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: The Aviator
Movie: Django Unchained
Error: The title character wore sunglasses in the movie, but they weren’t common at the time, used as a medicinal aid, and were only prescribed by doctors on rare occasions. He did look badass, though!
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, in addition, Apple was not even a publicly traded company until 1981! Oops!
Movie: Panic Room
Error: Russell Crowe’s character is called ‘The Spaniard’, which is an Old French word invented in the 1300’s. The researchers must have had a lazy day, as Gladiator is set over a thousand years earlier in 180 AD.
Movie: Back To The Future
Error: When Marty McFly travels back in time to 1955 he plays a Gibson ES-345 guitar at the high school dance. Some funky time traveling must have been going on. The ES-345 wasn’t produced until 1958.
Movie: Independence Day
Error: The film is set in a fictional town in Illinois, but you can clearly see Californian palm trees in the background of many exterior shots.
Movie: The Dark Knight
Error: Xerxes army attacks using bombs, but this would have been impossible in real life as black powder wasn’t invented until the 9th century.
Movie: The Hurt Locker
Movie: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Error: While the Nazi book burning scenes were visually dramatic, they didn’t occur in 1938 when the scene is set, but 1933, five years earlier.
Movie: Malcolm X
Movie: The Patriot
Error: Ageing is an awkward thing to portray when you’ve got a movie that spans several years. The Patriots way round it? No-one ages at all, including the children who inexplicably don’t look a day older.
Movie: Pirates Of The Caribbean
Movie: Public Enemies
Error: We could maybe chalk this up to creative licence, but in the movie, both Pretty Boy Floyd and Babyface Nelson are killed off by John Dillinger. In truth, he died before either of them.
Movie: Saving Private Ryan
Movie: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End
Error: In the movie, the crew of the Black Pearl travel to Singapore for a showdown with the East India Trading Company. This would have proved tricky in the 1700’s, as Singapore was yet to be founded.
Movie: The Sound Of Music
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
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.
Movie: The Green Mile
Error: Paris used a lovely 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.
Movie: North By Northwest
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: Ace Ventura, Pet Detective
Movie: Mr and Mrs Smith
Error: Despite being set in New York there are lots of instances in the film which show it was shot in Los Angeles.
Movie: Schindler’s List
Movie: Spiderman 3
Error: Despite New York City being home to our beloved Spidey when he fights Sandman you can clearly see The Terminal Tower – a Cleveland landmark in the background.
Movie: Gone With The Wind
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.
Movie: Cast Away
Movie: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Error: Despite being a period film there is one extra in the background who is dressed in modern clothes during a marketplace scene. Can you spot him?
Movie: Reservoir Dogs
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
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)
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.