Best movie plot holes of 1971

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes picture

Plot hole: While it is essential to the story, there is a problem with apes in the space ship. While it is the one that took Taylor to the future, there is no way the chimps could have salvaged the ship from the water (plus there wasn't enough time for such a salvage operation. Kira and Cornelius were living in the ape city we see in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" never mentioning to Brent that they found a spaceship he could travel back with). They didn't have the technology for such an operation, no diving suits, and chimps are scared of water. Also, the water would have destroyed the power systems of the ship when it sank. (00:00:25)

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Bedknobs And Broomsticks picture

Plot hole: When Miss Price, Professor Browne and the children return from their magical journey to the island of Naboombu and realize they no longer have the Star of Astroroth pendant, Miss Price says, "I should have known it would be quite impossible to take an object from one world into another." Yet, they had no problem taking themselves, the bed, blankets and pillows from one world into another.

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes picture

Plot hole: The police Inspector recounts the murders, comparing them to the ten Biblical plagues of Egypt, and he states that in keeping with this theme Dr. Kitaj was killed by rats. First, Dr Kitaj dies in a plane crash. Okay, he was attacked by rats in flight but nobody would know that - his plane crashes in a huge, violent fireball and nobody would find any rat remains after that. Second, there was no plague of rats in ancient Egypt! (Go ahead, look it up). Even if the police had made the connection between the mysterious deaths and the ancient plagues they would not make the connection here.

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On the Buses picture

Plot hole: When Olive gets in the motorcycle sidecar to go to hospital to have her baby, her weight lifts the bikes rear wheel off the ground. Stan rides on the rear of the bike seat to keep the wheel on the ground. However, Stan never intended to get on the bike until this problem occurred but he was holding a motorcycle helmet from the start of this scene.

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Walkabout picture

Plot hole: It doesn't make sense that Mary is English with a heavy English accent, while both her brother and father are obviously 'Aussies'. Even if she was adopted to an Australian family, she wouldn't claim to be English, she would be a naturalised Australian.

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Animal Treasure Island picture

Plot hole: Major plot leak: How could Flint's ship get into the lake atop a tall volcano all in one piece? If he wanted to merely hide the treasure in order to recover it later, the whole setup, including the lake's draining system, would be totally unnecessary, and it looks all too deliberate for the ship to be sitting in the lake by accident (say, thrown in by a violent storm).

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Plot hole: When Harry is on the roof of the first shooting, he finds the spent shell casing. Later in the office he says that they think it is a 30-06. He has the shell casing. He *knows* if it is a 30-06 or not.

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Diamonds are Forever picture

Plot hole: When Bond first sees that Willard White is actually Blofeld in the hotel penthouse, Blofeld shows him how he has been impersonating Willard White's voice with a machine. But that only works through the phoneline - out loud it would be different.

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Plot hole: The sergeant tells Stone that he only has to listen for a bell for an important communication coming through and will then alert the rest of Wildfire. Yet later, Dutton notices a message already printed out. So at a facility this important, the sergeant just ignores the machine if it prints out a message and doesn't ring? He has to have clearance to read them or they wouldn't print out where he is. It's a bit too convenient for the plot that he wouldn't visually check each message to make sure.

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