7 Movie Errors That Nearly Ruined Iconic Scenes

By Rick Gonzales | Published

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Movie Errors That Nearly Ruined Movie Scenes

With as much money that goes into movie productions and the technology surrounding Hollywood, you would think that continuity errors would be a thing of the past. You’d be surprised, though, by the number of movie errors that make it into a final film. These errors, even the smallest, have the potential to ruin a well-shot, iconic scene.

Continuity errors are bound to happen. Sometimes one scene takes multiple days to be completed or pickup shots can go wrong, making an oversight more liable to happen. We have found seven movie errors (trust us, there are plenty more than just seven), that might not ruin scenes or movies for you but are hard to unsee once you lay your eyes on them.

7. Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

In The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second film in the series, Taylor Lautner reprises his role as Jacob Black and spends part of it (surprise) not wearing a shirt. Typically, that would not be that big of a deal (unless you are Team Jacob), but in a movie that is filled with filming mistakes and errors (visible mic wires, hairstyle changes from scene to scene), the most telling is Jacob’s moving tattoo.

When we first see it, the tattoo is located at the top of his right shoulder. When we see it next, the tattoo has somehow magically moved a good two inches lower.

6. Pulp Fiction (1994)

No doubt Quentin Tarantino’s film, Pulp Fiction, sits at the top of must-see lists. Even with its non-linear storytelling technique, it is often considered to be one of his best-made films, which is why he has been getting a pass for the many editing boo boo’s.

In one particular iconic scene, Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (John Travolta) are hitmen performing a job when they get shot at. They are able to avoid the gunfire, whose bullet marks are noticeable in the background. The problem here is that the bullet holes were already embedded in the wall in an earlier shot.

5. Gladiator (2000)

Gladiator is an epic historical drama directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. The film is notable for numerous well-crafted scenes, including the Battle of Carthage scenes where gladiators must defend themselves from the onslaught inside the Colosseum. Now, you may need a sharp eye, or even hit pause because it goes pretty fast, but when one of the chariots gets turned over, you can clearly see the gas tank attached to it.

4. American Sniper (2014)

As far as movie errors go, this one is completely noticeable and can easily take the viewer right out of the scene. Bradley Cooper plays real-life soldier Chris Kyle who has returned from a mission in Afghanistan. He is home, cradling his newborn baby, in what should be a tender moment. What we get instead is Cooper holding a very fake-looking baby.

Apparently, the real baby that was going to be used in the scene ended up being sick with a fever, prompting the producers to find an extremely fake stand-in. Maybe they should have waited to shoot the scene.

3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

There are so many things to love about Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the third film in the Indiana Jones franchise. You have Sean Connery as Indy’s father, you have the hunt for the Holy Grail, and yes, you have those damn Nazis.

Unfortunately, you even have a scene where Indy’s hat magically reappears on his head shortly after it had already been clearly knocked off. This happens during the tank chase scene and now you will never unsee it.

2. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Say it isn’t so! Not in the original Star Wars! Sadly, yes, one of the most classic movie errors happened in perhaps the best film in the Skywalker Saga. It first appeared as a blooper but then George Lucas decided to reinsert it into the 1997 Special Edition.

The movie error happens when Stormtroopers are marching their way through a hall and one of them clearly hits his head on a blast shield door aboard the Death Star. Lucas was such a sport about it that he even added a sound effect for the headbanger.

1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame was the thrilling conclusion to the Avengers’ battle with Thanos. During the climactic battle scene in which each and every Avenger part, one can’t help but notice Captain America and his shield. Especially when his shield is shown as damaged, but then in subsequent shots, that damage has disappeared.

No, not movie destroying, but with the overinflated budget and thousands of special effects artists employed for this film, you would think that directors Anthony and Joe Russo would have snapped their fingers to make that movie error disappear.