Continuity mistake: Ishmael (Randy Quaid) clearly has a tattoo of a four leaf clover on his chest when he is rescued from the strip club, well before they even make it to Reno, where he allegedly gets the tattoo. (01:08:20)

Revealing mistake: In the middle of the movie, Roy is flossing his teeth by himself. In the mirror as well as when he turns around, you can see his hand holding the hook, if you look closely. (00:58:33)

Factual error: During the movie, which is based in '79, Roy has a Rhino bowling ball. Rhinos weren't made until '85.

Revealing mistake: Just when Ernie Mcracken wins the $1,000,000 and everybody crowds round to talk to him, you can clearly see Roy's hand popping out (and I think that the hook is hidden in the towel he has). (01:34:50)

Revealing mistake: You can clearly see a stick being used to ensure a strike after Roy tells Ishmael to step 2 boards to the left. (00:18:00)

Continuity mistake: The handles move on the foosball table during the scene at Stanley's house, even though nobody was near the game.

Continuity mistake: On the long shot of Roy's first strike in 1979, the 7 pin is standing. In the closeup, the 7 pin is gone before the ball hits. (00:03:00)


Continuity mistake: When Bill Murrary is bowling his last frame in the finals there is a man 4 rows up standing right next to the ESPN booth on the left side of the screen. In one shot he has a brown jacket on but in another the jacket is gone and then back on again. (01:40:50)

Continuity mistake: At the tournament, there is a quick shot of Ishmael sitting beside Roy while Big Ern is bowling, long after Ishmael's brother took him home. (01:40:00)

Continuity mistake: When they're driving along after the fight in the diner, the scenery in the background is different in the shots of just Roy to the shots of all three. (00:55:00)


Factual error: In the scene that takes place in 1969, the car in the garage next door is a 1973 Buick.

Continuity mistake: When Munson is on the bridge right before he backs up to tell Ishmale he passed the test, he has a vision in his mirror of his nasty landlord. When the vision ends he folds his mirror up, but the next shot when he's backing up, the mirror is back to it's original position.

Continuity mistake: The napkin in Ishmael's collar gets bunched up when he punches Ernie, then immediately reverts to how it had been before the altercation.

Factual error: The US postal logo shown on the postbox was not used until after 1979.

Other mistake: At the start of the tournament, Big Earn steps beyond the foul line in his first frame.

Continuity mistake: In the final match between Roy and Big Ern, Big Ern throws his second ball in the tenth frame and has removed his silver neck scarf thing, but when he turns towards the crowd, the camera angle that shows the back of Big Ern shows the scarf around his neck once again.

Revealing mistake: Munson's nose starts bleeding before Claudia hits him. (01:00:53)

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Munson is lying in bed and his hook is in the radio if you look closely you can see that his whole hand is in the radio and the hook on top of his wrist.

Joe Campbell

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Munson has just had sex with his landlady, he is in the bathroom throwing up. The landlady throws his magazine at him and it lands directly on the side of the toilet. When Munson picks it up, it is directly under him.

T Poston

Factual error: During the video montage after Roy, Claudia and Ishmael decide to go to Reno, Ish is seen sitting up in the back of the convertible. There should be a lot of wind but Ishmael's hair doesn't really move and he is even able to light his "smoking device" despite being in the open air. Toward the beginning of the scene Claudia and Ish are dancing in the back of the car and Claudia's hair is being blown around.

Continuity mistake: At the petrol station, the oil on Roy's mouth keeps changing position.

Continuity mistake: When Roy Munson punches Ishmael in the face to keep the truckers from beating him up, he uses his right fake hand. How can he do this when he can't make a fist with it?

Leonard Hassen

Continuity mistake: Roy puts down his sun visor in the car but it is up again in the next camera view.

Factual error: In front of Woody's apartment, (supposed to be in Scranton, eastern Pennsylvania) you see a telephone pole with a PAT bus sign. Pat is the Pittsburgh system, in western Pennsylvania.

Factual error: The ball return the hustlers put Woody's hand in would NOT cut off or chew up his hand, maybe peel off a little skin....

Continuity mistake: In the final scene, Roy's rubber hand is pulled off and thrown into the crowd but immediately after you see Roy sitting down with his hand.

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Suggested correction: This is incorrect. If you pay attention, Roy is sitting by himself there is a janitor sweeping behind him. He then bends down, pick up the rubber hand, and hand it to Roy over his shoulder.


Continuity mistake: When Roy is bowling against the Priest in the upstairs bowling alley, during the first scene we get a view of an 8 lane alley. In subsequent scenes there are 10 or more lanes.

Robert Sullinger

Continuity mistake: During the ending concert with Blues Traveler, watch the shadows and the sky, it goes from later in the afternoon to around noon and back and forth several times.

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Visible crew/equipment: Right after Big Ern wins the tournament, he is rolling on the floor. Watch the left side of the floor near him, you can see a boom mic shadow.

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Continuity mistake: When Munson is bowling at the beginning of the film he does the "splits" and the ball is spinning in 1 spot then the ball starts to roll again, in the next scene the ball is traveling at a higher speed than the scene before.

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