Revealing mistake: When the Charger hits the red truck, the truck turns over with the assistance of a 'pipe cannon' (note the sudden eruption of white smoke from under the truck). This device is like a large gun, pointed down that fires a cylindrical wooden 'bullet' at the ground, and the pressure behind it forces one side of the truck upward, causing the flip. Evidence of its use is seen when the passing cop drives away and in the street is a perfectly circular 'dent' in the asphalt with a burn mark surrounding it.
01:12:50 - 01:16:20johnrosa
Continuity mistake: After trying to ditch Mary at the general store, the blue Impala is chased by two cops in a patrol car. Shots looking rearward from the Impala's backseat at the police car show only two of its headlights are on, but shots showing Larry's face show the police car over his shoulder with all four lights on. This goes back and forth for several shots.
Continuity mistake: When the blue Impala is shown early in the film from the rear, it has a crooked rear license plate, intact tail lights and trim, a 'Chevrolet' emblem at the right side of the trunk lid, and a pair of square stickers (red, blue) at the right end of the rear bumper. As it enters the flea market, the stickers are gone and the trunklid is dented. As it approaches the drawbridge, the plate is straight, a piece of trim is missing, a tail light is broken, and the 'Chevrolet' emblem and stickers are gone, and the dented trunklid is fixed. From shot to shot, these conditions swap back and forth repeatedly.
00:19:10 - 00:46:30johnrosa
Visible crew/equipment: As the Charger races toward the railroad tracks, the view from above and behind the car shows a cable is pulling the car forward. The cable runs under the tracks (note the discolored pavement that crosses the tracks), then the cable emerges on the other side and turns left around a horizontal pulley. The cable disappears to the left where an off-screen truck is driving further to the left, pulling the car.
Continuity mistake: In some scenes the Charger has emblems on the rear roof pillars that say 'Charger' but in others, there are no emblems there. This is very obvious just before and after the crash with the red truck (before hitting, there are none; stopping, they are back; crawling away, they are gone again).
Continuity mistake: At the end of an argument, Mary turns to bite Larry's shoulder. As she turns, the view out the side and rear of the car is of a wire fence surrounding an open, golden field. But the moment of her actually biting Larry has a totally black background- possibly shot while the car was stationary with a tarp behind it.
Continuity mistake: As the '69 Charger turns onto a dirt siding to avoid a police car that approaches from the left, a side shot of the car shows it is suddenly a '68 Charger driving alongside the police car. The round tail lights are quite obvious, as are the missing square side marker lights of a '69 model.
Continuity mistake: As the Charger emerges from the groves after repairs, it is spotted by the cop in the modified police car. The close-up of the cop beginning to smile shows that the insignia on the car door has only black outlines on the white door, yet all the shots after show it is properly filled in with gold.
Continuity mistake: The very first shot of the Dodge Charger shows it parked at the flea market. The car is shown with a crushed front valance, a rusty metal framework added below and behind the valance, and a base-model grille. When the car starts and drives away, the valance is perfect, the rusty frame is gone, and the grille now has an 'R/T' emblem. Two different cars were filmed on different days and the shots don't match up.
00:51:30 - 00:55:00johnrosa
Continuity mistake: When the Charger turns off the paved road onto a dirt siding, it does so to avoid the cop approaching from the left on the side street. As the cop reaches the end of that street, he turns left to race alongside the Charger which is higher up on the dirt path. In the shot from the rear when the cop is turning, we see that he is already beyond the telephone poles that stand between the paved and dirt roads. When the shot changes to running alongside the police car, looking upward at the Charger, a telephone pole magically passes between the cars. Obviously, they started this shot further back.
Visible crew/equipment: When the Charger hits the train, the shot from above and behind ends with the rear window shattering due to a very obvious mortar blast at the left/lower corner of the glass, which fires a white gaseous stream upward. It's seen again in slow motion from the side in the next shot as well (at the right side of the shot).
Visible crew/equipment: As the Charger approaches the bar/pool hall, a side shot of Larry driving shows a duplicate of his car reflected in the side of his door mirror. The film's budget was so small, there were no 'camera trucks' and such, so the extra two Chargers they had doubled as camera platforms when needed.
Continuity mistake: At the end of the chase between the Charger and the 'hot rod' police car, they speed into an intersection and turn left. Just before the police car is struck by a gray station wagon, the Charger can be seen leaving the road surface, headed into the trees and grass while braking hard (the stunt driver took the turn too fast and overshot it). The shot changes and the Charger is seen speeding away on the pavement without having had time to turn around, to get back on the road nor to return to high speed.
Continuity mistake: In various scenes, an odd pattern of scratches appears and disappears from the top portion of the car's driver's-side door. These are due to the car's use as a 'camera platform' during some scenes (like filming Larry through his own window), and the camera mounts have made the scratches. It is obviously not collision damage. Because the camera isn't visible in these shots, this is a continuity error, not a visible equipment error.
Continuity mistake: After colliding with the red pickup truck,, the trio decide to take the car deeper into the walnut grove to hide out while repairing the front end of the car. An exterior shot starts on the left side of the car as it turns away from the camera and crawls away. The round side-marker light behind the '440' marking and the lack of reverse lights in the rear valance indicates this is a 1968 Charger that is wearing 1969 tail lights, poorly installed. This is the only scene in the film that uses this car in this configuration.
Continuity mistake: When Deke stands up to defend Mary after Larry has pushed her down, a tire & wheel can be seen lying flat to Deke's left, very close to the car. When Larry walks away moments later, the tire/wheel is significantly further forward and left of the car despite nobody touching it.
Visible crew/equipment: While shooting pool, Deke lines up a shot into a side pocket where Larry stands. On the table, there is a ball to our right of the pocket, and nothing is between the ball and the pocket. When the shot changes during the ensuing argument, there's a small camera on the table between the ball and the pocket, to show point of view.
Continuity mistake: While making a sharp left turn, the Charger is struck in the left rear quarter panel by the 'hot rod' police car, deforming that panel severely. But as the Charger again turns left onto a dirt road to 'powder' the cop's face, the panel is undamaged. The shots that follow next show the damage is back for the remainder of the film.
Continuity mistake: When we see the train from the front just before the collision at the end of the film, the staircase on its front/right corner is already heavily damaged/crushed. Then, as the car is about to collide with the train, we see the train in a side view and these stairs are perfectly fine. The approaching front view was obviously filmed after the crash. Note the same damage is on the train in the film's opening shot (just before the credits and theme song start).
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