome back to Neverland, Pan the Man", if you watch Robin Williams (Peter) when the little boy says this, you can see him mouthing the words. (00:57:30)


Correction: His lips are moving, but it's nowhere near what the kid is saying.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Hook is going to commit suicide, he can be seen wearing his red coat whilst walking to and from the cabinet. In the shot after he has reached the center of the room and cocked the pistol, the red coat is missing entirely, and he is now only wearing a waistcoat and shirt.

Correction: He's not really wearing the coat, he just has it draped on his shoulders. When he lifts his arm up to point the gun to his head, the coat drops to the floor. We don't see it fall because the camera angle is a closeup of the back of Hook's head. But when Smee walks Hook to bed, you can see the red coat lying on the floor right where he was standing during his attempted suicide.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Hook inspects Peter, he looks at his scar, and in a closeup the area surrounding the scar is very hairy. Yet in later parts of the film, such as when the Lost Boys paint Peter's body, the area around the scar, as well as the rest of his body, is smooth and hairless!! The proportions of the scar differ in these shots as well. (00:42:25 - 01:05:20)


Correction: The Lost Boys must have shaved him off-camera sometime before they painted the smiley face on his torso (which we also don't see them do).

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: After Hook kills Rufio, and Peter and Hook are fighting on the stairs near where Rufio died, you should be able to see Rufio but he isn't anywhere to be seen.

Correction: Hook kills Rufio at the topmost deck of the ship (the deck above the Captain's quarters). When Peter returns to fight Hook, it's at the main deck, which is nowhere near where Rufio died.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: It is known that Peter Pan's shadow is just him; it acts on his own. When grown up Peter is reminiscing about first meeting Wendy, he pulls his shadow's feet on the wall in the nursery (trying to get it back). But when you look to the bottom right of the screen, you can see young Peter's real shadow.

Correction: Objects (and people) can cast multiple shadows, depending on the number and intensity of the light sources.

JC Fernandez

Correction: Peter's hands are tied when he falls into the water, but they are untied (and remain so) sometime after the first mermaid kisses him. He might have freed himself or the pirates may have tied a shoddy knot. But at no point are his hands tied again once they've been freed.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Tinkerbell throws pixie dust at Peter when she is holding onto Peter's bowtie trying to get him to fly to Neverland. Peter starts to sneeze when she does this. Look closely: he begins to sneeze a little before she throws it on him.

Correction: He doesn't begin to sneeze, he closes his eyes because she's thrown pixie dust at his face.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Peter is talking to Tink when she's in her "house". The scene where she becomes normal size, he asks something along the lines of "are you upset", she says "no I'm neither" and THEN Peter asks "or you're sick then." There's no way for Tink to know he's about to give her another option, so the line shouldn't have been "I'm neither," unless it was spoken after his other bit of dialogue.

Cody Bowers

Correction: Peter asks first, "Tink! You in there?" Then he opens up the clock face and asks, "Are you sad?" To which Tinkerbell replies, "No, I'm neither. Please go away." Meaning she is neither sad nor at home. She doesn't want company, so she is telling Peter that she is not home to get him to leave. Ignoring this, or missing the subtlety, Peter then assumes that if she is not sad, then she must be sick.


Corrected entry: This takes place in the scene where you see the scratch on the wall, when they realize the children are missing. If Hook made this scratch on the way into the house, he would have had to crossed the left arm with the hook over his body (or walked backwards). If you look at the direction of the scratch, it must have been on the way in, not out. Looks like it was done this way for the camera shot.

Correction: It actually makes sense that he'd cross his arm over his body. Try it yourself: To get the tip of his hook to dig into the wall, he'd have to hold his arm at a very uncomfortable, awkward, and/or fully extended angle; unless he crosses him arm across his torso. Then he can simply rotate his wrist so that the tip of the hook is angled toward the wall.


Corrected entry: When the lost boys are training Peter, they have Peter lifting 2 little boys in a bench press kind of motion. The two little boys are on seats attached to ropes that are attached to a stick that Peter is lifting up and down. The up and down motion of the little boys is not correct. When Peter brings the stick towards him, the boys should go up and when Peter lets the stick rise up, the boys should go down.


Correction: There is a simple pulley system at work that allows this contraption to accurately duplicate a real bench press, i.e. the weight is lifted, not pulled.


Corrected entry: When Robin Williams arrives too late at the baseball field to see his son play at the beginning, he is upset when he climbs up the little hill and then suddenly sees an empty field. This is a reaction a little too late, as the access road (which you can see from standing on the little hill) to the field is on the far right from his view. On driving in he would have spotted an empty field straight away from his car.

Correction: Unless he was on the phone, as per usual, and not paying attention to his less immediate surroundings.


Corrected entry: As Peter first enters Neverland, look behind him and you can see a mannequin half-covered by a blanket laying on the ground.

Correction: This is not a valid mistake, especially for Continuity, as it does not change between shots. Who's to say the Lost Boys did not make a dummy of some sort for any number of reasons?


Corrected entry: During the food fight, Peter is hit in the face with the food constantly, yet when it shows him at the end of the food fight, the area around his eyes is completely untouched as if he were wearing goggles. This is the same with several Lost Boys.

Correction: Since all of the food is imaginary, i.e. you have to imagine it to see it, this technically is not a movie mistake, as they can imagine it anyway they want.


Correction: Remember they are in Neverland, a land a magic/fantasy, where normal rules do not apply, which is why Peter can also fly, etc.


Corrected entry: Right after Peter learns to fly again, while the Lost Boys are celebrating, you can see one of them roll by on his sail/skateboard on a suspended wooden bridge. The slot down the middle of this bridge, used like a miniature slot-car track to keep the board steady, is obvious.

Correction: It's supposed to be obvious, the filmmakers didn't try to conceal this at all. The slot was visible in loads of other shots when Peter was being chased by the Lost Boys. It was also plainly visible when Rufio came riding down it.

Continuity mistake: Moira throws the cell phone out the window with the antenna extended and the flap opened, and it is buried by Nana this way. When Peter finds it at the end of the movie however, the antenna is down and the flap is closed.

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Hook: Prepare to die, Peter Pan!
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Trivia: Three of Dustin Hoffman's children have minor roles in Hook. Maxwell Hoffman plays 5-year-old Peter Pan, Rebecca Hoffman plays Jane in the play, and Jake Hoffman plays one of the players at the Little League game. In addition, Jimmy Buffett plays the shoe-stealing pirate.

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Question: Is the food fight scene completely imaginary, or are the Lost Boys actually able to will food into existence by imagining it? I always thought it was the latter growing up and we as the audience didn't see it until Peter, as the audience's proxy, saw it for himself, but any YouTube videos I watch about this movie all seem to think all the food was just in everyone's collective imaginations.

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Answer: Neverland very much runs on "If you believe, it will happen" which is what Tink means during the meal when she says "If you don't imagine yourself as Peter Pan you won't be Peter Pan." So by the rules of Neverland, as soon as Peter believed it was real it was then real. The dinner was trying to teach him to believe as, in Neverland, if you don't believe it then it won't happen.

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