Total Nerd The Biggest Continuity Errors You Never Noticed In Huge Movies  

Mick Jacobs
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List Rules Vote up the errors that you absolutely cannot unsee (even if you want to).

When you watch a film, you're expected to suspend your sense of disbelief. However, many continuity errors in famous movies demand that you completely disregard your critical eye, or risk ruining the entire film. As sitcom continuity issues reveal, continuity errors in movies and TV happen all the time, and are usually the result of a hastily cut scene or a dab of awkward CGI.

In the case of terrible films like The Room or Troll 2, viewers expect continuity problems to be a part of the experience. However, as soon as you notice a continuity problem in a major film, it's hard not to feel disheartened. Unlike historical inaccuracies — which studios can cover up with eye candy like Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett — continuity errors in a film put their issues front and center. Viewers are forced to overlook improbable circumstances and irrational characters, as major films with continuity issues pull people out of the fantasy and back to their futon and leftover takeout. 

Film continuity issues appear in movies of all genres; major motion pictures, Hollywood classics, and cult hits all run the risk of continuity problems. Once you notice these continuity mistakes in major films, you start to wonder what all the studio money goes towards. 

Commando is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest Continuity Errors You Never Noticed In Huge Movies
Photo:  Commando/20th Century Fox

Before anyone proposed the idea of a self-driving car, Commando introduced the concept of a self-repairing car, though the invention was probably not intentional. In a moment made for the governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger pushes a beat-up Porsche into an upright position that reveals the vehicle's damaged side door; it's bad enough that the actor has to hop over the door to get in the driver's seat. Yet when it drives off, the car shows no dents, scrapes, or even a fleck of bird droppings. Even Pimp My Ride never lied this overtly.

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest Continuity Errors You Never Noticed In Huge Movies
Photo:  The Wizard of Oz/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Wizard of Oz is one of the earliest examples of Technicolor in film, and also showcases one of the first continuity errors. When she first meets the Scarecrow, Dorothy has long pigtails that cover her chest, yet throughout their initial encounter, her pigtail length fluctuates, and her hair only comes to her shoulders at some points. Thank God the Scarecrow lacks a brain at this point, or else he'd see right through this misstep.

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest Continuity Errors You Never Noticed In Huge Movies
Photo:  Terminator 2: Judgement Day/TriStar Pictures

Terminator 2 is a film about time-traveling robot androids made of liquid metal, so it doesn't really care about coming off as believeable. In hot pursuit of the heroes, the Terminator Model T1000 hijacks a helicopter by headbutting the windshield and phasing through the gaping hole. Seconds after doing so, the helicopter reappears with its windshield fully intact, and you are reminded that you're watching the former governor of California run around with some terrible redeye.

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Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest Continuity Errors You Never Noticed In Huge Movies
Photo:  Die Another Day/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's make believe. During Die Another Day's climactic battle, Jinx takes down Agent Frost, but not without taking a slash to the chest. The film ends as most Bond films do; the spies ditch the undercover business in favor of under-the-bed-cover business, and Jinx's chest looks as smooth as any glossed-over plot-hole. One might be able to ignore this error if diamonds weren't refracting the sunset over her abs. Just because Halle Berry played an X-Man once doesn't mean she can have mutant powers when it's convenient for the plot.

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