The Bourne Identity

Corrected entry: In the farmhouse shooting Damon shoots the assassin with a shotgun from a pretty big distance. Due to the dispersion of the little lead bullets the injury should not that bad as it is shown.

Correction: Shotgun ammunition comes in varying types, ranging from the traditional "little lead bullets" through larger and larger pellets and finally arriving at single slug ammunition. A single slug (or some of the larger pellets) could easily do the damage shown at the range in question.

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Corrected entry: Jason first sees Marie inside the US embassy before he meets her out back. Marie was not going to the USA and she wasn't a citizen of the US, so why was she in the US embassy trying to take care of her student visa and passport problems?


Correction: Marie is trying to get to America. If you watch the behind the scenes on the DVD it's mentioned. So if she's trying to get to America she would have to get a visa from the embassy.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bourne is chasing the other sniper at the farmhouse he reloads the shotgun and throws the spent shells down on the ground. Wouldn't his instincts as an assassin have told him to "police his brass" and maybe put them in his pocket? (01:28:01)


Correction: I don't think this qualifies as a mistake under the "Why" rule. He probably should have done, but he didn't - a personal mistake maybe, but not a movie mistake. Also, you don't worry about 'policing brass' while your victim is fleeing!

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Corrected entry: The scene where Bourne dyes the girl's hair is sexy, but why does he go through the trouble to change her looks when he does absolutely nothing to his own looks? He doesn't even put on a hat! (00:59:08)

Correction: Bourne has to assume that whoever's after them knows him well enough that a basic disguise would be pointless. Marie, on the other hand, is an unknown quantity, so attempting to disguise her is worthwhile.

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Corrected entry: When Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) cleared everything out of his bankbox except for the gun, he loaded it all into a single red, over-the-shoulder bandbag. Later on, in France, he stops at a bus or train station and places the red bag in a locker. Unless I missed something, they never showed him returning to pick the bag back up from the locker. Yet, later in the movie when Marie (Franka Potente) parts ways with Bourne at her friend's countryhouse, he gives her money in the red bag. How did he get the bag back? (00:49:24)

Correction: Jason and Marie remain in Paris for some time, gathering information and so forth - Jason could easily have retrieved the bag at some point during that time period. Just because they didn't show it, it doesn't mean that he didn't.

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Corrected entry: When Bourne fights the two policemen in the park, he grabs the nightstick when poked with it and it bends, showing that it is a fake rubber night stick.

Correction: That's no mistake. A lot of police forces use rubber sticks instead of hard ones, because they are more effective.

Corrected entry: The climax scene of the movie is at night. Chris Cooper's character looks into a room to see if Matt Damon's character is in it. Daylight is streaming through the windows like morning. Next shot has dark windows again.

Correction: It's not daylight that is streaming through, it's the neon lights from the signs outside the building.


Corrected entry: After Jason has left the farmhouse and is looking for the sniper in the field, there is a scene where you can clearly see someone else in the back left also running through the field wearing what looks like dark green, black or camouflage.

Correction: No, you can't.


Corrected entry: At the farmhouse, the assassin gets close enough to the place to dispatch the dog without being heard. So why then does he retreat to a distant, open field to start firing potshots at Bourne?

Correction: This should not be considered a mistake insofar as a professional assassin would follow the dog (from a distance, through a scope, for example) until he was in a place where he would not be discovered and then shoot him.

Corrected entry: During the first time Marie and Jason are driving to Paris, behind a closeup of Jason through the passenger window, a car passes, indicating they are on the left side of the road. Moments later, a wide shot of the car on the road shows they are on the right.

Correction: The car that "passes" Jason and Marie is yellow and traveling in the opposite direction on a side road parallel to the road that Jason and Marie are on. There are approximately 15 seconds between when we see the yellow car and the wide shot where Marie's car is on the right side of the road. During those 15 seconds, if you look closely outside Jason's window, you can see the parallel road slowly ending, and Marie's car traveling on the right side of the road.


Corrected entry: During the scene when they were dying Maria's hair you can see two tattoos on her back. At the end of the movie in the scooter shop she only has one.

Correction: She only has one tattoo on her right shoulder blade. In the hair dying scene, as the camera pans up you can see what looks like the very tip of a tattoo on her left shoulder blade. However, it's just a freckle or a mole.


Corrected entry: When Bourne steals the grey car he smashes the front passenger window. Sitting on the broken glass would be very uncomfortable for his companion. Shouldn't he break the rear three-quarter window like any petty thief would?

Correction: They're not in a hurry. Jason takes the time to tape up the window he broke, so he could have just brushed the broken glass off the seat as well.


Corrected entry: At the farmhouse when Marie is leaving with Eamon, the camera switches back and forth between Jason and Marie. As it switches it is alternately snowing and not snowing.

Correction: It's snowing through the entire scene. Because of what's behind Jason, it is much easier to see the snowflakes than when the camera is on Marie. However, if you look closely, you can see the snow falling from both perspectives.


Corrected entry: Why does the fire escape ladder in the beginning only go down about 3 feet on a 6-7 story building?

Correction: The door to that fire escape was locked and in a sealed off area. It was obviously not in use because of that very reason and because the entire platform was clearly unstable.

Corrected entry: How was it that Jason Bourne was able to travel from Marseilles to the bank in Switzerland without a passport? Even a spy of his magnitude couldn't pull that one off.

Correction: Switzerland reserves the right to randomly spot check passports (which is outlawed between EU countries), but they rarely do.

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Continuity mistake: When Jason is cutting Marie's hair in the hotel room, his watch is on his left wrist. When he and Marie begin to kiss, in this flipped shot Jason's watch is on his right wrist, his moles have changed sides, and the hand-held showerhead behind them is backwards as well. Next shot his watch is back on his left wrist. The flipped shot has nothing to do with the small bathroom mirror. (01:00:56)

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Trivia: In the beginning, after Jason gets off the train, there is a shot of Jason outside at night looking up a snow-covered street with some footprints in the snow leading away from him. These footprints belong to director Doug Liman. (00:10:29)

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