Best crime movie mistakes of 1972

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Factual error: When Charles Bronson is making a telephone call on a pay phone, a 1971 or like vintage Mustang is parked within view...out of place for the time the film is supposed to take place. There are other similar auto related mistakes, mixing thirties cars with late models in traffic scenes.

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Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the chainsaw sequence, a crewmember's hand is visible on Krug's back.

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Visible crew/equipment: At the very beginning, just after the flowers are delivered, a boom mike drops in from the top of the screen.

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Continuity mistake: When Mr Bernard pulls Miss Banks' dress he throws it behind her. When she runs to her office she is holding the dress in her hand.

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Continuity mistake: Watch the bar scene about ten minutes from the start of the film. The barmaid is holding 2 pints, but note how the froth disappears when the shot changes as they are placed on the bar.

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Continuity mistake: The protagonist is weilding his karate skills against the crooked cops in the final fight scene. One of his foes is wearing a white fishing cap. Superfly belts him and knocks of the cap, there is a cut and then the cap is on again. The cap is on and then off again twice more in the same fight scene.

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Continuity mistake: After Bruce Lee kills Chuck Norris, he walks back and picks up Chucks Gi and Obi (karate shirt and karate belt). The belt is hanging and dragging on the floor but as Bruce walks from behind a column, the Obi appears to be folded properly.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the film when Oliver Reed is in the Range Rover and ramming the Hillman Avenger, watch the number plate of the Avenger. It switches repeatedly between a 'K' suffix and a 'J'.

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Factual error: When Craig is being tortured in "New York," a spy operative threatens to plug in the electric shock machine in a European socket/outlet, rather than an American-type socket.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, Bruce Lee enters a restaurant in the Rome airport and, because he can't read the menu nor speak the language, he accidentally orders five bowls of Campbell's Soup. When the waitress first delivers the five bowls, the soups are very different colors than they are in subsequent close-ups. Disappointed but hungry, Bruce plows into the soup. Ten sequential close-up shots show him dipping his spoon into bright red, tomato-based soups; but, by the time the spoon reaches his mouth, the spoon is dripping creamy white soup, every time.

Charles Austin Miller
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Continuity mistake: The mafioso with the rainbow scarf hands his boss a drink, extending his arm. The next shot begins with his arm bent, and the third mafioso acting as barista is also in a position inconsistent with the previous shot. (00:15:00)

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