The Hitcher

Continuity mistake: Right after Jim has his nightmare while sleeping in the car, he looks around for Grace, who is standing outside the car looking at scenery. When Jim sees her, she has her arms crossed over her chest. The next shot, with Jim walking around the car, she has her arms by her side, and immediately after, the shot with Jim approaching her, she has her arms crossed again. All this took place in about 2 seconds, not enough time to drop her arms and recross them exactly the same way as the first shot.

00:19:35

Continuity mistake: After the initial fight scene in the car with John Ryder, after he is thrown out of the car, the next shot shows the car driving off at normal speed, outrunning him. But in the next shot, he is shown coming to his senses and the car goes by him again as if he, when falling out of the car, tumbled very fast in front of the car when in fact he should, just as anything falling out of a moving car, tumble backwards. So there is no way for the car to go by him after he was pushed out.

00:16:30

Continuity mistake: After John Ryder is kicked out of the car they pull over to rest and you notice the windshield is smashed on the driver's side, but as they leave in the morning it's as good as new.

00:16:00 - 00:19:40

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, when Jim and Grace break into the motel room to clean up and rest, they enter the window of unit 12, with the door to the right of unit 11. After Jim has left the room, and Grace is woken up, she leaves the room through the door, which we now see is unit 11, the door on the left.

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Continuity mistake: Right after the initial fight scene in the car with John Ryder, after he is kicked out of the car, and Grace gets back into the front seat, she reaches behind her and locks the passenger door. In the next shot, when she is looking for her cell phone, the door lock is not depressed. Some older Cutlass 442's had lock barrels that were higher than normal, or were screwed on less than others, but this appears to be a fully extended lock barrel.

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Continuity mistake: When Jim is locked in the Police jail cell, during the scenes as he yells and talks to Grace, his hands are either up gripping the bars or down by his side.

00:34:00

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Continuity mistake: When Grace is in the interrogation room, the size and colour of the big bruise on her right shoulder keeps changing.

00:34:50

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Continuity mistake: When Ryder begins to threaten Jim in the car, Grace carefully turns her cell phone on. Between shots the way she is holding it changes.

00:14:50

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Continuity mistake: After Ryder has destroyed all the police cruisers with his Trans Am, there is a shot from the police helicopter looking down at him driving. Ryder is wearing black gloves, but in the immediate next shot, they've now gone.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when the police are chasing after Jim and Grace, Ryder suddenly pulls up and shoots one of the policemen. Then two of the cruiser cars collide and skid down the road. During this scene the metal barriers on the sides of the road keep disappearing then reappearing.

00:49:30

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Continuity mistake: When Grace notices the doorknob of the interrogation room unlock itself, she walks over and turns the handle to the right. But in the next shot the door opens to the opposite way it should have, judging by the direction she turned the handle.

00:35:40

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Continuity mistake: From just after Ryder hits the windshield and is being kicked out of the car by Jim, to when we see him laying on the road, the size and position of the cut on his forehead (that he got from slamming into the windshield), changes.

00:16:10 - 00:18:00

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Continuity mistake: When Jim is sitting in the back with the father of the family that Ryder murdered, the father is dying from his stab wound. During the entire scene, the amount of blood on his chin keeps decreasing then increasing back and forth, and the pattern of it keeps differing as well.

00:27:30

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Continuity mistake: When Jim and Grace are in the petrol station, while Grace is using the bathroom, Jim is talking to the clerk. During the whole scene, the dampness of his tee-shirt keeps changing. In some shots it is completely wet, while in others the shirt only has damp patches.

00:08:45

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Continuity mistake: Jim wakes up after his nightmare, sitting in the front seat of his car. In the first shot the wing mirror on his side is positioned perfectly straight. In the very next shot though, the mirror is suddenly angled upwards at the sky.

00:19:20

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Continuity mistake: When Jim is outside the petrol station standing by his car, he is eating a hotdog. In the first shot he takes a big bite and there is just a small piece left. In the next shot when he takes a second bite, the remaining hotdog is now bigger than previously.

00:09:45

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Continuity mistake: When Grace runs into the diner bathroom, she pulls out several paper towels from the dispenser. After she has grabbed a handful you can see that half a paper towel is visible sticking out of the dispenser. In the next shot the paper has vanished and no towels are visible.

00:30:05

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Continuity mistake: After Ryder has been kicked out of the car, in the shot as he rolls to the ground in the background you can see the car driving off - and you can see Grace grabbing the door to close it. But in the next interior shot, Grace is still in the backseat and she then proceeds to climb into the front seat and close the door, again.

00:16:30

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Continuity mistake: When Jim and Grace start their car journey, Grace needs to go to the bathroom. During the conversation, as the shots change the position of the watch on Jim's wrist keeps changing, as does his head position (either looking at the road or at Grace.)

00:02:15

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Continuity mistake: As Ryder is grabbing Grace by the face and pointing his knife into her cheek, during the whole scene as this continues, Grace's hair is repeatedly either covering her face or is pulled back under Ryder's hand.

00:15:10

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Continuity mistake: At the start when Grace is running across the campus to Jim, the items she's holding rearrange in her arms between shots (note the grey blanket which is over her left arm, then under her right.)

00:01:30

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Continuity mistake: When Grace is getting changed in the car, she pulls on a pair of jeans and then pulls her blue shirt off over her head. In the first shot she is pulling it over her left side of her head. In the next shot she is pulling it off over the right side.

00:02:20

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Continuity mistake: As Jim and Grace are driving down the road, a dragonfly splatters onto their windshield. Between shots the size and shape of the splatter changes, and continues to as Jim attempt to wash it off with a bottle of water.

00:03:35

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Continuity mistake: When Jim and Grace are driving away from the police in the stolen sheriff car, they are shot at and the back tailgate and left wing mirror are broken by gunshots. But in following shots you can see both parts of the car completely intact again, the broken, fixed, etc.

00:48:40

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Continuity mistake: When we see the dead bodies of Harlan and the policeman laying in the office as Lt. Esteridge is looking at them, you can clearly see the "dead bodies" breathing.

00:40:50

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Right after Jim has his nightmare while sleeping in the car, he looks around for Grace, who is standing outside the car looking at scenery. When Jim sees her, she has her arms crossed over her chest. The next shot, with Jim walking around the car, she has her arms by her side, and immediately after, the shot with Jim approaching her, she has her arms crossed again. All this took place in about 2 seconds, not enough time to drop her arms and recross them exactly the same way as the first shot.

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