National Security

National Security (2003)

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Continuity mistake: When Steve Zahn and Martin Lawrence are driving away from the police in the junkyard, they hit a car in the junkyard, and we can see the damage inflicted on it. However, in all of the shots following the car is not damaged.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn are in the red station wagon that Steve Zahn was unable to commandeer and was slapped silly for, they drive by a glass building and you see the camera crew and equipment on a platform in front of the vehicle, moving with them.

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Continuity mistake: This happens twice that I can remember in the movie, the first time in the P.T.A, when Martin crashes through the house in his car, when he lands the hubcaps fly off the car, this is very visable, but when we see the car just a few seconds later, the hubcaps are back on the car. This exact thing happens again when Martin and Steve crash through the sign at the junkyard.

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Continuity mistake: When Martin and Steve are fleeing from the police (after the junkyard) as they are pulling into the car wash the rear view mirror constantly appears and disappears from the windshield of the car. In the exterior views just prior to the car wash the mirror is missing but appears to be a solid black pasted image from the interior shots. Then, inside the car wash for the exterior views the mirror is present, then is gone with the interior view. In the final fight scenes, the damage to and colour of Steve's jacket appears to change with each time the camera pans back to him inside the crane.

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Continuity mistake: Steve Zahn and Martin Lawrence drive the white van out of the back of the transport truck, which flies off the bridge, and lands on the garbage barge. When it lands, an inside view of both characters shows a destroyed front window. When they climb out, the window now has a few bullet holes in it, but is mainly intact.

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Continuity mistake: In the police chase scene where Earl steals the police car at the impound lot, the car they are in is 26. There are also two officers chasing them in police car 405. When this police car crashes in only show 40. The next car that crashes driven by two other officers is also numbered 26. Later it shows Earl still driving car 26.

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Revealing mistake: When Martin Lawrence was trying to get into his car after he supposedly locked the keys in it, you can see in the shot from inside the car that the door was unlocked. You can tell because the orange-red sticker on the lock is showing, which wouldn't be visible if it was locked.

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Other mistake: When Earl and Hank are in the police car, there is one shot where you are looking from Earl's POV. In this POV the rear view mirrow is just a black outline, not a mirror.

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Continuity mistake: When Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn crash the student driver car through the freeway water barriers, when the car lands you can see that only one person is in the car instead of two, and that the car has only one steering wheel instead two.

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Revealing mistake: In the part where they are both in the big reds trailers back, the bad guy hits the breaks and the trailer starts sliding to the side. You can see the back wheels of the trailer turning making the trailer slide.

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Continuity mistake: When Martin takes the instructional car, the learning driver is wearing a seat belt. But when the camera snaps to a different angle to show the learner's back, the seat belt is magically gone and he gets out of the car without unbuckling anything.

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Continuity mistake: When they steal the police car and go through a wall, the blue cover for the police light flies through the air but a second later, it is back in place.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene at the academy when Martin Lawrence caught the instructor and his car gets loose, just before the car hits and explodes, you can see that the car has had its light bar removed.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the trial for Hank, the judge is announced by the bailiff as "the honorable Judge Marsha Gailey presiding". At the end of the scene when she pronounces Hank guilty her name plate says "Hon. M. Healy".

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When Steve Vahn and Martin Lawrence are zooming in the police car through the car junk yard, they go off a car that is used as a ramp. When the car lands, it shows the front-left hubcap pop out. In the next shot, the hubcap is back on.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Earl stops the student driver car, you can see the driver get scared and lift his fingers while keeping his hands on the wheel. But the very next shot, his fingers are suddenly balled around the steering wheel again.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Factual error: At the end of the bridge shoot out, Earl and Hank accidentally drive the van off the bridge and land in a garbage barge. This would not have happened, as at the time of this movie garbage barges were no longer used for transporting trash, to make LA a greener city. Mistake admitted to on DVD Commentary.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Factual error: At the police chase training, Earl jumps out of his car and it crashes into some barrels, and causes a huge explosion. The police academy would not have had explosive barrels out on a car obstacle course like that, endangering their trainees.

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Factual error: Moments before Hank sees Charlie get shot, he tries to shoot through a window to get to him. The bullets have no effect, so he says, "It's bullet proof! I'm coming in!" He tries the door, and it's locked, so shoots the window again, having absolutely no effect. The glass would have at least cracked and shown signs of where the bullets were hitting. Even bullet proof glass is damaged by bullets. This glass was in perfect condition the whole time.

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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.

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Factual error: When Hank and Charlie first arrive at the warehouse that is being robbed, they shine their spotlight on the opened door. They are shining it through a gate with bars. But in the shots showing the light on the door, there are now shadows cast by the gate.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Character mistake: At the security guard graduation, the instructor opens a pouch of quarters and says to use that to call the cops when things get nasty. You don't need to put money in a pay phone to dial 911.

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Continuity mistake: When Earl and Nash are fighting over the cliff, Nash tries to smash Earl's head by throwing a large concrete block at him. It sits there afterwards. You never see this block again in the spot they were fighting, not even when Hank drops the crane hook on the slab and launches Nash off it. The block should have been seen flying also.

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Continuity mistake: After their tire is shot out, the van crashes through a big window. In the shot of it breaking through, you can see the van's headlights are off. Two shots later as it lands on its side and slides, one of the headlights is now on, and slowly fades off.

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Continuity mistake: During the old fort shoot out, Hank, Earl, and Washington are driving off in the white van. One of the S.W.A.T. team guys shoots their front right tire and it goes flat. The van then crashes through a big dirty window and lands on its side. Now the front right tire is no longer damaged.

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Hank Rafferty: Look! I am trying to remain calm... Because I know that if I hit you, I will never see the light of day again. Which right now seems almost worth it. SO DON'T PUSH IT!
Earl Montgomery: You threatening me?
Hank Rafferty: Yeah! Yeah, I'm threatening ya!

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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.

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