One of the big problems with making movies is that you pour your heart and soul in making a compelling film which will be your legacy to the world and some internet geek comes along and points out that your characters are wearing watches while battling with dinosaurs or eating pizza in the ice age. Never mind, here are 25 movies with obvious anachronisms to look out for.
Back to the Future
I always thought that writing the script for this film must have been a nightmare and it is certainly full of errors. One clear anachronism is that Marty McFly plays a Gibson guitar which didn’t exist yet (no, he didn’t take it back with him).
Val Kilmer might be pretending that he is Jim Morrison in 1971 but the billboard for Another 48 Hours (1991) gives the game away.
The further back in time you go the more difficult it is to avoid anachronisms, as Titanic proves with a few classics. Among those, Jack talk about fishing on man made Lake Wissota 5 years before it was created.
The film was set in 1973 but the Deep Purple song Burn playing in the background is from the following year.
They had Rubik’s Cubes in 1979? No, they did not.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Are those vintage 1943 closed circuit TV cameras we can see?
There’s a letter from Apple Company dated 1975 but Apple didn’t send anyone letters until it was incorporated in 1977.
There are a few reasons for putting this on our list of 25 movies with anachronisms but perhaps the most striking one is that kilts weren’t yet in use in Scotland at that time.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
When Indy flies we see how countries were named at the time the movie was shot, not the period he was meant to be in. Siam anyone?
A group of long haired hippies famously slouch around in the background at one point.
Do you know that bit where the Canadian flag is in the background? Well, the maple leaf wasn’t the official symbol until 35 years after time the film was set in.
The Green Mile
People get killed in the electric chair in Louisiana in 1935 during this movie. The electric chair was only used here from 1940 onwards.
A Boeing 747 appears in the film 6 years before they existed.
The Hurt Locker
Talking about YouTube in 2004?
Kate and Leopold
The opera La Boheme was released in 1896 but the characters talk about it in 1876.
Born on the 4th of July
The film is set in 1969 but the 1971 song American Pie is heard in a scene.
Man on the Moon
Fans of vintage arcade games will know that the Ms Pacman machine come out some 5 years after being shown here.
Another music anachronism here, as Let it Be by The Beatles was released months after Jim Lovell’s daughter was seen holding a copy of it in the movie.
The Ten Commandments
This biblical movie supposedly has at least one modern wrist watch visible in it.
Someone is seen wearing a Motorhead shirt in 1964 when the band didn’t even exist then.
Among several errors we can see a padlock on a door. These devices were only first made in the 19th century.
No Country for Old Men
Several modern restaurant and business signs can be seen in an age in which they didn’t exist.
Apparently a plane flies over the skies of Ancient Egypt during this film.
A modern Rent-A-Center sign is seen in the background.
The last of our 25 movies has received a lot of publicity due to the anachronisms in it, especially with more modern words and phrases like “absolutely guaranteed” and “racial equality” being used.
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