Top 10 Props or Costume Mistakes in Famous Films

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Most people don't go to movie theaters for the historical and scientific accuracy of the films but discussing such mistakes can be very entertaining. Moreover, props and costume mistakes appear even in some Oscar winning films.

Higher on this list are films with significant mistakes or/and mistakes that appear repeatedly throughout.
Lower are films with accidental mistakes that appear briefly - for example, an extra in the background of a film set in the 15th century who wears a digital watch or a Metallica T-shirt, or somebody's modern underwear is seen for a short period of time.

The Top Ten

1 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - Telescope didn’t exist in the 12th century (it was invented in the 17th century) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - Telescope didn’t exist in the 12th century (it was invented in the 17th century)

There's a scene with Costner, Freeman and a telescope. Looks cool but the first known telescopes were invented in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Man, 500 years is a long time (the movie takes place in the year 1194). - Metal_Treasure

Lovely list! Didn't know any of these... - Ananya

This list is GENIUS! Excellent observations! - naFrovivuS

2 Braveheart - Mel Gibson's kilt wasn't worn in the 13th century (the kilts weren’t used until the 16th century) Braveheart - Mel Gibson's kilt wasn't worn in the 13th century (the kilts weren’t used until the 16th century)

"time distance" - approximately 3 centuries. - Metal_Treasure

3 Amadeus - Many outfits have zippers that were invented about 120 years after Mozart's death Amadeus - Many outfits have zippers that were invented about 120 years after Mozart's death

Zippers weren’t used until 1913. - Metal_Treasure

4 Pompeii - Nero’s top generals wear purple capes. That was actually a crime punishable by death because only the emperor was allowed to wear purple clothing Pompeii - Nero’s top generals wear purple capes. That was actually a crime punishable by death because only the emperor was allowed to wear purple clothing

Nero criminalized wearing purple clothing by anyone but him. - Metal_Treasure

5 Captain America: The First Avenger - The headset didn’t exist yet Captain America: The First Avenger - The headset didn’t exist yet

It's safe to say the radio earpiece under Jim Mortia's hat wasn't in military use in WWII. Because it was designed circa 2000. - Metal_Treasure

6 The King’s Speech - The King wears the wrong kilt (he was supposed to wear a Scottish kilt but he was wearing an Irish one) The King’s Speech - The King wears the wrong kilt (he was supposed to wear a Scottish kilt but he was wearing an Irish one)

Oops! Haha. One is largely amused. - Britgirl

Maybe he was feeling lucky that day. - naFrovivuS

Scottish kilts are more fashionable anyway - TwilightKitsune

Eh. Not the worst mistake. - Swellow

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7 Schindler's List - Women in the concentration camps have their legs and armpits shaved, which wasn't much of a trend in the 1940s Schindler's List - Women in the concentration camps have their legs and armpits shaved, which wasn't much of a trend in the 1940s

The movie is set in Poland, I don't know if this was a trend at all. I mean, over here in German speaking countries shaving your armpits or lower regions wasn't even a thing until the 21st century. - Martin_Canine

Also, I guess body hair was women's least concern in the Nazi's concentration camps. - Metal_Treasure

I don't remember women being very hairy...is that a European thing? - naFrovivuS

8 American Hustle - Louis C.K. wears a gold Rolex watch introduced in 2010 (not available in the 70s) American Hustle - Louis C.K. wears a gold Rolex watch introduced in 2010 (not available in the 70s)

Some also say that any gold watch would be out of the price range of the FBI detective. - Metal_Treasure

9 Pride and Prejudice - Rubber boots didn’t exist at that time Pride and Prejudice - Rubber boots didn’t exist at that time
10 Django Unchained - Jamie Foxx sunglasses didn’t exist yet Django Unchained - Jamie Foxx sunglasses didn’t exist yet

This particular style of black-shaded lenses weren't worn in America until 1929 so Jamie Foxx wore sunglasses about 70 years prior their invention. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Gladiator - Russell Crowe’s Lycra shorts weren't available in ancient Rome Gladiator - Russell Crowe’s Lycra shorts weren't available in ancient Rome
12 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Nazis Wear Medals in 1938 While Wearing Medals Became a Norm During WWII Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Nazis Wear Medals in 1938 While Wearing Medals Became a Norm During WWII
13 Dirty Dancing - Baby wearing denim shorts was too premature Dirty Dancing - Baby wearing denim shorts was too premature

Very cool list, except for this item.
Go to Google Images and enter "1960's girls jeans cutoff Raquel", and you will see the super-world famous Raquel Welch wearing them way back when. Or try "Dawn Wells cutoff jeans" to see "Mary Ann" from Gilligan's Island. There is even one photo of Raquel Welch auditioning for Gilligan's Island wearing them, now that would have been something. They were quite popular during the 1960's, and this often-cited non-mistake seems to be a case of poor original research. The style experienced a major upswing in popularity behind the 1980's T.V. show "Dukes of Hazzard" and the female star wearing what became known as "Daisy Dukes".

This is the reason I put this item low and didn't say "denim shorts didn't exist". - Metal_Treasure

The movie is set in 1963 while Baby's denim shorts came into fashion in the 80’s. And yeah, her shorts should have been a 60s mini-skirt. - Metal_Treasure

14 Batman & Robin - Bad Nipples

This list is supposed to be factual, someone get rid of this. - naFrovivuS

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1. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - Telescope didn’t exist in the 12th century (it was invented in the 17th century)
2. Braveheart - Mel Gibson's kilt wasn't worn in the 13th century (the kilts weren’t used until the 16th century)
3. Pompeii - Nero’s top generals wear purple capes. That was actually a crime punishable by death because only the emperor was allowed to wear purple clothing
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