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Lonely Are the Brave (1962) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Picture of Harry Truman in the Sheriff's office, typically the President's portrait in a law enforcement office would be the current office holder. At the time this film was made (1962), it should have been a portrait of JFK.
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Character error 

The helicopter pilot reported that Burns fired at his tail rotor (to allow him to land safely). However, without actually seeing the trajectory of the bullet, angle of the rifle, or the impact (it missed), the pilot had absolutely no way of knowing Burns' intentions.
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During the manhunt, the helicopter pilot says they can't land because "there's no room for the prop". No pilot would call it that; the correct terminology is "rotor".
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Continuity 

Burns' rifle jumps from its holster on the horse's back to his hand.
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When Burns begins to cross the river with Whisky, the background appears to be flat and desolate, but seen from a subsequent angle, many buildings appear in the background.
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9 minutes into the movie when Jerry Bondi is putting ham into the frying pan, the bread bin next to her is shut. A couple of seconds later, it is open.
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In the bar scene, Burns sits down at a table with a mug of beer and drinks half of it. The one-armed man throws a bottle at him and in the next shot his mug is full.
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When the Air Force Bell helicopter first arrives, the registration number N8441E is clearly seen as it departs from the hover. Later, when you see the close-up of the tail rotor as Burns is shooting at the helicopter, it is clearly marked N8411E. They apparently, used two similar helicopters with similar registration numbers whilst filming the movie.
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When Jack Burns (Kirk Douglas) is about to break out of jail, he didn't have his hat after coming back from the beating by Gutierrez (George Kennedy). However, when he's on the other side of the jail cell saying goodbye to Paul (Michael Kane), he reaches behind him and puts his cowboy hat on.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Five minutes into the movie when Jack Burns is watering his horse and Jerry Bondi is cautioning him to be careful, a crewmember is reflected in the window of the car in the background.
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Errors in geography 

When Carroll O'Connor, the truck driver, stops in Joplin, Mo. early in the movie, mountains are clearly visible in the background. There are none in Joplin.
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Factual errors 

If a helicopter's tail rotor is damaged, the helicopter would begin spinning, not swooping back and forth. The pilot would be forced to auto-rotate to a landing.
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A common Hollywood mistake when radios are used is to end the transmission with the phrase "Over and out". "Over" is used when turning the channel to the other speaker and "Out" is used when the transmission is finished, but one wouldn't say "Over and out". In this movie, radio use is inconsistent. Sometimes "Over and out" is used incorrectly, sometimes "Out" is used correctly and sometimes speakers switch back and forth without indicating anything at all.
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When Jack settles down to sleep after breaking out, he rubs his lower jaw where his tooth was knocked out. He pulls the tooth out of his pocket, but that molar is an upper one, not a lower one.
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During the scene when the Sheriff is facing the hovering helicopter and talking to the pilot by radio, on Matthau's closeups, the shadow of the helicopter has been positioned behind him. Only the sun is behind the Sheriff and the helicopter's shadow would be way in front of the jeep, not behind.
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Revealing mistakes 

The aircraft purports to be a US Air Force helicopter and indeed shows some military markings. However, the FAA "N" number (N8411E) is clearly visible on the belly and the tail of the aircraft. Military aircraft never show civilian markings.
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When the one-armed man throws his mug of beer at Burns and it hits him in the thigh, it shatters. No heavy glass mug of the type used in bars would shatter (or even break for that matter) when hitting something that soft.
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Obvious stunt double when Burns is leading his horse up the mountain.
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At the 1:33 mark, whilst Burns is resting with his horse, Whisky, under a tree, you can see a thin black line attached to the horse's bit, coming in from the left. It appears that it is being pulled on by a crew member to keep Whisky's head up from where she is grazing.
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At the end of the movie, while the camera is focused on Kirk Douglas' face, he is making significant starting actions with his eyes, conveying the character's thoughts. It happens to be raining very hard through this scene, yet his expressions are unimpeded, revealing that the rain is being simulated between the camera and him.
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