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Anachronisms 

At night when Dude and Chance are making their rounds, the camera follows Dude as he walks briefly off the set. You can clearly see a huge concrete pillar he walks past.
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In the opening scene when Dude walks into the saloon, the camera pans from left to right and there is a guy wearing modern brown shoes sitting at a table with his left side to the screen.
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Though set in the 1880's, Colorado (played by rock singer Ricky Nelson) wears a 1950's era pompadour hairstyle not worn in the 1880's.
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The folk song "Cindy" ("Get along home, Cindy, Cindy") is believed to have originated in North Carolina in the early- to mid-20th century. It is out of place in an 1880s setting.
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The hit man is carrying a $50 gold piece. The only $50 gold pieces issued were commemorative coins for the 1915 San Francisco Pan-Pacific Exhibition, 30 years after the setting of Rio Bravo.
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Stumpy refers to the cleaned up Dude looking like "Mrs. Astor's pet horse." Even if Stumpy, as unlikely as it seems, knew anything about New York social circles, Mrs. Astor's spending habits were decidedly later than the time frame of this movie.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Stumpy, Dude, and Colorado are sitting around playing music and singing, on the second song (where Stumpy sings) in the second verse, Colorado sings "I wish I had an needle..." but he mouths the words "I wish I was a needle."
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When Dude comes back from parking Pat Wheeler's wagons, he tells Chance he's going to get a beer. Chance tells him there are some cold ones inside. When Dude is getting off his horse he says "Just as long as it's beer" yet his mouth never moves.
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During the final gunfight, when Stumpy throws the Dynamite for Dude, and Dude says, "I didn't allow for the wind ", his lips never move.
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When Dude drops the $50 gold piece on the floor after shooting the bad guy in the loft, it makes a tinny sound when hitting the floor. A $50 gold piece was 2 1/2 ounces of gold and would make a distinct "thud" when hitting a wood floor.
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The first line of the movie is Chance saying: "Joe, you're under arrest." However, he clearly begins talking before his voice is heard. He appears to say: "Come on Joe, you're under arrest", but those first two words have been silenced.
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Continuity 

Feathers throws a potted plant through the window to distract the gunmen. Next scene the window is not damaged at all.
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When Dude stops taking his drink when the music starts, his right hand is alternately at his mouth, then just above the table, then at his mouth again.
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When Chance rushes into a stable, his hat flies off. But in the next shot it is back on his head.
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In the final shootout, a bullet hole appears in the window casing next to Colorado, in the next shot the bullet hole is missing and then reappears in later shots.
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When Dude confronts Burdett and his gang, a rifle's butt is showing from the fore part of Burdett's horse. But in the moment he takes off his gun and gives it to a gunman, the rifle is missing.
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While asking Chance how he ended up as a sheriff, Feathers is handling a small bowl, taken up from the bar. In the next shot, her hands are empty.
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When Pat Wheeler has come into town, and is talking to Chance, different shots were done at obviously different times of day. When the camera is facing the jail, the sun is coming from the right... when facing back up the street, the sun is again coming from the right (the opposite direction).
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After Chance is tripped on the staircase, he ends up lying on his stomach with his arm partially under him. When they roll him over, to wake him up, he is lying more on his side, and his arm is now behind him.
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After Chance is tripped on the staircase, Burdette's men roll him over and splash him with a bucket of water. The water stains/marks change numerous times between Chance getting up and walking to the jail.
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Burdette sets the time for the exchange of Dude and Joe at a half-hour after sunrise; but when the three leave the jail, the shadows are nearly vertical.
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Dude is attacked by four men and has his head and shoulders pushed into a horse trough. Just before he is grabbed he is leaning over the trough and his shoulders and upper sleeves are damp from a previous take.
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When Chance asks Feathers if she was sorry she didn't go on the stage, Consuela turns around to face Chance twice.
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When Stumpy and Colorado are shooting at Burdette's men from behind the bars, Chance grabs the same shotgun of the gun rack twice.
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Dude's position as he stops Burdette's men at the edge of town by the barn.
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When Wheeler first gets to town and is talking to Chance about everybody stopping him, Chance's right hand is alternately holding his rifle, or resting up on the Pommel of Wheeler's saddle. It changes a few times during the scene.
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After they put Joe in jail, and Joe tells Dude he should sit back there in place of Stumpy, Dude is holding his beer bottle down by his hip. When the camera angle changes, Dude is holding the bottle up by his mouth, and then throws it at Joe.
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When Chance goes into Feathers' room after learning she was standing guard outside his room all night, her hair is alternately frayed and neatly styled.
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When Dude stops Nathan Burdette and his men to have them put their guns on the fence, his position changes. Sometimes he's standing in the middle of the street and other times he's next to a hitching rail resting his hand on it.
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While Colorado and Chance are talking just before Feathers throws the vase through the window, Colorado is rolling a cigarette. He places the tobacco in the paper in his left hand and doesn't seal the paper. In the next shot, he gestures with his left hand holding the unsealed paper, but no tobacco spills out.
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After Dude is captured the first time, and Burdette's men ride up the street, the shadows change direction between shots of them approaching and Chance standing out in front of the Hotel with Colorado. These shots were obviously filmed at different times of day.
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Chance's hat has its brim upturned when he is inside, and flat when outside. This means that as he walks through doors, his hat brim spontaneously drops.
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When Feathers has finished shaving Dude, he is left with a narrow patch of shaving cream under his nose. Then, when he gets up, the patch of shaving cream is about twice as thick.
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Errors in geography 

