Best crime movie mistakes of 1977

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Continuity mistake: Sheriff Buford T. Justice gets out of his car and leaves the door open. A few moments later, we see a different shot of the car with the door closed. Then a truck drives by and tears the car door off which is open again.

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Continuity mistake: As Penny sneaks off, Brutus and Nero have collars on, with chains attached to the right side of their necks. In a reverse shot the chains are attached to the left side of their neck. (00:00:40)

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Factual error: In the scene where a politician is making a televised speech away from the studio, the camera is a vintage RCA black and white TK-12, but the camera monitors in the van are all in colour.

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Factual error: After mounting armor in the bus they are approaching Phoenix on a two lane highway from the northwest. When entering the city they are shown coming around South Mountain on Interstate 10 from Tucson from the south.

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Factual error: Donald Pleasence's character makes a left turn at an intersection controlled by a traffic light. The camera pulls back and reveals an Interstate highway shield on the road he turned from. Interstate highways never have at-grade intersections controlled by traffic lights; they are designed to be non-stop routes with access to side roads available only through ramps and grade-separated interchanges.

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Continuity mistake: When Evel Knievel goes to the insane asylum to break his buddy Will out of the institution, he crashes through the front door with the Stratocycle, breaking off the airplane-style wings on each side of the bike in the doorway. In the next shot, as he rides down the hall, the wings are still intact.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Bruno Ganz shoots the man in the train station he walks out onto an open-air concourse. In the overhead shot facing him, we can see the strip of duct-tape on the ground marking the spot where he is supposed to stand.

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