Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now (1979)

559 mistakes

Continuity mistake: After the General says, "And very obviously he has reached his" there's a close-up of Captain Willard and his face is dry. The next time we see him a few seconds later his face especially around his chin is sweaty.

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Audio problem: As the natives grab Captain Willard, turn him over and drag him through the mud you hear many natives chanting. If you look closely at their mouths only one guy standing in the crowd to the right of the Captain is lip-syncing correctly.

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Continuity mistake: As the boat leaves the USO show at Hau Phat Captain Willard says, "The war was being run by a bunch of four star clowns who were gonna end up giving the whole circus away". He says this as he walks to the back of the boat moving the 60 caliber machine gun on his way so that is faces frontward. In the next shot it's been moved and is now facing sideways.

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Continuity mistake: As he speaks to Captain Willard in the general's residence, Harrison Ford lights up a cigarette, leaving a big puff of smoke in the air behind him as he walks away. In the next shot the air is clear without a trace of smoke.

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Continuity mistake: As he gives the captain some water Dennis Hopper says, "Why would a nice guy like you want to kill a genius?" The tip of Dennis Hopper's right ring finger is black with soot. In the next shot the soot is not there.

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Continuity mistake: As they stand and listen to the Frenchmen shouting at them, the floodlight on the front of the boat, along with the machine gun turret that it's attached to, move about 45 degrees to the left between shots without having any one touch them.

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Continuity mistake: As Lance water skis and Clean dances, Chief Phillips lays down to watch with his head leaning against the port side metal roof support. In the following shot he is leaning on his right elbow no longer near the roof support.

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Continuity mistake: As Dennis Hopper circles the bamboo cage saying, "I know something you don't know..." Captain Willard's earlobe has less blood on it than when Hopper began his walk and talk.

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Continuity mistake: As Hubert says, "They put the French army in an impossible situation where they couldn't win." Notice Roxanne and the people next to her, whom are bathed in sunlight, in the next shot the woman has no sunlight on her at all.

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Continuity mistake: As the shot shows Chef and his playmate Miss May through the helicopter window it's pouring rain and totally overcast outside. In the next shot from inside the copter, water is cascading down the windows but the sun is now shining.

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Continuity mistake: As Captain Willard holds Colonel Kurtz' paper titled, "Commitment and Counterinsurgency" in front of the camera it changes color from yellow in the first shot to white in the second.

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Continuity mistake: Watching the USO show, Clean and Chef start out on the right of the stage with a still photographer and press reporters, who are sitting behind a desk. Later in a rear close-up of playmate Carrie Foster we see the entire right side of the stage but there is no press desk.

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Continuity mistake: As Captain Willard arrives to kill him, Colonel Kurtz stands in the doorway looking at the tribal festival and it's not raining, but in the next shot of the Captain, with the festival in his background, it is now raining. Finally, in the next shot, as the Captain runs to the doorway, it is again no longer raining.

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Continuity mistake: Before they arrive at the French plantation there's a shot of the back of the boat with Clean's dead body lying there. If you look closely the blood splatter is entirely different from the shot when Chief Phillips turns around and first sees that Clean's been killed. The two main differences are that at this point there's blood on the rear machine gun where there wasn't any before, and there's no blood on the right of the V shaped support bar of the 60-caliber machine gun where it had been covered prior.

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Continuity mistake: As Kilgore introduces Lance to his surfing buddies he says to him, " none of us are anywhere near your class though". Captain Willard's cigarette and it's ash gets shorter between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Chef and Captain Willard are walking through the jungle looking for mangos Chef says," I was supposed to go to Paris" as he's walking over the roots of a huge tree. He continues talking but in the next shot he's out in the open, nowhere near the roots of that tree.

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Continuity mistake: As they approach Vin Din Dop, Chef asks one of the other soldiers, "How come all you guys sit on your helmets?", then puts his left hand on his rifle site. In the next shot his hand is four inches below the site.

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Continuity mistake: As Kilgore's chopper lands it blows orange smoke over the men when we see their backs. In the next shot looking in the direction of the helicopter the smoke is nowhere near them.

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Continuity mistake: As they approach Kurtz' compound Captain Willard says, "Lance, keep your hands away from the guns" before he climbs to the top of the PBR. Look closely at his T-shirt, which is wet with sweat around the collar, then dry in the next shot.

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Continuity mistake: After Lance, Kilgore and his surfing buddies walk away we see three guys playing football and the one without a shirt has his hands up in the air waiting for a pass. In the next shot there are only two men and the shirtless guy is now throwing the football.

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