Plot hole: All pilots have the technology to secretly transmit a code that tells air traffic control there is a hijacking in progress, without having to say a word. They also have a hijack code, something that sounds completely innocuous to you are me, but would be instantly recognisable to the airport authorities.
Revealing mistake: After the plane crashes in Las Vegas, the police pull Johnny 23's body from the cuffs. His arm is clearly made of wax because the fingers are stuck together and they don't fall when the arm swings around. (01:39:35)
Factual error: When Pinball falls from the aircraft, he lands in Fresno, California supposedly. Fresno does not have more than two buildings over 30 stories - the city in the movie has many more. (00:54:00 - 00:54:55)
Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, Nicholas Cage is supposed to be an Airborne Ranger. His uniform is correct for someone being in the 75th Ranger Regiment but his hair is entirely too long. Rangers are required to keep their hair EXTREMELY short. (00:01:25)
Continuity mistake: When the plane is crashing into the hotel, it crashes into a white corvette. Then it cuts to another scene, then it cuts to back outside, and you see the plane crash into the corvette again, from a different angle. Then it does the same thing 2 more times, until the plane is actually stopped. After it cuts to another scene outside, you see the same corvette, with only a flaming piece of metal on the hood, not completely shattered like it should be. (01:37:30)
Continuity mistake: In the movie the officers are seen wearing brown shirts and pants. Officers in the federal bureau of prisons do not wear brown, they wear white shirts and grey pants. (00:14:40)
Factual error: When John Cusack is driving the old Corvette to Lerner Field he shifts the car. He is going way too fast to be shifting from second to third so apparently he is shifting from fourth to overdrive. The only problem is that five speed transmissions weren't available until much later. In fact, on these old transmissions, shifting up and to the right from fourth would put you in reverse. (01:00:50)
Character mistake: When they decide to crash land the plane and touch down on the road the pilot either doesn't cut power to the engines or doesn't shut them off. Towards the end, it looks like the engine is still at full power.
Continuity mistake: In the extended edition, after Johnny attacks Guard Bishop and is stopped by Cameron, the cons run back to the plane to escape, and all of a sudden Johnny appears from nowhere with a gun and is shot, when he was just on the plane being beaten up by Cameron, and is then shown being put in chains by Cameron back on board the plane.
Factual error: When the plane is flying down the strip in Las Vegas it crashes through the guitar of the Hard Rock Cafe (or possibly the hotel). Neither are located on the Strip.
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