No Retreat, No Surrender

Other mistake: The timekeeper stops the clock when Jason charges in saving Ian, but kept it going just fine for a minute when the official for the match was roundhouse-kicked to the curb, a fat kid bit an athlete and everything was obviously not legitimate in any way or form.

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Other mistake: Throughout the dance club sequence, Kelly in several shots, from the very opening when she is in the background, up until everyone gets on the dancefloor, can be spotted with a guy standing next to her in a shirt similar to the protagonist's. But she has no date for and she came with a couple of girlfriends. (01:10:00)

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Other mistake: When by extraordinary luck Jason's mum can't go pick up dad exactly the day that he has to fight off a bunch of thugs, notice on the front of the car the fake Washington state license plate about to come off. (01:07:10)

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Other mistake: Jason's reaction when he sees Bruce Lee walk back into the light is just silly. He perfectly sees him walk away, but he looks left and right and springing on his toes as if he were trying to look past an obstacle. Not investigate a doorway. (01:04:25)

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Other mistake: Jason's dad is still limping heavily and barely makes it to the pool table to bring the beer. 20 seconds later he's dragging an angry and non-cooperative guy bigger than he is all across the beer joint, and even tosses him out of the door as he lands with a nice graceful flip like of course any drunk dudes would. (01:03:15)

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Other mistake: In a quite extraordinary time compression, Jason receives the form, barely scribbles something on the first line, and the 'sensei' arrives and asks him "Finished?" And he says yes, without having written basically anything and surely not signed. (00:26:30)

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Other mistake: In the world championship tournament shown on TV from the MGM Grand Hotel in Reno, the actual shots with the ring show a much smaller and poorly lit location that does not match the other footage. (00:24:20)

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Other mistake: In the shot with the Stillwaters' car pulling in front of their new home in Seattle, on top of the luggage rack you can spot a little red item that falls off as the car stops. Coincidence or not, a minute later Jason opens the U-haul cart and grabs a box with a red cup on top. Same object or not, surely they did not travel from LA to Seattle with something precariously on top of a bag. (00:08:40 - 00:09:30)

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Other mistake: As the trio of bad guys enter the dojo to challenge Jason's dad, they go past a few students, who apparently prefer getting out in the street in their karate gi and bare feet rather than take a minute to at least put their shoes on - we even see one with sneakers and belt in hand, makes you wonder if he's just gonna drop his pants in downtown L.A. That one is not the door for the locker rooms. (00:03:30)

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Other mistake: Van Damme in the opening credits is presented quite literally as "Ivan, the Russian." During the movie they call him Ivan and is last name in the tournament is mentioned by the announcer as "Krasinki." So naturally in the end credits roll Van Damme is billed as... Karl Brezdin. Close.

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Revealing mistake: At the beginning, when Ivan and the two New York businessmen approach the school, the three are seen through a window from inside the school. If you pay close attention to the reflection of the students in the window, you can see that they are in no way doing anything related to what is being heard inside the school. After the class is dismissed and starts to leave, we see Ivan and the two businessmen begin to enter the school, and if you look in the window, the class is still going hard. (00:03:00)

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Ivan: You're good.
Jason Stillwell: I get better.

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