Technical Errors in Published Works

Here I discuss the technical errors, big and small, that I1 . This is not an accumulation of other person’s observations, just what I have seen. That means a number of things other people noticed were missed or ignored by me – or I simply chose not to repeat what was stated on other sites. have noticed in movies, television and games. Most of the technical errors are inconsistencies in the story-line, in editing or in reality. “Reality” is a tough one because these items and programs discussed are usually fictional and often fiction doesn’t follow the rules of reality, however we won’t let that discourage us.

You May Not Kiss the Bride - Epoxy HatIn some cases what could be considered a technical error was intentionally done, usually for comedic purposes – Those scenarios are not going to be referenced here. For example in “You May Not Kiss the Bride” when Masha mixes the epoxy resin and dumps the bucket over the bad guy. That should have been a lethal action. The chemical burns would have been unbearable and his ability to breath or see would have been cut off. Instead he ended up wearing a hat/mask2 . You May Not Kiss the Bride. Copyright 2011 Hawaii Film Partners made of poured epoxy that happened to not cover his glasses and allow him to see and breath.

Movies and Television

17 Again

When Ned Gold is at the restaurant with Jane Masterson, during their conversation, when the camera view is from behind Jane towards Ned, Jane’s menu is up as if she is reading it. When the camera view is from behind Ned towards Jane, her menu is on the table with her hands folded or making other gestures. During the conversation the view changes multiple times where this error is seen.


Golf Ball ConflictAt about 12 minutes into the movie, the scene changes to Harry driving golf balls off of the oil rig platform. At first a Srixon brand ball is shown with small dimples (like on practice balls) and no number. The camera view shifts to his shows and then back to the ball. The ball now is a number ‘3’ Srixon with a larger dimple pattern. camera view is changed to show the swing and when returning to the ball for the club hit, the ball is still a number “3” of the larger dimple styling, but it is now turned into a different position.3 . Armageddon. Copyright 1998 Touchstone Pictures.

During the psychiatric interviews of Harry’s men, when the camera view is from behind the interviewer towards the door, lights can be seen in the corners on either side of the door. In one of the shots of Rockhound during the ink blot review, the light in the left corner is missing, it is present in all others.

Placed in the movie for a comedy point, but lacks consistency is when Harry asks Colonel Sharp if their are nay bullets left in the gun. There were no shots fired, so the gun should have all of the bullets to which it was loaded.

Whenever global footage was shown during the first meteor hits early in the movie and later, towards the end, the footage show the people in daylight. Only half the world is every in daylight – some of that footage should have been night-time.

Austin Powers

In the first installment of Austin Power (International Man of Mystery), Dr. Evil killed number two closer to the end of the movie. In the second movie (The Spy Who Shagged Me) number two is alive again. It’s the same actor and the same number two when Dr. Evil goes back in time.

Batman Returns

After Penguin dies, as we watch the penguins slide him into the water, we can see the rolling platform which Penguin’s body was lying on continue moving under water. They key point is that Penguin died on the ground, not conveniently on a rolling platform.

Beverly Hills Cop II

During the A-crime (Adriano’s robbery), as the blonde is leaving the jewelry store she shoots down the chandelier. You hear four shots and the chandelier falls. She then turns around and there are two more shot sounds heard even though no one is firing their gun.

Axel is driving down the road, just before he “steals a house”, the movie shows cars parked on both sides of a two-lane (plus parking lanes) road with another car behind him. The view changes to an aerial shot of him turning around on a much narrower road – just two lanes with no room for side parking lanes. Plus the car that was behind him is gone.

The Big Bang Theory

Most of the technical errors found in The Big Bang Theory are story-line inconsistencies with a few other errors spattered about.

S03:E22 – During Leonard’s story to Penny about moving in with Sheldon, and the roommate agreement. In the flashback, Sheldon explains that one of Leonard’s responsibilities it to drive him place. Leonard asks him about driving and Sheldon responds he can, but chooses not to drive. Sheldon does not get his learner’s permit and driver’s license until later in the series, therefore he can’t (legally) drive.

S02:E05 – Sheldon gets learner’s permit
S03:E08 – Sheldon drives Penny to hospital (Learner’s permit)
S03:E16 – Sheldon goes to traffic court for an automated ticket for running a red light in S3:E08. He gets points on a driver’s license he doesn’t have.
S06:E09 – Raj says to Sheldon “You don’t have a car. You don’t even drive.” (Not having a license is implied)
S10:E16 – Sheldon admits to Amy that he has had his driver’s license for two years. (We’ll call that Season 8)

S04:E10 – Amy is dissecting a human brain wearing gloves to either protect herself from chemicals and bacteria on the brain and/or to prevent contaminating the brain. While describing her symptoms to Sheldon, Amy handles food that she is eating – still wearing the gloves – and then returns to working on the brain.

S09:E02 – When Leonard asks about how much marriage counseling costs, Howard provides actual pricing. Raj asks how he knows the cost. In S08:E09, Howard and Bernadette are telling what they love about each other when Raj interjects, “That’s just like when we were in couples counseling.”


