Continuity mistake: In the scene after the prison break, we see Richards, Weiss and Laughlin walking through the city. On the big television screen there is a commercial for The Running Man game show. The footage they feature on the commercial is footage from the episode Richards is in. How could they show footage from that episode if it has not taken place yet?
Other mistake: This is in regards to a previous correction. A submitter pointed out that in the video footage of the helicopter incident shown to the crowd, the last shot of Arnie getting knocked out was seen from his perspective and as such could never have been filmed by any camera. The correction stated that Killian's men could simply have doctored the footage, probably as a way of showing what happens to criminals. But the problem is, the footage showing Arnie being knocked out is the undoctored one shown at the end of the film by the Rebels, which hasn't been tampered with by anyone. So this is a valid mistake.
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Visible crew/equipment: When Dynamo chases Arnold Schwarzenegger in his off-roader, Arnold lures him in/onto a pile of junk, following which Dynamos car crashes and overturns. When the car is on its side you can see the cable used to overturn the vehicle. In the next shot the cable has disappeared.
Factual error: In the beginning of the movie just prior to the Bakersfield Massacre, the camera cuts away from Arnold periodically and shows a computer schematic for his location. The very first coordinate that we see is 29º, 43' N by 119º 23' W and is off the coast of Baja California. The last coordinate that we see is 45º 4' N by 119 8' W and is in north-east Oregon. So, in the 35 seconds or so between these scenes, Arnold's helicopter traveled approximately 1050 miles. That's one fast helicopter. This cannot be explained by saying that they just shortened the trip for the movie because in the first computer schematic you see Bakersfield in the distance which is certainly not 1050 miles away.
Revealing mistake: In the Sub-Zero fight scene, Laughlin (the black man) is on his back and Sub-Zero is standing over him. When Sub-Zero tries to kill Laughlin by hitting him with the hockey stick, he rolls to his right. Sub-Zero pulls the stuck hockey stick from the ice and tries to hit Laughlin again, but he then rolls to his left. The stick is once again stuck in the ice, but to the left of the stick there is another divot in the ice, suggesting Sub-Zero struck on Laughlin's right side twice, but in fact it was only once. Sub-Zero tries to hit Laughlin a third time, but he rolls to his right for the final attempt.
Continuity mistake: In the scene with Buzzsaw, after Richards ties the rope around a metal spike, Buzzsaw flies off his bike and lands face down. When Richards approaches Buzzsaw, he is still face down. Then when Richards starts to reach down to grab the chainsaw, Buzzsaw's arm comes up to choke Richards and he is now lying on his back. Richards would have reacted quicker, since Buzzsaw would have had to flip over on his back to grab Richards.
Other mistake: When everyone in the audience and everybody at the betting board see the original unedited version of what really happened at Bakersfield, it shows a soldier hitting Ben with the butt of his weapon from Ben's point of view, which is an impossible camera angle. And as it's the original unedited footage, it won't be something they faked.
Plot hole: When Richards' turbo sled goes through the tunnel along with Weiss' and Laughlin's, the video monitors show all three sleds are traveling through the same tunnel. Richards' sled comes out of the tunnel first, but with the speed the sleds were going and all three in the same tunnel, there wouldn't have been enough time for Richards to be pulled out, and Laughlin would have come out so fast it would have crashed into Richards, ending his running before it even started.
Other mistake: Just before Arnold arrives at his brother Edward's apartment, he walks across a plaza. Note the people standing/sitting in the background, along the railing. They are still there, apparently not having moved an inch, in another scene of that plaza which is supposed to be much later after Arnold has been caught, sent to the tele-station and gassed unconscious.
Plot hole: When Richards and his buddies are making their escape from the prison at the beginning, Weiss can't get the code to work to shut down the deadline. He says it must be because of the walls, but why all of a sudden would that be a problem? All he did was move a few feet from where the security guard was sitting, so the walls shouldn't have made a difference that quickly.
Other mistake: The list of possible prisoners contestants the computer goes through shows different information, but the page with the 8 rows of double letters and numbers remains relatively the same, even though it's suppose to show variations and different information (i.e. AA always has -583 and -5483 and BB always has -484 and -4838).
Continuity mistake: When Killian is looking through the computer for the next contestant, the last person they show is Mackenzie Spike. We see his personal info (occupation, hobbies, eye color, resident), the numbers pop up, and then it shows a completely different set of personal info (despite being the same guy with the same prisoner number).
Continuity mistake: When Buzzsaw runs by Richards, cutting the pipe in half, he has the chainsaw on his left hand. The camera watches Buzzsaw turn around, and you don't see the chainsaw, as the rider's left hand is on the handlebar, controlling the turn. The camera cuts to Richards for a second, then back, and the saw is on Buzzsaw's hand again.
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