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The duration of the "chickie run" was obviously extended to heighten its tension and dramatic impact. The cars are seen going far too fast, and for far too long a period of time, to cover the distance to the cliff. At the speed they were traveling over the distance involved, they should have gone over the cliff within a few seconds.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Plato shoots at Jim, Jim's words don't match up with his mouth. And when Jim tackles him a moment later Plato's words don't match up either.
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Boom mic visible 

When Jim is being interrogated in the office near the beginning of the movie, a boom is clearly visible reflected in the glass above all the actors' head.
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Character error 

When Jim takes the ammunition clip out of Plato's pistol, he fails to remove the round that would have already been housed in the chamber.
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Continuity 

When Plato and Jim are at the Planetarium, Plato points to the mansion, located far away in the distance. However when they go the mansion, the mansion and Planetarium seem to be right next to each other, as they can easily run from the mansion to the Planetarium.
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Jimmy puts his left hand through the window, but it's a right hand that turns the radio knob.
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When police backup arrives at the Griffith Observatory, the officer approaches the vehicle on the driver's side to talk to the Juvenile Division officer in the back seat. There are two cutaway shots and now the conversation continues on the passenger's side of the car. The officers within the car change sides of the vehicle, too.
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During the fight between Buzz and Jim behind the planetarium, Buzz kicks a switchblade at Jim. It rolls on the ground and stops about 3-4 feet in front of Jim. The next moment when Jim picks it up, it's right at his feet.
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In the first police station scene Jim is waiting for his parents to arrive, he has a glasses case in his pocket which disappears in the next shot, but then reappears seconds later.
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After Buzz has fallen off the cliff and Jim returns home, the left shoulder of his jacket is dirty. When he lays on the couch it is clean again. As he is arguing with his parents on the steps, when he faces his father, the jacket has the dirt on it, when he turns to face his mother, the jacket is clean again.
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When Jim drives home to find Judy sitting on the brick wall, she is seen in the headlights of Jim's car. In the next shot, she is sitting on the wall right beside Jim's window.
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During the knife fight with Buzz, Jim gets blood on his shirt which disappears and reappears between shots.
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During the race scene there's a shot of buzz's left hand cuff caught on a door handle that faces forward. The very next shot shows his left hand on the wheel and his right hand trying to free himself from a completely different door handle that faces backwards. The first door has a stripped upholstery and the next is just plain gray.
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When Jim goes to change his shirt before heading to the chicken-run, it shows him talking to his father with his shirt not tucked in. When it cuts to the next scene of Jim walking out of the room away from his father, his shirt is tucked in.
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Early in the movie, when Plato is being interrogated by the police, his wristwatch switches back and forth between having a metal band and having a leather band.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Plato arrives at the mansion just after Judy and Jim do, after talking briefly, they let him into the house. When he walks into the house and comes up the stairs, a cord is clearly visible dragging on the ground behind him. Probably a cord for the microphone.
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Plot holes 

When Jim asks to Plato what's a death race, he calls Plato by his nickname, but they never introduced themselves properly in the earlier scenes.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jim rolls out of the car during the race, the footage is sped up to make it look like it happened faster than it actually did.
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When Jim goes to turn the car radio off, he turns the volume control, but that radio is turned off by pushing the leftmost pushbutton, which is clearly marked "OFF".
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After the "chickie run", Jim is shown laying on his living room couch watching his mother coming down the stairs. His head is tilted back, and the camera switches to show the scene from Jim's perspective, with his mother initially seen upside down, then slowly turning to right side up as Jim turns his head. But in the last moment of this shot, Jim's head is shown -- an impossibility since the shot is supposed to show what Jim is seeing.
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In the first scene inside the planetarium, the stars on the dome are shown to be moving, quite fast, yet the Zeiss projector (from which the stars are coming) isn't moving at all, and it should be.
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Continuity 

When Plato is lying on the ground dead, Judy has his left shoe in her hand but a shot of Plato shows his right shoe missing. When she goes to put it back on him, it is the left shoe that is off. Throughout the sequence, shots from Plato's head show that his left shoe is off, while in close-ups it is his right.
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When Plato is being lifted onto the stretcher, he raises his left arm to the middle of his back instead of letting it dangle.
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