The Pelican Brief

Corrected entry: Darby tells a man (whom she's never met before) to wear a red ball cap when she is to meet him the next day. No one, including the hitman who recorded the call, knew she was going to request the red cap, but it just so happens that there's a bright red ball cap there in the room. (00:57:20 - 01:00:50)

Jon Nicholas

Correction: Actually, the scene showing the red cap is already the next day as Khamel is stuffing the pillow under his shirt to go and meet Darby. Thus Khamel would of had time to go out and acquire a red ball hat just as Gavin would have had to.

Luna Negra
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Corrected entry: When Denzel Washington is photographing 'Garcia' at the pay phone, he never touches the shutter button on the camera. Washington is holding a phone with one hand and supporting the camera on a monopod with the other. (00:28:25)

Correction: The shot goes back and forth from seeing Gray talking to Garcia on the phone and then shots of Garcia in the payphone booth. The clicks actually occur during the shots of Garcia, we don't see Gray.

Luna Negra
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Corrected entry: In the scene at the end of the movie when Julia Roberts is leaving the airport, the plane appears to be black when it is leaving the hangar. When the plane lands at its destination it is white.

Correction: The plane leaving the hanger is also white. The hanger is dimly lit however, if you look carefully you can tell the plane is white. It just has shadows and low light around it.

Luna Negra
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Corrected entry: In one scene, the sitcom 'Coach' is playing on TV. Craig T. Nelson starred in that show. He was also in this movie as the CIA agent.

Correction: Craig T. Nelson does not appear in this movie. The IMDB does not list this movie anywhere among his credits.

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Corrected entry: When Gray and Darby go to see Gavin's wife, Gray says, "We believe it wasn't an accidental murder." Since when is a murder accidental?

normamc9

Correction: Normamc9 is correct. "Murder" is the deliberate taking of a life. Accidentally killing someone is called "manslaughter." You can't "accidentally murder" someone. The line should be "we believe it wasn't an accident" or "we don't believe his death want an accident."

Correction: They weren't seeing Gavin's wife. It was Morgan's wife they wanted to talk to. Morgan (known as Garcia in most of the film) was supposedly killed in a random mugging incident. Gray's remark means he believes the mugging/killing of Morgan was not a random accident, but a planned assassination.

Continuity mistake: After getting the documents from the safety deposit box, Gray and Darby are chased around the inside of a parking garage. As they hide down on a lower level, the female assassin spots them in the reflection on the back of a side view mirror on a car. In the direct shot, Gray is the corner and Darby on the outside. However, in the reflection, it shows Darby in the corner and Gray on the outside. (01:59:00)

Luna Negra
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