Error: In the movie, Mel Gibson’s character wore a kilt. While Scots are known for wearing them, they wouldn’t have been worn in 1300 when the film was set, becoming common place in the 1600’s.
Movie: Gladiator (mistake #1)
Error: The main character was nicknamed ‘The Spaniard’, which is an Old French word from the 1300’s. The researchers must have had a lazy day, as Gladiator is set in 180 AD. Then again, everyone in ancient Rome was speaking English with a British accent…
Movie: Gladiator (mistake #2)
Error: Oopsy, another mistake from Gladiator (and this one is legit to whine about). In one of the scenes, a gas canister is clearly visible in the back of a chariot as it comes crashing to the floor. That take probably should have ended up on the cutting room floor.
Movie: The Dark Knight
Error: Somebody at The Gotham Times was taking the ‘i before e’ rule super seriously. Either that, or ‘hiest’ is a legit way to spell ‘heist’ in Batman’s universe.
Error: Xerxes army attacks using bombs, but historically speaking this would have been impossible, since black powder wasn’t invented until the 9th century. Also, the king of Sparta is apparently Scottish, but we’re picking our battles.
Movie: Independence Day
Error: We’re willing to accept the possibility of a full-scale alien invasion, but the Empire State Building is on 34th street, not 53rd!
Error: Producers took the term ‘fictional town in Illinois’ far too literal, because there are palm-trees in the background in many of the exterior shots. Anyone who has ever lived in the midwest knows you’re much more likely to see a guy in a hockey mask is than anything tropical.
Movie: Saving Private Ryan
Error: You’d have to be a serious gear-head to catch this one: When Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) becomes injured in battle he leans against a Ural M-63 model motorcycle. The model itself didn’t exist until 18 years after the film is set.
Movie: Pretty Woman
Error: This tiny but very important continuity mistake was too yummy to ignore. When Vivian eats her famous breakfast in the movie “Pretty Woman”, her delicious croissant becomes an even more delicious pancake.
Movie: The Wolf of Wall Street
Error: Only the biggest fans could spot this continuity mistake from The Wolf of Wall Street. When Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) gives his precious pen to one of his admirers, you can clearly see how in one scene he holds it in the right hand and then switches it to the left.
Movie: Django Unchained
Error: While Django totally rocked the circle sunglasses in the movie, tinted glasses were a rarity at the time, and were used primarily for medical purposes. He did look badass, though!
Movie: Back To The Future
Error: One of the perks of time-travel must be getting to pick up some souvenirs on your way, because the Gibson ES-345 guitar Marty McFly was rockin’ on in 1955 wasn’t produced until 1958.
Error: Paris used a lovely pink parasol to protect his chariot. Knowledgeable historians would be quick to point out that this type of umbrella wasn’t created for another 800 years. We would point out that Orlando Bloom is the pretties girl in the movie.
Movie: Malcolm X
Error: Malcolm X yells out for someone to call 911 while he struggles to defend himself. The problem? 911 wasn’t America’s emergency number until three years after he was assassinated. Probably should have stuck with “Help!”
Movie: The Patriot
Error: Aging is a difficult thing to portray when you’ve got a movie that spans several years. Mel Gibson’s solution? No-one ages at all! And that’s still not his craziest belief.
Movie: Pirates Of The Caribbean
Error: Captain Barbossa was keen on an apple or two, including Granny Smiths which didn’t exist until 1868, about 140 years after the film was set. No Granny Smiths for the zombie pirate captain!
Movie: Public Enemies
Error: They say dead men tell no tales… but they never said they couldn’t commit murder! In the movie, John Dillinger “whacks” both Pretty Boy Floyd and Babyface Nelson, where in reality, he died before either of them.
Movie: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End
Error: We’ll accept the possibility of undead pirates, and even a guy with a squid head, but make a historically inaccurate reference and you’ve gone too far! The Black Pearl sailed to Singapore, which would have been tricky in the 1700’s, since Singapore hadn’t been founded.
Movie: The Sound Of Music
Error: The Von Trapp family decide to escape Austria to get to Switzerland and travel over the Alps. This is geographically impossible – they would have only been able to reach Germany… probably not the best place to head at the start of WWII.
