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Continuity mistake: During the drill scene when Sgt. Hartman is asking Private Pyle if he knows the difference between his left and his right, watch the positioning of Pvt Pyle's cap. After being struck the first time, the cap is slightly cocked. After the shot returns to Pyle and before he gets struck for the second time, the cap is obviously cocked further over. (00:09:14)

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Suggested correction: It is not a mistake because the hat is what Hartman was slapping. Plus, the camera was at a slightly different angle.

You missed the point of the mistake. The hat becomes slightly cocked after getting hit, and stays in that position. The next time we see the hat (from the same camera angle and position), the hat is now in a completely different position before Pyle gets slapped a second time.

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Continuity mistake: Pvt. Pyle is on the rifle range with Gunnery Sergeant Hartman right behind him. When filmed from Pyle's right side, he is wearing a white wrist wrap/brace but the shot moves behind him and it is gone. Back to the right side and it reappears. (00:35:50)

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Trivia: Many of the extras in the boot camp scenes were actually serving members in the British Territorial Army. They were chosen because it was assumed that they would be familiar with drill. However the English drill practices were so different from the American Marine corps practices that R. Lee Ermey himself had to re-train the British troops to march in Marine Fashion. Ermey said it was twice as much work trying to re-train them than it would have been just training raw recruits.

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Answer: It was Gustav Hasford's idea. It happened in the original book that the story is based on, "The Short Timers."

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