18) In The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. During his story of torment and personal redemption he is consoled by Red (Morgan Freeman), an imaginary friend only he can see. Yet in several scenes, other characters can be seen looking directly at Red, and even reacting when he speaks.
17) Humphrey Bogart' famous phrase from Casablanca, "I live one quarter mile at a time" is never actually uttered in the film.
16) Following a beard-related argument with George Lucas, Ewan MacGregor stormed off the set of Star Wars Episode III and never returned, forcing Lucas to recast to the role of Obi Wan Kenobi for the next film. Lucas eventually settled on Alec Guinness to replace MacGregor, but despite ILM' advanced CGI magic, the 50-plus-year age difference between the two actors is quite noticeable.
15) In Footloose, Kevin Bacon fights for his right to be Kevin Bacon in a small town. The only problem is that Kevin Bacon is an internationally famous actor, yet no one in town seems to recognize him.
14) In Lethal Weapon 2, Sergeant Roger Mutaugh (Danny Glover) bravely shoots an unarmed South African diplomat in the head, even though he has diplomatic immunity. Yet in Lethal Weapon 3, surprisingly little time seems to have passed, considering the 25-year jail sentence Mutaugh would have received for shooting a South African diplomat in the head.
13) During the filming of Gladiator, Oliver Reed stormed off the set before the film was completed, following a beard-related argument with director George Lucas. This forced the film crew to shoot many of the final scenes with his stand in, Chris Tucker. The filmmakers made no attempt to conceal the sudden switchover.
12) Also from the film Gladiator, Maximus (Russell Crowe) is a Roman general who only longs to return to his home in Spain and work on his farm. The only problem is people in Spain don't work.
11) In Braveheart, the vast majority of the men are wearing skirts throughout the entire film, but this is never commented on by anyone.
10) In The Terminator, the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenagger) is seen being destroyed in a hydraulic press. Yet in the creatively named sequel, Terminator 2, his character reappears 1) nude and 2) completely unharmed. This is 1a) disturbing, 1b) unnecessary and 2) never explained.
9) In Capote, Truman Capote (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) travels to a small town to solve a mysterious murder. The problem? This is the exact same plot as every episode of Scooby Doo.
8) In Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) is seen easily performing a dance called the Batusi, which is in reality an incredibly strenuous dance only capable of being performed by people with years of martial arts training and Adam West.
7) The movie Goodfellas contains many inaccurate depictions of Italian-Americans, including a scene where one holds down a job for several months.
6) A massive editing problem slips into the final cut of Taxi Driver, where Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) repeatedly questions someone off camera "are you talking to me?" The problem is, as a different shot soon shows, no one is talking to him.
5) In Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, Han Solo (Indiana Jones) decides that a simple wooden cup is the Holy Grail, as it is "the cup of a carpenter." I know many carpenters, and none of them drink out of wooden cups. When I mentioned it to them, most found the idea ridiculous, and faintly insulting.
4) Indiana Jones again, this time from The Raiders of the Lost Ark. In the scene where Han Solo is in the snake pit and a cobra rears up threatening him, a reflection in the safety glass reveals that the snake is actually a felt puppet.
3) Also, ancient Egyptians didn't put safety glass in their snake pits.
2) In American Pie, Stiffler (Seann William Scott) accidentally drinks a nearly full beer that has had semen mixed in it. He notices the taste and reacts almost immediately. After conducting some limited research on our own (we invite you to try the same at home), CRACKED found that the taste of semen is only immediately noticeable when mixed with less than a quarter cup of beer.
1) At the end of the film Troy, the Greeks appear to retreat from their siege of Troy, leaving an enormous wooden horse behind as a gift for the Trojans. The Trojans take this horse into their city, and while they sleep, Grecian soldiers slip out from the horse and sack the city. Did none of the filmmakers notice that this is ridiculous? Honestly? A fucking wooden horse?
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