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Any Given Sunday

Any Given Sunday (1999)

21 mistakes

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Starring: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods

Genres: Drama, Sport

Factual error: In the final game of the movie, when LT gets hurt making the big stop, the referee's measure for the first down before anybody attends to LT. LT is nowhere to be seen when the measurement is made yet he was supposedly knocked out at the point of contact - where the ball should be. No way would they measure until the injured player is taken off the field and the pile up cleared.

Continuity mistake: Of the people in the stands, almost every other one is a piece of cardboard with a picture on it and a balloon in their hand.

Continuity mistake: In the final game (at Texas Stadium in Irving) there are several low angle shots that show the hole in the stadium roof. Throughout the course of the game, the shots show a night sky, then a day sky and back to a night sky, all within the same game.

Continuity mistake: In the final game against Texas, the Sharks open the game with the kickoff. The other team's returner 29 (eye shield and long-sleeve underwear) catches the ball, but 20 (no eye shield and short-sleeve underwear) jumps a pile of players. Then 29 makes the Sharks kicker miss a tackle, and you see 20 run the ball again. Finally it's 29 who scores on the return.

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the movie when the long touchdown is made and then flag is thrown you see Willie running up to the referee with his helmet off, when they show the scene from a different angle his helmet is on.

Continuity mistake: In the final game in Dallas the middle of the field is painted red. Foxx runs for a long gain at which point he does a spin move where you can see he is 30 yards past the red part. When he is hit he lands on it.

Visible crew/equipment: In the opening scene, Dennis Quaid is shown yelling out the count to his team-mates from the QB position. His shiny helmet clearly shows the camera crew filming him as he faces forward.

Factual error: During the final game against the Knights, whenever the score is shown on "TV", the Knights' score (home team) is shown on top and the Sharks' score (visiting team) is shown on the bottom. In sports, the visiting team's score is always on top and the home team's score is always on the bottom.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, the score on the scoreboard and the score that is shown on the screen are different. This happens throughout the film.

Factual error: In night game scenes (as with many other football movies) the stands are always very dimly lit (so they don't have to pay thousands of extras to fill the stands) when in real life everything is well lit.

Continuity mistake: At the "D.A.R.E." party, when Lela Rechon is seen with Jamie Foxx the first time her hair is down and her lipstick is a light colour. In the same scene, when she confronts "Willie", her hair is up and her lipstick is a dark colour.

Continuity mistake: After LT is injured and is being wheeled off the field, his arm is under the strap of the stretcher in one shot and then free in the next.

Revealing mistake: There is a flipped shot of the Sharks' sidelines, showing all of the jersey numbers inverted.

Visible crew/equipment: When Cap is working out in his gym late at night, after his wife walks in and says, "Yo, Rocky...," watch the mirror as she leans against the wall. There is a clear shot of a crew member in a white T-shirt reading something, and looking up just before the shot cuts away.

Factual error: In the third game the Sharks play a team from California, but when they do a shot of the stadium, they are in Dolphins Stadium, which is in Miami.

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Continuity mistake: In the late fourth quarter of the last game at the end of the movie, the score is 35-31. Through Oliver Stone's quick shot to shot movie style, Willie Beamin is shown throwing up in a trashcan and the score in the upper-left corner of the screen reads 17-14.

Factual error: At multiple times in the "game" scenes, you can see the play clock against the back wall of the endzone reading a one digit number, say 7, and when the shot goes back to Wille, the opposite one will read that the clock is just starting, at about 23. The play clock should not increase in the middle of the huddle and snap count.

Continuity mistake: Before the last play of the game (in the huddle) Jaimie Foxx's right shoulder pad keeps going from in his shirt to out of his shirt.

Continuity mistake: On the last drive of the game and the penalty is called on No.69, the camera goes from a tight shot to an overhead shot. On the tight shots No.69 does not have his helmet on, on the distant shots, his helmet is back on. This happens numerous times.

Continuity mistake: A man on the field has brown eyes, he loses one eye and the eye that is showing on the ground after he lost it it's blue.

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