Jewel of the Nile

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

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Continuity mistake: When Jack, Joan and the Jewel are trying to jump on the moving train, Joan is wearing slip-on shoes, however once she has jumped onto the train and falls over the side her shoes have changed to buckle sandals.

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Factual error: The tiny missiles on the F16 are shown as being attached to some sort of flexible metal framework which bends and shifts as the plane moves along the ground. The F16 is a supersonic fighter - any such thing would be ripped clean off the wing at speed. The missiles carried by the F16 are attached to streamlined 'hard points' under the wing, or the wingtips themselves.

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Continuity mistake: When Joan meets The Jewel for the first time in the room where Omar is holding him prisoner, Omar enters and greets Joan. As he leaves, the shot shows Joan with her back turned to Omar and Omar is heard off-camera saying Joan looks pale. How does Omar know how Joan looks if he doesn't see her, and there is no mirror on the side of the room where they are chatting?

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Other mistake: When Jack shoots the plane, lots of pieces of wood fly out. Where did the wood come from? The plane is all metal.

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Revealing mistake: When Jack and Joan escape in the F16, if you look at the back wheels, you can see the car driveshafts that drive the wheels. Jet aircraft don't have driveshafts.

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Continuity mistake: Towards the beginning of the movie (with in the first few minutes) when Joan and Jack are on the boat discussing their day, the amount of sunscreen on Joan's nose changes from a lot to not much and back to a lot again.

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Factual error: When Mike Douglas and Danny D. are trying to get into Omar's castle, they argue with Rashid. Rashid orders the guards to ready their weapons. As the guard to Rashid's left cocks his M-16, you can see that the bolt is already open, so the rifle didn't need to be cocked. Also, you can see into the receiver and there are no cartridges in there - and you should be able to see the one at the top of the magazine.

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Plot hole: Jack says, "Our anchor was stolen and we were drifting for days." It's a sailboat, not only does it have sails but it has a motor too. They could easily maneuver the boat.

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Continuity mistake: Jack stops water skiing and places a white towel around his neck. A frame later the towel is flipped and now looks red and blue with anchors on, the previous white part being on the back side.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where Jack wrestles the native for Joan's hand in marriage, the native is wearing a wedding ring.

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Revealing mistake: Joan gets splashed by Jack's water skis and goes inside the boat to watch a picture of the two of them on a tropical beach. The picture is blatantly fake: Jack's legs become invisible at one point, his skin looks wiggly were it's been pasted and no shadows match at all.

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Continuity mistake: Jack falls while water skiing and the position of the wave surrounding him has no continuity between the front and back angle.

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Continuity mistake: Joan takes pictures of the map in a dark room but the flash never works. If she had special film then there would be no need for flash, and if the film were daylight and the flash didn't work she would've fixed it right away, due how important those photos were.

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Continuity mistake: When the bicycle man explains what the graffiti means, he puts a pot inside his basket next to another pot, but when the angle changes only the first pot is seen. Also, the position and number of blue woolen balls changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: While Jack water skis, the way Joan's hat is folded keeps changing between shots.

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Revealing mistake: Jack is on a platform next to the burning stage. In the close-ups it's Michael Douglas, but in the wide angles his stunt is a skinny guy with light hair who looks nothing like him.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack blasts the wall, the shape and wooden bits hanging off of it keep changing depending on the angle.

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Continuity mistake: During the initial wedding, Jack flies with a rope and crashes face towards some barrels, which roll down the deck. When the angle changes, the barrels are falling again and Jack has changed positions 180ยบ.

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Continuity mistake: While Jack pilots the plane, the noise and wind coming out of the turbines is either huge or none, without any logic at all.

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Visible crew/equipment: Inside the train, a couple of the musicians can't help staring at the camera.

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Continuity mistake: The Jewel walks on stage on a burning floor with flames at ground level, but in the close-up the flames are suddenly two meters high. Then cut to the previous angle and back to the ground-level flames.

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Continuity mistake: Jack, Joan and Jewel hide behind a donkey and two men. From the next angle the men are gone and a man in red is suddenly passing by.

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Continuity mistake: Ralph is hanging upside down by the well and the rope around his chest appears and disappears randomly between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Ralph is riding on the camel chasing the train, in the wide angles (with an obvious stunt) his clothes flutter. In the close-ups, with a fake background, the clothes remain still.

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Continuity mistake: The train is about to enter a tunnel and a "bump" is heard. We immediately discover it's Ralph crashed against the side of a tunnel. Problem is the camel has magically managed to face the opposite way and, what's even more magical, it's now been safely tied up by a big fat rope.

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Continuity mistake: From the shots around, the well is not quite big, with its edges almost near Joan and Jack's feet, but on the aerial shots (where it's an obvious blue-screen) its size is humongous.

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Continuity mistake: Ralph gets squashed by the donkey's butt near a dark, secluded stable, surrounded by stacks of hay. When he's rescued, the stacks are gone and the donkey's moved away from the place it was, yet Ralph remains underneath him. Quite odd.

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Continuity mistake: When the guards chase the boy who's written on the wall, a biker falls on the ground and stares at the guards. A frame later his bike is already standing up again.

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Continuity mistake: When Joan sees the boy writing on the wall, the passers by have no continuity between the front and back angles.

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Continuity mistake: Jack and Joan step off the dingy while Ralph spies inside a crate. The amount of net hanging out of it differs between shots and also a hand suddenly appears between one frame and the other.

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Continuity mistake: Joan's editor sips a whisky when they're interrupted by Omar. In the next angle her arm is suddenly down.

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Continuity mistake: During the well scene, in the aerial shots Ralph's hand is very close to the ladder, but in the close-ups it's more than a meter away.

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Continuity mistake: From a distance, the train to Gadir is seen already in the train station. From a close-up, it's starting to arrive.

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Continuity mistake: Jack falls facewards on a crate of oranges, but a frame later he's sitting on the floor with his back against some boxes.

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Continuity mistake: Joan grabs the camera to photograph the magician and a flash suddenly appears mounted on it.

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Continuity mistake: Jack wipes out while water skiing and surfaces with his fringe covering his forehead. A frame later the hair is brushed back.

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Continuity mistake: After Ralph crashes against the train tunnel, 1) his position changes from shot to shot, 2) the people arriving are close to him but in the next angle are far away, and 3) the camel is facing the people, but when it cuts to Ralph, the camel is facing him instead.

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Continuity mistake: At the party, Joan's editor asks for a whisky and right then the blonde next to Joanne and her partner with a grey suit swap positions. Also, his suit turns dark blue.

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Continuity mistake: At the party, a woman with a striped blouse flatters Joan while a woman lifts up a book. A frame later, after a brusque cut, the woman and book are gone and a lady with a white hat appears.

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Factual error: There is absolutely no way to fit three people in the cockpit of a single seat F16 fighter. There is no large empty space behind the pilot's seat - there is a bulkhead, and behind that a rather obtrusive jet engine. Even the two seater training version of the F16 cannot accommodate three people - there is no space behind either seat large enough for a third person, which this mockup has.

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