Magnum Force

Magnum Force (1973)

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Visible crew/equipment: After Callahan removes the bomb from his mailbox, he looks up at a man on the nearby stairs. As a car drives by on the street, the lights from it cast the shadow of the boom operator onto the wall.

Visible crew/equipment: After the pimp is stopped by the policeman on the motorcycle and shot, the camera pulls back showing the pimp's arm lolling through the car window and the reflection of the camera crew moving about on the back, driver's side wing.

Continuity mistake: When Callahan is in the car with Lieutenant Briggs after they pick up the bomb they drive by the 76 service station three times in about 30 seconds.

Continuity mistake: In the car with Callahan, after picking up the bomb, Briggs puts his glasses on twice.

Audio problem: When Callahan gets out of his car to stake out the robbery, he shuts the car door, and the sound of the door closing is heard after the door is shut.

Revealing mistake: A metal ramp is visible on the front bumper of the 1972 Ford Galaxie sedan when it rams the motorcycle head on.

Visible crew/equipment: When the corrupt copper pulls over the pimp, there is one shot where the camera is zoomed into his glasses. You can see the camera and 2 crewmembers reflected in them.

Continuity mistake: When Harry is being chased down the steep winding street he hits a car with the driver's side of his car. In one subsequent shot, the damage is shown to the passenger side instead.

Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie when David Soul has gone flying into the bay from the aircraft carrier, Eastwood gets up painfully from the deck and pulls his jacket down off his shoulders, and we see that it's bunched beneath his right elbow and upper arm. However, the next shot looking up at him looking down at the water shows the jacket is perfectly straight.

Continuity mistake: When the pimp is being followed on the Golden Gate Bridge by one of the motorcycle cops, the shot starts near the center span but in the next couple of shots, they are at the beginning of the bridge.

Continuity mistake: When Callahan jumps onto the hood of Palancio's car after the police raid, he is facing the rear of the car, grabbing the hood near the windshield. A few seconds later, he is seen sprawled across the hood, facing the front of the car, and then seconds later he is back in his original position.

Continuity mistake: When the cop pulls over the mob's limo, he parks his motorcycle perpendicular to the vehicle, but in the next shot it is parked facing in the same direction as the limo.

Revealing mistake: At the very end of the film Clint's corrupt boss drives away from the docks. He does this at a certain speed. Just before the time bomb goes off the car goes at a much slower pace and also Clint's boss has changed into a dummy.

Visible crew/equipment: The camera and cameraman are reflected in the glass in the shooting practice room.

Continuity mistake: As Clint Eastwood hunts down the last store robber, he moves swiftly from behind the end of a row of shelves, quickly aims and shoots number three hood dead. This is filmed from behind and his stance is legs spread akimbo. But in the next shot, looking back at him with gun raised, his right leg is braced forward and left backward.

Revealing mistake: When Clint crashes head-on with the bent Copper on his bike (near the end of the film) It is obvious that a dummy stand-in Cop is used for the 'moment supreme'.

Continuity mistake: When Sweet shoots the pimp, he fires five shots. Later when we see the car being examined, we see six strings representing the bullets paths - only five were fired. (00:44:20 - 00:51:30)

mightymick

Other mistake: When Callahan meets Sunny in his apartment lobby and she asks him, "What does a girl have to do to go to bed with you?" Callahan replies, "Try knocking on the door." and if you look behind Callahan at the Trolley going down hill, you can see a kid waving to the camera.

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Other mistake: After the pool massacre, when the shooting stops, at the left of the screen and right off the policeman's helmet, a man sits down and then lifts the beach chair up.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Harry is running up the steps to enter the aircraft carrier, you can see a camera and crewman in a white hat below, just above the wood wall.

Continuity mistake: During the supermarket scene, one of the thugs points his shotgun at Early Smith and tells him to "Freeze". At this point you can see the till is open, but after a quick cut to Harry, we return to the cash desk and the till is now closed.

Continuity mistake: When one of the hijackers says "Now close that door!" to Harry in the aeroplane, he is pointing his gun directly at Harry, but in the next shot he is pointing his gun downwards.

