The Rockford Files

The Big Ripoff - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: Rockford sits down teasing Moss about the beneficiary having to sue to collect. He holds a single sheet with both hands over the desk, but when he answers he has both hands on the opposite sides of the whole folder, flat on the desk. Similarly, later in the convo Rockford says he has a lead, Moss has his left hand on the chair, but is instantly flipping a page with that same hand in the reverse shot. (00:15:45)

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The Big Ripoff - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: Jim picks up the heavy groceries bags from the trunk. He's holding closer to his body the one with the eggs and the Stuffin, which instead is on the outside at the next cut. (00:05:50)

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The Big Ripoff - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: Jim is at the table of the cafe as the woman he is observing stops the car in front of a building. A man in the faraway shot walks past the car and the door it stopped in front of, but when we see the woman get out of the car in the next shot, the man is just only now entering in frame and moving past the car. (00:02:35)

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This Case Is Closed - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Rockford is incredulous about getting away so easily with a chore, and asks his dad "You mean it's not gonna cost me or anything?" Rocky has his can of beer up high, but in the reverse shot his arm is on the armrest. (00:41:30)

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This Case Is Closed - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: After the fiasco at the gambling table, Rockford goes back to his motel. He parks his car pretty badly, oblique with the front wheel very far from the parking line. When he tries to chase the two 'chamber of commerce' gangsters, the car is waiting for him nicely parked. (00:27:30 - 00:30:30)

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This Case Is Closed - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: At the party in Rockford's flashback, Loren says "Say Cathy, what about some backgammon?" Behind him, some chap with bad blonde hair and beige shorts and polo shirt walks from left to right. Reverse shot, and the same guy is walking behind Rockford. (00:17:10)

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This Case Is Closed - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Jim got the address of the car and realises it was a fellow private detective who was following him. He then goes to answer the door. He opens it looking straight forward in the first shot, but in the reverse angle he is foolishly looking away allowing the goons to surprise him. (00:10:55)

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This Case Is Closed - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Rockford rear-ends an unsuspecting fella that is paying the parking. He moves the car in the wide shot (he has to, the whole point is that he's pushing the car out of the way and bypassing the bars), but in the close-ups of the guy the car hasn't budged an inch. (00:05:40)

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This Case Is Closed - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Rockford speeds up to shake off the guy that is following him. They both take a sharp turn, but the pursuer almost collides with another car. Next time Rockford's car is shown after that, the driver is wearing just a red shirt, not Rockford's houndstooth jacket. (00:05:30)

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Tall Woman in Red Wagon - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: Stoner is getting his train ticket. Two guys get theirs before he does and take a seat. One has dark shades and a dark green pattern shirt, the other a hat and a yellow shirt. Those guys make their exit in the background when Rockford is on the phone with Joe Baron Jr, two times several seconds apart. A girl with a teal dress was also in their first shot and she as well leaves at least two times. (00:27:40)

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Tall Woman in Red Wagon - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Rockford gets "damn tired" of the pursuer and builds speed in reverse, the guy in the car reacts right before the cut moving the right hand away from the wheel to switch gear. In following shots though, he is still being slow, frozen with both hands on the wheel and only after another while coming to his senses and attempting to put the vehicle in reverse as well. (00:23:50)

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Exit Prentiss Carr - S1-E5

Audio problem: Driving his dad's pickup, Rockford gets flanked by one of the worst dressed killers in history. The guy shoots him about 3 times, but the audio is at really low level for a revolver shot from a couple of meters of distance and there's no flash or smoke indicating that any shot in fact is fired. Combined with the fact that it's preposterous that the guy could miss from such a short range and no arm/body movement is present, it's an adequate guess to imagine that the sounds have been added in post to add some sense of danger and were not planned when shooting the actual scene. (00:41:20)

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Jim Rockford: Hey, I'm sorry Dad, you just caught me at a bad time. Reading that detective fiction doesn't help. I mean things aren't like that you know? They're not black and white. They're aren't any heroes left, they die young. (pointing to a book cover) His gun is deadly? Mine's in a cookie jar.

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