JeffSteele

3rd Jul 2020

Police Academy (1984)

Question: A few cadets had a fight in the cafeteria. Wouldn't they be expelled from the academy?

JeffSteele

Chosen answer: Not necessarily. They would likely face some sort of disciplinary review, and, if found responsible, receive sanctions ranging from a warning, probation, retraining, dismissal, and so on.

raywest Premium member

Answer: In the universe of the film, the rule seems to be that if a cadet initiates a fight, he or she will be expelled, while anyone else involved would not be (since they were merely defending themselves). That's why Blankes specifically goads Mahoney by saying "Go on, you throw the first punch," and when they are later brought before Harris, he simply asks, "Who threw the first punch? That's all I want to know."

10th Jun 2020

Sudden Impact (1983)

Question: Although "Dirty Harry" successfully stopped an armed robber in Santa Cruz, wouldn't he face criminal charges himself?

JeffSteele

Answer: Probably, but action/police movies often are unrealistic about depicting laws and police procedures.

raywest Premium member

4th Jun 2020

Sudden Impact (1983)

Factual error: "Dirty Harry" Callahan would have no jurisdiction outside San Francisco.

JeffSteele

And Bingo was Her Game-O - S9-E21

Factual error: The "Geo Metro" in which Peg and Marcy ride looks nothing like a Geo Metro.

JeffSteele

5th Jun 2017

Carrie (1976)

Revealing mistake: As the car somersaults past Carrie, a roll cannon is visible.

JeffSteele

4th Nov 2015

Stripes (1981)

Factual error: During basic training, civilian clothes are locked up in a storage room; therefore, none of the troops would have access to them.

JeffSteele

4th Nov 2015

Stripes (1981)

Factual error: Basic training platoons are assigned two or three drill sergeants. An injury to one drill instructor does not mean the platoon would finish training on its own.

JeffSteele

Factual error: When Hank is let out of solitary confinement, he punches the guard. A prisoner would never have the chance to attack guards while in solitary confinement because he/she is cuffed while still in the cell. Also, there are always at least two guards for escort, not one.

JeffSteele

10th Jun 2014

Cobra (1986)

Revealing mistake: As the bad guys' Ford pickup flips end over end, the device making it flip is briefly visible. Also, the "bad guys" still in the truck turn out to be dummies.

JeffSteele

Revealing mistake: The "unconscious" driver can be seen turning his head toward Les at least twice as Les tries to get in the car through the window. But, obviously, he's making sure he's keeping the car in the right place.

JeffSteele

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