10 Iconic Movie Scenes You Didn't Realise Happened By Accident

Keep the cameras rolling no matter what.


Movie-making is an art that thrives on organization. Actors are picked up at a specific time to be in the makeup chair for the day, lighting and sound are planned out to be at optimal conditions, locations are scouted months in advance, and lawyers make millions by ensuring that contracts and permits are all in order.

But, sometimes, the best-laid plans go astray; something completely out of anyone's control happens, and it gets caught on film. Usually when this happens, the director cuts, swears and rants, then shoots the scene again.

Not always, though, oh no. Occasionally, a piece of film-making happens accidentally - an actor reacts 'for real', a prop works differently than it should, a bit of wind or weather come along - and creates an iconic scene that defines the movie it happened in.

Accidents don't always result in chaos.

With that in mind, let's take a look at ten times that iconic movie scenes happened accidentally.


10. Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes - Helicopter Crash

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a cult classic, so-bad-it-has-to-be-seen film. The premise, tomatoes gone mad and attacking humans, is never really explained, the movie is full of ridiculous sight gags, and there are two songs in the movie that once heard will likely not leave your brain for a couple days.

There's only one scene in the whole movie, which was shot for under $100,000, with any production value, and that is a helicopter crash that happens at the beginning. The crash, however, was completely accidental and was in no way intended to be part of the movie.

The film crew had rented a helicopter for day to capture some aerial footage and it was to be used during a shootout with the tomatoes (we know, just...stick with us.) During the shoot, the pilot lost control when the tail rotor hit the ground. The chopper crashed to the ground, spun around, rolled over, and burst into flame. The whole thing was caught on film and the director used the footage, adding a line to the dialogue about how a tomato leaped into the air and took it down.

Low-budget film-making at it's best, ladies and gents.


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