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Error: When Dufresne was planning his escape, he covered the escape hole he was digging with a Raquel Welch poster from “One Million Years B.C.” The movie came out one year after Shawshank was set.
Movie: Sherlock Holmes
Error: Apparently Mr. Holmes is the fastest man alive, considering he managed to get from the sewers at the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge in just a matter of minutes. The two are over two miles apart!
Movie: Top Gun
Error: During flying, Maverick and Goose fly closely in tandem, with one plane upside down. This is totally impossible in real life. The back wings of the planes would collide, causing a fatal crash… and an early ending to the movie.
Movie: The Green Mile
Error: We see Coffey executed by electric chair in the movie, but the method of execution was not used in the state of Louisiana where the movie is set until 1940 – five years after the film events. Dude just can’t catch a break.
Movie: North By Northwest
Error: Looks like the kid in the top-right hand corner has had a premonition. He’s got his hands over his ears before the gunshot rings out in the room. Psychic hotline eat your heart out.
Movie: Passion Of The Christ
Error: This movie falls into the age old argument of a white actor playing Jesus. The son of God resided in the Middle East, so couldn’t possibly be white.
Movie: Forrest Gump
Error: Forrest receives mail from computer company Apple in 1975. This must have been a surprise as Apple’s famous rainbow logo was not designed until the following year. Oops!
Movie: Schindler’s List
Error: It feels wrong to criticize a movie as epic as Schindler’s list, but there is just one little mistake in the film. Plastic stamp pads were used in the film but weren’t invented during war time.
Movie: Spiderman 3
Error: Despite New York City being home to our beloved Spidey when he fights Sandman you can clearly see the Cleveland Terminal Tower in the background… As he balances on the Chicago El tracks…
Movie: Gone With The Wind
Error: The gas lamp this young lady is carrying clearly has an electric cable running from it! Suffice it to say, there wouldn’t have been electricity around then…
Movie: Pulp Fiction
Error: During the tense overdose scene where Uma Thurman needs an adrenaline shot to survive, her chest is marked with a red marker pen. When she revives, the pen mark has disappeared. Tadaaa!
Movie: Cast Away
Error: These cardboard FedEx boxes were floating in the ocean near the island. Miraculously, none of the contents of the non-waterproof packaging was damaged. Thanks, FedEx!
Movie: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Error: Something here doesn’t belong. Despite being a period film, a crew member in modern clothes is visible in the background of the market place. Can you spot him?
Movie: Reservoir Dogs
Error: During this scene in which Marvin Nash is being brought to be tortured his hands are cuffed behind his back. A few seconds later they are cuffed in front of him. We’re not ruling out the possibility that he’s super flexible.
Movie: The Avengers
Error: During the final battle at the end of the film, Captain America’s suit becomes ripped near the waist. In the next shot, it has magically repaired itself. Impressive skills, suit!
Movie: Terminator 2 Judgement Day
Error: Remember that iconic scene when Arnie shoots the T-1000 in the head, and it splits open? What you’ve probably haven’t noticed is that the head split open BEFORE Arnie fired the gun.
Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean
Captain Jack Sparrow had some serious swagger – that much no one can deny. But still, it seems unlikely that even this styling’ swashbuckler would have been wearing adidas.
Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean (Again)
Cowboys and pirates have often been compared. They live by their own rules in unforgiving terrain. To catch a cowboy on Captain a pirate ship is pushing it.
Movie: Pulp Fiction
This iconic scene from the cult-classic film, Pulp Fiction is quite possibly one of the coolest moments in cinema history. The only problem: there are bullet holes behind Samuel L. Jackson, BEFORE the shooting took place.
Movie: Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
In this scene from The Empire Strikes Back, Captain Han Solo is about to be frozen in carbonite. So, it would make sense that he would want to bring a jacket, we’re just not sure where it came from.
Movie: The Aviator
Error: In one scene in the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character buys chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, the writers didn’t realise that these cookies weren’t created until 1930, two years after the movie is set.