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The Defiant Ones (1958) Poster

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Jump to: Character error (1) | Continuity (4) | Crew or equipment visible (1) | Plot holes (1) | Revealing mistakes (4) | Spoilers (1)

Character error 

At the end of the film the two convicts run a considerable distance away from the bridge as they try to board the train. But when they are finally found the same bridge is only yards away.
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Continuity 

Twice they are soaked to the skin in water and mud, but come up with dry cigarettes and matches.
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The dirt on the shirts throughout the film goes from clean to dirty to clean and dirty. So does the dirt on the faces.
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Near the end of the film after Jackson falls in the mud trying to catch up to Cullen there is thick mud all the way up his front over his shoulders. In the next shot his right shoulder is suddenly unmuddied.
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Billy's hair style changes twice after he is pulled up from the ground: down in his face then neatly combed and parted to one side.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As John and Noah are swept downriver together, a person is seen on the shore moving into the top of frame, watching the two men.
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Plot holes 

When Joker and Cullen are cooking the frog, we see they are drying their cigarettes and matches by the fire. So how did they build a fire in the first place?
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Revealing mistakes 

The truck that was shown being recovered after crashing through a guard rail and rolling onto its top has no damage to the front or top of the cab, and the passenger side of the truck that would have hit the guard rail, and landed first when it rolled; has no damage at all. The only damage portrayed was to the wood side rails, a relatively inexpensive way to make the truck look damaged for a quick take.
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When jumping into the mud pit, Tony Curtis' stunt double has a noticeable bald spot.
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When the police stop to take a rest, we see stubble on the face of Captain Gibbons. Jackson and Cullen, who have been on the run for even longer, are shown completely clean-shaven in the next scene.
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When Joker and Cullen arrive at the mud pit, their shirts are only partially wet, though they've been in the rain for some time.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Joker and Cullen finally break free from their chains, the sounds of the hammer repeatedly striking the chisel are not in synchronization.
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