Biggest Movie Blunders............

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Re: Biggest Movie Blunders............

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In the 1979 movie 'Breaking Away' the protagonist (Dave) is out riding his bike, training for an up-coming race. He starts to draft a semi bearing the logo of the sponsor of an Italian cycling team, and eventually reaches speeds in excess of 55 mph.

This is possible; the semi is blocking the wind and the suction/slipstream effect, if you're close enough, is powerful.....but a closeup shot reveals that Dave is doing all this while still in a low gear — the chain is still on the small chainring (gear at the pedals). You've got about as much chance of doing that, drafting an 18-wheeler or not, as you would be able to drive your car at 75 mph in second gear.
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surfpirate wrote: But one thing I noticed. Apparent on the west coast, highway systems are referred to as "the" number,
e.g. "the 405", "the 110"

Jack Bauer refers to the Washington DC Beltway and Interstate as "the 495" and "the 95". We call it "495" and "I-95".
In Seattle it's just "Five" or maybe "Eye 5" and "Four Oh Five" . . when someone says "The Five" or "Eye Four Oh Five" you know they're not from around here . . .
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surfpirate wrote:But one thing I noticed. Apparent on the west coast, highway systems are referred to as "the" number,
e.g. "the 405", "the 110"

Jack Bauer refers to the Washington DC Beltway and Interstate as "the 495" and "the 95". We call it "495" and "I-95".

Jack's cell phone service is also impeccable.
I don't hear people on LI calling roads by the number very often. Sunrise Highway is Sunrise Highway, not 27. The LI Expressway is the LIE, not 495. The Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway is the SOB, not 135. And so on ...
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Maybe those movies or shows were made in Canada (so many are); we say The 401, the 416, the 105... but 1-digit highways are Highway 2, Highway 7 and 2-digit ones (I think) just the number , "I was up on 22 last week"....
We're always varied. And that's just Ontario I'm talking about.

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Re: Biggest Movie Blunders............

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pair8head wrote:
The real life answer is George Lucas didn't know a parsec was a measure of distance, not time. So, he used a cool sounding word and got called on it. A story was made up to cover it (there are many such cases) and everybody was happy. Except of course me.

A.K.A George Lucas is a lucky hack. :P
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Bicycle Bill wrote:In the 1979 movie 'Breaking Away' the protagonist (Dave) is out riding his bike, training for an up-coming race. He starts to draft a semi bearing the logo of the sponsor of an Italian cycling team, and eventually reaches speeds in excess of 55 mph.

This is possible; the semi is blocking the wind and the suction/slipstream effect, if you're close enough, is powerful.....but a closeup shot reveals that Dave is doing all this while still in a low gear — the chain is still on the small chainring (gear at the pedals). You've got about as much chance of doing that, drafting an 18-wheeler or not, as you would be able to drive your car at 75 mph in second gear.
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I've got two..

The remake of Oceans Eleven. The sceen where Brad and Matt are in the Bellagio waiting for Julia Roberts to walk by the first time. Brad is eating shrimp cocktail. One time it is a plate and the other time it is in something like a martini glass.

The second is in Out of Africa. Whene Robert and Meryl are out one sarfari and he is cutting up apples. One shot there are three applies and in the next two then back to three.
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txaggirl91 wrote:I've got two..

The remake of Oceans Eleven. The sceen where Brad and Matt are in the Bellagio waiting for Julia Roberts to walk by the first time. Brad is eating shrimp cocktail. One time it is a plate and the other time it is in something like a martini glass.
I noticed that one, too. :lol:

In Die Hard 2, there are Pac Bell phones and it's supposed to be in Washington DC airport.

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In "Stripes" when Harold Ramis is fighting with Bill Murray in the parking lot, he is shaking his head against the ground. One angle has a duffel bag under his head; the other doesn't, and they cut back and forth between the two angles a few times.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Well, I went to find a video of that scene, came across this list. Apparently there were a few issues with Stripes.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083131/goofs
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"Legally Blond" scene where Reese Witherspoon is in the elevator and you can see Selma Blair's reflection across the hall. She is ready for her cue to catch up to Reese before the elevator door closes. I hate that I get fixated on it, as if it will be gone in future viewings.
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As a car enthusiast, one of my favorite films of all time was "Bullitt" starring Steve McQueen. The other "star" was a highly modified Ford Mustang......

