Continuity mistake: As Chief Phillips is shooting he yells, "You savages, come and get it". After he says this the warrior with the spear who eventually kills him can be seen on the shore running in the opposite direction. In the next shot Lance, who is now at the controls, guns the engine. The boat moves forward, not in a circle, yet two shots later when the warrior throws the spear the boat is further back down the river than it was before not further up the river where it should be. (02:22:20)????
Continuity mistake: As Chef is firing the rear machine gun there are two belts of ammo on the 60 caliber gun behind him, one hanging out of the gun itself and the other one draped over the gun's protective metal side. In the next shot as the captain runs up to him there's only one belt of ammo. (02:21:35)????
Continuity mistake: As they approach the French plantation we see a close-up of the right side of the boat which was just in a horrific Vietnamese rocket and machine gun attack. There's none of the damage that you would expect to see on the side of the boat. But specifically we saw close ups of where the hand-held machine guns are stored, and the spot where Captain Willard is standing which were all hit with heavy fire and riddled with holes. (01:55:40)????
Continuity mistake: As Satisfaction plays in the background, Lance is holding on to a white tow cord as he skis. Earlier as they pull out of Hau Phat we see him holding a blue tow cord before he unwraps his new water skis. Thirty seconds later in another shot he is holding the blue tow cord. (01:15:05)????
Continuity mistake: As the boat leaves the USO show at Hau Phat Captain Willard says, "The war was being run by a bunch of four star clowns who were gonna end up giving the whole circus away". He says this as he walks to the back of the boat moving the 60 caliber machine gun on his way so that is faces frontward. In the next shot it's been moved and is now facing sideways. (01:11:40)????
Continuity mistake: Watching the USO show, Clean and Chef start out on the right of the stage with a still photographer and press reporters, who are sitting behind a desk. Later in a rear close-up of playmate Carrie Foster we see the entire right side of the stage but there is no press desk. (01:07:25 - 01:09:00)????
Continuity mistake: As Captain Willard arrives to kill him, Colonel Kurtz stands in the doorway looking at the tribal festival and it's not raining, but in the next shot of the Captain, with the festival in his background, it is now raining. Finally, in the next shot, as the Captain runs to the doorway, it is again no longer raining. (03:06:10)????
Continuity mistake: Before they arrive at the French plantation there's a shot of the back of the boat with Clean's dead body lying there. If you look closely the blood splatter is entirely different from the shot when Chief Phillips turns around and first sees that Clean's been killed. The two main differences are that at this point there's blood on the rear machine gun where there wasn't any before, and there's no blood on the right of the V shaped support bar of the 60-caliber machine gun where it had been covered prior. (01:55:40)????
Continuity mistake: As Chef and Captain Willard are walking through the jungle looking for mangos Chef says," I was supposed to go to Paris" as he's walking over the roots of a huge tree. He continues talking but in the next shot he's out in the open, nowhere near the roots of that tree. (00:57:00)????