The Biggest Costume Mistakes Seen in Movies
One thing that engages movie lovers is the magic of seeing glorious, authentic costumes in their favorite flicks. Sometimes, the costumes are the only good thing people remember from a flick. The right costumes can immediately set the right tone and strengthen the film's credibility with viewers and critics alike.
In some cases, costume designers miss the mark and get it wrong, leaving actors looking out of place. In other cases, the actors themselves cause the problem by adding things — intentionally or accidentally — to their costumes for the shoot. Regardless of how it happened, these films feature some noticeable costume errors that made it past the final cut.
Co-produced by Mel Gibson, Braveheart revolves around the First War of Scottish Independence. At the 68th Academy Awards, the film won five awards out of its 10 nominations. Those wins included the highly coveted Best Picture and Best Director Oscars.
Glory followed the trials and tribulations of an African-American regiment in the Civil War. The movie featured some big players, including Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. It even earned Washington his first Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The First Avenger gave audiences their first glimpse of the superheroes that make up the Avengers in the MCU. The film had been in development since 1997, but a 2003 lawsuit slowed things down. Fortunately, Marvel Studios was eventually able to get the ball rolling on its slate of films.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark introduced Indiana Jones to movie fans worldwide. With $389 million earned at the box office, it became 1981's highest grossing film. The movie ultimately helped kick off a franchise that earned nearly $2 billion combined at the box office.
The Doors follows the life of acclaimed singer Jim Morrison and his band of the same name. Before Val Kilmer got the lead role, Tom Cruise, Richard Gere and Johnny Depp were all considered. The Cult's Ian Astbury and U2's Bono also wanted to portray the singer.
Dirty Dancing became Vestron Pictures' first (and only) hit in the company’s history. The song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" earned a Grammy, Golden Globe and an Oscar. Dirty Dancing has been in the public eye since its release, with ongoing stage productions and a 2017 remake.
Gladiator follows Maximus Decimus Meridius and his journey to exact revenge for the death of his family. The film's release helped revive interest in content related to ancient Rome and ancient Greece. The trend continued with shows such as Spartacus and Roman Empire.
Pride & Prejudice
Jane Austen's novels have produced some great film adaptations. Pride & Prejudice is no different, with a cast that included Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen and Judi Dench. The film earned four Oscar nominations, including Best Actress for Keira Knightley's performance. In 2017, one person from Chile reportedly watched the film 278 times that year on Netflix.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Johnny Depp landed his biggest role to date as Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean. The actor's performance led to his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor at the 76th Academy Awards. He also received a nomination from the Golden Globes and BAFTA Film Awards.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has the distinction of being the first PG-13 rated film in the franchise. Despite this, kids still flocked to theaters to watch the titular hero search for his missing father. The film earned an impressive $474 million at the box office.
The 10-year Trojan War received the condensed movie treatment with Troy. The film's production cost $185 million, which was an enormous amount for a movie back in 2004. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design, but it lost the award to The Aviator.
The King’s Speech
The King’s Speech deals with King George VI's speech problems. Colin Firth, who played King George VI, received accolades at every turn for his performance. Queen Elizabeth II gave the film high praise following a private screening. Originally, she didn't even want the film to be made.
With Elizabeth I, director Tom Hooper showcased the final 24 hours of the formidable queen’s reign. Helen Mirren, who played the queen, hopped on the project before the script was even done. Before Elizabeth I, Hooper and Mirren worked on the drama Prime Suspect.
Michael Bay gave the tragic yet heroic story of Pearl Harbor the big-screen treatment in 2001. The film, which earned $449 million at the box office, had a polarizing effect on viewers. It was nominated for both Oscars and Razzies, which is a rare — and bizarre — occurrence.
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments turned Charlton Heston into a box office star. Since its release, the film, which cost $13 million to make, airs on network television during Easter each year. It was Cecil B. DeMille's final movie before dying from a heart attack on January 21, 1959.
Quentin Tarantino paid tribute to Spaghetti Westerns with 2012's Django Unchained. The film landed on numerous top-10 lists and earned Tarantino the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Django Unchained also gained comic book treatment by Dynamite Entertainment with a crossover with Zorro.
Pompeii follows the destruction of the Roman city from a catastrophic Mount Vesuvius eruption. Starring Kit Harington and Kiefer Sutherland, the film was Canada's highest grossing film in 2014. Competing with the release of The Lego Movie, Pompeii earned $117 million worldwide.
Based on the DC Comics character, Jonah Hex features Josh Brolin as the titular character. In the film, the hero is forced to hunt down a terrorist in exchange for his own freedom. The film's score was created by Grammy-winning metal band Mastodon.
Saving Private Ryan
No other film features a more graphic glimpse at war than Saving Private Ryan. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie was 1998's second highest grossing film worldwide with $482 million. It also helped rejuvenate the war genre and earned Spielberg his second Best Director Oscar.
Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can tells the story of iconic con artist Frank Abagnale, who stole millions through check fraud. The film's development began in 1980, but it didn't hit the ground running until 2002. The movie also spawned a Tony-winning Broadway musical.
Quadrophenia is based on The Who's popular 1973 rock opera of the same name. Before Phil Daniels landed the lead role of Jimmy Cooper, John Lydon (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd) auditioned for the part. The film was nearly scrapped following the death of The Who drummer Keith Moon.
Good Night, and Good Luck
Good Night, and Good Luck portrays the real-life war between journalist Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy. Aside from portraying Fred W. Friendly, George Clooney wrote and directed the film. His efforts earned him Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Taking its inspiration from the FBI Abscam operations, American Hustle wowed audiences with its storytelling. Directed by David O. Russell, the film earned 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Unfortunately, no one attached to the movie walked away with Oscars that night.
Gangs of New York
Iconic director Martin Scorsese took inspiration from the book The Gangs of New York for this 2002 masterpiece. He discovered the book in 1970 but didn't lock down the film rights until 1979. Scorsese's vision of 19th century New York was complex, and the film didn't get moving until 20 years later.
Sense and Sensibility
As a kid, producer Lindsay Doran wanted to work on her own film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. In 1995, she got her chance with the help of director Ang Lee. Unfortunately, out of its impressive seven Oscar nominations, the film only earned one win for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Informant! tells the story of Mark Whitacre, who became the highest level whistleblower for the FBI. Whitacre's involvement with the film was minimal, except for the occasional question. "I'm cooperating, but I'm not getting paid for it," Whitacre told Herald & Review back in 2008.
The life of racehorse Seabiscuit gained a film adaptation, thanks to director Gary Ross. Starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges, Seabiscuit made $148 million at the box office. The film earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Costume Design.
My Girl deals with the ups and downs in the life of 11-year-old Vada Sultenfuss. Veep actress Anna Chlumsky, who plays Vada, made her acting debut in this picture. Against a $17 million budget, the film earned an impressive $121 million at the box office.
The Color Purple
With The Color Purple, director Steven Spielberg switched things up from his normal films. Spielberg had doubts about making the movie because of its controversial subject matter, but producer Quincy Jones loved the idea. At the Golden Globe Awards, Whoopi Goldberg won for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
Amadeus gives iconic composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart a proper dramatization of his life. Actors Mark Hamill and Kenneth Branagh were in line to play Mozart before the role went to Tom Hulce. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Actor and Best Picture.