The Fugitive

Continuity mistake: When the bus full of prisoners rolls down the embankment, it finishes up lying parallel to the train track. Yet in the next scene, the bus is clearly lying across the train track.

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Continuity mistake: During the bus accident , Richard Kimble is handcuffed. When the bus is falling, you can see that he has no handcuffs on, but then when he asks the driver to uncuff him again, he has them back on.

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Other mistake: When Harrison Ford is being chased in an ambulance by the police, there is a shot of police cars heading towards the waterfalls in the background. If you look closely, the water is not moving.

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Audio problem: If you listen carefully to the conversation Kimble has with his lawyer, he says "St. Louis" differently in the live version and the police recording, indicating the crew may have used two different recordings.

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Continuity mistake: When Kimble is calling his lawyer close to the EL-train, he says something and then you hear the "clang" from the train's bell. You only hear it once. However, when the police records the call and plays it, the clang sounds almost constantly during the conversation.

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Sacha

Other mistake: When Dr. Nichols hits Dr. Kimble with a chair, look carefully. As Dr. Nichols swings the chair, it starts falling apart before it even makes contact with Harrison.

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Other mistake: When Kimble takes the elevator to the conference to confront Dr. Nichols, he presses a button, but the one beside it is the one that actually lights up. In this particular elevator, the button he pressed is the one that should have lit up.

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Other mistake: After Kimble has been rescued from the train wreck and unchained, he escapes, running alongside a body of water. As Gerard announces to the other officers that there's a fugitive on the loose and gives instructions, Kimble is seen running again, in a replay of the earlier shot. Not only are all the same landmarks in place, but at the end of both sequences, he moves his arm to shake off a branch that's snagged him.

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Continuity mistake: After Richard Kimble first escapes they say he is near Route 15 and Interstate 57 heading towards Berkeley Dam. All these places exist, but Barkley Dam (Kentucky) is around a hundred miles away from these two roads (Illinois), and besides, Berkeley Dam looks nothing like what they show in the movie.

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Continuity mistake: In one scene, the ambulance is clearly marked FDNY even though the action takes place in Chicago.

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Continuity mistake: When Kimble is fighting the one-armed man on the train, the one-armed man shoots the metro-cop, then he and Kimble fight some more. Kimble knocks him out with his gun (silver). He goes to check on the cop, sees he's dead so he takes his cuffs and gun (black). He cuffs the one-armed man to the rail puts his gun (silver) into his right pocket, and the cops gun (black) into his left pocket, and then makes his escape. Later on, he dumps the guns into a mailbox, but he pulls the silver gun out of his left pocket, and the black gun out of his right pocket. The guns changed pockets before he dumped them.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the chase scene in the access tunnels under the dam, there are several shots where the camera is in front of Harrison Ford moving backwards, showing him as he runs from Tommy Lee Jones. You can see the tracks that the camera dolly is riding on.

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Continuity mistake: When Richard Kimble and the one armed man are fighting in the train, it shows from the outside of the train the one armed man stumbling backward. It shows his "prosthetic" hand grabbing for the pole.

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Audio problem: When the cops are monitoring Kimble's phone call to his lawyer, Gerrard says, "That's a guy on a PA in the background", or something similar. During the actual phone call that Kimble makes, their is no PA audible in the scene at all.

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Character mistake: Kimble has just finished talking on the phone with his lawyer when the cops hear the noise in the background. They figure out the sound is that of an El-Train. They then start to list the different places that have an El. One of the cities they name is Milwaukee - there has never been an El-Train there.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene where Kimble is running from the dam, his hair is all messy and wet. yet, when he falls over into the leaves several shots later, his hair is nicely combed with a parting.

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Continuity mistake: When Kimble goes back to the hospital as a janitor to check the hospital computer, the lady working in the lab is wearing two different dresses.

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Continuity mistake: When Richard Kimble is being chased by Tommy Lee Jones in the St. Patrick's Day parade, there are three clock shots (on sides of buildings and whatnot), all of which show totally different times.

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Continuity mistake: Kimble dives from the top of the dam when Gerard traps him in the tunnel. But in wide shots of Kimble falling, there's no tunnel above the dam. (The tunnel scenes were shot in Chicago, but the location sequences were done at Cheoah Dam in North Carolina - which has no tunnels.).

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Revealing mistake: During the St. Patrick's Day parade, Kimble removes his coat. In the next scene, he hasn't got the coat anymore, and he HASN'T dropped it. Don't be fooled. If you look to his right in the scene just after he takes it off, you can see a man carrying a coat that is the exact same colour and design. I assume this guy is supposed to be hiding the coat from view, but you can plainly see it. The guy is wearing a green hat. Kimble had no time to give it to him before the scenes changed.

