Lethal Weapon
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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the girl jumps to her death from the balcony, it shows her hitting the car towards the right halfway onto the windshield. Then in the next shot, it shows her laying right in the middle of the roof of the car.

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Continuity mistake: The wet patches on the sleeve of Nick's t-shirt change when the family surprises Murtaugh in the bathtub. Actually, when they carried the B-day cake in, the t-shirt should have been dry in the first place as the water battle started only later.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Hunsaker's shot, his eggnog gets all over his tie and shirt. When the camera angle cuts to Murtaugh's reaction, Hunsaker's shirt and tie are clean and there is no eggnog pouring from the container. Also there is no hole of any kind in the glass door behind him in which the bullet made.

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BillyBlake

Continuity mistake: There is a scene where Riggs and Murtaugh are driving in a car, and the column shifter keeps going from park to drive and back.

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Continuity mistake: At the end, when Riggs is at his wifes grave, it's supposedly raining. In one shot you see Riggs' hair is dripping wet, and when you see him bend down to put the flowers on the grave in the next shot, his hair is dry, and in the next shot it's wet again.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene where the General is escaping in the car and Murtaugh shoots the driver. When the car is hit by the bus on the avenue you can see part of the device that makes the car flip over and roll away from the crash.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where "the General" and his driver were fleeing down the alley, the driver is shot. The general takes control of the wheel and carries on driving, but the car is in park...

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Continuity mistake: The Christmas illumination on the balcony of Amanda Hunsaker's hotel room is arranged in three different ways: In the first shot, before she takes drugs, it is attached to the side of the railing. When she steps out, the lights are hanging about 10 inches below the railing, like they are later when Murtaugh searches her room. And when she climbs up to jump the bulbs are directly hanging down from the railing.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: Before Amanda jumps she climbs up some steps onto the railing without holding on to anything. However, in none of the earlier shots (or later when Murtaugh searches the room) there is anything on the balcony that could have served that purpose.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Mel Gibson is talking about the special bullet, kept as the suicide special, he describes it as a hollow point - to do the job right. When he shows the bullet it is a full metal jacket.

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Continuity mistake: As Riggs exits the car, he takes the cigarette out of his mouth. The camera angle chages to show him standing outside the car, handling his pistol, and the cigarette is back in his mouth, with no time to put it there and the audio indicates the shots are consecutive time.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Riggs is chasing Joshua and is told by Murtagh to take a shortcut to catch Joshua, he is shown running in bare feet. After shooting at Joshua from on top of the freeway he then runs down the embankment and is shown wearing tennis shoes, but there is nowhere these shoes could have come from and he is never shown putting them on.

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Continuity mistake: Just before Hunsaker's shot, he's standing right in front of the window. When it cuts to a wider shot, he's suddenly a foot or two further left.

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Continuity mistake: While working out the case at the shooting range, Murtaugh only fires one shot, and Riggs fires 9 (offscreen shots during their continuous conversation are noticeably quieter, from other shooters). When they reel in the targets, Murtaugh's target has 6 holes, and Riggs' has 14 or 15.

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Jon Sandys

Continuity mistake: When coked-up Amanda first looks down from the balcony, we see the ground from her vantage point. Were she to jump from this location, she would land on the huge awning below (the curved dark area). If she put real effort into jumping forward to clear the awning (and she didn't), she'd land just to the right of the lighted sidewalk, onto the grass. And if she were an olympic long-jumper and not high on cocaine, she might have landed on the red or black car parked at the curb. Under no circumstances could she have landed on the gray car, well to her left - yet she does.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: (Director's Cut) As Murtagh later states (and Riggs does not correct him), Riggs' 9mm pistol has a 15 round clip and holds one more 'in the pipe' (barrel), yet when he took out the sniper earlier, he fired at least 19 rounds in a single, rapid sequence.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: Just as his wife is about to smack Murtaugh's butt at the oven, a small ladder is at the right, angled to face Murtaugh's position. As the shot changes to get a bit closer, the ladder is suddenly more parallel with the cabinetry.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: When Riggs sees the car with Mr. Joshua coming he pushes the hooker away and starts running, but when he is shot at it looks as if he was standing with his back to a shop window. Accordingly, his bullet-proof vest has holes in the front, but then his red jacket has only holes in the back.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Murtaugh is about to find the envelope with the porno tape he takes a can of beer from the fridge and opens it. When he is sitting down, the same can of beer is opened again audibly.

