Deliverance (1972)

7 revealing mistakes - chronological order

(7 votes)

Revealing mistake: As Voight starts to climb down the cliff with the rope, a safety wire is visible to the right of him. (01:20:10)

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Revealing mistake: In a scene where the canoes are shooting the rapids through a sheer cliff you can clearly see a stuntman climbing out of the water onto the rock.

Revealing mistake: When the mountain man is grinning at Jon Voight tied to the tree, you can see that his "missing" front tooth is actually painted black.

Revealing mistake: After Jon Voight has killed the mountain man and has tied a rock to his body so he can dump him into the river, the "dead" man takes at least two deep breaths right before he is rolled off the rock and into the water. In that same shot where you see his chest heave and him noticeably breathing, he also flinches and moves the pinky finger of his left hand.

Revealing mistake: In the famous "dueling banjos" scene I noticed several errors revealing that the actors are not really playing their instruments. This happens throughout the whole scene. The banjo player is using a different picking technique than would be necessary to create the music heard. His finger patterns on the fretboard don't match the sounds heard. The guitar player strums when you hear individually picked strings and visa versa. Again, his fretboard fingering does not match the music heard.

Revealing mistake: The entire sequence of Voight climbing the cliff face is shot day for night, meaning the scene is supposed to take place during the night but was shot during the day. This is painfully obvious by the amount of contrast in the scenes we see sky (and the colored shots when he is on top of the cliff). When the camera pans up, it is a blue sky day but the scene takes place at night.

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Revealing mistake: When Voight goes over the waterfall just after his canoe breaks in two, it is a stuntman.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Lewis and Ed are in the canoe after setting up camp and Lewis is bowfishing while Ed is drinking beer, Lewis shoots a trout. You can clearly see the arrow hit the fish just behind its head in a close-up shot. When Lewis pulls the fish in, the arrow is through the middle of the fish's body.

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Bobby: We beat it, didn't we? Didn't we beat that?
Lewis: You don't beat it. You don't beat this river.

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Trivia: At the end of the film, the police officer advising Beatty and Voight to go away and not to come back is James Dickey, the screenwriter and author of the book the film is based on.

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Question: What exactly happens to Ronny Cox? Does he get shot by the sniper, does he fall out of the canoe and drown, or does he commit suicide?

Answer: Just like Burt Reynolds says. He clearly yells out "he was shot."


Answer: No wound. Shook his head and dove from the canoe. Refused his life jacket. Just ridden with guilt as he was dead set against burying the hillbilly.

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