The Bourne Identity

Continuity mistake: When Bourne is on the phone with the French hotel asking whether his identities are checked in there, his right hand changes from holding passports to holding the phone between shots.


Continuity mistake: Early in the film, Matt Damon is running up several flights of stairs. He is shown walking around a corner when the camera suddenly cuts to a different angle. In the new angle, he is shown running around the same corner. (00:22:27)

Continuity mistake: During the car chase in Paris, the sun shines when the camera films the front of the car Bourne is driving, but it's grey and gloomy when the camera films the rear of the car. Changes back and forth throughout the entire car chase.

Continuity mistake: In the car chase scene, the windscreen wipers on the Mini change from being on, then to off, then back on again throughout the whole chase. (00:52:42)

Factual error: In the farmhouse scene where Jason is pursuing the other assassin, you can distinctly hear the calls of an American Crow and a Blue Jay, two species of birds that are not found anywhere in Europe.

Visible crew/equipment: When Bourne is scoping out the bridge he is supposed to meet Chris Cooper on, a piece of camera equipment is showing on the right hand of the screen.

Revealing mistake: In the night scene where the Professor is driving in the rain to assassinate Womboosi, 2 people are visible in the car when it is shown from the front. Later he states that he always works alone so there is no reason for the other person.

Continuity mistake: After Bourne dyes and cuts Marie's hair, she is left with long tendrils at her temples. He brushes them away when they start kissing. But the next morning, when Marie wakes up in bed, all of the front of her hair is cut short.

Visible crew/equipment: Hanging on the balcony of the embassy, Bourne's stunt double is very noticeable because he is much older and has longer hair.

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Continuity mistake: When Wombosi gets assassinated, the shot changes to a view of the sniper's scope. The glass on the window is not broken, even after a bullet was fired through it. (01:03:44)

Factual error: When Conklin flies to Paris, we see him board a Dassault Falcon 900 that bears the registration "N-GIDE." This is not a valid United States aircraft registration. All US registrations have an "N" followed by up to four alphanumeric characters without a hyphen in between (e. G, N601AW). (01:35:10)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jason Bourne first wrestles with the boat's doctor/captain, the man shows Jason the cylinder that was in his hip and asks him why it was there. Jason grabs it and his hands are clean, then in the next shot as the medic is still holding him there is blood all over Jason's hand as Jason continues examining this cylinder, then the blood disappears again.

Factual error: 104 Rue du Jardin does not exist in Paris. They stop on a rather large street which would be called a "boulevard" in Paris. Not a "rue." (00:37:05)

Factual error: On the way from Zurich to Paris there's an Aral gas station. There are no Aral gas stations in Switzerland or France, only in Germany and Luxembourg. (00:34:00)

Factual error: When his team are tracking Marie, Conklin asks about the yellow pin in the map and is told she lived there in 1997 and that the nearest town is Riom. The pin is on the town of Nevers which is 170 km from Riom, with several towns much closer than that. (01:22:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Bourne sees Conklin on the bridge of Pont Neuf, Conklin starts to take his jacket off first, leaving his suit coat on. In the next shot both jacket and coat are being taken off at the same time.


Continuity mistake: When Jason and Marie are talking before she gets in Eamon's car, one angle shows light snowfall and snow in Marie's hair. But the other angle, there is no snow in her hair, even when she fully turns around to get in the vehicle.


Visible crew/equipment: When Bourne exits the car and walks to the train station to leave the bag, he is replaced by an obvious stand-in.

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Continuity mistake: When Jason jumps down the staircase hole, the position which he lands in and the amount of blood on his head changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the Paris Gare du Nord shot where he is to leave the bag, when they pull up to the station time is 16:15 in the first shot of the watch, then cut to car he gets out, time is 12:00 then inside time table show around 16:30 unable to see how long up, but it is no longer 12:00 then camera moves around him and cut and a time table for track 12 shows 18:26 He looks at the timetable pondering if he should leave Marie and now the timetable for track 12 shows 14:37 and the clock in the background 14:29.


Marie Kreutz: Do you have ID?
Jason Bourne: [laughs.] Not really.

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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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Question: What is Jason doing with the tape and the car window, in the scene before he drives Marie to Eamon's house?

Chosen answer: He is taping up the car window that he broke in order to keep some of the winter weather out.

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Answer: He taped the door edges so they wouldn't leave fingerprints on the car.

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