Saguaro cacti don't grow in Texas.
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Factual errors 

Toward the end of the film, when Dude is talking to John T. Chance about the girl 'Feathers', Dude says the Ft. Worth stage runs at night and 'Feathers' might be on that stage leaving town. 1880s Texas stages never ran at night.
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Miscellaneous 

When Burdette's man shoots Wheeler from the stable, the rifle isn't pointed at Wheeler.
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Revealing mistakes 

John T. Chance wears a wedding ring throughout the movie even though he was not a married man in the story. However John Wayne was married at the time in real life, and for some reason, did not take his ring off during filming.
During a poker-playing scene, one of the players asks the bartender for a new deck of cards. However, the bartender starts reaching for the new deck before the player asks.
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Towards the beginning of the movie, Dude is shown at the end of town when the sun is rising. Later in the movie the same camera angle and view are used as a sunset shot of Dude before he returns to the jail.
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When Feathers is sleeping by the bar with the shotgun, Chance comes from upstairs, picks her up, and takes her upstairs. He comes down starting from the first landing, without coming down the upper stairs or crossing the middle landing, which are both visible the entire time.
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When Stumpy throws his first stick of dynamite it hits the dirt about 3 feet away from where the explosion occurs.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

At the end of the film when Chance tosses Feathers' tights out the window and they're picked up by Stumpy, you notice that they're obviously elastic tights. Elastic didn't exist until well into the 20th century.
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Continuity 

When Chance is tripped Dude is in the bath, he walked in wearing a solid blue shirt, he looks out before the action starts bare-chested but when Chance is tripped he looks out the door and he's back in the blue shirt. Burdette's men then take him hostage, when the exchange is being made, him for Joe, Dude walks out of the warehouse in a brand new set of duds, a patterned shirt and a tan vest.
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Towards the end of the movie, after Burdette and his men have surrendered, Colorado is leaning on a water barrel with his hand, and raises his cup to his mouth to drink. When the camera angle changes, he is now leaning on the barrel with his elbow, and his cup is held down by his waist.
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During the exchange of Dude for Joe, when Dude comes off the stairs of the warehouse, the shadow is behind him. When the camera changes to Joe, his shadow is behind him too. That would be impossible as they were walking towards each other. These shots were done at different times of day.
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During the exchange of Joe for Dude, Colorado puts his hat on the window sill to his left, when the camera angles change, his hat is now to his right on the window sill.
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When Chance and Colorado are walking Joe along the street for the hostage exchange, their shadows change length drastically between one part of the street and the next.
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When Dude is fighting Joe near the end of the movie, Colorado asks if he should help Dude. As he is talking, a bullet hits the right side of the window frame. A moment later, a cut back to the window shows no mark from the bullet.
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Plot holes 

For the killer's blood to be dripping into the glass as shown, he would have to be directly over the bar, but it can be seen he isn't, so there's no way his blood could have dripped there.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Dude shoots the bleeding hit man, the man hiding in the loft is not the same man who fell and is dead on the floor.
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When Dude shoots the gunman out of the loft in the saloon, the gunman lands right next to the glass on the bar that the blood was dripping into. This would be impossible since he fell forward out of the loft. Therefore the loft is not long enough for it to hang over the glass on the bar, and drip blood into it.
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