Continuity mistake: During the first chat between Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie (she's under the car) there are a number of wrenches or tools that can be clearly seen by Jolie's character when she is on the ground. Every time the camera cuts from Jolie to Cage, then back on to Jolie, the tools are always in a different position or place than they were a second ago. First, they are together, then they are far apart, then they are in a different direction, and so on.
Continuity mistake: When the young kids go to steal the SUV at the party a security car chases them, with another blocking the road ahead. The shot of them racing towards the roadblock is obviously all one sequence, because their windscreen already has two bullet holes in it as it approaches the security car, long before the guard actually shoots at them.
Visible crew/equipment: When Memphis (Nicolas Cage) is speeding up to take the final jump on the bridge, you can see the camera crew on the other side of the road filming, if you look closely you can make out the shading devices used exclusively to block out the sun from the camera. Look to the left of the jump just before he hits it.
Continuity mistake: When Memphis is leaving the restaurant where his mom works, after he has talked to her, we see that there are glass windows on either side of the door as he exits. When the angle changes to show the detectives, there is suddenly a brick wall next to him and a little drug store. Where did the restaurant go?
Continuity mistake: The Jaguar XJ220 is dropped off at the docks twice, when there is only one on the list. When the car is originally marked off the list, it's referred to as Stacy (This is actually the point when a different Jaguar is stolen). Later on when Sway drops off the XJ220 at the docks, she refers to it as Nadine.
01:03:25 - 01:20:55
Factual error: When, the LAPD "Air One" helicopter contacts Long Beach Tower for permission to proceed over the airfield in pursuit of Eleanor, he is denied clearance. I am a pilot myself. Whether or not they were the LAPD, they had already violated Class "C" airspace in their pursuit. Any inbound aircraft, fixed wing or rotor, must contact approach within a three to five mile radius of the airfield. This chopper is less than half a mile from the active runway when it asks for clearance. Even if it was a national security issue, only the Secret Service could override ATC.
Continuity mistake: After Colitri shoots the valve which burns Castlebecks hand, he drops his gun. It can be seen sliding towards the edge Colitri gets pushed over. After Colitri is pushed over, Memphis and Castlebeck stare at each other and Castlebeck retrieves his weapon, it is now only inches from the boiler, not the edge.
Continuity mistake: When Donnie and Fred are stealing the jaguar from a parking garage the window is over half-way rolled up on the way out (it's moving in the wide shot, but has definitely stopped half-way in closeup). When the other guy comes and puts the gun in Donnie's face, the window is all the way down (otherwise he couldn't get the gun in). When Donnie opens the door, it's half-way up again.
Continuity mistake: You can clearly read many of the makes/names of the cars to be stolen on the blackboard in Otto's garage, yet when they radio in the cars as they are boosted they refer to them by different names, even as Otto crosses off the cars with the correct names back at the garage. Example: #13 '67 Chevy Corvette Stingray - Stacey on blackboard - is called Lindsey when boosted, and #23 '56 Ford T-Bird - Susan - is called Sharon.
Factual error: Right at the end, Memphis escapes by jumping via a flatbed towtruck. The ramp is put down on those to tow away a vehicle so it should be backed right up to a vehicle to lift it on. That begs the question of why the ramp was down with no vehicles anywhere near it. The maximum distance that any driver would want to maneuver with the ramp down would be a couple of feet straight back.
Continuity mistake: When "Gilligan" steals the '83 El Dorado, Donny finds a package of heroin in the trunk and spills some on the floor. When Kasselbeck shows up, Memphis tells Donny to cover it up with his foot. In this part, it looks like only a small amount of heroin. Later, when Kasselbeck walks over to the driver's side of the Caddy, it shows Donny's foot again, and it appears to be a larger amount of heroin, at least twice as much.
Other mistake: Donny steals a older Jaguar from a parking garage in one scene in the movie. Yet if you look at the blackboard with the list of cars, you'll see that there is no older Jaguar like the one Donny stole. There is just the Jaguar XJ220 (that is dropped off near the end of the movie) and a '99 Jaguar XK8, both of which are the newer models.
Continuity mistake: When Toby is hacking the D.M.V. mainframe, he says he's found the address of the Jaguar XJ220, calling the car by the name "Hillary." But when Otto crosses it off the list, he calls her Stacey, and when Sway comes back with the actual XJ220, she says that "Bernadine" just took her for a ride.
Factual error: When Memphis is driving the GT500 through the irrigation ditch, he was approaching the motor's redline in 4th gear, he then hit the nitrous. In that case nitrous will not increase top speed. The only way to increase the top speed of a car is to 1. Get new gears in the transmission or rear end. 2. Get a motor with a higher redline. Nitrous won't do either.
Factual error: In the shot showing everyone getting out of the van, one person is seen opening the rear door from the inside and rolling out. This van is a Chevy Venture, the name clearly shows as the door is closing. These types of vans do not have a handle inside the rear door, making it impossible to open from the inside.
Continuity mistake: When Memphis is talking to the English guy during the scene when Kip is trapped in the car crusher, the English guy states that 80,000 pounds of pressure are required to crush a car. This is false, car crushers exert only 3000 pounds of pressure per square inch and this is enough to split a v8 engine in half and flatten the car to the point where it is only 8-10 inches thick.
Other mistake: When Memphis and Kip are hiding from Johnny B and his crew in the cafe following the ambush, Memphis devises a plan to make good an escape. He sends Kip out to use the tow cable on the heavy tow rig to destroy Johnny B's Mercedes. First angle shows a cable wrapped around a rear A-arm of the vehicle and the hook connected to the cable, the next shows a hook directly attached to the front axle, which is the one that gets torn from the Mercedes when the tow rig pulls away. Additionally, a different cabling rig and loose cabling used in the stunt are strewn behind the car. So even if Kip somehow made 2 connections without being seen or heard, the rear rig is different than the one shown in the first shot.
00:51:00 - 00:53:00
Continuity mistake: After the detective gets the idea of the black light in garage with the old car list, the camera cuts to the garage where they're walking in. You will notice when they walk in that one of them has a black light and the other has a White bulb. It pans down to the debris on the floor and he's now got a black light.
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