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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The sounds of the 1970 Dodge Challenger in certain scenes are actually from the 1968 Mustang in Bullitt.
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Character error 

As Kowalski approaches California, Super Souls warns him of a "welcoming committee in the Sunshine State". California's official nickname is "The Golden State". The Sunshine State is Florida.
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The snake-hunting old desert rat (Dean Jagger) mangles the name of the saguaro cactus as a tourist might do, pronouncing it "sag-where-ah." In reality, the "g" is silent and correct pronunciation is "se-war-oh"- - something a person who made his living off the desert, as he did, would certainly know.
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The blind character Super Soul wears a regular wrist watch.
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Continuity 

A few seconds while driving in the desert are reversed showing Kowalski driving on the right side.
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The car crashed at the end is a 1967 Chevy Camaro, not a 1970 Dodge Challenger
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When naked girl motorcycle rider is talking to Kowalski near passenger side of car, her arms are at her side and she is a step back from the car. In the next shot, she is leaning against the car with her arms on the roof.
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Motorcycle chase by the Colorado River: Second motorcycle cop crashes through a wooden barrier while chasing Kowalski. The barrier has three yellow and black striped horizontal boards; the cop clearly breaks all three boards in the crash, but when the shot returns to the cop sitting in the dirt, the top board is intact.
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When J. Hovah gives the old prospector charmer the can of gas, it's a jerry can. When he's putting it in the Challenger, it's a cylindrical-shaped round can.
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After entering Nevada, Kowalski pulls off the road and there is not a car in sight behind him. When a close-up is shown of him inside the car, a vehicle can be seen passing by from behind.
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When Kowalski is taunted by the driver in the Jaguar, they up end racing one another, side by side. As they approach the narrow bridge, the Jaguar blows a tire and is sent off the road. The car roles over an embankment and upside-down into a massive puddle of mud. When Kowalski runs back to see if the guy is all right, the guy emerges from the wreckage clean from head to toe (with the exception of his legs which are wet up to his knees), even though he landed upside-down in mud.
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At 21:49, after Super Soul receives the first radio report about Kowalski, the Challenger goes up a hill into shadow with a large mound of earth on the left side of the road, then the road curves right at the top of the hill. A few seconds later, after a cut showing Kowalski driving, the car is on the road down the hill before the shadow, ready to climb the same hill again.
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After the first motorcycle cop crashes, Kowalski flashes back to a motorcycle race. Two riders are shown crashing, and then one whom is assumed to be Kowalski. The rider is wearing a white jacket with black sleeves and a full face helmet, but after he crashes, he is shown getting up wearing an open helmet with goggles and a dark greenish-blue jacket with stripes. Curiously, the numbers are all the same, 28.
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When the bulldozers drop the blades, the blades overlap by about a foot, there is no gap between them. The next shot, a frontal camera shot, shows a gap between the blades, and there's a gap between them in every shot after that.
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When the Kowalski drops off the biker who helps him get through the roadblock you can clearly see that one headlight is shattered. However, in the next scene when he picks up the female hitchhiker at night, all four headlights are working perfectly.
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When Kowalski passes the Jaguar, the ground is flat in front of the cars as far as you can see. Seconds later, as the Jag driver first reacts, they are driving through a deep cut between embankments.
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Numerous scenes are shot in Joshua Tree National Monument in California long before the Welcome to California sign is shot.
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Crew or equipment visible 

There are 2 scenes in the early part of the movie where a person can be seen in the passenger seat and one with a guy in a yellow shirt in the back seat.
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At 150:56, when the prospector is wrangling the snake a green tripod leg and equipment shadows are visible.
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On the opening chase scene as the Highway Patrol Helicopter cruises alongside Kowalski's car, you can see the cameraman and his camera inside the helicopter filming out the open sliding window.
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Just two seconds before the seventeen minute mark, when Kowalski is being chased by the two motorcycle cops, fifteen to twenty production vehicles can be seen parked in the background. A vehicle blocking normal road traffic can be seen in the background as well.
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Errors in geography 

Cisco, California is approximately due south from milepost 165 on I-80 and is approximately 30 miles directly west of the California/Nevada border. It is also firmly in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Cisco in the movie is actually, Cisco, Utah.
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Factual errors 

When the older cop (Robert Donner) tells the young cop (Paul Koslo) that Super Soul is monitoring police radio, the young cop says that that is illegal, and the older cop agrees. In fact, the courts have ruled that it is not illegal to listen to police radio, but it is illegal to use the information you gain from it to evade or break the law. (So presumably Super Soul passing the information to Kowalski IS illegal.)
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Miscellaneous 

In the construction area, Kowalski goes off the road to his left, losing the trim ring from the left front wheel. Later in the movie, the trim ring is back on.
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Revealing mistakes 

As the bulldozers pull up to their marks in the opening sequence, tread and blade scars on the pavement from previous takes are visible.
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The 19-inch racks in Super Souls's radio station with large tape reels (in one scene seen fast moving) are not audio equipment. These tape drives were used in computer systems in the 1970s to store data on tape.
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In the opening sequence, when the white car vanishes on the road as it passes the other car, a matte line is clearly visible up the middle of the frame, behind the dark car.
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In the opening sequence, when the Challenger makes the bootleg turn in front of the bulldozers, you can see that the driver is apparently wearing a curly wig (to match Barry Newman's hair) over a helmet, making his head look ridiculously oversized.
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During close-ups on the rattlesnake in the desert that threatened Kowalski, the prospector's snare casts multiple shadows from studio lighting.
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When the first motorcycle cops attempt to pull Kowalski over, the wind is flapping the cop's holster upward, showing it to be empty.
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