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Continuity mistake: After Kimble escapes from the prison bus moments before it's demolished by a train, he steals an ambulance, is chased through the mountains by a police helicopter, is trapped in a tunnel, escapes by crawling through a drain and jumping from a very tall dam into a raging river. A very thrilling sequence, but he's supposed to be in Illinois, where there is no terrain remotely resembling this.

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Revealing mistake: When Kimble jumps from the dam, the falling body is clearly a dummy, otherwise he broke every single bone in his body before he even jumped.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene in the dam tunnels, Kimble holds Gerard at gunpoint. In the first close-up, Gerard has three strands of hair that are all apart from each other. The shot cuts to Kimble and back to Gerard, and the strands are all together. Then it goes back to Kimble, who says "I didn't kill my wife." When it goes back to Gerard again, the strands are apart once more. We know he couldn't have moved them because he has his hands up. Later, when Gerard is holding up Kimble at the tunnel opening, there is only one strand on his forehead.

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Continuity mistake: When Richard Kimble comes back to the hospital and is seen by the nurse, they embrace. There is a shot with him facing the camera immediately followed by a shot of her facing the camera. Their arms have somehow magically changed positions from the original embrace.

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Factual error: During the car chase that leads to the tunnel, there are several freeway signs pointing to Murphy, North Carolina, and the film is set in Chicago.

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Continuity mistake: The scene in which Kimball in Cook County Hospital takes Joel to the lift starts with Kimball looking at the boys chest x-rays. In the first shot Kimball is looking at the front side of it and in the second shot (with camera looking over his shoulder) at the back-side but he does not let the x-ray out of his hand between the shots.

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Continuity mistake: Halfway through the movie, when Dr. Kimble exits the hotel for men only, his hair is suddenly and miraculously greying light brown again without a trace of the dark dye which he dyed it just shortly before.

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Factual error: In the scene on the El where the cop gets shot, you can hear the train engineer saying, "Balbo, next stop"; this is also said later on the police radios, when they say there is an officer down at the Balbo station. Two problems:1) There is no Balbo station.2) Even if there were, the station they start from is at Lake street (looks like the main transfer station at Clark and Lake), and the train pulls out going north. However, Balbo is south of Lake street.

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Continuity mistake: Kimble runs out the Grand Ballroom and ends up in the Presidential Suite in another fight. The doors he goes through out of the Ballroom actually lead into the Foyer for the Continental Ballroom, both of which are on the second floor. That Presidential Suite is on the 27th Floor.

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Factual error: When Dr. Nichols leaves the damaged elevator, and Kimble later exits (the infamous arm in the door shot), neither would be possible as the elevator was emergency stopped by Nichols and can be seen positioned just below the floor. The elevator doors would not line up with the floor doors, and both sets would need to be manually opened.

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Deliberate mistake: The dummies are obvious when the jail bus is flipping over onto the railroad tracks.

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Continuity mistake: Just before Harrison takes his leap from the pipe in to the dam, Tommy Lee Jones tells him to put his hands up. When Ford puts them at head height, Jones then tells him to put them above his head. Ford does this from the far out shot, but when there is a close-up of his face, his hands are at head level. This occurs in a fraction of a second so there was no chance for him to move them.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Kimble starts to move out from under the train, he looks up and we see smoke visible above. There is also a crew member looking down into the hole on the far right side of the opening. The person's head moves up at the end of the shot.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Kimble is walking through town the morning after his escape from the bus, he passes by windows, and one shows a Steadicam camera man in the reflection.

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Continuity mistake: In the flashbacks seen at the start of the film, Charles Nichols introduces Kimble to Alec Lentz. When this flashback is revisited later in the film, when Kimble breaks into Frederick Sykes' house, the words and actions of Nichols and Lentz are slightly different to what was seen earlier in the film.

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Continuity mistake: Kimble arrives at a hospital to shave himself. He opens a drawer and places medicines on top of it. The amount and type changes between one frame and another.

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Sacha

Plot hole: When Kimble is heading towards the dam driving the ambulance in the tunnel, his lane is empty in the wide angles, yet in the close-ups he is swerving the steering wheel violently as if there were cars ahead. This keeps changing back and forth. It adds up for tension, but it is totally ludicrous.

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Sacha

Character mistake: After Kimble jumps from the drain pipe over the waterfalls, the scene goes to Gerard standing in the pipe telling his crew to leave, then they all leave without picking up Gerard's gun that Kimble threw down next to him.

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Continuity mistake: After the bus crashes, Kimble unlocks his hands and throws the keys onto the floor in front of Copeland. Two shots later the keys are lying in a different position when Copeland grabs them off the floor.

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Continuity mistake: Kimble dyes his hair very dark to escape detection and dyed hair fades over time. For the rest of the movie his hair noticeably goes from darker shades to lighter shades and back again showing that the scenes were shot non-sequentially on different days with a fair amount of time in between.

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Continuity mistake: When Kimble is on the moving train, Sykes mysteriously appears from a door when he wasn't there before.

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