Revealing mistake: 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.
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.
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.
Plot hole: One of the children is a witness that saw the man that planted the bomb in Dixie's house. He is said by a policeman to have been playing 'under the porch' and was close enough to make-out the Special Forces tatoo on the bomber's arm. Problem is, Dixie's house had no porch of any kind, and any other home's porch would've placed him too far to see such a small tatoo so confidently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
00:13:30 - 00:27:45johnrosa
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.
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.
01:05:50 - 01:07:15NancyFelix
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.]
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.
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.
Audio problem: In the beginning, when Murtaugh's daughter comes downstairs in the black dress the dialog is dubbed in. After the spin, she's talking but she doesn't move her mouth (even before the spin she isn't in sync). Her little sister replies and doesn't move her mouth either.
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.
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.
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.
Revealing mistake: A short shot from inside the bus looking forward at the moment of impact shows a wall of water fires up onto the windshield. This 'water barrel' technique is used to lessen damage and injury on many public roadways, and is used here to save the bus for use in another take - the one when it actually does hit the car a split-second of movie-time later.
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.
Revealing mistake: Towards the end of the movie, watch the shots of the General in his car. Though he's supposedly speeding, the view we get through his rear windshield is of the ground going up and down, as if he was really just sitting in the car and pretending he was driving.
Other mistake: Towards the end, when Riggs runs up to Murtaugh just after the car explodes, Riggs is carrying a large machine gun in his right hand. He runs up to the police barricade, but the police officer won't let him by until he shows him his ID. The police officer completely ignored the fact that Riggs was holding a large gun and could have been a criminal who wanted to use it.
Plot hole: Before Riggs, Murtaugh, and Rianne enter the disco after they have killed or chased away their torturers, a man is casually leaning at the bar, with his hands folded in front and moving with the music. When the three protagonists come running through the door he immediately turns around and points a gun at them which apparently he was holding in his hand. One should expect that, in a public disco, even the bad guys keep their guns somewhat better hidden than just in their folded hands when they are not aware of any immediate danger. Furthermore, even the guests close to the bar don't hear the shot when Riggs shoots that guy, even though the music is not loud enough to cover the gunshot.
Revealing mistake: In one of the first scenes of the movie you see Riggs in his trailer. He walks out of bed smoking a cigarette and taking a beer. When he takes his first drink of the beer some fluid is spilled. If you look at it, it is not beer. It's probably water, but definitely not beer.
Other mistake: Just after Danny Glover's shot the guy by the pool, Mel Gibson goes to handle the two girls. We hear all the exchanges between him and them offscreen, such as "don't move or I'll break your arms", etc., ending with him saying "Got 'em", and we hear a pair of handcuffs click. When we see the girls, they're either side of a tree, with the camera-side cuffs on a wrist each. But we only heard one set of cuffs (all while off-screen, so there's no reason we wouldn't have heard another set go on), and with only one set on, there's nothing to stop them running away.
Factual error: Murtagh's picture shows him with a 173rd Airborne patch on his sleeve, and he later says his friend Hunsaker was wounded in 1965 in the Ia Drang in Vietnam. However, the 173rd Airborne was fighting at Bien Hoa at the time, which is hundreds of miles south of the Ia Drang. Although Murtagh may have been transferred before the picture was taken, it is highly unlikely that someone who "took a bayonet to the lung" would return to active duty so fast.
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.
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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Revealing mistake: Early in the scene where the exchange for Murtaugh and his daughter is taking place in the desert, there are some aerial shots of a helicopter approaching the exchange site. The blades of the other helicopter, that is filming the aerial shot, can been seen at the top of the frame.
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).
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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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.
Revealing mistake: At the start of the movie where the nude woman jumps from her balcony, as she is falling and supposedly getting closer to the car, you can see after a couple of seconds, her body landing on the safety mattress thing, with a print on the top of it making it look like the street with parked cars. You can tell it is a mattress because just before they cut from the shot, the mattress dents inward. This could be taken for the top of the car denting in, except the dent "marks" extend from the sides of the roof of the car, into the bit of pavement beside the car.
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