In the long history of cinema, there are a handful of mistakes that will live on in infamy. In celebration of these glorious failures, we’ve compiled a list of the 25 greatest wardrobe malfunctions in Hollywood history.
Back To The Future: Futuristic Guitar
The “Space-Time Continuum” and Marty’s time-traveling stunts left audiences mesmerized. However, the Gibson Es-345 model Marty plays seems a bit out of place. The guitar won’t be developed until 1958, three years after the events of the film. Great Scott!
Troy: Decadent Umbrellas
A Hollywood classic for the ages, Troy cemented many A-List actors as Hollywood superstars. A cast consisting of Brad Pitt as the ancient hero Achilles, Eric Bana as the valiant prince Hector, and Diane Kruger as the gorgeous Helen – the star power of this film was definitely overwhelming. Despite its high-level cast and huge production value, Wolfgang Peterson’s historical epic made one or two minor historical errors. Most notably, the glamorous pinky-white umbrella sheltering Paris and Helen from the sun as they march through the adoring crowds of the great city. Considering that umbrellas had not yet been invented in Ancient Greece, this wardrobe apparatus seems a bit premature.
Vanilla Sky: Accidental Skin
Another accidental display of skin – this time in Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s 2001 sci-fi hit, Vanilla Sky. In a scene dripping with tension, Diaz is tied to the bed wearing next to nothing. As she struggles to break free from her restraints, Diaz’s white gown slips a bit too far, revealing a bit too much… Somehow the scene made it onto the silver screen, with hardly anyone noticing the mistake that would have certainly raised the age-restriction of this film.
Pretty Woman: Editing Oversight
Pretty Woman launched the beautiful Julia Roberts into international superstardom. Playing alongside the timeless heartthrob Richard Gere, Julia’s character is swept off the streets into the luxurious world of the wealthy elite. Renowned for refusing to perform nude scenes on-screen, Roberts would have been distraught to discover that a flash of skin slipped through the film’s editing. For a brief moment in one scene, where Julia wears a thin, seductive gown, some parts of her body which were meant to remain covered are unwittingly exposed. Awkward
Singing In The Rain: Pink Dress
This musical classic from the 1950s still has people singing along even today. People who have never seen the film find themselves knowing the words to many of the film’s unforgettable songs. So, why has this cinema classic appeared on our list? Debbie Reynold’s character in the film, Kathy Selden, wears a stunning pink dress, which although looks great on her, seems terribly out of place for a film set in the 20’s. In a movie sparkling with brilliance, this is the one glaring mistake. Although, we think audiences might be willing to let this one go.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark: Dude In Jeans
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg stumbled upon something truly special when they set about filming Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indiana Jones, with his trademark hat and whip, was an instant hit sensation. Punching Nazi’s and traversing snake-pits, Harrison Ford certainly managed to make Archeology seem pretty cool. However, one extra in the film took coolness to another level. For a film set in the ’30s, and especially in a scene taking place in Egypt, a guy wearing jeans and a t-shirt in the background, really seems out of place. Take a closer look.
Gladiator: Snug Shorts
Are you not entertained? We were all thoroughly entertained when we first saw Ridley Scott’s magnum opus. Suffused with drama, gore, sprawling battle scenes, and aching tragedy – not to mention Russel Crowe’s mesmerizing performance – Gladiator was an instant classic. For such a high budget blockbuster film, it was the truly tiniest of bloopers that laid low this Hollywood epic. The Lycra shorts. Not very Roman. In fact, the pants were about two thousand years premature. This minor mistake didn’t stop the film from running away with 5 Oscars.
Django Unchained: Sunglasses?
Really? Sunglasses? Quentin Tarantino is widely regarded as the best filmmaker of his generation, despite his reputation for historical distortions in his films. Remember Inglorious Bastards? While the plot of Django Unchained is not quite as outlandish as Inglorious Bastards, it is not far behind. An ex-slave bounty hunter, played by Jamie Foxx, rampaging through the west, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake. All the while, wearing sunglasses? We will have to forgive Tarantino this time.
