Films take a stunning measure of work to finish, and slip-ups are quite often made.
Look at a portion of the slip-ups we’ve found in your most loved motion pictures.
William Wallace, Mel Gibson’s character in Braveheart seems to have had visions of future fashion! He is seen wearing a kilt in the 14th century, but kilts were not worn in Scotland until 200 years later!
The 1930s were a great time. It was the decade that gave birth to chocolate chip cookies. Now, it looks like Howard Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator) got the prototype batch in 1928, according to the movie.
Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has the former slave kill slave masters while sporting some cool, rounded shades. While sunglasses did already exist at the time, they were limited to medical uses and not worn to look cool — that became fashionable later.
The Titanic sunk in 1912, but in the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jack, tells Rose that he and his father went ice-fishing at lake Wissota — a lake that was formed by the construction of a dam in 1917.
In 1975, Forrest Gump received a letter from computer-maker, Apple. The company was, in fact, not founded until 1976, and it wasn’t publicly traded until 1981.
Russell Crowe plays “The Spaniard” in the movie Gladiator, which takes place in the year 180 A.D. Unfortunately, his nickname (The Spaniard) comes from an Old French term that was invented 1,100 years later.
A bit of research would have told the writers of the movie, Panic Room, that propane is heavier than air! In reality, if Jodie Foster ignited the propane and dropped to the floor to avoid the “rising” fire, she would have burnt instead as it sunk to the floor.
Xerxes’ army in the movie, 300, is very well equipped — they have bombs. Of course, we’re not sure how they ever GOT those bombs as gunpowder was not even invented until the 800 A.D. or so. It must be because Xerxes was a half-god.
Back To The Future
The movie, Back To The Future, ends with Marty McFly playing a hardcore rock n’ roll solo to a shocked crowd of 1955 teenagers… on a guitar that was first built in 1958. Maybe THAT’S why they were so shocked!
The Book Of Eli
Denzel Washington’s bible in The Book of Eli is a braille bible that seems surprisingly short. That’s because braille books are usually MUCH longer than regular books as a result of braille’s characteristic writing. In fact, a bible would be about 38 volumes long in braille.
Back To The Future
Back To The Future is a Hollywood movie, so it’s shocking to see this easily-caught mistake — the DeLorean’s license plate says “OUTATIME” which has 8 characters while California license plate regulations only allow 7 characters!
The Will Smith movie, Independence Day, sees NYC’s Empire State building explode from an alien laser attack. The problem is that the building is standing in the wrong place in the city!
The Goonies is a classic kids’ movie. There is one huge mistake that the movie makers made when filming, though. At one point in the movie, the kids find a 1973 baseball card… of a player that died in the 1930s… Say what?!
Jamie Lee Curtis had her big break in the horror movie, Halloween, which is set in a fictional town in Illinois. So we’re wondering, what are those palm trees doing in the background? That looks an awful lot like California!
The Hurt Locker
The war movie, The Hurt Locker, has a scene where one of the soldiers talks about the video sharing website, YouTube, which was not actually launched until a year after when the movie takes place!
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
The Nazis had book-burning events as shown in the Harrison Ford movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade… except, it wasn’t exactly as shown in the movie. More specifically, the movie takes place in 1938, while the book burnings really took place in 1933.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
The first scene in Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark, has Harrison Ford making his way through a room filled with traps in every direction — except for up. It seems the chamber that holds the idol has a huge hole in the roof that lets light in onto the golden treasure.
At one point in Denzel Washington’s movie, Malcolm X, the titular character’s house is being fired upon. Malcolm asks someone to call 911… but the emergency number did not yet exist. In fact, it was first rolled out 3 years after Malcolm X was assassinated.
Mel Gibson’s movie, The Patriot, is an epic that takes place over a number of years. Since Mel’s character is older, it’s easy to overlook any change (or lack thereof) in his character’s appearance as the years go by, but the kids don’t age either, which is very strange.
Pirates Of The Caribbean
Captain Barbossa in Pirate of the Caribbean has a Granny Smith apple. The movie takes place about 300 years ago, but that type of apple was not created until 1868.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End
The third Pirates of the Caribbean movie, At World’s End, also had an element that was shown much before it’s actual time. The crew travels to the city-state of Singapore… which did not actually exist until 1819.
The mafia movie, Public Enemies, has gangster John Dillinger kill “Baby Face” Nelson and “Pretty Boy” Floyd, but in real life, John died before either of those gangsters.
