No Country For Old Men

Corrected entry: In the scene where Llewelyn goes back to the site of the drug deal to give the man the jug of water, it is pitch black out when the Mexican gangsters first begin chasing him in the truck. By the time he jumps into the river to get away from the dog, it is fully light out.

Correction: Yes, because Llewelyn went back in the early hours of the morning, like 4 AM or so, just before the sunrise. There's enough time for the man in the truck to die from his injuries while Llewelyn is searching through the site, and he is interrupted by the gangsters arriving back on scene. It is starting to get light out already when the gangsters arrive, and is entirely possible for it to be completely light out by the time he jumps in the river, since the sun rises above the horizon quickly in the desert.

Corrected entry: At the start of the movie, Sheriff Tom Bell talks about how when he became a sheriff his father was still a sheriff, and both were sheriffs at the same time. However, at the end Bell is describing a dream with his father in it, and states that his father was 20 years younger than he is now when the father died, so his father is the younger man in the dream. If the father died 20 years younger than Bell is now, he could not have still been alive and a sheriff when Bell became a sheriff. (00:00:55 - 01:55:05)

Correction: Bell's precise age is not given in the film, but, based on the age of Tommy Lee Jones at the time the film was made, it's reasonable to state that Bell is in his early-to-mid sixties. He states that he's lived twenty years longer than his father, putting his father in his early-to-mid forties when he died. If the two were sheriffs at the same time, and we assume that Bell was twenty-five when he became sheriff (which is not what he specifically says, only that he was a sheriff when he was that age), that would mean an age difference between father and son of around eighteen years. This is relatively early to become a father, but hardly implausibly so.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: By the time the action reaches El Paso, Anton Chigurh has killed 11 people (deputy, 1st motorist, 2 drug dealers in desert, hotel desk clerk, 3 Mexicans in hotel, pickup truck driver, chicken truck driver, Carson Wells) including a sheriff's deputy. There were also several additional murders in the desert in the beginning. Yet there is no massive manhunt, just old Sheriff Tom Bell alone hunting for him. There should have been a major police presence hunting him.

Correction: This sort of thing comes under the category of we don't see everything going behind the scenes. First, we don't see enough outside of the Sheriff's world. We don't know what other authorities such as the FBI are up to so they might be on to him but might not. Secondly whether the authorities were linking up that all the murders were connected is left unknown. Maybe same gun but no specific M.O. Finally Anton was almost like a ghost leaving little to no trace behind of him. Even if they were on a manhunt, what would they look for? A man who has killed virtually everyone who has taken a good look at him, no real physical evidence and perhaps no background file on him.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Moss is waiting to ambush Chigurh after crashing the truck, he shoots Chigurh in the leg and picks up his specially modified pump action shotgun with the silver silencer. Yet when Chigurh approaches Carson Wells in the hotel lobby, he has that gun back.

Correction: Watch the film again: Moss doesn't take the shotgun from Chigurh, but a small SMG. Chigurh might have used the shotgun at the Motel, but he definitely takes out this small SMG to look for Moss at the scene of the accident. Check out timecodes 1:01:17 and 1:02:02 on the DVD to verify this.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Lewelly gives his fiance a lift to the bus, the interior of the bus looks totally 1990s. Especially telling: the seat fabric and design wasn't used until the early 1990s.

Correction: This type of mistake is impossible to verify. It's one thing to make a claim that say a certain object, material might not be invented or available at the time a film is set. However to say a fabric and design wasn't used is far too broad and borders more on opinion than fact.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: Colonel offers Chigur money from an ATM. Pretty sure that wasn't an option in 1980.

Correction: Why not? ATMs have been around in Texas since 1968, so it was definitely an option to use one in 1980.

Twotall

Corrected entry: If Anton Chigurgh is such an "ultimate bad ass," then why would he allow himself to be placed in handcuffs at the beginning of the film? I only saw one officer on scene with Anton. If there were several officers, then it would make better sense. But one officer in the middle of nowhere with the "ultimate bad ass," Anton, doesn't make sense.

Correction: Characters are free to make their own choices and unless he contradicted something it is a character choice. As for why he went peacefully, this was a much simpler plan than going on some high speed chase. At the end of the day there was little if anything to charge him with. If he had sped off it might have meant other officers joining to help pursue him and put him in danger of getting locked up for evading the authorities.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: The first motel where Josh Brolin hides out advertises "Free HBO" on its sign (I believe it was best shown in the scene where Brolin is in the cab and chooses to drive by). While HBO may have existed as a company in 1980, it was not widely used or known at the time (let alone available and affordable to a cheap motel in rural Texas).

Correction: HBO began in 1972 and was widespread by 1975. Through the late 1970s, everybody I knew was watching HBO, and I recall many a motel advertising it on their signs near my home town, long before the events of this film.

johnrosa

Corrected entry: The wealthy businessman sets Woody Harrelson up with a bank account for his expenses accessible via ATM. ATMs did not come to big cities until the mid-80s, let alone the remote areas Woody's pursuit of Javier Bardem would undoubtedly be taking him.

Correction: Not true. There were over 2000 ATMs around the USA in 1974- six years before the events of this film. Big cities would be the first places to find them, and wherever Woody's character might have to drive or fly to track Javier, he'd likely pass near one sooner or later. If nothing else, it's one more option available to him.

johnrosa

Corrected entry: Chigurh sucks up a small amount of fluid in the syringe, but injects a full syringe when patching himself up in a hotel.

