The Cannonball Run
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Visible crew/equipment: A stock car carrying Mel Tillis and Terry Bradshaw drove into a hotel swimming pool. If you watch the car as it drives into the pool, you'll see the jump ramp built at the end of the pool.

Continuity mistake: When the two Lamborghini ladies are stopped by the police the first time, you first see the lady in the red dress from the front. Her zip is obviously up. In the next shot you see the other race participants raging by. The lady is shown from behind now. When you see her from the front again, the zip is down. Now we can see her from behind, and as we see her from the front again the zip is up again. Then she puts it down again to show the sheriff her driver's licence.

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Continuity mistake: The stock car that Mel Tillis and Terry Bradshaw jump into the pool and tune up outside the meeting is a Chevy Laguna, yet when they punch the clock at the start of the race, it's a Monte Carlo.

Continuity mistake: We can see Sammy Davis Jr. as he slits Burt Reynold's car´s tires. Later we can hear Reynolds as he says that they lost more than 2 hours by fixing the damage. But how comes that at the petrol station, Reynold´s car leaves even before Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin arrive there?

Deliberate mistake: In the last sprint towards the finish line, before they have to race on foot, the Lamborghini passes Fenderbaum and Blake. The red Ferrari they are supposed to be driving, is on the bed of a truck being towed. Notice the height difference between the two cars; about ten seconds later the two cars are pretty similar in height.

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Continuity mistake: When Mad Dog pulls up to the starting line, we see Batman get out to punch the time card in the clock. We then see a brief shot of Mr. Foyt's car, but the car at the starting line is a Camaro, not Mad Dog's pickup.

Continuity mistake: Bert Convy's character is wearing a Goodyear ballcap and is riding his motorcycle down the motel corridor. He crashes into the Cannonball Pub, he is now wearing a helmet. As he launches himself over the stairs in the motel lobby, he is back wearing the Goodyear hat.

Other mistake: Towards the beginning of the film JJ (Burt Reynolds) lands his plane in a town to get more beer. You can clearly see the a large crowd of spectators in the background standing behind the wooden barriers which the police had set up for the filming.

Audio problem: In the big fight sequence towards the end, when the two Lamborghini babes are rescued by Captain Chaos, one of them says, "You're so macho," but the girl's lips aren't moving.

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Revealing mistake: When Foyt wants to put the GMC van into neutral at the police roadblock, you can see the cable towing the van towards the police car.

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Continuity mistake: JJ and Victor's ambulance's engine sounds are dubbed, and a few times you can hear the sound of shifting a manual transmission when the ambulance is shown to have an automatic.

Factual error: Looking at the dimensions of the low-loader and the dimensions of the ambulance, Victor is laying at 90 degrees to the ambulance as we see a shot from the front of the vehicle (over the lower wishbone). There's no way that he could mend the transmission without his legs sticking out the tarpaulin and not being seen.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the GMC pick-up truck jumps the train, you see the front of the truck being damaged during landing. Later in the movie, the truck is undamaged.

Visible crew/equipment: At the construction site, J.J. trades insults with Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. As Sammy says his line "A LOT of them!" you can see the boom mike and camera crew reflected in his glasses.

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Other mistake: When the Japanese car passes the troopers sitting by the road, they're going 125 miles per hour by their speedometer. The trooper says that they're doing 125, but the radar readout says 20.

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Revealing mistake: When the two Japanese racers are stranded in the desert, they activate the secret rocket weapon. The stream of smoke that is supposed to be generated from the rocket appears to be coming from underneath the rocket, just above the rear bumper.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Roger Moore's car is filled with smoke, in the shots from the bonnet the smoke is in the front surrounding the 2 people, but in the wide shots from the side the smoke is only visible in the back of the car.

Continuity mistake: After the girls in the Lamborghini are pulled over, they get passed by several other Cannonballers. Blake's Ferrari passes them twice.

Audio problem: When Mel Tillis and Terry Bradshaw are trying to "re-tune" their race car, when Bradshaw tells Tillis to "hit it one more time", the car makes the distinct starting sound of an older Chrysler when the car was a Chevrolet. Also, how does Tillis starts the car? He has one hand on the steering wheel and his other hand is on the doorframe.

Revealing mistake: Several times in the fight scene near the end, it is painfully obvious that punches are thrown by the characters and are heard connecting but never actually touch anyone.

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