I really enjoyed the earlier seasons of this show. I am not going to touch on the differences between real witchcraft and what is used unless it is particularly and extremely incorrect.

S01:E04 – When Piper and Mark are running away from Tony Wong, they get in her car, but there are two car doors closed – based on the sound. We don’t see Mark open and close the door, but we hear it. At the police station, Piper even opens and closes the car door for him. He is a ghost, he can’t move physical objects nor does he need to do so.

S02:E08 – When Leo can’t heal Pipers poison oak, he explains that the elders control what he can heal. In S03:E02 Leo cannot heal animals. Yet in S04:E05 he heals the P3 sign that was damaged when the nightclub was renamed “The Spot”.

S07:E06 – This episode references the occurrence of the phenomenon known as a Blue Moon. They said that it occurs only once every 50 years, however a Blue Moon occurs about every 33 months. A Blue Moon is when a second full moon occurs in the same calendar month. Additionally, in this episode the three witches turn into violent beasts when the Blue Moon rises each of three evenings. The full moon is only a one day4 . Technically, the moon is only full for about one minute of that day. occurrence in the moon phase cycle, not three days.

S07:E07 – When Leo is healing the dead Piper and Phoebe near the end of this episode, he does not remove the blades in Piper’s belly, however when he is done healing them, the blades are gone.


When Doctor Eleanor Arroway gets to her hotel at about one hour into the movie, she is talking on the phone and she receives a fax during the telephone conversation. Since Ellie is a scientist and needs to be online for research, etcetera, it is likely she has a second phone line, however the fax comes out of the machine from the document feeder exit port, not the printer port.

The Cutting Edge

Although not taking away from the movie itself, the view editing tends to contain inconsistencies throughout the movie. For example, When Douglas is hanging from the lumber near the beginning, hammering nails, the position and existence of the nail changes multiple times through the sequence. Arm positions and body gestures tend to vary between shots, too.

Edward Scissorhands

When Edward first goes into Kim’s room, he discovers the waterbed. He notices the fluid movement, how wavy it reacts. Edward then punctures the bed and gets sprayed with water. He put a stuffed animal over the hole. Later he is laying in the bed, still in tact and obviously not getting wet.

Ed is lying in Kim’s waterbed when she comes home early. She screams when she notices him; he panics and punctures the bed multiple times. Although water is shooting out of the bed, the surface of the bed is firm, not wavy like demonstrated earlier.

Full Metal Jacket

During recruit training, the Drill Sergeant is hollering at the privates as they work through an obstacle in the PT course. He is yelling that they should be able to negotiate the obstacle “in no less than 10 seconds.” Based on the obstacle and his other yelled comments, he meant “in less than 10 seconds.”

As the Viet Cong soldiers are raiding the Marines’ Da Nang base at about 55 minutes into the movie, many of the Viet Cong soldiers are seen running and firing towards the ground instead of towards the American soldiers.


In the original Ghostbusters movie, when the eggs are popping out of the shells on to Dana’s kitchen counter, the fried eggs are in different positions for the close-up shots as compared to the panned out shots. When Dr. Venkman returns to her kitchen, the position of the eggs and other groceries is yet again different.

Karate Kid II

When arriving at the military base in a taxi, looking for Tomi Village. The soldier says he never heard of it, then asks a nearby Sargent who responds “You’re standing on it, get them out of here.” The soldiers then tells them to go down the road and turn right, miraculously knowing where to go.

Helping a villager bring his harvest to the trader (Chozen), Daniel puts the basket on the scale. In doing so, he toppled some of the weights from the scale. Daniel picks up one of the damaged weights and easily snaps in into pieces. The villagers get angry with him for cheating them.
The weights were able to be broken, meaning they are likely lighter than the weights that would normally be used. Chozen would have to use more “weights” to measure the harvest, ultimately cheating himself instead of the villagers.

During the massive storm, a beam lands on Sato, pinning him to the ground. After Miyagi saves him, Chozen tells Sato “I thought you were dead.”
Daniel went to help the bell-ringing girl that was stuck at the top of the bell tower. Sato instructed Chozen to help Daniel, but Chozen let his pride get in the way and declined to help Daniel. As Daniel is struggling to bring the girl to the shelter, Sato went to his aide. Once back in the shelter, Sato tells Chozen, “Now I am dead to you.”
At the Bone Dance, Sato tells Chozen that hate is wrong and to not carry on his actions. Chozen responded, “I can not hear you, Uncle. I am dead to you. Remember?”

My Best Friend’s Wedding

When Julianne is sitting in the hallway outside Michael’s hotel room door smoking a cigarette, she takes a drag of the cigarette while it is in her left hand. Just then he opens the door and she falls in. Now the cigarette is shown in her right hand.

Private School

When the Rolls Royce is running wild down the hill at the Cherryvale Parents’ Day, the camera view is frequently changing between an outside view and an inside view. During the outside views, we can see the stunt driver rapidly steering the car back and forth. All but one of the inside shots, Bubba has his back or side against the steering wheel.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

When Luke leaves his Jedi training to save Han and Leia, Ben Kenobi states that Luke was their last hope. Yoda responds that there is another. Ben was there when Luke and Leia were born; he knows Leia exists. Later in the movie he and Luke have a conversation about Leia.