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Continuity mistake: Director's cut (or extra scenes on Lethal Weapon 4 DVD): When Riggs is sitting there at the beginning of the movie, he is crying and looking at the picture of his wife on the right and wedding day on the left. Earlier in the movie when the picture was setting on the TV set his wife's picture was on the left and his wedding day picture was on the right. Not only that, but in at the start the pictures are in a folding frame. During the near-suicide scene they are not. [The first scene shows Riggs has damaged the frame, and says to the photo of his wife, "I'll buy you a new one." which explains the later changes.]

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Continuity mistake: The first time we see Riggs he is lying in bed with a cigarette, almost finished, in his mouth. He gets up and goes to the fridge. When he opens it the cigarette looks like it has hardly been smoked at all.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene just after the jumper, Murtaugh pulls Riggs into a room and asks Riggs if he wants to die. He hands Riggs his pistol. When Riggs puts the pistol to his temple you can see and hear him cocking the hammer. After some arguing about the positioning of the gun, Riggs then puts the barrel unter his chin. While he's pulling the trigger the camera goes to a close-up of the pistol and shows the hammer pulling back, as he squeezes the trigger.

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Continuity mistake: A quick shot from the interior of the General's car looking at the approaching bus, a metal guard is seen on the front of the bus, painted white to match. It is not there in the shots before or after.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: In the scene where they bring Murtaugh's daughter and her arms are bound, when she puts her arms over her dad's head her watch is on her right wrist. After they hang her arms over the pipe her watch is now on her left wrist.

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KCMChief

Continuity mistake: When Riggs is talking to Mr. Joshua before the electrical shock treatment starts, every time the camera shows a side shot the water is covering his head and face, but every time the camera angle changes to the front he is completely dry and the water is in the background nowhere near him.

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Continuity mistake: When the bus hits the General's car, the bus windshield (at least on the driver's side) is all smashed up as seen from the shot inside the bus. However, when the bus backs up, and in later shots of it, the windshield is undamaged.

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Bishop73

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Riggs is jumping off the bridge when chasing Mr. Joshua, first he has a rifle in his hand, his shadow on the bridge shows no rifle, when he lands he picks the rifle up off the ground and keeps running.

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Pjpodemski

Continuity mistake: After Murtaugh teams up with Riggs they walk through a parking garage. A police car drives by them twice (at walking speed, with its lights on - in the garage), first in a closer, then in a wider shot, while the dialogue continues, ruling out any artistic intention of this repetition.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Riggs is standing in the schoolyard during the sniper scene, he is standing on a large rubber safety mat near the monkey bars. But the close-up of his feet shows he is standing on bare concrete (Director's Cut).

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: In the last shot before Amanda crashes on the car, the red car in front is parked in a different angle than when she is lying on the roof.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Riggs and Murtaugh walk toward Dixie's house before it blows up, they're wearing large clear glasses, almost like the safety glasses they were wearing at the firing range. After the house blows up they aren't wearing them anymore or even seen taking them off.

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Continuity mistake: When Murtaugh clips on another target it's crumpled at the side. When it comes back after he has shot, it's clipped on straight.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the meeting between the General and Mendez, Mendez steps backwards and bumps into one of the General's men. He turns around and makes some jerky moves with both arms. The camera cuts to the General, and we see Mendez in the background colliding with the other guy once again in exactly the same way as before.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: During the drive-by shooting it's raining heavily. When Riggs and Murtaugh leave the scene by car the streets are dry, but when they arrive at Murtaugh's house they are wet again.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: As Murtaugh is interviewing Hunsacker, Riggs waits outside on the grass. At one point, the area Riggs is standing still in changes from full sun to full shadow in seconds.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: When Amanda is first shown lying in bed, she is wearing her left shoe, but not the right. When she steps up onto the railing, the shoe is on her right foot, but this looks to be a mirror image, possibly on the sliding glass door - fair enough. But when she's lying on the roof of the car, she's wearing both shoes.

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johnrosa

Continuity mistake: The bad wound on Murtaugh's left shoulder (the one which got salted) disappears when he and Riggs drive back to his house.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Riggs and Murtaugh are driving to the house in Beverly Hills to shoot the guy in the pool, Riggs is lighting a cigarette and then Murtaugh says "You're not gonna smoke in the car." Riggs answers "Yes, but I'm gonna roll down the window." In the previous shot you can see that the window is already rolled down.

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Continuity mistake: When Riggs and Murtaugh kick Murtaugh's front door open they must have damaged the lock, but when the door falls closed the lock sounds as if it is perfectly OK.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: At the shooting range, just after saying "That's very thin", Riggs has his arms outstretched, semi-aiming his gun. Cut to a two-shot, and he's got his arms into his body.