Continuity mistake: Motorcycles used by traffic officers throughout the movie are Moto Guzzi V7 850. In the scene on the docks, two officers arrive on Moto Guzzis, but the moment they ride up the narrow ramp, they suddenly ride Triumph Bonnevilles. The two Triumphs are slightly different. Trained eyes can tell that the traffic cop and Callahan use them interchangeably, switching back and forth a few times. (01:45:45 - 01:52:55)

Other mistake: The vigilante bike-cop slaps a supressor on his Colt Python. A suppressor on a revolver doesn't work without serious modification. There's only one revolver I know of which would be able to use a suppressor, namely the Russian Nagant M1895. And that's due to the gas-seal system in the cylinder, which seals all the out-gassing, only letting the gases out the muzzle-opening. (01:01:00 - 01:10:00)

Budoshi

Revealing mistake: When the girl falls out the hotel window after one of the officers shoots her, you can see that the girl is an obvious dummy.

Audio problem: When Harry is talking with the crime scene technician, they are looking at the bullet trajectory in the pimp's car and a distinct female sneeze and cough can be heard in the background.

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene just after the pimp is shot by the cop in his Cadillac, the right side of the car is shown as the cop walks back to his motorcycle. The filming crew is visible moving around in the reflection of the car paint of the right side quarter panel, in spite of the paint being dulled to reduce the reflections. (00:46:25)

Continuity mistake: The cop walks up the hill to the pool party scene with 2 pipes and the bomb satchel in his hands. When he gets there the pipes magically turn into a machine gun.

Visible crew/equipment: When Sweet begins talking to the pimp after pulling him over, a boom mic is reflected in the front windscreen. (00:43:50)

mightymick

Revealing mistake: Before the pimp is shot dead by the police officer, a circular discoloration is visible on the actor's neck, exactly where he is about to be shot.

Continuity mistake: When Early Smith is confronted by a thug with a shotgun in the store, the number on the till is "3.21", but a few shots later changes to "1.79".

Continuity mistake: When the thug with a shotgun tells Early Smith to get down on his knees during the supermarket scene, you can see a female assistant standing next to Early, but when Harry shoots the thug dead, the assistant has disappeared.

Continuity mistake: When Early Smith runs out of the supermarket and shoots one of the three thugs, he lowers his gun after killing the thug. In the next scene, he is holding the gun back in a raised position.

Continuity mistake: When Harry, dressed as an overseas pilot, enters the aeroplane during the hijack scene, one of the hijackers draws his gun right in front of Harry when he says "Good afternoon". In the next scene, the gun is further away from Harry than it was in the previous shot.

Continuity mistake: When Lt. Briggs is being interviewed after the swimming pool massacre, we see a close up of Briggs and there is a man with a moustache next to him. But when we cut to the next shot where Briggs is on television at Carol McCoy's house, the man with a moustache has suddenly disappeared.

Other mistake: In the end credits, Callahan is misspelled as "Calahan". (01:56:50)

mightymick

Plot hole: Why would a timer be used on a booby trap in the mail box, only that it serves later on to kill Briggs?

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Suggested correction: As a back up detonator.

Revealing mistake: After the pool massacre, a police cop walks away from the scene and we see the pool with dead bodies. If you look carefully, you can see a "dead" woman in a red bikini moving her arms as if she was treading water.

Continuity mistake: After one of the cars escapes from Palancio's hideout, we get a view from the driver's seat and Harry fires a bullet into the windscreen and the car is heading directly for an office. In the next scene, the car is much further away from the office than it was in the previous shot.

Other mistake: When Ricca is pushing his way through the crowd, just after a man yells "Ricca, you're a killer" a shot of the crowd shows a sign saying "UP YOUR RICCA" which makes no sense. Surely this sign was meant to say "UP YOURS RICCA." (00:03:50)

mightymick

Visible crew/equipment: Near the end when Harry is running from the motorcyle cops, he runs up a ramp and through a door. Below the ramp and just above the wooden wall, a camera and crewman wearing a white hat are visible. (01:46:25)

mightymick

Character mistake: When Harry walks up to look in the car which Ricca and his men were shot in, he places his hands on the driver's side and back seat passenger's side window sill, while the crime scene is being investigated. No senior Inspector like Harry would do this. (00:09:40)

mightymick

Other mistake: In the scene where the mob boss gets interviewed in the garden atrium after being freed, the news media pushes up to get really close to the podium. Note that the first reporter, dressed like Gilligan, trips and almost falls into the podium. He catches himself but has to keep his head down during the rest of the shot.

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