Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie, during the big fight, Frank grabs Mikhail Gorbachev and smashes his head through the wall. The guy stays there but at the end of the fight, when Frank is about to jump out of the window, it shows him again. The hole now is bigger and not only consumes his head but all the way to his waist. (00:02:15)
Visible crew/equipment: When Drebin chases the doctor out of the hospital, the doctor gets a car, while in the background, Drebin falls from the ladder. Dreblin then emerges from under the car. The doctor drives off, and Drebin enters the foreground. Look in the windscreen of the car Drebin emerged from. The top of a man's head with grey hair appears at the end of the shot, thinking it's over. It is spotted most easily when viewed in slow motion. This is the stunt double that dropped from the ladder. (00:32:25)
Revealing mistake: During the car chase, the doc's (already busted) car collides with a missile transporter. The explosion occurs just before the car impacts with the vehicle, and looks more like the burst of a flame thrower than a real explosion. (00:34:25)
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Frank is in the driving school car chasing the doctor, right after Frank says, "I know a shortcut. Turn left here", we see two brief shots of the doctor's car, one from the inside of the car and the other from the outside as he is turning around a corner. In both shots the rear window is shattered. However, it is only four shots later that Frank shoots at the doctor's car, shattering the then intact rear window. (00:31:45)
Factual error: In the scene where Frank is in the car, and the Doctor shoots at them, the windshield breaks right out and pieces fly all over Stephanie (the driver). This could only happen with a window made of something like plate glass. All windshields since before the 1940's have been made of a glass that will not break as a plate glass window does, so the bullet should go through the glass and just leave a little hole with cracks all around it. (00:33:15)
Factual error: Frank hits some garbage cans with his car and the air bags deploy. He gets out of the car and another air bag deploys underneath the steering column and pushes up on the automatic gear shifter, which presumably makes the car start rolling. If the engine is off, a car will roll with the shifter in any position except park. Therefore, the shifter had to be in park when he got out, so pushing up on the shifter would not make it roll. (00:25:20)brantlee
Revealing mistake: When the Queen throws the first ball at the baseball game, if you look closely you can see the string which made the ball do its loops. (01:03:30)
Continuity mistake: When Drebin first meets Ludwig, you see the shelf of vases. To the left of that is the fancy painting. However, when Drebin accidentally sets fire to the office, he rushes to the shelf to catch the vases as they fall. He then look to his right to see the flames getting close to the painting. He moves to his right (pulling down the shelf of vases in the process), takes the painting off the wall, and impales it on the plant. It should've been the other way around. Drebin should've looked and moved to his left instead of his right.
Trivia: There is a trailer to this movie with an additional gag. After Ludwig has demonstrated his image of an ideal assassin to Papshmir, he sits down with the revolver used in the demonstration which had turned out to be empty. In the trailer shot (in a closeup of Montalban) the gun unexpectantly goes off.
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