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Jon Sandys

Continuity mistake: The kids in front of Dixie's house change positions between shots when they shout after Riggs and Murtaugh, like the one with the baseball cap who sits up. Furthermore, this little guy can't help glimpsing at the camera for a second.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: Shortly before the General's car gets hit by the bus the dead driver is leaning towards the side window. When the camera angle changes to inside the car his head is hanging forward.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: After Murtaugh shoots the General's driver the car is swerving around and the dead guy loses his sunglasses, but they jump back on his nose for the rest of the scene.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: Their car goes round the corner and the police light falls off the roof and dangles, yet is back on the roof a second later.

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Continuity mistake: When Murtaugh meets the General's people in the desert the door of his car gets blown open by the helicopter. When he pulls out the grenade the door is almost closed again.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Murtaugh steals some bacon from the tray there is about twice as much than in the shot before.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Murtaugh drops Riggs off in the desert it's sunset, but when we see the car in the next shot the sun is way up again.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Riggs talks to the jumper his hair is either fluffy or stabilized with gel, depending on the camera angle.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Hunsaker is talking to Murtaugh in his house, the shadows outside dramatically change throughout the scene. First the sun is beating down on Riggs from the right (over the ocean), then from the left leaving Riggs under a bunch of shadows from the tree. This constantly changes throughout the scene.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene following Riggs and Murtaugh's conversation on Murtaugh's boat, Riggs crumples a beer can, and Murtaugh holds open the trash can lid, but the can falling into the trash can is intact, not crushed.

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markrphotoman

Continuity mistake: When the helicopter with Joshua comes up and he starts firing at the house, Hunsaker has both hands on the carton of eggnog. When the camera cuts to a wide shot, he's starting to react to being shot again, and his left hand is about a foot away from the carton.

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Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: Riggs is completely dry before he begins his showdown with Mr. Joshua, but after Mr. Joshua says "Don't mind if I do", we cut to Riggs, and he is now soaking wet.

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Continuity mistake: When Riggs is fighting Mr. Joshua at Murtaugh's home towards the end of the film, the lawn is completely saturated in water from the spray at one point, but in the next shot appears completely dry.

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Continuity mistake: After Joshua is leaving Hunsaker's home after killing him, he is talking to Peter on a mobile phone and it is nearly dark. In Peter's scene in the car, the sun is still up and it is late afternoon/early evening. They are both in the same city.

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manthabeat

Continuity mistake: When Riggs is working undercover at a Christmas tree lot sampling cocaine, he agrees to do business with the dealers. After one of them quotes a price, Riggs sits there looking pleasantly surprised. At this point, note how the sky behind his right shoulder is mostly overcast. Seconds later, Riggs shakes his head in agreement and reaches for his wallet - but by now mostly all of the cloud cover has vanished (as if minutes have passed by).

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ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: On the shooting range, Roger hangs the target on the mechanical arm and runs it out a short distance. After it settles, the bottom hangs at about ten° to the left of the target's center. After running it back to show to his partner, and before Riggs runs it all the way to the wall, the bottom now hangs about 3 to 5° to the right of the target's center.

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Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: When Murtaugh starts questioning Alfred about the suspicious man he saw near Dixie's house, Alfred lifts up his sunglasses. Through a few questions, the glasses' ear stem rests normally behind his ear where it should (left one is visible). Suddenly Murtaugh asks about the man's hair color, but now the ear stem is hanging off.

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ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: When Riggs is out one night trying to locate Dixie the streetwalker, he shows her photo to strangers. But if you look, the photo is of an Asian woman. Bears no resemblance to the real Dixie we saw in an earlier scene.

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Continuity mistake: The pattern of scars on Riggs' face changes when he comes to deliver his bullet to Murtaugh: The two cuts on his left cheek become three, and the lesions on his chin disappear.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: During the staged drug deal the items on the table move around. Check for example the little bag with the sample and the can in front of Riggs when he takes his wallet out.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: The lawn in front of Dixie's house turns completely into naked dry soil at the end of the scene, even at places where it should not be really affected by the extinguishing operations.

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NancyFelix

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Martin Riggs: You want me to drive?
Roger Murtaugh: No, you're supposed to be suicidal, remember? I'LL drive.
Martin Riggs: Anybody who drives around in this town IS suicidal.

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Riggs handcuffs himself to the depressed businessman. They jump off the building but they're not handcuffed to each other anymore. They used plastic cuffs which could separate during the stunt in case anything went wrong. They break just as they jump, so they grab each other's hands to stay in contact. After they land the cuffs are attached again.

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Trivia

Mel Gibson references the Three Stooges several times in the film. In real life, Gibson is a big Stooges fan, and in 2000, he produced the biographical TV movie "The Three Stooges."

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