Factual error: At Professor Jennings' place, the stoned Boon and Katy sing "Hey Paula." The song was only pressed in November 1962 and didn't break into the charts nationally until late December of that year, whereas the scene depicted takes place sometime in the autumn of the same year, before the song would've even been recorded.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Otter and Boon are hitting golf balls near the ROTC drills, Otter puts down the golf bag he is carrying and draws a club. The camera moves to the ROTC trainees, and when it comes back to the golfers, the bag is back on Otter's shoulder and there is no club out of the bag.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Otter is making out with Shelly from Dickinson college, in the back of the car she is clearly shown with her bra off, and it his hanging on her right arm by one strap. When the guys come running out of the club seconds later to make their escape, Shelly is shown jumping out of the car and diving through the window of the car parked next to it, but her bra is now on and hooked as if it hadn't been removed yet.
01:16:30 - 01:17:15
Continuity mistake: Before the hearing, Katy and Boone are talking at the bottom (half) of a stairwell when Otter comes down with a briefcase in his right hand and he puts his left hand on Boone's shoulder. In the next shot the briefcase is now in his left hand with his right hand on Boone.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Pinto is making out with the Mayor's daughter, as she sits up on him so she can unhook her bra, he starts to slide his hands under her bra right before she passes out and falls over. As she is falling he pulls the tissue paper out which hangs like streamers from his hands to elbows. After a quick shot to show her on the bed, there is a shot of Pinto now holding the tissue in little tiny balls in each hand.
Continuity mistake: When they are getting the girls from the other college, when the first girl comes down the stairs her broach is on the left of her top. When she is sitting down, the broach has moved to her right. It changes back to her left again after this shot and for the rest of the film.
Factual error: Bluto crushes a beer can against his forehead. Steel cans are too strong to crush like that. Aluminium cans weren't introduced until approximately 1965, although the movie was set in 1962. http://www.cancentral.com/brochure/historyTimeline_f.htm.
00:07:55 - 01:20:20
Continuity mistake: During the parade scene at the end of the movie, there are shots of the street that it will take place on, and there is a view of a (misspelled) "Homestead Ferniture" store in two different shots. When the parade is actually taking place, the store is changed to (correctly spelled) "Homestead Furniture". Several shots after that, it changes back to "Homestead Ferniture"
01:33:20 - 01:44:00
Continuity mistake: When Pinto and Flounder attend the Omega rush party, a tasteful piano piece is playing. Niedermayer catches the eye of the brother at the piano, who smiles back over the keyboard. Soon thereafter, Niedermayer points out two important Omega brothers, who are standing in conversation across the room: Terry Auerbach, captain of the swim team, and Carl Phillips, editor of the Daily Faberian. The music has not stopped, but, when Carl turns to the camera, we see that he's the same guy who's supposed to be playing the piano.
00:03:15 - 00:04:55Myron
Audio problem: When D-Day, Bluto and Flounder are running out of Wormer's office after the horse died, there is a sound effect of them screaming as they flee the scene. This exact same sound effect is used when the boys run out of the all-black bar, except Bluto and D-Day weren't there; it was Flounder, Kroger and Boon.
00:30:40 - 01:17:15
Continuity mistake: When the Deltas are leaving the student court on masse, you can see Bluto followed by Flounder exiting the hall as Vernon shouts "I'm calling your national office." After several more seconds of Vernon shouting and Greg frantically slamming his gavel, it cuts to a shot of the doorway with Bluto and Flounder just walking up to it and stopping to grin at Vernon. They would've been long out of the room by then.
Audio problem: At the bar after the tall black man asks to dance with the boys' dates, he lifts the booth table up off the floor. There's a sound like it's being forcibly ripped out of the floor, yet the table has a round bottom with no visible bolts or screws. While it may have been heavy, it wasn't secured to the floor.
Revealing mistake: In the scene where Babs is writing down what is said during the Fraternity's disciplinary hearing, (Court reporting) no ink is actually coming out of her pen as she writes on her notepad. That is, the notepad remains blank even as she turns to a new page while writing.