Braveheart: Unfashionable Quilts
Mel Gibson’s Braveheart is a thrilling, action-packed historical drama. The battle scenes are iconic and the accents are priceless. But something about the film was a bit off. Yes, that’s right –– the quilts. You might think that a historical film set in Medieval Scotland would be empty without quilts swaying in the wind. You’d be wrong. Quilts only became fashionable many centuries after the events in the film.
Pulp Fiction: Time Travelling Bullets
A cult classic such as Pulp Fiction will inevitably be watched and scrutinized by a tsunami of obsessive fans. Dissecting every scene, frame for frame, fans across the world have found several quirks and irregularities in this groundbreaking Indie film. Most notably, the time-traveling bullet holes. This famous scene, with Samuel L. Jackson’s unforgettable biblical sermon, gives viewers chills over and over again, with its cold-blooded dialogue and ever-building tension. However, the editing team managed to drop the ball significantly, allowing bullet holes to appear on the wall before any shots are even fired.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Singapore Didn’t Exist
Very few film franchises have managed to re-create the kind of success Pirates of the Caribbean has managed to create, again and again. Five films in and Johnny Depp’s legendary portrayal of Jack Sparrow is still leaving audiences thrillingly entertained. However, the third installation of the series, At Worlds End, makes a completely idiotic mistake. The mesmerizing opening sequence of the film is set in the bustling sea-port of Singapore. What’s the problem? Singapore was only founded in 1819. Is it too late for a re-write?
Forrest Gump: Restless Iron
Arguably one of the greatest films ever made, Forrest Gump stole the hearts and minds of millions of viewers across the globe. Tom Hank’s skillfully sensitive portrayal of our beloved Forrest earned him his second Oscar in a row for the best lead actor in 1994. It’s a tiny mistake – but it left many perfectionist fans aggravated. When Forrest is reunited with his beloved Jenny, an iron can be seen in the background, upright on the ironing board. In the next shot, the iron can be seen laying flat. Come on, guys.
Titanic: Beauty Mark
Very few films in history have garnered so much love and also so much resentment. For all those swept away by the Titanic’s glittering love story, there seemed to be an equal amount of viewers gagging at the sugary, lovesick plot. Differences set aside, both sets of fans would agree that there was something weird going on with Kate Winslet’s beauty mark. At the beginning of the film the mark is found on Kate’s left cheek. For the rest of the film, it has been moved to her right cheek. How did nobody notice?
Pearl Harbour: Bare Legs
As a romance film, Pearl Harbor didn’t shoot out the lights. As a war film, it didn’t impress either. Overall, Pearl Harbor was not well received by critics and audiences alike. Somehow, the film still managed to find success in the box office. The creators of Pearl Harbor did not seem to care about maintaining any historical authenticity. In fact, it did not seem strange to them at all that their leading ladies were sporting bare legs for most of the film. For a period piece set in the 1940s, some nylon stocking would be expected at the very least.
Pride And Prejudice: Rocking Rubber Boots
Kiera Knightley steals the show in the breathtaking 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen’s timeless novel, Pride and Prejudice. The score was mesmerizing and performances sublime. Director, Edgar Wright, was praised for his use of creative license, seamlessly adapting the literary classic to the silver screen. For all their efforts at an honest, authentic portrayal of the era –– there was one gaping error. The rubber boots! The free-spirited Elizabeth, portrayed by Knightley, is fitted with a fashionable pair of rubber boots that will only be invented forty years after the events of the story. One blemish in an otherwise flawless film.
Oh, those troublesome zippers. For such a magnificent film – a true masterpiece of cinema – Amadeus received plenty of criticism for its historical inaccuracies. Yes, the plot is pretty ahistorical. But for all of its small mistakes, it was the zippers that got to fans the most. When the dancers take the stage in the film, the zippers on their outfits left hawk-eyed viewers a bit confused. Since zippers were only invented in 1893, the dancers seem to be wearing some pretty futuristic outfits. Oh, well.
