Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Oliver Stone films are notorious for their anachronisms, whether it's Platoon, The Doors or this drama set in 1968. But you don't need to be a Creative Loafing music writer to know that Don McLean's "American Pie" (which is heard in one scene) wasn't even around in 1968; it didn't debut until 1971.
Fatal Attraction (1987). Major stars often have to grapple with the issue of how much skin to bare on screen, but this is ridiculous. In this box office smash, Glenn Close's breasts are exposed as she sits up in bed conversing with Michael Douglas. Next shot, they're covered up, though she's in exactly the same position. Seconds later -- whoop, there they are again.
Free Willy (1993). The number of movies in which a character's hair is instantly dry seconds after emerging from water is staggering: Even 1977's Star Wars finds Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) locks looking quite blow-dried moments after escaping from the swampy garbage compressor. But perhaps the most ludicrous variation on this theme can be found in this kid flick, wherein Jason James Richter's hair goes from wet to dry to wet again, all during the same ride on Willy the whale's back!
The Invisible Man (1933). In this sci-fi classic, we see -- or rather, don't see -- as the Invisible Man (Claude Rains) strips down to nothing so he can escape from his pursuers. Yet as he dashes through the snow, we notice that his footprints are made by shoes, not by bare feet.
Only Angels Have Wings (1939). In Howard Hawks' flyboy saga, one scene finds a character at a lookout station talking on the radio while the whole mountain range behind him slightly shifts to the right. Presumably, some klutzy crew member bumped into this artificial backdrop while the sequence was being shot.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Yes, even this beloved adventure yarn contains its share of gaffes. The most obvious one is when Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) finds himself face-to-fang with a dreaded snake; you can clearly see the sheet of glass separating the actor from the critter.
Saving Private Ryan (1998). After Vin Diesel's character gets killed, the number of men ain Tom Hanks' group drops to seven. Yet in a subsequent scene filmed in extreme long shot, as the outfit crosses the field, we still count eight figures.
The Untouchables (1987). In Brian De Palma's gangster tale, Sean Connery seems to have a ring around his collar -- a ring of inconsistency, that is. As he speaks to Kevin Costner in his home, we notice that his collar is buttoned; a split second later, after a quick shot of Costner, we return to Connery to notice that the shirt is now unbuttoned at the top.