8 Mistakes in '90s Movies You Never Noticed
You need to pay close attention to catch some of these editing and continuity errors.
Considering the time it takes to complete pre-production, film, and go through post-production, it can take years to complete a movie. Add in months of development beforehand and extra time to for visual effects afterward, and the timeline can be extended even further. With so much time and money put into these things, we expect production teams to get movies pretty close to perfect. But at the end of the day, filmmakers and other creatives are only human, meaning mistakes do happen. Some are more glaring than others, but there are certain flubs that you probably didn't catch yourself. Read on for eight mistakes in '90s movies that you never noticed.
The 1992 adaptation of the musical Newsies stars a young Christian Bale as one of the titular "newsies," who lead a strike against the big newspaper publishers at the end of the 19th century.
But during the musical number "High Times, Hard Times," performed by saloon singer Medda Larkson (Ann-Margret), the viewer may forget the time period in which the movie is set. As Medda is dancing her way through the saloon, you can clearly see "Exit" signs glowing over a few of the doors in the background.
When we think about the '90s classic Clueless, many of us remember the iconic outfits worn by Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash). But what you might not have logged in your memory is a pretty funny error.
At the end of the film, Cher and her pals attend the wedding of their teachers, Mr. Hall (Wallace Shawn) and Miss Geist (Twink Caplan), whom Cher actually set up. But when we first see the happy couple at the altar, it's clear there's a stand-in for Mr. Hall, who's essentially bald throughout the film. The actor in the first part of the scene has a full head of hair.
Pretty Woman (1990)
In the 1990 classic starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, one of the more glaring errors occurs while the pair eat breakfast. In the scene, Roberts, who plays a prostitute named Vivian, is eating a croissant while talking to Gere, playing big-wig businessman Edward Lewis.
Vivian asks Edward about his line of work and how far he's gone in school, but when the camera pans back to her, she's eating a pancake instead of a croissant. Interestingly enough, the mistake is two-fold.
The first time the pancake is shown, it already has a bite out of it, and Vivian takes a second bite while joking that Edward's parents "must be really proud." But when the camera pans back to her once again, the pancake only has one bite.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
This misstep in Disney's 1991 animated adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is a bit trickier to catch, as you have to pay close attention to the plot timeline.
During the prologue, the narrator explains that Prince Adam (who's then turned into the Beast), was given an enchanted rose that "would bloom until his 21st year." When we flash forward, Lumiere, the maître'd who's transformed into a candelabra, says that those in the castle have "been rusting" for 10 years.
By this math, Prince Adam would've been 11 years old when he was transformed by the enchantress. However, later in the prologue, the viewer sees a portrait of the prince looking fully grown—and exactly as he looks when he transforms back to his human form at the end of the film.
As TheGamer points out, a portrait of Prince Adam's adult form shouldn't exist yet, since he would've transformed into the Beast while still a child.
In 1995, Braveheart hit theaters, starring Mel Gibson as the 13th-century Scottish leader William Wallace. While the film went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture at the 1996 Academy Awards, it was not without flaws.
The film already strays a bit from historical accuracy, but one moment during the movie is a blatant anachronism. In one of the battle scenes, at the bottom left of the screen, you can see a parked car, which obviously wouldn't have been around in the late 1200s.
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
On TikTok, one eagle-eyed viewer spotted a mistake in the second Sister Act film, which features Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) posing once again as Sister Mary Clarence. This time, Mary Clarence is tasked with teaching music to a group of unruly students, who end up becoming a pretty impressive choir.
During the students' final performance—while Rita (Lauryn Hill) is performing a powerhouse solo—you can briefly see a film camera behind her head. This is one of those "blink and you'll miss it" moments that you might have to press pause to catch.
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Pulp Fiction (1994)
In Quentin Tarantino's 1994 crime drama Pulp Fiction, there are a few mistakes that viewers have noticed over the years. (You may already know of a continuity error in the form of some stray bullet holes.)
But another mistake occurs when Vincent (John Travolta) needs to give an adrenaline shot to Mia (Uma Thurman) while she's overdosing. In order to target the right spot, Vincent draws a red-orange dot on Mia's chest. There are several close-up shots of the mark, but once Mia is resuscitated, the red-orange spot suddenly disappears.
Blank Check (1994)
Observant viewers on TikTok also pointed out a pretty blatant error in the 1994 comedy Blank Check. The movie follows 11-year-old Preston (Brian Bonsall), who receives a blank check and proceeds to cash it for $1 million.
While he's being chased by the criminal who mistakenly wrote the check—and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—Preston takes a moment to track his spending on his computer. But it appears that the production team wasn't expecting anyone to really do the math.
All of Preston's line items, which include a security system, a house, and a racetrack, among other extravagances, are supposed to total just under $1 million. When adding the numbers in real life, however, the total only comes out to about $595,000.