Wardrobe malfunctions that ended up in the movie

In cinema, a little allure goes a long way. The mystery of what's left to the imagination, the suggestiveness of certain imagery, the scandalous nature of some film and TV scenes—Hollywood capitalizes on all that coquettishness. But sometimes the "scandal sells" approach goes a little further than intended when an actor's clothing stops cooperating and they flash more skin than they intended, or when they're simply wearing something they definitely shouldn't be. 

Any skilled costume designer, dedicated director, or eagle-eyed editor would remedy accidental near-nudity or glaring mistakes on set or in post-production to ensure the public never spotted the garment glitch. That's usually how it works, too — except in the case of these wardrobe malfunctions that skated past a hundred sets of eyes and somehow ended up in the movie.

The bra slip in Closer

Even if you've never seen Closer, Mike Nichols' Oscar-nominated film adapted from Patrick Marber's searing stage play of the same name, you've certainly seen the character Natalie Portman portrays. Bubblegum pink wig, dangling crystal earrings, and a purple star-encrusted, fringed-out bustier? That's Alice Ayres, also known as Jane Jones, the young exotic dancer from America who arrives in London, meets and falls for British writer Dan Woolf (Jude Law), and makes a pretty naughty declaration about the most fun thing a girl can do. 

Though many would be forgiven for presuming Portman bares it all as Alice, they'd be mistaken, as the actress defies her character's line of work and stays totally clothed. Director Nichols reportedly destroyed all of Portman's previously shot nude scenes in the editing process, and in the final cut, she only flaunts a bit of midriff, some backside, and a peek of décolletage now and then. But thanks to a wardrobe malfunction that happens during an unfortunate moment in a booth opposite Clive Owen's Larry Gray, a lot more is shown. While talking to Owen's Larry — in an already intense scene, we might add — Portman crosses her legs over the edge of a booth, causing her bra to slip down about an inch too far. Needless to say, it ended up in the movie anyway.

The scandalous stumble in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

There's something special about the Star Wars film universe's far-reaching, wide-ranging appeal. Though creator George Lucas reportedly owned up to purposely making his prequel installments more friendly to a younger audience (heck, he even created Jar Jar Binks using Disney's Goofy as an inspiration), a vast majority of Star Wars fanatics are adults. And apart from an innuendo or two likely meant to make the older crowd chuckle, the franchise has remained largely squeaky clean…with one notable exception.

In Return of the Jedi, actress Femi Taylor portrays Oola, the green-skinned Twi'lek slave dancer Jabba the Hutt holds captive in his palace. Before Oola meets her grisly death at the mouth of a hungry Rancor, Jabba makes her strut about in her skimpy outfit while he watches — and grabs hold of Oola's chain during the sequence, making her stumble and causing a wardrobe malfunction that makes her costume reveal something you'd never think you'd see in a Star Wars movie. The slip happens in the blink of an eye, but it definitely ended up in the movie. The fact that Lucas was a stickler for scrubbing up Star Wars footage for home releases makes it especially bizarre that this malfunction didn't end up on the cutting room floor. 

The accidental exposure in Spartan

This David Mamet political thriller is nothing if not potent, featuring a stacked cast glistening with the likes of William H. Macy, Val Kilmer, Tia Texada, Clark Gregg, and Ed O'Neill, as well as a ton of action-packed scenes that keep you riveted in shock and tension. Things get so heated in Spartan, in fact, that one of the film's brightest stars, Kristen Bell, falls victim to a bosom-centric wardrobe malfunction during a fight scene. Bell, who portrays the fictional U.S. President's missing daughter Laura Newton, takes a punch so powerful that it sends her tank top all askew. The result? She unwittingly flashes the audience. Clearly, the editors didn't think it scandalous enough to snip out. 

The shifty nightgown in Vanilla Sky

Watchers of Vanilla Sky aren't left wanting additional adrenaline-pumping action, an extra smattering of stirring sci-fi, or more eyebrow-raising decisions that make Tom Cruise's character seem genuinely dangerous. One of the most noteworthy scenes in the film involves such a move made by Cruise's David Aames, who captures Cameron Diaz's Julianna "Julie" Gianni, his one-time lover, and straps her to the bed. Diaz, wearing a sheer dress, attempts to flip herself over on the mattress, and in doing so, accidentally shifts the top of the garment out of place. The actress is quick to fix the wardrobe malfunction mid-scene, pulling the gown into its original position, but the chest-exposing take wound up in the film's final cut.