01:04:50 - 01:05:55
Plot hole: How on earth can Bluto and his mate not know that the exam paper they are completing is different to the one they stole and studied for? They'd have to study for it - what's the point of stealing it otherwise? It is not a multiple choice exam - they are seen writing answers out in full. How can they not notice that the questions (and therefore the answers) are different to the ones they memorised? Why do they have to be told later that someone 'stole the wrong exam paper'? In order to make such a mistake they would have to be illiterate, not just stupid -.and as the closing sequence makes clear the Delta House fraternity members aren't even stupid - they are just lazy.
Revealing mistake: During the scene where the Delta boys are looking at slides of the recruits from the evening, Otter steps in front of the screen to defend Flounder. Notice that he is standing directly in line with the projector to the screen and there is no shadow on the screen nor is part of the slide projected onto his chest.
Continuity mistake: When the Deathmobile lines up across the street to take out the grandstand, the car reaches the grandstand about three times before it actually rams it. Even after one shot if the car reaching the grandstand, it cuts to D-Day yelling "Ramming Speed!" and then the car is seen back at its original position on the other side of the street.
Continuity mistake: When Neidermeyer is yelling at Flounder about his pledge pin, Neidermeyer is spitting the P's in Flounder's face. When this happens, the camera is on Neidermeyer and if you look at Flounder, (even though it's his backside), you can see his eyes close everytime he's spitted on. However, afterwards, the camera changes to Flounder instantly, and his eyes are wide open (as if they never closed at all). Nobody's eyes instantly open THAT quickly after being spat on.
Continuity mistake: When the authorities and moving crews are clearing all of the junk out of Delta House, we see a workman with a hammer removing the fraternity symbols from the house's upstairs railing. However, the symbols are not in the correct order: They read "Delta Chi Tau," and the workman is removing the "Tau" from the end. Moments later, we see the workman still removing the fraternity symbols, but now they are in the correct order, "Delta Tau Chi," and he is removing the "Tau" again, but removing it from the center.
Add timeCharles Austin Miller
Continuity mistake: When the "Deathmobile" first appears, it spins around 180° and is parked parallel to the curb in front of the Beauty Bar (just past the grandstand) when Bluto pops out dressed as a pirate. When seen next it's now at a 45° angle facing the grandstand in front of the Fashion Store, but it was never heard or seen moving between shots.
Continuity mistake: At the end of the parade, Neidermeyer has a rifle in his hand as Flounder approaches him with a seltzer bottle calling his name. Neidermeyer lifts the flap of his pocket to reveal one round for his weapon. He loads it in to the chamber and fires. He then reaches in to his pocket a second time, loads and fires, but the first shot showed only one round in the pocket.
Continuity mistake: While the chaos during the parade scene near the end of the movie is happening, look at the store windows during some of the shots of the people running up and down the streets. Some of the light up signs and other posted items on the windows, appear to be reversed as if the same shots were used several times, just reversed time from time to make it appear that people were running in both directions of the street.
Factual error: At the end of the movie when the riot is taking place, Niedermeyer takes out a bullet and fires upon Flounder from maybe ten feet away and misses - all the bullet does is shatter the seltzer bottle and nothing else. Whether Niedermeyer meant to miss Flounder or not, the bullet would have shattered the bottle with little or no deformation to the bullet itself and would have hit the pedestrian running behind Flounder.
Continuity mistake: At the start of the party, the character collecting the coats throws them on the floor in front of the door. Yet when Kent Dorfman and his date enters the house, they are obviously not there, as the door opens easily and they do not have to step over them when they enter.
Factual error: In the scene with the disciplinary meeting, the chalkboard says "Pan-Hellenic Disciplinary Council." National Pan-Hellenic Council is the governing body for sororities, not fraternities. Fraternity disciplinary hearings would be handled by either the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), or the school's Office of Student Conduct, in conjunction with the Director of Greek Affairs. Further to this error is that the rest of the chalkboard writing pertains to the meeting being held at that time, and Greg Marmalard calls the meeting of the "Disciplinary Council" to order.
Other mistake: When Pinto throws rocks at the mayor's daughter's window, the first two rocks bounce off the window and don't get her attention. The third rock supposedly breaks the window. If you watch closely, you'll see the rock bounce off the window while a glass breaking sound is heard. Likewise, when the mayor's daughter opens the window, it is intact.
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