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20th Sep 2021

Field of Dreams (1989)

Question: Maybe someone with agricultural expertise can answer this. Ray's cornfield is large and obviously worth a lot of money. How much would the corn that he plowed under for the baseball field have been worth in comparison to the rest of the crop once sold?

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Chosen answer: In modern times (say, over the last 10 years) corn crops yield about $240 in profit per acre. In the mid-to-late 1980s (when this movie was made) the profit yield was far less, maybe only $150 or less profit per acre. Today, most farms produce about 1100 acres of corn per season; but, back then, most farms produced around 600 acres per season. Of course, these are all just average figures. So, let's say Ray had an average Iowa farm of 600 cultivated acres in 1989, expecting to profit $150 per acre. Optimistically, Ray would profit about $90,000 on his total crop. Meanwhile, the acreage of a large baseball field (with 90-foot baselines) is only about 5 acres. Which means Ray plowed under only about $750 worth of his crop profits to open up land area for the baseball field. It doesn't sound like much of a sacrifice at all, in terms of corn. Ray could still potentially profit $89,250 on his remaining crop (assuming he had the farm hands and heavy equipment to harvest it).

Charles Austin Miller

Thanks! The plot seemed a bit far-fetched by implying that he would go completely bankrupt because he sacrificed five acres to build a baseball field, and that's assuming not all the land that was near the house had been planted. Factoring in the other incidental building costs would be a different consideration, though.

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Yeah, the 5 acres of corn was not a bank-breaker. My impression was that Ray probably cut down the corn himself at no great loss; but he then mortgaged his farm to have that one small piece of the cornfield leveled and professionally developed with ballpark-quality turf, baselines, stadium lighting and fencing, et cetera, not to mention the bleachers and professional-grade field equipment...all of which would total, what, a half-million bucks (or more) in the 1980s? Ray's brother-in-law rightly thought it was an insane risk that would result in bank foreclosure.

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Stupidity: If the song "Beyond the Sea" can be continuously broadcast on the radio station as a "cryptic clue" that there are survivors living on the island and the aliens are unable to swim, then someone could verbally announce that information over the radio and otherwise communicate with other humans. The same thing about how Regan's hearing aid incapacitates the creatures. Rather than explaining how to weaponized the high-frequency sound, only the hearing aid's noise is broadcast and anyone hearing it has to figure it out.

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3rd Sep 2021

Patriot Games (1992)

Question: Near the end, during the dinner party at the Ryan house, how did Jack figure out that Lord Holmes' assistant, Watkins, was the IRA informant? He seemed to put it together very suddenly.

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Answer: Because, while everyone was scared and running for safety, he was the only one cool and calm. Plus, everyone was together, he was the only one alone and appeared out of nowhere.

29th Jul 2021

Roseanne (1988)

The Dark Ages - S5-E3

Revealing mistake: When Dan calls Becky, there is a shot of her and Mark in their Minneapolis apartment. This is the exact same set that is used later for Darlene's Chicago apartment when she goes to college. The fireplace shape and style, the wallpaper, position of the bathroom door, and the windows are exactly the same. The only difference is that the Darlene version looks shabbier.

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29th Jul 2021

Seabiscuit (2003)

Trivia: Charles Howard (Seabiscuit's owner) married second wife Marcela Zabala Howard. Marcela's sister, Anita Zabala, was already married to Lindsey Howard, Charles' son. Though the movie never mentions it, Charles Howard actually had three sons from his first marriage not just the one who died (who was not as young as depicted in the movie).

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7th May 2021

The Conners (2018)

Keep on Truckin' - S1-E1

Plot hole: In "The Conners" premier, Dan solely blames neighbor Marcy Bellinger for Roseanne's death after finding a bottle of opiates with Marcy's name on it. He only relents after Darlene shows him additional opiates that other people gave Roseanne and were hidden around the house. However, in the Season 10 reboot of "Roseanne", Dan had previously discovered and confronted Roseanne about her multiple opiate stashes, including one bottle with Marcy's name on it which he read aloud.

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Trivia: When the 2015 Marty Jr. is walking across the street and a car stops, almost hitting him, he bangs both hands on the hood and yells, "Hey! I'm walkin' here!"I'm walkin' here!" This is an exact recreation of Dustin Hoffman's scene in 'Midnight Cowboy'.

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27th Apr 2021

Roseanne (1988)

The Wedding - S8-E23

Character mistake: When Roseanne, Darlene, Jackie, Bev, Becky, and Nana Mary are dressing for Darlene's wedding, Nana Mary comments that all of them were pregnant when they married. However, Becky, was not pregnant when she and Mark eloped and they never had children together. Roseanne was not pregnant before marrying Dan. When the series began, Becky was 13 years old and Dan and Roseanne had been married 15 years.

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9th Apr 2021

Friends (1994)

27th Mar 2021

Friends (1994)

24th Mar 2021

Roseanne (1988)

Bingo - S4-E13

Factual error: When Little Ed is cutting a tooth, Dan tells D.J. to get a frozen waffle for him to teethe on. The waffle D.J. takes out of the freezer is not frozen and is soft and bendy.

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9th Mar 2021

The Big Chill (1983)

Trivia: Three of director Lawrence Kasdan's family members have small roles in the movie. His wife, Meg Kasdan, played a flight attendant. His youngest son, Jon, played Sarah and Harold's toddler son. His older son, Jake, played the little boy asking Sam Weber for his autograph at the funeral reception.

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28th Jan 2021

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Trivia: Gal Gadot's real-life husband, Yaron Varsano, and their two daughters make a cameo appearance at the end of the film in the snow scene.

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Malice - S2-E6

Revealing mistake: Angelica and the other children are about to crash through the door to attack Lyra and Will. As Lyra runs past a cabinet, a lamp sitting on top is knocked over and crashes to the floor. Dafne Keene, who plays Lyra, reached over and very obviously pushed the lamp to the floor.

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4th Dec 2020

Friends (1994)

The One With All The Kissing - S5-E2

Continuity mistake: A few days after the friends have returned to New York following Ross' wedding, Monica's hair is suddenly about three inches longer and a completely different style than it was in London. It was previously just above her shoulders in a sleek "pageboy" style. Once back home, it is much bushier and longer, well over her shoulders. This was obviously due to Courtney Cox growing her hair during the break in-between Season 4, which ended with the Ross/Emily wedding debacle, and Season 5. (The first episode of Season 5 was filmed the previous season and was Part 2 of Ross and Emily's wedding).

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The Cave - S2-E2

Continuity mistake: When Will Parry visits his grandparents, the grandmother is sitting on the sofa next to Will's grandfather. The grandmother's position keeps changing from sitting right next to him to being further apart.

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5th Nov 2020

Field of Dreams (1989)

Buelah Gasnick: I experienced the 60s.
Annie Kinsella: No, I think you had two 50s and moved right on to the 70s.

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31st Oct 2020

The Descendants (2011)

Continuity mistake: When Matt is angrily talking to the comatose Elizabeth in the hospital, her mouth continually changes. From the side shot of her face, her lips are partially apart. When the shot is looking directly down on Elizabeth, her mouth is now opened much wider. It continually changes back forth as the camera angle switches.

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6th Oct 2020

Friends (1994)

16th Sep 2020

Friends (1994)

The Last One (2) - S10-E20

Character mistake: Even though both Ross and Rachel have cell phones with them and use them for other calls, it never occurs to Ross early on and as he's frantically racing to the airport with Phoebe, to call and tell Rachel that he loves her or at least to say that he is on his way to tell her something important before her plane takes off for Paris.

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