The too-sheer shift in Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts is another Hollywood pro who understands the perils of a too-see-through nightie and the complexities that come with playing a character whose morals are a heck of a lot looser than her own. The actress' staunch stance against going nude for the silver screen wouldn't seem to jell well with her role as "hooker with a heart of gold" Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman, but, like Natalie Portman in Closer, Roberts remained covered up over the course of the film. 

However, when one scene sees Roberts' Vivian strip down (offscreen, of course) into her skivvies for an intimate night with Edward Lewis, the full-time corporate raider and part-time womanizer played by Richard Gere, audiences get a clear view of exactly what Roberts was trying so hard to keep hidden. While many may assume that the bare-chested shot is actually of Roberts' body double, since she reportedly used one (Shelley Michelle, to name names) for some up-close sequences in Pretty Woman, her face is visible in the moment of malfunction.

The dastardly dress in I Know What You Did Last Summer

Acts of physical passion and a focus on human anatomy are closely linked to the horror genre, what with all the sexy scenes sprinkled between slayings, so it doesn't come as too much of a surprise to hear that Jim Gillespie's 1997 slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer includes a touch of sensuality. That's all well and good—until such a moment pops up in an otherwise completely innocent scene. As Sarah Michelle Gellar's character Helen Shivers, a gal who's definitely not the brightest tool in the shed, desperately tries to escape death, she attempts to climb a rope up to safety and away from the killer. Her decision is a pretty dim one, but it's nothing to think twice about—that is, until the camera shows Gellar frantically pulling the rope toward herself and we see what's underneath her shiny, ill-fitting dress.

The saucy stroll in The Terminator

Even the former "Governator" has suffered an incident on the set, experiencing a wardrobe malfunction countless fans have since noticed — and the director and editors apparently didn't. During the opening scene of 1984's The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger (as the title character) walks around in his birthday suit before he gets the chance to cover up. Low lighting, clever distant camera angles, and the stereotypically poor quality of the original 1980s footage preserve Schwarzenegger's dignity for the most part, but those naughty bits still made it into the movie — the remastered Blu-ray edition shows the actor stark naked and on full display as he approaches a group of young ruffians.

The bold background character in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Director Steven Spielberg's lively adventure pic Raiders of the Lost Ark keenly depicts Egypt in the mid-1930s. But between the earth-toned trinkets and the intricate tapestries that line the city markets, there's something (or someone, rather) that ruins the atmosphere. Look closely in the background of one particular scene, just behind Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones, and you'll spot an extra wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt, casually co-mingling with Egyptian locals in traditional outfits as if he doesn't stick out like a major sore thumb. This wardrobe malfunction wouldn't get so much as a passing glance in 1981, the year the film was shot, but it attracts all the wrong kind of attention in 1936, when the story takes place.

The anachronistic undies in Gladiator

In the same vein as the Raiders of the Lost Ark blunder, there's a moment in Gladiator when some era-inappropriate garments make a guest appearance. Russell Crowe takes the lead in this Ridley Scott historical epic as Hispano-Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius, a man bent on vengeance following the murder of his father. All-out brawls and impassioned sparring sessions are requisites when it comes to getting back at the person who killed your loved one, and Crowe's Maximus does just that, making each move appear realistic and adding to the overall immersion of the film. What ripped some viewers out of this intense watching experience, however, is the wardrobe malfunction that's visible in the middle of one such fight scene. Crowe's Maximus falls to the ground, his derriere directly facing the camera, and exposes a pair of Lycra shorts under his tunic. The elastane fiber material is great for modern-day workouts, but has no place in ancient Rome. Alas, it still made it into the movie anyway.

The watch in Glory

Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman, helmed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Edward Zwick, Glory earned well-deserved accolades when it debuted in 1989. Critics lauded the American Civil War-set film for its breathtaking cinematography, its stellar cast, and its emotionally resonant narrative. What they loved even more than all that was how the creative team paid "enormous attention to period detail," praise that's incredibly ironic considering a major wardrobe malfunction that made it to the theatrical cut.

One soldier, standing in the foreground of a scene, sticks his arm in the air as packs of his peers walk around him. On his wrist, he's rocking a silver and tan digital watch, a piece of technology that without a doubt wouldn't have been around in 19th-century America. The actor in question should have slipped his accessory off before stepping on set, or someone — anyone — else should have caught the mistake.