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(1976)

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Jump to: Character error (3) | Continuity (2) | Errors in geography (1) | Factual errors (1) | Miscellaneous (1) | Plot holes (2) | Revealing mistakes (16)

Character error 

A group of schoolchildren and their teacher inexplicably appear to break into a closed amusement park to hold class.
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While Marilyn is shooting the second scene for her movie, the crew appears to have only one camera. Despite this, the takes of the scene involve her running a great distance, between structures, down stairs, and over a bridge - even though the single camera would have lost sight of her after a few seconds.
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When the giant ape smashes his hand into the house where she's hiding, Marilyn inexplicably runs directly toward the huge grasping hand instead of away from it.
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Continuity 

Tom takes off his sunglasses twice after he and Capt. Kim stop on the road to look for the monster,
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When the ape appears at the set of the martial arts movie, the entire crew is seen running away from their equipment to where the actors are standing. A brief shot of the ape is shown, and when it cuts back to the cast and crew, the crew are still standing by their equipment before running back over to the actors again.
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Errors in geography 

In one of the first scenes, two characters driving through Seoul see the Korean World Trade Center, the "North Gate," and the president's mansion. The landmarks are several miles apart, in different parts of Seoul. Considering the short span of time and what appears to be a straight route, the characters wouldn't have time to see all three landmarks.
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Factual errors 

If A*P*E is 36 feet tall, it shouldn't tower over 10-20 story office buildings. Other scale problems include the relative sizes of a snake and a shark, which would have to be gigantic.
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Miscellaneous 

The soundtrack music rarely fades out - it usually comes to an abrupt halt when the scene changes.
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Plot holes 

Not only does the farmer in the village not notice any of the ape's giant footprints until he drives his tractor into one, neither he nor any of the other villagers appear to notice the gigantic ape until afterwards - even though it's standing right in front of them and must have just walked through the village a minute ago.
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The giant ape stands and watches the children on the playground for a very long time before any of them notice him, even though they're running all over the place and someone inevitably must have looked in his direction. When he's finally noticed, he hasn't even moved.
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Revealing mistakes 

A*P*E throws a rock at a tank during the final battle. The rock lands near the tank, without touching it, but the tank still explodes.
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The guide wires moving the models are visible in many scenes.
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The Korean soldiers fire their bolt action rifles multiple times, without reloading.
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You can hear someone off-screen begin to say "cut" when Tom opens the door at the end of the scene between him and Marilyn at the Kim household.
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When APE comes ashore at the start of the movie, the first building he attacks is already damaged before he's even laid a finger on it.
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The 3D system used to shoot the film had no ability to adjust the level of depth. As such, when viewed in 3D the size of the miniatures becomes extremely obvious since the stereoscopic effect emphasizes their smallness.
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Many times, an object thrown at the camera for the 3D effect will miss and instead fly off somewhere to the side.
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During the many shots of supposedly terrified, fleeing Korean extras, several people are often seen laughing or smiling.
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In some shots, a hole in the ape suit reveals the monster actor's t-shirt underneath.
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The shark that the ape wrestles is an obvious, lifeless, motionless rubber prop.
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Both the shark and snake that the ape "fights" were normal-sized in real life, making them appear inexplicably gigantic next to the supposedly 36-foot ape. Despite this, there is never an acknowledgment by any of the characters that giant animals other than the ape exist.
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When the children in the playground notice the giant ape, one of the kids - wearing a knitted cap - first looks straight at the camera when he turns around before shifting his gaze to where the ape is supposed to be.
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When the ape throws the snake at the camera for the 3D effect, the snake actually hits the camera, which shifts obviously upon impact.
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Throughout the film, the same shots - and sometimes very slightly different takes of the same shots - are re-used repeatedly in order to pad out the running time.
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During a montage of military vehicles heading into battle with the ape, a pair of soldiers in one shot smile and wave at the camera.
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When the ape smashes into buildings, it is obvious the models are completely empty and unpainted inside.
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