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2nd May 2003

Speed (1994)

Character mistake: At the airport, when Jack is under the bus on the trolley being towed by the truck, an accident causes all the cable on the winch reel to pay out. At this point all that's holding the cable to the reel is a small metal clamp. Jack slews around under the bus for a while, in grave danger of being run over by the vehicle's rear wheels, and then the clamp gives way (in slow motion). The now-free cable shoots toward the bus, and Jack pulls himself off the trolley just as it goes under the rear wheel. If you look at the shot where the cable is flying toward the bus, you can see two SWAT guys standing on the back of the truck, on either side of the winch. Their posture is completely relaxed and casual. Considering that for the past several seconds, Jack has been sliding around under the bus, fighting for his life, wouldn't the SWAT guys be much more excited--moving around, trying to get a better look, giving instructions to the truck's driver?

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Factual error: As part of her quest to kill John Belushi, Carrie Fisher shoots at the brothers with a flamethrower. She is earlier seen reading the manual for the "M-79 Flamethrower." The M-79 is a grenade launcher - the one Schwarzengger carries in "Terminator 2." (01:07:00)

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Trivia: The movie is loosely based on Sister Prejean's experiences with two real death row inmates, Robert Lee Willie and Elmo Patrick Sonnier. Both men were electrocuted. In the movie, however, Sean Penn's fictional character was killed by lethal injection--because the image of a man strapped down to be injected allows for all that Christ symbolism.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the famous scene where the wall collapses onto Keaton and he passes through the open window as it falls, look around the center of the window just as the wall starts to fall. You can briefly see a crew member, who has just pushed the wall, run for cover.

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28th Apr 2003

Broken Arrow (1996)

Plot hole: Slater decides to render the nuke inert by punching in the wrong code three times. However, when he does this, the nuke becomes armed, and Travolta reveals that he is one step ahead by having used a special kind of circuit board to produce this result. Two questions: One, once Slater has armed one nuke, why not arm them all? You've got nothing to lose, and you can keep Travolta from getting them for whatever evil purpose he has in mind. Slater plans to send them all to the bottom of the copper mine anyway, so just arm them all. Two, Travolta later arms a nuke himself, and then smashes the keypad with his gun. Well, if you can do that, why doesn't Slater just smash all the keypads as soon as he gets the nukes? Travolta would be defeated; movie over.

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28th Apr 2003

Braindead (1992)

Trivia: The actress who plays Lionel's mother shows up in the extended version of "The Fellowship of the Ring"--she plays Lobellia Sackville-Baggins, whom Bilbo hides from at the "long-expected party."

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28th Apr 2003

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Trivia: According to veterans of the actual event, when the Rangers got the go-ahead for the mission and were getting their gear ready, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N Roses was playing on the base's loudspeakers. There were some half-serious comments among the men about the appropriateness of this song. However, the film's producers failed to secure the rights to use "Welcome to the Jungle," so they substituted Faith No More's "Falling to Pieces"--which is perhaps thematically in line with what happened on the raid. (00:27:28)

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28th Apr 2003

The Abyss (1989)

Plot hole: Granted, Coffee is suffering from "high-pressure nervous syndrome," but if you're a Navy SEAL, wouldn't you notice whether or not your pistol has a magazine in it? Monk pulls the clip out of his jacket and starts knocking rounds out of it for the rig crew's benefit; the same dramatic effect could have been achieved with a handful of cartridges he could let slip through his fingers. You could argue that Monk didn't have enough time to unload the gun and replace the magazine, but in that case, I think the scene where Monk briefly had the gun should have been a bit longer. (Even had the empty magazine been IN the gun, Coffee still might notice the difference in weight, but that would be easier to suspend your disbelief for.) (01:43:53)

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28th Apr 2003

The Terminator (1984)

Trivia: After the Tech Noir shootout, the Terminator takes out a hapless policeman (One-L-nineteen) and steals his car (and later impersonates his voice). This cop is played by Bill Wisher, a friend of Cameron's and co-writer of the script. Wisher also appears in "Terminator 2" as the shocked mallgoer with the camera, after the T-1000 throws the Terminator through the wall.

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Trivia: After the T-1000 throws the Terminator through the window in the mall, a shocked man is seen shooting photos with his camera. This man is Bill Wisher, a friend of Cameron's and co-writer of the script. Wisher also appears in "The Terminator" - he's the cop whose car the Terminator takes after the Tech Noir shootout ("One-L-nineteen"). (00:31:50)

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26th Apr 2003

Die Hard (1988)

Trivia: At the end, Karl emerges from the building and tries to kill McClane, only to be gunned down by Powell. The triumphant music which swells as Powell shoots him is from the "Aliens" score--it plays at the end of that movie when Bishop reappears in the dropship to save Ripley and Newt, after they think he's abandoned them.

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26th Apr 2003

Leon (1994)

Visible crew/equipment: When the SWAT team fires the grenade into the apartment at the end, the guide wire along which it is traveling is very obvious. It's actually easier to see in normal speed. (01:29:25)

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day mistake picture

Visible crew/equipment: After the tow truck plunges into the canal and John takes off on his bike, there's a shot starting low on the truck and craning up to windshield-level. You can see a reflection in the truck's paint job, next to the grille, of a large light and a crewmember. (00:34:05)

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Visible crew/equipment: After the T-1000, disguised as Janelle, impales Todd, it hangs up the phone and pulls the blade out of Todd's head. As he slumps forward away from the cupboard and drops out of frame, you can see the retracting-blade rig that was attached to the right side of his head, creating the illusion that the blade was pulled through his head. Frame-by-frame helps on this one - it's visible for the last 3 frames before he disappears, just past his chin. (00:41:25)

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Trivia: Two of the children Bilbo is telling his troll story to are Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's children.

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Trivia: Extended version - At the party, Bilbo hides from Lobellia Sackville-Baggins. Look closely and you may recognize the actress as Lionel's zombie mother from Peter Jackson's film "Brain Dead"/"Dead Alive."

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Trivia: After the escape from the mental hospital, our heroes hide out at a gas station. The pumps at the station feature the logo of the fictional company Benthic Petroleum--the company that owned and operated the undersea drilling rig in The Abyss. (01:05:25)

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26th Apr 2003

Speed (1994)

Trivia: When the bus crashes into the plane at the end, the company logo on the plane is "Pacific Courier." This fictional company name also appears in "Die Hard"--it's on the truck the terrorists show up in (except Karl and Theo, who arrive by car). Jan de Bont, who directed "Speed," was DP on "Die Hard."

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26th Apr 2003

Die Hard (1988)

Trivia: The terrorists show up at Nakatomi Plaza in a truck marked "Pacific Courier" (except Karl and Theo, who arrive by car). This fictional company name also appears on the side of the plane the bus crashes into at the end of "Speed." Jan de Bont, who directed "Speed," was DP on "Die Hard."

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26th Apr 2003

The Abyss (1989)

Trivia: The fictional company that owns and operates the undersea drilling rig is called Benthic Petroleum. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (also directed by James Cameron) after the escape from the mental hospital, our heroes hide out at a gas station. The pumps at the station feature the Benthic Petroleum logo.

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