It turns out, movies aren’t always 100 percent accurate! Weird, we know. More
Part of what makes movies so amazing is that they have the ability to transport us to another time, place and even world. It’s a lengthy, difficult process that requires countless hours of effort from countless amounts of people. (Have you ever sat through all the end credits? Just look at all those names that worked on the film. Seriously, do it. They deserve the recognition for all their hard work). There are many people whose entire job is keeping continuity between scenes, making sure the actors’ hair doesn’t seem too wildly different between shots or an object in the background isn’t out of place from previous takes.
Part of what makes movies so amazing is that they have the ability to transport us to another time, place and even world. It's a lengthy, difficult process that requires countless hours of effort from countless amounts of people (have you ever sat through all the end credits? Just look at all those names that worked on the film. Seriously, do it. They deserve the recognition for all their hard work). There are many people whose entire job is keeping continuity between scenes, making sure the actors' hair doesn't seem too wildly different between shots or an object in the background isn't out of place from previous takes. Yet, despite all this, mistakes are bound to be made. However, some mistakes are bigger than others, and will leave you scratching your head as to how no one caught them during the entire filming process.
Let's start with the classic, beloved film Braveheart. Since William Wallace is Scottish, it makes sense that he wears a kilt, right? Well, it would if the movie took place in the 1500s when the kilt was invented, and not in 1280.
In this story about the life of Frank Abagnale, Jr. during the 1960s, we see Amy Adams' character wearing braces. It gave the character a quirk and made her more likable and memorable. However, there's just one tiny little problem: the style of braces she's wearing didn't exist until the '70s. Whoops!
While the movie is set in the 1800s, Jamie Foxx wears modern sunglasses that would not be seen until the 1900s. But sometimes in a Tarantino movie, looking cool takes precedence. Also, he's not one to care much for being historically accurate. Just look at the ending of Inglourious Basterds when Hitler was gunned down in a movie theater. Yeah, pretty sure that's not exactly how it went down.
Jim Morrison died in 1971. But according to the movie The Doors, he managed to break on through to the '80s. That's the only way to explain how he's wearing Ray-Bans, the quintessential sunglasses of the Reagan era.
In Dirty Dancing, which is set in the '60s, Baby is often seen wearing jean shorts. Those weren't really a thing until the '80s. So maybe being 20 years ahead of her time fashion-wise is the REAL reason she had the time of her life.
In Saving Private Ryan several of the paratroopers can be seen wearing black boots. Many veterans of World War II knew this was inaccurate. They all wore brown boots at the time, as black leather wasn't used until 1950.
Many of the Nazis in the movie can be seen wearing medals that they only could have earned during World War II. However, the movie takes place before WWII even began. And Indiana Jones hates anachronisms almost as much as he hates snakes.
In My Girl, the title character has a mood ring. The problem? The movie is set in 1972, and mood rings weren't invented until 1975. Maybe Vada can use her time travel powers to save Macaulay Culkin's character.
In Pirates Of The Caribbean the royal navy wore these uniforms. These uniforms were introduced in 1747. But they mentioned in the film that the king of England was George I, meaning the story takes place some time between 1714 and 1727.
The tale of Robin Hood takes place in the 12th or 13th century. However, in the movie we see Robin using a telescope, which wasn't invented until 1608 in the Netherlands. Guess he took from the future to give to the poor this time.
Seabiscuit's racing career took place in the 1930s and 1940s. And yet, the jockeys are seen wearing helmets with chin straps even though straps were not part of the helmet until 1956. Safety comes before accuracy, I suppose.
People really dug those Roman gladiators. Women would slap on a little gladiator sweat to help with their complexion and Roman dudes used to drink gladiator blood thinking that it would make them strong, fierce, and savage. Instead, it would just give ‘em salmonella.
This is an unquestionably powerful and moving film based on historical events. However, once you notice a particular historical inaccuracy, it can take you out of the film a bit. This is Hollywood, after all, so not everything will be one hundred percent in keeping with the reality of the time. Case in point, all the women in this film have shaved legs and armpits. It is hard to imagine given everything going on that would be a concern for them.
This film is full of tons of historical inaccuracies that we don’t even have time to get into. But this one pictured right here? Well, it is pretty glaring. See Neferetiti’s dress? Beautiful, isn’t it? It’s such a lovely color. In fact, it is such a lovely color, it would be impossible to make at this time in history. The dye needed to make this gorgeous dress’ color doesn’t exist in nature, so they would have no way to make it.