Best movie mistakes of 1977

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The Gauntlet picture

Factual error: After mounting armor in the bus they are approaching Phoenix on a two lane highway from the northwest. When entering the city they are shown coming around South Mountain on Interstate 10 from Tucson from the south.

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Thunder and Lightning picture

Factual error: In the scene where a politician is making a televised speech away from the studio, the camera is a vintage RCA black and white TK-12, but the camera monitors in the van are all in colour.

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The Island of Dr. Moreau picture

Visible crew/equipment: During the opening scene when the boat is being pushed ashore you can see the shadow of the boom mike in the water's edge.

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Jesus of Nazareth picture

Continuity mistake: Jesus is shown from behind on the cross with large gashes on the backs of his legs. He was flogged across the shoulders and back only at the pillar.

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Suspiria picture

Continuity mistake: When Pat is attacked on the stain glassed window near the start, she has blood on her right cheek. When she is then dropped and hung, the blood stains are different. (00:12:20 - 00:13:00)

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Fun with Dick and Jane picture

Continuity mistake: When Charlie fires Dick, there is a model rocket on the table which alternates between being upright and laying down.

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MacArthur picture

Factual error: Just after the start of the Korean War, McArthur places a map of Korea on the hood of a jeep to explain to a subordinate general his plans to invade Inchon. The map shows the boundary of North and South Korea not along the 38th parallel, which was the border at the time (1950), but along today's DMZ - not established until the Korean armistice was signed in 1953.

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Telefon picture

Factual error: Donald Pleasence's character makes a left turn at an intersection controlled by a traffic light. The camera pulls back and reveals an Interstate highway shield on the road he turned from. Interstate highways never have at-grade intersections controlled by traffic lights; they are designed to be non-stop routes with access to side roads available only through ramps and grade-separated interchanges.

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Rollercoaster picture

Plot hole: When the bomber is surrounded at the end he gets shot in the leg but manages to get away from all of the police that were surrounding him. They were literally an arm's length from him.

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The Car picture

Visible crew/equipment: When 'The Car' catches the truck, it tries to shove it off the road. The 3rd attempt happens as the Car gets very close to the camera, then veers across the screen, our left to right. The clear shadows of several crew members aboard the camera truck are visible on the front of the Car. (01:24:50)

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Viva Knievel! picture

Continuity mistake: When Evel Knievel goes to the insane asylum to break his buddy Will out of the institution, he crashes through the front door with the Stratocycle, breaking off the airplane-style wings on each side of the bike in the doorway. In the next shot, as he rides down the hall, the wings are still intact.

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The Deep picture

Continuity mistake: In the opening scenes, when David is chiding Gail for grabbing him through the porthole of the wreck, his right hand is gloved, then ungloved, then regloved..all in the space of a few moments.

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Pete's Dragon picture

Revealing mistake: Near the end of the film, the mayor, played by Jim Backus, is speaking to Elliot the dragon, who is invisible. The mayor has a cigar in his mouth and smashes it when he turns to greet Elliot. The scene is accomplished by having Backus turn and smash the cigar into a large pane of glass. However, the reflections on the glass are visible.

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Julia picture

Revealing mistake: In one scene, focused only on an actress's hand holding a lit cigarette, it dawns on you that the smoke is curling back downwards and the cigarette is miraculously getting longer. This is a flipped shot, it is seen backwards.

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Cross of Iron picture

Plot hole: "The regiment headquarters calling for Corporal Steiner. Come in Steiner." The film starts with this repeating radio message. It's even heard by Steiner and his men who are on their hush-hush job behind the enemy lines: a reconnaissance mission. Calling Steiner just makes no sense, especially with the name.

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Exorcist II: The Heretic picture

Visible crew/equipment: When the camera is pulling back really fast being chased by the people in Africa, its shadows can be seen multiple times on the characters and the walls.

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The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training picture

Continuity mistake: When Manning first writes the word "assume" on the blackboard, it is written down towards the left center of the board. Then later in the scene, the word switches position to the upper left part of the board, then eventually back to the left center again.

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The Crater Lake Monster picture

Continuity mistake: The senator is tossed out of the boat and consumed (with the exception of his head) by the monster, and yet the boat is full of blood.

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The American Friend picture

Visible crew/equipment: After Bruno Ganz shoots the man in the train station he walks out onto an open-air concourse. In the overhead shot facing him, we can see the strip of duct-tape on the ground marking the spot where he is supposed to stand.

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