National Security

National Security (2003)

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Factual error: They do not put anyone in a state penitentiary for six months. County jail is anything up to 364 days. A year or more is prison. (00:19:10)

Continuity mistake: In the shoot-out scene with the white van, all the bullet holes are perfectly round when seen up close. But since the shots are fired in lots of different directions and not in a straight angle to the surface, most should be elongated. (01:14:45)

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Factual error: When Hank is let out of solitary confinement, he punches the guard. A prisoner would never have the chance to attack guards while in solitary confinement because he/she is cuffed while still in the cell. Also, there are always at least two guards for escort, not one.

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Continuity mistake: When Hank and Charlie investigate the alarm in the start of the movie, they split up. Hank is shown going up a flight of stairs and has his gun and flashlight in the common position cops do when searching. Gun pointed forward with flashlight lying over, hands crossed. The very next shot shows Charlie passing a security monitor that has Hank on surveillance. Hanks' hands are now down at his sides. (00:03:20)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn hijack the driving school car, the passenger side steering wheel is grey in colour and thick. The shot following of the car crashing through the portable toilets, the passenger side steering wheel is black in colour and thinner than the one in previous shots. (00:40:05)

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Factual error: When Hank and Earl are leaving the police station after being released, there is a sign on the stairs that reads, "LA PD 26th Precinct." Los Angeles Police Department has divisions, not precincts. (00:35:35)

Revealing mistake: When Hank stops the red station wagon to attempt to commander it, you can see the driver is a different person when it comes up to the person when it is up close. (00:58:30)

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Continuity mistake: After getting a ride with the lady in the red station wagon, there is a shot on the outside of them coming towards the camera. You can see in the back seat that Hank is all the way on the left side of the back seat, and Earl is all the way on the right side. But then it cuts to the inside of the car and suddenly Hank is in the middle of the back seat next to Earl. (00:58:45)

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Continuity mistake: Hank attempts to commander a car and gets slapped silly. So instead, the woman driving gives them a ride. The shot of the outside of the car shows they are on a street with almost no traffic. It cuts to the interior of the car and suddenly there are other vehicles all around the car. (00:58:45)

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Audio problem: When Hank tries to get Earl to tell Denise that he didn't beat Earl, the last thing he says to Earl before the shot changes is "Okay, Earl." The shot doesn't change till just after he begins saying the word "Okay." You can see Hank's lips don't move on that part. (00:50:45)

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Visible crew/equipment: After Charlie is killed by Nash, it shows a shot of the van escaping out of the warehouse through the window that was separating Hank from his partner. Looking closely at the far left of the window, you can see the hands of a crew member reflected and moving around. (00:05:00)

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Continuity mistake: At the fort shoot out, Hank shoots at a S.W.A.T. vehicle and hits the driver. Two bullet holes are shown on the windshield. The very next shot shows the vehicle begin to crash, and the bullet holes are gone. (01:15:40)

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Revealing mistake: When the shoot out at the old fort begins, you see bullets hitting the walls left and right. Despite it being concrete, you can see some sort of pink powder in each of the bullet holes. (01:14:35)

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Continuity mistake: When Hank and Earl are hanging on the back of the Big Red Truck and getting inside, the cars and scenery around them keeps changing wildly between shots. Cars, buildings, and locations change, appear, and disappear way too quickly for normal driving. (00:42:10)

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Continuity mistake: On the bridge before Hank uses the cell phone he found from the robbery at the Coke factory, he says that yeah, he is threatening Earl. At that moment, the camera is looking at Hank with Earl next to him and shows only a white car coming along behind Hank. Then the shot cuts to show Earl with Hank next to him, and suddenly a black car appears passing them that we did not see coming in the previous shot. Similar mistakes of cars appearing and disappearing between shots riddles this scene all over. (00:35:15)

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Continuity mistake: Just after hearing about Charlie being shot at, Hank takes off to find a way to his partner. He shoots a window and jumps through it, landing on a U-Haul truck. As he does, there are hundreds of glass pieces falling with him like a shower onto the truck. It cuts to him rolling off the front of the truck, but you see no evidence of the glass that was falling with him. And then the next shot shows him hit the ground, and now there is glass there where it would have fallen off the truck. (00:04:10)

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning scene, the thieves are pouring what appears to be liquid nitrogen on a lock. The camera slowly pans down as the liquid is splashing over it and you see steam bellowing away. The very instant the hammer comes on screen, you can tell it is a jump cut because suddenly the liquid just vanishes without a stop, and the steam is suddenly gone also. (00:00:45)

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Factual error: When Hank and Earl commandeer the driving school car they start to look for Nash's white van. There is a sign indicating a fork in the road with PCH California 1 and Interstate 405. Those are real roads in Los Angeles but they don't intersect. (00:39:20)

Continuity mistake: While in the back seat of the red station wagon, you can see a car coming up on the driver side of the vehicle about to pass them. Hank tells Earl to shut the hell up and it cuts to the driver who tells them not to use that language. The car that was about to pass them never does, it just vanishes. (00:58:55)

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Continuity mistake: While fighting for control of the vehicle, Hank and Earl lose control of the Driver's Ed car and plow through various obstacles. One shot shows them bust through a wooden fence. In the middle of that shot, you see the car's wheels stop turning while they are in mid air. Two shots later, before they hit the ground, both sets of wheels are spinning again. (00:40:00)

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Instructor: Impressive shooting, Montgomery. You realize though, that you missed the target in the middle?
Earl Montgomery: Who, the brother? Oh I wasn't shooting at him.
Instructor: Mind telling me why not?
Earl Montgomery: He don't look suspicious, to me. Look at'em. One lone brother, surrounded by four white guys with guns? The man is terrified. What you want him to do, tap dance? Don't worry brother, I got you. Don't be afraid to dial 911. I keeps it clean, when Earl Montgomery's on the scene. What the problem is?

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Trivia: It just so happened that on a day when they needed a wide angle lens to get a shot, for the over head view of Hank shooting through the wall at Nash, that the Spider-Man movie was being filmed only a few blocks away. The director of Spider-Man let the director of National Security borrow their lens long enough to get that shot, which was on screen for only about a second. (01:04:55)

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Question: "I call it Earl Jr. Likes to hang out with Daddy." When Earl says this, he is referring to the gun he pulls out at the coke factory, and uses it throughout the movie. It is an awesome little gun, and appears to be an automatic pistol of some sorts and has a flashlight attached to the front. Does anybody know what kind of gun that is?

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Chosen answer: Here is a description of the gun according to the IMDb: "Earl's automatic pistol, "Earl Jr.", is a Glock 17 converted to fire fully-automatic. Glock 18C's, as it was meant to portray, have a rate-of-fire selector switch on the slide." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0271668/trivia.

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