Bruce Trestrail

20th Mar 2018

Alien 3 (1992)

Other mistake: In the first Alien movie, a few drops of spilled Alien blood eats through two floors of the space freighter. Yet at the end of this movie when the Alien violently explodes and its entire blood supply is vaporized, the surrounding steel wall and floor are not affected. They do not melt, and Ripley is not affected by the blood spray even though she is only a few feet away.

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Factual error: Miller and his men finally find Ryan in the scene where Ryan destroys a German half track with a bazooka. The camera does not show Ryan firing the bazooka, but you hear the blast and see the effect of the shot hitting the half track, firing twice in about a three second interval. The problem is that a bazooka is a single shot weapon, and must be reloaded by hand. This takes time, perhaps 20 seconds if not more.

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Factual error: On horseback, Bathsheba pursues Gabriel, and asks him not to abandon her. He mounts her horse, and helps her up, sitting behind him. The shot only shows her top half, because she is obviously standing on some sort of lift. Neither actor's effort is appropriate for lifting someone off the ground onto the back of a horse.

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Factual error: As the Hudson-Athens ferry capsizes, Tom Cruise and his two children are almost crushed as a car slides off the ferry and quickly sinks, going straight to the bottom. We see that this sedan-style car has people in it, and that the windows are closed, so the passenger compartment has not yet flooded. It is still full of air. A sedan full of air would not quickly sink. It would briefly float on the surface, then slowly submerge as the passenger compartment floods.

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18th Jan 2016

The Revenant (2015)

Factual error: The firearms of that era did not use smokeless propellant (i.e. gunpowder). None of the shots fired in this film produced anywhere near the black smoke that would have been realistic.

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18th Jan 2016

The Revenant (2015)

Factual error: When the Indian band finds the body of Glass's son, one of them clears the snow off his face and touches the skin. The skin is easily indented by the touch, like the skin of a living person, This scene is in the winter in the high frozen mountains. The boy had been dead for at least a day, and the body should have been frozen rock solid.

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28th May 2013

Blade Runner (1982)

Continuity mistake: The scene where Roy saves Deckard's life and then dies takes place on a very dark and rainy night. After Roy says his final line, "time to die", the white dove in his hand gets loose and flies away. The next shot shows the bird flying in a totally clear cloudless sky, with lighting that suggests that it is becoming morning. The next shot is of Deckard, back in the heavy rain and total darkness. (01:47:20)

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24th May 2011

The Long Riders (1980)

Revealing mistake: The gang's visit to Northfield, Minnesota reveals a typical late 18th century town, with dozens of people on many horses and horse drawn wagons. All the horses leave deep tracks in the dirt, because they are walking on freshly laid soil that has not had time to compact. There is absolutely no horse manure to be seen anywhere, despite dozens of horses. Clearly, the film makers used a 20th century town and laid new soil over the pavement shortly before the filming began.

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31st Jan 2011

True Grit (2010)

Factual error: The mine that Rooster fires his pistol into is shown to go far into the hillside. A lot of digging has occurred here. However, the exterior shot of the mine shows no mine tailings whatsoever. There should have been a substantial amount of removed rock outside the entrance.

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31st Dec 2010

Patton (1970)

Factual error: At the beginning of the movie, Patton is reviewing Morrocan troops during a formal parade. This includes a scene of camel mounted soldiers at attention lined up side by side. These soldiers are armed with the French MAT 49 submachine gun. This weapon was first manufactured in 1949, several years after World War Two had ended.

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2nd Dec 2010

2012 (2009)

Factual error: In the Yellowstone sequence, Jackson drives the RV looking for Charlie. They drive past a sign saying "Mount Big Horn". There is no Mount Big Horn in Yellowstone. There is, however, a Big Horn Peak outside the park to the north east.

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Factual error: Parts of the scene where the brightly lit alien mothership passes directly over Devil's Tower are shot with the camera looking almost directly up, as would be the view from the people below. In these scenes, Devil's Tower remains totally dark despite having this huge light source directly above. The mothership is so huge that a shadow cannot explain this darkness.

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19th Sep 2010

2012 (2009)

Audio problem: An early scene in the movie has Chinese soldiers recruiting Tibetans to work on a secret project which they are told is a dam. As the scene ends, the sound of explosives draws everyone's eyes towards the mountains, where the explosions can be seen several miles in the distance. The sight and sound of these explosions take place simultaneously. Sound travels much slower than light. In reality, there should have been some delay before the sound of the explosions was heard.

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15th Jun 2010

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Cole and his mother are sitting in traffic, the camera closes in on Cole as he states: "She's standing next to me." The next shot of Cole shows the accident victim standing behind him. However, the background has totally changed, and the lighting is totally different. This second shot was probably done on a set instead of the actual street.

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Factual error: Holmes and Watson's first encounter with the French giant results in a large steel ship, still under construction, being prematurely launched and then sunk. As it sinks, this ship, which is more than 30 meters long, stands on its bow. There is absolutely nowhere in the River Thames near London where the water is that deep.

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Continuity mistake: Many of the night scenes take place in the back yard, or in the cornfield which is shown to be behind the back yard. Daytime shots show the house to be in the suburbs, on a hill, with no cornfield or possible space for a cornfield.

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Other mistake: When Elliot and ET finally meet in the backyard at night, ET returns some of the candy that Elliot had left for him. In the shot before ET places the candy before Elliot, we see him standing with all his fingers extended, so he is definitely not holding any candy in his hands. He is also not wearing clothes, so he has no pockets. Where was ET keeping the candy before giving it back to Elliot?

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18th Feb 2009

Apocalypto (2006)

Factual error: When Jaguar Paw runs into the huge pit of corpses, all is completely quiet and still. No people or animals are to be seen. This much unprotected meat in the topics would attract hundreds of vultures and other scavengers.

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Factual error: When American Cosair fighter planes strafe the Japanese soldiers with their machine guns, only two columns of bullets are seen striking the ground. These planes had six machine guns; there should be six columns.

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28th Mar 2007

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Factual error: When Danny and Evelyn take a joy ride in a P-40, they speak to each other in soft, romantic tones. In reality, they would have had to scream at each other to be heard over the noise of the plane's engine.

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