The Hunted

The Hunted (2003)

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Continuity mistake: When Tommy Lee Jones is reading the letter at the end of the movie, there is no signs of scar tissue on his hand, even tough he was cut there during his last fight with Benicio Del Toro.

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Continuity mistake: When Benicio Del Toro is smashing into all the cars in the traffic jam, he does some major damage to the hood. Later, when investigators examine the abandoned car, the hood isn't bent or damaged at all.


Factual error: Lots of liberties are taken with the geography of downtown Portland. For example, at one point Bonham is standing on a fountain looking around and, from his point of view, you see two MAX trains on a slope going past a parking lot. Those two points are about a mile apart and there is definitely not line of sight between them because most of downtown Portland is in the way.



Continuity mistake: When Tommy Lee Jones is pursuing Benicio Del Toro under the city his shirt is wet almost all the way to his trousers, when he gets out of the hole its wet only on the top of his back


Continuity mistake: As Aaron Hallam is leaving his girlfriend's house, he steals her car and races off as fast as possible. He easily passes LT Bonham. However a moment later LT is even with the car again.


Continuity mistake: In the short aerial shot of Hallam and Bonham climbing up the bridge there is no train on the bridge below them.



Factual error: When Hallam is trying to get on the train, the policeman says the subject is on the Hawthorne Bridge. The MAX light railway doesn't go over that bridge, it goes over the Steel Bridge.



Revealing mistake: When the "light rail" vehicle is crossing the bridge, several shots reveal that it is not traveling on rails, but on a metal grating. This is most obvious after the police have stopped it. We see a bridge deck designed to carry cars & trucks (in fact, the police have just driven out on it) with strips of metal laid on the surface to simulate "rails". As others have observed, this was filmed on the wrong bridge; this makes it particularly obvious.

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Continuity mistake: Near the end, when Tommy Lee Jones is hanging upside-down over the raging river, he pulls the wooden stake out of his leg. Blood starts gushing out and it leaves a pretty big hole in his thigh. Yet during his end fight with Del Toro, there is no marks on either thigh.


Continuity mistake: In the car chase scene, when Del Toro gets stuck in traffic, the car behind him stops just a few centimeters before. But when he decides to make room using his car, suddenly the car behind him is a few feet back, providing him with adequate space to drive in reverse


Factual error: After Del Toro jumps into the (Willamette) river he floats/swims to the falls. In fact those falls are about 10 miles upstream from the point he jumps in.

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Continuity mistake: The colouring of the wolf's paw varies. When Tommy Lee Jones is tracking it, the paw is black. When the snare is being removed, it is pink with blood, and when the wolf is finally running away, the paw is white.



Continuity mistake: When Bonham follows Hallam down the river he is seen walking on the right bank. In the next shot he is walking on the left bank. (One could assume that he is going back and forth, but that would be very counterproductive on the hunt for someone who is swimming down a fast-flowing river).



Revealing mistake: When Aaron cuts the first deer hunter's cheek there is no slash but only a smear of 'blood'.



Continuity mistake: In the scene where they visit the girlfriend, Connie Nielsen has straightened her hair and changed her clothes. Suddenly they are in the girlfriend's attic looking at the safe that was just mentioned in a previous scene, and she has wet curly hair and a wet-shirt on.


Continuity mistake: When Tommy Lee Jones is pursuing Benicio Del Toro in the river, he gets very wet. In the next shot his hair and clothes are dry and clean.

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Revealing mistake: In the shot where Jones is caught in a snare and is falling through the air towards the water, he comes to an unnatural stop at the end of his fall. He should have jerked when he came to the end of the rope. Instead, he came to a smooth, controlled stop with no jerking or bouncing. The stunt man was probably lowered with a crane.

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Continuity mistake: When Bonham steps into Hallam's trap and goes down the cliff doing a bungee jump there are huge trees right next to the trap. Seen from below there are no trees.



Revealing mistake: In the scene where the two "deer" hunters are shooting at Del Toro, the report of the rifles is wrong. The report they use in the movie is for a semi-automatic weapon; you can hear the mechanical clang at the end. These hunters were shooting bolt action rifles.

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Revealing mistake: Towards the beginning of the movie, there are several shots of winter wilderness, one with a soaring eagle. If you look closely, you see that this particular eagle has tethers hanging off of its feet. This was not a bird found in nature. This was a trained bird brought in for this shot.

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Factual error: Near the end of the movie Del Toro was forging a knife with a fire he made out of twigs. It is not possible for that fire to heat the metal enough. A much hotter fire would be needed for smithing.

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Continuity mistake: The letter giving the Department of Defense jurisdiction over Hallam is dated March 5 2001. The caption about 12 minutes into the film ("Silver Falls, Oregon, 2003") sets it in 2003.