Terminator: Quality Control
An instant cult classic and box office sensation, The Terminator catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger into international superstardom. The massive Austrian bodybuilder played the part of the ruthless, metallic robot sent back from the future to kill Sarah Connor. When we are first introduced to the time-traveling robot, he is stark naked – presumably having lost his robot clothes somewhere along during the time warp. When the film was first released, the quality was pretty bad, so audiences did not see more than they bargained for. As new versions of the film are released with ever-increasing video quality, we find ourselves seeing more and more of Arnold than we initially planned for…
Saving Private Ryan: War Shoes
For war films, it does not get much bigger or better than Saving Private Ryan. Critically acclaimed and widely adored by audiences, this hardcore WW2 film ran away with dozens of nominations at the Oscars provided Steven Spielberg with his second-best director award. Despite the undeniable excellence of the film, there was one consistent mistake that lasted the entire duration of the film. The brave, fearless American soldiers were all wearing black boots. Exclusively brown boots were worn by American soldiers during the war. As far as footwear goes, it’s a pretty significant mistake.
Captain America: Earpiece
The Marvel films have achieved unrivaled success over the past few years. Shattering Box Office records and entertaining audiences around the world, these films have created a generation of superstars and comic book lovers. Out of all the marvel films, The First Avenger is the only film with a historical setting. Telling the story of Captain America during WW2, the film acts as a precursor to much of the bigger and greater events that take place later in the film franchise. Although it is one of the first Avengers films, it offers perhaps the biggest blooper in the entire series. The ear-piece in the 1940’s.
The Ten Commandments: Brazier Mayhem
Anne Baxter is completely breathtaking in this classic film from the 1950’s. Her gorgeous blue dress and excessive jewelry must have left hundreds of men drooling all over the world. However, while the men were gaping, many of the women were unsatisfied. For all of Anne Baxter’s lavish biblical attire, it was her not-so-biblical lace bra that got people talking. The contours of her lacy brazier can be clearly seen through the fabric of her dress. Also, her turquoise blue dress would have been super hard to make back then – basically impossible.
Last Samurai: Obsolete Armor
Tom Cruise has proven himself to be a Box-Office magic charm over the years. The King Midas of Hollywood, he has starred in dozens of blockbuster hits. Teaming up with Edward Zwick for The Last Samurai, Cruise gave his fans another memorable performance. The creators of The Last Samurai made a special effort to respect Japanese culture, tradition and Samurai history. Their efforts were valiant but came up short in one particular aspect. The red samurai armor Tom Cruise wears for the final battle sequence of the film is out of place. The style of the armor originates from the 16th century, while the film was set in the 19th century. Great film, wrong armor.
Notebook: Hair Color
If you’re a girl, you most likely love this film. If you’re a guy, you’ve probably been forced to watch it again and again by your wife or girlfriend. Love it or hate it, The Notebook is undoubtedly a modern-day classic. James Marden’s character takes the blame here. His hair color is ever-changing, switching from black to brown between every shot. At least he has his killer good-looks make up for this consistent error.
Sense And Sensibility: Baby Diaper
Another Jane Austen adaptation provides us with another historical slip. We could sing the praises of 1995’s Sense and Sensibility for hours – the directing, the acting, the cinematography – but there is one mistake we have to mention. The 20th-century diaper on the 19th-century baby! Modern diapers are certainly more useful than Victorian-era diapers, but that doesn’t excuse this oversight. The quality is in the small details, and this baby shouldn’t be wearing such modern apparel. Besides for this faux pas, the film is a masterly adaptation of the classic novel.
Unforgiven: Loop Holes
This famous western stormed to Oscar victory for the best picture in 1992. Directed, produced and starring Clint Eastwood, together with Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman – Unforgiven is a dark, gritty portrayal of what the Wild West could really be like. It is Gene Hackman who we have to pick on for this one. The loopholes on his pants were not very wild-western-like. Besides for this small oversight, Hackman’s performance and the film as a whole get a 10/10 from us.
There Will Be Blood: Waffle Soles
The following mistake is so minute that only the most determined of critics would have been able to spot it. Even once it is pointed out, it is still hard to see. In fact, one would not be surprised to find Paul Thomas Anderson gasping in exasperation at the mention of this wardrobe malfunction. Can’t see it? Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s almost impossible to see. But its there. Take a look out the soles of Daniel Day-Lewis’s shoes. That’s right: waffle soles. Terrible error, totally unforgivable. Did the producers of There Will Be Blood not know that waffle soles didn’t exist in 1898!? Gosh.