Stripes

Continuity mistake: When Harold Ramis is fighting Bill Murray to try to keep him from leaving the base, notice when Harold is on top of Bill choking him, there is a duffel bag under Bill's head, and in the cut-aways the bag is a few feet away. (00:47:00 - 00:47:45)

Continuity mistake: When Harold Ramis pays off his pushup bet with Bill Murray, he throws the dollar bills onto Bill Murray's chest, and they move around and their number changes. (00:14:20)

Continuity mistake: When Bill Murray's girlfriend is leaving him for good, she puts her left boot on twice. (00:10:00)

Continuity mistake: When Harold Ramis is fighting Bill Murray to try to keep him from leaving the base, Murray's knit cap moves on and off his head during the scene. (00:47:00 - 00:47:45)

Continuity mistake: During the graduation scene, after the platoon arrives in front of the General's stand, Bill Murray begins running backwards. The shot changes to the girls in the stands laughing, and then back to the platoon. When it gets back to the platoon, you can see that Murray is once again just starting to run backwards.

Continuity mistake: When the platoon is escaping in the EM50, Sarge is on top and says, "I'm getting too old for this #%&*," he then lowers his head. The next shot, he lowers it again.

Continuity mistake: During the graduation scene, watch the band director closely when the music stops - you will see that his arms are still moving, as if he's conducting the band. (01:11:00)

Continuity mistake: When John drives the woman over the bridge in the cab, just before he stops the car there is a shot of the two occupants and behind the cab the bridge is deserted save for one red van. When the shot changes to an overhead and John stops the cab, the bridge behind them is crowded with traffic and the van is gone. (00:05:40)

Continuity mistake: When they are escaping from the prison camp, they knock over grungy, drab green 55 gal drums, which are nice and shiny inside. (01:37:30)

Continuity mistake: During the mud wrestling scene, a patch of mud alternately appears and disappears on the stomach of the woman in the white bikini.

Continuity mistake: At the bus station, both MPs are wearing Specialist-5 rank on their uniforms. Later in the movie they seem to have been demoted to Specialist-4.

ssgemt

Continuity mistake: When Bill Murray finishes the 5 pushups and wins the bet, in one shot there are 3 singles on his chest, in the next shot there are about 7, then back to 3. (00:11:30)

Continuity mistake: When they're fighting and the two girls (MP's) drive up in the Jeep, you can see the shadow of one of the girls walking in front of the Jeep's headlights, but in the next shot they're just getting out of the Jeep.

leximundo1

Factual error: Then, as now, every recruit reporting to boot camp would be tested for illegal drugs, first by a urine test and then by a broad spectrum blood test in the case of a positive result. There is no reason for Elmo to try to hide his stash when the recruits are told they are to be tested - he is going to come up positive anyway. He may as well just say he has changed his mind and walk away. He is entitled to do that any time up to ten days after he signed on, and it happened a lot in real life!

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Suggested correction: Those drug tests didn't exist in 81.

Did you watch the film? The recruits are told they are about to take a broad spectrum drug test - not they are going to be searched for drugs, they are going to tested for the presence of illegal drugs in their systems. As has been pointed out such drug tests were mandatory at the time the film is set but that is not important - in the context of the film Elmo's action make no sense as he is going to be tested for drugs. Hiding his stash makes no sense at all as it will not solve his immediate problem. The posting is correct and the correction is nonsensical.

Drug testing of recruits commenced in the United States on a trial basis in 1975 and became compulsory in 1977. In 1981 every single volunteer would have to take a broad spectrum drug test before being allowed to start boot camp.

What specific drug tests didn't exist? Nixon directed a military drug urinalysis program in 1971 and the DoD started random drug testing in 1974 (not that testing deterred drug use).

Bishop73

I enlisted in 1982. I got a single drug test at the meps and didn't get tested again during an entire 3 year enlistment. In fact, I didn't receive a drug test until 2 years into my second enlistment. The military just wasn't as strict on drug testing.

ssgemt
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John Winger: C'mon, it's Czechoslovakia. We zip in, we pick 'em up, we zip right out again. We're not going to Moscow. It's Czechoslovakia. It's like going into Wisconsin.
Russell Ziskey: Well I got the shit kicked out of me in Wisconsin once. Forget it!

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Trivia: The "kitchen utensil" scene between Bill Murray and PJ Soles was completely improvised.

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