Smokey and the Bandit III

Smokey and the Bandit III (1983)

13 mistakes

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Deliberate mistake: When Cletus is driving the Trans Am as the bandit, it shows him driving to the left and waving at a group of girls. The close up of him driving must be reversed because it looks like the Trans Am is now a right-hand drive. (00:26:45)

Visible crew/equipment: This is the number one mistake of all time. When the sheriff is chasing the Bandit, they both drive into the stunt show and the Bandit is heading right for a burning wall. First, you see an inside shot then the shot changes to catch all the action, on the second shot of the Trans Am crashing through the wall you can see a Panavision camera [ yes it is that clear to even tell what kind of camera it is.] set up in the back of the car filming those shots.

Continuity mistake: During the film, but mainly noticeable in the Buford/Bandit scene with the Sherrif crashing into ice, the wheels on Bandit's Trans Am change. Most of the time they are a solid black wheel, then they change into a gold wire-spoke alloys.

Continuity mistake: When Buford's car is buried under sand, the left headlight is gone. Later after the bar, it's back in place.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the Bandit stops at the biker bar to get some burgers, as he opens the car door you can see a set light on its stand fairly reflected in the door. This also is seen when he comes back out and opens the door again.

Continuity mistake: After the Bandit (Cletus) takes the fish from Buford's car, every wide camera shot shows the fish in the middle of the Trans-Am's hood, but any close-up camera shot of the passengers for that vehicle has the fish missing.

Continuity mistake: After Buford jumps through the milk truck trailer, the left front quarter panel is gone, and the bumper is loose. A few minutes later, the car is whole and undamaged.

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Continuity mistake: While 'skiing' (up on two wheels), Junior alternates between holding on to the light bar and the top of the car.

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Continuity mistake: When the white cop car is rolling over, the driver's side rear door is open, and ripped off. As it settles, the door is back in place.

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Visible crew/equipment: As the cop in the white car joins the chase, and tells Justice to back off, the camera looks at Justice. As he talks the lighting rig and remote camera rig are reflected on his shades.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Buford's car is getting towed from the alley the side of the tow truck is marked with "Star Towing" but in the ensuing chase we see the other door reads "Scott's Towing"

Other mistake: As Buford takes off from the tow truck, a brown piece of metal is seen where there shouldn't be one. Probably for a later stunt.

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Character mistake: As the Trans Am goes through the sand area, its sides are caked up with splattered sand. A moment later, and as it stops at the bar, it's clean.

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Answer: A little obvious: the second film was a box office disaster, so Burt bowed out.

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