Swashbuckling. Hidden treasure. Booby traps and daring escapes. Classic action-adventure movies deliver thrills and surprises in ways no other genre can. One thing fans will tell you they all share, as well, are brilliant continuity details that tie together not only individual films, but entire franchises. In the Pirates of the Caribbean series, for example, Will Turner is cursed to spent ten years off shore, which the timeline of the movies actually holds to. In 1991's Hook, the Lost Boys show continuity with their wardrobes, which all depict the different time periods they were living in prior to arriving in Never Land. Some of these details even span decades. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Indy gives the same homework to his students that he did in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Check out this list of impressive continuity details from classic action-adventure movies, and make sure to vote up your favorites!
From Redditor u/TWillyFresh:
I’m not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but on my last rewatch of Hook I realized something about the Lost Boys. Every one of them represents a different time period from when they got lost. You have the greaser kid from the '50s. You have the twins in their Boy Scout uniforms probably from the '30s-'40s. You have the skateboarding kids and Rufio most likely coming from the '80s-'90s based on the existence of skateboarding in Neverland along with Rufio’s modern day insults and punk persona. You have the kid in the Newsboy cap and Thud Butt’s distinctive hat that I can’t quite nail down. I’m not sure how I missed this for so long, but it’s a great movie detail that just kind of snuck up on me. It’s a much more creative way to portray the Lost Boys than having them in animal costume pajamas again...Impressive detail?
In the third Pirates of the Caribbean it is established that Will can't come to shore for ten years. In reality it has been years since we last saw him. The last time he was on shore was (2007) in At World's End, which is ten years before he reappears in Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).Impressive detail?
From Redditor /u/Chipsmc3:
In Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, after Kahmunrah says “I could kill your friends in the blink of an eye,” he does not blink once on screen for the remainder of the movie.Impressive detail?
From Redditor u/C_maistro:
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), the prisoners start singing the pirate song ‘Hoist The Colours,’ beginning with “The king and his men/ Stole the queen from her bed/And bound her in her bones”, singing about how the first pirate king and his court bound Calypso in human form.Impressive detail?