The Bourne Identity

Audio problem: When the first assassin runs out of bullets shortly after coming through the apartment window, his gun makes a series of rapid clicks as if dry firing full-auto, but real guns, even full-auto ones, don't keep on clicking when empty. It should either make a single click, or a nearly inaudible one. (00:44:16)

Factual error: After the scene where Bourne is returning to his hotel to find the police surrounding it he smashes a police car window to take a "wanted" poster from the front seat. This poster is titled "Gesucht" which is German. Requests for assistance from another police force would not simply be a matter of faxing a wanted poster to the nearest police station over the border. The request would be given to a national body who would then have translated the request to French before distribution.


Factual error: When Matt Damon enters the station, the clock reads 2:30. On the board inside the station, the timetable shows some trains leaving at 5pm. In this busy train station in Paris, it would be impossible to list 2+ hours of departures. It is usually only about 1 hour at that time of the day.

Continuity mistake: In the farmhouse scene Bourne looks out a window and it is bright outside. When he looks out the glass in the door and it is dark outside. When Bourne goes outside it is bright again.

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Revealing mistake: When Jason climbs onto the rail of the fire escape, it is not attached to the wall - intentionally, it has not broken - but then in another shot, two seconds later, it 'breaks'. It pulls out of a visible hole in the wall, although it was never actually attached and there was no hole before. (00:23:25)

Continuity mistake: Just before the car chase, a police car pulls up behind their mini, but when they race off it's no longer there.


Continuity mistake: When Jason enters the train station to stash the red bag, the large clock on the outside of the station reads exactly 12 noon. Once he's inside the station the clock reads after two. (00:48:37)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jason and Marie go to Jason's residence in Paris, Jason picks up a Bic Pen to write while he's talking on the phone to the hotel. He takes the cap off and places it on the back of the pen. In the next shot, the cap is missing from the back of the pen. (00:39:15)

Continuity mistake: When Conklin is going to meet Bourne on the bridge, the people walking behind or to the side of him are constantly changing between shots.


Continuity mistake: During the car chase there is a shot of Bourne steering frantically. In the centre of the steering wheel is a Mini badge. Cut back a few moments later and the badge has changed to a Cooper badge. (00:51:15 - 00:52:05)

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the car chase, the red car has a burnt out leftside tail light. For the remainder of the chase, it's working. (00:52:57)

Revealing mistake: There is no snow at all on any surface higher than the second floor of the consulate, except for the sill Bourne is climbing on, and the fire escape.

Continuity mistake: When Bourne is escaping the embassy, he has to scale down a wall below a broken fire escape. As he is inching his way to his right, towards the corner, the shot changes to one from below, and he is suddenly about six feet lower than he was the moment before (there is a curved pipe jutting out of the wall that allows you to easily judge his actual position.) (00:23:33)

Factual error: The laser pointer and the subtitle reads "Gemeinschaft Bank". That's wrong. It has to be Gemeinschaftsbank. (00:04:20)

Visible crew/equipment: As Eamon is getting ready to leave with his children after Jason kills The Professor, a cameraman's legs are reflected in the back of his car just before he says the line "I'm not waiting, Marie". (01:30:35)


Continuity mistake: After the car chase in Paris, Bourne parks Marie's car in a garage but when the cops find it later it's not the same garage. The wall in front of the car is different and the concrete column with the extinguisher is gone. (00:56:20 - 01:07:50)

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Continuity mistake: When Jason is climbing down the side of the embassy, there is a car in the snow. When the camera cuts directly to him, then back to the aerial view, the car is gone, there are no tracks and it isn't snowing hard enough to cover the tracks.

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Visible crew/equipment: Right at the end of the car chase, the yellow van in the pile-up is flipped over by some kind of large metal lever in the undercarriage. This is seen from the last 2 angles of the crash. (00:52:45)

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Visible crew/equipment: After Bourne and Marie get to Paris, Bourne is sleeping and Marie awakens him. Shortly after he gets out of the car you can see a crew member's head reflected in the rear right window. (00:34:25)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene at Treadstone HQ's where Chris Cooper is looking at the screen of the mini that Matt Damon is getting into, he takes off his glasses. It goes to the screen and then goes back to Chris Cooper and he takes off his glasses again and puts them in his breast pocket.

Jason Bourne: How could I forget about you? You're the only person I know.

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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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