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A Cinematic Comedy of Errors

George Lucas put a nod to the
George Lucas put a nod to the "Star Wars" storm trooper flub in a prequel. (¿ 2005 Rufus F. Folkks -- Corbis)
Sunday, September 23, 2007

There's a delicious level of schadenfraude in discovering that the makers of a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster have slipped up and allowed a goof into the final cut. Luckily for those of us who revel in the mistakes of others, an army of cinema sleuths is more than happy to search out editing slip-ups, continuity errors and flat-out sloppy filmmaking -- and post the offending clips on the Web. Here are a few of the most egregious gaffes.

The Goonies, the bad and the ugly. It takes a die-hard fan to dissect the beloved 1985 whiz-kids-

vs.-mobsters flick "The Goonies," but that's exactly what's (lovingly) done here. A few mistakes seem so obvious, you'll wonder how you never noticed them, such as the kid who falls into an empty trash can that was overflowing with garbage a moment earlier, and the character you can hear singing as you see his closed mouth reflected in a mirror.

The clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN4lbXWZetg.

Turtle soup. Based on this compilation of scenes, you might think that 1990's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was the most shoddily produced film ever. You'll see not-so-hidden crew members, puppeteers' hands manipulating the characters and even the exposed top of a painted city backdrop, which clearly shows that the movie was filmed on a soundstage.

The clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFLK0uXzerY.

Epic errors. Don't miss this four-minute compilation of blunders from "Toy Story," "Mission: Impossible II" and more.

You'll see the overturned chariot in Ridley Scott's 2000 epic "Gladiator": A tarp peels back from the underside of the horse-drawn vehicle to reveal something that looks suspiciously like a gas tank.

Another doozy is the famous charge scene from 1995's "Braveheart," during which the weapon in Mel Gibson's hand changes no less than four times (perhaps William Wallace just liked to juggle swords in battle?).

In the 1985 action-schlocker "Commando," the Porsche that Arnold Schwarzenegger drives gets practically totaled during a car chase -- until he drives away at the end and every single scratch is miraculously gone.

And, of course, from "Star Wars" (1977) there's the mother of all film flubs: the Imperial storm trooper who smashes his head into a door as he bursts into a room. Director George Lucas even referenced the mistake in the 2002 "Episode II" prequel when he had Jango Fett, the character from whom all storm troopers were cloned , bang his own head on a door.

The clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjptI7HxMHg.

-- Christopher Healy

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