Correction: He injects himself twice, first with lidocaine (an anesthetic, to numb the area he's about to work on), then later with a full syringe of something unknown, but probably an IV antibiotic as that much of a pain killer, like morphine, would kill him. We never see him draw the second syringe, only the first one.

Corrected entry: After lewelen is in the hospital, he crosses the border and goes to buy some clothes. How does he pay for the clothes? He is wearing his hospital gown (not the pants he put some of the stolen money in the pockets of). He does not have the bag with him either, so he could not have had any money with him. It is highly unlikely that he got his pants from the hospital before he left, because he would have just gotten the clothes, too. Even if he wanted to buy some clothes that were not bloody, he would have worn the bloody clothes to the store. It is also unlikely that he pre-paid for another set of clothes when he went to the store the first time, as he had no way of knowing he would need another set of clothes.

Correction: The clothes he was wearing when he was brought to the hospital would have been cut off with scissors. This is standard procedure when a person is in critical condition. The cut up clothes would be kept as the patient's personal effects. They would be impossible to wear, but he could get the money from his pockets.

Corrected entry: Josh Brolin searches through the case of money and finds the homing device and sets it on the night stand. He then hears the approaching Chigurh. He gets his gun and sets himself on the bed facing the door. He is not shown closing the case nor does he have time to fold the tops together, thread the handle through, and snap the left and right locks. But, when he makes a quick escape out the back window, the money case is securely closed. Most of this scene the camera is on Brolin. Occasionally we see the door. We do not see Brolin close and lock the case nor do we hear the snaps of the case being locked.

Correction: Time compression has been used. They didn't show him reclosing the case, nor did they show him putting the money that was not cut out back in the case, and we don't see any of that cut money left out. From the time he took out the transmitter, got his gun ready, and sat on the bed, there are a lot of steps missing, so we have to accept that time compression was used.

Corrected entry: In the scene in El Paso at the Desert Sands motel, a Carl's Jr. is seen down the street behind Josh Brolin. It contains the star symbol on ths sign, which the restaurant didn't start using until the 90's after acquiring Hardee's. The movie is set in 1980.

Correction: The Happy Star symbol has been the logo for Carl's Jr. since the 1956.

Corrected entry: The playbill of the movie shows Josh Brolin escaping from the Mexican killers with his rifle and the case with the money. This never happens in the movie. When we see him both with money and rifle, he's simply returning to his car; when he's running from the killers he's got neither his rifle nor the case.

Correction: Differences between movie posters, DVD covers or any form of advertising are not considered a mistake in the movie.

Corrected entry: In the scene at the motel where Chigurh enters the motel room that Josh Brolin was originally renting, the door shows as room 130 but earlier in the office we see that the room was actually room 138.

Correction: Two different rooms. Chigurh determines that the money is in Room 138. But he rents Room 130, presumably to get a sense of the layout - as it's identical to 138. The Mexicans are actually waiting for Moss in Room 138.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the first motel room when Llewelyn pushes the case into the air vent, he forces it to the left at the junction so that the handle of the case is not visible. Later, when he retreives it from the room behind, it is on the right-hand side, from his perspective, with the handle visible. The way he originally positioned it in the vent, it should have been on the left side when viewed from the second room.

Correction: He retrieves the case from the room on the opposite side, so everything is reversed. That means from this room the case would be on the right side, not the left.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When Chigurh pulls the driver over at the beginning of the film and murders him with the cattlegun, a mist of blood emerges at the back of the man's head, presumably from the exit wound. However, Sheriff Bell later states that there was no exit wound.

Correction: The mist of blood comes from the front of the man's head. The man's head is knocked back and then comes forward, leaving a cloud of mist near the back of his head.

Corrected entry: Though the film is set in 1980, a number of the period vehicles are of a much later vintage.

Correction: This is too vague. Please specify when and where in the film these vehicles can be seen.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: Moss loses his boots during his escape in the desert; he rips his shirt up and wraps them around his feet. But when he gets back home that night and his wife finds him under the trailer, he is wearing boots again.

Correction: At a first glance this may appear to be the case, but if you look a little closer you will see that he is simply wearing very dirty white socks as would be expected after diving into a river and walking a great distance through a desert in them.

Cnyvek

Corrected entry: In the scene in which the psychopath enters the residence, he bends down to pick up the mail on the floor (as if it had been dropped in through a mail slot in the door). But when he swings the door shut, there is no mail slot on the door so the mail would have no reason to be on the floor.

Correction: How is this a mistake? The mail had been slid under the crack in the door, something very common for residences with no mailbox or mailslot.

Factual error: When Chigurh is in the gas station talking to the clerk, behind him on the shelf is a pack of Jack Link's beef jerky. The movie is set in 1980, but Jack Link's did not start selling beef jerky until 1986.

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Trivia: After burning and exploding a car, Anton Chigurh enters a pharmacy called Mike Zoss Pharmacy, to steal syringes, antibiotics and other stuff. The Coen brothers hung out at the real "Mike Zoss Drugs" located in a small shopping center call Texa Tonka, in St. Louis Park, a first ring suburb west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, when they were growing up and named it after him in the film as an homage. Mike Zoss Productions is the name of their production company (also named after the same man). "Mr. Zoss never asked us to leave," the brothers told Vanity Fair in 2011. "Out of gratitude we named our production company after him." The drugstore, founded in 1950, was later run by Mike's son Barry.

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