Continuity mistake: When Hallam goes after the two deer hunters he throws a knife into a small tree. When Bonham looks at the hole later it's much too wide, as if the wood had been carved out.

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Other mistake: When Bonham starts his search for Hallam in the forest we see him crawling along with his face and shirt nice and clean. From one shot to the next his face is covered with movie dirt, and his shirt looks as if he hadn't changed it in at least a year. Fresh dirt looks different.



Continuity mistake: During the first fight between Bonham and Hallam the dirt on both their faces keeps changing and is almost gone by the time the fight is over.



Visible crew/equipment: When Bonham searches Hallam's girlfriend's house there is a cat on a bed that is visibly held down by a string before it's allowed to hide.



Audio problem: During the first fight between Bonham and Hallam you see from their faces that the moaning has been dubbed in later.



Continuity mistake: When Bonham follows Hallam through downtown Portland, shortly before Hallam hides behind the Budget truck, Bonham overtakes a blond lady in a rather unbecoming black-and-white sweater twice.



Continuity mistake: When Bonham finds Hallam in his girlfriend's house the right shutter of the window is higher. When Hallam dives through the window the right shutter is lower.



Plot hole: In one of the scenes where Jones and Del Toro are fighting hand to hand, Del Toro's knife is knocked into the bushes. They continue to fight until a point where Del Toro has gained the upper hand. Del Toro is on top of Jones, who is almost unconscious. Instead of finishing Jones off, Del Toro looks around for his knife. This doesn't make sense. Del Toro is a trained killer. He doesn't need a knife to kill Jones.

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Continuity mistake: Hallam hops from the roof of the train on to the steel construction of the bridge. He is seen climbing up a curved, flat beam, but when the camera angle changes he is running up stairs with a railing. In a later areal shot the curved beam isn't there.



Other mistake: When Bonham climbs on the train we see in the back that the bridge has a ramp, which can be passed by cars but not by a train. (The fact that it's the wrong bridge has been mentioned already, but the ramp reveals this even to non-Portlanders.)



Continuity mistake: When Abby Durrell interrogates Hallam the position of the water glasses on the table changes from one shot to the next.



Continuity mistake: When the truck crashes after the tunnel the lanes are separated by two continuous markings. When we see the truck again during the TV coverage there are no markings, and there is a parking area next to the road that hadn't been there before.

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Continuity mistake: When Bonham searches Hallam's cave hideout and finds the bible, all of a sudden smoke is coming out from under some rubble.



Plot hole: Near the start of the film Tommy Lee Jones tracks a wounded wolf through the woods and removes a snare from its leg. The problem with this is there is no way he could have just walked up to a wild animal start touching it without it attacking. Plus this is a wounded animal which as anyone who deals with animals can tell you makes them twice as dangerous.

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Other mistake: During the scene where Aaron Hallam is talking to Loretta about the squirrel's tracks, he says the tracks are 9 inches apart. But if you watch his hands as he demonstrates, you'll notice they are only moving about 3 - 6 inches, not anywhere near 9.


Revealing mistake: In the beginning, when Tommy Lee Jones enters the cabin, the snow on his shoulders doesn't melt. This could happen if it was really cold inside, but you can't see anyone breath out...


Continuity mistake: When Hallam hides behind a Budget truck Bonham loses him for a moment. He stands there looking around, and while he does that he gets transferred from a completely built-up area to a park where he can spot tracks in the lawn (somehow identifiable as Hallam's).



Factual error: In all the scene setting shots of downtown Portland there are always sirens wailing and car horns blaring to make it sound like a big city. Portland just doesn't sound like that.



Other mistake: On the final hunt, both Bonham and Hallam sit down and produce knives in a very diligent manner, Bonham from a flintstone, and Hallam from a piece of scrap metal in a complete forging procedure. Given the time pressure both opponents are under, this display of stone- resp. iron-age skills (a.k.a. survival skills) is a bit absurd and almost touching.



Continuity mistake: When the FBI agent tries to persuade Bonham to help with the deer hunter case he puts some material in a briefcase on the table in front of him. Bonham refuses and pushes the briefcase back, the agent insists and puts it in front of Bonham again, but a wider shot shows it still lying right in front of the agent.



Continuity mistake: Shortly before Hallam leaves the basement he is seen running along in a black shirt and without a helmet, with Bonham on his heels. From one shot to the next he is wearing a thick brown jacket and a red helmet, not anything he would put on running along to facilitate his escape.



Continuity mistake: When Benicio Del Toro is questioned by the lady after he was caught for the first time, she is sitting at the right from him. The next shot she's sitting at the left. It can't be a reflection issue - both times we see Abby Durrell on Hallam's right or left we also see reflections of Van Zandt and Bonham in the window, indicating that both times we look THROUGH the one-way mirror. Van Zandt and Bonham wouldn't be visible in a reflection inside the interrogation room.


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