The Thomas Crown Affair

When Thomas CrownCapture from Thomas Crown Affair - Monet painting in briefcase. steals a Monet painting from the museum, he puts the painting in a briefcase which forced the painting to be folded in two – snapping the canvas frame at the fold point. The canvas fabric would not be able to tolerate being stretched across the break points and would have torn at those edges.

Capture from Thomas Crown Affair - Monet painting intact. Technical Errors

In his home office, Mr. Crown opens the briefcase, takes out the Monet painting and puts it in a hiding spot behind a print of “The Son of Man.” The Monet painting is intact, with no tears in the canvas mid-length on the edges and no apparent damage to the canvas frame.

After Thomas Crown is shown admiring his stolen artwork, the movie goes back to the museum where police are investigating. Clearly, Thomas had no time to repair the canvas frame or canvas, ignoring the fact that we just watched him take it out of the briefcase in which the painting was folded. He definitely didn’t have time for a copy to be made.

Look at the screen captures5 . The Thomas Crown Affair. Copyright 1999 MGM UA. shown above for referencing my comments about this technical error.

Top Gun

Top Gun - Wings BackDuring dog-fight training exercises, the sweep angle of  the F-14 wings changes between shots within the same sequence. This is seen when the view changes between Interior view and external view. Example captures6 . Top Gun. Copyright 1986 Paramount Pictures shown from the dog-fighting sequence leading into the crash of Maverick and Goose. The external view shows the F-14 wings swTop Gun - Wings forwardept forward, quick change to Maverick’s (inside cockpit) view of Iceman’s plane, the wings are swept back. Upon return to external view, the wings are forward again.

In the same sequence as above, during the crash incident, Maverick and Goose’s F-14 is shown in a barrel roll (stunt control) and then shown in a flat spin. I question this chain of events, but not knowing enough about F-14 behaviors prevents me from calling this a technical error, however I suspect it is an error.

Two Lovers and a Bear

Lucy and Roman are in extreme cold environments, but sometimes during dialogue in the cold settings we cannot see their breath. For example, when they were in the hallway of the abandoned military installation.

Two Weeks Notice

In the scene where Lucy goes into the RV to use their toilet, two-way traffic is shown on the elevated highway that is jammed with traffic. The problem is that it was actually a one-way ramp. A solid white line is between the two (opposing direction) traffic lanes and the yellow line is on the right side of the RV.

What Dreams May Come

About twelve minutes into the movie, a car accident happens on the road entering the tunnel. Chris Nielsen witnesses the accident and runs in to aid the victims. As the camera moves in to follow his path, you can see a shadow of the camera lift on the left wall of the tunnel.

As Chris is running through the fields of the painting the plants are not moving around him, but instead through him. Along the same lines, when Albert Lewis is stomping around in the water there are splashes – he is clearly interacting with the water, but there are no ripples in the water caused by his presence and actions.

When Chris is underwater in the painting, nothing underwater is “painted” – it is all real life as filmed. Even the surface of the water above him is not painted.

Wild Wild West

This movie is filled with technical inaccuracies, however most of them are intentional are part of the fun in the movie – such as Artemis knitting a chain-mail “impermeable” vest.

While James and Artemis are bickering on the train, the first time, James flips a lever underneath the train that flips the chair in which Artemis is sitting upside-down under the train. Since Artemis was not strapped into the chair, he should have fallen off the chair as it flipped or even once it was upside-down.

While Artemis is carrying one of the magnetic collars that was removed from himself and James, he is suddenly dragged a hundred feet or so as the magnet is attracted to nearby railroad tracks. I know this is one of the fun technical inaccuracies built into the movie, however it is still very wrong that they weren’t attracted to the machine that throws the blades – or anything else for that matter. At least not until James’ magnet polarity was reversed – which isn’t possible simply by banging the apparatus which a magnet is firmly attached.


Candy Crush Jelly

In late 2016, King introduced a daily bonus program for free special items in Candy Crush Jelly. To get the bonus items, the player must visit the game daily and “Water” Elsa. Notice I put water in quotes – that’s because that is the word on the button. For day one though, Elsa asks for Soda. But this is the Jelly version of the game.

Technical Errors Disclaimer

Screen captures shown on this page, as part of demonstrating the technical errors, fall under the Fair Use guidelines provided by United States Copyright Law and Fair Dealing found in international Copyright jurisdictions.

This document “Technical Errors” was originally published by me on 9 March 2017. The “Published” date is changed to the current date each time the article is updated.

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1. . This is not an accumulation of other person’s observations, just what I have seen. That means a number of things other people noticed were missed or ignored by me – or I simply chose not to repeat what was stated on other sites.
2. . You May Not Kiss the Bride. Copyright 2011 Hawaii Film Partners
3. . Armageddon. Copyright 1998 Touchstone Pictures.
4. . Technically, the moon is only full for about one minute of that day.
5. . The Thomas Crown Affair. Copyright 1999 MGM UA.
6. . Top Gun. Copyright 1986 Paramount Pictures

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