Saving Private Ryan
This one might be really hard to spot unless you’re a motorcycle aficionado, but when Tom Hanks’ character gets shot in Saving Private Ryan, he leans against a motorcycle that was not created until 18 years later, the Ural M-63.
The Green Mile
Stephen King’s prison story, The Green Mile, takes place in Louisiana where an innocent man, John Coffey, is put to death by electric chair in 1935 — but the electric chair was not used in executions in Louisiana until 1940.
The Shawshank Redemption
Another Stephen King prison drama, The Shawshank Redemption, has innocent inmate, Andy Dufresne, escape through a hole he carved and covered up with a poster of Raquel Welch from One Million Years BC, which actually came out 1 year after Andy escaped… oops.
Robert Downey Jr.’s movie, Sherlock Holmes, has a 19th century chase scene that starts under the UK Parliament and finishes at the top of the Tower Bridge… unfortunately, the two landmarks are over 2 miles apart.
The Sound Of Music
In the classic movie, The Sound of Music, the Von Trapp family is escaping Austria. Their path takes them across the Alps just outside of Salzburg and they end up in Switzerland. Unfotunately, the only place they could have really ended up is in Germany.
The ace pilots in Top Gun fly two fighter planes extremely closely in one scene. One plane flies upside down over another and they say hi. If this had really happened, the back of the planes would have collided.
How did THIS mistake even make it past quality control? In the movie, Troy, Orlando Bloom has an umbrella on his chariot — a whole 800 years before that type of umbrella was even invented!
The Passion Of The Christ
The Passion of the Christ made the same mistake that European artists have been making for centuries, and more recently, that Hollywood movies have continued — it is impossible that Jesus Christ was white as he came from the Middle East.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
In Jim Carrey’s classic comedy movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace is trying to find the Miami Dolphins’ kidnapped pet mascot, a dolphin. At one point, the dolphin can be heard crying out in dolphin speak, but is not in the water!
When Tom Hanks was stuck on the island in Cast Away, he found some soaked FedEx boxes that had been floating in the ocean for a long time, but none of the contents inside were at all water-damaged… even though the boxes are not waterproof.
Mr. And Mrs. Smith
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, takes place in New York City, but there are clear markers that show it was filmed in Los Angeles.
The Holocaust movie, Schindler’s List, takes place in a time before the invention of plastic stamps, but one can clearly be seen in the movie. At the time, all stamps were still made of metal.
In Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man gets into a fight with Sandman. If you pay attention to the background, you’ll notice a very specific landmark called the Terminal Tower, which is a real landmark in Cleveland, OH, and not in New York City!
In the chariot scene in the movie Gladiator, there’s a moment where you can easily see the gas canister in the back of one of the chariots. Now, correct us if we’re wrong, but the Ancient Romans did not have gas canisters.
Gone With The Wind
The classic movie, Gone With The Wind, takes place during the American Civil War and in the following years. At the time, lighting up the night was done with gas lamps, which makes it very strange to see this lamp in the background with an electrical cord.
North By Northwest
There is a scene in the movie North By Northwest where Cary Grant’s character is shot by Eva Marie Saint’s character. Just before the shooting, you can see a kid in the background plugging his ears in anticipation of the gunshot.
The Wizard Of Oz
In this Wizard of Oz scene where the Scarecrow falls on the yellow brick road, you can see that Dorothy is not wearing her ruby slippers but black ones!
One of the most intense scenes in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is when Vincent Vega stabs an adrenaline shot into Mia Wallace’s heart. Just before that, he marked the spot with a red sharpie but after the needle is plunged in, the red mark is gone.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
When Indiana Jones is drinking in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, a wayward crew member unknowingly walks through the scene in the background in regular clothes.
One quick cut in the movie Reservoir Dogs has the prisoner go from having his hands handcuffed behind his back to them being handcuffed in the front.
Pirates Of The Caribbean
Another Pirates of the Caribbean mistake catches a crew member wearing a cowboy hat standing in the background on the ship. Johnny Depp’s expression seems to suggest he’s noticed the mistake and doesn’t know what to do.
The Dark Knight Rises
It looks like someone needs to call the office of the Gotham City newspaper and tell them there’s something wrong with their spellchecker. The headline in this picture has a clear error.
Captain America’s suit gets damaged during the movie, The Avengers, but then, in a later scene, it shows no signs of damage. Amazing!