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Factual error: As Ray is fighting the big inmate over the cornbread, Ray falls over, revealing a yellow patch on the bottom of his boot. That patch is the trademark of a Vibram sole. Vibram started using the yellow patch in 1965. The scene takes place in the 1930s.

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Factual error: When Claude is standing outside the car while waiting on the current warden to pick up the new warden, he's looking at the different styles that have come to pass while he was in jail. It it supposedly the 70s but when Claude looks at the guy with the stereo he hears Maxwell's "Fortunate" on the stereo. This song came out in 1999, not in the 70s.

Factual error: In the scene where the jail warden's grand daughter has her baby and he is shocked to see that he is African-American, he goes to the jail to find out who the father is. She had just had her baby but when he holds the baby up to each inmate, that baby is at least 6-9 months old.

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Continuity mistake: When Ray and Claude are going to bed in the retirement home, Ray tells Claude that he's going to put his wet sheets on him when he's sleeping. If you look closely Claude starts laughing really hard, but he's not supposed to.

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Claude Banks: I hope your ass piss the bed with that weak-ass bladder of yours.
Rayford Gibson: If I do, then I'll put the sheets on you.

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Trivia: Fun to spot - In the scene where Eddie Murphy is fighting the big guy, after a while he says, "I know a bitch named Della who hit harder than you." Here, he is referring to Della Reese, whom he fought with in Harlem Nights.

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Question: Why does Buscuit try to run right before he's let out? Why does he say he can't go home to his mama?

Answer: Because he is gay. In the time this movie is set, being homosexual was not only an extreme moral and religious taboo, but it was illegal in most parts of the US. Buscuit is too ashamed of letting his mother find out about his relationship with Jangleleg, so he runs, knowing the guards will shoot him dead.

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