The Shootist

The Shootist (1976)

10 mistakes

Visible crew/equipment: From the video version: When Books (John Wayne) is shot in the back by the bartender, you can clearly see a rope fastened onto the heel of his boot that is being pulled to help him stumble and fall onto the floor as the second shotgun blast hits him.

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Continuity mistake: A couple of times in the movie, the camera pans to John Wayne, and his hair is parted on the wrong side. (Reverse editing flaw).

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Factual error: The opening montage depicting Books's past exploits mentions a Colt .45 and shows a single action Colt revolver being fired. The date indicated on the screen is 1871. This revolver was not manufactured until 1873.

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Continuity mistake: When Books falls in the bathtub, Mrs. Rodgers goes in to help him, and about three seconds later, he emerges from the bathroom fully clothed in his robe and a towel around his neck.

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Revealing mistake: In the closing scene, you can see the modern curb & sidewalk have been covered with dirt.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Books places a gun in the writer's mouth and says "Make like that's a nipple" you can see the shadow of Bond (Lauren Bacall) waiting on the stairs to come down into the scene.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Books and Gillam share a bottle of whiskey, as the camera changes angles the bottle label is always away from the camera.

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Factual error: As John and Mrs. Rogers are out for a buggy ride, Mike Sweeney comes up on them in his horseless carriage. You can see the Horseless Carriage plate on the rear of his car. These plates were not issued back when the film was depicted.

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Continuity mistake: When Books is in the barber shop talking to Mr. Beckham the undertaker, in different scenes Books' tie is either inside or outside his vest.

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Continuity mistake: In the bar room fight, Books fires three times, then once with revolver in his right hand. Gilliam picks up that same gun and fires three more times - a total of seven rounds from a six-shooter.

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