Visible crew/equipment: Marge receives the call after the execution (the first call), waking her up. The camera tracks toward the bed, and its shadow is visible on the right side of the screen.


Plot hole: After the kidnappers kill the trooper and then one chases after the 2 eyewitnesses you can see that they are on a straight road (no turns and he catches up to them fairly quickly) but the next morning when Marge arrives on the scene of the 2 bodies she arrives from the direction of the trooper's body (the first shooting). After examining the bodies of the eyewitnesses she asks her deputy "where the trooper is" and the Deputy points in the direction she just came from and states "down the road a bit" how did she miss it? She would have had to have driven right past the trooper's crime scene to get to the 2 bodies.

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Suggested correction: The trooper wasn't visible from the road, he was dragged into the ditch. She also could have been asking if he was in the hospital or morgue.


Audio problem: When Carl is being beat up by Shep, Shep is shouting a whole bunch of obscenities and gibberish at Carl, but during several shots where we see his face, the audio is not matched up to what he is shouting.


Plot hole: When Jerry thinks the investment he has proposed to Wade will work out, he tells Shep he may not need the help of the two kidnappers he put him in touch with. Shep then tells Jerry that he only put him in touch with, and vouched for, one of the kidnappers: Gaear. He makes it very clear that he has never heard of and does not vouch for Carl Showalter. However, at the beginning of the movie, Carl specifically mentioned Shep, saying "Shep didn't tell us much..." etc.) And when Shep is told by Marge that involvement in the kidnapping/murders could put him back in Stillwater, he knows exactly where to find Carl to give him a thorough beating. When he shows up, Carl even recognizes him ("Shep, what the Hell are you doing, I'm banging that girl.") Shep obviously knew Carl, and had no reason to hide it from Jerry, as Gaear was the more dangerous of the two.

Visible crew/equipment: When William H. Macy drives past the parking garage security guard, who has just been killed by Steve Buscemi, in the shot of Macy's car moving across the screen you can see a crew member holding equipment reflected in the car window.

Other mistake: Look closely at the dead trooper's closed eyes. You'll notice during the length of the shot that his closed eyes move. Fast forward to make this more obvious. (00:37:55)

Continuity mistake: During the night scene when the cop is shot, the cigarette in Peter Stormare's mouth switches between being long and nearly consumed. (00:28:52)

Factual error: This film takes place in 1987, but when Norm Gunderson is talking to Marge about his paintings, he mentions a 29 cent stamp. 29 cent stamps weren't introduced until 1991.

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Suggested correction: He mentions "who got" the 29-cents stamp, meaning a person's painting was selected to be on the UPCOMING 29-cents stamp. I don't know if it would take four years to actually manufacture a new stamp with a particular picture (painting), but this "planning" stage would more than likely mean that the 29-cents stamp was not yet (and would not be) available in 1987. Perhaps your entry could be more accurately classified as "other error" instead of "factual"?


Factual error: Several times during the highway scenes if you look closely you can see that some of the cars and trucks are early 90s models even though it's supposed to be 1986 or 1987.

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Jean is having a talk with Scotty about his grades and not wanting him to go out for hockey, the phone rings and the camera focuses on Jean and the phone. The microwave clock behind her reads 10:44. Jerry then enters the scene to talk on the phone and the shot reverts to Scotty shouting the obscenity then back to Jerry and the microwave clock now reads 7:43. The shot moves back to Scotty with him shaking his head and then back to Jerry where the microwave clock now reads 11:05. (00:12:35)

Continuity mistake: When Margie is in Jerry's office for the second time and Jerry rushes out to "count the stock", Margie looks at his wife's photo and it seems the photo is just in front of her as she doesn't turn around. When Jerry flees and she stands up, we see the photo is just behind her, under one of the golf player statues. (01:22:50)

Continuity mistake: When driving from Brainerd to Mpls, the bad guys are seen driving north on I35...which means they passed the cities on the drive back from Brainerd.

Continuity mistake: When Margie and her husband have lunch in Margie's office, the bag of nightcrawlers on the table changes position several times during the scene. (00:45:36)

Continuity mistake: When Carl comes back from the ransom collecting and quarrels with his partner, the Esmeralda mug on the tray keeps changing position during the scene (watch the Esmeralda image and the ear of the mug). (01:23:31)

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene when Jerry talks to the two kidnappers, the beer bottles on the table keep changing their position. (00:04:04)

Continuity mistake: When Margie visits Jerry for the first time, her scarf changes position from shot to shot. (00:59:36)

Continuity mistake: After the one guy shoots the cop, a blue Ford passes them. So the bad guy goes after them to find that the Ford flipped over. He stops then puts the Oldsmobile in reverse. Just before the car stops you can see that the taillights are from a 1989 or 1990 model. The film is set in 1986 or 1987.

Continuity mistake: The pistol used by Marge to shoot Gaear on the lake changes between camera shots. Look at the length of the barrel as she points the gun at him after he runs off, and then compare it to after she has shot him and points it to the ground. The pistol first seen is a snub nose .38. The second shot shows a "Patrolman" .357 Magnum. (01:29:00)

Continuity mistake: When Margie eats lunch with her husband in the office, the hamburger she holds is alternatively untouched and bitten. This is the most evident when she talks to her colleague about the car. (00:45:48)

Continuity mistake: When Marge sees Gaer shove Carl's body into the wood chipper, there's a huge blood puddle around the wood chipper. But moments later, as she shoots runaway Gaer, the wood chipper is visible behind her and the puddle completely disappears. There are only minor blood stains.

Marge Gunderson: So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.

Kyle G.

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Trivia: Note in the end credits that there is the symbol for "the Artist Formally Known as Prince" (a Minnesota native) placed sideways.

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Question: What is Jerry's wife watching on TV when she is about to be kidnapped?

Answer: A local TV show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area called "Good Company" which starred Steve and Sharon Adelman. It has been off the air for many years now.

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