McQueen is a cop in San Francisco and one scene involves a long car chase between McQueen and the bad guys in a Dodge Charger. Both cars rocket and bounce through the streets (and hills) of SF.....probably the best "chase" sequence ever filmed.

The scene supposedly ends with the Charger slamming into a set of gas pumps, large, firey explosion......the end of the bad guys.

However; having watched the movie many times during one viewing I noticed that the Charger actually misses the pumps and rolls behind them..... :o :roll:

I later read about the scene and it seems that the film makers thankfully had a remote means of blowing up the pumps. Now that little blunder sticks out so clearly I watch for it...... :pirate:
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In Red Dawn when Jed (Patrick Swayze) and five others first escape to the mountains and are discussing what's going on there are two mystery men in one of the shots.
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sonofabeach wrote:In Red Dawn when Jed (Patrick Swayze) and five others first escape to the mountains and are discussing what's going on there are two mystery men in one of the shots.
They're like the red shirted guys in Star Trek; they'll be the first to get killed. [smilie=sillyjester.gif] [smilie=sillyjester.gif] [smilie=sillyjester.gif] [smilie=sillyjester.gif]
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Bicycle Bill wrote:In the 1979 movie 'Breaking Away' the protagonist (Dave) is out riding his bike, training for an up-coming race. He starts to draft a semi bearing the logo of the sponsor of an Italian cycling team, and eventually reaches speeds in excess of 55 mph.

This is possible; the semi is blocking the wind and the suction/slipstream effect, if you're close enough, is powerful.....but a closeup shot reveals that Dave is doing all this while still in a low gear — the chain is still on the small chainring (gear at the pedals). You've got about as much chance of doing that, drafting an 18-wheeler or not, as you would be able to drive your car at 75 mph in second gear.
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Sanjuro's tequila wrote:
backstreets77 wrote:In Dazed and Confused you can see in the back ground shots some modern day cars. The movie is suppose to take place in 1976. Same thing in Goodfellas.

That drives me absolutely batty... People in period clothes and a highway in the background with 2008 Honda Civics driving back and forth.
I have period clothes. :oops:
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smiller wrote:I can't remember with James Bond movie it is, but there are bad dudes chasing Bond on 3 wheelers. Then you see one of their tires rolling accross the screen. In the next sceen, they are all chasing him again. Makes me laugh everytime.
Diamonds are Forever. (Watching it now.) What makes it extra funny is that a car enters the screen from the right and crashes off the side of a hill in the desert. With all four of its tires still attached, another tire, one that it definitely not a car tire, but fat like the ones on the 3-wheelers, comes rolling on the screen from the left, even though there was no 3-wheeler in the scene. And then, yes, none of the 3-wheelers are missing a tire.
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popcornjack wrote:
smiller wrote:I can't remember with James Bond movie it is, but there are bad dudes chasing Bond on 3 wheelers. Then you see one of their tires rolling accross the screen. In the next sceen, they are all chasing him again. Makes me laugh everytime.
Diamonds are Forever. (Watching it now.) What makes it extra funny is that a car enters the screen from the right and crashes off the side of a hill in the desert. With all four of its tires still attached, another tire, one that it definitely not a car tire, but fat like the ones on the 3-wheelers, comes rolling on the screen from the left, even though there was no 3-wheeler in the scene. And then, yes, none of the 3-wheelers are missing a tire.
I was always too busy watching Jill St. John, Bambi and Thumper to care about tires from that chase scene.
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Sanjuro's tequila wrote:
pair8head wrote:You've all seen em, what is the one blunder made in a movie that just gets on your nerves the most?

Mine is from Star Wars.

"You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?…It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. " ― Han Solo ...


What's wrong with it?

A Parsec is a unit for measuring distance not speed.

Actually, The Kessel Run was an 18-parsec route used by smugglers to move glitterstim spice from Kessel to an area south of the Si'Klaata Cluster without getting caught by the Imperial ships that were guarding the movement of spice from Kessel's mines. A parsec was a unit of distance, not time. Solo was not referring directly to his ship's speed when he made this claim. Instead, he was referring to the shorter route he was able to travel by skirting the nearby Maw black hole cluster, thus making the run in under the standard distance. By moving closer to the black holes, Solo managed to cut the distance down to about 11.5 parsecs.

Per this thing

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If you take the original quote in context though, they were talking about the speed of the ship. This explanation obviously came later, although it doesn't explain why Han was talking about his ship being fast by telling them something not related to speed at all. ;)
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Maybe a parsec means something different on Tattooine?
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