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March 21, 2017

Our latest installment of goofs from some of Hollywood’s most popular movies.
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The Big Lebowski (1998)

Scene: In the opening scene, a bowler attempts to convert a 7-10 split.
Blooper: A close-up shows the split being picked up with a different-colored bowling ball.

Cast Away (2000)

Scene: Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) cuts his hand while trying to build a fire. Angry, he picks up a boxed volleyball with his bloodied hand and throws it.
Blooper: A little later, when Chuck picks up the volleyball and removes it from the box, the handprint is facing upward. This would have been impossible because the box was on the ground when he picked it up—the handprint should be facing down.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Scene: Chas (Ben Stiller) shows Royal (Gene Hackman) that a BB is still lodged in Chas’s hand from years ago when Royal shot him.
Blooper: The close-up shows a watch on Chas’s wrist; in the wider shots, he isn’t wearing a watch.

As Good As It Gets (1997)

Scene: Carol (Helen Hunt) is riding on a bus.
Blooper: As the camera pans away, it reveals a sign on the side of the bus that says “Subway Shuttle—Not In Service.”

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Scene: Warden Norton (Bob Gunton) offers Tommy (Gil Bellows) a cigarette.
Blooper: Although the scene takes place in the 1960s, the cigarette pack is clearly marked with the slogan “Marlboro Miles,” a campaign that Marlboro ran in the 1990s.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Scene: Every scene with the cat(s).
Blooper: There are two different cats playing the same cat. Not an uncommon practice when filming animals—except in this case one is a yellow mackerel tabby and one is a yellow classic tabby.

Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Scene: Anakin (Hayden Christensen) arrives on Mustafar and pulls his hood over his head.
Blooper: The shot clearly reveals Anakin has two normal hands, even though one of his arms was chopped off in the previous film and, up until this point, he had a robotic arm.

Batman Begins (2005)

Scene: The Batmobile is racing across the rooftops of Gotham City while confused cops are trying to figure out what it is.
Blooper: On a rooftop, a police officer yells into his bullhorn, ordering the Batmobile not to move. A bit later, another officer on the street says into his radio: “Can you at least tell me what it looks like?” Both cops are played by the same actor.

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Scene: At the very beginning of the movie, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) sings a song on stage at a jazz club.
Blooper: We hear the audience applauding wildly…but we see them sitting completely still.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Scene: In an early scene, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his wife Coral (Elizabeth Perkins), both clownfish, are about the same size.
Blooper: Female clownfish are actually twice as big as the males.

The Fifth Element (1997)

Scene: Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) is reconstructed from a strand of DNA. She is said to be pure—the “perfect being.”
Blooper: Throughout the rest of the movie, Leeloo’s “perfect” red hair reveals changing lengths of brown roots.
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