Continuity mistake: When John Candy and Steve Martin are travelling from Jefferson City, Missouri to St. Louis they are seen crossing the Mississippi River to enter downtown St. Louis. This would not have been possible unless the bus driver overshot the entire city and ended up across the river in Illinois.
Revealing mistake: Near the end of the film, when Neal is on the final L train home, we see the train pull away from the station. When Neal returns to the station to find Del, the footage of the train leaving is played backwards - you can briefly see a man walking backwards at the top left of the screen.
Continuity mistake: When Steve Martin gets off of the train in Chicago near the very end of the movie to search for John Candy in the depot, the part of his hair is on the opposite side (left) from where it normally is. There is no apparent wind blowing his hair - it looks neatly parted on the "wrong" side. When he enters the depot, the part in his hair is back to the "correct" side.
Continuity mistake: In the beginning when Neal's boss is done looking at Neal's work and is about to state his opinion, we see him holding his glasses in his hand while stretching it out. When it cuts from behind him the glasses are no longer in his hand but he has them hanging from his mouth.
Revealing mistake: During the scene where Neal is trying to board his flight from New York to Chicago, the camera pans out to show a shot of the whole airport. But, you can see that the shot was taken in O'Hare airport, in Chicago, but he's supposed to be in New York at that point in the film.
Continuity mistake: At the beginning, when Neil is racing Kevin Bacon for the taxi, he trips over the trunk and falls into the street, nearly being run over by a BMW. The car honks and pulls away. When the shot switches to show Kevin Bacon getting in the taxi, the car that almost hit Neil is now an Oldsmobile.
Revealing mistake: When Steve Martin first calls home to tell his wife that the flight is delayed we see a lovely, cozy picture of the Page family enjoying a delicious, home cooked meal. However, in the shot where the kids are all sitting at the table the youngest child (back to camera) is being carefully 'watched' by a woman who is sitting on the floor next to his chair. I presume it is the actor's mother making sure that her little baby doesn't fall off the chair...
Continuity mistake: Right after the close call going the wrong direction on the freeway and Steve Marting pulls his fingers out of the car's dashboard. The following shots show John Candy releases his grip of the steering. The top of the steering wheel has been completely push forward. All remaining shots of the car show the steering wheel in perfect alignment.
Continuity mistake: In the driving scene from St. Louis to Chicago, Del is having a hard time taking off his parka in the car. After he spins out of control his parka is half off when Neal says "It's getting hot in here, you should take your parka off." The next shot you see them driving away and Del's parka is on again.
Continuity mistake: When Neal is racing Kevin Bacon for the taxi, he gets close to the cab and all lanes of traffic are at a standstill. Seconds later when he trips over the trunk, the lane he falls into is empty and a car has to brake hard to avoid hitting him, indicating it was travelling at speed already.
Factual error: At the very beginning of the film during the boardroom scene, Steve Martin checks his plane ticket. Departure time on ticket from NYC is 6:00pm. Arrival time to Chicago is 6:45pm. Travel time from NYC to Chicago is approximately 2.5 hours. Arrival time after time zone change should be approx. 7:25pm, not 6:45 pm.
Factual error: In the scene at the Braidwood Inn, after Neal shakes Owen's hand and the shot is of Owen with the freeway in the background, you can see a Jays Potato Chips truck drive past. The inn is supposedly near Wichita, Kansas. Jays Potato Chips were not sold west of the Mississippi at the time.
Continuity mistake: When Neal and Del are waiting for Owen in the Braidwood parking lot, a couple of the cars change type and position between the overhead shot when Neal says "Just get me to the train station" and when we see Owen's truck pulling up. There was not enough time between shots for any cars to have moved.
Continuity mistake: When Neal is scanning the parking spaces in the rental car lot, the shot switches to Neal's POV and back. When the camera is on Neal, he walks completely past the Mercury Sable in stall V-2, yet when it switches to his POV he's only just beginning to pass the same spot. As he approaches V-3 in the POV shot, the camera switches again and he's now well past it.
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